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Joelle Povolni

EncouragementParentingReal Conversation
May 22, 2017

So Not A Green Thumb And Parenting Is Not Easy Either

Purchasing hanging planters to put flowers in can be risky at my house. I confess, I often kill living green things. See I have this love-hate relationship with living greens. I love the way they look, but I often can't remember whether I've watered them or not, or if they have had enough sun or not. This California born chic now lives in the south. Spring comes early, last only a few days and morphs straight into hot, long summer days that stick beyond their welcome. With the heat, my interest in all things outdoors wanes fast, unless I'm at the beach or swimming in a pool. Let’s just say plants are not my natural gifting in life and humid, hot weather is not my forte. You can imagine my excitement when plants not only survive me but experience growth in spite of me. When they thrive, I can usually count…
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EncouragementHope
March 3, 2017

Hope Out Of Nowhere

Have you ever looked up and it was just there? An amazing sunset, spread across the horizon - it takes your breath away. You didn’t earn it or strive for it, it was just there, and you were privileged to look up and see Heaven’s painting. We’re caught off guard by sickness, by hurtful words or wrongful actions, an unexpected bill, or a flat tire as the rain begins to pour. Yeah, we all have THOSE days. We come down with the flu in the midst of a chaotic season in our lives, and have family dinners that are anything but peaceful; days of delays. Other times, we’re caught off guard by a unique spark of hope; it is just there! It appears like the sunset we didn’t expect. It shows up in the midst of routine or the “normal” cereal eating kind of morning, but make no mistake, it is…
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Encouragement
January 2, 2017

Grab Hold Of The Impossible This New Year

The second day of 2017 is here. There is a bubbling up inside of me, like when you know a surprise is coming, but you don't exactly know what it is or what it's going to look like. For each one of us the future will look different, “yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you (to me, to us)”. Isaiah 30:18 NIV There has been a lot of deep digging in my life in the past seven years. I’m happy to report there is water at the end of all the digging, this “well” is not dry. I’m claiming the gifts that God has spoken over my life, over my family, and over my friends until I see them come forth. Join me this New Year as I believe God for the impossible. I recently heard a minister, Paul Manwaring, say this, "Grab hold of the impossible until…
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Encouragement
December 30, 2016

Here’s A Happy For You

She sat a small orange on my desk with the words, “Here’s a happy for you”, and kept on walking. I stopped working and sat for a moment as I breathed in those words, “Here’s a happy for you”. Did my sweet friend know how much my heart longed for happy? I peeled the orange and tasted the sweet, tangy juiciness and the deep parts of me settled down in that space. A heart heavy, begin to feel a little lighter. Was I THAT worn down and empty? If I was, how could a simple orange and a five little words move me?     The orange tasted lovely, a smile began to emerge from the inside. I needed a “happy” busting into my normal routine where I felt stuck and stale. I needed reminding of the sweetness of friendship, the treasure of thinking of others, and the beauty of the…
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EncouragementFaithReal Conversation
October 25, 2016

Shut Your Eyes To Chaos And Fear

I shut my eyes just as my son pulled the car out into oncoming traffic. He took off and there was nothing I could do, short of screaming, which would have been disastrous. So . . . I shut my eyes, clinched the door handle, and prayed. Funny how I think that if I close my eyes, that maybe . . . just maybe, what is happening will be less traumatic or dramatic or maybe it will disappear. There is truth snuggled in between these silly thoughts of mine. Shutting my eyes gives me an opportunity to stop staring at what I see. Yeah, there are times I just need to take a pause. You? There was no screeching or crunching of metal that day, but my blood pressure may have come close to exploding. My son pulled out of the grocery store parking lot. The truck that looked as…
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EncouragementFaithScripture
September 16, 2016

It’s Okay To Break

Pretzels with sherbet ice cream are the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth, until you bite down breaking off a temporary cap on a tooth that previously broke. Maybe crunching on chips and salsa earlier in the day did not help to keep my cap in tack. It broke, I break, you break, we all break down at times don’t we? I could not will the emotions to go away, nor the melting to stop. Tears streamed down my face even though I was doing my best to stop the flood of emotions. A virus taking it’s toll and stressful situations in various areas of life bearing down, and I broke. I balled and at the most inconvenient time and place. Can we just keep all these emotions tucked away, nice and neat, until I can get home please! The other day I was determined to get…
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Encouragement
May 25, 2016

A Sucker For Unexpected Gifts

A sad face, toilet paper emoji awaited me. A facial expression made out of toilet paper, placed on a roll of toilet paper, so I could not miss it. My daughter left me this creative gift, with a clear message, in a place she knew I would go. The next day I found another gift. Apparently I had redeemed myself in her eyes, as the sad face had now morphed into a smiley face. Children know how to give gifts, where to place them, and exactly how to get their message across to us don’t they? I am a sucker for unexpected finds, the kind that imply someone thought of you and wanted you to know that they thought of you. Maybe a note of thanks left in the room where guests recently stayed in your home. Maybe a photo printed, framed, and wrapped (of a memory you shared with…
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