Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Every time I open my Bible, I receive a gift from God – a gift of wisdom – a gift of encouragement – a gift of love, grace, inspiration – whatever it is I need at that moment to get me through my day.
Often, the treasures I find in my Bible are hidden within its words. Words are powerful. When we delve deep into the meanings of the words – when we explore their depths – when we apply them to our lives – they have the power to transform us.
That’s the beauty of Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell. Lucinda also knows the power of words, and in her new devotional, she explores 120 grace-themed words and invites us to courageously respond to their truths.
Ordinary Graces is divided into four themes – Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life. Each devotion within these sections contains a Scripture and a word based on the sectional theme that she reflects upon through a story, quote, commentary, journaling prompt, and/or call to action before closing with prayer.
Of grace, words, and the Word of God, Lucinda writes:
Grace gifts abound. They are everywhere, just waiting to be opened. I discover them in ordinary places, like in the people who touch my soul because of their courage, kindness, or self-sacrifice. I even find them in the challenges that simultaneously turn my world upside down and change me from the inside out.
Mostly I discover these ordinary graces through His Word. Each word is a gift. Waiting to be received and incorporated into our hearts and actions.
If you’re looking for a devotional that will help you open your eyes to the gifts of grace that are all around you while simultaneously feeding your love of words and The Word, then Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season is the perfect book for you!
I rate this book series 4 out of 5 stars.
About The Author
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.
Lucinda is the author of 13 books, including Dwelling Places, Live These Words. Amazed by Grace, Refresh!, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. 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.
Lucinda writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut.
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Are you ready to receive gifts of ordinary grace and abundant life from God and His Word? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions in her new book, Ordinary Graces. God has given us many gifts, 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?
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