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Peace in the Storm

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Dec 2016

Peace in the Storm

By: Kendra McClelland Picture yourself getting ready for a formal event with all your best girl friends. You gather hours before you need to leave to allow for spontaneous dance parties, light snacking, and welcomed distractions. Once you’re ready to go, you step outside, and there’s violent gusts of wind tossing your hair like crashing waves. Suddenly, your perfectly curled hair looks like a tornado...

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Gratitude Through the Ups and Downs

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Nov 2016

Gratitude Through the Ups and Downs

By: Rachel Brown November is a month of thankfulness, causing us to sit back and really contemplate the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Here at Wonderfully Made we strive to thank God daily for all He’s done for us, but we find ourselves in a particularly thoughtful mood each year when Thanksgiving rolls around. We know that it’s easy to practice gratitude when...

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Identity Theft

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Oct 2016

Identity Theft

By: Sara Barratt “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Imagine a world where roses were called skunks and skunks, roses. Can you? Yeah, neither can I. While I understand the point William Shakespeare was making in this oft-quoted line from “Romeo and Juliet”, a rose is synonymous for its beauty and sweet smell that we can’t imagine it being called anything...

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My Mirror vs God’s Truth

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Aug 2016

My Mirror vs God’s Truth

“You’re so stupid.” “I guess I look okay.” “Why did I eat all of that? No wonder I’m fat.” “I should have worked out harder.” “I’m such an idiot for forgetting that!” “No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be on time.” Talk, talk talk. Negative self talk. You know what I’m talking about? Sometimes it’s so subtle we don’t even realize we’re doing...

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Passionate Pursuit

11

Aug 2016

Passionate Pursuit

By: Katie Messer What do you think of when you hear Cartier? Bentley? Personal staff? Private yachts? Multi-million dollar estates? What about, filling the pages of your passport? Dating the “hot” guy? Being the center of the social universe? Getting the job? And still, what do you think of in regards to being a good person? How about nipping, cutting, numbing or altogether altering yourself?...

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

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Aug 2016

Stop and Smell the Flowers

By: Tekoa Manning It finally happened last year– I went to look in the mirror and saw my mother. I thought about how swiftly life can zoom past while we are in the fast lane, but when we move over to the slow lane we get a glimpse of the rearview mirror. Flowers and quilts come to mind. The next time you pass a flower...

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Little Quote, Big Reminder

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Jul 2016

Little Quote, Big Reminder

By: Juliandra Durkin “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” –Kathryn Stockett, The Help Life lessons to a two year old that I need to remember… what a great quote! Has anyone else seen or read The Help? Over and over throughout the story, Aibileen, one of the main characters, tries to ingrain this message to the little girl she looks after, Mae...

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23

Jun 2016

Facing the Son

By: Kaci Piccillo Wanting to fit in is a woe faced only by junior high schoolers, right? Ha. Certainly, it becomes less pronounced as you come to know and accept who you are as an individual, but the desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself— to belong— is one that persists throughout all of life, expressing itself wherever a community of people...

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21

Apr 2016

Follow Me, Memes, and Me Me

By: Tekoa Manning A few months ago, I took the first steps, like a crack addict or an alcoholic breathing in a bag, I admitted I was addicted to Facebook. A couple days ago I hit delete and let the DT’s begin. I started realizing that I was carrying my phone with me like I would a 3-month-old baby and not getting much accomplished with...

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24

Mar 2016

More Than Reflections

By: Alyssa Spang “What would you do if they developed houses on this land?” I recently asked my sister. “I don’t know—have a protest or something.” Beside my parents’ house, there is an innocuous patchwork of cornfields and a rugged central Pennsylvania farm path. In middle and high-school, I used to walk the path ruminating and reciting poetry—Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.” Sometimes, I would...

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23

Mar 2016

Three Reasons to Celebrate Easter

By: Abigail Driscoll Let’s be honest: it’s easy to forget. With all of life’s obligations, full schedules, the rush of getting everything done, and your do-to list hanging over our shoulder, holidays have a tendency to sneak up on us. We’re so caught off guard that we scramble to remember why we even celebrate them in the first place. This Easter, let’s take a break...

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22

Feb 2016

A Shrub to an Oak

By: Juliandra Durkin Have you ever started a book that just seemed to take forever to get through? One that you started and stopped, picked up and put down, brought with you to read during appointments and then kept on your shelf for months? There is a particular book that I started last summer and what with the ups and downs with life, other books,...

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14

Feb 2016

Dear Daughter

By: Juliandra Durkin Dear Daughter, Sit with me while I tell you a story. Can you do that? This story begins long before you were born. Long before your brothers and sisters, friends, and even your parents were born. It begins at the dawn of time, when I created time… Before there was anything, I AM, and it was then that I thought of you....

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10

Nov 2015

Italian Vase: “Worth More Than Your Life”

By: Katie Messer A few months back, I stood in line to order some beautiful flowers—imported from Holland. It was a weekend and our children were happily playing with my husband. Thus, I was having a nice time, enjoying the wide array of flowers of every color, fragrance and description—packed into this tiny florist shop. Each bouquet looked like they had been taken right off...

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21

Sep 2015

{A Memoir} by Alyssa Spang

By Alyssa Spang I don’t want to live exciting plot line; I want to be a compelling character… At first, the dash only trembled as my green Toyota, affectionately named Eleanor, rolled past familiar Pennsylvania mountains ablaze with autumn, toward school. I was a second-year English teacher, and I happened to teach at the same high school I attended five years earlier. I’d never anticipated...

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08

Sep 2015

Date a Man Who Pursues Your Heart

By: Mandy Dobbelmann When I was a young girl I loved to dream, especially when it came to love and the nameless man who one day would capture my heart. I’d sit on the swing on my back porch on warm northern Minnesota summer evenings, listening to the crickets and staring at the blanket of stars above me. In that moment, I was fully convinced...

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13

Aug 2015

“I Know You” Means More Than “I Love You”

by: Alyssa Spang Sometimes I’m lonely. On lonely days, I can say with absolute certainty that I crave one thing: to be known. One day my mother told me, “you are consistent.” This simple statement meant more to me than “I love you” ever had. Worlds more. She saw me; she acknowledged my consistency. For that moment, I felt known. I don’t want to be...

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08

Jun 2015

Respectfully Presented

by: Dannah Gresh Respect is at the heart of God’s intention for sexual expression. Lean in while I unveil to you one of the best-kept secrets in the Bible: a single word. The Hebrew word for sex. The Old Testament uses the word yada for sex. It means “to know, to be known, to be deeply respected.” God’s very definition of sex transcends the physical...

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19

May 2015

Poem: I Think It’s Time

by: Arielle Wilburn I think it’s time that you Danced a little harder Dreamed a little bigger I think it’s time that you Sang at the top of your joy and cried at the depths of your sorrow I think it’s time you lived and lived full Time you shook of the haters or whatever And walked like you just found rockets on the bottom...

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14

May 2015

Reflecting or Rejecting the Glory of God

Katie, my dear friend from Friends of Bethany recently shared this message by Lecrae with me. He speaks a lot about our value, which is something we at Wonderfully Made spend a significant amount of time addressing, so I thought it was fitting to share this with you as well. We have no glory of our own, our purpose is to simply glorify God and...

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