Devotion

Devotion

A Narrow Road
The History & Passion Behind Set Apart Girl

by Leslie Ludy

When I was eighteen, I read a book* that became a defining influence upon my life. It was a biography written by Elisabeth Elliot about the life of Amy Carmichael who was missionary to India in the early 1900s. As a young woman in Ireland, Amy felt God calling her to give up the pursuits and pleasures of the world and become fully consecrated to Him.


Devotion

The Lost Art of Godly Discernment
Protecting Your Soul from the Enemy's Subtle Lies

by Leslie Ludy

"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:30-31 A dusky haze settled over the muggy summer evening


Devotion

Strength to Overcome
Trading Self-Pity for Spiritual Fortitude

by Leslie Ludy

If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into the vice of self-pity and self-sympathy; if I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of calvary love.- Amy CarmichaelMarissa pulled her car into the driveway of her little blue house and sighed as a feeling of heaviness descended upon her.  It had been a hard week.  Actually, it had been a hard year.


Devotion

Boredom

I've been struggling with boredom recently and I don't quite know how to handle it.  I want to be content, enjoy every day and accept it as a blessing.  How am I supposed to handle boredom?


Devotion

Singing in the Rain

Annie Wesche

I watched in dismay as rainwater began flooding into our 20 by 8 foot container house—again.  Heavy tropical rains had cascaded down on our tiny Haitian home for several nights in a row.  And every night, I went through the same urgent routine:  throw down two of our four towels in the c


Devotion

The Beauty of True Set-Apartness
Choosing Love over Legalism

by Leslie Ludy

I sat up groggily as the alarm clock beeped, groaning at the unwelcome intrusion into my comfortable sleep. Rubbing my hand across my eyes, I contemplated pressing the snooze button and dozing for an extra thirty minutes.


Devotion

Choosing Joy

by Jess Schwartz

I ventured out on a run. As my feet methodically hit the pavement, my mind turned inward, and not on productive thoughts. To put it bluntly, I was worrying, fretting, and moping. I regret to admit that the argument could easily have been made that I was throwing myself a pity-party.


Devotion

The Garment of Praise

by Jasmin Howell

I watched the funds in our bank account dwindle with every passing day. Abrupt recent changes to our economy had negatively affected both my husband’s and my job. We didn’t have much income on the horizon, and I was waking up daily with a sense of fear and restlessness about the future.


Devotion

Living in Complete Worship

My pastor told us that we need to worship God with our lives all the time, instead of just living from one experience where we feel very close to God to the next...my question to you is how? How do I live in complete worship to God every day? How do I worship Him in everything that I do?


Devotion

Running for the Prize

by Heather Cofer

I’ve been participating in a fitness challenge at a gym nearby. I thought it would be kind of a fun motivation to get in shape. It is a point system, and you can win points in all different ways, from general attendance to keeping a food journal.