Want to Finish 2020 Shining & Strong? Begin with Gratitude!

YOU are at the top of my Gratitude List!
I’m grateful each time you click on my newsletter and my weekly 7 am Wednesday blogs. Thank you for reading.

Friend, today I want to remind both of us that there is Light to be found, even in the surrounding darkness. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1.5 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4.6

Of course, I’m aware of what is happening on so many fronts – pandemic virus, financial instability, political confusion, relationship challenges, and inner turmoil.

But today, on the eve of American Thanksgiving which may look quite different for many of us, I want to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100.4-5

In addition to being thankful for you, I am THANKFUL…

  • For sustained health and strength.
  • For family who daily bear with me and for family I cannot see and miss dearly.
  • For every open door for sharing words of grace, strength, encouragement and hope.
  • For those who believe in me enough to publish my books and invite me to speak.For everyone who has read my new books “Soul Strong” and “Life-Giving Choices” this year and especially those who dropped me a note or penned an online review.
  • For bi-weekly early morning trips to the local grocer for food – and for extra time to prepare healthy and simple meals.
  • For financial provision from unexpected places and for a small 4-evenings-a-week job.
  • For young mamas and daddies who are doing a valiant job in nurturing and teaching littles in such a challenging atmosphere.
  • For all those friends who reach out, even when I am cocooning. For my weekly online Bible Study sisters and prayer partners.  
  • For a God who dwells within me and accompanies my every moment – offering His strength, His words, His empowerment, and His hope.
  • For learning the value of a small and simple life.
  • For a heritage of ordinary and extraordinary saints who have gone before and suffered much – who left their lives and words as a testimony that “nothing is impossible with God” and we can do this Hard Thing.

Advent begins this weekend.

My gift to you this year is a whole month of “Daily Advent Words” which I will be sharing each morning December 1-31 on Instagram and Facebook if I can figure out the technology.

I hope you will watch/listen in the unfolding Light as we all learn to Shine!

Follow Me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK to view “Daily Advent Words.”

A Look Ahead to January.

Want to start the year strong — individually or with a group?

I am offering an 8-week study on my interactive life journal “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” available January 3rd for individuals or groups. You can watch the 8 video teaching lessons any time, plus full outline downloads of each session and discussion questions are provided. You will need a copy of the book “Soul Strong,” but the video teaching is fresh material which complements the book. The study is FREE, but a small Love Offering is always appreciated. 

Simply email me LucindaSMcDowell@gmail.com with “Soul Strong Study” as the subject line and I will send you the LINK on January 3rd.

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”

©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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 encouraging words at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com


  1. Jeanette Luipold on November 25, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Cindy, one of the many thinks I’m thankful for are the “Encouraging Words” that you send every week. I thank God everyday for the blessings in my life, not only on Thanksgiving Day. Wishing you, Mike and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless your ministry. Jan

  2. Cindy Bolshaw on November 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much!

  3. Christine Trautman on November 25, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I am thankful for you, Cindy …and your encouraging words that I read each day. It reminds me that I am not alone. Your prayers, your God centering insights, and transparency of your own journey…all had a richness to my own daily journey.
    So grateful for you, Mike, and your family for many years of friendship and care. Love, Chris (& Jeff)

  4. Maggie Rowe on November 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I am really looking forward to your Daily Advent Words! Each morning with God and Cindy = winning combo!

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