A Season of Waiting…

 A Season of Waiting…

Lucinda Secrest McDowell


waitingImagine waiting more than 400 years for an answer to prayer!

That’s what God’s chosen people had to do – waiting in the dark, hoping for deliverance. Perhaps singing their own version of  “Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee.” (hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” Charles Wesley, 1745)

In between the Old Testament and the New Testament, the heavens seemed closed to the nation of Israel. God appeared to be silent. They thought nothing was happening. And certainly their prayers for a Messiah were falling on deaf ears.

Yet, in reality, God was still at work bringing about the perfect political and religious setting for the appearance of His Son. “But me! I will keep watch for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”  Micah 7:7 CEB

God’s timing is always best. Even if it means we have to wait. We can be assured that “my God will hear me.”

During those waiting years, the Jews had become unwilling subjects of the Roman Empire. But they wanted more than just limited freedom to worship and hope. As they read the prophecies of the Old Testament, they dreamed of the Messiah who would finally arrive and restore them as a powerful nation as in the time of King David. Surely this person would be a mighty warrior, a strong and larger-than-life hero!

No one was looking for a helpless, newborn baby. In a barn.

What are you waiting for these days?

For that feeling to go away? You know, the one that keeps reminding you that you’re not enough and never will be, the one where you are searching for something that will make everything else fall into place…but it’s just beyond reach. Sometimes I think I’m waiting to experience that Perfect Family Gathering with diverse loved ones all in agreement and full of praise for me as the matriarch (you know, when “her children rise up and call her blessed…”).

God knows.

He desires good things for us but often His timing is not in sync with ours. “We orient our lives to speed. We want faster computers, fast food, instant coffee. We want what we want now, so waiting becomes hard. Waiting in our prayer life and waiting for Christmas become disciplines we return to every December. For what do we wait? Do we wait for a baby to be born? Do we wait for peace to dwell in the whole world and in our fractured, busy lives? Do we wait for the rebirth of joy, a rekindling of hope?” (from“Openings”)

adventwaitinggirlHere are some steps I find helpful during those excruciating waiting times:

  • Write down your prayers and concerns for this situation.
  • Assure God you truly desire His will in His way.
  • Intercede in prayer for others you know who are also waiting.
  • Take the next step that has been made clear to you.

Why not choose to try one of these in the upcoming days of Advent?

“Keep watch.” God will show up.

under the mercy, Cindy

©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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Celebrate A Delightful December!

Celebrate a Delightful December!

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Welcome to December! While this can be one of the busiest, most stressful months of the year, with a bit of intentionality you can make it one of your most calm and celebrative seasons. 

delightfuldecemberWhat helps keep me grounded amidst all the hooplah is that I am committed to reading an Advent Devotional every single morning and singing a Christmas carol every day. There are many wonderful resources out there and my new book “Dwelling Places” even has an Advent section. Click here for a free printable Advent 2016 Guide.

I also try to be realistic about my own expectations for the season. This year I am finishing up a new book so I only have time to go to work every day, come home and write, and spend one week focused on my visiting family. Yes, I will attend our Christmas concert and my Bible Study Christmas dinner, but have had to scale back other extras. This will help keep me sane and prepared to welcome everyone for a celebrative week.

If you love to read special Christmas novels, I recommend three new ones by dear friends: Restoring Christmas, the newest Christmas novella from Cynthia Ruchti is amazing and I was honored to endorse it. You might also enjoy   God Bless Us Everyone by Eva Marie Everson and Red Pen Redemption by Lori Stanley Roeleveld. 

fccconcertIf you live in the Hartford CT area may I invite you to my own church’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18 at 4 pm? Our meetinghouse was built in 1761 and our Minister of Music and the Arts, David Spicer, will pull out all the stops (literally) that afternoon with Bach and Vivaldi (and it’s free) – so come for a glorious time of worship and celebration! 

My greatest suggestion for having a Delightful December is that you keep your focus on the Holy reason for the season – the birth of the Christ Child. Read the Christmas story. Reflect on how Christ “moving into the neighborhood” has affected your own life. Pray. Be thankful. Reach out to others. Embrace loved ones. Be generous as you can be (without going into debt, that honors no one). And look forward on December 31 to God’s great gift of a Brand New Year – 2017!

