Women of Faith and Fiction with Stacey Thureen

Good morning and welcome to Women of Faith and Fiction. Today, I’m talking with Stacey Thureen. Stacey is a wife, mom, and author. She is also a sweet friend. 

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Stacey, tell us a little about yourself.

I desire to help women stay grounded in their faith, so that they can find stability on the seesaws of life. My writing includes contributions to Daily Wisdom for Women devotional collections published by Barbour Books. I’m the author of Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be devotional book also published by Barbour Books. When I’m not writing or speaking, I enjoy swimming and spending time with family.

Readers, Stacey is a fantastic swimmer. Now, let’s talk about Stacey the writer.

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Where did you get the idea for your latest WIP or your current release? And what inspired you to choose the setting of your story?

The inspiration for the devotionals I wrote in the Daily Wisdom for Women collections came from being regularly rooted in God’s word, His grace and mercy.

The devotionals in Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be were inspired from my own pregnancy experiences, as well as conversations and interactions I’ve had with other moms and pregnant women.

I could’ve used such a book when I was a mom-to-be. 🙂

Please share a writing quirk—a ‘must have’ or a ‘must do’ to get words down on paper.

I’m able to brainstorm better, think more creatively, and worship God when I’m active. My favorite way to stay active is swimming laps at our local YMCA, going outside for a walk, or biking to a nearby park with family.

I agree. Staying active is a great way to battle writer’s block. Next question…

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This year’s theme is First Things First. Setting our priorities is a must if we’re to be about our Father’s business. What advice would you offer someone struggling to spend time with Him? And, how has spending time with Him changed your life?

Over the past few years, these words from Henri J.M. Nouwen’s book In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership have become my prayer. On page 41 he writes:
From the heart come the words, “Do you love me?” Knowing the heart of Jesus and loving him are the same thing. The knowledge of Jesus’ heart is a knowledge of the heart. And when we live in the world with that knowledge, we cannot do other than bring healing, reconciliation, new life, and hope wherever we go. The desire to be relevant and successful will gradually disappear, and our only desire will be to say with our whole being to our brothers and sisters of the human race, “You are loved. There is no reason to be afraid. In love God created your inmost self and knit you together in your mother’s womb” (see Psalm 139:13).

If you’re looking for ways to deepen your faith and knowledge of the Word, I have found a daily Bible reading plan to be helpful. The YouVersion Bible App has several to choose from. Also check out the Daily Wisdom for Women devotional collections published by Barbour Books. These beautiful books consist of daily devotions and prayers that follow a yearlong Bible reading plan.

Stacey, thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing more about you and your writing.

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Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be by Stacey Thureen

There are few things more exciting in life than the nine months that lead up to the birth of a baby. God’s miracle of creation is happening less than a heartbeat away, and mommies are looking for encouragement and celebration at this joyous expecting time!
This daily devotional will lead you through the forty weeks of a full-term pregnancy, each week focusing on a specific topic/reminder: that you are accepted, called, treasured, renewed, strengthened, supported, and more. Each devotion is paired with a relevant Bible verse along with a prayer to help you focus on your relationship with God and growing baby. This devotional will leave you spiritually refreshed and reminded of your security in Christ


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The Garden of Life

Spring has a way of turning my thoughts to the Creator. For instance, have you ever pondered the pollination process in light of our relationship with the Lord and with each other? No? Great! Allow me to share my thoughts with you this morning.

There are three types of pollination: self-pollination, cross-pollination, and artificial cross-pollination.

Self-Pollination

gailjohsonauthor.comSelf-pollination happens when an excess of pollen in a flower causes pollination to take place within that same flower.

Prayer turns my heart to the Lord and renews my mind. Fasting teaches me discipline and helps me to submit to His will and not my will. Biblical studies grow my faith and knowledge in Him. All of this, combined with the work of the Holy Spirit, helps me to produce that which God has planted in me.

Cross-Pollination

gailjohnsonauthor.comThe next technique is cross-pollination. This pollination takes place when small animals, rain, wind, and insects carry pollen from one plant to another.

I imagine the small animals as inconveniences that arise and hinder my plans, the rain as dark days that hide life’s sunshine, the wind as the storms that test my faith, and the insects as situations that irritate me.

Yet, I have a choice how I respond to the pollinators that God sends into my life. If I’m willing, each instance can produce fruit. The small inconveniences cultivate steadfastness and instruct me in diligence no matter the deterrent. The rain promotes contentment in every season of my life that I may know an unspeakable joy. The wind rocks me and loosens the earth around me allowing my roots to go deeper. And finally, those irritants urge me to have patience by teaching me self-control. All work to strengthen my faith in the Lord.

Artificial Cross-Pollination

Lastly, artificial cross-pollination occurs when a person gathers pollen from one flower, and then using a small brush or blower, applies it to another flower.

Gail Johnson © 2017Just like artificial cross-pollinators leave pollen, people leave a signature fragrance that remains long after they’ve gone. Some leave a sweet smell while others leave an unpleasant odor that may linger for years. Each produces its own kind of growth.

The “sweet” pollinate the Word along with encouragement into my life promoting deep thirsty roots of faith in Christ and juicy fruits of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, the “odoriferous” flit about pollinating the latest gossip, strife, anger, and bitterness often disrupting my peace and stealing my joy.

Gail Johnson© 2017Unlike the flowers in nature, I have a choice to refuse or accept odorous pollen. The solution? Allow the Holy Spirit to blow upon me each day.

As a pollinator, I also have a choice. Brush people with the stench of this world or with the sweet fragrance of Heaven.

To become a stinky pollinator, I need not do anything; to become a heavenly pollinator, I must allow the Master Gardener to dead-head, fertilize, and water my spirit each day!

May we all be a sweet fragrance to those we meet along the way. 🙂

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