Christian Women's Magazine | Delighting God's Heart

JBU Winter 2018 Cover


There’s nothing like the feeling of walking up to a good friend’s door and having it flung open in happy anticipation of your arrival. When you come to the pages of this issue, we want you to feel like we’ve rolled out the welcome mat just for you waiting to get our arms around you with a good cup of freshly brewed coffee. We want you to “come on in” to the pages, settle in, and make yourself at home—to let God meet you here so very personally. And to know that you are in the company of good friends who can’t wait to walk alongside you and encourage your heart! 

We’re so glad you’re part of our Just Between Us family—especially the hundreds of you who are joining us for the very first time. In these pages we want you to find “me too” moments, a lifeline for your hurting places—and we want you to discover an oasis of hope and sisterhood—and nourishment for your faith journey.   

Imagine yourself surrounded by friends with the Christmas tree lights sparkling and the coffee and cookies filling your senses. Kick off your shoes, let yourself relax with your favorite coziest throw, and let the words in this issue wash over your spirit turning your heart to the King—the only One who can truly meet every need of your heart and life. 

Speaking of opening the door, I can’t wait for you to meet Rosaria Butterfield, our interview for this issue on page 20. Her incredible story of how she came to Christ reminds me so much of the Apostle Paul’s dramatic conversion story. She will challenge all of us to open our doors to the people we come in contact with—family, friends, and strangers alike—just  a little wider. Serving “radically ordinary gospel-minded hospitality,” as she calls it just might change someone’s life for eternity—it did hers! 

This past year we’ve been on quite a journey together as we’ve “hunted” for hope—our word for 2018. I believe God has used His Word and the words of women all over the globe to point us to the only hope for our lives, Jesus Christ. And I can think of no better way to close this year than with the reason for the hope we have to celebrate this holy season.

Author J.I. Packer said this in his book, Knowing God:

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity—hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory—because at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross. It is the most wonderful message that the world has ever heard, or will hear.

Let “the most wonderful message the world has ever heard” stir your hearts anew as you go into this season. And don’t forget you not only have a Savior who is looking after your every need, but a host of sisters who are praying for you throughout the year!

A blessed Christmas from our door to yours!

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.

For some, the world isn’t jolly and bright this Christmas. Here are a few ways you can support others through their grief this holiday season. Read more

Grief and Loss

For many, the Christmas season brings stress, conflict, and digital addiction; as we spend time on our “screens” trying to alleviate our stress and loneliness. Read more


God the Father ensures that with each transition in life comes the necessary grace to move intentionally and successfully. Grace is God’s enabling ability. Read more

God's Grace

It’s okay to lament - to express the truth about our pain. In our pain and vulnerability, we have the opportunity to connect to God in new and deeper ways. Read more

Pain and Suffering

Have you been trying to be a good Christian, yet never feel good enough? Find peace and freedom in the truth that Jesus, your savior, has already made you good! Read more

God's Grace 4 Comments

The world tries to deceive us, to strip us of our names and our identities. But God says otherwise. When we accept Jesus as our savior, we are nameless no more! Read more


They say, “home is where your heart is.” So where is your heart? Remember, home is not a house - it is an attitude. Read more


Rosaria Butterfield's life intersected with the gospel of Jesus Christ through radically ordinary hospitality. Now she opens hearts to a post-Christian world. Read more


God’s calling gives us a place of belonging. His calling in our lives carves out a place for us that no human or event can ever rob from us. Read more

Finding Purpose

Raising a child can be demanding. But parenting a child with special needs has trials that are uniquely challenging. Here are 5 steps to hep you thrive. Read more

Parenting Challenges

Remember, God is good, He hears your prayers, He loves you, and even if He doesn’t always save you from pain, He makes it count. Read more

Prayer 1 Comments

With our culture increasingly obsessed with self, could it be we are using technology to satisfy our need to be noticed? Read more


Scripture repeatedly affirms the idea of suffering producing strength. If we keep going in the midst of the suffering on this earth, God promises to bring strength to our soul. Read more

Tough Times

Retirement as a concept is barely mentioned in the Bible. God needs willing workers, not necessarily young ones. Are you still willing to work for God and not stop? Read more


You can delight God's heart with your words. Here are 10 things God loves to hear us say. Read more

Relationship with God