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Because He is, I am.

By June 15, 2015Uncategorized

 

I had a love for God in my heart; I witnessed his grace and power over and over again, yet it was not until I was a married woman with children that I began to pursue God with a passion.

I witnessed the securities of this life being stripped away. 

I thought I knew God. 

I had faith – so I thought – then life slammed into my theology. 

I questioned God. 

How could He stand by and allow my world to fall apart? 

I grasped for human help, no one came to my rescue. 

I began to pursue God like never before with nothing else left to grasp. That began a journey in my life to discover who God truly is. In this 10 year wild God adventure life has spun in many new directions; I continue to find new treasures of who God is. Not just who He is, but who God is to me.

I thought I knew God. I had faith – so I thought – then life slammed into my theology.

Many times our deepest, most profound breakthroughs in life form through the touch of pain and disappointment. It’s not really about the struggle, it’s our response to the struggle that makes the difference. It’s in the act of yielding and clinging to a God – who loves us more then we can ever love ourselves – that we find true and intimate relationship with our Savior.

It’s not really about the struggle, it’s our response to the struggle that makes the difference.

He is my only hope. He is the one on whom I have learned to depend on and completely cling to. He is my source of unlimited and matchless power. He is my greatest confidant and my closest friend. He is my rescuer. He is my steady rock that cannot be shaken. He is in whom I plant deep roots that cannot be moved. He is my faith builder. He is the one who ravishes my fears and exposes the enemies lies for what they are. He is in whom I hide when this world is too much to bare.

He is my healer. He is my “weight of this life” carrier. He is my deepest desire. He is my motivation. He is my purpose developer. He is my advisor. He is full of compassion and forgiveness. He is my teacher. He is the God who stretches me in ways that I can only operate with His power alone. 

He is my joy. He is my peace creator. He is my Savior. He is my Heavenly Father. He is my appointment maker. He is the quiet voice that leads and guides me. He is my only provision in all areas of my life.

He is full on all about love to the deepest depths. He is who I am trying to pattern my life after. He is the promise keeper who always delivers on His word. He is full of grace. He is the lover of my soul. He is my fierce protector and shield. He is the one in whom I can trust. He is always working on my behalf, for a greater purpose than I can fathom, all to point towards His glory working in me. He is my party planner; the one who celebrates victories with me. He is my delight. He is my biggest fan. He is the one who sees me, knows me, and still has chosen me as His own. He is my honor and glory. He is my God. Because He is, I am.

When God allows us to walk through a “stripping away” experience, he replenishes, rebuilds and restores us stronger than we ever were before, if we let him. If you are wrestling with God, if you are a God resister, become the one who yields and clings. There is life, unlimited resources and matchless power in learning to yield to a loving saviour. Because He is, I am.

Psalm 71:18-22 (NLT) “….Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God.”

About Joelle Povolni

Faith Caffeine: A boost of hope (caffeine) for your everyday kind of extraordinary faith. Making space to authentically share, see, hear, dream, create, explore, love, and be. Out of the being comes doing and doing means moving. I'm determined to keep moving forward scared and to encourage you and others join me in doing the same. The key is to keep moving, right?! Will you join me on the journey? Whether your faith is wobbly or feels small and insignificant or is on the brink of exploding - for all God has done - know even just a tiny spark of faith matters. It's extraordinary as God takes the tiny sparks that feel like nothing to us and creates new life in and through us when we trust in Him. A bit about me: I'm the strong dark headed girl from California who ended up making the deep South home for the past five years with my husband and two children. In between California and Mississippi was a long stretch in the Midwest and then a short stay in Colorado. Many of my closest friends are scattered far from my new southern roots. I'm still learning to say, "yes" to God instead of running the other way like Jonah or protesting like Moses. Now I mostly protest and then give often kicking and screaming. Maybe you can relate? Writing is my way to make sense of this life, to untangle my deepest emotions, to wrestle out truth over facts and to hear God as I pause in His Word and rest in His presence. My passion, hope, and prayer are that I can encourage you and others to walk in freedom and keep moving towards all the purpose that God has created you for. That is the reason for this blog. I long for you to know that you are loved, seen, never alone and that you matter to God right where you are, right now. Even if that place is dark, awkward, and lonely - know He is there with you. I love to laugh, read, relate to others, and passionately communicate truth. I hope to serve you well.

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