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Magazine for Christian Women | The Seasons of the Soul

summer2019

WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR...


Recently, one of our wonderful volunteers shared a comment from a reader of the magazine. She said, “I feel like I’ve been on a mini-retreat after I read an issue.” I couldn’t have summed it up better. And that’s what we want for you—to retreat into this issue—just you and the Lord—to let Him speak into your heart, strengthen your faith, and help you grow in your trust as you are reminded that, no matter what, He is absolutely trustworthy in every situation you are facing, just as He was in the past, and will be in the future. Think about this issue like a favorite refreshing summer drink (mine is Lemonade), letting God’s Word and Spirit quench the thirst of your parched soul. 

One of the things that retreats and summer have in common is the multitude of opportunities to refresh and renew us. As we change up our daily rhythms and replace them with a more relaxed and slower pace our frenzied souls have time to rest. When I think of summer I think of long bike rides on beautiful trails, walks in the summer sunshine, cookouts with special friends and families—all activities that can be refreshment for the soul and feel like a mini-retreat from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. 

Opportunities abound to take in nature and let the beauty of God’s creation pour over our souls. Without even going to a formal retreat center, the canopy of lush trees along a wooded path intermittent with streams can become the mini-retreat your soul so desperately cries out for. And so can the pages of this magazine.

I can’t wait for you to discover what God has for your soul in this issue, especially for those of you new to Just Between Us (JBU) and joining us for the very first time. We're so glad you're on this journey of faith with us!

Author Susan Lawrence has written a compelling article called “Soul Seasons.” She explores how most often the seasons of our souls don’t correspond with the seasons of the year. She’ll help us take a deeper look at the condition of our souls and how to discover the richness and purpose in every season—and how they prepare us for the next season. Along with that focus, is a wonderful piece called “Making Summer Holy” by Becky Kiser. Becky doesn’t want us to take a vacation from God and neglect our souls this summer, so she helps us find a new rhythm for enjoying our time with Him.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we have a couple of articles that will refresh your mother’s heart. In “Bless Your Own Heart”, Jane Rubietta takes us on a journey with her to soul care. She realized that she—and her family—were paying too high of a price while she neglected her soul. And JBU favorite, Elizabeth Murphy, sat down for our “Faith Conversations” interview, with two seasoned mother-in-laws to talk about how you navigate those tricky in-law relationships.

So, sit down and pour your favorite refreshing drink and settle into this issue. When you’ve finished the last word, I hope you’ll feel like you’ve been on a mini-retreat and that the Lord has refreshed your soul no matter what season your soul is in. Jeremiah 31:25 says, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."

Until next time...

Shelly Esser


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