Christian Women's Magazine | Dealing with Doubt

JBU Fall Cover 2017


Thank you for being part of the Just Between Us magazine family! It means so much that you take time every quarter to sit down with us as you read through the pages of the magazine, letting God’s Spirit wash His words of encouragement, hope, and peace over your life just where you need it most! With every issue we put together, we try to envision your faces—imagining that we’re actually sitting down with you over a good cup of coffee or tea and sharing our hearts friend to friend. We want you to know that we’re here to encourage you in whatever season you’re going through and whatever doubts you face. By the time you read the last word and drink your last drop, it’s our prayer that you come away filled up with refreshment for your soul.      

One of the things I love about living in the Midwest is the changing seasons. Wisconsin falls are ushered in with beautiful splashes of color—deep rich reds, yellows, and oranges of every hue. It’s a feast for the eyes. I pray that this issue is a feast for your eyes and soul as well. I hope the beauty in its pages cover to cover will pamper and refresh you in the deepest parts. Isn’t it comforting to know that in our ever-changing lives and world, there is one constant: our unchanging God—our companion and friend? Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” 

We’re excited about this issue. And we’ve made a few changes in the magazine that we hope will add to your reading enjoyment. 

First up…Elizabeth Murphy is retiring her “Between the Pages” column for now. We have  appreciated the refreshing way she reviewed books and the inspiration she gave us to read each one. We’re excited to introduce her new column, “It is Well” (on page 42). With so many difficult things going on in our lives and around us, her insight is going to help us change our focus to what is well—on what there is to celebrate. She’ll tackle different topics every issue. This first one is prayer. I hope you love it as much as I do—it’s sure to change your perspective!

Next, we’ve also done some rearranging and made the pages cleaner and easier to read. We hope you like the results.           

My prayer is the content in these pages will remind you that you are not alone in this journey of faith—that you have Christian sisters around the world who are cheering you on and walking with you as they share their hearts and faith with you. And I hope you will take some time to reflect on the ways God surrounds your life with beauty. 

So curl up in your favorite chair and get your favorite drink and dive into this issue. I’m excited for the changes God’s going to bring into your life as you step aside from the noise and let Him splash His colors of encouragement and hope on your heart.

Until next time,

Shelly Esser

Please enjoy the articles JBU has shared from this issue of Just Between Us Magazine. As you read, we pray you are encouraged as you trust God through whatever trials you face; finding contentment to help you embrace your circumstances and ultimately finding the peace only God can give.

When it feels like you are parenting on a high-wire over a deep spiritual canyon, prayer and God’s Word form a safety net of hope for you and your kids. Read more

Parenting Advice

To truly enjoy the presence of God is the greatest thing we can do for ourselves and for those we love - but it will take practicing healthy spiritual habits. Read more

Spiritual Growth

Your child just told you he’s gay. Now what? The answer “unconditional love". Read this advice on 12 things a parent should say. Read more

Christianity and Culture

Do you feel led to love on people in your sphere of influence in some out-of-the box way? Listen to God’s prompting; embrace those wild ideas and dream big! Read more

Finding Purpose

What role does prayer play in our emotional health? It's a vital gift! Prayer is an invitation to settle into the gracious presence of God and "let it all out." Read more


Even individuals with influence need care. What happens when leaders themselves hit hard times? Who is there to minister to them? Read more


It’s safe to say that we all feel pretty stressed out living in this fast-paced, digital world. Yet, finding peace is possible! Read more


Why should we memorize scripture? Memorizing Bible verses puts God’s word deep in our hearts; connecting us to Him, giving us hope and peace beyond understanding. Read more

God's Word

If you need clear, precise answers - direction for where to go, what to do, and when or how to do it - God has the answers for you. Read more

Relationship with God

Do you often ask yourself, “how can I improve my prayer life?” Here are a few simple tips that may help you in your quest to deepen your time of prayer. Read more


Is it really okay to be happy? Contrary to what many of us have been taught or perceived, we don't need to be afraid of God's good gift of happiness. Read more


How can I trust God through hardship and uncertainty? Look at the Japanese art of Kintsugi. God too will make the broken beautiful! Read more


In our search to be Christian women who are both bold and gentle, we must avoid the pitfalls of either side. Read more

Faith 1 Comments

Ultimately, we must care about the world because God cares about it. We don't want to miss the heart of God because we are too busy looking at ourselves. Read more


Even with all of her successes, Ashley Thomas always struggled with being enough. After years of wrestling with God, she finally came to the life-changing conclusion: God is enough! Read more

Inspirational Stories

How do you create a shared spiritual life with your spouse and start moving forward together spiritually? Read more

Marriage Advice

Recovery is all about choices—whether public or private. Read more

Inspirational Stories

An addict in the family tells the story of a mother's journey through her child's addiction and the faith that pulled them through. Read more

Inspirational Stories