Devotionals

Devotionals from Leslie Ludy and the Set Apart Girl Team

Going to Jail - A God-Given Compassion

“Gulp! Did I really sign up for this!” I thought nervously as I walked through the white-washed halls of the county jail. The jail chaplain and one of the deputies took a group of us through the sterile rooms, showing where the inmates were housed and explaining a few other jail procedures so we would know what to expect. In just a few weeks I would be entering the jail with a team of 3 others to start a Bible study in “Unit 2,” a housing composed of a mix of medium to high security women.  To be honest, I never thought I’d be doing jail ministry. Ever... read the rest here.

Choosing Joy

I ventured out on a run. As my feet methodically hit the pavement, my mind turned inward, and not on productive thoughts. To put it bluntly, I was worrying, fretting, and moping. I regret to admit that the argument could easily have been made that I was throwing myself a pity-party. And I knew better! I knew about the command to “rejoice always,” but I didn’t feel like rejoicing. For about 15 minutes of my run, I allowed my thoughts to run rampant. With a jolt, I realized the underlaying current of what I was choosing to do. Phil 4:4-7 makes a clear statement that if... read the rest here.

Seeking the Return of Godly Masculinity

My eyes nearly doubled in size the first time I saw the clip-on “man bun” for sale online. Newsflash to the world: clip-on “man buns” are now available for any and all men who are eager to dawn the trending “man bun” atop their head via clip-on hair extension! It’s now easier than ever to have your very own “man bun” delivered to your doorstep! Sheer shock, a laugh of disbelief, and the sobering reality of the present state of manhood all washed over me in a matter of seconds.  More than ever, we are seeing the rise of various... read the rest here.

Repaying Reviling with Love

A few years ago I was watching an interview of a well-known atheist scientist. He was asked about his thoughts on Christian beliefs, and his countenance immediately displayed contempt. Then he began a string of scornful, demeaning comments, basically stating that to believe in God is the height of stupidity and ignorance. I could feel my cheeks burning and anger begin to rise inside as I listen to these words directly aimed at those like myself who wholeheartedly believe these things he was so quick to put down on.  At first everything in me wanted to argue right back, defend truth... read the rest here.

The Garment of Praise

I watched the funds in our bank account dwindle with every passing day. Abrupt recent changes to our economy had negatively affected both my husband’s and my job. We didn’t have much income on the horizon, and I was waking up daily with a sense of fear and restlessness about the future. Elisabeth Elliot wrote that “waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” (Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring... read the rest here.

Running for the Prize

I’ve been participating in a fitness challenge at a gym nearby. I thought it would be kind of a fun motivation to get in shape. It is a point system, and you can win points in all different ways, from general attendance to keeping a food journal. There are three different “general” point levels that will win you either a bronze, silver, or gold level prize, depending on your score at the end. And anyone who achieves that will win them without limit. But there is a grand prize that the single person with the most points will win. I had no hopes at first of winning this... read the rest here.

Gratitude Leads to Thanksgiving

This month, my husband and I had a huge car repair bill and a big renewal fee for my real estate license, both due in the same week, on top of our regular monthly expenses. We are both in commission-based sales jobs, which definitely has its perks. However, we never quite know when our next paycheck will come and how much it will be for, and it is easy to let our cashflow situation become a point of stress, anxiety and frustration. As I swiped my Visa card through the machine for both payments, I caught myself slipping into a “woe-is-me” mindset and my day quickly spiraled into... read the rest here.

Stay Focused

There is an interstate here in Colorado that I really dislike driving on. It is busy almost all the time, and is known for its bad accidents. One day as I was driving on a particularly busy stretch of this road, I noticed the car next to me was getting dangerously close. In my sideways glance, however, I failed to pay close attention to what I was doing, and didn’t realize I was about to hit the car in front of me. I slammed on my breaks just in time, but I learned a valuable lesson: I need to pay closer attention to my own driving than to the driving of others.This is a good spiritual... read the rest here.

The Water of the Word

One evening recently I went out onto our front porch to water the hanging plants. I had forgotten to do it the day before, but figured they were probably okay. When I caught my first glimpse of them, I was somewhat surprised to see them looking dangerously wilted and dry. It’s only been one day, I thought to myself. How could they have dried out so quickly?After watering the plants, I sat on our porch swing and thought about the spiritual correlation. How many times have I either consciously or subconsciously justified a day not “watered” with the Word of God, only to reap... read the rest here.

Sharing Christ in Daily Life

Let me share a little nugget that I’ve been realizing more and more in the past few weeks: talking about Jesus is really—and I mean really—exciting! Is it daunting to talk about Him to those you don’t know? Yes, I can’t deny that it can make one’s knees knock together, especially at first. Oh, but what joy can be found in aligning yourself boldly with the Cross! Recently I had the treat of going home to visit my family. One afternoon, my mom, younger brother, and I decided to take a bike ride to the park. As we were riding along the trail in our peaceful little city, suddenly the sound of... read the rest here.