A magazine for women in southwest Missouri.

Homegrown Journal is on mission to encourage each of us to lead lives worthy of our calling. Every issue features writers who tell their stories with the expectant hope that shared experiences will rally us to persevere in our aspirations, empower us to move beyond the giants in our paths, to be bold in loving our neighbors.

In December, we share stories of miracles and how the Lord sometimes shows up to the battle incognito.

You are invited to stay awhile.



  • Baby, Please Come Home For Christmas

    Baby, Please Come Home For Christmas

    After a very long, seven-year journey of infertility and pregnancy loss, my husband, Casey, and I found out we were expecting. I had extra testing and monitoring during my pregnancy given our previous stillbirth, but everything always came back normal. However, at 31 weeks I began having contractions during a baby shower at work. I […]

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  • Unified To Do More

    Unified To Do More

    I’ve been part of Special Olympics Missouri since I began assisting my dad* at events. When I was 10 years old, I participated in the Polar Plunge. In 6th grade, I became a Unified Partner where I assisted with basketball. Over the past eight years, I’ve grown and formed friendships with other athletes and Unified […]

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  • Fickle Faith

    Fickle Faith

    “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance that God is working, even though we cannot see it. Faith knows that no matter what the situation, in our lives or someone else’s, that God is working in it.” That’s the definition you get if you ask Google. It’s a great definition but […]

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  • A Conversation with Denise Burrell, Gifted with Grit

    A Conversation with Denise Burrell, Gifted with Grit

    It could have been seen as a defiant statement against resolutions, the kind we rattle off at the stroke of Midnight on Dec. 31 of any year. Instead, Denise Burrell quietly set aside the need for lofty goal setting and decided to learn a new skill instead. She thinks it was cross-stitching. She was in […]

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  • Fear Almost Had Me

    Fear Almost Had Me

    Fear. Four little letters bringing about a wave of emotion, causing me to feel as though I am drowning at the mention of the word. Merriam-Webster defines fear as “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger;” “a state of emotion, anxious concern, solitude;” and “profound reverence and awe, especially toward […]

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  • Middle-of-the-Night Friend

    Middle-of-the-Night Friend

    Life has been difficult for my family for about 19 months. Since May, we have been on a very scary and fearful rollercoaster. But God. Through this scary ride, God has sustained us, helping us to hear His Word to encourage and to give courage. And we have had friends constantly praying for us, cheering […]

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  • More Than I Can Bear

    More Than I Can Bear

    I had always wanted to be a mom. However, I didn’t know how hard, heartbreaking or rewarding the journey of becoming a mom would be. My husband, Casey, and I decided to start trying for our first child about two years into our marriage. Unfortunately, we struggled with infertility, and it took us three years […]

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You are invited to stay awhile. Be encouraged. Share.


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You’ve read it. Now tell us why you couldn’t put it down. In 50 words or less, let readers know how a book impacted you, why it was a fun read, what it taught you, why we should read it too. Up to three books per issue. Send us an email for more information and to sign up ~>> editor@homegrownjournal.com.

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Where are you going? Show&Tell us places to go, things to do, foods to eat. Whether you are at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day or at the Top of the Rock this weekend, we want to see what you see. Share with our readers your list of must sees and must dos. BONUS: Or, let your kids borrow the camera and invite them to be our tour guides. Send us an email for more information and to sign up ~>> editor@homegrownjournal.com

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We each have a story to tell, whether it’s rainbows and butterflies or heartbreaks and minefields. Though not the same words, we believe shared experiences can help and heal, encourage and inspire. Consider writing for Homegrown Journal. For a list of upcoming topics, send us an email ~>> editor@homegrownjournal.com.

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