This week has been a week of quiet, solitude, and reflection. Somewhere along the way, I lost my mojo. It's not that I hadn't spent significant time with God. I had. But, my soul was hungry for moments like this...     Joy Moments. If you've been visiting with me over time, you know how much I enjoy my nature walks. Those times make my heart sing.  And sing. And yesterday, as I walked along a country road and came across the music of peepers... my heart sang with great joy. Some time ago, our pastor shared how singing is God's heart language. If you're a frog … [Read more...]

A little over a week ago I went to a butterfly event at Meijer Gardens. Walking through an indoor tropical garden hoping to see a few fluttery creatures was the perfect way to spend an end-of-winter afternoon with a friend.   Butterflies are beautiful creatures, but have you ever wondered what the purpose is to their existence? We know that they feed on the nectar of flowers and similar to bees they are helpful to the pollination process of the flowers.  It isn't a pleasant thought, but as caterpillars, they provide food for creatures higher up on the food chain and to some degree as well … [Read more...]

Think about a time when you made something.  Remember the feeling of pleasure you had at creating something special?  Did someone comment on it and appreciate your handiwork?  Your music?  Your story?  Your art?  Your garden?     Slowly over time I've come to realize that we see the glory of God when we take time to admire his handiwork.  The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.  Psalm 19:1   I'm learning that God takes pleasure in the time I spend in marveling at the works of his hands.  It's during that time he draws me closer to him.  It's an intimate … [Read more...]

I'm a good person, you're a good person, what could we possibly be tempted with? A cookie or piece of candy we shouldn't have? For me, often times I'm tempted to worry or fret.  One day I'll overcome temptation to worry or fret.  But, until then... I've acquired an arsenal of weapons to use when I'm tempted to start a journey of worrying or fretting.  Just in case you need one too... I am sharing mine with you, today.     Now that I've fessed up... Do you worry?  Do you fret? I know, it feels kind of icky to admit it doesn't it?  Usually that's something we think we keep to … [Read more...]

Have you ever embarked on a new project and then found yourself overwhelmed? Maybe you've been working at something for a while, but things just haven't clicked.  Or... Maybe if you read another book on the subject and get some expert advice, you'll figure things out.   Most of us have hopes and dreams. Have you noticed... some people not only reach their dreams, but those dreams are spectacular when they come to fruition?  While on the other hand, some seem to move from one hope or dream to another, with nothing to show. I have a few dreams which have yet to come to fruition. Last … [Read more...]

  Yesterday day was Ash Wednesday. Did you observe the day in any significant way? For the last few years I've attended churches where they smudge a cross on your forehead with ashes.  This year... I live in another place and Ash Wednesday was just another day... as it has been for most of my life. I missed it.  Not so much having ash applied to my face... but the order of going to church... and making a plan for what I will do to observe Lent. There's much good in my world.  But somehow, this year, I feel scattered and unfocused.  I need to feel more grounded. Yesterday I thought I'd sign … [Read more...]

  There's a saying... "Talk is cheap."  I'm pretty sure I used to hear my dad say that. Lately I've been thinking about love and I think we could say, "Love is cheap." There's the controversial movie... the broken relationships... the 400,000 children needing a home in the U.S. alone... the issue of human trafficking... and on I could go. If you were new to our world, you would think that love was cheap and love had no apparent value.     Times were probably like that back when the Apostle Paul penned these words to the people in Philippi. And this is my prayer: that your … [Read more...]

Imagine yourself standing in a large atrium in which there are many doors spaced along its walls and no other hallways in which to exit. In my mind, my life is like that atrium.  It's filled with beautiful plants, some flowers, and beautiful daylight streaming down from the upper story windows.     For too long, invitations to exit into a new world have appeared on countless doors in the atrium.  However, the doors are locked and access to the new world is prohibited through those doors. Remember when you were in high school, standing in the hallway at your locker on the first day of … [Read more...]

