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Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Author and Speaker Lucinda Secrest McDowell has been a storyteller all her life! Her greatest joy is to make God’s faithfulness visible and real through practical illustrations of biblical truth in ordinary life. The eight books she authored include Role of a Lifetime, Spa for the Soul, God’s Purpose for You (a new 12 week Bible Study), Quilts from Heaven, Amazed by Grace, What We’ve Learned So Far, Women’s Spiritual Passages and A Southern-Style Christmas. She is also a contributing author to 25 other books and has published in more than 50 magazines, earning Mount Hermon’s “Writer of the Year” award. Cindy holds degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, and also studied at the Wheaton Graduate School of Communication. Through her ministry, “Encouraging Words that Transform,” she brings enthusiastic wit and wisdom as an international conference speaker and seminar teacher. She is particularly energized by interacting with people to create innovative presentations on special themes. Cindy is privileged to have had a variety of life experiences such as radio producer and broadcaster, editor and journalist for two international conventions, and has directed missions, women’s ministries and pastoral care at large churches in both California and Connecticut. In addition to reading, watching and sharing stories, Cindy enjoys tea parties, letters on fine stationery, cozy quilts, soothing massage, good books, country music, bright colors and laughing friends. A southerner from birth, she has spent recent years living in a New England village with her husband and four children.

MISSION - "My mission is to glorify God and live in His grace and freedom, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to use my gifts to communicate God’s faithfulness, extend His grace, and encourage others to trust Him fully." L.S.M. 1993

KEY VERSE - "Every word You give me is a miracle word — how could I help but obey? Break open Your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning." Psalm 119.129-130 The Message

ENDORSEMENTS - "With her usual bottom line honesty, Cindy helps us understand the importance of taking time for personal renewal, physical rest, and spiritual replenishment. Your mind and heart will be revitalized with biblical insight and practical application."-Carol Kent, speaker and author

"Ever wondered ‘If all the world’s a stage, why can’t I get a better storyline’? If so, Cindy’s words challenge us to examine our past, embrace our present and embark on new journeys which will lead us to live fully."-Anita Renfroe, comedian, author and speaker

"Cindy brought a series of messages to our 1000 women that fleshed out our theme in a powerful way. She endeared herself to the women with her openness and availability." - Evangelical Covenant Women Triennial Convention

*can be presented in 1, 2, 3 or 4 sessions 

"Beside Still Waters"
Experiencing a desert time in your life these days – where everything is wilting and nothing seems to satisfy? Drink deeply and become a "well-watered garden, a spring whose waters never fail" (Isaiah 58.11) *DRY as a Desert *DEEP into Living Water *DELIGHT with a Spa for Your Soul 

"Focused Living in a World of Distraction" or "Look at Your Life!"
Blinded by the world’s glitzy promises and distorted mirrors that only leave you more confused about how to live? Then it’s clearly time to "fix your eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12.2) *LO0K AROUND (finding focus) *LOOK INWARD* (receiving restoration) *LOOK UPWARD* (growing in grace)  *LOOK OUTWARD* (persevering with power) 

"LIFE – The Ultimate Reality Show"  or "Don’t Miss Your Life!"
Tired of all your daily drama? Wondering what happened to the life you were supposed to live? It’s never too late to embrace the MORE… "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Corinthians 2.9)*STUDY THE SCRIPT (What’s Going On?) *THE PLOT THICKENS (Who’s In Control?) *HAPPILY EVER AFTER (What Difference Do I Make?) 

"With GOD on the Journey"
Learn how to live daily in God’s Presence and experience life-changing companionship as you travel the ups and downs of life. "Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you…" (Hebrews 13.5) *GRACE Changes *HOPE Restores *FAITH Empowers 

"Patchwork of Possibilities" or "Something Beautiful from the Scraps of Life"
Wondering how all the fragments of your life can form a pattern for good? "God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him."  (Psalm 18.20) *POTENTIAL *PIECES *PATTERN 

"Restore My Weary Soul"

Need a time apart, to relax and be restored by the Lover of your soul? "Ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6.16)  *REFRESHED *RENEWED *RESTORED *REVIVED* 

"What God Wants You to Know"
"4 Keys to Balanced Living Forever"
"Your Story – Role of a Lifetime"
"Friendship – The Original (and Best) Social Network"
"Patchwork of Possibilities"
"Focused Living in a World of Distraction"
 "Tea Party Guide to the Sweet Life"
"Spirituality for Ordinary Folks"
"God’s Christmas Presence"
"Hear the Angels Sing"
"Confessions of a Former POW (prisoner of works)"
"A Royal Christmas" or "Birthday of a King"
"Unwrapping God’s Gift of GRACE"
"Spring Awakening to God"
"5 Mercy Gifts for a Friend in Pain"
"Social Graces – Etiquette Essentials for Every Age"
"Finding Comfort in the Chaos"
"The Journey from Bitter to Blessed" –
"A Tapestry of Grace" 
"Writing and Speaking for Changed Lives" 
"Lighthouse of Hope in a Darkening World" Especially for Moms….
"Motherhood: The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love"
"How to be Your Child’s Cheerleader"
"Friendships in the Midst of a Crazy Life"
"Mothering by Grace: Free to Be Yourself"
"Home – Where Your Child’s Story Begin"
"Nurturing Your Soul While Tending Others"
"Building Confidence in Special Needs Children"
"Keeping Focus, Fun and Faith in Your Holidays"
"When Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy"
"Social Graces (Etiquette) for Mother and Child"
"Spa for a Tired Mom’s Soul"
"Passing on a Legacy of Love"
"What God Wants Moms to Know" 

Memory Maker Events for Quilters, Scrapbookers and Crafters
Enjoy your various crafts, then be inspired by themed devotionals such as
"SHARING LIFE STORIES"  *Scraps *Seasons *Significance
"CELEBRATING CREATIVITY"  *Choices *Changes *Cherished
"LIVING YOUR LEGACY" *Pieces *Possibilities *Perseverance

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