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Christian Women's Magazine | Hearing God's Voice

JBU Winter Cover 2017

WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR...WINTER 2017


Whether you have been part of Just Between Us magazine since its inception 27 years ago, or this is your very first issue, we’re so glad you’ve joined us. We hope you feel how much we care about you—and how much we desire to be an ongoing blessing in your life. With each issue, we want you to feel like curling up with the magazine is the next best thing to having a girlfriend by your side. You are prayed for, thought about, and your needs are considered with every issue we place in your hands. 

Your faith walk is important to us and so we consider it a sacred privilege to be that ongoing voice of encouragement to cheer you on your way so that you never feel alone. Most importantly, we hope you feel God’s presence with you through every page of this magazine—drawing your heart to His!  

A few years ago, during this time of year, I was listening to the Christian radio station KLOVE and on came a version of Emmanuel. I don’t even remember who was singing it. All I remember is it stopped me in my tracks! The words “God with Us” gripped my heart. Having just spent the morning laying out some heavy burdens to God, those three little words came alive in my spirit in a way I had never encountered before. 

God With Us! God with us on our way to work. God with us when we juggle family schedules. God with us in our relationships. God with us in our pain and disappointments. God with us in our illness and depression. God with us in our grief. God with us in difficult medical news. God with us when we’re tired. God with us when we’re happy. God with us. Period! That’s the whole message of Christmas summed up, isn’t it? Because of Christmas, we never have to walk through life alone because God is and always will be with us. 

For our sake, He came down to earth in a dirty stable entering this world as a baby in human flesh to walk alongside us in our humanity all to be with you and me. He is not a God who doesn’t care or is far removed from what happens in our lives. No… He is very much with us aware of every single thing we have faced in the past year and will face in the year to come.          

We will find the true peace our hearts desire as we rest in the living presence of Emmanuel. Let that reality sink in and give you hope today and as you look forward to the coming year. We have so much to be thankful for starting with the gift of His presence in our daily lives!

To remind you of our presence with you 24/7, we have a weekly blog and devotional by Jill Briscoe and a weekly e-newsletter that’s free—all you have to do is sign up here.

It’s our prayer that as you flip through the pages of this issue, the Spirit uses every word cover to cover to encourage your hearts just where you need it most, to help you hear God's voice and to serve as a constant reminder that He is with you in your walk of faith—and so are we!  

The Just Between Us staff wishes you and your families a very blessed season.

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.


In a world where it’s easy to bury hurts in unhealthy habits or behind false images, there is a different way to cope and find hope - try "looking for lovely". Read more

Life

How do you persevere through trials when you are hurting and bone weary? You cling to God’s promises - for they will bring you comfort in the crunch! Read more

Life

The God who carries you, is the same God who will walk with your children. He is faithful from generation to generation. He is a father you can trust! Read more

Relationship with God

God requires us to live a life that exemplifies who He is. God is love and He wants us to reveal His character to the world by loving others as He does. Read more

Faith

Are you placing your sense of security and confidence in God? Who is your rock? Do you trust God to be the firm foundation for everything you need? Read more

Trusting God

Joy is important for our personal health. So what is joy, why is important, and how does it influence our emotional health? Read more

Emotional Health

How can I share my faith? Sometimes the simplest gestures of kindness open doors to hearts, lives, deeper conversations and the chance to share the love and gospel of Jesus. Read more

Hospitality

Doing a digital detox gives us space and allows us to think. It allows us to be present with those around us and helps us reconnect with ourselves and with God. Read more

Culture

Hearing God’s voice and discerning God’s will often involves doubt. How can we be certain that it’s God’s voice that we are hearing and not just our own? Read more

God's Will

The little moments of listening and obeying God, make the big moments easier. Read more

Spiritual Growth

The letters flow, back and forth across the miles. Doing what they set out to do from the beginning. Keeping our friendship alive. One word at a time. Read more

Friendship Advice

How many of us say no to things God wants us to say yes to simply because it makes no sense,  and as a result we miss out on becoming part of the much bigger plan that God has in mind? Read more

Relationship with God

Do you need a little help kick starting your joy? Try these tips to move your joy from the inside to your outside. Read more

Joy

Rediscover your passion for God’s Word and never become bored with the Bible again! Read more

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