poured-out life

Serving

Turning Outward
A Surprising Key to Lasting Joy

by Leslie Ludy

She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy ...


True Beauty

Building a Christ-Centered Identity
A Biblical Answer to the "Just be You" Trend

by Leslie Ludy

The aroma of pepperoni and cheese lingered in the air as my girlfriends and I tossed our paper plates into an overflowing garbage can and meandered into the living room where our pretty, twenty-something youth leader was waiting to inspire us with a weekly “devo” (youth group slang for a devotional lesson).


Relationships

Calvary Love
A Brand New Series from Set Apart Girl

by Leslie Ludy

One of the most powerful, convicting, and inspiring messages I’ve ever encountered is found in the pages of a little booklet called If written by Amy Carmichael — a missionary to India in the early 1900s.  In the introduction to the book, she explains how a difficult situation in her life caused her to ask the question, “What do I know of Calvary love?”  She began


Serving

Thoughtfulness
Set Apart Girl Character Series

by Heather Cofer

Out of breath, overwhelmed, in the middle of a big city, I glanced for the hundredth time at the route on my phone.  Which bus was I supposed to take? What time does it get here? Am I on the right side of the street? Why in the world did I decide to do this? Last year our family took a trip to San Francisco.


Biographies

Elisabeth Elliot
Remembering a Great Woman of God

by Leslie Ludythe setapartgirl Team

1926 - 2015The ministry of Set Apart Girl® has been greatly impacted by Elisabeth Elliot’s life.  We will dearly miss her.  As a tribute to this heroine of the faith, we’d like to share a few ways that Elisabeth Elliot’s example has inspired us each along the narrow way of the Cross. Her Influencefrom Leslie LudyI remember reading a book preface by Elisabeth El


Serving

She Opens Her Arms
Embracing a Lifestyle of Sacrificial Living

by Leslie Ludy

A few months ago a repairman was working on a project at our house while our six children sat eating lunch around the kitchen table.  “Oh, do you run a daycare?” he asked as he observed them.  Chuckling, I told him that all the kids were ours.  He seemed shocked by my words.  “Seriously?”  I smiled and nodded, telling him that we had adopted four of


Biographies

Catherine Booth
The Power of Relentless Spiritual Passion

by Leslie Ludy

Not long ago I gave a short exhortation about the importance of keeping prayer and time with God as one of the highest priorities in our lives—even if it means that we must get less sleep or skip certain social and leisure activities in order to do so. Many responded enthusiastically to this reminder, but some balked. One woman remarked,


Serving

Letters from the Mission Field
Count it All Joy—Welcoming Trials as Friends

by Annie Wesche

Haiti 2014To my dear friend, Did you grow up hearing about the great missionaries in Christian history, like I did? To me, theirs were the real adventure stories, and I ate them up like the last berries on the bush, each one savored.


Serving

Loving the Unlikeable

by Heather Cofer

I’m sure each one of us can think of someone, either past or present, that has been seen as unlikeable for one reason or another. And if not by us, then by others. Maybe it’s their personality, habits, demeanor … or maybe they are downright rude and inconsiderate of those around them.


Biographies

The Story of Elizabeth Fry
The Power of a Poured-Out Life

by Leslie Ludy

“In 1813 a tall, slender Quaker woman named Elizabeth Fry went to the governor of Newgate Prison in London and asked, ‘Sir, if thee kindly allows me to pray with the women, I will go inside.’  Permission was granted and when the prison doors closed behind her, she felt she had entered a den of wild beasts.  Three hundred women with their numerous children were crowded i