The Collection - Devotionals

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Seeking the Return of Godly Masculinity

by Mandy Saeler

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!


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Commanding My Soul to Rejoice

by Leslie Ludy

It’s been many years since I’ve battled with any kind of ongoing anxiety or depression. As I’ve written about in the magazine and in my books, God in His mercy set me free from those pitfalls as I aligned my life with the Truth of His kingdom.


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What's Exciting About Today

by Leslie Ludy

Yesterday morning, four-year-old Avonlea Rose came into the bedroom and expectantly asked me, “What’s exciting about today?”  Presumably she was hoping for an announcement of a fun activity such as a trip to the zoo, the ice cream shop, or the toy store.  But unfortunatel


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The Danger of Living in Suspense

by Leslie Ludy

During a recent weekend while Eric was away speaking, I attempted to plan some special things to do with the kids, to help make Daddy’s absence go by faster.


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Celebrating Light Instead of Darkness

by Leslie Ludy

This time of year, when creepy Halloween decorations seem to be everywhere, it can be a frustrating experience taking my young children to the doctor’s office, grocery store, or mall.   Even though Halloween comes around every year, I never cease to be amazed and appalled by the &ldq


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Finding Perfect Peace

by Leslie Ludy

Whenever a new year begins, I often struggle with feeling overwhelmed.


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Overcoming Excuses

by Leslie Ludy

Tozer wrote, “The man [or woman] who would know God must spend time with Him.” What a simple and profound truth  - but one that is all too easy to forget amid the busyness of our daily lives!Most of us desire to know God more than we do.


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Christ-Centered Time Management

by Leslie Ludy

God has entrusted us with the precious gift of time. Twenty four hours in every day; seven days in a every week; each day significant, each hour important, and each moment of value to God. How many of those moments are being spent on things that truly matter in light of eternity?


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Idle Chatter vs. Godly Edification

by Leslie Ludy

Proverbs 23 tells us that “idle chatter leads only to poverty.”  When we waste our precious time and energy on meaningless and trivial chitchat, we end up spiritually impoverished.     And yet, living in a culture that is so heavily centered upon shallow frivolit


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Self-Righteousness vs. True Set-Apartness

by Leslie Ludy

Legalism is just about as common in the Body of Christ today as worldliness is.  Christians who are disturbed by the compromise that is so prevalent in the modern church often try to solve the problem by relying on legalism and self-effort to keep them from the pitfalls of worldliness.  Co


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Putting Cravings in Their Place

by Leslie Ludy

As Americans, we live in one of the wealthiest, most self-indulgent nations in history.  Very few people on earth have ever had so many food choices, so many leisure opportunities, and so many creative ways to indulge our physical cravings.  Feel like a hot fudge sundae?  Just drive d


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Embracing the Unexpected

by Mandy Saeler

The thought of a day that follows perfect order, established routine, and incredible efficiency is a dreamy notion!