Finding Unexpected Joy

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands.”

Psalm 90:17

The Joy

We laughed hard. At one point my cheeks hurt. We groaned through parenting fails, our eyes rolling at the memories. We delighted in our writing goals, encouraging each other to get words on paper. We sipped our cups of coffee, savoring the time, the joy, the opportunity to be together. Later we exchanged text messages, each of us feeling like we’d dominated the conversation.

The Inspiration

I’ve only known Heather for two months. Actually it’s really only been six weeks. She was a guest on our Fave Lifestyles show, The Purple Couch, a conversation that inspired me, that gave me great joy. It also challenged me.

Before filming we’d had our first cup of coffee while discussing the upcoming show. I was eager to share her story as a woman who can be in the moment with God, not my strongest asset. Heather left me that day with a smile and a cheerful “Let’s see where God takes us.”

The Conversation

God took us through a wonderful conversation. We connected on social media, sharing words of encouragement and empowerment. We made a date for that second cup of coffee. We talked about being accountable to each other for writing assignments.

The Inspiration

I smile thinking about Heather. When I least expected it, God brought a divinely inspired, beautifully talented, wise, honest woman of faith into my life. I was about to add that she’s an unforeseen, unpredicted, unanticipated ray of hope. More accurate, she’s simply a blessing, God’s favor for such a time as this.

Let’s see where God takes us.

Deanna is the author of two books, Fruit of My Spirit and Signs in Life.

Deanna Nowadnick author

Hi, I'm Deanna

I am a writer and speaker who loves helping women of faith connect our delightfully ordinary stories to God’s extraordinary love and faithfulness, so we can be encouraged and empowered knowing God’s been in the details–always has been, always will be.

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