When Life Puts You on Pause

By Trudy Samsill
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 15 

Have you ever found yourself watching a movie and something happens that forces you to need to press the pause button? The phone rings, someone needs a bathroom break or a snack refill.…

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?” 


God Will Use Your Brokenness

By Brittany Allen
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 4

We are a broken people, am I right?

Each of us come from various backgrounds and upbringings that shape our character and struggles. We have been broken by others, broken by this world and are undeniably broken at the core of our being.…

When God Feels Far

By Sarah Morrison 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

I had a bad day. Well, it was a week. Maybe it’s actually been the past year. Or two. But on this particular day, unmet needs, unanswered prayers, disappointments, and an hour-long wait at a restaurant all intersected at a weird, chaotic four-way stop.…

Reconciling God's Goodness With Our Suffering


By Brittany Allen
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, issue 8.

I’ll never forget it.

I can never unsee it, and I can never unfeel it.

The pain of watching the ultrasound tech search for that once obvious baby while contractions pulsed and tears filled my eyes was one of the most excruciating things I’ve experienced both physically and emotionally.…

The Wrong Way to Read Romans 8:28


Something frustrating, confusing, unthinkable happened. Something that turned my stomach inside out. Something that burdened me like an elephant resting on each shoulder. At the news, the number one thing I heard over and over and over was: “Everything happens for a reason.”

I grew more and more disheartened with each time someone relayed to me that phrase.…

For a Little While


I was recently in the Boston area visiting friends. We walked a lot, seeing sights and natural wonders. We walked to see the sight of the Boston Massacre. We walked along jetties in the middle of Gloucester’s bay. We walked along the shoreline, getting our feet wet in low tide. …

His Way Is Perfect


After weeks of anticipation, I was excited about August 17, 2016 because it was the day of our scheduled ultrasound to see our third little baby! I was so excited that I wanted my husband and our two older children, to be there to witness the spectacular moment of seeing the baby on the screen and hearing the heartbeat. …