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Stacey Thacker is an author, blogger, speaker, and believer who loves God’s Word and connecting with women. Her passion is to encourage women in their walks with God. Thacker is the author of seven books, her latest is Threadbare Prayer: Prayers for Hearts that Feel Hidden, Hurt, or Hopeless.

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  1. Beautiful. My great-grandmother was 4’10” and such a lady. From her I learned lessons about being a lady and loving ministry life. She was 96 when she passed away a few years ago. I use a pitcher that she and my great-grandfather purchased on a vacation shortly after they married as a pen holder on my desk. I’m not sure how many times a day I glance at that pitcher or grab a pen from it, but every time I recall a true lady – who extended grace to everyone, who lived her life as a fragrant offering to her Savior, and who taught me that strength isn’t size of body, it’s size of love.

    • Teri Lynne – that pitcher that poured out many sweet tea reminders of the Lord’s grace, now holds the pens that you use to bless others with your heartfelt words! You are still pouring out the grace! She would be so proud of you girl!

  2. Sweet Stacey, I love your tender heart, beautiful words, and the way you used both to encourage us this morning. Thank you for this reminder. I needed it! So happy you’re here. 🙂

  3. Dear Stacey,

    Your post has encouraged me more than you can know. After just spending some time in the Word and praying (and I was sharing my dreams with Him), I go to email and see the notice from (in)Courage and click through and find your post. It had me in tears. The fact that your post was a reminder that we have “A Father in Heaven who loves nothing more than to hear my dreams and make them come true” and that He is “delighted” to do so was more than I could take. I think that I’d been afraid to hope that He really cared about my dreams and this post felt like it was a message from Him just for me. Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder.

    • Becky – this word of encouragement is for you my sister! I prayed this morning that God would lead the women here, who really needed to know that He delights in them! You are not here by chance! And now that I know your name, I am thanking the Father for His faithfulness to do just that!

  4. Stacey,
    I really enjoyed your story, the way you told it, and the analogy with our Heavenly Father. I guess it especially touched me because I had an aunt who did not drive. When my parent’s anniversary was nearing and I wanted to buy them something special, she took me by bus “uptown” to find the perfect gift. It is a fond memory as well.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  5. this is beautiful and made me teary. there’s nothing like our memories with loved ones who are no longer with us. i have lost both of my grandmothers and one grandfather. i have special memories with all of them.

    thank you for sharing!

  6. I lost my grandmother just a few months ago and oh how she would delight in giving me gifts. What a sweet reminder that my amazing Father can do that…and so much more.

  7. What a beautiful example of God’s love for us and His desire to give us good gifts! You have such a wonderful way with words! ♥ Michelle

  8. That made me teary. You could have been writing about my Grandma who I remember so vividly. And I miss her so much. She was always doing stuff like that for me, too. Taking me shopping to get back-to-school clothes and calling it “Jennifer Day.” I was just reflecting today about how glorious it will be to be in heaven one day with her…and all the saints.

    • My grandma also used to slip me a $20 now and then… I miss that too! But “Jennifer day?” How cool is that! I hope you enjoyed the sweet memories today and they made you smile!

      Thanks for being here today!

  9. That was beautifully written and heartfelt. I was beginning to relive moments from my childhood through yours. I love that in the imenseness of that memory and your relationship with your grandmother, there is still something deeper for you which is your relationship with God.

    It made me think.

    Kim
    http://www.confabulicious.com

  10. Love this. Great story–and truth. Good writing. And I love the (in)courage theme!!! I live my life to encourage people–yes to help put courage into them.

  11. Thanks so much Judy for your kind words! It means so much to me that you would stop by and encourage me. May you find His delight in you today!

  12. Thank y ou for sharing. I never knew my grandparents on either side. The Lord has blessed me with many sets of grandparents throughout my parents evangelistic ministry..I am grateful for those adopted grandparents.

  13. I am so glad I have found someone else who cannot remember the person they just met at church and their husband’s cell phone number. I got hit, as a pedestrian a few years ago at a Lowe’s store. Had a concussion. The sun was so bright I could not see my cell phone letters/numbers. Maybe the concussion had something to do with my sight also at that time. But, you know, not one person of all the people standing around me gauking, would take my cell phone and find my husband’s number! Luckily for me, he just happened along at that time.

    • Oh Barbara! I am the worst at remembering his number, and I don’t have the excuse of being hit by a car either. I think it is understandable you would not remember it in that situation. So glad you are ok!

      My problem is that I always confuse it with his social security number! I have to say the SS # out loud, then I can remember the cell number! 🙂

  14. What a ‘delightful’ story! I felt like I was tagging along for the afternoon. I want to take some of my own paintings down and linger over them, specifically ones of my sweet Grandmothers. Thanks for the heart encouragement, Stacey! 🙂

    • What a nice thing to say Michelle! So glad you were encouraged by this. I am looking forward to chatting face to face next month at Relevant! Just days away now!