Alert Expectancy :: Joy Day! ::


…We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:3-5 The Message

These verses encouraged my heart greatly.

Especially this…

…we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything
God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!


Zinnia ::Alert Expectancy :: Joy Day!


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Let’s live in “alert expectancy” my friends!



Living Expectantly :: Joy Day! ::


Today is Joy Day!

The day when we take time to count the gifts from the week, those blessings so undeserved, yet so precious.

Will you join with me in counting ‘seven’ from the past week?

I’ll start!

I’m grateful to God for…

  1. the encouragement of Your Word
  2. beautiful weather
  3. creative inspiration
  4. the generosity of a dear friend
  5. Aunt Ruth’s old blue Ball jars
  6. my sweet Poppy, even when she wakes me waaaay toooo early
  7. for the prayers of my blog friends

Now it’s your turn!  Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.

If you haven’t joined in doing this…please give it a try.  Something amazing happens when we do this.  I guarantee your Joy meter will rise.  I just know during the week you’ll be looking forward to sharing again. [wink]  Want even more joy?  Take the Joy Dare here.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.

May your heart overflow with the joy HE generously pours into our lives.  And may you be filled with JOY!

Living in “alert expectancy”!


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  1. Judi says

    Since reading your first Joy Day post, I have joined in looking over my week and it has made me see all I really to have to be thankful for, great or small ~ you honestly have been a blessing to me and I actually see my outlook changing ~ This week, I am thankful that I have been blessed with a sense of humor because it gets me through many situations ~ We have tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden ~Enjoying a fresh tomato sandwich ~ Having some time to blog ~ Being blessed with a willingness to help someone without being asked or thinking twice ~ Moments that allow me to be creative and most importantly, I am thankful God let’s me make a U-Turn when I may have wandered off in the wrong direction! ~ Thank you so much Diane for your encouragement and helping my eyes to open much greater ~ Judi

    • Diane says

      Judi, your words are like a warm hug today!! You know…this is what makes blogging so worthwhile…being used to inspire….and making new friends in the process. God is good. And his goodness is so evident in your ‘seven.’
      May your whole week be filled with HIS goodness and JOY!

  2. Judi says

    I think I need to be blessed with learning how to proof read too LOL!!! You get the point, I think 🙂

    • Diane says

      Haha! You know, Judi….I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hit the comment button…maybe on your blog too….and realized that I left words out or misspelled or worse…made no sense. No worries…I can fix it for you. 😉

  3. Grateful for family:
    1. Niece’s family coming for a visit this coming weekend.
    2. Another niece got engaged to be married this past Friday.
    3. My sister-in-love, who gives so much of herself to her family and friends.
    4. My daughter, who brings me such JOY!
    5. My son-in-love who loves my beautiful daughter.
    6. Husband who is kind and gentle and my best friend.
    7. My Heavenly Father, who gives me all good things.

    • Diane says

      Praise God for family!! I rejoice with you Susan for the joy your family brings to you. And I’m certain they would be giving thanks for you and all you do for them as well.
      Enjoy your niece and her family’s visit….and make some Extraordinary memories together!!

  4. Nancy says

    I’m grateful for:

    1. Marriage that has lasted 50yrs
    2. My children and grandchildren who bring me such joy.
    3. The beauty of the Missouri Ozarks
    4. The comfort of my own bed.
    5. The laughter of a little child.
    6. Friends who are young enough to be my grandchildren
    7. Scripture

    • Diane says

      Oh Nancy! I must say, you are truly blessed with ALL the important things in life!
      I rejoice with you in your ‘seven.’ Thanks for taking the time to share! 🙂
      May your week overflow with HIS joy!

  5. 1. A Lord who has my best interests, even when I don’t
    2. Strength to do daily, what I need to attend to Bob’s and my needs.
    3. My dear son spending the night with us on Friday night.
    4. My sweet and caring neighbors
    5. Ronnie’s out of surgery and recuperating better than expected.
    6. God’s answer to prayer…a 6mo old granddaughter
    7.My doctors who allow God to guide their hands.

    I am also thankful for you. You are helping me to stop long enough to count my blessings.

    • Diane says

      Oh Ginger, I’m rejoicing with you that Ronnie is doing better than expected! Yay God!
      You are so sweet. I’m blessed that you would join in the counting of blessings….God is good…so good. It makes such a difference in a day to acknowledge his provisions and give thanks. May your day overflow with HIS JOY!!

  6. Gwen says

    Joy day
    1 time to rest
    2 I am better not right yet but pain is better
    3. Friends brought us dinner
    4. My daughter looked on You Tube and figured out the part she needed, it was only $35 and her hubby used the YouTube directions to keep going
    5. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and a bluejay making noise while I catch him stealing cat food from our cats dish!
    6. Mom is able to do her PT. I miss her and she misses me
    7. My big sis who helps me feel loved and prays with me when I get all mixed up

    • Diane says

      Yay! for rest! God is at work, healing you and your sweet mom. I do wish it would be faster….but he is faithful.
      I’m rejoicing with you Gwen! In the midst of challenges and pain, God is at work blessing you.
      I’m thinking the bluejay is a hoot. Who would guess he’d love cat food. 😉

  7. Mel says

    * watching the meteor shower at 4am WAY cool.
    * the butterfly invasion on the patio
    * winding country road
    * fall-like weather
    * sending plants to a new home
    * being productively busy
    * buying a cupcake for a stranger

    • Diane says

      I love your ‘seven’ Mel! What fabulous blessings in the midst.
      With your outlook….I know you’ll have much joy in this week.

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