Christian Women's Magazine | Walking Alongside the Depressed

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I recently attended a conference that took me completely by surprise. I thought I was going to learn how to love others more effectively. With my notebook in hand, I leaned in with my full attention, looking forward to writing down the nuggets that would be most helpful. Instead, the Lord did business with my soul in a way I have not encountered in a very long time. Something unexpected happened deep in my spirit as the speaker spoke. I hadn’t realized how hopeless I had become until she shared her powerful redemption story. She said at one point, “We all need to hear hope.” That was certainly true for me and that phrase has stuck with me. Why? Because there’s something extremely powerful in hearing people’s stories—to hear firsthand how God miraculously works in a person’s life gives us hope that He can do that for me too. And God uses stories of hope to restore us—I know it did me. 

Sometimes we forget just how mighty God is to intervene in our little earth lives and the mighty ways He can work, and how His redeeming power can transform our messy places. I felt much like a little flower that had closed up when all life’s stresses had come and like the light of hope began one by one opening up my fragile petals so I was able to fully receive all that God had for me that day. It’s as if He watered my soul—and He used hope to do it. To hear a message of hope at just the right moment can change your life—in fact, it can forever transform it. 

That’s our prayer for you…that as you read through this issue you will hear God’s words of hope and be changed by them. Maybe, like me, you’ve come here and your soul needs a watering. It may come in a word, a phrase, or an entire article, but I can promise without a doubt that God has a word of hope for you some place in this. I’m already praying that you will hear it!

Whether this is your very first issue or you’ve been with us for years, we’re so glad you’ve come along this faith journey with us. We are a group of sisters who walk alongside one another through the power of the written and living word. 

For those of you who are new to our family, we decided to focus on the word hope this year. In the last several issues, we’ve talked a lot about how we can find hope for ourselves. In this issue, our featured interview on page 18 focuses on bringing hope to those without it. I can’t wait for you to meet Susy McNally from Living Hope International, a ministry to street children in Puebla, Mexico. I know you’ll be inspired by her story. It’s always amazing how God uses  ordinary women to do extraordinary things for Him when we say yes, even if it’s a faint one! 

This issue is more focused on bringing hope to others walking through challenging circumstances such as depression. We are often asked how to deal topics affecting our friends, families, and coworkers today. These are opportunities to share the hope of Christ. We pray you will use the articles personally and as resources for others—the equipping part of our mission at Just Between Us

It’s my prayer that God will use this issue to grab your heart and get your attention down deep in your soul—and that you will hear hope throughout its pages!  

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.



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