Doing Life Together: Got game?

Doing Life Together: Got game?

I love stories, all our stories. Our wisdom and experience give life a depth and a richness of color that far exceeds the beauty of fall foliage. Through our stories, we share seeds of love, joy, peace, and hope, seeds that bear much fruit, seeds that will become a wonderful harvest one day.

Late last summer I got to hear my husband, Kurt, speak with a young man about the history of Monroe High School football. Yep, the history of our small town’s football program. Kurt was the Bearcats’ head coach for seven seasons. Early in their conversation, Kurt was asked about X’s and O’s, a question he quickly deflected in order to talk about his family, his coaching staff, school leadership, and the great young men who were part of his program. He talked earnestly about building character, about changing the culture of an entire school and community, about sharing great wins and heartbreaking losses.  

As a coach, Kurt planted seeds every day in his classroom and on the practice field. Some came to fruition by game time; others didn’t grow and mature until long after the last whistle of the last game. Your seeds, too. Some seeds of love will bloom immediately. Some seeds of joy will develop slowly. Some seeds of peace and hope may not mature until long after we’ve gone home, left the job, said goodbye. 

Plant seeds, cover them with prayer, water them with patience and understanding, and then wait for God to bring them to life. Insist on it. Insist on love. Insist on kindness. Insist on loving kindness.

We’re in this together, friends! Together we can be transforming examples of God’s saving grace. Together our words of loving kindness can inspire, motivate, and bring about meaningful change.

Together!

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Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Doing Life Together: The Most Wonderful Moments of Joy

Doing Life Together: The Most Wonderful Moments of Joy

We recently watched a video tape. Yep, one of those magnetic storage devices taking up an exorbitant amount of space in the hall closet. It was a 28-year old collection of scenes from our life as a young family. What captured my heart was a clip of our two boys playing in the garage. It was a darker, drearier night and I’m sure I was having a moment when I bundled them up with lots encouragement and a non-negotiable 15 minutes to air out.

Plastic hockey sticks in hand, they chased wiffle balls about the garage, my older son, Kyle, leading the festivities, my younger son, Kevin, running to keep up. Throughout the clip was the sound of Kevin’s laughter. Belly laughs. Laughs that consumed him. Laughs that shook every part of his 6-year old body. Laughs that left me in tears.

A little boy just playing hockey with his bigger brother, delighting in the moment. A moment in the garage, no less. A moment forced on him by a mother who needed a break before bedtime. A moment of sheer joy.

I’ve been known to whine when I’ve found myself in less than desirable circumstances, when I’ve been forced to go and do something I didn’t necessarily want to go and do. Rarely have I made those moments times of sheer joy. Rarely have I found myself consumed by laughter.

“Walk the WOLK.” Walk the words of loving kindness. Share words of love, deeds of kindness. Share moments of joy, moments of sheer joy, moments when laughter consumes you, shakes every part of you, moments you may not have asked for and didn’t really want.

Laugh! Laugh loudly! Laugh with your whole heart and soul! Laugh with friends and family! Laugh until your sides hurt!

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Speaker | Writer | Author
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about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Doing Life Together: When It’s Time to Forgive – Ourselves

Doing Life Together: When It’s Time to Forgive – Ourselves

Recently I was a guest on Cathy Cooper’s KKNW radio show, Loss and Found. We talked about how the loss of my mother helped me find my relationship with Dad. It was an honest conversation that became an apology for a lifetime of misunderstandings and mistakes, dissension and discord.

I was a difficult child to raise. “Challenging” might be a better term. I challenged Mom and Dad regarding everything I was told, everything I was asked to do, every parenting suggestion, every expectation. Remembering that parenting requires many moments of ~ dare I say it ~ parenting, my defiance created a tension in our family that enveloped all of us all the time and continued to define our relationship long after I left home as a young adult.

When Mom died, the buffer between me and Dad disappeared. But rather than drift further apart, Dad asked to have lunch. Yes, lunch. At the time it was a painfully long and uncomfortable endeavor. A time of stilted conversation and forced niceties. One hour. Sixty long minutes.

