"You, Lord, give true peace..." from Isaiah 26:3 Click over for a brief meditation on Peace...


Need true peace?


Actually, most days it’s amazing that I am not completely overwhelmed and stressed to the max.

The only thing that keeps me from a full-blown panic attack is trusting God.

The only thing.


I’m a doer.  A fixer.  And right now I can’t do or fix anything.  Everything is out of my control.

Except for one thing.


I can choose to trust God.


My mind can invent every scenario imaginable.

My mind can be paralyzed so that it’s impossible to accomplish anything.


I can choose to focus instead on God and his power and his promises…

I  can trust him to work this in between time for my good and his glory.


You can too.


Need true peace?

You, Lord, give true peace
    to those who depend on you,
    because they trust you.  Isaiah 26:3

Join me in depending on God….

Trusting God….

the result is true peace. 



It's Joy Day! :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Today is Joy Day!


The day when we take time to look back over our past week and count the gifts and blessings from the week.  I’m reminded that some gifts aren’t exactly pleasant.  Yet, in all things we are to give thanks.

Please join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.

I’ll start…

God, I’m so thankful for…

  1. Drivers who wave at us as we walk along the back roads.
  2. The most encouraging words for last week’s post when I felt so empty.  That’s only God.
  3. A delightful dinner with good friends.
  4. Prayer.
  5. Finally reaching 1000 fans on Facebook.
  6. Seven-year-old shoes that are holding up well.
  7. YOU and knowing that you are completely worthy of my trust.

Now it’s YOUR turn!!

Join me in counting ‘seven.’
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’
I dare you!

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  1. Gail says

    Support by friends
    Excellent hospital staff taking care of Mom
    Husband’s shingles getting better
    Unexpected bonus from job
    Springtime weather (some days)
    Foster cats doing well
    The overwhelming truth of your post today

    • Diane says

      Gail, I rejoice with you at God’s wonderful hand of blessing on your life this week. I’m so glad to hear that your husband is doing better. Yay!!
      Thanks for joining in the counting of God’s goodness.
      May you be overwhelmed with HIS gifts this week!

  2. Beth says

    Our grandmother is in the arms of Jesus and no longer suffering
    My niece’s wedding was beautiful
    Safe, uneventful travel
    Provision for our needs
    Spring weather!
    Healthy kids all week!
    The reminder to trust the Father

    • Diane says

      Beth, I’m am so sorry for your heart’s ache at your grandmother’s passing. So glad she knows Jesus. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your ‘seven.’ 🙂
      May God’s comfort and blessing be yours in extraordinary measure this week.

  3. Glenda Kremer says

    —so thankful we spent the month of Feb. in our Hilton Head villa
    —-thankful that we cleaned the villa in prep for our renters who came in 3 days later
    —-thankful for all our renters
    —-thankful the night we came home we went to son’s house and saw them and baby Wells and had Tiffany’s birthday cake Craig had made for her
    —–thankful for Diane and this blog and her love for the Lord and us!
    —–thankful we are on our way to wonderful church soon
    —–thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ who blesses me way more than I deserve!

    • Diane says

      Glenda, you have had a blessed few weeks! God is so good! 🙂
      And thank you for your wonderful warm and encouraging words.
      May your new week overflow with HIS JOY!! [hugs]

  4. Debbi Saunders says

    1.I So look forward to Sunday and Joy Day and a group of Christian Bloggers that share Spiritual messages on Sundays!!!
    2. Another Beautiful Balmy & Breezy day!
    3. Thankful that the Lord is starting to do amazing things in my brothers Life during his “wilderness” time.
    4. That when I talked with my Aunt and Uncle in NY yesterday they sounded so Happy and well at 83 and 87!
    5. For Dinner Friday night with my Dear Friend and Spiritual/Prayer Partner… It has been months since we have
    seen each other!
    6. For Diane’s Daily FB posts; particularly the Bedtime Post that I so look forward to!
    7. Thankful that I have slept better and more peacefully in the last few days than I have in years! Thanks to Diane’s Bedtime post…even though I too am still in that wilderness place of uncertainties and nothing has changed in my situation.
    Diane, I could have written today’s post! It sums up exactly my own life right now!!!

