The Story of How Wonderfully Made Began by our Founder Allie Marie Smith
I started Wonderfully Made my sophomore year of college after battling severe depression, poor body image, insecurity and witnessing so many of my close girlfriends go through similar issues such as such eating disorders, self-harm, promiscuity and drug and alcohol abuse.
In high school, I got straight A’s in school, excelled in athletics and was well-liked by my popular group of friends. From the age of twelve, I began having severe feelings of low self esteem. Clinical depression eventually set in and questions flooded my mind about the purpose of my existence.
I battled depression all throughout high school, but everything changed when I was 18. My depression became so paralyzing that I was hospitalized two weeks after graduating summa cum laude. I was discharged and the depression worsened.
In the midst of my brokenness I became fully aware of my need to truly know God. It was through my darkest hours that God became real in my life. My faith became genuine and personal as I began to read the Bible for the first time. Though I’ve had setbacks, depression was replaced by hope as I received the proper professional help I needed as well as the unconditional love and support of my family. One day, I uncovered a beautiful treasure in Psalm 139, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
I can still remember the first time I read Psalm 139 and thought ‘how come I never read this before? How come now one has ever told me this before? This is so beautiful.” I just felt like every girl needed to know that she was fearfully or lovingly and wonderfully made by God. She wasn’t an accident. She was created for a beautiful purpose.
After reading this verse, I was compelled to tell every girl the beautiful truth I had found in the Psalms and especially point girls to the One source of their true identity and worth. I knew it was a calling in my life to share this verse to multitudes of girls.
It was my starting point to not only share that girls are fearfully and wonderfully made, but to help start their relationship with Christ and ultimately discover their true identity. Since our beginning, God has reach tens of thousands of girls and women through our programs and events. I invite you to listen to a podcast, read through our Bible studies or blog, watch one of our short films or join us for one of our conferences. I hope your soul will be lifted and that you will be reminded that you are not alone on this journey or in the struggles you face, that God deeply loves you and is with you.