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Empathy and Prayer Go A Long Way!

Joelle Povolni

August 17, 2019

Here’s A Happy For You

She sat a small orange on my desk with the words, “Here’s a happy for you”, and kept on walking. I stopped working and sat for a moment as I breathed in those words, “Here’s a happy for you”. Did my sweet friend know how much my heart longed for happy? I peeled the orange

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Shut Your Eyes To Chaos And Fear

I shut my eyes just as my son pulled the car out into oncoming traffic. He took off and there was nothing I could do, short of screaming, which would have been disastrous. So . . . I shut my eyes, clinched the door handle, and prayed. Funny how I think that if I close

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It’s Okay To Break

Pretzels with sherbet ice cream are the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth, until you bite down breaking off a temporary cap on a tooth that previously broke. Maybe crunching on chips and salsa earlier in the day did not help to keep my cap in tack. It broke, I break, you

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A Sucker For Unexpected Gifts

A sad face, toilet paper emoji awaited me. A facial expression made out of toilet paper, placed on a roll of toilet paper, so I could not miss it. My daughter left me this creative gift, with a clear message, in a place she knew I would go. The next day I found another gift.

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Roasted Faith Series Part 3: Hard Faith

We had the most successful summer ever and then the fourth quarter hit like a ton of bricks smashing. We broke hard; three and a half years of hard work down to an instant, flat nothing. What do you say when you have to lay off employees? What happens when faith breaks and risk is

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Roasted Faith Series – Part 2: More Faith

Each month more and more homes foreclosed all around us and we lowered the asking price of our house to no avail. Thirteen long, stretched-out, warren-out months passed. The economy crash had sucked the life out of our business and my husband had taken a job out of state. The kids and I stayed behind

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Roasted Faith Series – Part 1: Messy Faith

Those who know me, know that I love baking. Recently I tried a new recipe and it flopped, literally. As I’m reaching out in new faith, for this next season in life, I find my faith a little shaky. Kind of like the three layer cake I made that started sliding off it’s foundation. There

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Keep Showing Up - Joelle Povolni - Faith Caffeine

Keep Showing Up

When the wrestling of our heart grows intense, know that the answer is in the process of being birthed. Keep being faithful. Keep showing up. With each move over the past seven years we have sorted, cleaned out, and packed up in preparation for another life change. Each location represents a move, a transition, an

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Truth Is We All Have Cracks

Stepping on a squishy, gritty surface with bare feet, it took a minute to register the sensation. The stamped concrete floor in the hallway was hard and cold, where I placed my bare foot was strangely cushioned. Looking down I saw that I had stepped on a crack in the cement with sandy colored clay,

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Don’t Opt Out of Trusting, Opt In!

When we chose to focus on our issue, we opt out of trusting and we opt into second guessing ourselves and God. We rehearse earth’s language instead of what our Heavenly Father is speaking to our hearts. We find ourselves awake at night; pressure increasing mentally and physically; running in mind circles, we are spent.

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Be Brave and Wise

The next time a strange male voice says, “you’re brave . . .”, I will think twice before proceeding. Kids waiting in the car, my fourteen year old and his sister, I ran quickly in the store needing two ingredients for soup. You know how that goes; once inside the grocery store you always think

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Take Time to Recharge!

Feeling out of sorts like the snowman art hanging on the wall into the New Year. Remnants of white lights, a shiny candlestick red, and candy cane stripes left behind. Another tub of decorations to pack, can’t quite wrap Christmas up; decorated in stages, now the putting away in stages. Tired. The crush of busy,

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God Loves Us Backwards

Dirty clothes, stinky diapers, and paperwork piling up left me feeling guilty.  This was not the vision of “momhood” I had in mind when I was longing to have a family. A tight budget, caring for a newborn, chasing a 4 year old and learning to live with temporary house guest, left me balancing more

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What Are You Hiding?

Let’s just say I have more-than-a-few secret hiding places and I’m always creating new ones on the fly. Staying one step ahead of my children is a must during certain seasons of parenting. I developed the “never put the prized possession in the same hiding spot” strategy when I take away privileges due to their less

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Mom Fail: The Gift

If only I had a secret window to glance through and see my daughter on her first day of 4th grade. This was a morning of firsts. The first day of 4th grade; the first morning that my daughter fixed her own hair on the first day of school; the first time she would walk

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What Will You Say In The Fire?

I love gazing into a crackling, well contained fire. The flames are full of motion, you see light of varying shades and colors dancing, there is warmth and the smell of fire that fills the air. Whether it be in a fire pit outside on a cool, crisp fall evening or near a fireplace snuggled

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Change Can Cause Us to Value What Remains the Same.

Ever had that experience – the one that causes you to appreciate home a bit more than before, even if “home” has it’s own set of quirks? Lot’s of driving and then a little sightseeing with beautiful views so we thought. Who builds a pedestrian only bridge? Big disappointment to the girl who wanted to

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