Enjoy an Outstanding October!
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
I’ve decided to do something new on my “Encouraging Words” blog. Once a month I will be sharing some of my thoughts about the season, books I’ve been reading, upcoming events and links to favorite resources.
I do hope you enjoy an Outstanding October. What’s not to love about this season of harvest ~ crunchy leaves, sweaters, pumpkin everything, apple cider, decorating your home nest with gourds, squash and brilliant colored leaves. And welcoming everyone in.
Maybe this can be a month to slow down. One of our most famous New England poets, Robert Frost, put it this way in “October.”
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Upcoming Events: October is also a time of gathering together. And if you are a woman living in the Northeast I’d love to invite you to join me on Saturday, October 22 in Worcester MA (just outside Boston) for the Iron Sharpens Iron Women’s Conference. I am again honored to emcee and speak at this amazing day of worship, fellowship, teaching, laughter, prayer and perhaps most importantly growing closer to Jesus. There will be about 12 different outstanding women speakers/authors who are eager to spend time with you. Plus fabulous music, comedy and so much more. Click HERE for Information and Registration!
And for those of you in the Hartford CT area, we hope you will join us Thursday night, October 20 for a gathering of sisters who will be praying and worshipping and learning together from God’s Word. Register HERE and let’s start being part of the solution in our hurting and polarized world.
The Deeper Life is a conference sponsored by my friends at Leadership Transformations to be held on Saturday, October 29 in Lexington MA (north of Boston). When I first heard that favorite speakers Mark Buchanan, Ann Voskamp and Steve Macchia would be there, I decided to register and attend as a Gift to Myself. Growing deeper with the Lord sounds like a fine way to end October, don’t you think? Join us and Register HERE.
New Books: Last month brought the release of many wonderful new books. Here are my reviews for two favorites by dear friends of mine:
“Today’s world is filled with darkness – both within and without. But what are we going to do about it? Reading the exquisite words of Robert Benson might be just the catalyst one needs in order to muster the courage for “Punching Holes in the Dark.” With eloquent vulnerability, Benson reveals his own deep struggle to reconcile the Christ-follower’s mandate to bring Light to the world with how we all too often stumble and fail in the process. But he leaves us with bright visions of possibility – ‘To bear fruit is to hold a posture rather than to accomplish a task. It is a set of things to be rather than a set of things to do.’ This is classic Benson – stories calling us to notice the sacred among the ordinary. I suspect you might read this book at least twice and then, if you’re like me, endeavor to do the following: ‘Where there is Light, we are to celebrate. Where there is darkness, we are to raise our fist – and punch a hole in it, as hard as we can, as often as we can.’” ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell
“Reading or listening to Lori Roeleveld always stretches me. To be honest, her words too often make me uncomfortable. But in a good way – prompting me to see and seek beyond my current experience to the unlimited resources of God’s grace and courage. To even slay giants. Do you also want more? Are you tired of being stuck in a small story? Then, friend, wherever you are on your faith journey “Jesus and the Beanstalk” is a must-read! Roeleveld’s unique and incredibly wise teachings on seven key characteristics of the faithful will stretch you too. I suspect you will be enlarged and empowered. And giants will topple as you go forth to conquer. Highly recommended.” ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Family News: As the author of 12 books, I love nothing better than a great book launch and signing. So you can imagine how thrilled I was for my professional actress daughter Maggie McDowell to participate in her first Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Disaster” Musical Launch/Signing party in New York City’s Barnes and Noble! Hey, if you love hilarity and seventies music, order you own copy HERE.
Finally, may I encourage us all to PRAY DAILY during October for our country during this crucial election season? National Day of Prayer offers these suggestions:
Ultimately, whatever the area of prayer emphasis, we must always come back to the purposes of God. Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). As we pray for something as important as national elections, we must lay down our own desires and take up the desires of God. What we really desire is for the Lord’s purposes to be achieved in and through our nation. All of our requests must be couched in words and thoughts that focus our hearts on the Kingdom of God. Pray today for the purposes of God to be accomplished in the U.S. elections:
- Pray that the United States will turn and seek first the Kingdom of God.
- Pray that God will be honored in the midst of this election campaign.
- Pray for opportunities for Christians to share their faith and their values in the midst of this election process.
- Pray that the results of the elections will please the Lord and release His blessing over this nation.
Beginning Thursday, September 30 through the election November 8 – HERE is a 40-DAY PRAYER GUIDE for our Country.
I am praying for you, friends, during the month of October. Keep checking in for weekly blog posts and encouragement.
under the mercy, Cindy
©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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