The Collection - Devotionals

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.


True Beauty

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?


True Beauty

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