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ABOUT LESLIE: founder + director
Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for helping women become setapart for Christ. She and her husband, Eric, have published twenty books with well over a million copies in print and translations in over a dozen languages, including When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity. Leslie is the founder and director of Set Apart Girl®, an international ministry that provides biblical encouragement and training for Christian women. She and Eric have four children at home, with two more on the way soon from Haiti! The Ludy family lives in Colorado. Visit Leslie at SetApartMotherhood.com
Leslie’s newest book, SET APART MOTHERHOOD, is a powerful and practical resource for young mothers! Many young women who grew up reading Leslie’s earlier books like When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity, are now in the season of marriage and family, and they are wondering how to apply the principles of “Christ-centered femininity” to their mothering challenges. Set Apart Motherhood answers those questions! It’s not so much a teaching book as it is practical encouragement for young moms who, like Leslie, are raising small children and desire to bring Christ into the center of their mothering. This book is honest about the challenges young mothers face, while at the same time encouraging moms not to settle for defeat or mediocrity, but to discover the beauty and joy of Christ-centered motherhood.
In Set Apart Motherhood, Leslie offers Biblical and practical solutions for the daily challenges of motherhood, showing you how to:
- + Build your home into a sanctuary of order and peace
- + Cultivate meaningful relationships with your children
- + Create a healthy routine for your family
- + Share the Gospel with your kids and train them in godly honor
“I’m grateful that God blessed Dennis and I with six souls to guide, shape, and point to Him. Leslie expertly does the same for the reader, guiding us to He Who controls all as we face the challenges and trials on this journey called motherhood.”
- BARBARA RAINEY
Wife of Dennis Rainey,
author, artist, and creator of Ever Thine Home
“Leslie has an art for bringing joy and peace to the most chaotic career in the world – motherhood.”
- HANNAH KEELY
TV host of “Hanna, Help Me!”
Founder of Mom Master University
People ask me questions all the time. Some of those questions I can answer, some I cannot answer and some I will not answer. I wish people would ask me questions I could answer and look good about it. However, it never happens.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage asks me questions all the time. After 43 years, I have finally figured out her questions. Most usually require one word answers.
For somebody like me who spends most of his time preaching and writing, boiling an answer down to one word is something that is quite difficult. The one great thing about my wife is, when she asks me a question, she does not really want an answer, because she already has the answer. I do not know how wives have developed this kind of intellectual mystique. I have just never had the opportunity to ask her. This probably would be the main question I would ask. Sometimes, living in the dark is okay.
Some people ask questions to get information. Some people ask questions to show off how smart they think they are, which, merely proves how dumb they actually are. Do not let them know that I said this, or they may have some questions for me. Then some people ask questions in order to trick you.
Questions are important. Sometimes my friends (both of them), will ask me a question.
The primary question is simply, What is a shoofly pie? This is the kind of question I like and furthermore, I like to answer it.
The trouble with a question like this is, where do you begin? With something as marvelous and wonderful as a shoofly pie, where do you start to explain all of its delicacies? Read More→
‘Precious and few are the moments we two can share’ is a line from an old song. I often tell people “we only have moments to share”; we don’t have days, weeks or months really. Of course, our moments do add up to those measurements of time. But in reality, all we have is this moment in time, this second, this minute, and then it’s in the past. It’s totally gone, never to return. I have either embraced it in a God honoring loving way or I have not.
As I write this blog, I am reminiscing about my life. Another minute has passed and I am a minute older. Where did that minute go? At this point roughly 60% of my life is over, which is quite sobering! What have I done with it? What will I be or do for the last 40%? Of course, not to be too morbid, my life could be over this week. I, nor anyone else, is guaranteed to live to a ripe old age. Nor are we guaranteed to have great health or have all our family members or friends around with us.
Since our time is so very precious and short, how will we spend our moments? I have an idea for you: I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of or read “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, but I thought it would be a good day to review it here. His basic premise is that we love others in 5 different ways, and we prefer to be loved. Here’s the 5 ways:
* Words of Affirmation – encouraging words that bring out the best in your spouse/kids; healing positive words. Pr.16:24: “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” NLT Read More→
In a typical Direct Sales business, did you realize that two thirds of your business is done from September to December? That can be a lot to juggle! Here are some tips for survival…and success!
1. Schedule it. This seems obvious but I would often encounter consultants on my team who seem surprised that they were busy “all of a sudden.” In fact, it happens every year. I would encourage you to take a good hard look at your calendar and take control of it. YOU decide when you want to work…and when you DO NOT want to work! Block off all the kids events, dates with your hubby and special family days. THEN start booking your parties on days when YOU want to work! It is so important to feel like you are controlling the use of your time rather than time controlling you.
