Faithful to Provide?

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.19

One of the greatest tragedies during this pandemic has been the loss of jobs, business closings, charities and ministries hurting, and greatly reduced income for many, many people – including the elderly and disadvantaged populations. It’s no wonder many staying at home are filled with concern instead of calm

Do you find yourself struggling financially and fearful of the future?

Our varied situations may be a source of frustration, embarrassment, or even the occasional envy as we witness others carrying on business-as-usual or escaping to a summer home. But one way to turn around such emotions is to choose gratitude over grumbling. We are blessed in more ways than can be imagined by most of the worlds’ peoples.

Some of us just want to be able to pay the bills, stay reasonably healthy, and wrangle precious time with family scattered far and wide. Learning to “live lean” can be our first act of obedience and adaptation.

One of the perks of this position is that it forces us to simplify —   a positive choice anyway. Daily we remember what we can live without. And daily we recall God’s faithfulness in years past. Recently I opened a letter to find an out-of-the-blue love gift from friends who reached out in generosity and grace. I wept, realizing this was a tangible reminder of a God who sees, who knows, and who uses His people to spread kindness.

Paul’s words remind us that “my God will meet all your needs.” Not all our wants, but all that is truly needed. He has done it before and is not about to cease.

In response, I find myself singing: All I have needed, Thy hands hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

This blog is an adaptation from one of my 30 devotions featured in a beautiful new journal “Where Are You God — Learning to Trust When Times are Tough” This is a beautiful 365 day leather flex journal which you can order HERE.

©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouragement at

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  1. Maureen Miller on June 10, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my. Wonderful! Just ordered mine! Yay! Love you, friend!

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on June 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      Oh, I hope you love the journal – thank you Maureeen!

  2. Heather J on June 10, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Such a good and challenging word. Thank you, Cindy!

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on June 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you for reading, Heather. Be well.

  3. Cathy Ray on June 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    What a great reminder to us today of God’s Amazing Faithfulness in all things that concern us! I’ve always loved that hymn too.

    • Cindy Bolshaw on June 11, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      God is faithful and full of surprises! So good to hear about his special blessing for you today. I was sharing your book Life Giving Choices today with my Intercessory Prayer group today. They thought I looked in great shape. HA! They missed the earlier in the day melt down. Your book is a great compnion on the journey ! Thank you.

      • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on June 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm

        Thank you Cindy, for encouraging me and for reading Life-Giving Choices. We all have those melt-down days…

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on June 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      and I’ve always loved my big sister…

  4. Kathy Plaag on June 11, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Cindy for your words of encouragement. God bless you and your family.

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