5 Exciting Things for Autumn in New England!

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5 Exciting Things for Autumn in New England!

  1. All the Senses Engaged – You know that smell…. Crisp. Clean. Cool. What we used to call “sweater weather.” And envision those colors – hues of vibrancy that only an Artist like God could create and splash on leaves of all shapes and sizes. The taste of pumpkin everything! I want to start my days on the screen porch, breathing in deeply and exhaling love all around me. You too?
  2. Words, Words, and More Words – Every single open door for speaking Encouraging Words is a pure joy for me to walk through. I am excited to see many of you at a variety of events this Fall; including a coffee shop, family camp, girlfriend weekend conference, mama gatherings, writing retreat, and book club (click on below photo for details).  I’d love to be invited to your group in the future. Ring me at 860.402.9551.
  3. Two More Books – I’ve long wanted to offer resources for younger women, encouraging a life of serenity and strength through healthy spiritual habits. So, I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ve just signed contracts with the good folks at New Hope Publishers to release my new devotional in 2019 and my new discipling journal in 2020. Grateful to work with editor extraordinaire Ramona Richards again. And I so appreciate your prayers for the writing process..
  4. Smell of New Pencils – Yes, I return to Wethersfield High School for my 10thyear as a substitute teacher covering all subjects. It’s a perfect opportunity to (hopefully) encourage teens, learn the latest lingo, serve my community and enjoy a job that leaves all the work at the office! Who in your circle is going “back to school?”
  5. Fresh Start – Fall is like our second New Year. Time to start filling in a brand-new planner (this year I’m using Emily Ley’s Simplicity Academic Year Planner) with goals and stickers. A time to join that new Bible Study or Book Study group. A time to focus on healthy eating, not just for you, but even for the kids’ lunchboxes. A time to get back to fellowship in your church, or even start looking for a faith community. What will you begin this September?

My Favorites of Summer 2018!

Movie –  “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (Netflix)
TV Series  “Endeavor” on PBS Masterpiece Theatre
Non-Fiction Book  “Everybody Always” Bob Goff
Non-Fiction Spirituality Book – “Survival Guide for the Soul” Ken Shigematsu
Fiction Book – “Send Down the Rain” Charles Martin
Biblical Fiction Book – “Thief of Corinth” Tessa Afshar
Off-Broadway Show – “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at Kirk Theatre 42nd St.NYC  featuring Maggie McDowell  as nerdy Missy – comedy and music from the 50’s and 60’s, tickets on sale through November.
Summer Dress – Kohl’s Smocked Tank Dress in Navy Multi Paisley
Jean Jacket  Chico’s Floral Applique Denim Jacket (sale coupon)
Everyday Jean Leggings  – Time and Tru from Walmart!
Shoes –  Rothy Flats (from recycled water bottles, ask me for a $20 off coupon)
Best Date  Mike McDowell took me overnight to NYC to see daughter Maggie’ McDowell’s amazing Cabaret Show “Morning Person” at GreenRoom42.
Trip – London to watch precious grands for their parents’ 5-year anniversary trip.
Food –  Fresh melon balls with cottage cheese for breakfast!
Concert –  National Memorial Day Concert on PBS
Speaking Event –  I loved teaching daily at Camp of the Woods in the Adirondacks.

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In my late twenties, when was still not married, I decided God needed some specific help! While many of my professional, educational and ministry dreams were being fulfilled, the lifelong hope of being a wife and mother was still incubating…

With no prospects in sight, I went on a day-long prayer retreat and made My List. I decided to write down exactly who I was praying for in a husband. When the day was over I had a list of 24 attributes which I promptly typed and put in my planner.

Then I began praying diligently for each and every one to be fulfilled…. always ending my prayers in the prayer He taught us – “Thy will be done.”

When you read my list you might think of me as bold, longwinded, too picky or ‘shooting for the moon’ but guess what? I was/am all those things! You see, I believe in praying specifically yet always leaving it to God to winnow out and whittle down as He sees fit. Why should I pray a small prayer for something as important as a husband?

I’m still praying Big Prayers!

     “God is for you. If you don’t believe that, then you’ll pray small timid prayers; if you do believe it, then you’ll pray big audacious prayers. And one way or another, your small timid prayers or big audacious prayers will change the trajectory of your life and turn you into two totally different people. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayer life becomes the script of your life.” (Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”)

My List

Lucinda Lee Secrest   – August 1981

Want to See That List? Click Here for the Rest of the Blog

There are a Few Spots left at reNEW – retreat for New England Writing in West Hartford CT October 5-7!  If YOU feel a tug towards writing or speaking and are searching for a like-minded community, excellent faculty, writing time and a spiritual retreat amongst 46 acres of New England autumnal beauty, then Register Soon! All details here at www.reNEWwriting.com

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May the JOY and HOPE of Jesus Fill You This Fall!

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell        http://www.EncouragingWords.net 

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About Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Author ~ Storyteller ~ Speaker ~ Teacher "Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength" www.EncouragingWords.net
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