Leslie Ludy is a modern day woman of God. We easily say that all the amazing Christian women are dead or very old. Now Leslie is only in her thirties and I see her as one of the most influential women on my life (right after my mom and Amy Carmichael). She is the author of one of my favorite books, “Authentic Beauty” and co-author, along with her husband Eric, of “When God Writes Your Love Story”. She has made a great impact on my life.
Last year at camp one of my counselors (we had two since they weren’t 18 yet) started reading Authentic Beauty to us girls one of the last nights. It sounded so interesting. The first chapter or two was about her life and when my counselor was reading this I wasn’t sure where it was going. So anyway, I borrowed the book and read it during the following month. It really showed me not to be content with being just a nominal, apathetic, “good” Christian girl but to be a set apart, radiant Christian girl. The book is about being set apart. Being one of the few women and girls in every generation that choose to live radical sold out lives for
Christ. It has been part of this last year being the year I grew the most (spiritually) than probably any other year EVER!!!! As camp is approaching it reminds me the amazing journey this last year has been. From Dan Hubbard at camp, to Leslie Ludy’s book, to other speakers and books, this year has been an amazing growing time.
Now in May I listened to Leslie’s audio series on Sacred Femininity and was deeply impacted. It totally changed my view of beauty!!!! I thought that I had the “Biblical” view on beauty. I mean, it was the same as all the Christian books say “You are beautiful the way you are and you don’t need anything to make you beautiful! Your heart is radiant all by its self.”, but I realized how self centered that thinking is.
We are NOT good. Nothing about us is good. We are rotten, dirty, bloodstained, sinners deserving of death. There is nothing beautiful about our nature. Only when Jesus comes and redeems us and purifies us from all unrighteousness, do we have any beauty. Leslie used Ezekiel 16. We are truly ugly and gross before Christ comes and makes us beautiful. Only through his death do we have any beauty.
Leslie talks about the two options that we usually have: either, “You need to look like the anerexic, air brushed supermodels” or “You are fine just the way you are. All you need to do is love yourself!”. Neither of them is right. This should be our outlook on beauty: “I am not beautiful, but by the grace of God I am becoming beautiful. As I become more like Christ, the most beautiful human there ever was, I become more beautiful.” That is a Biblical view of beauty.
This audio series made me look at my heart and see that my opinion of beauty was wrong. I realized that 2 songs that I had written were not right “Your beautiful the way you are, he who made the way you are, so don’t worry he made you a star.” and I ended up writing a new song. It is probably one of my best songs yet! It is based off of Ezekiel 16, “In you I have beauty, though only through your mercy. You have redeemed me, made me lovely, without you I am nothing, broken and dirty, but in you. I am Beautiful”
So Leslie has made a huge impact on my life and on my thinking. She has been a great role model of a set apart woman and a Godly woman! She is one of those people that I wish I could be discipled by. She is also been impacted by “MY” Amy Carmichael, which I think is awesome!
You can find out more about her books and audio series on my resources page. I hope you read some of her books. They are GREAT!!!! Soli Deo Gloria!
In Christ, Nobody <><