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When Life Gets Big, How Does God Stay Bigger?


The Importance Of Our Stories

I love sharing stories—my own stories and the stories of others. Why? Because we all have a story to

At Fave Lifestyles, I’m able to share both stories and short videos – Deanna Nowadnick.
In our web show “Conversations on the Purple Couch”, our stories have followed a theme. In
our first series, we talked about “Following God.” Rachel Calderon Young followed God out of the bright
lights of network television. Heather Rousey followed God into public service. Cindy Toledo followed
God through grief. Heather Eder followed God with words of encouragement. And Lynsie Hagen
followed God with her two boys, sharing sandwiches and small bouquets of flowers of surprise and
delight. Five ladies who inspired us!

When Life Gets Big

In our second series, we asked the question, “When life gets big, how do you keep God bigger?” Candy
Wright told a love story in which God took her on an unexpected journey literally, figuratively, and
spiritually. Kathy Collard Miller, the author of 56 books(!), began her writing ministry with a small book
called “No More Anger” in which she describes her painful time as an abusive mother.

Keeping God Bigger
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Recognizing God’s “Bigness”

Not until I met with Kathy did I realize I’d been asking the wrong question. The question was not what
do we do, but what does God do. “When life gets big, how does God stay bigger?”

During the pandemic, I was determined to see God in the details. I knew He would be bigger than our
biggest fears, stronger than the strongest virus, but I needed to see His bigness. I needed to see Him
in the details.

Too often I’m not seeing God in the details, I’m seeing Deanna. Too often I’m thinking—I’ve got this. I
don’t “got this.” Even in the best of times, I don’t got this. I don’t say that to add to our alarm; I say that
to inspire hope, to remind us that God’s got this—in the bigger moments, both the scary ones and the
beautiful ones and also in the smaller ones, in a single word of hope, kind gesture of compassion, a small
inspiration that finds a cure. God really does remain bigger than our biggest fear, stronger than the
strongest virus.

In a favorite Bible verse, we’re told,

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that God will provide for us—in ways we never
expected, never ever imagined. That can sound namby, pamby in times of stress. That can sound trite in
times of loss, but watch for it! I promise you: You will see Him in the details.

And then join us on the Purple Couch!

Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author


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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