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    ???????????????????????????????I’d love to work with you on your next event and hope you will check out the samplers of conference/retreat themes as well as individual topics listed below. I’m happy to prepare presentations to fit your needs, theme, audience and schedule. So let’s be in touch!

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“DWELL –God’s Presence, Your Soul’s True Home” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

  Does your soul long for a safe place where you can be filled with everything needed to pour out for others? Are you restless for a heart-home uniquely designed with both serenity and confidence? Instead of striving or just surviving, why not join us as we seek to DWELL – in God’s presence, under His refuge, and making our hearts His home. ‘Strength and Joy are God’s dwelling place.” I Chronicles 16.27

“Word Power in Your Everyday Life” –Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Words can crush a spirit or launch a dream. They can convey supportive encouragement or rude dismissal. As Buechner says,  ‘…not only do words have the power to make things clear, they make things happen.’ Words can be a great tool for us as we seek to understand them and use them in life-giving ways, guided by God’s Word. Join us for some practical ideas on living out the words we believe. “These teachings are not empty words, they are your very life.” Deuteronomy 32.47

“5 Lifelines When Your Boat is Sinking” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Have unexpected circumstances of life left you anxious or afraid? The great news is that Jesus does provide a way to survive the storms of life, if you will only reach out for these 5 gifts He offers. Join us in discovering practical answers to our cries for help. “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Mark 4.38

“SOUL CARE – The One Thing You Can Do” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

If your soul is weary and dry and you know all the things you should be doing about it, but are too crazy busy to actually do anything, then drag your bones to our room and we will share that One Thing. By reviewing the problem, the priority and the promise, you may just leave with a restored soul. “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11.29

“What I Learned After I Knew It All” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

I used to be an ‘expert’ on pretty much everything. Then Life happened. And I realized that all my deficiencies were a perfect opportunity for God to shine. If years bring experience and wisdom, then I have lots of pearls to share that were obtained at a great price. Come for my three amazing life lessons – and maybe you won’t have to learn them the hard way! Together, let’s “tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78.4

“What Your Audience Desperately Needs” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

         (note: This session is for those who write, speak or teach) Go ahead and assume that everyone who hears your voice or reads your words is struggling in a complicated world. What is the deepest desire of people who read your books/blogs and hear you speak/teach? Are your words meeting a felt need or just giving you a platform? Join us as we review what we communicate and why we communicate it based on both today’s culture and timeless truth of God’s Word.  “Every word You give me is a miracle word – how could I help but obey?” Psalm 119.129 MSG

 “HOPE – Your Soul’s Anchor in a Stormy World” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

“It is said that human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without HOPE. Therefore, choosing to hope in God is not an option, but a necessity. If you are battered by life’s storms, then join us as we move from hopeless to hope-filled – ‘Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.’ Psalm 62.5

WISDOMphotopromo“Moving from Worry to Wisdom” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Feeling strangled by worry? There’s a reason for that – the word is derived from the Old English ‘worien’ which actually means ‘grabbing another creature by the throat with teeth and shaking it to death.’Yikes!  Wouldn’t you rather give up worry and go after wisdom? Join us in the process of moving from being waylaid by worry, to waking up with God and finally walking in wisdom. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you.” James 1.5

The Language of Leadership

Grace – God’s Gift for Tough Times

Simple Ways to Grow Your Faith

MAMA – Messy And Marvelous Adventure

Echoes of Mercy, Whispers of Love

Keep Calm & Count Your Blessings

How To Live Your Impossible Life

TranquiliTEA – Satisfying Sips

Hearing God in the Silence

When God Writes Your Life Script

Hospitality in a Busy World

The Fine Art of Mothering Adult Kids

cindyspeaksnewtonpresSocial Graces – Etiquette for Every Age

Special Deeds for Special Needs (differing abilities in your family)

Daily Prayer that Sustains Your Soul

Writing & Speaking Your Story

How to Embrace the NEW (whether you want to or not)

Overflow – Living from the Inside Out

Holiday Presentations: 

christmasshine “SHINE”

Everyone within the sound of my voice has experienced some dark times in the past year. After acknowledging such, I lift up the fact that the True Light came into the world to dispel the darkness. Through winsome stories I offer practical ways we can live as people of hope and joy because of the true meaning of Christmas. Finally, I share how each of us is called to “shine” light into the lives of other hurting and needy people. (If desired, during the final prayer a quiet opportunity is given for anyone who chooses to receive Christ and His Light this season.)

 ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????“HEAR THE ANGELS SING” 

This time of year everyone is exhausted and stressed, striving to make it a ‘perfect holiday.’ With humor and hope, I share some stories of both struggle and success in seeking to “rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing.” I lift up the merits of taking time to embrace all that the season has to offer — living intentionally instead of reacting to the culture around us. (If desired, during the final prayer a quiet opportunity is given for anyone who chooses to follow Christ.)

christmaswonderfullife“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”

         Because, quite frankly, life can get pretty challenging and downright discouraging, all of us need new perspective on the adventurous life God has for us. How can we make fun and focused  choices during this busy season to become people of gratitude and grace, eventually lifting up the glory that was the first Christmas? Grace reminds us of God’s second chance. Gratitude becomes our way of life. And in the process, we enjoy the Glory of that Greatest Gift from long ago. (If desired, during the final prayer a quiet opportunity is given for anyone who chooses to ask Christ to make His home in their heart.)

Conference/Retreat Series Sampler*

*Each of these themes can be presented in  2, 3, 4 or 5 sessions, complete with outlines, small group discussion questions and a quiet time devotional if desired.

dwellphoto“DWELL ~ Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good”

Does your soul long for a safe place where you can be filled with everything needed to pour out for others? Are you restless for a heart-home uniquely designed with both serenity and confidence? Instead of striving or just surviving, discover that “Whoever DWELLS in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91.1)  In “DWELL” guest speaker and author Lucinda Secrest McDowell will offer perspective and practical help for a lifestyle of dwelling in God’s holy place, making our hearts a haven, experiencing His help and refuge,  and sharing hope with all around us.

breathephotogeneral “BREATHE ~ Making Space for God in Your Full Life”

Are you often so busy you can hardly find time to breathe, much less handle all those people and challenges that fill your days? Jesus beckoned us “Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life.” (Matthew 11.28 MSG) If getting away to draw closer to the One who loves you sounds like a good idea, then join us where guest speaker and author Lucinda Secrest McDowell will encourage us on the theme of “BREATHE – Making Space for God in Your Full Life”  Throughout our journey we will visit “Tight Spaces,” “Quiet Spaces,” “Dark Spaces,” and “Living Spaces.”

“RESPOND!” Living God’s Words with Gratitude and Grace

“JOURNEY” Moving Forward on God’s Promises

hopeconference“HOPE ~ Your Soul’s Anchor in a Stormy World”

“LEGACY” Investing in Life’s Essentials

“STORYTELLER” Writing and Speaking Your Unique Story

Especially for Moms….

“Motherhood – the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love”

“How To Be Your Child’s Cheerleader”

“Home – Where Your Child’s Story Begins”

“Mothering by Grace – Free to Be Yourself”

“Nurturing Your Soul While Tending Others”

“Building Confidence in Special Needs Children”

“Keeping Focus, Fun, and Faith in Your Holidays”

“Social Graces (Etiquette) for Mother and Child”

“Passing on a Legacy of Love”

“What God Wants Moms to Know”

Memory Maker Events for Quilters, Scrapbookers and Crafters

Enjoy your various crafts, then be inspired by themed devotionals such as:

“Sharing Life Stories”  – Scraps, Seasons, Significance

“Celebrating Creativity” – Choices, Changes, Cherished

“Living Your Legacy” – Pieces, Possibilities, Perseverance

Writing/Speaking Presentations 

  • “Memoir – Sharing Your Life-Changing Moments”                                                                       or “Non-fiction Storytelling”

Storytelling is powerful; and when paired with spiritual truth, your stories can be used to comfort, challenge, or even change your readers. This seminar provides instruction for writing non-fiction personal experiences in the form of memoir. Come prepared to remember (and develop) two possible events from your own life.

  • “How to Live the Words You Write”

If it is true that “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks,” then how much time have you spent filling up your heart and soul? The words we write and speak from God’s Word, while both encouraging and challenging, first call for an active response on our part. As we learn to live authentically from the inside out, our being with God will translate into doing for God – touching a hurting world in the process.  

  • “5 Steps to Make Your Story A Book”

Have you always wanted to write a book but never known how to begin?  This energy-packed seminar offers an overview of 5 key steps taking you from idea to submission using the acronym S.T.O.R.Y. Pursue your publishing dreams and get to work! 

  • “What Your Audience Desperately Needs”

What is the deepest desire of people who read your books and hear you speak? Are your words meeting a felt need or just giving you a platform? A review of what we write and why we write based on both today’s culture and timeless truth.

  • “Writing to Speak”

As an author you already have a powerful message through the written word. But how can that be translated into speaking events? This seminar will offer practical guidelines for any writer (yes, including fiction) to build creative presentations for retreat series, keynote addresses, and workshops.

  • “Still Writing After All These Years…”

Maintaining a writing career can truly be “a long obedience in the same direction.”  Seasoned authors need to develop both fortitude and fresh ideas. Join us in revisiting our call, our message and our means for continually communicating the wisdom of a lifetime journey.

  • “7 Ways to Destroy Your Speaking Career”

Here’s what not to do as a speaker! In this hands-on, fun seminar, we will explore creative and positive ways to stand out as a team-player and professional with so much to offer! Come and discover what you’re doing right — and begin to tweak any rough edges. You’ll become the kind of speaker event planners contact again and again.

 copyright 2015 Lucinda Secrest McDowell