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A Merry Heart Does Good Like Medicine
Proverbs 17:22

by Leslie Ludy

If you are a mother of young children (or work with them regularly), you know that God has given us an amazing built-in laughter therapy to ease the stresses and challenges that come with the job! In our home, six-year-old Kipling (a.k.a. Dubber and Dubs) provides a great deal of “comic relief”, usually while completely oblivious to the fact that he is even being funny.


Sacrificial Love

The Blessing of Children
A God-Sized Vision For Motherhood

by Leslie Ludy

The Blessing of Children: Eric and I were married for ten years before we had children. Just why did we wait so long? The official reason—meaning the answer that we gave to anyone who was nosy enough to ask—was that we were …


Courage

The Power of Rejoicing
Modeling Mighty Faith To My Children

by Leslie Ludy

The Power of Rejoicing: Several years ago, our small town was hit with a catastrophic tornado. When it touched down, Eric and I were at a local coffee shop with Hudson and Harper, ages three and one, along with Eric's sister and her three children who were visiting from . . .


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Delighting in Our Kids
Enjoying God’s Built-In Laughter Therapy

by Leslie Ludy

Delighting in Our Kids: Before Eric and I had children, we would often observe young parents impatiently tugging their small children along behind them in malls or restaurants. Their children were adorable, chattering away as they discovered the new world around them. But the . . .


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Secrets to Motherhood Joy
Saying Goodbye To Self-Pity

by Leslie Ludy

Secrets to Motherhood Joy: Eric's grandmother, who died before he was born, had an incredible secret for maintaining a joyful attitude as a young wife and mother. Whenever she was feeling down because of various challenging circumstances in her life, she made . . .


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A Holy Sense of Humor
Exchanging Crudeness For Honor

by Leslie Ludy

A Holy Sense of Humor: I recently heard about a kid-friendly app that helps children and parents keep track of their household chores. The concept was great, the usability simple, and the graphics engaging. At first I thought that it might provide a sleek replacement for the . . .


Discipling Kids

Raising Joyful Kids
God’s Simple Solution

by Leslie Ludy

Raising Joyful Kids: Something profound happened in our family a few weeks ago. Our kids had their very first "I’m sorry" night—a powerful time of confessing sin and making things right with each other. This was not something that Eric . . .


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Choosing Joy
Even When You Don’t Feel Like It!

by Leslie Ludy

Choosing Joy: I have a rather “girly” confession to make: I don’t really enjoy camping. While it’s true that I have some great camping memories from my childhood, now that I’m an adult the idea of tossing and turning all night in a cold tent, stumbling around . . .