When Physical Challenges Overtake You

In September I had the joy of sharing in a special Facebook live filming of “Fave at 5: Conversations on
the Purple Couch.” With me was our very own Karen Rae who talked openly about health challenges
earlier in her life. Karen talked about physical limitations that for a time reduced her day to one single
activity. Hearing that, I immediately remembered the recall of my own hip replacement.

For ten years I’d dealt with the debilitating pain of failing joints. After finally having hip surgery, the
parts were recalled. “Like the car brakes, Mom?” “Yes, Kyle, like the car brakes.” Pain stopped me in my
tracks. Friends would look at me hopefully and ask, “How are you doing?” And I’d reply, “Fine…”
knowing I wasn’t fine at all.

And then a morning devotional reminded me that our walk with God is not a journey that insulates us
from the world; it’s a journey that gives us hope in the midst of brokenness and despair. A Monroe
street sign may have said it best: “Joy is not the absence of difficulty, but the presence of God.”

Looking back now, I can see God in the details: in the skilled care of a wonderful surgeon, in the loving
care of my family, in the unflagging support of my friends and church. I was not alone in my struggles.

As you know, Karen is passionate about storytelling, knowing our experiences are important connectors.
Why? Because whether we’re celebrating the great times or whether we’re facing yet another
challenge, our shared experiences, those moments of genuine understanding, bring us together. They
encourage and empower us. They fill us with Love and Joy and Peace and Hope, God’s capitalized

Yes, we’re a community of passionate, driven women who are doing life together! And together, we’re
simply better. Together!

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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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