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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

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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.

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...

Having Those Harder Conversations

Having Those Harder Conversations

My husband watched my “Morning WOLK with God” episode while I sat next to him. When it finished, I remarked that I’d come a long way from my days as a miserably inept lobbyist. Remembering my disastrous time as an Olympia influencer, I regaled him with my story of woe...

God’s Value Proposition

God’s Value Proposition

Earlier this year Jeff Bezos shared what some have called a brutal truth in his last letter to shareholders. According to Inc. Magazine, they are five short words that many never learn. The words? Create more than you consume. Bezos goes on to say that our goal should...

Beautifully Pieced Together

Beautifully Pieced Together

I’m a passionate advocate for words of loving kindness. “Walk the WOLK,” I like to say. Walk the words of loving kindness. But it’s not always easy to walk the WOLK, to walk the words of loving kindness, and often my prayer has been “Change my heart, O God.” Words of...

Those Non-Negotiables

Those Non-Negotiables

My year included some non-negotiables. I try to be careful about have to’s, because I’m a recovering Type A perfectionist—who will be in recovery the rest of my life! For me, a have-to can quickly become “I don’t want to” and “I can’t,” and then I’m planning the pity...

Divine Regifting

Divine Regifting

You’ll often hear me talk about “walking the WOLK,” walking God’s words of loving kindness. When we walk the WOLK, we get to share God’s love, joy, peace, and hope. When we walk the WOLK, we’re part of a divine regifting strategy. Yes, divine regifting. Throughout...

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be You.

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be You.

On Amazon is a book with the title, Be Bold. Be Brave. Be You. It has 100 blank pages. Yep, blank pages. The description 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 in which...

Finding Joy

Finding Joy

We all have days that go well; others that don’t. Some of my days have even included lost keys and pinched fingers. Fortunately, we have a God of loving kindness who is there every day, reaching in so we can reach out. Here at Fave Lifestyles I hope to share...

Musical Connections

Musical Connections

So often our days are defined by errands, lots if errands. Some errands are just that—a short trip to the post office, groceries, but some errands are more—for you and for those you’re with. One of my favorite errands each week is picking up my three-year old grandson...

Straightening Our Crown

Straightening Our Crown

In the third chapter of the New Testament book of Titus, Paul reminds us that God’s loving kindness was/is our saving grace. When we “walk the WOLK,” when we walk God’s words of loving kindness (WOLK), we get to shine God’s light, share His grace, His forgiveness, His...

Finding Joy

Finding Joy

We all have days that go well; others that don’t. Some of my days have even included lost keys and pinched fingers. Fortunately, we have a God of loving kindness who is there every day, reaching in so we can reach out. Here at Fave Lifestyles I hope to share...

When an Errand’s More Than an Errand

When an Errand’s More Than an Errand

​ Several weeks ago I had a special errand. My friend Michol was taking the train back from a short trip to Eastern Washington. I asked to pick her up at the train station, not wanting her to arrive and then catch a bus back to Monroe. I know we’re all wearing masks...

Morning WOLK with God

Morning WOLK with God

In November I had the joy of hosting our first “Morning WOLK with God” here at Fave Lifestyles. Yes, Morning WOLK with God. No, I did not misspell WOLK. I’m a passionate advocate for words of loving kindness. “Walk the WOLK,” I like to say. Walk the words of loving...

Words Not Spoken

Words Not Spoken

As seen in Gather MagazineReprinted from Signs in Life Hearing our vows, I have to believe every person in attendance at our wedding was sighing a silent, but collective “Finally!” After nine years of dating, breaking up, and getting back together, Kurt and I had...

Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 My daughter-in-law Manoela had asked about family videos. “I just want to see Kevin when he was a little boy, to hear his voice.” I looked inside the family room’s closet....

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...

 

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