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{NEW PODCAST EPISODES} Arielle Estoria and Lauren Cone

23 Aug 2016

{EPISODE 3} Arielle Estoria: The Life of a Creative Allie Marie Smith interviews Arielle Estoria, a spoken word artist, blogger and motivational speaker. Arielle is diligent in instilling “worthy” back into an insecure generation. They talk about turning your daydream into a day job, what it means to live a life of manna, and Arielle’s advice for those who aren’t yet sure what their passion or calling...

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{WM Spotlight} Moving Mountains Jewelry by Lindsey Drewes
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{WM Spotlight} Moving Mountains Jewelry by Lindsey Drewes

22 Aug 2016

We are thrilled to spotlight a dear friend of ours as she launches her brand new jewelry line called Moving Mountains. Moving Mountains 2 from Justin Jacobs on Vimeo. Tell us about Moving Mountains. Moving Mountains is a grassroots American-made jewelry company that specializes in beautiful minimalist silver and brass soldered jewelry. What gave you the idea for Moving Mountains Jewelry? In the fall of...

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Excerpt from “Mirrors to Windows” by Katie Messer
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Excerpt from “Mirrors to Windows” by Katie Messer

19 Aug 2016

In Mirrors to Windows, Katie demonstrates a simple but dynamic change of viewpoint. Stop fixating on the internal (Mirrors): self-image, perceived needs, insatiable longing for acceptance and love. Instead, steer your eyes outward (Windows), and you’ll see with clarity that the best life and the truest love have been waiting for you all along. God is waiting to blow the roof off your expectations and...

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Don’t Be A Settler

15 Aug 2016

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:25 You may have seen a DirecTV commercial recently where it depicts pioneer-clad people “settling” for cable television instead of choosing to use their satellite service. The tag line at the end of the ad is simple – “Don’t be a settler.” I usually don’t pay attention...

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Passionate Pursuit
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Passionate Pursuit

11 Aug 2016

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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Introducing our New Podcast!
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Introducing our New Podcast!

10 Aug 2016

We have been hard at work on this exciting passion project these last several months and are thrilled to finally be able to share the first two episodes of our brand new podcast! Self-titled “Wonderfully Made,” our podcast is co-hosted by Allie Marie Smith, Wonderfully Made’s Founder and Rachel Brown, one of our blog contributors. Our podcast features authentic conversations with world-changing women. Join us as...

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You Call Yourself
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You Call Yourself

08 Aug 2016

By: Lauren Goderwis You call Yourself the Light This darkness makes it hard to see Please guide me through the shadows That I may continue on with Thee You call Yourself the Shepherd I’m prone to wander and to roam When I go to leave Your presence Break my legs and bring me home You call Yourself Provider In shortage I tend to plead Remind...

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Summer of Service
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Summer of Service

04 Aug 2016

By: Rachel Brown We can’t believe it’s August! Summer is flying by, but there’s still plenty of time before Labor Day Weekend is upon us. This season is one for rest, relaxation, and exploration, certainly, but it’s also a good time to look outside ourselves and find ways to serve others. We’ve rounded up several ways that you can get busy serving, and we’d love...

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Stop and Smell the Flowers
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Stop and Smell the Flowers

01 Aug 2016

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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How to Have a Healthy Body Image This Summer

27 Jul 2016

By: Rachel Brown Though we’re a few months into the summer season already, there’s still plenty of time for fun summery activities—weekends at the lake, afternoons at the pool, evenings spent hosting backyard barbecues. Throughout all of this goodness, it’s easier than we’d like to admit for body image worries to infiltrate our minds. While we know that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made,...

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Because You Are Loved

20 Jul 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin I first heard this poem at a Wonderfully Made event when I was in college. Sitting outside on the lawn, one of the girls at the end of the meeting asked if she could share a poem that meant a lot to her. I remember my eyes stinging a bit with tears because the words were meaningful and pressed on my heart....

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What Do Our Hearts Know?
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What Do Our Hearts Know?

18 Jul 2016

By: Tekoa Manning “If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1 John 3:21. What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows. Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in...

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Little Quote, Big Reminder
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Little Quote, Big Reminder

16 Jul 2016

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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Tea Time
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Tea Time

11 Jul 2016

By: Katie Messer Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 1:3 This morning as we cleaned up the house, my daughter Ruthie reminded me that I promised her a special “tea time.” I asked her if she wanted to have one, just...

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Summer Reading List

06 Jul 2016

By: Rachel Brown Summertime is finally here, and one of our favorite ways to unwind is to stretch out in the sunshine near a body of water (the ocean, a lake, the pool—take your pick) with a cool beverage and a great book. Here are some of the things we’re reading this summer, ranging from old classics to new releases. Share your favorite summer reads...

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When You Invite God Into Your Breakup
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When You Invite God Into Your Breakup

05 Jul 2016

By: Danielle Kingsley I recently dated a great guy for a few months. He had all the key qualities and character traits I’ve ever wanted in a godly man, and on top of that, he was all kinds of handsome. On paper, we were perfect for each other. We had so much in common, we made each other laugh, we served together, and we challenged...

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To Save or Spend
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To Save or Spend

28 Jun 2016

By Christie Pierce To save or to spend? We’re faced with that question in a hundred different ways each day. I used to be an obsessive spender. At twenty-four years old, my grandparents gave me ten thousand dollars. I went out and bought Gucci shoes and silk dresses and I don’t even remember what else. The money was gone within weeks. I had a zero...

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Bikini Bod and Freedom

28 Jun 2016

By: Charmaine Porter Y’all modesty is frustrating! This is the one TRUTH that everyone seems to skip over when they talk about how great modesty is and why we should strive for it. I work for a purity ministry and we believe in modesty because it’s important to God, but very rarely will anyone say this – modesty ain’t no joke! It’s tough! And it’s...

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7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery
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7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery

23 Jun 2016

By Allie Marie Smith If you’re like me and have struggled with food and body image issues, you realize that it’s a journey. Sometimes we take two steps toward freedom only to take one step back. The important thing is that we don’t lose hope in our recovery and that we press forward toward greater freedom, health and wholeness. Since I have personally taken quite...

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Facing the Son

23 Jun 2016

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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