in beauty, Guest Bloggers, quotes, scripture

I Want to be Beautiful

11 Apr 2016

By: Lauren Goderwis “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body,“ (1 Corinthians 6:19- 20). This verse popped up earlier this week. At first, I didn’t really think too much about what it...

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in faith, love, scripture

It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

07 Apr 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin “She wants me to use my gas money, to drive the opposite direction, to pick her up then drive back to the park two blocks from me, just because she doesn’t feel like driving tonight?!” I stared at my phone aghast at my friend’s request for a ride to the park where we decided to go walking that evening. Stomping to the...

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in faith, prayer, scripture

Hurdles, Mountains, and the Valley of Achor

04 Apr 2016

By: Katie Messer “On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 (NASB) Have you ever felt as though one challenging situation kept following another within your life? Perhaps you even wondered if there was something you could do to make the difficulties stop. Allow this to be refreshment to your heart and soul as...

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in freedom, Guest Bloggers, identity

More Than Reflections

24 Mar 2016

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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in freedom, identity, Seasonal

Three Reasons to Celebrate Easter

23 Mar 2016

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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in Seasonal

Springtime Again!

22 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Springtime is full of birds coming out of hiding, bursts of color, and flowers that permeate the air with sweet scent. It is time to get outside and enjoy the earth that is a gift and mystery! Check out this list of fun springtime activities to do solo or to bring friends closer together. Whatever you do this spring, enjoy the way...

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in faith

Ascending Love: An Easter Story

20 Mar 2016

By: Katie Messer “He was right.” Thomas recalled to himself. Still staring up into the sky, with the remaining ten disciples. Thomas continued, “I will forever sing Your praises, Jesus. Thank you.” Jesus of Nazareth had ascended into heaven after conquering death on a cross, just as the prophecies said of the Messiah (Psalm 16:10, Isaiah 52:13-Isaiah 53:12, Daniel 7:13-14, John 14:1-4, John 16:16, John 16:25-28)....

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Tips For Effective Time Management

11 Mar 2016

By: Rachel Brown In this fast-paced day and age we live in, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But instead of succumbing to the “busy” trap, we can create effective ways to manage our time, applying them to all areas of our lives: work, relationships, health, everyday tasks, and passion projects. Here are some time management tips (most revolving...

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in Emotional Health, faith

The Beauty of Repentance

10 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin What does Christ’s death on the cross really mean for us? If we grew up in the church, then we know the story… Jesus grew up in Nazareth and at the Lord’s timing was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. At that point, God the Father sent a dove and spoke from the Heaven’s to say, “This is my...

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in book review, WM spotlight, women of the bible

{WM Spotlight} Bible Belles by Erin Weidemann

09 Mar 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin   Tell us about Bible Belles. Bible Belles is a series designed to help girls battle back against what the world tells them they need to be in order to beautiful. The series is based on five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah. Together, their stories represent the journey a girl can take to discover the true definition...

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in grace, scripture

Weakness is a Blessing

07 Mar 2016

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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in dating and relationships, faith, scripture

Father Knows Best

24 Feb 2016

For too long I’ve been concerned about the desire to be in a relationship. When I start to think about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, quite quickly, my mood can flip, on the verge of becoming completely obsessed with the idea. So why is it bad for me to make these things at the forefront of my mind? Why is it...

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in faith, identity, quotes, scripture

A Shrub to an Oak

22 Feb 2016

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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in body image, fashion with compassion, style

The Link Between Self Worth and Sweatshops

15 Feb 2016

By: Abigail Driscoll In 2006, people were buying a third more clothes than they were in 2002, according to a Cambridge University study. That same study discovered that four times as much clothing fill women’s closets now than in 1980. Where there used to be just four main collections of clothing released by brands each year, one for each season, labels now average about 18...

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in identity, love, Seasonal, worth

Dear Daughter

14 Feb 2016

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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in book review, faith

On Waiting & Walking Through Open Doors

12 Feb 2016

By: Rachel Brown When we’re waiting and praying and dreaming for something, it’s hard to know exactly how to move forward. It’s easy to second-guess ourselves as we mentally sort through the process, asking ourselves plenty of questions along the way. Do we need to seek out stillness, reveling in our quiet time with God? Or should we be continually walking through open doors, submersing...

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in fun, Poetry

The Sunshine is a Tangible Thing

09 Feb 2016

By: Harmony Lange The sunshine is a tangible thing, A palpable thing. It fills the air around you, Paints trees, Wraps you up. It stirs the smell of dirt from the ground The most honest smell. Its warmth dries up the pine needles creating a carpet that whispers softly as you walk, gentle susurrations. Any sound that comes to you Must pass first Through the...

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in beauty

WM Spotlight: Verity Varee Kickstarter

09 Feb 2016

We are thrilled to spotlight our friends over at Verity Varee and hope you’ll check out their Kickstarter campaign! Watch the video below to learn more about the heart and mission of Verity Varee. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this worthwhile campaign!   Verity Vareé Kickstarter from Verity Vareé on Vimeo.

in love, scripture, women of the bible, worth

The King’s Table

04 Feb 2016

By: Tekoa Manning Saul’s grandson, the son of Jonathan, named Mephibosheth was crippled as a child. When he was five years old, a report came that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle and when the boy’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, the nurse dropped Mephibosheth, and he became crippled (2 Samuel 4). Oh,...

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in beauty, body image, fun

Creating Health Related Goals

25 Jan 2016

By: Rachel Brown As we settle into life in 2016, we are constantly seeking ways to live out our New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Many of those may revolve around health, about carving out more time for exercise and finding ways to eat a little lighter after enjoying the delicious treats that the holiday season has to offer. But how do we find balance between...

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in faith, prayer, scripture

Bible Verses for When Your Heart Hurts

25 Jan 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Sometimes it seems like life is an angry ocean, the salty waves crashing down without giving room to breath or space to stand. It can seem especially daunting when life continues in such a way for days, months, and for some years. But be encouraged, friends, as God provided us with His unchanging words to bring life to our hurting hearts! Perhaps...

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