Share the Love ~ April

Okay . . .

After dentist appointments, doctor appointments, oil change appointment to make an unexpected 4-wheel brake job appointment, ugh . . . not through yet . . .

New meds that left me with dehydration, heart palpitations, brain fog for several days, I’m thankful my head is on straight!

Unfortunately, I thought this week was the first week of May. Probably because the last three weeks seemed like a month. Ever had one of those months?

So . . . I’m posting this month’s Share the Love on a Thursday rather than the usual Tuesday. And you know what? I’m taking off next Tuesday. 🙂

Happy spring break to me.

It’s okay. You can laugh. 🙂 BTW, not taking the meds anymore. Done with that nightmare. Have a blessed weekend, my friend.

#wasn’texpectingthat #gladitsover #medsensitivity #thankful #Godisgood #wowdoineedabreak #lovemyreaders

Reading

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Most Noble Heir Review ~ Joy On the Back Roads

3 Questions Wednesday with Carrie Turansky ~ Inspired Prompt

Never Doubt a Duke Cover Reveal and Giveaway ~ Brit Reads Fiction 

Writing

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Make Much Ado of Your New Book ~ Bob Hostetler

Writing Reader Centered Prose ~ Holly Webb

Sources For Character Names ~ JPC Allen

Inspirational

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Find Your Calling ~ Michele Cushatt  

Choosing to Focus on Our True Beauty ~ Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud 

Unlike Wounds Scars Can Work Wonders ~ Zoe M. McCarthy 

Foodie

Monkey Bread

Blueberry Lemon Quick Bread ~ In Diane’s Kitchen

Soul to the Recipe ~ Annika Perry’s Writing Blog (Interesting Read)

Mango Salsa ~ Liz Flint

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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.

 Click to Tweet: “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” #Interview with StaceyThureen  @GailJohnson87


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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