Author Archives: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

About Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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

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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Why I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Why I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by Lucinda Secrest McDowell What if evil hijacked your youth and held you captive for years and years? When escape to a new life was finally achieved, you would vow to stay as far … Continue reading

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Lent ~ It’s Not Just Giving Up Chocolate

Lent ~ It’s Not Just Giving Up Chocolate  Lucinda Secrest McDowell When I was growing up in south Georgia, my Episcopalian friends Mercer and Lisa always proudly announced this time of year that they were “giving up chocolate for Lent!” … Continue reading

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How to Thrive in Your Professional Connections

How to Thrive in Your Professional Connections Lucinda Secrest McDowell C. S. Lewis knew how important it was to have like-minded friends with similar interests and concerns. Those who shared the same passion for writing and creating –like J.R.R. Tolkien … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Asking Excellent Questions

The Fine Art of Asking Excellent Questions Lucinda Secrest McDowell  “Who is your favorite literary character and why?” was the question that opened our online study – a weekly gathering of ten women from all over the country. What ensued was … Continue reading

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So, How Hard is it to Really Love?

So, How Hard is it to Really Love? Lucinda Secrest McDowell  Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection,          and take … Continue reading

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7 Benefits from Time Apart

7 Benefits from Time Apart Lucinda Secrest McDowell I’ve often encouraged others to “come apart before you fall apart.” As 2019 dawned, I realized it was my turn to do just that. When I chose to “hibernate” for the month … Continue reading

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Why I’m Hibernating this January

Ready to Pursue Your 2019 Writing & Speaking Goals? We at reNEW – retreat for New England Writing & Speaking invite You to Join our Community October 4-6.  Why I’m Hibernating this January Lucinda Secrest McDowell  Merriam Webster defines hibernation … Continue reading

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How Can Your “Mess” Become a “Messiah” in 2019?

How Can Your “Mess” Become a “Messiah” in 2019? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Christmas is over and your house is a mess. Maybe even your whole life feels like a mess right about now. Honey, you are so not alone! George … Continue reading

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Guess Who Moved Into the Neighborhood?

Guess Who Moved Into the Neighborhood? Lucinda Secrest McDowell People were confused, hurting, angry and impatient. They wanted relief. They wanted results. Perhaps what they really wanted was a savior. Someone to solve all the problems in the world and … Continue reading

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