“If you have arrived at Advent, at the coming, with doubts, dragging chains of disbelief, disenchantment, and discouragement, welcome. You are not alone. And if you enter this season with a harried heart and a furrowed brow, welcome. You are not alone. If your moanings feel louder than the quiet, subtle hope tucked behind the noise of the world’s Christmas season, then welcome. You are not alone. And that is the good news, isn’t it? That in this darkness, in this aching nighttime, we are not alone. Christ comes. This Advent, we face the shadows, and embrace the Light.” (Jane Rubietta in Finding the Messiah) 

Have a peaceful December, full of reflection and delight.

under the mercy, Cindy

©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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Begin Advent with Thankfulness

Begin Advent with Thankfulness

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

To me, thankfulness is not so much an act as an orientation.

beginadventEach day we face what life brings, receive it and, no matter how challenging, give thanks. “Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” (Hebrews 12.28)

As Advent begins this first Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27), it is a good time to renew our faith in God’s goodness. “We can speak all the lofty phrases we want about God’s sovereign goodness, but the proof is in the thanking. The Bible tells us to give thanks for all things and in all things. It tells us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, to present our requests to God. Only thankfulness on this scale is an incontestable sign we believe what we say. It is the single most convincing testimony beyond our spoken testimony that we’ve put our hope in the God who vindicates and saves.” (Mark Buchanan, “Spiritual Rhythms”)

The daily discipline of thanking God can change a life. Just ask Ann Voskamp, Canadian farmer’s wife and author of the New York Times best-selling “One Thousand Gifts.”  Many have learned from Ann about worshipping God with eucharisteo, the Greek word translated “to be grateful; to give thanks.” Mostly that it is our choice. We can choose to whine, grumble, complain or even just neglect looking for God’s good gifts. Or we can discipline ourselves to recognize them. The more we do it, the more naturally we do it. “When we practice giving thanks, we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes. We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see.”

How will you live a life of thankfulness today? During the Advent season? All year?

  • Set a goal to notice and announce/record three of God’s gift each day.
  • Keep a large jar out filled with paper slips of recorded thanks.
  • Make simple ornaments for your tree, commemorating God’s special gifts this year.
  • Worship God with thanksgiving, “Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen sound from His people again, Gladly for aye we adore Him.” (hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Joachim Neander, 1863) 

adventprintableIf you would enjoy walking through Advent one-word-a-day, then please download the free printable of my Advent 2016 Guide which corresponds to the “Shine” section of my book “Dwelling Places. The words begin on Sunday, November 27 and conclude New Year’s Eve. Click on this icon and you need to have the book – it’s under $10 right now on Christianbook and Amazon. (Hint: There is also a 40-day Lenten section called “Renew” and two other sections “Dwell” and “Grow”)

Wishing you a shining, peaceful Advent Season. under the mercy, Cindy

©2016 excerpted from “Dwelling Places” by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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When You Don’t Feel Thankful

When You Don’t Feel Thankful

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Perhaps you aren’t feeling very thankful today.

The world is a scary place. The losses have piled up one after another — health, relationships, financial security, dreams — and you really wish everyone would just quit asking you to list your one thousand gifts…

thankfulSome people call this holiday “Turkey Day” but that would be limiting. It is called Thanksgiving to prompt us to dig deep enough to find something which offers hope and promise.

When I am in these hard places, I find it helpful to focus my soul on these two things: 

  1. Remember that GOD is the One we thank.

G.K. Chesterton once famously wrote, “The worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank.” To whom are you thankful today? “Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:13) This verse reminds us that God is the one we praise. We thank Him because He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. He has our back. Knowing that we are created, loved and sustained by a merciful and gracious God is the ultimate reason for giving thanks.

  1. Make a CHOICE to live in Gratitude, no matter what.

So, I can either complain and whine about the direction life has taken me— the detour in the road, the closed door, the seemingly impossible challenge — or I can believe that nothing is too hard for God-with-us (that is Emmanuel, one of the names of Jesus). Maybe your situation is darker this year than last, but if you know God as the Great Provider, you can choose to declare: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3.17-18)

thankfullist1965I’m grateful for parents who taught me early on that Thanksgiving is actually a way of life. Recently I discovered a small piece of paper with a long childhood list — my ‘ticket’ to Thanksgiving dinner. I was startled to count 70 different things on this thankful list —  in categories, no less! If I could write that many at age twelve, just think of all I can thank Him for today after so much more life and blessing.

