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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is passionate about embracing life - both through deep soul care from drawing closer to God, as well as living courageously in order to touch a needy world. A storyteller who engages both heart and mind, she offers "Encouraging Words" to all on the journey. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, Cindy is the author of 13 books, including "Ordinary Graces," "Dwelling Places," "Live These Words," "Refresh!," "Quilts from Heaven" and "Role of a Lifetime." Whether co-directing the "reNEW - retreat for New England Writing," mentoring young moms, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages.
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Everyone loves to receive a gift.
And God has given us many, such as his grace-the gift we don't deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?
God's Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.
Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God's promises give us strength, God's grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the "more" we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life.
My Thoughts:
Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is no "ordinary" devotional book.  Rather than just a few emotional stories that pull at our heartstrings and offer an unrealistic stretch to make a spiritual point, McDowell, on a daily two-page layout, offers hearty biblical nourishment for the soul.  The book is divided into four sections covering grace, strength, gratitude, and life with 30 daily devotions in each section.  At just short of 250 pages and small in size, Ordinary Graces offers readers 120 days of biblical encouragement that will pay dividends over the course of time.  This book will be a staple in my time alone with God.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Ordinary Graces Lucinda Secrest McDowell