Christian Women's Magazine | Our Spiritual Nervous System

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I grew up as the oldest in a family of five girls. There was never a dull moment. My poor dad became a marathon runner just to retain his sanity! I know I’m dating myself, but my sisters and I adopted a theme song that was popular at the time. Perhaps some of you have heard it? “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. I loved a line in the chorus that became our anthem, “I’ve got all my sisters with me.” It reflected how we would always be there with each other through all of life’s celebrations and sorrows and everything in between. There’s nothing like having a sister to do life with, to know that you always have someone in your court who will share your secrets, your fears, your heart. As part of our Just Between Us family, you’ve now inherited a worldwide network of sisters who are rooting for you and consider you part of their forever Jesus family.

A recent reader on Facebook summed it up well, “Just Between Us is like getting a much-needed hug every time I open my new magazine!” We’re so glad she feels that way because that’s exactly what families do—love, hug, and support one another. It’s our hope and prayer as you read on that you’ll feel that same support and, most importantly, experience God hugging your heart just where it needs it most. 

If I could sum up our Just Between Us sisterhood heart it’s this: “Our family is a circle of strength, founded in faith…joined in love…kept by God.” With every page we want you to find your faith strengthened, your love for God deepened, and feel the arms of this sisterhood wrapped tightly around you.   

This issue is full of articles that will do just that. We know you are going through all types of things, so we’ve prayerfully put together a variety of topics that we hope you will find encouraging, uplifting, and helpful in your life and as you influence others.

I’m so excited about the interview on page 18. Melva Henderson is someone you’ve gotten to know through her regular column, but this is a real up close and personal. “Party Time!” on page 26 will get you excited about serving up summer hospitality in your backyard. And, as always, we’ve tackled a few tough topics like healing from dysfunctional families and the challenges of caregiving for aging parents. 

Finally, to continue with our word of the year “hope,” there is an excellent article on what it means to “hunt for hope” in the difficult places of our lives on page 36. These are just a few issue highlights. I pray you will linger over every single one, so the Holy Spirit can do His mighty work in your heart and give you hope for whatever seems impossible.

Now back to the song…I’ve always loved another part of the chorus, “Get up everybody and sing.” I hope when you’re having one of those days, and just need a friend, you remember “I’ve got all my Just Between Us sisters with me.” And it’s my prayer that this issue not only leaves you feeling loved, but with something to sing about!

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.

Melva Henderson is passionately pursuing Jesus and living out her legacy of faith, making a difference in lives of individuals around the world. Read more

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