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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Nothing in the House?

Are you empty? Or does it just feel that way? A few years ago I was asked to fill in for another speaker who had to cancel due to a family emergency. No problem, right? I am, after all, a speaker and have gone on as an ‘understudy’ many times before. Except this time I…

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(a few of) Elisabeth Elliot’s Words to Me

Last week I was asked to speak (remotely) to a Bible Study in Bethesda MD on the life of Elisabeth Elliot. I was delighted to know these women had been studying many great servants of the Lord and it was a privilege to be with them and remember some of Elisabeth’s legacy. Elisabeth Elliot entered…

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