STILL at Lake Pleasant
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
The name alone was enough to draw me in – Lake Pleasant. Add the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, clear sparkling water, and late summer sunshine and you have the perfect formula.
More precisely, remembering the stories of my life. Sitting in silence and digging deep into the recesses of memories unfiltered so that each chapter of my very first book would open with an appropriate story. A process that filled me with both dread and delight.
With a looming deadline, I had hastily shuffled all four kids off to summer camp and nestled into a small cabin to write. But each day I sat by the water and listened. To God’s still small whispering voice. Reminding me of the many years of His faithfulness in both my stumbling and successes.
Where can you go to be STILL today? Try this when you get there:
- S – Sit in silence with open hands. Listen to God with a receptive heart.
- T – Think back to the many times of His faithfulness through answered prayers
- I – Identify your current concerns, pain or struggles and offer them to God.
- L – List the gifts God has provided for you today – thank Him for His graciousness.
- L – Look forward with hope to what God will continue to do in and through you.
Today, twenty years later, I am sitting by the same lake. The kids are all grown and my twelfth book has just been released. I am in the midst of the privilege of speaking all week words from God’s Word – my most favorite calling. And now I sit in quiet serenity, going through the STILL exercises and realizing how truly blessed I am.
“He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23.2 ESV
My heart is full of gratitude.
under the mercy, Cindy
©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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