It’s a regular occurrence for me: I’ll be editing an article for Today’s Christian Woman and, with a humbled grin, I shake my head in self-recognition: I, too, struggle with those same self-centered thoughts. Or a lump comes to my throat and tears spring to my eyes: I, too, feel that pain. Or a laugh of raw joy bursts out: I, too, rejoice in the surprising hope we find in Christ.
I see myself—and I encounter Jesus—within the stories and articles I read here.
Hundreds of thousands of you do too.
Our articles are read by women (and men!) from all over the globe and from many different cultures and ethnicities, generations, life stages, and denominational backgrounds. And yet despite our differences, we all come together around the stories and truths we encounter in TCW. They are stories that invite us in, validate our honest struggles, and point us toward gospel-hope. They are truths that convict us, direct us, and set us right again.
I love this description of Jesus: he is “the author and perfecter” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2, NASB). Our great creator God is penning his big story of redemption, and each of our lives—our own failures, questions, hopes, and joys—are part of that overarching story of the kingdom. From marriage and parenting to work and ministry to friendship and dating, each part of our own stories matters because devotion to Jesus touches every single aspect of our lives.
In this issue of TCW, we’re celebrating some of the best articles from the past few years in a few of those essential areas of women’s lives. We’re highlighting our favorite recent articles on faith, cultural issues, marriage and sex, parenting, church and ministry, and one of our strongest recent interviews.1