Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel’s #devotional @Litfuse


As an East Coast transplant living on the West Coast, one of the things I miss the most are the changing seasons. Fall has always been my favorite season because of the changing leaves, the smell in the air and how the light starts to change. California doesn’t get the extreme changing colors the East Coats is known for but it remains my favorite season nonetheless.

Our Spiritual lives can go through changing seasons just like the weather. Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell goes through devotionals divided by seasons including dwell for fall, shine for advent, renew for lent and grow for summer. She has one word of focus for each day, a corresponding Bible verse and her thoughts on the subject.

I thought it was interesting yet a bit confusing that she chose fall and summer as the actual season but advent and lent instead of winter and spring. While these things fall within those seasons, she chose to instead focus on the events instead of seasons for these two.

Some of them were really obvious connections like Bethlehem is and Emmanuel for the advent section or sea and garden for summer. However, I didn’t feel like there were any strong or obvious connections to fall with the words chosen.

Regardless of that; it is a really strong devotional and McDowell has a lot of wisdom to impart. It’s a pretty deep devotional that I would suggest for people who have been Christians for a while just because of it’s heavy content.

Dwelling Places is a great devotional that helps relate spiritual seasons to the physical seasons.




About the Book

A deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

With the dawn of each new year, Christians and spiritual seekers vow to seek a deeper, closer relationship with God and grow their spiritual life. Yet like many resolutions, as time passes, so does determination to stay the course. But what if a thriving, active faith were as simple as reading one word a day?

Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend a few minutes every day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—like mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to uncover a biblical blessing or lesson you can act on that very day. Each devotion includes stories and illustrations to foster understanding and ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Organized into four seasons—fall, Advent, Lent, and summer—these devotions invite you to discover those “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promises and presence. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be a simple as a single word.

About the Author

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry Encouraging Words. An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut.


Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you’ll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

One second place winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda’s blog.

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