Ordinary Graces: A Book Review



About the Book

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.

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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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My Review

This sweet little book arrived at just the right time for me. The gentle reminders to look for God’s grace in the ordinary of my day spoke to my heart during this very busy season of life. The small lessons fòr each day offer a simple example of God’s grace, an application story, supporting scripture and a brief prayer to center your focus for the day. Some of the stories are laugh out loud funny, some blink to hold back tears, all real and relatable.  It was written to serve as a daily devotional, but would also work perfectly to start conversation with a small group.  I plan on revisiting this book again.  Life has a tendency to pull me away from the value of God’s simple grace and often ordinary seems to small for God’s touch. But he speaks to me in the seemingly small and mundane. I think he speaks to you as well.

*I was generously provide a book from the publisher but the opinions are all mine*

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Pumpkin Pumpkin Everywhere

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin and I especially adore adding this Fall favorite to all my baking. The problem…the recipes always seem to call for one cup of pumpkin purée and my trusty can of Libby’s holds many, many more.  I am always on high alert for pumpkin flavored yumminess and when I saw this recipe for pumpkin cornbread, well, I had the frozen purée out of the freezer before the recipe was completely pinned to my pumpkin board.


The usual cast of characters 

Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (such as Libby’s)

1 cup low fat milk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal-May I add a shout out to my beloved Bloody Butcher Red Cornmeal from Castle Valley Mill…it is the bomb!

3/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

The Steps to Glory

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray 12-cup muffin tin generously with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter.( or use a cute pumpkin pan like me!)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, milk, honey, sugar and eggs.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

Add the wet ingredients and melted butter to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.


Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup full, and bake for 20-23 minutes, or until the tops are a golden-orange color and set. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then serve warm with butter or transfer to a rack to cool completely.


Delicious addition to a hearty Fall Dinner!


After a crisp fall afternoon!

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How is it possible that next week my beloved month of October slips away into November. Not that I don’t enjoy November, but it seems to always be lost in the frantic busyness of the holiday season. My goal this year is to slow down the crazy and increase the intentional.  Will you join me? Enjoy all the Fall goodnesss this week…and let’s give November more than a fleeting glance!

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Some New Old Stuff…The Red Edition 

Isn’t Fall the best! Especially when the air is crisp, the leaves are in full color and there is a college football game within walking distance of your house. We won’t talk about the result of yesterday’s Navy vs UCF game, however the excitement of a good tailgate, energetic cheerleaders and beloved hometown team makes for a memorial Saturday afternoon.  Also exciting, packages on my front porch…with French postmarks…holding treasures from far away.  So much new red for my home…let me show them off!


Just look at this gorgeous big pitcher.  I am completely undone for the French Lustucru design…

…completely undone…what can I say? Would you be able to resist this sweet milk jug?

Oh, the beauty of Victorian red work! I spotted this beauty in a local antique shop and just knew I could not leave it there. 


I know…the pumpkins are not technically all red but the eight sided enamelware tray holding them is a lovely red and white!


Another great Fall experience for the Princess is the discovery of cornhole. She is still on the basics…like correct playing distance.  

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