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Now Accepting Submissions for Be Still Magazine!!!

Today we launched the first issue of Be Still Magazine and I am so excited for this project. My goal in creating this magazine was for it to be beautiful and purposeful. I wanted it to be a different kind of magazine…one that you open up with your Bible, and one that is filled with beauty, encouragement, and truth. The articles are meant to encourage, teach, and point women to the Lord. Our amazing team worked hard on this project and I am so thrilled with the result.

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I am also thrilled to announce that we are ready to begin accepting your submissions for future issues! If you feel that the Lord has given you a message to share, we would love for you to share it with our readers.

We will be accepting submissions for articles, photography, poetry, artwork, and more to be featured in future issues of the magazine.

Submitting is simple! Email your submission to submissions@bestillmagazine.com

Typical article submissions should be between 1000-2000 words, but we are open to all types of submissions regardless of length. If your article is selected, we will contact you.

Due to the volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to each one. It will also take us several weeks to read through and select content for upcoming issues. We may even contact you in a few months if we feel your article or content would be the perfect fit for a future issue.

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This is so fabulous! We need more uplifting material out there! So excited for this and getting this right now! God is doing amazing things … and btw, love your IG account… beautiful and encouraging so I can’t imagine how amazing this magazine will be!!! :)

Redeemed Online Study

We will begin studying the book of Exodus with the new Redeemed study on July 18th! Participants can post on instagram with the hashtags #lampandlight and #redeemedstudy and you can also join our Facebook group and connect with other women online who are doing this study!

You can purchase your copy of the Redeemed Study in our shop.

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We are so excited to study this amazing book of the Bible and see how every detail points to Jesus. This study will remind us that God is on our side, that He will never leave us, that He longs to dwell with us, and that He is faithful. The book is full of so many things that are so relevant to our lives and the worries that we face each day! We would love to have you join us in this study!

Join our Facebook group, and also make sure to connect with us on our Facebook page!

You can purchase your copy of the Redeemed Study in our shop.

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Free Lock Screens to Encourage Your Day

I love sending out weekly lock screens to our newsletter subscribers! We are always looking at our phones throughout the day, and I love having Scripture and encouragement as the first thing that I see. We have a few lock screens below just for our blog readers! If you would like to receive new lock screens each week as well as other exclusive content and sale info, make sure to sign up for our newsletter below!!!



 

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These are so beautiful!

Choosing Joy and Clearing the Social Media Clutter

Social media…it has tremendous power for good, but it can also be a huge time sucker that steals away lots of time in the day, and more importantly our joy.

Aside from the fact that Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media can tend to steal time away from us doing big things that really matter, I have one other issue with it. A few months ago I made a huge effort to eliminate things that are negative from my life. I know it might sound straight from a cheesy self help book, but this has made a huge difference for me. I get easily distracted by negative things in my life. I think about them more than I should and tend to let them make me worry unnecessarily.

So here is my challenge to you, and if you will do it, it  will make a huge difference. Head over to Facebook and instagram, and clean up your feeds.

  • If someone is contantly negative, remove them from your feed.
  • If they post things that tear down others, remove them from your feed.
  • If you find yourself feeling jealousy when you read their posts, remove them from your feed
  • If you feel like you are in constant competition with them, remove them from your feed.
  • If you feel irritated by their posts, remove them from your feed.
  • If they do not point you to Jesus or encourage you, remove them from your feed.

This might seem silly to you, it did to me at first too. But, when I actually did it, I can’t even tell you how relieved I felt. Removing negativity from your life will have a profound effect on how much you can accomplish and how you feel. When we remove negative influences, we are free to fill our time and minds with the Lord, and with the joy that comes only from Him.

Clear the clutter, and make time for what really matters. Remove the things that distract your heart from the most important One, and fill your life and feed with people that point you to Jesus and turn your heart to praise.

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Below I have posted a few verses on joy to remind you where our true Joy is found.

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

My lips will shout for joy,
    when I sing praises to you;
    my soul also, which you have redeemed.
Psalm 71:23

May all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
Psalm 70:4

Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
Jeremiah 15:16

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalms 51:12

For the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:24

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Rebecca Jo Vincent

I’ve just felt God’s prompting on this this morning… so thank you for the reassurance to do it. Time to clear the air in my world :)

Bonita Rose

I have done this and oh the peace it gives… xo bonitarose

Rachel Schultz

I just did this today! I personally struggle with comparing myself to “healthy” people or food/fitness accounts. Despite their platform of encouragement + information, they unintentionally make me feel like I’m not healthy enough, I’m not good enough, I’m not fit enough. Thank you so much for sharing those versus and reminding us where our joy comes from!! <3

This really does help & it is a great advice!
http://www.beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com

Joanne Gutierrez

Thank You Kristin!

Stefanie Hoffa Skokowski

Kristin, thank you for this beautiful reminder! I steadily remove negative people from my feed, but never thought to also remove people of whom I feel jealous or the need the compete with. Thank you for this eye opener!

Great post! <3 I ended up just having to delete my Facebook because of all the negative that was on my feed daily!

Favorite Things 4/15

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My first favorite for the week has to be the new Grace Upon Grace study on the book of James. I am so excited that this is finally available. God taught me so much through this study and it is my prayer that He will do the same for you!

Sometimes I like to go back and reread some of the books that have had the biggest influence on me. Kisses from Katie is on my list to reread because it is truly a life changing book. It will open your eyes to so much that is going on in the world, and how much we have the opportunity to love on others. Because at the end of the day, we can be a beautiful witness for Jesus simply by loving the people around us.

Working from home means that you can usually find me in leggings and Target t-shirts. I recently got this minimal makeup palette, and I have been loving it. It is everything that I need for a quick and easy makeup look. It has blush, bronzer, highlighter, and eyeshadows all put together in an adorable little palette.

My sister bought me this luxurious face mask for Christmas and I finally took the time to use it this past week. Wow, days later and my skin still feels incredibly smooth. It is a splurge, but the product lasts long and the results are amazing.

I am currently decorating my office, and I am loving all the pineapple things! My love for pineapples started when I was a little girl and first made a trip to Williamsburg, VA, and learned all about how pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. I have collected a few for my office, and I am loving this white pineapple! Could it be any cuter!

My Spotify Worship playlist is usually on repeat! I play it while I work, while I study Scripture, and when we are in the car. If you are looking for a great playlist, I recommend it. I would love to hear what songs are your favorites so I can add them to my list.

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Charlotte's Corner

I always love Pineapples and for the same reasons you listed! I love that they are sign of hospitality and I have also visited Williamsburg.
So happy to have found your site..with your uplifiting posts and great resources.