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 about deb farris

(and this blog, not according to plan)

Hi, and welcome to Not According to PlanSo what was the plan?

From the wheat fields of my childhood, the plan was to move far away, have a career on stage, sing, dance, and in my spare time, paint, write children’s books, and maybe a novel. From the wheat fields, anything is possible.

It was never the plan to be in an abusive marriage, to get divorced, be a single mom, or do administrative work. After all, wasn’t I an artist?

All the years I had spent moving around the country pursuing my own plans, there was a Greater plan going on behind the scenes.

I would never have imagined I’d return home after twenty years, the prodigal, with a second chance at marriage. I would never have thought I could run a nonprofit arts organization. But when I discovered grace, everything began to change. And the long journey of discovering that, with God, everything is possible began.

From the discipline of dance, I moved into a new discipline of stillness and began each day with my Bible, journal, and pencil, worshipping. As months became years, new life was taking root. I began to experience the springing up of God’s Word alive in me, His love, and grace flowing in to flow out—the Divine Dance.

Now as I move into the third chapter of my life, I never imagined it would be as a writer. I just completed my first novel, titled—what else?—Not According to Plana Story of Grace, and begin the journey of publication.  I write weekly on my blog to capture the daily glimpses of God’s grace and beauty, and to encourage hope in the hard places of life.

I’m so glad you found your way here. You can drop me an email (, and I will write back. Or say hello on Instagram or Facebook. It’s wonderful to connect!

Thank you,


Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 

 Website: Norman Design / Photos: Jeff Zmania / Design: Lisa Wenzler

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