Varnado published in ‘Upper Room’


     Beverly Varnado has a passion for writing. And like any devoted writer, she does not fret about getting a rejection notice from an editor, every now and then.
     So, she aims high. And every now and then she hits the mark.
    Last month, Varnado had a daily meditation published in the Upper Room magazine, the entry for Dec. 27. It was the second time she was published in the popular devotional. Her first submission appeared in 2007.
      The Upper Room magazine, based in Nashville, Tenn., is read faithfully by millions of people each day. It circulates in more than 100 nations and is translated into 38 languages. The magazine receives more than 5,000 submissions each year for the 365 meditations it will publish. The magazine encourages submissions from the public.
     “It blesses me to think of someone reading my devotion in Tamil, or Zumi, or Korean,” Varnado said. “I’ve persisted in trying to write for the Upper Room because the magazine has made such an impact on my life, and because their ministry reaches around the world. It truly is a privilege to write for them, and to know God might use the words I write in the life of someone I may never meet this side of heaven.”
        Varnado, who writes a regular blog – – has also secured a book deal for the publication of her first novel, “Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees,” late this year or early 2012. She attends Ray UMC, in Bishop, where her husband, Gerald, serves as pastor. She also attends St. James UMC in Athens.
    She has some advice for any writers seeking to be published in the Upper Room.
     “Go to their website (,” she said. “They give detailed information in what to do and what not to do. It is very helpful and thorough.”
      To read Varnado's meditation go to: