Fave Lifestyles

At Fave Lifestyles we celebrate stories because stories matter—not just those being recorded, those being
posted, 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. Together we become part of a bigger story, a more important purpose.

I’m the author of two books. I love telling stories. I love knowing that my stories have connected to bigger,
more important lessons in life. Stories matter.

A couple years ago I met with a women’s group who’d just finished reading Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings. That same week Khloe Kardashian published her own memoir. In the middle of Maya and
Khloe, I asked the group, “Where do our stories fit it?”

On the one hand we had a powerful story of prejudice and personal dignity, an inspirational story of struggle
and survival, a coming-of-age story of loss and love, a story that’s as relevant today as it was in 1969 when it
was first published. At the other hand we had reality TV, a story of worth and value, too, but I’m guessing more
antics than unique interpretations of the autobiographical form. Here wealth of information. There possibly too
much information.

So I asked again, “Where do our stories fit in?” I suggested we were part of God’s story, implying a whole
different spectrum. Yet even after acknowledging that we might be part of something much bigger, a hesitancy
can set in. “I’m just a…” You fill in the blank. “I’m just a student.” “I’m just working part-time.” “I’ve only
been here a short time.” “I just don’t have time!” We discount our purpose.

At one end of the spectrum we put the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament stories, David’s beautiful
Psalms. That can leave us at the “reality TV” end of the spectrum.

Stories Matter
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But friends, God hasn’t put the stories of Moses and Abraham in bolded Times New Roman font and left us as
italicized footnotes. Our stories are real chapters in God’s great story.

Remember when Adele came to Seattle???? Ticket sales immediately divided the world in two: those who got
them and those who didn’t. I got them—Section 104, Row 8! Yes, Row 8!

When God puts on a show, we’re all included. We’ve all got tickets. We’re all sitting front row, center. Not
only did the prophets get priority seating, but you and I did, too. Not only did the disciples get back stage
passes, but you and I did, too. We’re all seated together, because we’re all part of a huge story with an even
huger (is that a word?) purpose. Our stories matter.

Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar said, “The genius of the biblical story is that, instead of simply giving us
‘seven habits for highly effective people,’ it gives us permission and even direction to take conscious ownership
of our own story at every level, every part of life and experience. God will use all of this material, even the
negative parts, to bring life and love.”

Life and love have given you wisdom and experience. Use your story to mentor someone.
Wisdom and experience, even the negative parts, have given you insight and perspective. Use your story
to teach someone.

Insight and perspective have fostered in you creativity and imagination. Use your story to inspire
someone.

Own your story. Tell your story. Stories matter

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.

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