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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


Singleness

Keys to a Christ-Centered Love Story
Principles to Live by Whether Married or Single

by Leslie Ludy

In the years since When God Writes Your Love Story was released, many Christians have responded enthusiastically to the beautiful, hope-filled vision of Christ-centered romance portrayed in the book.


Devotion

Nothing Less
Leaning Wholly on Jesus

by Heather Cofer

Has anything taken a place in our heart that is reserved for One?There it was – another testimonial. Someone started taking a health supplement and within weeks their life was drastically changed for the better. For two years I had been taking this particular brand of supplement, hoping to see improvement in some of my long-term health issues.