What is ONE THING you can Thank God for today?

Even in the pain, even in the loneliness, even in the uncertainty. Now breathe it out or write it out. Good for you.

Heavenly Father, I thank you. Most of all for loving me, for being my Saviour and my Lord. But also for the many blessings you have showered upon my life. Every good gift is from you and I will declare my gratitude by living with a thankful heart. Not just on this holiday, but always. Amen. 

holidayfp4hThis Devotional appears in the Brand New “A Joy-Full Season” Holiday Wellness Study from my good friends at First Place 4 Health. Order your copy HERE NOW! (I am grateful to be a contributing author of several devotionals in it – there are lots more from fabulous people!)

under the mercy, Cindy

Advent is coming! adventprintableIn fact, the first Sunday is during Thanksgiving weekend. Wouldn’t you like to have a more nurturing and peaceful November AND December? Then be sure to DOWNLOAD my FREE PRINTABLE Advent 2016 Guide listing one-word-a-day devotional from the “Shine” Advent season of my book “Dwelling Places.” Click HERE or on the photo and be sure to soak in God’s Word each day!

©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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Make It a Nurturing November

Make It a Nurturing November

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

November is here! Can’t you just smell the pumpkin pie and spiced apple cider? Here in New England we have already had some snow and God’s palette of colorful leaves disintegrates a bit each day, reminding us of the season’s change.

What will you do to nurture your soul for the days ahead?

nurturingnovGently the dark comes down over the wild, fair places,

The whispering glens in the hills, the open, starry spaces;

Rich with the gifts of the night, sated with questing and dreaming,

We turn to the dearest of paths where the star of the homelight is gleaming.

Lucy Maud Montgomery “November Evening”

Coming Events: GirlTalk Luncheon at America’s Keswick in Whiting New Jersey, 10-1 on Wednesday, November 9. Only $10 includes luncheon! I’m excited to be speaking on “Refuge – Dwelling in God’s Presence” and hope you will join us. Get a ticket by phoning 800.453.7942  All Details HERE!  

New Books Released – As always, I have friends who have just published new books that I highly recommend to you.

jkdfearlaunch“Not only is Jennifer Kennedy Dean one of the most excellent Bible teachers I have ever studied under, her words are absolutely clear and infinitely practical. Surrounded by a culture of fear, we often give in because of the people and situations we cannot control.  Focusing on the deep questions that consume us, “Live a Praying Life Without Fear” systematically opens up the Word of God to reveal how our prayers can actively fight fear through trust, faith, embracing God’s sovereignty and soul transformation. Interspersed with the rich insight is Jennifer’s own experience of when everything she feared actually happened… and she survived. ‘Through life inside of this fear, I found not the horrors I imagined… I found in every circumstance God took care of those things I turned over to Him. My perception of fear changed; it became less an impediment and more a gift, a lens through which God allowed me to see Him.’ I highly recommend this study – but only for worriers and silent sufferers. In other words, everyone!” ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell

barefoot“How grateful I am to be reunited with Hannah, Meg, Mara and Charissa – my ‘friends’ in Sharon Garlough Brown’s “Sensible Shoes” series. Having already journeyed with them through seasons of growth and change, I was eager to see what this third novel, “Barefoot,” would reveal. And what a tender story ensued as these women faced both serendipitous joy and heart-wrenching sorrow. The thread of being in a supportive prayer circle is powerful in each of these books, and the valuable spiritual exercises woven throughout help us to process as well. Challenged by such things as church staff drama, child custody battles, medical diagnoses, homelessness, abuse, career choices and prodigal children, each woman’s hard inner soul work is what brings redemption and depth to the story. “Barefoot” brings us gently to the place where we know the only adequate response is to take off our shoes and stand before God on holy ground.” ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell

