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True Beauty

A Crown of Glory
Esteeming the Beauty of Age

by Heather Cofer

The moment she walked through our apartment door, there was an almost-tangible radiance that emanated from her. She greeted us with overflowing warmth, and a delighted smile graced her face.  She was an older woman who had recently become a widow. Instead of being subdued and serious, she joyfully testified of God’s faithfulness to her since her husband had died.


Relationships

The Comparison Game
The Pitfalls of Playing Me vs. Her

by Jasmin Howell

I couldn’t focus. My thoughts were zoned in on how much prettier she was than me. So much taller, more put together, her hair more perfect, her clothes more elegant, her manner reserved and poised. I momentarily took an inventory of myself. Bouncy, out-of-control curls, old comfy jeans, layered sweaters, and chunky handmade hemp jewelry.


Devotion

True Joy
Finding Happiness that Lasts

by Leslie Ludy

The air felt oppressively hot and sticky.  A haze of dust and grime engulfed me as I watched dirty, half-naked children scamper around the rows of ramshackle cardboard houses.  It was hard to fathom that hundreds of people actually lived in this cramped, filthy neighborhood — one of many “colonias” (poor, make-shift communities) near Juarez, Mexico.  Most of the ho


Purity

Free from the Past
How to Fully Receive God's Forgiveness

by Leslie Ludy

Regret. Shame. Unworthiness. Those were the emotions washing over me as I sat on my bed with my Bible in my lap. I had just read the words, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our [sins] from us” (Ps. 103:12). But that verse felt more like wishful thinking than reality.


Lifestyle

Put Down the Phone
Choosing Scripture Over Screen Time

by Jasmin Howell

I leaned against the railing of the deck and looked out at the treetops waving gently in the late evening breeze. I could feel my shoulders relax as the thoughts that had been worrying the corners of my mind began to ebb away. Birds were singing, and the sun was setting.


Prayer

Hearing God's Voice
A Biblical Approach to Decision-Making

by Leslie Ludy

The scent of tropical sunscreen mingled with the aroma of spicy Mexican food as Eric (my husband, who was then nineteen) sat in the oversized restaurant booth, crunching on tortilla chips and engaging in small talk with his fellow camp counselors. They had just ended a week of being “good spiritual influences” for several hundred kids at a Christian summer camp.


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 ...


Modesty

More Than Clothing
Allowing Our Lives to Reflect His Radiance

by Jasmin Howell

Going Through the Bargain BinWhen I was in my teens, a good friend with a knack for thrift store shopping introduced me to the local Value Village and Goodwill stores, with their tantalizing sale racks and bulging bargain bins. And as the old saying goes, it was love at first sight.


Relationships

The Return of Honorable Manhood
How Women Can Inspire Men Toward a Higher Standard

by Leslie Ludy

I’ll never forget the moment when I knew — really knew — that Eric Ludy was different from every other guy I’d known. It happened on a warm summer morning in the Rocky Mountains. Our church group had gathered for a two-hour hike through a rambling forest trail. Eric and I fell into step beside each other as branches and leaves crackled under our fee


Devotion

The Struggle of Obedience
Living for Jesus No Matter the Cost

by Heather Cofer

I walked into the living room to find toys scattered everywhere and a very forlorn figure sitting in the midst of them.


The Gospel

An Unshakeable Foundation
Gaining the Tools for a Christ-Centered, World-Impacting Life

by Leslie Ludy

When I was seven, I wrote these words in my journal: “Someday, I want to become a world-changer!” I wasn’t sure how, exactly, but I knew I wanted to do something significant with my life — something that would help people, something that would make a difference.


Lifestyle

Set-Apartness in Social Media
Glorifying God in Your Digital Conduct.

by Leslie Ludy

A Diary Made PublicKate's StoryKate sipped her latte and glanced around the cozy coffee shop trying to gather her thoughts.  Suddenly, she smiled.  She’d just thought of the perfect title for her newest blog post.