The Collection - Devotionals

Discipling Kids

Becoming His Hands and Feet
How Child Sponsorship Changed Our Family

by Leslie Ludy

Pure and undefiled religion before god and the father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble...James 1:27HUDSON'S FIRST SERMONThe chapel was vacant and dark.  Hudson, my four-year-old son, ran happily around the big empty room as a small group of our friends and co-workers explored the facility.  Our ministry had recently taken possession of a former Bible college camp


Time Management

Keeping Christ Central
Bonus Devotional

by Leslie Ludy

A common mentality among moms today is “I can’t afford time in my schedule for prayer.” But the reality is this: ‘As Christian mothers, we can’t afford NOT to make time in our schedule for prayer.’ Prayer may not seem very practical when you have young children.


An Orderly Home

What God Calls Us To, He Equips Us For
An Inside Peek Into The Ludy Home

by Leslie Ludy

Our family has gone through a huge change over the past three months. After an arduous twenty-nine month journey, our Haitian toddlers (Rees and Lily) finally came home in October! Along with the joy, delight, and celebration that has come with having our new children home has also come tremendous new challenges. Suddenly having two toddlers at home has been a bit jarring, to say the least!


Sacrificial Love

Preparing Our Kids For Real Christianity
Dreaming God’s Dreams For Our Children

by Leslie Ludy

Preparing our Kids for Real Christianity Not long ago, Hudson felt God speak to him about his future. He learned about the many needs in the country of Cambodia and feels called to be a missionary there someday. Already, he’s begun to prepare to live overseas, even though he’s only nine...


Prayer

Great Expectations
Trading Cultural Norms For Heavenly Patterns

by Leslie Ludy

Great Expectations:When I was in sixth grade, I attended a large, cutting-edge public school. One of the required classes that year was called “Preparing for the Teen Years” and included lessons on self-esteem, sexuality, and social issues. Up until then, it...


Quiet Time

Becoming a Christ-Confident Mother
Looking To The Right Source For Our Identity

by Leslie Ludy

Becoming A Christ-Confident MotherWhen I was growing up, my mom was considered by most standards to be a health nut. My friends’ lunch boxes contained white bread sandwiches, greasy potato chips, and Little Debbie cupcakes, while mine was filled with whole wheat bread, carrot sticks, and sugar-free granola bars. In our house, eating “sugar cereal” like Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch for breakfast was akin to...


Time Management

The Power of Personal Discipline
Healthy Habits That Lead To Thriving Families

by Leslie Ludy

The Power of Personal Discipline: I know, I know. The subject of personal discipline—to most of us—sounds about as exciting as a scientific discussion on the history of dust. The word discipline conjures up images of legalism and lists of rules and regulations. Most of us have observed mothers who run their homes like . . .


Overcoming Chaos

Truth-Based Mothering
Putting Emotions In Their Proper Place

by Leslie Ludy

Truth-Based Mothering: The last few weeks have brought about a dramatic change in my motherhood role. After an arduous twenty-nine month adoption journey, Rees and Lily Ludy (now ages two and three) finally came home from Haiti to join our family! While there is no question that this has been a ...


Prayer

Armed for the Battle
Wrestling for Our Children’s Souls

by Leslie Ludy

Armed For The Battle: Hudson Taylor—one of the most world-changing missionaries in history—wasn't always passionate about God. In fact, at one point in his life, he was a floundering, wayward teen with no real interest in spiritual things. His mother—a devoted Christian—was greatly burdened for the state of his soul. As the years went by ...


Prayer

The Secret to World-Changing Motherhood
Understanding the Power of Prayer and Faith

by Leslie Ludy

The Secret to World-Changing Motherhood: During a Christian radio interview on motherhood, I was asked to give some practical suggestions to moms who might feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Immediately, I thought of the solution that has most helped me during my own seasons of struggle as a young mom ...


Overcoming Chaos

Exchanging Chaos for Strength
Letting Motherhood Challenges Make You Strong

by Leslie Ludy

Exchanging Chaos for Strength What’s the one word that best describes motherhood today? For most moms, the first word that comes to mind is chaos. I’ve spoken with dozens of moms who have used this description to sum up the entirety of their motherhood experience—especially. . .


Sacrificial Love

Excellence VS. Perfectionism
The Freedom of Embracing God’s Pattern

by Leslie Ludy

Excellence VS. Perfectionism Exercising early in the morning isn’t one of my favorite things to do. I’m not one of those people who leaves her running shoes right by the bed and energetically pops awake as soon as the alarm sounds the first “beep,” charging out into the frosty morning air for a five-mile run. But, just like. . .