LEAD A LIFE WORTHY
OF YOUR CALLING
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.
You are invited to stay awhile.
IN THIS ISSUE
Backtracking to the Woods
We had a decision to make: go through or backtrack and find another option. Because of our disinterest in trudging through winter-cold water, soaking our shoes and socks, and possibly catching pneumonia (says my mom’s voice in my head), we backtracked and hoped for another, better, drier path. If you are hoping this is an…
Lettuce and Peas, Please
Here’s a bright idea: Bookmark this page for updates throughout the season — words + photographs JULIE JOHNSON — Today’s the day, or so says my mom’s printed copy of the 2023 The Old Farmer’s Almanac. If I am to plant lettuce and peas under moon-favorable conditions and timing and all, it’s now or wait…
We Want A King. We Want It Now. *devotional*
“But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, (emphasis added) with a king to lead us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19-20 Devotion The elders of Israel had asked Samuel for…
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 Devotion Great love, great gift. The word “great” has always been one of my favorite words. It brings with it the idea things couldn’t be much better, that the world…
Not Your Battle *devotional*
Read And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’”2 Chronicles 20:15 Recommended reading: 2 Chronicles 20, a great chapter showing believers what steps…
Frog Hat *devotional*
Devotion How do you like my frog hat? I am at the treatment center waiting for my chemotherapy. Today I am handing out bookmarks to the other cancer patients. I made them. I know. I’m a 52-year-old dork, but at least I’m a dork for Jesus! One side has a Bible verse, and the other…
A funny thing happened in 2019 as I began to serve a new congregation in South Carolina. The day after I preached my second sermon, I did not feel too good. By Tuesday, I was slurring my speech and had no energy. On Wednesday, I was dragged to urgent care, which is a misnomer. After…
Faith Like a Lamb *devotional*
One of our sheep is a ewe named Rose. She was the first sheep I had ever halter trained. When Rose was young, I regularly went down to the pasture to talk to and pet her. In doing so, a bond was forged between sweet little Rose and myself. From the time I first put…
Eclectica performs “In the Bleak Midwinter”
“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a poem written by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) in 1872. According to Mary Kay Beall, Rossetti wrote the lyrics by request of Scribner’s Monthly, an American magazine. Lyrics We are thrilled to share this arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” with Homegrown Journal readers. It was composed by Denise Burrell…
Miracle On Cherokee Street
I received my only pairs of legwarmers, one pink and one purple, from my sister Pam. She had been so excited to give them to me; she couldn’t wait until Christmas. Routinely, before we fell asleep in her bed, we would eat candy bars, Butterfingers and Skors. I was the first to know her baby…
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Each issue of HOMEGROWN JOURNAL allows us to feel less alone in our journeys by giving voice to local friends and global neighbors who unabashedly say: I have been there. This is part of my story.
May our experiences bring you comfort, implore your courage, light the path for your own action.
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