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Homesick

By Bethany Mathis  
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 6 

When I was a child, I was rarely homesick. I loved spending the night with friends or grandparents, going on vacations or to camp. I really don’t remember a time when I longed for my home.…

The Wanderer’s Returning

By Emily S. Davis  
Guest Contributor 

It’s not that I meant to wander. It’s not that I purposefully determined in my heart to stray from my first love. It was the sinking revelation that I had made the Lord familiar, commonplace. When had His name stopped being so very precious to me? When…

Regaining God’s View of His Church

By Inonge Siluka 
Guest Contributor 

What do you do when you just don’t want to hang out with your church family? When you find it difficult to foster relationships in church? Or if you just find church life a bit mundane? Perhaps you’re a new Christian, and you walk into a church full of people you have little in common with, and you don’t know how to relate to them; or maybe you just feel like you never quite fit in anywhere, no matter where you go. It…

Seeing God: A Pre/Post Quarantine Reflection

By Caitlyn Baldwin 
Guest Contributor 

When you look back on 2020, what do you want to see? It might be tempting to focus on the things that didn’t turn out like you thought they would. For me, that looks like time not able to spend with family for fear of the risk, the trips that were postponed, events large and small that were cancelled, a quarter of my first year of grad school moved online, a job put on hold.…

When the Bough Breaks

By Kelly Fowler 
Guest Contributor 

Picture this: I’m sitting on my comfortable couch in my beautiful home with my wonderful husband asleep in the next room. My refrigerator is full, my car that carries me wherever I need to go is tucked into the garage, and a quiet hum reminds me that I have air conditioning keeping me cool.…

True Simplicity

By  Kayla Colvin  
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 6 

Simplicity: It’s a word often used in today’s world. Minimalism is trending, and  “the simple life”  is dangerously close to idolization for most. Pinterest and Instagram are full of examples and tutorials on how to simplify. …

What I Have to Offer

By Kelsey Lasher 
Guest Contributor 

I’m sitting silently, listening to the conversation around the dinner table. My friends have gathered over plates of hamburgers and corn on the cob and all the fruits that summer has to offer, leaning in to fill their bodies with the products of sunlight and warmth.…

Learning to be Deeply Rooted

By Bethany Mathis 
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 4 

A few weeks ago my four-year-old daughter came home from school and asked if we could plant a flower. She had learned that day about how plants grow and was beyond excited to watch one grow herself.…

Love in the Time of Corona

By Laura K. Weld 
Guest Contributor 

It isn’t explanations we need. It’s a person. We need Jesus Christ, our refuge, our fortress, the stronghold of my life. It takes desolation to teach us our need of Him. 

Elisabeth Elliot, Suffering is Never for Nothing 

I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s classic, Love in the Time of Cholera, probably twenty years ago now.…

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