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By The Grace of God I Can Become a Better Me

Joelle Povolni

October 17, 2020

Complete Surrender & Trust Lightens The Soul

I sat in my grandfather’s lap and easily convinced him to get hearing aids when no one else could. Not my mom (his middle daughter), or my grandmother. They may have tilled the ground, and prepared the soil of his heart and mind. But, it was his brown haired, brown eyed persuasive granddaughter, who had

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What Have You Stopped Believing For?

If I don’t write things down, I will often forget. Whether it’s what I need at Walmart, the things I need to accomplish at work, or the bill that needs to be paid by tomorrow. It’s easy, right? We have so much happening in our lives that keeping track of it all can be challenging.

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We Will Walk Through!

It’s so quiet and yet noisy all at the same time. Traffic is charged up on the internet roadways, while diminishing on our physical highways for a time. Some of us get vocal trying to find our way. Others of us pull back, and observe, while looking for firm footing to stand on, as we

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We All Go There . . . So Continue

We all go there. One thing happens. Then something else happens.  The underlying drama in our lives begins to surface. Our prayers feel like they are hitting up against a brick wall. Then… That thing your husband did not do the “right way,” turns your mood south. Your kids fussing with one another adds to the

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We Can Do This!

Our family lived in Colorado for three years at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Within a few months of moving there, our first major snow storm came in early October, the 5th of the month to be exact. The snow storms continued coming on and off through May of the following year. This was

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Even When I don’t Know God Is Good, He Is!

I honestly cannot remember one time where the next right thing that God was calling me to, was something I wanted to do initially. Maybe you all are better natured than I. Maybe you surrender faster to His will. Maybe you are not as strong willed, or opinionated, or you don’t get as caught up

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Trust Feels Hard Some Days

I forget. I question. I don’t understand. I try to figure out God’s plan for me, or I tell Him how I want Him to do it, or I just set my expectations on something without asking Him first (this does not end well for me), or I get all caught up in my own

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Replenish 2020 - To FIll Up Again - Joelle Povolni - Faith Caffeine

God Will Replenish and Fill You Up!

Ok y’all, I’m the biggest fan of Christmas time. Putting up the Christmas tree, all the lights, finding special presents for loved ones, enjoying family moments together, baking, and celebrating the birth of Christ. However, this Christmas season, wasn’t what I expected. Yes, there were absolutely beautiful moments I will always treasure. I am forever

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The Lord Is!

We chose a name, for our baby boy to be, that means in Hebrew: Jehovah has heard, thankful, and praising God with up raised hands. We found so much joy in naming the little life growing in my womb once we found out that we were having a baby boy. Jaden Paul Povolni would be

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It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Two years into our unexpected journey of self-employment, simple answers have felt just out of reach.  God’s never left us or forsaken us, although there are days we have felt a bit lost. Like we are wandering on the back side of a wilderness and we can’t find the pathway out.  Doubt can settle in

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We Are Not Enough And This Is Okay

I’m a fan of pumpkin flavored anything near fall. I made my coffee with milk, a few drops of cream, honey, and sprinkles of Pumpkin Pie spice on top. I heated up my homemade creamer in a mug and poured the coffee in. I headed to the car to be on my way and began

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We All Tell Stories. Our Lives Speak.

What we repeat, we remember. We all tell stores. Our lives speak. I used to write it all down when I was angry or upset. Listing out all that happened and why I was justified to feel the way I felt. Now I have no desire to read those journals and all of those words.

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Already Done For You

Sitting and hoping for food to appear is absolutely ridiculous. Yet, you and I often do this exact thing when it comes to what we say we want to experience in our lives. When things are extremely busy or I’m working on interesting projects, I forget about eating. On days that are slower or involve

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We’ve All Believed The Lies!

My husband traveled with a play company in Australia as an actor, dancer, and makeup artist in his early twenties before we knew one another. Actors create believable characters. They memorize lines, portray another’s mannerisms and characteristics, and cause us to believe in another time, place, and narrative. Their intention is to tell us a

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The Worst Part of Not Knowing, Is Not Knowing!

The worst part of not knowing, is not knowing. Time can be our greatest gift and our greatest test. When my husband was laid off from his job two years ago, nothing I was reading in Romans jumped out at me until I read Romans 4:16-25. This portion of the Bible became life and breath

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God Can Use The Improbable And Impossible Seeds Of Our Lives!

Some things are unexplainable, they look crooked and difficult, and seem impossible. God Can Use The Improbable And Impossible Seeds Of Our Lives! As a baby, my son screamed if a man he did not know tried to hold him besides his father, grandfathers, or close family friends. As a toddler he balled and balled

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No Parking Without Hope!

I sat the pumpkins out in the kitchen and my “Happy Fall Y’all” wooden sign on the fireplace mantel, even though outside it’s hot and humid and the temps are reaching over 90 degrees. I’m ready for the seasons to change from summer to fall, and in a few days the calendar promises it will.

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