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On the Podcast: Healing

Praying for healing probably brings up tons of stories and emotions in your mind. Whether it’s for ourselves or someone else, it can be hard to know what is “okay” to pray for or how to specifically pray at all. In these episodes, we’re tackling the topic with a functional nutritionist, soaking ourselves in scripture and actually praying for the healing we desperately seek.**Grabbed your prayer journal for 2023? They’re

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Why surrender needs to be part of prayer

Recently, I shared the 30-minute prayer method that has transformed my prayer life…again. 😉 I keep saying, second to actually starting to use our prayer journal in 2013, this is the biggest transformation I have seen in my prayer life! The method consists of 6 different parts to pray though. (You can get the free PDF to download here.) Today, I wanted to dive into one of the parts that

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How I’m addressing my anxiety

Lately, I’ve been dealing with another bout of anxiety. I’ve shared several times before, the spiritual warfare and the way my mind is attacked around our new collection’s launch time is like clockwork!  The enemy is relentless and the idea of more people praying threatens his plan, so I get why these times are the way they are.  Today, I wanted to share with you how I am addressing my

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Taking an offense is killing us

There are certain sins in our lives that get swept under the rug because they aren’t the big obvious ones like murder, stealing, or addictions. They become like pet sins, those sins that feel tame and safe to keep in our lives. Who are they harming? The pet sin that I think is wreaking havoc on our world today is being easily offendable.   Do you curse the driver who clearly

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9 lies we believe about prayer

I think we’ve all, despite our best intentions, found ourselves making excuses not to pray. Here are some of the most common lies about prayer that have been a struggle for myself and others in our community. Cling to these truths and find the freedom to power through and pray today. Lie: I’m too busy.  This is one of the very biggest lies we tell ourselves. It honestly doesn’t feel

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How to pray more

This is one of the single biggest questions we try to answer at Val Marie Paper through our content and products. Why? Because it’s what we all want, right? Not because we want to check something off a list to be good little Christian kids but because we know that what happens when we pray more changes our entire lives.  We’ve shared the benefits of prayer many times but in

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When we don’t feel like praying

One of the number one reasons we don’t pray consistently is because we simply don’t feel like it. I didn’t say it! You said it! Ok, we’ve all at one point said it. As earth-shaking as prayer can be, we being humans and not perfect creatures, have moments where we forget prayer’s power and assume it’s boring or a waste of time. We might even decide we WILL pray as

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How to do a prayer audit

What does it really mean for God to search our hearts? Psalm 139:23-24 says: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! I make this my prayer often, but if you’ve prayed this too and feel like you aren’t really sure what to do beyond saying a

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Summer rhythms for VMP

Y’all I’m starting to finally get smart about summer. We always have a lot going on (prepping for our spiral prayer journal launch and new collection launch) even though the actual allotted time I have to work is minuscule compared to the school year.  So this year, we are taking a break from the blog for June and July!  The Woerners are actually headed on an adventure for the month

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Embracing a summer rhythm

I used to dread the idea of summer. Anyone? 🙋‍♀️ Don’t feel shy! This is a safe space.  When my girls were really little, Mother’s Day Out offered a summer program which meant for 3 weeks in June and 3 weeks in July, I had child care at least a few days a week. But once they got too old for MDO and summers meant 90 days home together, I

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The perfect summer study

Whether or not you truly have a break in the summer, I think years of school train us to see summer time with a sense of wonder and a time for new adventures. Along with treks to the swimming pool and road trips with the family, you might be thinking of setting a few personal intentions for this season. Reading more? Walks in the morning? I know one of mine

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