What does it mean to be a strong woman? How do you do it?

Join host, Barb Roose, and speaker and author, Lucinda McDowell, as she talks us through the 7 keys that equip us to be soul strong in spite of our circumstances. If you need encouragement, feel lost in your life, or love to be inspired, this episode is for you!


Big Ideas from Today’s Show

1. The 7 Keys

Lucinda shared the 7 keys to staying soul strong and living a vibrant life. They were:

1. Live Loved

2. Be Authentic

3. Dwell Deep

4. Pray Always

5. Overcome Pain

6. Extend Kindness

7. Share Stories

2. When we call out to God, He strengthens our soul. 

The inspiration verse for Lucinda’s book, Soul Strong, was Psalm 138:3 which says, “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased” (ESV). This verse shows us that we have the privilege of calling out on God in our times of difficulty with hope that He will hear and answer our earnest cries.

3. True authenticity can truly transform our lives. 

Lucinda taught us that being authentic means knowing who we are and who we are not. True authenticity helps us to realize and embrace our unique calling instead of comparing and competing with others who have gifts and strengths that differ from our own. When we stop comparing ourselves, we are freed up to genuinely celebrate one another.


About Our Guest Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda McDowellis 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 new releases Life-Giving Choices(2019) and Soul Strong (2020), as well as Dwelling PlacesOrdinary Graces, Refresh, and Live These Words.  Lucinda, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and AWSA, received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award and guest blogs for The Write Conversation, Blue Ridge Christian Writers Blog and (in)courage. Whether co-directing “reNEW ~ retreat for New England Writing & Speaking,” pouring into young mamas, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages. Lucinda’s favorites include creative words, tea parties, good books, laughing friends, ancient prayers, country music, cozy quilts, musical theatre, and especially her family scattered around the world doing amazing things.  Known for her ability to convey deep truth in practical and winsome ways, she writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and blogs regularly at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com

Links from today’s episode:

Lucinda’s Website


Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life

Get your copy here.

Better Together host Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author with a passion to help women live beautifully strong and courageous in Jesus’ name. She’s the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

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