Need Some Summer Shade?

Need Some Summer Shade? Lucinda Secrest McDowell I love hydrangeas. In fact I think they look like bouquets of lace. So I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hydrangea plant for my birthday, which was immediately stuck in a hole in the ground outside. But I am not a gardener. Every time blossoms would come they turned brown almost immediately and no amount of water could resuscitate them. The problem was, of course, they had way…

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Learning How to Breathe

Learning How to Breathe Lucinda Secrest McDowell Yes, the sand in Bermuda really is pink. And the water really is turquoise. And the best way to enjoy both is to snorkel in the sea. I admit it took me a while to learn to swim with fins and breathe through my mouth into a tube whilst peering through goggles. But once I got the hang of it – bliss! Wonder. Color. Creativity. “So God created…

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I Still Hear Daddy’s Voice in My Ear

I Still Hear Daddy’s Voice in My Ear Lucinda Secrest McDowell Five years ago, on August 6, 2011, my Daddy died. And I still miss him. In fact, I hear his voice in my ear every single day. What does he say? Why was his fathering so important in my life? Read on and you will know… (Remembering Daddy 5 Years Later – Repost from August 2011) TRIBUTE Lucinda Secrest McDowell         Daddy spoke at his…

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Juicy Fruit and Legacy

Juicy Fruit and Legacy… Lucinda Secrest McDowell The south Georgia sun beat down on our heads as we sat cross-legged in the field with our maternal grandfather. Daddydee pulled out his pocket knife and began the cutting process which instantly started our mouths watering and our excitement growing. Watermelon! Red, ripe and juicy with lots and lots of black seeds. And the best part? Out here we kids were allowed to slurp and spit to…

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When Fear Strikes Your Heart

When Fear Strikes Your Heart Lucinda Secrest McDowell If you’re not afraid right now, then just check the news. Plenty of horrific happenings this summer while tempers are hot, triggers are happy, and trust is in short supply. How do we live in this world full of fear? Refuse to keep up with the news, hoping it will go away? Cringe every time one a loved one uses an international airport?   Keep your kids inside for the rest…

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When Waves Wash It All Away…

When Waves Wash It All Away… Lucinda Secrest McDowell Far out to sea the waves began to roll and crash, eventually making it to the sandy beach where I lingered alone. Truly, the ocean is never still. As the wind blows across the waters, energy surges and causes these waves. I dug my barefoot heel into the wet sand and moved around until the words were written large on the shore. WORRY. WORDS. ME. These…

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How to Enjoy a Refreshing Summer!

How to Enjoy a Refreshing Summer! (a Reminder, 2 Winners and a Gift for Everyone) Lucinda Secrest McDowell Summer has barely begun and already we are seeing horrific changes in our world. In a turbulent culture full of crisis and upheaval, nothing seems permanent.  But friend, although we seem to be drifting politically, economically and personally, Jesus Christ remains our only secure anchor. He is ever the same – “For I, the Lord, do not…

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Ouch! That Pruning Hurts…

Ouch! That Pruning Hurts… Lucinda Secrest McDowell             It is incredibly hard to “quit while you’re ahead.” To be sidelined in the middle of living out your dream. For whatever reason.             But the Master Gardener, sometimes “cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” (John 15.2)             Do you feel that this Summer is a time of…

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Grab a Hoe and Start Breaking Up Your Unplowed Ground!

Grab a Hoe and Start Breaking Up Your Unplowed Ground! Lucinda Secrest McDowell Are you coasting through life? You know the symptoms – lacking energy or enthusiasm for pursuing new things; feeling jaded or lethargic when you hear others speaking of a new vision or passion in their lives. Sometimes you just want to say, “Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.” If so, then God has a word for you, through the prophet Hosea.…

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Why Deep Roots Matter

Why Deep Roots Matter Lucinda Secrest McDowell It’s called The Big Oak. My Georgia hometown’s most popular tourist attraction. After all, this southern live oak tree dates back to 1680 and is currently 68 feet tall and has a limb span of 165 feet. It is also where my mother was born 89 years ago TODAY, at the home of my great-grandparents Chastain who lived there from 1906-1966. The tree is magnificent. The heavy limbs…

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The Sweet Sound of Your Name

The Sweet Sound of Your Name Lucinda Secrest McDowell            “Lucinda!” came the call from across the lobby.             I turned, and saw a woman I greatly admire but didn’t know very well. We hadn’t seen each other for several years. Yet here she was remembering my name.             My heart sang.             Daddy taught me the importance of remembering to call people by name, because “the sweetest sound to our…

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On Those Days When You Feel Used

 On Those Days When You Feel Used Lucinda Secrest McDowell Hagar felt used. Which is totally understandable. Because, quite simply, she was used—to provide a child for her master and mistress, Abram and Sarai. God had promised them many children, but it hadn’t yet happened. Impatient with the waiting, they came up with their own plan for having a child: “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she…

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