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That Time I Received Everything as a Gift…

That Time I Received Everything as a Gift… Lucinda Secrest McDowell On Crazy Christmas Sweater Day at the high school, I wear one depicting my favorite scene from the movie, “Elf.” Pictured on the front is Buddy the Elf screaming … Continue reading

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Will You Have a Shiny Christmas?

Will You Have a Shiny Christmas? Lucinda Secrest McDowell I don’t want to just survive the holidays, I want to shine. Don’t you want the season to be different this year? Not as hectic or harried. Not as full of … Continue reading

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A Question to Ask at the End of the Day

A Question to Ask at the End of the Day Lucinda Secrest McDowell Mike calls me out on the porch to watch the sunset. It is glorious — fiery red, dazzling orange with a bit of purple mixed in. We … Continue reading

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It’s Not Turkey Day, It’s THANKSGIVING!

It’s Not Turkey Day, It’s THANKSGIVING! Lucinda Secrest McDowell They are the first words I see. The moment my eyes open from a night’s sleep. Stenciled on the gable directly across from my bed — “Each day is a gift from … Continue reading

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Why a Gratitude List is Good for Your Health

Why a Gratitude List is Good for Your Health Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I tell you I’m going crazy,” the woman shouted to her mentor. He gently replied, “Here is a yellow pad and here is a ballpoint pen. I want … Continue reading

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But How Do I “Rejoice Always?”

But How Do I “Rejoice Always?” Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I have been living without the use of my hands and legs for fifty years!” Joni Eareckson Tada recently wrote. When she first broke her neck as a teenager, she met … Continue reading

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How Do You Remember Them?

How Do You Remember Them? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Do you celebrate All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2)? Even though some think only the canonized are ‘saints’, the Bible recognizes all Christians as ‘saints.’ We remember … Continue reading

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