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May 2016

Excerpt from Polishing Jade by Tekoa Manning

Polishing Jade is set in the 1960’s in rural Mississippi where the secrets are as sticky as the jams sold at Taylor’s General Store. Jade Gentry is a young girl whose past will not control her future even if it cost her everything. Gripping and suspenseful, Jade will leave you sighing when she sighs, running when she runs, and celebrating when she is triumphant! Meet...

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16

May 2016

Tit for Tat – Pay Me Back

By: Katie Messer “The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Have you even been blown away by the generosity of another? Maybe you are in college and instant soup is on the menu multiple times a week. Perhaps you are working multiple jobs, but still not getting ahead financially. Maybe you are financially contributing to some family obligations and do...

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07

Mar 2016

Weakness is a Blessing

By: Tekoa Manning Can I ask you to think about your greatest weakness for a moment? Now, can I invite you to look at some things Jesus, Yeshua, did that I find mesmerizing, that might be encouraging to you? There was a man in the book of John, who was born blind. He sat and begged daily for money. As Jesus and some of his...

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09

Jan 2016

Redefining Failure

By: Abigail Driscoll Shame. Guilt. Worthlessness. Inadequacy. These are feelings many of us are all too familiar with, especially when it comes to failure. Maybe you applied for a job you really wanted and after interviewing, the company decided to move on with a different candidate. Maybe you started a new business and it just didn’t take off. Maybe you set a goal and found it...

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09

Nov 2015

He is Perfect Love

When the day bird sings and the trees clap their hands When the ocean foams along the shore When the sun kisses your face and the breeze ripples your hair When you can’t feel a thing because perfect love cast out fear. And perfect love is obsolete For you went looking for it on the street In people, places, and muddy waters So fear is...

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01

Jun 2015

Decisions

by Kristina Fertala The frontal lobe is the portion of the brain responsible for memory storage, motor control, and most importantly decision making, building and growing the reference of correctness that will guide our lives. In a unique comparison to other lobes, the frontal lob does not reach its complete developmental functionality until the age of 25 coining it as the scientific reason behind adolescent poor choices and lack...

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06

Nov 2012

You Get a New Name!

by Christina Stolaas Have you ever read something that resonates so loudly within your heart that it just stops you in your tracks? This morning I’m having one of those moments where I feel compelled to sit down and pour my heart out. Though the pace and schedule for today is hectic, I absolutely cannot continue through the motions of the day without capturing a snapshot of...

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30

Oct 2012

Andrea’s Battle with Breast Cancer – Part 2

by Andrea Popkes Note from Allie:  Today we are featuring Part 2 of Andrea’s battle with and recovery from breast cancer. To read Part 1, click here. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to invite my friend Andrea Popkes to share about her battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at just 31. Andrea and I met back...

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17

Oct 2012

The Most Beautiful People

by Natalie Lynn Borton I discovered this quote a while ago, but had forgotten about it until recently when a dear friend reminded me of it. It’s such a beautiful truth, isn’t it? We hate to struggle and we crave to be beautiful, but what if in order to be truly beautiful, we had to experience the pain, suffering and loss we constantly try to...

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17

Sep 2012

Surrendering

by Laura Gonzalez My life was a wild entanglement of self-destruction. I was in my second year of college and things were getting progressively worse. Though I had been dealing with it for a while, I finally admitted to myself that I had an eating disorder. Even with the truth out in the open, it only continued to escalate. I hated myself for everything I...

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27

Aug 2012

The Glory of Discomfort

by Kristen Leigh Evensen Photo by P.H. Fitzgerald “The grass is always greener.” Many of us have heard this phrase used countless times, as a response to our innate desire for something better, lovelier, or easier. Especially during moments when our circumstances seem too overbearing for words, who has not wished—prayed, even—for the “other side”? If there is one thing we can learn from the...

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26

Jul 2012

Death Of Yolo || Spoken Word

by Jeff Bethke This was a poem I wrote for my church’s Easter service this past April. My hope is that someone watching this will walk away with a deeper sense of the grace of God and just how monumental Jesus death, burial, and resurrection truly were. If Jesus is still dead we are to be pitied; but if He really rose, we have to...

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09

Jul 2012

Not Defined By The Past

by Natalie Lynn Borton [photo credit] Friend, you are worth so much more than what you’ve done. Whatever is in the past is behind—unchangeable. Yes, there may be some shame you need to overcome. Yes, you might need to dig deep and learn something from your personal history. But be defined by it, like a name tag on your sweater? No way. Our mistakes help...

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27

Apr 2012

Waves of Mercy

by Christina Stolaas This week I got an opportunity to spend some time in one of my favorite places for spring break: the beach. No scene in my mind is as peaceful as blue skies, the glorious warmth of sun rays, sparkling soft white sand and bluish -green waves rhymetically hitting the shore. I love to run, so the opportunity to get away from the...

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17

Apr 2012

Life or Death

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Below is a personal testimony from Christie, a beloved Wonderfully Made Executive Team member. It is raw, honest, powerful and true, and intended to provide perspective. To learn more about Christie’s story and the freedom she’s experienced from her past, please watch her HerStory film here. [photo credit] I had two abortions at Planned Parenthood. One when I was 15 and...

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09

Apr 2012

The Relentless Love of God: Hosea Love Story, Part Six

by Natalie Lynn Borton Today we finish out our series surrounding The Hosea Love Story with part six: the relentless love of God. This final video is based on Hosea 14, and described as such (emphasis added): Finally Gomer has returned to Hosea. Sliding the ring back on her finger she has accepted his invitation to come back home and live back in the covenant...

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03

Apr 2012

The Hosea Love Story: Part Two

by Natalie Lynn Borton Part two of The Hosea Love Story is all about God’s tough love toward us. Just as an unfaithful wife tries to run from the covenant she and her husband have, we too run away from the unconditional love and eternal commitment God makes to us, his beloved daughters. As you watch this video, try to reflect on a time when...

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02

Apr 2012

The Hosea Love Story: Part One

by Allie Marie Smith Hi Girls! This week we’re going to be doing something unique here on Know Your Value. We are going to be diving into the Biblical story of Hosea together. Leading up to Easter Sunday, we’ll be showing a six-part short film series which presents us with a modern day adaption of this powerful story. Here’s a little background for you as...

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21

Mar 2012

He Will Finish You

by Christina Stolaas [photo credit] I’ve never considered myself a perfectionist by nature. However, as I grow closer to Jesus my failures seem to persistently antagonize me. Despite how many “things I do right”– the actions I focus and internalize on are my shortcomings. My weaknesses! The inconvenient truth is the closer I get to Jesus—the more of them I count. Not patient enough. Easily...

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12

Jan 2012

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

Below is a video from our From A Guy’s Perspective Contributor, Jeff Bethke. It went absolutely viral yesterday and has already reached over 800,000 views. Yay Jeff—we’re so proud of you! In Jeff’s own words, this is: “A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his...

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