Devotionals

Devotionals from Leslie Ludy and the Set Apart Girl Team

A Jesus-Centered Life

I have been reading and studying the book of John, and have been particularly struck by John the Baptist. This man is an amazing picture of humility. He had one focus and goal: to bear witness about Jesus (John 1:7). All of his ministry was baptizing and preparing people to receive Jesus as the Savior. And once Jesus began His ministry, when all the people coming to John began going to Jesus, others pointed that out to him. And what was his response? He compared it to being the friend of the bridegroom, saying his joy was completed; “He must increase, but I... read the rest here.

Where True Beauty Comes From

From eating disorders, to self-obsession, to provocative clothing, to unhealthy romantic flings, to pop-culture preoccupation, today’s young women are desperately searching for feminine fulfillment - but looking in all the wrong places. Chasing after sensual allure, short-term romance, worldly applause, and temporary pleasure leads to the counterfeit feminine beauty we see all around us today. Those of us who know Jesus Christ should be the ones showcasing the pattern for true femininity, but instead, all too many of us are only showcasing the empty pattern of this world.When God first... read the rest here.

Coming Away with our Beloved

My Beloved spoke and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one and come way. Song of Solomon 2:10-13 (NKJV)When I married Eric, I took on his name.  I became Mrs. Eric Ludy.  I took on Eric’s name to solidify my marriage covenant with him.  It wasn’t just accepting the title “Mrs. Eric Ludy” – it was a total change of focus and lifestyle. Bearing Eric’s name meant building my life around my new name.  To truly bear the name of my husband – not just in title, but in my daily reality – I had to leave my own life behind... read the rest here.

The Radio Station of the Soul

On a recent drive home from the grocery store, a song by a popular female Christian artist started playing in the background. My husband, being a worship leader and musician, has some sort of built-in magnetic pull to lyric and melody. I noticed his ears perking up to listen to the song. Instead of commenting on the soothing intonations of this artist’s angsty voice, he, with a slightly bothered look upon his face, stated that the majority of female Christian artists’ songs are riddled with doubt and unbelief.While there are still a good deal of Christian songs and artists that... read the rest here.

Handling the "What Ifs"

Many of us have been plagued by fretful “what if” scenarios throughout our lives.  What if I never get married?  What if my friends reject me?  What if I fail at work or school? What if I have financially difficulties?  What if I face persecution?  And the list goes on and on.As we trust in God’s protection, we can rest confidently in the fact that the enemy cannot “have his way” with us. (See Luke 10:19 and James 4:7.) Yet this doesn’t mean that God will never us to face difficulties, or that we as Christian women won... read the rest here.

Looking Away from Worthless Things

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Psalm 119:37: "Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way."God asks us to meditate upon things that are true, right, noble, pure, excellent, lovely and praise-worthy (see Philippians 4:8).  But in today’s modern world, it is all too easy to fill our minds with frivolous, meaningless, worldly distractions, even if we aren’t trying to.  The moment we walk into a restaurant, mall, or grocery store, our senses are typically bombarded with worldly images, sensuality, and pop-culture icons... read the rest here.

Exclusively Christ's

As we make deliberate choices to live exclusively and radically for Christ, our lives speak a message to the world around us, to both believers and unbelievers alike. To those who believers, it is a fragrant message of encouragement and challenge to pick up their crosses and follow Jesus, thusly fueling greater love and devotion to Christ. And to those who do not believe, it is a message of ridiculous sacrifice and a wasted life, thusly feeding mockery and revilement. (See 2 Cor 2.14-16)I was reminded of how “iron sharpens iron” recently as I was conversing with a family friend... read the rest here.

Eyes Full of Wonder

Recently my little son Jude has become more and more fascinated with the world around him, especially during his evening feeding times. There is a particular chair we sit in most of the time while he eats. The things around us within his view don’t really change. But when something catches his eye, it is as if he has never seen it before. He eats for a few seconds, then suddenly stops to stare at whatever it is that has attracted his attention. After a little while of this, he turns back to eat, only to repeat the routine over and over. Sometimes he gazes up at me with that kind of wide... read the rest here.

Prayerful Mothering

Our son Hudson is named after the great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor.  Hudson Taylor is one of our spiritual heroes, and we desire our son to follow in his footsteps of tenacious faith and unwavering devotion to Christ.  But many years before Hudson Taylor became the father of evangelical missions, he was a wayward teen with no real interest in God. His mother was greatly burdened for the eternal salvation of her son. She began to labor diligently in prayer on his behalf, asking God to radically rescue his soul. One day, when she was away from home staying with a friend, she... read the rest here.

To Know Him

I am someone who enjoys schedules and discipline and structure. I don't usually like the spur-of-the-moment, go-with-the-flow type of lifestyle. But throughout my year as a student at Ellerslie, I was challenged to new depths of discipline unlike any I had ever known. Shortly before graduating, I began mentally preparing myself to continue to maintain the same level of discipline I had as a student - I did not want to slide in the areas that I had worked so hard to cultivate; rising early and spending significant time in prayer and study of God's Word. Yet, the day after graduating,... read the rest here.