Then he asked for another lunch. And another. And slowly we learned to be together. A small moment of kindness hovered over soup. A dash of tolerance found its way into a shared salad. A little understanding accompanied dessert. And then one day I looked across the table at the man whose only fault was to love me with everything he had as best he could and I found kindness, tolerance, understanding, acceptance and my own messy, imperfect love.

Dad died just two years after Mom, long enough to reconnect in ways I could never have imagined, never expected. We still griped about “those flaming liberals” and “those darn Republicans,” but we also laughed over parenting fails.

Dad and I were passionate people of faith who shared a deep and abiding love of family. I will be forever grateful that he insisted on lunch after lunch after lunch. I will also be grateful to Cathy who asked me to talk about the loss of my parents, a time to find forgiveness for a challenging child.

Is it time for you?

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Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Doing Life Together: Do Life and Pain Have to Be Synonymous?

Doing Life Together: Do Life and Pain Have to Be Synonymous?

I am reading Charles Swindoll’s book, Esther: A Women of Strength & Dignity. He opens Chapter Four with the sentence: Life and pain are synonymous. I closed the book.

I hate pain. I do everything I can to avoid it, to relieve it, to make sure it doesn’t return. And hearing that life and pain are synonymous means it can’t be avoided, may not be relieved in every circumstance, and just might return when I least expect it ~ no matter what I do.

No matter what we do. In the last month, I’ve watched a dear friend lose her hair to chemo. Another is separated from her husband and getting a divorce. Another is recovering from a major heart attack. My mother-in-law is learning a new normal after the death of my father-in-law, her constant companion for 71 years.

While I sit at my desk, feeling a little achy from a bike ride, a little tired from an early morning run to the airport, a little inconvenienced by a rescheduled meeting, I think about “doing life together.” I think about the beauty of a sunny summer day and the dark clouds of cancer. I look again at my husband’s anniversary card celebrating our 38 years together, knowing another marriage just ended in separation, another in death. While my knee groans from a short bike ride, I wonder how I’d feel if my heart had taken me to the emergency room.

I love that I have so many wonderful women in my life, wise women, women who make me laugh and make me think, women who support and encourage me, women who challenge me. All of us doing life together. One day, one moment, one coffee break, one prayer at a time. Because life and pain are synonymous, but together we can do it. Together. 

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Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Doing Life Together: Why Our Unscripted Moments Are Often Best

Doing Life Together: Why Our Unscripted Moments Are Often Best

We had an earthquake this summer. Riding into the parking lot of my favorite coffee place later that morning, a news reporter stopped me and asked to talk about my experience. I looked back and forth between the reporter and his camera person and blurted out, “Guys! Do I look like I’m ready for on on-camera interview???? I’ve got wet hair, wet-helmet hair to be precise. I’m wearing last night’s yoga pants and very little mascara.”

Almost in unison, the guys’ response was, “You’ll be fine.”

A couple weeks later I met with Cathy Cooper, the host of KKNW’s “Loss and Found” to prepare for my second appearance on her radio show. At the time I was both excited and nervous. When we parted, I smiled and said, “Cathy, this will be great!” but the voice in my head was shouting, “Cathy, do I sound like I’m ready for a radio interview????”

I love speaking with women. I love sharing a message with both smaller and larger groups. I love inspiring and encouraging an audience. I don’t love going live—whether speaking on camera or on the radio. Way too many what-if’s! What if I stumble over my words? What if I say something stupid? What if I’m caught with nothing to say?

In both instances I was fine. In the TV interview, they aired a single comment from an unscripted moment from an unforeseen event. The radio interview was delightful. We got to have an unscripted conversation about our time in the Rest Areas of life, using my book “Signs in Life” for a few moments of inspiration.

Yes, life is unscripted. And worrying about the what-if’s finds us stepping away from life’s adventures, avoiding opportunities that pop into our day. 

Where can you say, “Yes, let’s!”

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Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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