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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

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.

A Story of Love and Compassion with Candy Wright

A Story of Love and Compassion with Candy Wright

Today Deanna sits down with Candy Wright to answer the question when life gets big, how you keep God bigger? Candy is a life coach and weight loss coach. As her website says: she's a lot like us--very successful in many ways yet struggling to find love and compassion...

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Purple Couch with Vickie Adair

Purple Couch with Vickie Adair

Vickie Adair sits down with Karen on the Purple Couch to discuss the walk back from the "pit of despair". Vickie's story starts at the darkest point in her life when everything seemed to be crashing around her. She tells the story of leaning on the word of God and...

Say It With Flowers

Say It With Flowers

Hi, I’m Deanna Nowadnick, a writer and speaker who’s become a passionate advocate for words of loving kindness. “Walk the WOLK,” I like to say. Walk the words of loving kindness. I love filming short inspirational videos. One was called, “Say it with flowers.” Took me...

Being Who We Need to Be

Being Who We Need to Be

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians4:4 At my post-op appointment, my surgeon’s assistant asked about my new knee. I went through alist of complaints, most based on a theme of achiness and stiffness. Mark made a few notes and then...

Finding Joy in the Moment

Finding Joy in the Moment

Learning To Treasure the Moment Too often I’m not treasuring the moment. It’s easy to look past “now” to what’s next. The writingassignments that need to be completed, the calls that need to be returned, the plans that need to bemade. At other times, I can find myself...

Stories Matter

Stories Matter

At Fave Lifestyles we celebrate stories because stories matter—not just those being recorded, those beingposted, but all of our stories. Rhetoric divides us. We become red states and blue states, conservatives and liberals, pro-this and anti-that.Stories unite us....

I Forgot the Words

I Forgot the Words

We were made to be in a relationship—with God and each other, and when those connections getsevered, we falter. I’m an inspirational writer and a motivational speaker, a woman of faith, a woman of great faith whoforgot the words to The Lord’s Prayer. Yep, that prayer....

Keeping God Bigger

Keeping God Bigger

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 totell! At Fave Lifestyles, I’m able to share both stories and short videos – Deanna...

A Grand Thanks

A Grand Thanks

See what kind of love the Father has given to us,that we should be called children of God; and so we are.1 John 3:1 I recently found A GRAND THANKS, a list of 1000 things from 2012 for which I was grateful. It’s a listinspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand...

Dealing with New Normal

Dealing with New Normal

How are you doing? Like you, I’m getting used to a new normal. I’m staying homeand staying as safe as possible. I’m using new technology to connect in new ways.I’m spending time in quiet, sewing and knitting. That’s the good news. Now forthe not-so-good news....

Finding God in the Details

Finding God in the Details

Hi! I’m Deanna Nowadnick. I’m a writer here at Fave Lifestyles. I’m also the host of our Sunday night, “Conversations on the Purple Couch”. I love helping women of faith connect our delightfully ordinary stories to God’s extraordinary love and faithfulness, so that we...

Going the WRONG WAY

Going the WRONG WAY

Ever Found Yourself Going the Wrong Way? Have you ever found yourself going the wrong way? As women of faith, we try to follow God’swill and His way throughout our day, throughout life. In my own personal journey with God, Ishare inspirational stories at...

Being Bold and Brave

Being Bold and Brave

On Amazon is a book: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be You. It has 100 blank pages. Yep, blank pages. Thedescription says “Perfect for all ages—kids or adults!” As you would imagine, the point of the book is to record ways you’re bold and brave, ways inwhich you’re being you. As...

Purple Couch with Vickie Adair

Purple Couch with Vickie Adair

Vickie Adair sits down with Karen on the Purple Couch to discuss the walk back from the "pit of despair". Vickie's story starts at the darkest point in her life when everything seemed to be crashing around her. She tells the story of leaning on the word of God and...

Finding Encouragement from God

Finding Encouragement from God

Where Can You Find Encouragement from God? Today I found myself googling Bible verses about encouragement from God. One site had 20 andanother had 37. I really just wanted one. There are many things in life that are out of my control. Too often I forget that. I think...

Changing the Discourse

Changing the Discourse

How We Can Change the Discourse (yep, that discourse!) Not a day goes by that I don’t rail about something. I’ve used precious time during lunches with my sonto moan and groan about the D.C. mess. Rarely can I watch a news cast and not respond, “What…???!!!”My...

Words of Loving Kindness

Words of Loving Kindness

“Dear children, let us not love with words and speech but with actions and truth.”1 John 3:18 My husband, Kurt, and I love our overnights with our two-year old grandsons, Enzo andAustin. They’re absolutely delightful and we thoroughly enjoyed our time together, butone...

Unexpected Joy

Unexpected Joy

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,and establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 We laughed hard. At one point my cheeks hurt. We groaned through parenting fails, oureyes rolling at the memories. We delighted in our writing goals, encouraging each...

Doing Life Together in Turbulent Times

Doing Life Together in Turbulent Times

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.”Hebrews 12:2 For our daughter-in-law’s 30 th  birthday, we planned a sunset cruise, four hours together “when theafternoon sun brings a special magical hue to the majestic Na Pali...

WOLK for Me

WOLK for Me

Do you speak kindly about yourself? My friend Michol is a truth-teller. She’s passionate about life, devoted to her friends and family, a greatbusiness women, but she’s a truth-teller. When she called and wanted to talk, I listened. Michol follows my author page on...

 

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