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Magazine for Christian Women | The Juggling Act

fall2019

WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR...Fall 2019


I have always loved the story in Exodus 17 of Moses’ friends helping him hold his hands up in battle when he could no longer do it by himself. Do you remember the story? The Amalekites were attacking the Israelites. While Joshua led the troops into battle, Moses, along with Aaron and Hur, watched the battle from a nearby hill. Exodus 17:11 says, “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” Eventually, Moses became weary so Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—until the Israelites defeated the Amalekites. I wonder what it was about Moses that signaled to his friends that he was in trouble? Somehow they just knew he needed help and could no longer manage alone—and no matter how long the battle took, they were not leaving his side. What a lovely picture of what the Body of Christ is to be. It’s that picture that I want you to plant in your mind and heart when you open the pages of Just Between Us each issue.

A few weeks ago, we launched a prayer wall on our website (funded by a grant) and the image is a line of women linking their hands together, symbolizing a sisterhood doing battle together. (Visit our website at justbetweenus.org under the new “Connect” tab and leave a prayer request and pray for another woman who has bared her soul.) It’s a sisterhood who carries one another’s burdens as we’re instructed to do in Galatians 6:2. And it’s not just your challenges that we hold up, we hold up your victories, your praises, and your rejoicing as well. We want to  do all of it alongside you for as long as you give us the privilege of walking into your heart through this ministry.

For those of you who are just joining us, I want to say welcome. You haven’t just subscribed to a magazine...you’ve joined a community of women who are here for you 24/7 to help you hold your arms up in this journey of faith. None of us have to walk alone.    

We are a safe place to bring your questions, your fears, your heartaches, and your joys and  celebrations. We are intertwined with women’s hearts all over the world through an eternal network of prayer and burden-bearing that is unlike any other. So, we’re thrilled you’re here and we welcome each one of you with open arms!

I’m especially excited about this issue because Mo Isom, our interview on page 18, dives into a very important topic we like to stay silent about—sex. Her courageous testimony is a much-needed voice in the wilderness, and God is using her to instruct, encourage, and inspire all of us, including the church, to take back what Satan has stolen in the area of sexuality, especially in this generation—and to hold our arms up so we can win this battle!

A delightful article, “Faith Talks at the Hair Salon” on page 24 will give you a jumpstart to taking your faith into your everyday life. Find out how asking simple questions can be the bridge to bringing someone to faith.

I hope after you’ve finished this issue, you’ll feel the love and support of this body of sisters of all ages and stages of life holding your arms up—and never letting go!

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.


Does your life feel like a juggling act? Finding a balanced life is possible if you accept that some balls can and should drop in different seasons. Read more

Health

Mo Isom is speaking up about sex and the need to redeem it for God’s glory - realizing that our value is not defined by a partner, but by our heavenly Father. Read more

Christianity and Culture

What courageous step are you going to take this year toward finding meaningful friendships? Step out in faith and see what God will do. Read more

Friendship Advice

Stand firm before the enemies of fear, anxiety and discouragement. Hold fast to God’s word, become one with the sword of the spirit, and claim victory! Read more

Spiritual Warfare

People hunger to be truly known by their creator and others in this world. Be a light of faith in everyday life to those around you; even at the hair salon! Read more

Community

What is a sacrifice of praise? When you can’t praise God for what He has allowed, you praise Him for Who He is despite what He has allowed. Read more

Faith

Are you feeling overwhelmed by fear? How do you keep calm and carry on? Read Isaiah 26:3 - it is a promise from God Himself to scared people of all ages. Read more

Fear

When faced with a challenging person, pause and ask God to help you find your “progressive lenses”, so that all can be well with your view. Read more

Difficult Relationships

During long periods of waiting, it can feel like God isn’t working. But be assured, He is! Bit by bit He is working to transform your faith and your life. Read more

Faith

Sometimes we have willing spirits, but fragile bodies. If you are in a season of physical challenges, let God show you the truth of standing in His strength. Read more

Health

Redemptive love is the highest form of love. It recognizes that judgment is due, but instead releases mercy. Read more

Faith

God specializes in taking messy, mixed-up, broken lives that smack of pain, and producing a world in which we are capable of growing joy Read more

Life

We each have holes of loss in our life - deep aches described as “saudade” or the presence of absence. Yet, if we look, God is with us in our brokenness. Read more

Loss

If God is real and we put our faith in Him, shouldn’t He be the controlling force in our lives? Shouldn’t we be living on purpose in surrender to His will? Read more

Finding Purpose

If you’re waiting for circumstances to change or others to fill you up, you won’t experience real joy. Only God restores and redeems a heart full of holes. Read more

Joy