About

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”

Still feeling the sting of that unfortunate choice – the one that left you jaded instead of joyful; bitter, not better?

Our life story is scripted by all the choices we make. But while we can’t go back and rewrite the past, we can all embrace a new future.

Overwhelmed by busyness, do you long for tranquility? Stifled by insecurity, do you dream of empowerment?

Me too. I’ve so been there. Too often I did not choose that which leads to a vibrant life. Learning hard lessons.

Until God’s grace transformed me. That I might pour out for others from the overflow of a settled soul.

Oh friend, you can experience a soul strong life!

It’s your choice – to draw near and dwell deep in God’s love. Then to launch out boldly, fulfilling the purpose for which you were created.

A life of both serenity and strength.

I’d love to help you discover what matters most. One life-giving choice at a time.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh that you would choose life…”  ~ Deuteronomy 30.19 

You probably know me, even if we haven’t met. I’m that girl who always wanted to get it right — for my God, my family, my work. So I put my whole heart and soul into everything! With a variety of results… When the enemy’s whispers of “not enough” were louder than God’s endearing “beloved” I found myself at the end of myself. You too?

Grace changed all that. In my new life story I depend on mercy and grace in order to offer Encouraging Words to other hungry souls — “Helping You to Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.”

Essential companions on my journey — spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, journaling, silence, and worship — deepen my relationship with God and empower me to courageously face the challenges of a precarious culture. My purpose in life — to glorify God — remains firm, but the actual ‘marching orders’ are constantly unfolding in new scenarios and new seasons. Yes, it’s complicated! But it’s also simple. So, let’s discover together how God and His Word offer just what we need to live our seemingly impossible lives!

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BIO:    Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is passionate about embracing life — both through deep soul care from drawing closer to God, as well as living courageously in order to touch a needy world. A storyteller who engages both heart and mind, she delights in “Helping you Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.”  A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, McDowell is the author of 13 books and contributing author to 30+ books. Her books include the award-winning Dwelling Places (2017 Christian Retailing BEST Award for Devotional), Ordinary Graces,  Live These Words,  Refresh! and Role of a Lifetime.  A member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), Lucinda received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award and guest blogs monthly for The Write Conversation and Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog. Whether co-directing  “reNEW ~ retreat for New England Writing,”  pouring into young mamas, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages. Lucinda’s favorites include tea parties, good books, laughing friends, ancient prayers, country music, cozy quilts, musical theatre, and especially her family scattered around the world doing amazing things.  Known for her ability to convey deep truth in practical and winsome ways, she writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and blogs weekly at http://www.EncouragingWords.net/ 

MISSION “My mission is to glorify God and live in His grace and freedom, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to use my gifts to communicate God’s faithfulness, extend His grace, and encourage others to trust Him fully.” L.S.M. 

KEY VERSE “Every word You give me is a miracle word — how could I help but obey? Break open Your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.” Psalm 119.129-130 The Message

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