Magazine for Christian Women | The Seasons of the Soul



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

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.

When building ministry teams, measure success by asking each to give God their best and to finish every year with hearts that lay their labors at God’s feet. Read more


Are you tired of being afraid? Look to God to deliver you from your fears. Learn to trust His character and His love when fear creeps into your life. Read more


Laurie Beyer shares how God used heartache to uncover His unlikely calling for her to reach single women and draw them closer to God’s love, grace, and mercy. Read more

Finding Purpose

In the eyes of God, true leadership is not about receiving recognition or the accolades of men. It’s about serving others. Read more


If you want a sizzling and satisfying marriage try the 90-Day Romance Challenge to give God the time and opportunity to give you back those honeymoon feelings. Read more

Marriage Advice

Creativity is so much more than crafts, home décor, and pin-worthy meals. Moving beyond Pinterest, see how God can use His creativity through us for others. Read more


God wants us to become like little children, knowing it’s okay to ask - to present our prayers and speak our hearts, trusting in Jesus to whom we pray. Read more


Joni Eareckson Tada was diagnosed with cancer again after years of being cancer free. See how she embraced the purposes God had for her on her journey. Read more

Tough Times

We really must invest in self-care, in our own soul and our own growth. If we want our families to thrive, let’s bless our own hearts and learn to thrive too! Read more


Do you struggle with the power labels and expectations have over you? These lessons learned from a prostitute turned princess may help. Read more


Joyful sorrows. Unbelievable right? Yet, when we learn to recognize what God has done and can do in the midst of our suffering, joy beings to replace our pain. Read more

Pain and Suffering

How do we stay spiritually fresh and vital in our relationship with Christ so we can continue to bless others? Read more

Spiritual Health

God wants us to come to Him with all our concerns; praying boldly with absolute confidence and surrender. Choosing to trust Him…even if the answer is “no”. Read more


It’s difficult not to react when confronted with hurtful comments. But, when we seek to focus on God’s wisdom, we learn to respond with more grace and mercy. Read more

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How do we trust God when the worst happens? Four-time cancer survivor, Tamara Windahl, shares her journey of faith and trust in difficult circumstances. Read more

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In changing the heart of the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship, focus on what God can do in a challenging relationship often filled with insecurities. Read more

Difficult Relationships

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to Jesus. He has a remedy for your emptiness and fatigue. Learn the rhythms of His grace and you’ll recover your life. Read more

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With life’s hectic pace and demands, we often end up running on empty. Learn to incorporate life-giving practices and find a balance to help keep you whole. Read more

Finding Balance