Stacey Thacker likes to describe herself as a Believer and writer, who loves God’s Word—and connecting with other women. A few years ago, when she was pregnant with her fourth child, she started a blog. Since then she has written hundreds of blog posts, while drinking buckets of coffee, making friends who live all over the world. She has also written seven books.
Stacey and her husband, Mike, have four daughters.
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What started you on your writing journey?
I started writing on a blog called 29 Lincoln Avenue about eleven years ago and after a couple of years I self-published an ebook with my friend Brooke McGlothlin called Hope for the Weary Mom. The experiences of blogging and self-publishing were foundational for me and helped me understand my voice as a writer as well as establish an audience.
The Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that ultimately blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
There have been more divine detours than I can explain! First as a writer I received several rejections in my early days (as well as recently) and I learned that every “no” was a mercy from God because He truly wanted me to go a different direction. They were painful at the time, but honestly the best for me.
In addition, my family has been on something of a divine detour over the past couple of years and ended up in a place I never imagined. I can’t say those detours haven’t been painful, but we have seen God do miracles and provide for us in the most amazing way possible. I’m grateful God knows best.
Let’s talk about your new book, Threadbare Prayer: Prayers for Hearts that Feel Hidden, Hurt, or Hopeless (Abingdon Press, October 2020). Please tell us about it.
Threadbare Prayer is a book that includes one hundred heartfelt devotions for hearts that feel hidden, hurt, or hopeless. Each “prayer” includes a verse, a short devotional thought, and a simple threadbare prayer that is easy to remember.
What led you to write this particular book?
This book actually started out as a series of blog posts. I had come across the word threadbare in a fiction book I was reading and it perfectly described the state of my heart at the time. So, I wrote about it and then at the end I wrote a simple prayer. After posting this on my blog and social media, my friends said, “This is your next book!” I started writing more threadbare prayers and eventually was able to share it with a publisher and they loved the idea so much they wanted to publish it!
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
I have been known to sit at Panera Bread (which I call my office) and enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie for inspiration and as a reward when I finish a writing project!
What Bible passage or story best describes your journey of faith?
Today, I would say that Psalm 91 has a special meaning in my faith journey. I love the wording, the tenderness, and the names of God that are all throughout this passage. I have also struggled with fear and learned that as Psalm 91 states the safest place I can be is to abide the LORD under the shelter of His wing. It is a secret dwelling place for the believer and a refuge for my heart.
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
I am definitely the girl next door! I grew up in the Midwest in a small town and I have always described myself as a girlfriend who will never say no to coffee, cookies, or tacos should you need a long conversation on a Saturday afternoon!
If someone asked you to describe yourself with one word, what word would that be?
Thanks, Stacey! It’s nice to have you as a guest at Divine Detour.
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