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There is Another Chapter to Your Story. Don’t Stop Now! Keep Asking, Keep Seeking, and Keep on Knocking!

By August 12, 2015Encouragement

I know what it means to search and keep searching for answers.

To knock on doors of wisdom to only find answers that do not fit the puzzle piece you’re missing. More searching and finally there is a glimpse of hope and then the truth, or a version of it, begins to unfold piece by piece. As truth rises to the surface so do our emotions. Relief springs up and then before you know it grief jumps in sinking our hope. Don’t stop! Keep asking, keep seeking and keep on knocking.

Once my son was officially diagnosed, at 10 years old with ADHD and Social Anxiety, I remember thinking, “I’m not crazy after all.” Awe, relief! There ARE explanations for our questions. Then grief creeps in playing tag team with relief saying, “Look at what you have to deal with!”.

I was relieved that there were explanations, but not relieved that there were “real issues” that needed explaining. Most of us want the issues to just disappear. The issues were spoken out loud and given an official name with finality. I remember the tears that came as the diagnosis pressed into my heart. No one wants “their” child to struggle in life.

Before, it was a guess, an intuition, a presumption and now it seemed concrete and final. Can I tell you today – that now I know – a diagnosis is not the final word and it does not have to define who someone is or who they will become! More than anything a diagnoses provides a starting point to gain knowledge and then it can become a springboard from which you can use what you’ve learned to change the prescribed outcome; this is empowerment. This is what happens when you trust in an unseen presence that can calm any storm and turn the tide of any situation!

Over the years this story has evolved. It’s a familiar story, yet an ever changing one with new chapters being written by virtue of constant living and it carries my heart with it as it travels along; the heart of a mom who will never stop fighting. As new developments and issues emerge I continue to pray, speak words of life over my son, read, write, and fight. It’s worth it all to see this young man grow into his own strengths, overcome obstacles, and face a bright future.

Another hurdle to overcome, the start of a new school year. Adjustments to the new schedule and a class that needs to be changed. Typing quickly I began to state the reason for the email and then share a little of the backstory like I’ve done so many times over the years and sent the email off. My request was granted with no meeting required. If only all obstacles in life were resolved this fast and simple.

Rare maybe, but some days it is just that simple: ask and you will receive. Receiving a quick answer to prayer can be like a spoonful of brown sugar and butter; it’s an on the go dessert that satisfies the soul and ignites our faith for the seasons that require a lot of waiting.

Have you ever put off something just knowing it’s going to be a process and your energy or lack there of is begging you not to engage in the battle? “Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you.” Matthew 7:7

I want encourage someone today that whether the battle is long or short – with God –  the outcome can be far different than what you anticipate and it is always worth the fight! Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking, and eventually you will find yourself on the other side of the story receiving, finding and experiencing doors swinging wide open.

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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