Christian Magazine | Delighting God's Heart


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.


IVP | Be Kind to Yourself

IVP | Learning to Be

Britton Books

Kregel | Wisdom

JBU Winter 2020 Subscription Ad 2 | 300x250

JBU Inspirational Greeting Cards Ad 2020 | 300x250

JBU Prayer Journey Download Ad | 300x250