You Probably Know Me

You probably know me, even if we haven’t met. I’m that girl who always wanted to get it right – for 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 -- transforming me from striving to soul strong.  In my new life story, I depend on mercy and grace in order to offer encouraging words to other hungry souls while helping you choose a life of serenity & strength.

Essential companions on my journey – spiritual habits of prayer, Bible study, journaling, silence and worship – deepen my relationship with God and others; empowering 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. I am so utterly grateful for every moment God allows me to live authentically and love extravagantly!

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.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, McDowell is the author of 15 books and contributing author to 30+ books. Her award-winning books include new releases Life-Giving Choices(2019) and Soul Strong (2020), as well as Dwelling PlacesOrdinary Graces, Refresh, and Live These Words.  Lucinda, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and AWSA, received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award and guest blogs for The Write Conversation, Blue Ridge Christian Writers Blog and (in)courage. Whether co-directing “reNEW ~ retreat for New England Writing & Speaking,” 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 creative words, 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 regularly at

Speaking Topics

SOUL STRONG – Choose What Matters Most     

SERENITY & STRENGTH - a quiet weekend for renewal & restoration

DWELL – Abiding in God’s Presence   

GRACE GIFTS – Finding God in the Ordinary   

HOPE – Your Soul’s Anchor in a Stormy World 

BREATHE ~ Making Space for God in Your Full Life   

Carol Kent

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a gifted communicator! Her messages provide the best combination of biblical truth, spiritual depth, anecdotal humor, and poignant application. I am always challenged, encouraged, and motivated to live a life that matters for eternity when I hear Lucinda speak. She connects at a heart level with her audiences on and off the platform. I highly recommend her as a speaker for your retreat, conference, leadership event, or retreat!

Carol Kent

Author/Speaker and founder of “Speak Up Conference”

Joni Eareckson Tada

“Everyone I know longs to step up to new levels of trust and confidence in God, but how do we begin? My friend Lucinda McDowell helps us to new heights of spiritual intimacy– through life experiences, solid biblical lessons, and prayer. She is both convicting, yet comforting.” 

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Dr. Leighton Ford

“Words matter. And they don’t have to be many or long to do so. Lucinda Secrest McDowell selects key words of our faith and puts them in settings and stories that are truly encouraging and positive.” 

Dr. Leighton Ford

A Life of Listening

Debbie Macomber

“Live these words, pray these words, trust these words, but most importantly, read Lucinda’s words as part of your daily walk with our Lord.” 

Debbie Macomber

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Dr. Stephen A. Macchia

“Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours exegeting the verbs to doto want, and to have. We’ve filled our lives with incessant noise and activity but discover that our lives are actually rather unfulfilling and exhausting. Lucinda invites us to exegete the verb to be, with encouraging words that breathe the abundant life of Christ into our souls.” 

Dr. Stephen A. Macchia

President of Leadership Transformations

Ruth Graham

“Lucinda Secrest McDowell conveys the strategic importance of looking for and finding God’s transformational grace in our everyday lives. Gently. Tenderly. Wonderfully. Indulge in the grace-filled truth she shares.”  

Ruth Graham

Author of Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself

“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 MSG


Michael and Lucinda McDowell and Family 2020