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 September, we share stories of the words out of our mouths and what the Lord does with them.

You are invited to stay awhile.



  • FROM THE EDITOR: Mind Your Mouth

    FROM THE EDITOR: Mind Your Mouth

    On a morning in mid-summer, I found myself listing all the ways in which I was failing on that day alone. I couldn’t care for a flower plant well enough to keep it alive. Literally. It withered up, giving no explanation. I couldn’t tend well enough to a tomato plant to support its production of […]

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  • Hummingbird Moth

    Hummingbird Moth

    The first time I saw it, I wasn’t sure I wanted to stick around. Flying insects sometimes come across as bullies, willing to defend their space with actions causing me discomfort, let’s say. Dr. Katie Kilmer, an associate professor of biology and environmental health at Missouri Southern State University, assures me hummingbird moths do not […]

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  • PLANTED: Spoon Tomato

    PLANTED: Spoon Tomato

    Sources tell me the spoon tomato is the tiniest tomato of all. Seed reviewers note the overabundance of fruit overloading the plant, the space around the plant and the time given by the grower to pick the small, little salad toppers. Psshhh*. I hesitate to bring up the drought and 100 degree temperatures we dealt […]

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  • Good Times September

    Good Times September

    Events are subject to change. Contact event directly for more information. Submit an event for consideration at editor@homegrownjournal.com. SeymourSeymour Apple FestivalSept. 8-10, FreeSeymour Squarehttps://seymourapplefestival.com/ The annual Seymour Apple Festival is celebrating 50 years this Sept 8-10. During the festival, you can see 100+ craft and various vendors, free live entertainment, 5K run, parade, Johnny Appleseed […]

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  • That Thing You Eat: Make It Local In September

    That Thing You Eat: Make It Local In September

    Homegrown is in our name. Submit information about southwest Missouri farms to editor@homegrownjournal.com to be considered for future issues. Click the links below and like their Facebook pages. BIG MEATSBEEFRepublic, Missouri Big Meats provides USDA certified, local beef that has been raised, processed and packaged in southwest Missouri. Purchase beef already cut and packaged, or […]

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  • Calling, Commitment, and Cambodia

    Calling, Commitment, and Cambodia

    LOOKING AT THE FIELDS Working alongside her father in the Kansas wheatfields was a daily chore for my wife, Carmen, during her childhood. When she was 13, riding in the family work truck and gazing at the crops, it seemed like another summer’s day as her mind shifted toward the upcoming months and the necessary […]

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  • Refreshing Others With Our Words

    Refreshing Others With Our Words

    I nestled into my hammock, a stack of thank you notes on my lap. After five months of study, lesson planning, sermon delivery, and small group facilitating, I was satisfied, yet weary. I began to read the gracious words written by the ladies in my church’s Bible study. words + photographs EVA BURKHOLDER Some just […]

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  • Made Good Enough

    Made Good Enough

    Throughout my life, I have struggled with the belief I am just not good enough. I felt if I worked really hard, maybe I could be. These lies have permeated multiple areas of my life: school, work, relationships. When I was in high school, college, and even graduate school, I had an incessant need to […]

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  • Fighting Words

    Fighting Words

    Satan tries very hard to cause us to believe false truths. As we begin to believe those false truths and have doubts in our hearts and minds, we begin to turn ever so slightly from Jesus. Sometimes, I believe the lies. words + photographs JAYLA PENICK Some days, I believe I must be happy and […]

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  • Lessons & Plans

    Lessons & Plans

    “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” (Jeremiah 29:11). Ever since I can remember, I knew the plan the Lord had for me. He had clearly revealed to me I was called to […]

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  • Repurposed


    Isaiah 55:11 promises God’s Word does not go out without a purposeful return in all He means to accomplish. I have witnessed this spiritual principle many times. All around, we have opportunities in how we carry His Word and how we listen to it ourselves. words + photographs MELISSA SWEARENGIN I once heard a funny […]

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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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