Tuesday, February 16, 2021

May I Bless You Today? A Writer's Blessing

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel

There was too much noise for me as the New Year began, chaos both without and within.

So, I unplugged for a month. I stilled my soul. I listened to God. And sometimes I wrote down what I heard. 

I asked Him to help me learn how to be a blessing each day to all I encounter and thus live out my word-for-the-year – Blessing.

As I prayed, YOU came to mind – my fellow writers and speakers. Messengers of the Great Love Story.

And so, today, will you receive this blessing from a friend, a companion on the journey? 

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2.4 NLT

“Bless this Messenger”

What is the message revealed by your life story?

May you embrace the Good News of God’s love, 
Christ’s sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit’s empowering 
so that your whole being radiates this truth and testament.

As God entrusted you with words of life, 
may you run forth throughout the world 
as His messenger, 
seeking approval from only an audience of One.

May the derision or delight of people 
fade into nothing as your greatest joy 
becomes pleasing your heavenly Father. 

Be blessed to know He holds your heart 
in the palm of His hand and touches the lips
of His cherished messenger with flames. 

May your story set the world on fire.
~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Isaiah 6.8 NLT


Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, McDowell is the author of 15 books and contributing author to 30+ books. Her award-winning books include Soul Strong, Life-Giving Choices, Dwelling Places, and Ordinary Graces. Lucinda, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and AWSA, received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award and guest blogs monthly for ‘The Write Conversation.’ 

Whether coaching writers and speakers, pouring into young mamas, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages. As a communications teacher, she has served on the faculty of Speak Up Conference, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Florida Christian Writers Conference, Asheville Christian Writers Conference and co-directs the annual spiritual retreat reNEW – retreat for New England Writing & Speaking. Known for her ability to convey deep truth in practical and winsome ways, McDowell shares words from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and blogs weekly at WWW.LUCINDASECRESTMCDOWELL.COM


  1. Thank you, Lucinda.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  2. I receive that lovely blessing! Thank you ❤❤❤

  3. Yes! And I love the first sentence-we've each been gifted with one to share.

    1. I am absolutely convinced of that first sentence - God told me!

  4. Replies
    1. Diana, may blessings continue over you all day today as well.

  5. Thank you Lucinda for this blessing. I printed it out. A great reminder every morning before writing.

    1. Lisa, I am honored that you did - I get to be blessed by talking to you today! Yay.

  6. This is exactly what I needed today. May we never lose sight of the goal.

    1. Julie, how good of our precious God to use me as a conduit to bless you today in the place you need it most. Awesome Grace!

  7. Thank you so much for such a beautiful blessing! I've been thinking and praying lately about being content and helping and encouraging other writers more. You've done that so well!