Author Archives: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

About Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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

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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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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