lizcindy“Imagine sitting on a sofa with a wise woman as she opens her Bible and shares both deep truth and heartwarming life stories. This, my friend, is the beauty of “31 Verses to Write On Your Heart.” It’s an excellent opportunity to come alongside Liz Curtis Higgs, a phenomenal woman of God, as she oh-so-authentically reveals the power and purpose of God’s Word in her own life story. Urging us to do the same. To read the Word. Know the Word. Live the Word. Being a ‘word girl’ myself, I especially enjoyed her taking us back to the original language in order to better understand the fine points of Scripture. Thanks, Liz, for this truly delightful mixture of both inspiration and teaching. To quote Number 28, “How good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15.23) Highly recommended!”   ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell

overnightturkeyThanksgiving! In the coming weeks I will be blogging about Thanksgiving, but for now, I highly suggest we all make a special effort to be Grateful. Looking at the world today it would be so easy to Whine and Complain. Let’s show Christ’s grace by counting our blessings. And don’t forget to spread the joy and Give to others. And if you’re culinary challenged (as I am) you will love my Overnight Turkey recipe here. Believe me, it works and it’s delicious!

renewinstagramFinally, I’m delighted to report that Registration is now Live/Open for “reNEW – retreat for New England Writing” which I co-direct with Rachel Britton. This is an amazing community of writers and speakers (both beginning and seasoned) from all over the country who gather here in New England in the beautiful fall in order to reNEW our vision, our craft and our relationship with God. We are so excited to have faculty like Carol Kent, Christa Parrish, Tessa Afshar, Lori Roeleveld and Christa Hutchins. The dates are Oct. 6-8, 2017 in West Hartford, CT. All information at www.reNEWwriting.com

CLICK to Watch a minute of Rachel and Cindy sharing about reNEW! 

adventprintableAdvent is coming!

In fact, the first Sunday is during Thanksgiving weekend. Wouldn’t you like to have a more nurturing and peaceful November AND December? Then be sure to DOWNLOAD my FREE PRINTABLE Advent 2016 Guide listing one-word-a-day devotional from the “Shine” Advent season of my book “Dwelling Places.” Click HERE or on the photo and be sure to soak in God’s Word each day!

As November unfolds, my prayer is that you have more than enough time to spend by a quiet fire, in a creative kitchen, writing prayers in your journal or reading a fascinating book and also singing praises to God for the Many Good Gifts He gives us all. And may these practices nurture your soul and those around you…

Shall we sing together? (really concentrate on these wonderful words) “Come, ye thankful people, come. Raise the song of harvest home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin; God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied; Come to God’s own temple, come, Raise the song of harvest home.” 

under the mercy, Cindy

©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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In These Days of Confused Situations…

In These Days of Confused Situations…

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

I’m pretty sure that Almighty God is not pacing the throne room of heaven wringing His hands in confusion and fear.

confused-situations2016 is certainly not the first time a culture has discovered that we will reap what we have sown – thus being presented with choices for a leader that mirror the qualities too many have extolled as important to fame and power.

 “This is what the Lord says: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that made them wander so far?
They pursued what was worthless and became worthless.
I brought you into a land of plenty,
 to enjoy its gifts and goodness, but you ruined my land; you disgraced my heritage.

The priests didn’t ask, “Where’s the Lord?”
Those responsible for the Instruction didn’t know me;
    the leaders rebelled against me;
    the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, going after what has no value.
Yet my people have exchanged their glory for what has no value.
Be stunned at such a thing, you heavens; shudder and quake, declares the Lord.
My people have committed two crimes:
    They have forsaken me, the spring of living water.
    And they have dug wells, broken wells that can’t hold water.” (from Jeremiah 2)

And yet, here we are thousands of years later, still digging wells that can hold no water. I guess the question becomes for each individual – will I trust God and build my life around His will and His way? 

Today. This day,  I choose to praise the “Most High who rules over the kingdoms of the world.” (Daniel 4.17)

Soaking in Scripture helps me focus– will you join me?

I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High… The Lord reigns forever… He rules the world with righteousness  and judges the peoples with equity. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.   Psalm 9 

Shall we continue to pray?

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.  Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior. 1 Timothy 2

My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.  Psalm 62 

whatcanwedoYes, I will vote when that day comes. Too many people sacrificed that I might have a voice. And I will pray for and support our elected government and new president, with a heart that hopes those leaders will turn to the ultimate source of wisdom.

