Yes, You Have Known Saints…

On Sunday, I joined a few others outside (socially distanced) in our village’s Ancient Burying Ground (tombstones date to the 1600’s) to celebrate the life of an older friend from our church. It was a crisp, clear Autumn day in New England. And behind my mask, I ugly cried the entire service. Grieving for all the losses of all the people. So many. Too many. “Do not hurry as you walk with grief; it does…

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I Refuse to Live in Fear!

If you’re not afraid right now, then just check the news. Plenty of horrific happenings this year while tempers are hot, triggers are happy, and trust is in short supply. And, lest we forget, 220,000 fellow Americans have already died from a deadly virus. How do we live in this world so full of things to fear? Refuse to keep up with the news, hoping it will go away? Cringe every time one a loved…

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Every Day We Die a Little

               “All I can offer you is a chance to die.” Early missionaries did not pack trunks as they set off on long voyages across the world to take the gospel to hidden peoples. Instead, they each packed a coffin, one that would eventually be used to bury them in their new land. What does this say about commitment? They knew their venture would end in death, yet they…

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I’m Only Going to Say This Once

Please don’t complain about the condition of our country, our government and our elected officials… If you don’t vote. Did you notice we just celebrated 100 years of women finally getting the vote? That was a hard-fought battle! But It’s too easy to become complacent. We never lived during the time when only white male property owners were allowed to have a voice in the running of this country. But thankfully, brave men and women…

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When God Spoke to Me through a Stranger in the Ladies’ Room

She was waiting by the sink in the Ladies Room as I began washing my hands. “Excuse me,” she interrupted, “But the Lord has given me a word for you.” What? Twenty years ago, I was in Colorado Springs for a meeting with my literary agent and publishers. Honestly, it wasn’t going very well and I had escaped our dinner table at the restaurant to have a moment alone. And now this. The stranger continued…

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Embrace Your Authentic Calling

This week Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s blog is featured over at author Ginger Harrington’s website with a message on answering God’s call in an authentic manner – here is a taste… Our universal calling for each believer is to live as a follower of Jesus in every aspect of life as we seek to live out the grace and truth of Jesus. I love how Frederick Buechner puts it: “The place God calls you to is the…

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Living by Faith, not just Emotions

Guest Post by Ginger Harrington (Today my friend Ginger Harrington is sharing from her book Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life. about a subject near and dear to both of us – living a soul strong faith through authenticity. Selah-Award finalist and dynamic speaker, Ginger Harrington is the wife of a retired Marine and mama mom to three young adults. Helping women discover biblical ways to experience wholeness…

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When No One Knows How Sad You Really Are…

I’m poured out like water.   All my bones have fallen apart.  My heart is like wax; it melts inside me.   My strength is dried up like a piece of broken pottery. Psalm 22.14-15 Are you perhaps experiencing a “dark night of the soul?” This term, first mentioned by 16th century St. John of the Cross, has come to mean a season when one senses the total absence of God. Our prayers lack feeling and…

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Will September Begin a Harvest?

It is now September and for most of us, that means the Fall Season has begun. Colorful leaves. Apples and Cornucopia baskets. Cozy sweaters. New sharpened pencils. Hearty soup. Pumpkin everything. How desperately we need a time of Harvest in our lives! And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come…

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Every Mama and Daddy Can Do This

Nine years ago today, at the end of my eulogy I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to the entire congregation. And I’m not a singer. Yet it seemed to be the perfect way to end my litany of Daddy’s legacy of love. You see, my earthly father’s love for me paved the way for me to understand and embrace the love of God my heavenly Father. While I still miss Daddy every day, and August is…

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Struggling with Identity?

Do you know who you are and who you aren’t? Sometimes it takes a lifetime to finally embrace our true identity as God’s beloved. And to live the unique story He is writing of our lives… That great theologian Dolly Parton once said, “Find out who you are, and then do it on purpose!” But God definitely had other plans for this girl. The Bible stated clearly that God’s people carry His treasure in ordinary…

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When You Feel God Has Not Answered Your Prayers

Perhaps you are one of those people whose feels your recent prayers have not been answered by the God Almighty to whom you turned in desperation. Or at least not answered in the way you had hoped. Your elderly grandmother still died alone in her nursing home.You lost your job in the pandemic and now the company has folded.Your young adult child continues to make risky choices.And chemotherapy has not proven effective in healing your…

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