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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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Dec 2015

{Merry Christmas}

By: Juliandra Durkin             Juliandra Durkin is the manager for Wonderfully Made’s blog Know Your Value. She also writes at Written Jewels, a personal blog with stories and reflections on life. Besides writing, she spends her free time exercising or out in nature. Give her a beach or a mountain; sunrise or sunset, she loves it all, especially walking her...

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03

Dec 2015

Gift Guide for Girlfriends

By: Rachel Brown We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we still have a lot of gift items to check off of our Christmas shopping lists! Friends are so fun to shop for but sometimes there are so many good gift options that it’s hard to choose just a few. We’ve narrowed down some of our favorite gift items for friends and shared them...

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04

Nov 2015

An Encouraging Playlist…

Hey ladies! We put together a list of some songs that will be encouraging and uplifting to your day. Maybe you can have a little worship session by yourself, with your friends, or simply listen to these songs while you study to keep you going.   Wait for Me, by Rebecca St. James   Set the World on Fire, Britt Nicole   10,000 Reasons, by Matt...

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13

Sep 2012

The Dreamer

by Kristina Fertala [Image Source] Have you ever had this thought before? In another life I would be super outgoing, be bold, enjoy roller coasters, get better grades, have a beautiful voice and “live a little more.” Nearly every single one of us comes across this “in another life” statement at one point or another. But why? In what other life would we be living out...

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01

May 2012

Water the Grass

by Natalie Lynn Borton [photo credit] I have a confession for you: I’m a “grass is always greener” person. I really wish that wasn’t the case, but the perfectionist in me is always seeking out what could be better and make me feel happier. I always want to do my best, and make life as ideal as possible, and as I result I can often...

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13

Apr 2012

Count it All Joy

by Kate Wenzel NOTE FROM WM: Sometimes a photo just grabs you in way that changes you. That’s what happened when I stumbled across this captivating shoot by Kate Wenzel. As you’ll see, the photos speak for themselves. Love, Allie “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And...

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Dec 2011

Savor the Season

by Natalie Lynn Borton [photo credit] If you don’t read Shauna Niequist‘s blog yet, you should start. She doesn’t write too often, but whenever she posts something, it is always profound. Her most recent post, Present Over Perfect, is all about what matters this Christmas season. It is a charge to all of us to slow down, stop crossing off our to-do lists, and savor...

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01

Dec 2011

Advent Conspiracy: The Art of Reclaiming the True Spirit of Christmas

by Allie Marie Smith I’m ashamed to confess that one of things I’m looking forward to the most this Christmas is getting some new Lululemon gear and another pair boots—I gave my mom my wish list and she always comes through for my inner diva. See, I’m twenty-eight and I still think I’m the reason for the season! God-honest, soul-checks are never pretty are they?...

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Nov 2011

Gripping the Ground: Overcoming Negative Thoughts

by Abby Farr [photo credit] Have you ever found yourself desperate or discouraged? I’m not quick to acknowledge such negative sounding emotions, but as I’ve found myself in a season with all of life up in the air, I woke up this morning finally able to identify the yucky feelings I’ve been having lately. They aren’t constant, but they are whirling around inside of me...

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10

Nov 2011

Permission to Enjoy: Reflections from a Saltwater Cowgirl

by Allie Marie Smith Print by Mae Chevrette Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Phillippians 4:4) What is our chief purpose in life? This famous question presented in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is answered with profound simplicity: To glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. Most of us girls are well aware of the first part of our purpose. But how...

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May 2010

Shopping Your Joy Away: Living in a Culture of Over-Consumerism

One of my most vivid prayers as a little girl was for L.A. Gear shoes and pierced ears. Thankfully my prayers have matured a bit since the fourth grade (and yes in case you’re wondering I got my way), but I weekly struggle with buying into our culture of over-consumerism. Even if I don’t act upon my purchasing compulsions, you better know that I waste...

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10

Nov 2009

Pursued.

I was changing a diaper upstairs today when I heard an awfully suspicious noise. Not a noise I could actually identify, but one of those “a 4-year-old boy is making God’s outside MUCH LOUDER THAN ORIGINALLY DESIGNED” suspicious noises. He’d been playing so well with his pet snails.(Yes, I said pet snails…) I went to the upstairs window and immediately started thumping away when I...

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