Can you believe this is the last Joy Day! for 2014? Weekly we've been gathering together and counting the good and not-so-good things from the year. Often, I feel like I have nothing to give other than just being here and trusting God with you.  Kind of like friends who go for a walk together, not saying much, just being together for the journey. Always I ask God to give me something.  Something that will encourage your heart and mine.     This year has been a trying year. As the hands of the clock turned synchronously with the calendar's pages to the new year, I believed this … [Read more...]

Perfect love.  Is there really such a thing? This is the fourth Sunday in Advent. If you follow the tradition of lighting a candle each Sunday in Advent, you will be lighting the candle of love. Love. What can I say about love that hasn't already been said? Nothing. So, this morning as I was lying in bed, quiet, I asked God to speak the verse into my heart that he wanted me to consider here with you. After some silence... it came: "perfect love casts out fear"     I did not expect this verse for Christmas time.  But, as I reflect and consider it with you, let's look at the whole verse in its … [Read more...]

I will praise God’s name in song     and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 NIV   Grateful... for you for God's grace expressed in our lives for the beauty of our Creator's creation for peace, joy, life, and liberty and most of all for the Hope that lives in us.   May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving! Diane   To receive FREE bits of inspiration like this in your inbox or reader, subscribe now. Let’s connect!  Facebook  ::  Pinterest  ::  Google +  ::  Twitter  ::  Shop-Longaberger Lifestyle … [Read more...]

Whatever happens. Keep thanking God. Seriously?     Yesterday I received an email from a sweet friend asking me to pray for her.  She works from home and the company she works for had not sent any work all week.  So, she emailed them to find out why.  Their cold response was, "You are no longer working for us." What would be your response?  To go back to bed, pull the covers over your head, and sob? That's a natural response.  And it is perfectly okay. When jobs and people and homes are taken from us... it's natural to grieve.     Whatever happens, keep thanking God … [Read more...]

We're in the season of gratitude. Don't you feel it all around you?     Okay...I've exaggerated a little bit. When we're out in the marketplace we often get the opposite sense of that don't we? Like the person at the car wash who is just coming in behind you and sees that you're in a broken bay, and as you are backing up to switch bays, whips around you to be next in line at another bay, before you. Or what about the child who has a tantrum in every aisle because he isn't getting something he wants. Or, ________  you fill in the blank. We see selfish behavior in … [Read more...]

  "Is anything too hard for the Lord? No!" Genesis 18:14   Can you imagine sitting on your porch, resting at the heat of the day, and having the God of the universe stepping towards you on your walkway with two men? Seriously, that is mind-blowing.  That was a day in the life of Abraham.  If that wasn't enough, God and his two companions sat down and ate a meal with him.  During their conversation, God remarked, that a year from then Abraham and his wife Sara would have a son.  Now Sara was way, way past child-bearing years, so when she heard this remark, she laughed.  Out loud.  Of course she … [Read more...]

Today I want to remind you that no matter how difficult the day seems... God has promised rich and glorious blessings to each of us who have chosen to call him Lord. Many of those blessings come in the most unexpected ways. I'll be sharing just one here today.     Early each morning, I post an inspiring greeting on Facebook.  Today it was this verse: I pray also that you will have greater understanding in your heart so you will know the hope to which he has called us and that you will know how rich and glorious are the blessings God has promised his holy people. Ephesians … [Read more...]

  Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt   Have your heard the expression talk is cheap? I think my dad used that expression when I was growing up.   When I look around my world...the people who are loving, serving, and caring for others at some personal sacrifice are the people who inspire me.  Great thoughts are good... but actions speak louder than words.     My heart overflows with gratitude today for the benefits I have received because of the sacrifice of a friend.  Several … [Read more...]

What is your source of joy and delight? Please "pin" and share this image.  Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4   More than anything God wants us to find our delight in him. He wants to be our source of joy. He want to be the one we go to for everything. He wants to be our all in all.   The funny thing about this... God leaves it all up to us. He knows the benefit for us when we delight in him. Yet, he doesn't make us delight in him. He does, though, give us every opportunity to know him, to delight in his … [Read more...]