Purple Couch

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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.

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...

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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...

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...

Story by Story Walking Together

Story by Story Walking Together

We just finished Fave Lifestyle’s first series of “Conversations on the Purple Couch.” Our topic? Following God.Rachel Young walked with us out of the bright lights of network television to a wonderful small businessopportunity. Cindy Toledo walked with us through...

When Physical Challenges Overtake You

When Physical Challenges Overtake You

In September I had the joy of sharing in a special Facebook live filming of “Fave at 5: Conversations onthe Purple Couch.” With me was our very own Karen Rae who talked openly about health challengesearlier in her life. Karen talked about physical limitations that for...

You’re Where You Need To Be

You’re Where You Need To Be

​Doing Life Together: A Message for My 21-Year Old Self #1 You’re Where You Need to Be Have you ever wanted to have a little chat with your 21-year old self? Any life lessons you’d share? I turned 21 the summer before my senior year at Pacific Lutheran University, the...

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...

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...

 

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