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Shelly Esser

Shelly Esser

Shelly Esser has been the editor of Just Between Us for the last 25 years. Additionally, she was actively involved in women’s ministries for 20 years, is an author, and has served on the Board of the Pastoral Leadership Institute. She and her husband have four daughters and a son-in-law, and live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.


In those moments of disbelief or shock, there have always been God’s coinciding words that are bigger and more powerful than the words you never wanted to hear. more

Tough Times

We were never intended to find fulfillment in people or circumstances. Learn to surrender your plans, your dreams, your desires to God and find true fulfillment in God alone. more

Spiritual Growth

Have you been able to set some healthy limits when it comes to ministering to the difficult people in your life? more

Difficult Relationships

Our battles are often won or lost in our minds. It’s what we choose to think about that dictates the joy and happiness in our lives or the lack of it. more

Inspirational Stories

You don't have to look far to see that there is a lot of tearing down of others rampant everywhere. What if we looked to encourage people instead? more

Community

Encouragement is a way for us to feed other’s souls spiritually. It’s that word, look, or note that says, “I notice you, I care about you." more

Community

How many things are we tempted to take a pass on in the Christian life because they’re uncomfortable? more

Culture

It is in these various dark places of brokenness, heartbreak, and loss that God brings forth His light so that even the darkness is illuminated. more

Hope in Difficult Times

There is something transforming about silence and solitude. Learn to drown out the noise to hear God. more

Rest and Renewal

What do you do when you wake up one day to find all of your spiritual feelings gone? Learn learn to walk by faith - not by sight, feelings, or human wisdom. more

Tough Times

Christ washed His disciples’ feet with the same hands that created them. As the cross is the sign of submission, so the towel is a symbol of servanthood. more

Community

If international adoption is on your heart, consider these steps. more

Parenting Advice

Pamela Piquette and Cindee Snider Re are walking alongside the chronically ill to help them find hope, purpose, worth, and joy - all things needed to live well with chronic illness. more

Inspirational Stories

God sees our struggles, our pain, our distance—our letting ourselves go—yet nothing can separate us from His love. more

Relationship with God

We are to be a safe place for the broken. We are to be Jesus’ arms, wrapping those who are overcome with sin in a blanket of God’s grace - lifting them up to be restored to faith again. more

Community

In the midst of unanswered prayers, questions, and incredible pain we can choose and keep choosing to trust God; even when He is silent. more

Trusting God

Out of a Far Country: the story of a gay son’s journey to God and a broken mother’s search for hope. more

Inspirational Stories

For over 30 years, Ken has lovingly taken care of his quadriplegic wife, Joni Eaerckson Tada. Learn from Ken how caregivers can find hope, encouragement, and purpose in their caregiving roles. more

Hope in Difficult Times

We have the absolute promise and hope that one day the burdens of this place will be no more and we will see Jesus face to face. more

Hope in Difficult Times

Immanuel means "God with us"! Let that reality sink in and give you hope today and as you look to the coming year. more

Christmas