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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“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”

 “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” Lucinda Secrest McDowell Like many sons without fathers, young Robert fell in with the wrong crowd. His gang of boys gambled, drank, and even went to hear George Whitfield preach in order to drown him out with their heckling. But the prophetic words of that preacher back in 1755 haunted Robert for several years until he finally turned his life completely around and followed Christ. After becoming a minister,…

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When You Feel Helpless with a Sick Friend

When You Feel Helpless with a Sick Friend Lucinda Secrest McDowell Recently I have felt utterly helpless in the face of a friend’s illness and suffering. What can I do? With no medical expertise, I usually fall back on that perennial southern prescription – a casserole. Seriously, beyond the occasional card, visit, meal delivery or volunteer errand, how can we make a difference in the lives of those we love who are sick? We can…

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Letter To My Kids I Wish I’d Written

 Letter To My Kids I Wish I’d Written Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I wish I had written that.” Have you ever read something and thought those words? Me too. I don’t know Jen Hatmaker personally. And no, I’ve never seen her reality TV show. But I did just read her newest book “For the Love” and appreciated many of the things she wrote and the way she wrote them. I definitely think we could be friends.…

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Honey, Worry Can Strangle Your Soul

Honey, Worry Can Strangle Your Soul Lucinda Secrest McDowell Leave all your worries with Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7  When I arrived home from the conference Sunday evening, I realized a hitchhiker had accompanied me in the door. His name was Worry. At once he set to work bringing up all those things that had conveniently been dormant while I had focused on an enjoyable weekend of ministry. One by one, people and…

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“Heaven Is Going to Be Wonderful, You Know?”

 “Heaven Is Going to Be Wonderful, You Know?” Lucinda Secrest McDowell sharing words from Dr. Stephen A. Hayner LSM Note: Our dear friend, Steve Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary (and former president of InterVarsity, dean at Seattle Pacific University and pastor at University Presbyterian in Seattle) and his wife Sharol live in Atlanta. Steve officiated at Inka’s Seattle memorial service back in 1981 (Mike’s late wife) and also preached our own wedding sermon in…

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Honest Letter to a November Bride

 Honest Letter to a November Bride  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Dearest one, Only 10 days until your wedding – Woo Hoo! Our entire family is thrilled to join you both for this momentous celebration and I rejoice that God has brought you together for a lifetime of marriage. What a rich heritage you have — grandparents married 62 years and your own parents for 37 (and counting.) Marriage is a huge Gift. It is also extremely…

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“In My Life, I’ve Loved Them All”

“In My Life, I’ve Loved Them All”  Lucinda Secrest McDowell I only learned a few things during my four years at Furman University: how to read critically believe radically write creatively think deeply share intimately celebrate spontaneously help compassionately dwell communally explore courageously I only learned how to embrace life and pursue my dreams. Nothing big. Only everything that matters when you’ve just turned 21. And you’re driving out the gate into the Real World with…

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The Day I Decided to Keep Writing

 The Day I Decided to Keep Writing  Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I’m not impressed and won’t be sending this manuscript to any publisher. Honestly, no one wants this book, so you may as well start over on something else,” my literary agent said during our appointment at the annual booksellers convention. I was shattered. I knew about rejections. I had begun my career writing for magazines and had thick files of rejection letters which had only…

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Every Mama and Daddy Can Do This!

 An Amazing Thing Every Mama and Daddy Can Do!  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Three 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 to me. You see, my earthly father’s love for me paved the way for me to understand and embrace the love of…

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