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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).


True Beauty

Reflecting His Radiance
A Biblical Perspective on Physical Beauty

by Leslie Ludy

I sat nervously among a small group of other teen girls, gazing at a gorgeous, slender blonde as she took her place at the front of the classroom.  “I think I saw her in a Cover Girl commercial,” my friend Stacy whispered to me in an awe-struck voice.  We stared enviously at the woman’s flawless skin, impeccable make-up, and ultra-chic clothing.  She was an in


True Beauty

Incorruptible Beauty
Exchanging Empty Charm for Lasting Loveliness

by Leslie Ludy

The bus felt hot and stuffy as it jolted noisily down the road. I gripped my backpack and stared out the window, trying to ignore the raucous behavior of the pre-adolescents sandwiched around me.


True Beauty

Where True Beauty Comes From

by Leslie Ludy

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.


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Tuning Out the Voice of Discouragement

by Leslie Ludy

Have you ever heard the voice of Discouragement whisper accusations to your soul? “You are a miserable failure,” he mocks.  “You aren’t doing anything right!  Look at all the mistakes you are making!”  Discouragement loves to point out all our imperf


True Beauty

A Friend of the Bridegroom

by Leslie Ludy

As Christians, we often spiritualize the idea of self-promotion.  After all, the more successful and popular we become, the better Christian witnesses we will be, right?


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Love is not Rude

by Leslie Ludy

1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love is not rude.”  At first glance, this principle seems almost too basic and simple – and yet, it is profoundly brilliant and life-changing.  Just think about how our churches, marriages, families, and relationships could change for the better


True Beauty

Self-Esteem vs. Christ-Esteem

by Leslie Ludy

The message “love yourself” seems to be everywhere in modern culture - even in the church.  It’s a message that especially appeals to us as women. Today’s beauty and fashion industries promote a truly impossible standard for feminine beauty (i.e.


True Beauty

The Beauty of Forgiveness

by Leslie Ludy

When I was sixteen, my brothers and I regularly visited residents at our local nursing home.  Our favorite person to visit was a delightful little lady named Dolly.  She was eighty-seven years old, nearly blind and in frail health, but she was truly radiant.  She loved to talk about G


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Purposeful Femininity
Living in Light of Eternity—A Proverbs 31 Series

by Leslie Ludy

The women that I admire most—both now and throughout history—are women who have chosen to live their lives on purpose for Jesus Christ. They are women who build their lives around His priorities instead of frittering away their time on the meaningless distractions of the world.Take, for instance, Corrie ten Boom, who traveled the world to share the Gospel—even into her old age.


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Heroic Femininity
Unlocking the Secret to Proverbs 31 Womanhood

by Leslie Ludy

When I was first married, I wasn’t a huge fan of the larger-than-life example of womanhood portrayed in Proverbs 31.