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Joelle Povolni

April 14, 2020

The Best Moments Are Not Always Planned

This is the best we could do for an Easter photo and this took real effort y’all. My kids were mortified that we were using a selfie stick in our front yard where actual people could walk by, see us and even wave to us; their neighbors. No! Well, we all survived, kind of. If

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When We Don't Fit In

When We Don’t Fit In

In all the different stages of life there are times when we don’t fit in. We just can’t seem to find our place, where we belong or who we belong with. There is awkwardness and frustration. Others may not understand or know. It’s not what we planned, it’s where we find ourselves. Could it even

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How Can I Know God Will?

That first time you taste a mouth watering, juicy steak it blows your mind. It’s impossible for someone to imagine this experience if they have never had anything like it. I remember the first time I tasted the Australian dessert, Pavlova. I was in awe and at a loss for words to describe the light

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Negativity Is A Dream Killer

I fall flat into the temptation of negativity so often. I can point out the issues and tell you all the things that are wrong—especially how others are missing this or that. When there are glitches, cracks, and lack of preparation—it’s glaringly obvious to me. This can be a gift if my mindset is to

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When You Are Tempted To Say No

She faced an awkward moment when Jesus gave no reply to her request. The disciples had no compassion and urged Jesus to send her away. Jesus had just arrived in the area where she was from and intended on speaking to his disciples and the Israelites first. Yet, word spread and she came, because she

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Let Peace Rule

I can be stubborn and strong willed. You? Maybe that is why I like the scriptures that talk about God doing what he wants. Well, I’m not God and when I do things that I want it’s not necessarily always the best choice. When God does what he pleases, he has His purpose and our

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Will You Trust Me?

If you are wrestling I get it. What we see and hear can throw us off balance. We believe and pray and yet, we are disappointed in what we see. If you have been caught off guard by the news, maybe recognizing it as news—not necessarily truth—will help you move forward today. “Truth is what

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When You Know That You Know

There are instances in life where you know that you know. When I met Paul, at 18 years old, I knew that I knew somehow, someway I would marry this man. I told my mom this exact thing. Three years later I walked down the aisle and he was waiting for me there. When my

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Faith Over The Impossible

Breathe deep. If you need a word of encouragement go ahead and read these scriptures out loud in your mind. You know what I mean – Ha, ha. Place an emphasis where needed. Visualize what God can do with your finite abilities and resources or lack there of. That thing that is impossible in your

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I’m Still Here! Life in The Storm.

No one ever wants a word from God Like this. Actually three words written on yellow sticky note by a trusted spiritual mentor. Three words predicting a life storm that was not only brewing, but clearly coming straight for me. Dating it I put the sticky note in the BACK of my Bible. The back,

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Worship Is Warfare

Are You Tired Of Feeling Defeated?

Are you tired of feeling defeated? Ok, warning!! ♨️ I’m a little on fire and worked up! Read if you can handle a little straight talk and war strategy from a girl who’s tired of seeing the enemy win in our lives! From one who is tired of seeing so many of us feeling defeated.

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There's a note on the red door, "Joelle Lives Here!" You are welcome!

You Are Welcome Here

You are at the right place. Welcome home friend! Our son, who was seven at the time, put a note on the outside of our front door that read: Jaden lives here. He was simply making a statement. He was making certain that our first time guests knew that they had arrived at the right

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You And I Can’t Make People Change

Oh, I have tried and failed at this. You and I can’t make people change. Not our friends, our parents, our spouses, or our children. This can feel scary and overwhelming at times. We can’t make people have a change of heart. We can’t control their decisions. We can’t “preach” at them enough to change

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When You Look At Others & Wonder Why

If you look at others and wonder why, I have too. Why everything they touch turns to gold. Why their children do not struggle. Why their marriage seems effortless and mine is hard work. Why they can go and do and I feel stuck. Why they are married and I am not. Why they have

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How To Grow With God

In the quiet of the morning before everyone is up it’s easier to hear God’s voice. It’s easier to read His Word and let it direct my thoughts and my day. This is good and oh, how I need it. Then later happens… Does this happen to you? Road blocks like people and their thoughts,

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Do You Want The Real Thing

I love that first cup of hot coffee in the morning that is freshly brewed with a little milk, honey and pumpkin pie spice (tis the season). There is nothing appetizing about coffee that is old, half cold, or roasted burnt (in my opinion). We all have our preferences. Preferences are one of the things

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Your Pain Has A Purpose

This morning I am walking a little off kilter as my right foot has a small abrasion. Without a bit of pain, I may not have known it was even there. We don’t like pain for the most part. We’d rather avoid it, at least I would, and yet pain is often our alert system

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National Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado. He Knows Where You Are

He Knows Where You Are

No matter the path there is always beauty to be found. God is already there, He knows where you are. It may take longer. That does not make a difference to my husband when there is beauty to be found, or when he has a hunch that an adventure awaits.  Let’s be honest, when Paul

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No Room For Shame

The day the electric outlet box for our dryer was repaired I felt free again. It’s so wild how such a small thing can change the way you live. No more last-minute loads of laundry to run through the dryer, just in time for an event or a trip. Everything had to be washed in

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