Meet Leslie Ludy!

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Topic of the week #8

This week, I chose Leslie Ludy as my guest blogger. Leslie is a best-selling author and speaker who has a passion for reaching her generation with the hope of Christ. The first time I came across her blog was this month, when I saw it taped on a wall in my dorm. When I read it, I began to cry because I was so touched and moved by her words.

Leslie Ludy has inspired me to fall more in love with God. I hope you find inspiration and are moved to do the same. Enjoy!

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“In some of my books, I’ve mentioned how I love to listening to Scripture on my IPOD – while I’m driving, cleaning, or waiting for an appointment.  This week as I was cleaning out my closet (part of the whole “nesting” instinct, since I have another baby coming in a few weeks!) I was listening to the book of Mark, and heard the story of the sick man who’s friends were so determined to get him to Jesus that they climbed up onto the roof and let his bed down through the ceiling:

And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. (Mark 2:4)

When Jesus saw their faith, he forgave the man’s sins and healed him from his sickness.  They knew that Jesus was the only one who could help their friend.  So they loaded him onto a bed and brought him to the place where Jesus was.  When they saw that it was impossible to get to Jesus because of the crowds, they didn’t turn back and say, “Oh well, at least we tried.”    They refused to give in to defeat.  They were willing go to any and all means to remove the obstacles keeping them from laying their sick friend at Christ’s feet.  This is the kind of dogged faith and spiritual determination that God responds to.  Their determination and commitment yielded great rewards.

This story convicted and challenged me in a whole new way as I heard it.  How many times do we allow the “crowds” to keep us from laying our cares at Jesus’ feet?  Without Him, we can do nothing – He is the one who has everything we need for life and godliness.  But how often to we allow circumstances, busyness and distractions to keep us from Him?  The past few weeks, my life has been exceptionally full with travel, deadlines, household projects and of course caring for three little munchkins under the age of four!  During busy seasons, it’s all too easy to make a half-hearted attempt to guard my time in God’s presence – rather than being willing to do whatever it takes to come and kneel at Jesus’ feet.  Andrew Bonar once said,

O brothers and sisters, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper – and sleep too – than not pray.  And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest.  The Lord is near.  He comes softly while the virgins slumber. 

Are we willing to lose sleep, food, productivity, social status, and “down time” in order to come before our Lord every day and make Him the highest priority of our life?  Do we have a spiritual determination that says, “no obstacle will keep me from my King – even if I must go to the rooftop and break through the house tiles to get to Him!”?  Or do we make half-hearted attempts to spend time in prayer, and when distractions arise say, “Oh well, at least I tried.”  God has been challenging me on this point at a whole new level.  I have realized afresh that I must allow nothing to become an excuse to keep me from Him.  Whenever I catch myself saying, “Well, I didn’t get much sleep last night and I’m 7 months pregnant, so I probably should just have a short quiet time and call it good,” that’s when I know that my spiritual determination has weakened, that I’ve allowed the cares of this world to creep in and keep me from my King.  May we never be content with a paltry, half-hearted spiritual life or say, “once I’m done with this busy time, I’ll get back to true prayer.”   Rather, let us doggedly, determinedly remove any and every obstacle that keeps us from coming to Him daily, spending hours in His presence, and receiving everything we need for life and godliness!”

To read other posts by Leslie Ludy, visit her blog Setapartgirl.com 

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3 responses »

  1. This was such a great reminder to me. Sadly, it is true that we often get caught up in the busyness of life and God often times gets put on the back burner. This is totally the opposite of what should happen. In fact, when we get the most busy, it is even more important to spend more time with God, because that is, indeed when we need his strength the most, and if we truly believe that He is our strength, then we need that special time with him, all the more!

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  3. Such a great word! First off, I love Leslie Ludy. I also keep up with her blog and I am subscribed to her weekly devotionals. This post was definitely a great reminder to not let God get on the back burner. In relation to our class, this very applicable. I think being PR students or PR professionals it can become very easy to get caught up in the of life. We should learn to discipline ourselves not, as students, to find that time to get away with the Lord, make him a priority in our days and I believe after doing that will we find that the busyness of our days isn’t as busy after all.

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