Author Archives: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

About Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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

Best. Thank You Note. Ever.

Best. Thank You Note. Ever.  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Mama taught me that when given a Gift, the only proper response is to say “Thank You”… then immediately write a Thank You note.  So, today as I write some thank you … Continue reading

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The Original ‘Old Faithful’

The Original ‘Old Faithful’ Lucinda Secrest McDowell The park ranger promised me it would happen at this exact moment. And as I stood with hundreds of people from all over the world, our long-awaited anticipation was rewarded with a true … Continue reading

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Where are the Spiritual Mamas Out There?

Where are the Spiritual Mamas Out There? Lucinda Secrest McDowell While still in my thirties, I realized I was an ‘older woman.’ I had stumbled upon the mandate in Titus 2 about older women living in a way that honors … Continue reading

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Resilience

Resilience by Lucinda Secrest McDowell We only have one small tree in our front yard.  By choice. When we downsized from a five bedroom colonial parsonage to a much smaller Cape Cod cottage, we deliberately chose a yard that requires … Continue reading

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Because Everyone is Wounded 

Because Everyone is Wounded  Lucinda Secrest McDowell “Just assume that everyone within the reach of your words is wounded.” These were my words to the writers and speakers attending my seminar entitled “What Your Audience Desperately Needs.” Because it’s true. … Continue reading

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Holy Week ~ Experience the Wounds and the Wonder

Holy Week ~ Experience the Wounds and the Wonder  Lucinda Secrest McDowell  I still cannot believe what He did. For me. This is Holy Week. It began as Christians all around the world celebrated Palm Sunday – a commemoration of … Continue reading

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Reminders from Gethsemene

Reminders from Gethsemane  by Lucinda Secrest McDowell A decade ago I had the great privilege of spending time during Lent in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. In the Easter story, Jesus’ time in the Garden is one that pierces … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Return?

Is It Time to Return? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Christina couldn’t wait to leave home and see the world. Though she had a loving mother, life in her poor Brazilian village provided only a pallet on the floor, a washbasin and a … Continue reading

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When It’s Hard to Put Others First

When It’s Hard to Put Others First Lucinda Secrest McDowell People came from many nations and backgrounds to the Lausanne Committee 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization, held in Pattaya, Thailand. I was the communications editor for the event and my … Continue reading

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Is God Big Enough to be in Your Church and Mine?

Is God Big Enough to Be in Your Church and Mine? Lucinda Secrest McDowell The smells were different. The sights were different. The music was different. And even some of the words were different. But it was the Same God. … Continue reading

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