Will you remember that God’s presence is our only true safe place – refuge?

It’s far better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust any human leader. Psalm 11.9

Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.   2 Chronicles 20.6

Several decades ago, my friend Connecticut musician Michael Kelly Blanchard sang this song in our ancient Meetinghouse (my church was gathered in 1635 so people have experienced confused situations there before, including the American Revolution) I would like to close with these encouraging words:

In these days of confused situations.
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
lay wounded and cold as a corpse.
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad.

(Chorus) Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord, 
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad. – Michael Kelly Blanchard 

No matter who ends up being President of the United States, God is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Friends, your cry has been heard. And the ransom has been paid up in full. By the grace of the Lord. Now, go forth, and Be Ye Glad!

CLICK HERE to listen to “Be Ye Glad” with lyrics

under the mercy, Cindy

©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Website/Blog www.EncouragingWords.net

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Doing Nothing in Nothing but a Robe

 Doing Nothing in Nothing but a Robe

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” —Psalm 23.2,3 NIV

Relaxing in jacuzziOf course I had to visit a Spa for the writing of my book “Refresh!” I called it ‘research’.

The truth is, I love being pampered at a Spa. And honey, we have a great one here in Connecticut that offers a fall discount package. So my three other ‘birthday buddies’ and I book it every year – girl bonding and low-key celebrating.

This past Saturday was The Day. To spend all day walking around a public place with nothing on but a white terry cloth robe. Well, at least everyone else was dressed the same way. I can’t tell you how many times I cinched my sash tightly. Just in case…

nothingbutarobeNow before you get all jealous of me, let me assure you that I deserved every single pampering minute. And so do you, actually. Whether or not we are fortunate enough to be given gift cards to a Spa, we are all made for the kind of rest and serenity inherent to such a time and place.

Did you know that SPA is a word that is actually an acronym for three Latin words  — Salus Per Aquam, which mean “health by water?” (see, I did actually do some ‘research’) While water is the genesis of this term, health is an integral ingredient. Any true Spa will focus on improving your health — physically, emotionally, mentally and yes, spiritually.

Modern Spas have their roots in the ancient towns once known for the healing powers of their mineral waters and hot springs. People would come from far away to “take the waters” and restore their health. In the Bible, the Pool of Bethesda was such a Spa and believed to be a source of healing when the waters were stirred. That’s why the lame man had lain by that pool for 38 years, hoping to ‘take the waters.’

spawaterhandsOver and over again we find in God’s Word refreshment for our soul thirst when we cry out like the psalmist, “God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.” Psalm 63.1

Are you in the middle of a desert place right now? Do you have a dehydrated heart?

When our bodies lack water they give off symptoms such as dry mouth, headaches or weak knees. But what are the indicators that our souls are deprived of spiritual water? “Dehydrated hearts send desperate messages. Snarling tempers. Waves of worry. Hopelessness. Sleeplessness. Loneliness. Resentment. Irritability. Insecurity. These are warnings. Symptoms of a dryness deep within.” (Max Lucado in “Come Thirsty”)

What is needed is ‘health by water’ — a refreshing spa for our souls. And it must come from the Source of living water — Jesus Christ! He wants to offer you a transformational Spa so that you, too, might be able to say,  “He turns a desert into a pool of water, dry land into springs of water.” Psalm 107.35

Friend, it really is okay to rest. To linger “beside still waters.” Whether you do it at a Spa or beside a stream, doesn’t really matter.What matters is that you take time away from the demands of the world, and focus on body and soul, possibly even surrounded by a few supportive friends.

spafeet

Here we are in our robes…

“But when your soul is at rest it occupies the throne of your life. Your mind has thoughts of truth and beauty. You desire what is wholesome and good. Your body is   filled with appetites that serve the good and with habits that lead you into excellent living. To remain healthy, our souls need solitude with no agenda, no distractions, no noise. If someone asks you what you did in your ‘time apart’ the correct response should be ‘Nothing.’ Doing nothing does wonders for the soul.”    – John Ortberg in “Soul Keeping”

Did I return REFRESHED? Oh yeah…

under the mercy, Cindy

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