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Are You Ready to Choose What Matters Most?

Are You Ready to Choose What Matters Most? Lucinda Secrest McDowell All the things. Good things. Worthy things. Extraordinary people, adventurous journeys, breathtaking beauty, life-changing words, fulfilling service, quiet moments, and soul-stretching creativity. But how do I choose? My own … Continue reading

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Leighton Ford’s Deep Influence

Leighton Ford’s Deep Influence Lucinda Secrest McDowell Is your influence on others deep or wide? Today’s culture extols the wide reach. For people in my profession, worth is measured by how many followers we have on social media and how … Continue reading

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When the Worst Thing Happens

 When the Worst Thing Happens Lucinda Secrest McDowell What does a 34-year-old man do when he hears these two phrases only days apart: “Congratulations, you have a baby daughter!” and “I’m so sorry to tell you that your wife has … Continue reading

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Are You Too Weary to Climb that Mountain?

 Are You Too Weary to Climb that Mountain?  Lucinda Secrest McDowell “How much farther to the top?” I panted to my hiking companions. My Furman friends and I loved to spend weekends climbing in the Great Smokey Mountains, but I inevitably … Continue reading

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What Do We Do with Random Acts of Violence?

What Do We Do with Random Acts of Violence? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Will we ever get used to the news of a mass murder of innocent people? In a church? In a theatre? In a school? In an office? In … Continue reading

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 The Power that Lifts Up When We Fall

 The Power that Lifts Up When We Fall Lucinda Secrest McDowell My first thought was, “What am I doing sprawled at the bottom of these stairs?” Beside me, I noticed my purse in the corner and one shoe lying nearby. … Continue reading

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Have You Opened the Gift?

Have You Opened the Gift?  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Every single day of my life I thank God for His gift of GRACE to me. Every day. What is that grace that literally “saved a wretch like me”? (thank you, John … Continue reading

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A Long Line of Powerful Women

A Long Line of Powerful Women Lucinda Secrest McDowell For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. —1 Corinthians 4:20 She had no idea she had any power. All she … Continue reading

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How Much Do You Want Freedom?

How Much Do You Want Freedom?  Lucinda Secrest McDowell It doesn’t exactly look like a place of Total Revolution. Total Transformation. Freedom. Yet it is. It is completely and utterly white. Puritan. No stained glass windows. No ornate decorations. Just … Continue reading

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What Elisabeth Elliot Told Me

 What Elisabeth Elliot Told Me by Lucinda Secrest McDowell This week is the fourth anniversary of author Elisabeth Elliot’s entering “through gates of splendor” to her heavenly Home. How well I remember that June morning when her daughter Valerie shared her final … Continue reading

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