Encouragement

Suffering and Sanctification

By Lauren Bowerman 
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 13 

How do you put into words the loneliness of depression? How do you explain it when deep weariness seems to cling to you day after day? How do you articulate to fellow believers – to people who look to you as a “strong Christian woman” – that only weeks ago you sat on your bathroom floor, barely able to breathe except to utter the words to God or whoever might be listening, “Why don’t you love me?” 

How?

Why Your Work is Not in Vain

By Danielle Munoz
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 13 

Work. The Lord gave it to Adam and Eve not after, but within Eden, one special blessing among many in the “good” world He founded.  

As they created, collected, organized, pruned, and explored among the fruit and creatures of God’s garden, the couple walked in their identity as ones made in their Creator’s image (Genesis 1:28).…

Faithfully Navigating the Holidays

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

The air feels different during the holidays. Maybe it’s the decorations on all of the store fronts. Maybe it’s the red cups filled with holiday-themed beverages. For some, maybe it’s the prospect of time off from work. Or maybe it’s the feasting and gift giving with family and friends. Whatever the reason, the air is thick with hopeful expectation – the holidays are magical.

Finding Hope in the Valley

By Lauren Bowerman
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 9 

The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy til we have it, and to pant hourly after it…when it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings.

A Word Fitly Spoken

By Aubrey Coleman
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Can you recall a time in your life when someone shared some really hard truths with you? A time when you were called out on your sin, confronted with ways you’d wronged someone, or simply listened to someone tell you something you really didn’t want to hear?…

What If It Is Not Well With My Soul?

By Rachael Restrick
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 13 

My son has started lying. Apparently, this is normal toddler behavior, but I feel like I must already be failing as a parent. The upside is the hilarity of him not really understanding what it means yet.…

“Do Your Quiet Time”

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Growing up in the church, the resounding exhortation I heard in youth group was this: do your quiet time! Essentially, what the leaders were getting at was this: read the Bible and pray consistently! And they’re right – right? These are essential spiritual disciplines for all believers! However, I clearly remember the struggle to follow through. I would attend a youth conference and come home fired up.…

Take Heart: Full Sun is Coming

By Sarah Morrison
Originally Published in the Be Still Magazine, Issue 6 

Second Peter 1 is an anthem. Peter knows he’s about to be martyred for the cause of Christ, and he’s writing to fellow believers in order to remind them of what they already know: Christ is the sufficient source of all knowledge, and His Word is trustworthy and strongly confirmed. 

Making the Most of the Lord’s Time

By Aubrey Coleman
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

When looking to the week to come, do you grab your calendar and prioritize the events of the week, filling in the spaces with extra house work or errands? Or do you prepare for scheduling in prayer, asking God to shape your time in the way He desires it to be spent?…

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