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Forever Friends Keep Showing Up

Joelle Povolni

November 13, 2020
Peaching, orange on fire trees of fall, St. Louis, MO - Forever Friends Keep Showing Up - Faith Caffeine

Forever Friends Keep Showing Up

Friends show up as strangers, it’s up to us to make friendships. Forever friends keep showing up in all the seasons of our lives.  Sitting in the quietness of my friend’s finished basement with a pumpkin spice coffee, is a huge gift to my heart. Her guest room is welcoming and a familiar place like

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God Uses Unlikely People - Faith Caffeine - Joelle Povolni

God Uses Unlikely People

There are messages to be delivered, projects to be completed and battles to be won. God uses unlikely people to accomplish His will.  I dreaded speech class in college, but I got an A in spite of heart palpitations every time I had to speak in front of the class. I liked writing, but I

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By The Grace of God I Can Become a Better Me

By the grace of God I didn’t act on my thoughts or feelings that day.  My husband texted me that he was at my office and asked if I could take an early lunch. I couldn’t.  I began to think of how he could go get us lunch, bring it back and by then I’d

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We Are At War

We shouldn’t be surprised when warfare happens. Why do we think pushing against the grain should be easy? I never thought I would say this, but doing the right thing won’t always make you feel good at the time. Sometimes it’s difficult and it feels opposite to what your mind is telling you, even though

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What You Can Control

We can easily feel out of control, or try to control what we really have no control over. So much of the time we step out of bounds either one way or the other instead of actually utilizing, to the best of our ability, the things we can control.

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Isn’t Love Always The Key

Who couldn’t use more LOVE and less of everything else in their life? I don’t know when this dream started in my heart as a young girl. I had envisioned my grandfather, a minister, praying over my future husband and I on our wedding day, for as long as I could remember. Fast forward to

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You Have A Choice

The first year or two we lived in Mississippi I pretty much skipped my favorite season, fall. I was waiting for the cool crisp, sunny weather to arrive before I decorated, or dressed for the season. Shorter days came, school was in full swing and others put out their fall decor.I waited. It was a

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Pleasing God is not about being perfect or performing well.

I overslept my alarm. I can’t even remember hearing it go off or shutting it off. I jumped out of bed with a start, and ran to wake up my daughter for virtual school (hello fall of 2020), to make coffee and to get ready to leave for work. Mornings like this feel invasive. Pleasing

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Fear Wears A Mask Too – Part Two

Irrational fears don’t play fair. Like when we don’t apply for a new job because we’ve worked on one computer platform for so long that we have convinced ourselves we’ll be quite computer illiterate on the other one. This may sound stupid y’all, but fears often do in hindsight. Little irrational fears combined with larger,

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Fear Wears A Mask Too – Part One

Irrational fears may be silly, or embarrassing, but y’all they are for real.  I know they are no joke because of how many times I find myself angsting over or paralyzed by one. I bet you’ve experienced this in one way or another in your life too. The first and only job I was ever

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Is Anything Certain With Having Faith?

Nothing prepares us for lightning strikes stripping the bark off of trees during storms or seasons of life where it’s hard to focus, as our life takes on new shapes and forms we’ve never seen. Maybe we have less time, or too much time. We may find ourselves pivoting from the path we’ve known.  A

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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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