I doubt she has any clue that she was the one who prayed for me almost two years ago in the mountains...
Spring 2016. Sitting amidst the flowers and feeling overwhelmed in my new stage of life, a woman by the name of Lucinda McDowell plops next to me on the concrete bench. She sighs as the weight of her oversized bag falls off one shoulder. It's been a long week at conference. I'm all learned-out. She's spent from teaching.
I give her a polite nod, debating whether I should ask her to sign my copy of her latest book. I don't want to be a bother, but I'd also regret passing up the opportunity. From the moment I muster the courage to ask the question, it takes her exactly sixty additional seconds to transform me into a puddle of tears. As she pours encouragement over my worn-down soul, I become aware of just how much I needed her ordinary grace that day. A conversation and a little care. A reminder that I'm not alone.
I was hooked, and not just on her writing. The woman was the real deal.
It's not often that we get to know the lives lived behind the book pages we thumb through in our free time. Cover to cover, we hope that every author navigates their day moored in faith. We trust that it's strength in character and an abounding talent that must have clinched the book deal. But when I read these words from Lucinda, I know deep down that they're the truth:
My child, sometimes responsibility gets in the way of rejoicing. When was the last time you felt thrilled? You may need to learn how to relax and recreate, to stop and notice little things. Hurry will not bring joy. But delighting in My presence and My presents most certainly will.
Ordinary Graces does not disappoint. With each devotional, the reader is taught to be still. To breathe in scriptures--slow and wide--allowing them to cascade over the spirit's barren places. Lucinda's words are wrought with wisdom, not just from her own experience, but via the stories and musings of others in the faith as well.
Take a moment to visit her website and to remember Ordinary Graces over the holidays.
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May the odds be ever in your favor (wink),
My child, sometimes I smile at your calendar...so many plans...
But keep writing in pencil, because I may surprise you with better plans of My own.
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Thanks to LitFuse Publicity and Abingdon Press for providing a copy of Ordinary Graces for the purposes of this review.
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.