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Joelle Povolni

DecoratingEncouragementFaithGrowthHopeReal Conversation
January 9, 2018

When You Feel Like Running

I wanted a white vase, so I spray painted white over my shiny Goodwill find. I must not have prepped well enough as the white paint began to chip off around the edges after a while. The chipping didn't look much like shabby chic or farmhouse decor or anything nice so the vase was relegated to the closet. Recently my husband got a hold of it. He sanded the vase down, added a little texture fixing where the chips were jagged and sealed it. Voila! I have an amazing vase now! We all want to be a conqueror, but we don’t want anything to conquer.” - Joyce Meyer That stings my heart a bit. Oh, how my actions, more often than not, reflect this statement. I want to learn, grow and conquer until I have to, then I grumble and fight it. I wanted a new vase until it became…
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ChristmasDecoratingEncouragementReal Conversation
December 17, 2017

Are You Feeling Out Of Sorts?

My home is a work in progress as I am. I enjoy re-doing things, so it is awesome that we moved into an older home with a lot to re-do. Or that is what one would think, right? The problem: I do not like things looking undone or half put together. If you are “re-doing” with time constraints and a limited budget, then you will have a lot of undone’s or not yet started projects. That is reality. Learning to be content with undone’s and half-done’s while keeping motivated to continue with one project at a time and actually finishing the one, before starting another, is not always easy. So I am still peeling wallpaper in the kids bathroom as I get time. It’s taking sooooo long and the bathroom looks like a fight broke out in it. Patience, oh patience and time where art thou? And why do I…
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EncouragementFaithFinding PurposeHopeScripture
November 14, 2017

Plan For The Impossible

I cut Magnolia leaves off of the branches of three magnolia trees across the street from our home and piled them in a grocery shopping bag. I hurried back across the street hoping the neighbors did not notice or if they did notice, that they did not care. So funny, doing this at the age of 43. Three Magnolia trees right across the street. Check. I had wire & wire cutters. Check. I bought the grapevine wreath for a whopping $3.88 on sale. Check. Why had I waited so long to make a simple magnolia wreath? I made assumptions and didn’t take into account what I had, what I needed and what I could do with what I had. There is value in planning for what you desire. Without a plan or a determination to get there, most likely you won’t. What are you determined to have or do or…
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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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