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Beauty and Contentment
A God-Honoring Approach to Home Design

by Leslie Ludy

Godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Timothy 6:6Sitting in a waiting room not long ago, my eyes were immediately drawn to the trendy home renovation show playing on the lobby’s television.  Normally I don’t have much attraction to modern TV shows, but decorating and home design episodes can quickly capture my interest.


Family

Lessons from my Mother
Celebrating the Beauty of Motherhood

by Annie WescheMandy SaelerHeather CoferLeslie Ludythe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin HowellSarah Guthrie

With the coming of May each spring, the grey days of winter have faded from memory as sprigs of green and bursts of bright colors emerge to delight our senses.  At the peak of all this loveliness, Mother’s Day arrives and presents us with the opportunity to once again celebrate the beauty of motherhood and the influential, godly women who have touched our lives.


True Beauty

More Than a Haircut
Applying God's Truth to Our Insecurities

by Jasmin Howell

I'd been working to grow out my hair for the past two years, and just a few short months ago had finally gotten it to a length I was very happy with. I only had a few more inches to go before I reached the ideal length I had in mind. I was so excited! And then disaster ensued.


Devotion

In the Secret Place
Guarding the Intimacy of our Walk with Christ

by Leslie Ludy

"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."Matthew 6:6It was a frigid, early winter morning in Michigan over 25 years ago.  A young Eric Ludy awoke with an extra spring in his step and an unexplained sense of excitement in his heart.  Des


The Gospel

The Centrality of Christ
Placing Jesus at the Center of Our Lives

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

I have long been fascinated with space, planets, and faraway galaxies.


Motherhood

Leading with a Broken Heart
Modeling Repentance to Your Children

by Heather Cofer

“Jude … come here, buddy.” I looked into the eyes of my toddler as he slowly walked toward me. I had just corrected him out of frustration in a tone that was too harsh — it was the first time I can remember doing so. I was filled with remorse as I looked at his forlorn little face, feeling like I had just completely failed in my motherhood journey.


Devotion

When We Don't "Feel" It
Persevering in Faith Through All Seasons

by Jasmin Howell

God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.– A.W. TozerIt was early morning.


Relationships

Cultivating Friendship
Becoming a Friend Who Loves at all Times

by Lauren RobertsonGuest WritersBrooke Kinabrew

In the words that follow, we’ve asked two set apart women we admire to share their perspectives with you on the topic of building Christ-centered friendship.


Relationships

A God-Honoring "Girls' Night"
Edifying Ways to Spend Time with Friends

by Leslie Ludy

Chick flick.Gossip.Eat.Guy-talk.Repeat.For most of my teen years, this was the precise formula my friends and I followed every time we got together for a “girls’ night.” I attended many sleepovers and girl get-togethers that consisted of nothing but junk food, binge-watching movies, analyzing available guys, and gossiping about the latest romantic sagas unfolding around us.There


Lifestyle

Whatever is Lovely, Whatever is Pure
Honoring Christ in our Media Choices

by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferLeslie Ludythe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin Howell

An Introduction from Leslie LudyOne of the most convicting statements I’ve ever read is “A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring” (John Tauler, as quoted in God’s Missionary, by Amy Carmichael). As Christians who are set apart for Jesus Christ, the ungodly sights and sounds of our culture should never feel “comfortable” to us.


Lifestyle

Grace Notes
Tuning Our Hearts to Christ's Perfection

by Sarah Guthrie

The weighted ivory keys beckoned me closer. Accepting their invitation, I drew out the piano bench, arranged my sheet music, and arched my fingers slightly. As the first notes of Beethoven’s Für Elise lingered in the air, I was transported from the parlor to a place of soul that didn’t exist before I began piano lessons. Let it be known — I am far from a piano prodigy.


Purity

A Clean Heart
Experiencing God's Renewal from the Inside Out

by Leslie Ludy

Create in me a clean heart, o God;and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10There it was again — that distracting heaviness that I just couldn’t explain.  I sat staring at my open Bible, but the words were merely blurry lines on a page.  I was attempting to have a quiet time, but spiritually I felt hollow and empty.  With a sigh, I closed the cover and whispered a si