2. Plan for it. A little meal planning NOW will make your fall much easier. One quieter days, take some time to make meals ahead and fill your freezer. Your slow cooker is your best friend this time of year!
With all the thinking and purchasing done ahead of time, you can then use your time to prep for parties, spend a few extra moments with your kiddies and enjoy a nourishing meal before heading out the door. A quick search on Pinterest will give you LOTS of ideas to try! One of my kids’ favourites is to mix up cookie batter, make balls and freeze them…then package the balls by the dozen in a zipper bag. Read More→
Recently, I was at a women’s networking luncheon where I had to give a 30-second commercial about my business. I’m glad I had done the preparation beforehand!
What is a 30-second commercial? It is the answer to the question, “What do you do?”
Another term for it is an elevator pitch.
So how do you write one?
First of all, realize that it’s not about you. It’s about what you do for others and how they benefit, as well as the results they get when working with you. When you respond to the frequently asked question, “What do you do?” with these thoughts in mind, you will attract more clients to you.
So having clarity and focus on what you do is extremely important. Knowing what audience you serve is also important.
Here is a formula to get you started: I help __________ with ____________ and the results are _________.
Of course, that’s very basic. Here is what I wrote for my 30-second commercial:
I help hurting people whether spiritually, financially, relationally reach for new heights in their lives and beyond by providing excellent inspirational art products, homeschooling resources, and branding/marketing consulting and services, which gives them the freedom to pursue who God made them to be.
That particular statement is broad to cover my whole business, since it has three main components. And my slogan is contained in it. I also have more focused commercials that ask a question. Like: Read More→
There are many nights that I lay awake long after my husband begins snoring lightly beside me. My mind whirls as I think of all the ways I’ve failed that day. Phone calls and emails that didn’t get returned; laundry that didn’t make it from the basket to the drawers; and worse yet time I could have spent with the kids that I whittled away working or collapsed in a chair trying to catch my breath.
How do we find the time to be a great parent amidst the chaos? The answer: we must realize we can’t do it all. As work-at-home moms, we need to relax and strive not for perfection, but for doing our best despite the circumstances. We need to strive to be parents who are:
Playful – Motherhood is a job that most of us take very seriously. However, the day-to-day life of a mom can be full of joy, laughter and fun as well. As moms, we set the tone for our household. When we have a positive attitude anything can be fun, even teaching times such as helping with homework.
My daughter began kindergarten recently. She now has homework to complete a few evenings each week. She is learning to read and becomes frustrated when she can’t figure out a word. I’m learning that by being patient with her, allowing her to express her frustration (in a calm manner) and encouraging her when she succeeds, even homework can be enjoyable time spent with her. Whenever possible, we turn homework into a game and have fun learning together.
Prayerful – The greatest part of a healthy prayer life is seeing God answer your prayers and sharing these experiences with your children. Answered prayer is a powerful spiritual teacher in the life of a child.
Jane Evans, author of Raising Children Without Going Insane, explains it well. “When you are lost and can’t find your way, stop and pray and ask God to help you. Teach your children the power of prayer in everyday situations…even you may be surprised, as I have many times, at the way God answers when you call!” Read More→
A big question that is often asked by moms (and others) struggling to build a successful business of their own, while juggling the many other things in life is – how can I REALLY do it?
I want to share some tips with all of the moms out there. Some of you have started your business and you are struggling with how to balance it all how. Can you really make this work?
YES, you can and I have done it. I have gone from zero to hero, both in my business and with my family, and you can, too. It wasn’t always easy, but what is? It was SO worth it, though. I’m proud of how the last 19 years have gone and what we accomplished and still accomplish today.
By the way, this is for the DADs too, not just the moms and anyone building a team, because a large percentage of the people who will come into your business will be moms and they will find this helpful, I assure you!
I’m proud of the legacy of entrepreneurism that I have instilled in my children, whatever they choose to do with it. They are both goal oriented and well on their own paths.
I struggled a lot in the beginning and made my kids an excuse much of the time instead of making them my WHY. Jan Ruhe called me out and I made a decision and got into action.
Make your kids your POWERFUL WHY. What does that mean? Pain/Gain. What do you want MORE?
Here are some ideas for you:
Have a family meeting and explain what you are doing, what your business plan is and what you intend to accomplish for the family. Use language appropriate for their age range. Ask for their help and support.
Set up a business plan and schedule it on the calendar as best you can and stick to it. Then, you can show it as a reference point to the family and they know when you are working and when you are available. Read More→