Say It with Flowers!

Say It with Flowers!

Last week I got a bouquet of roses from my husband, Kurt who was heading back to work after a short medical leave. The flowers didn’t fare well, drooping after only a day. I refused to give up on them. And guess what? Two days later I walked into my office to see four of the six roses standing tall in the vase. They were beautiful! Had I given up and tossed the arrangement, I’d have missed days of beauty.

GOD DOESN’T GIVE UP ON US EITHER!

When we droop under the weight of the day, the weight of never-ending to-do lists, the should’s and wish-we-could’s, God is there. He’s there when we find ourselves in unexpected moments of quiet. He’s there in the much appreciated kind words. He’s there in the extra help.

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE!

Even when the flowers were drooping, I continued to water them. When life finds you drooping, continue to water your spirit. Surround yourself with those who encourage you and empower you. Say a prayer of gratitude–even if you stumble over the words. Open your Bible–even if you’re pressed for time.

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.

God see the beauty in you. God treasures the beauty that is you.

Enjoy the wonderful bouquets around you. Stand tall in your vase. You really are beautiful!

Walk the WOLK!

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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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So How Do We Plant Seeds of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope?

So How Do We Plant Seeds of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope?

I’m often asked for practical ways in which to “walk the W.O.L.K.,” ways in which to share words and deeds of loving kindness.

HOW DO WE PLANT SEEDS OF LOVE, JOY, PEACE and HOPE?

We are surrounded by a mistaken belief that the really important stuff goes “viral.” Not so!

In the Bible Jesus shared several stories about seeds. He tells about the sower who scattered seeds in four different types of soil (Matthew 13:1-23). He tells about the Kingdom of Heaven being like a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32). He talks about faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains (Matthew 17:20-24)!

Seeds.

ONE WORD, ONE DEED

This month I’ve gotten to know my neighbor, a young boy who rides a scooter and delights in racing me on my trike. We have a minute together on the street when we laugh and race from his house to my house.It’s a small moment of laughter, a small seed of love, joy, peace and hope shared in the middle of a sunny afternoon.

One young boy, one small moment, one delightful opportunity to “walk the W.O.L.K.”

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.

Yep, 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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My Two-Year Old Grandson and an Evening with Alexa

My Two-Year Old Grandson and an Evening with Alexa

I love my two-year old grandsons. Not long ago I was getting preparing to read Enzo a bedtime story. He shrugged off suggestion after suggestion. No Cat in the Hat. No Digger Dozer Dumper. Finally I realized, he was asking for Alexa.

ALEXA, REALLY?

“Grandma’s here to read, Enzo, and you’re asking for Alexa.” Yep, Alexa.

“Alexa, read Cat in the Hat.” “I’m sorry. Cat in the Hat is not in your library.”

“Alexa, read Digger Dozer Dumper.” “I’m sorry. Digger Dozer Dumper is not in your library.”

“Alexa, play lullabies” “I have five.”

Enzo looked at me, all smiles. In minutes he was asleep, knowing he’d outsmarted his grandma.

HOW DO WE INTERACT WITH GOD?

Enzo is surrounded by people who love him, talk to him, play and walk with him. I’m not concerned about his socialization, but it did make me wonder about our own interactions with God. Any times when we slip into “command” mode? “God, what’s the forecast?” “God, play a pretty tune today.” “God, how long until…?”

I flinch, because the underlying, not-so-subtle tone is “God, do it.” Not something I would have EVER said to Dad and certainly not something God should EVER hear from me.

GOD IS WITH US IN EVERY WAY.

I love that lullabies were at the ready for Enzo. I love that God will be with him in every way. He’s there for you and me, too, not because He’s told to be, not because He’s programmed to be, but because He loves us and wants to be.

And our WOLK with God includes words of both loving kindness and great gratitude.

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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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Ordinary Moments of Extraordinary Loving Kindness

Ordinary Moments of Extraordinary Loving Kindness

Last week while riding my trike (yep, a trike), I looked down to see a heart in the pavement. Three water caps were surrounded by sealant in the shape of a heart. I’d passed them countless times, but not until I altered my course and came from the opposite direction did I notice them. Three ordinary water caps surround by a heart of sealant.

WAS A HEART NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT?

I don’t know, but I like thinking that someone intentionally created the design in the middle of an ordinary day of ordinary roadwork.

WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN ORDINARY DAYS?

I’m a passionate advocate of ordinary words ~ ordinary words of loving kindness ~ ordinary words that encourage and empower ~ ordinary words we can intentionally surround with a heart of compassion, understanding, and support.

BUT I NEEDED TO ALTER MY COURSE

I hadn’t seen the heart of sealant until I’d altered my route and come from a different direction. In life God has often had to send me in a different direction. He’s often had to change my course. And then, how differently life can look!

Is this an ordinary day for you? How can you be intentional with your ordinary words of loving kindness? In what ways can you seal your “water cap” moments with Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope?

Let’s WOLK 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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Telling Our Stories – Part 3

Telling Our Stories – Part 3

Those Divine Connections

Growing up, my son Kevin spent a lot of time with his best friend Kent. Kent was so much a part of our family that I would frequently call my son Kent. Each time he would reply, “Mom, I’m not Kent.” And I would reply, “I know Kent—I mean Kevin!”

In God’s family there is no mistaking who we are. We are His dear children. We are also unique, a uniqueness that binds us together in Christian love for a divine purpose.

Compelling Examples of God’s Love

As members of God’s family, we get to reach out with our stories. We get to be compelling examples of God’s love, stories we get to share with those God puts around us. We get to gather around the table for special reunions. We get to add a place for new friends, new family members. We get to share God’s warmth, God’s hospitality, God’s Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope (yes, the capitalized versions). Heartwarming stories!

During Sunday worship I’m part of our music team. Our bass player loves to give me a hard time. I’m a struggling violin player; he’s an accomplished musician. I’m a Bach kind of girl; he’s a rock-n-roll kind of guy. When we practice, he’s turning up the volume and I’m looking for cover. I like 4 beats to the measure in the key of C; he likes beats.  

Beautiful Music ~ Beautiful Stories

After a particularly challenging morning, John shared a Bach YouTube video with me. Yep, the rock-n-roll guy found Deanna a video of Bach’s Cantata 147. You know it as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

You and I have heard Bach on the organ and on the piano. We’ve heard him played by world famous symphonies and small orchestras. We’ve heard his music played by renowned artists and struggling violin players. And now we’ve heard it in the forest. It’s a wonderful work that’s performed in many unique and glorious ways. But it’s still Bach’s beautiful music.

Like the cantata, we each get to share the most wonderful works of God in the most unique and glorious ways. No two of us will tell of God’s love and faithfulness the same. How God has loved and cared for you is a story unlike any other story. But it’s still God’s beautiful story.

  • Imagine where you’ll be today.
  • Imagine the blessed encounters!
  • Imagine who will hear!
  • Imagine who will see!

Imagine the stories you can tell.

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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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