    • Diane says

      Debbi…you are growing in God and his hand of blessing is upon you. Thank you for sharing your ‘seven.’ Your JOY is unmistakable.

      Ah…but maybe God put this together for both of us. 😉 [hugs]
      May you be overwhelmed with God’s presence this week.

  5. Jean says

    1. Snow that fell overnight because it alerted us that our heater had quit working.
    2. That our heater quit working at the end of winter and not in the middle of the artic cold blasts.
    3. My husband’s ability to know how to fix things like broken heaters.
    4. Both boys having friends to hang out with over the weekend.
    5. A chance to work at a place I love one day last week.
    6. My son getting a good baseball coach that doesn’t yell as well as finding he had two friends from school on the team
    7.A chance to see a beautiful sunrise last week
    Oh and thankful, of course, that you do these posts each week.

    • Diane says

      Jean…I am so sorry for the heater quitting…but rejoice with your at the timing and the blessing of having a husband who can repair it.
      Isn’t it wonderful how God is so at work in our lives each week. 🙂 You have had a blessed week.
      May your new week be filled with HIS joy!!

  6. Gwen says

    Joy Day
    1. Nice visits on the phone with people
    2. A visit from daughter and little (well tall!) Xander and Aaron, his half brother we love –he calls him Bwawdthehr–
    How does one spell their word?! Sweet 15 year old and he spoils his two year old brother!
    3. I think my regular and Korean lilacs are beginning to bloom! One of my favorite scents
    4. I enjoyed our group’s email Bible study…God opens my eyes through my study and theirs too
    5. Many birds have been singing in the morning and their songs are so nice
    6. That I could make dinner one time this week–very simple one but this was a big deal
    7. A friend who is willing this week to take me to four dr appts, maybe five

    • Diane says

      Gwen….what beautiful God moments in your week. He loves you so sweetly and so richly.
      Mmmm…Korean lilacs…their fragrance is amazing. Breathe in their fragrance deeply for me. 😉
      Whether it is a little deal or big deal…God knows and cares. Yes?
      May your new week overflow with his extravagant love and grace.

  7. Mel says

    Oh boy…greatly needed message.

    …I’m grateful for Joy Days, week after week.
    ….I’m grateful for still being employed.
    ….I’m grateful for a spouse who was open and willing to do wharever it took.
    ….I’m grateful for everyone who was working hard to help me, medically.
    ….I’m grateful for sunshine, blue skies– and spring trying to find us.
    ….I’m grateful that there’s a meeting I can go to everyday…cuz I’ve needed every one.
    ….I’m grateful for the persevering nurse who got me an appt at the pain clinic sooner than I could have.

    • Diane says

      And I am grateful for you and seeing God’s hand loving and caring for you through all those wonderful people. And the bonus gift of sunshine.

  8. Linda says

    As I would say to tmy kids…Good choice! Keep making that good choice. A reminder for me too. Trust.

    • Diane says

      We never grow too old to keep working at making the choice do we, Linda?
      Thanks for popping over! [hugs]

  9. 1. I am so thankful for my Hubby.
    2. I am thankful for my health.
    3. I am thankful for my business.
    4. I am so very thankful for my Parents.
    5. I am thankful for my sister and brother.
    6. I am thankful for our home.
    7.I am thankful for that God knows my cares and worries….for His comfort in my pain.

    • Diane says

      Hello my friend!
      I rejoice with you in your blessed ‘seven.’ God is sooo good to us.
      May your week be filled with extraordinary God moments!

  10. Kim says

    Thank you for sharing your heart each week, Diane! I love how you encourage us to focus on the good things – and to be thankful.. Here are my seven. I am thankful for:
    1. The amazing ways God shows His presence in such personal ways.
    2. My husband and children.
    3. Time last week with my parents.
    4. The good health of my parents.
    5. This wonderful blogging community of believers who can and do encourage one another.
    6. Diane and her ministry – for it truly is!
    7. The cycle and perfection of God’s creation – hints of Spring brought by God’s design.
    Diane, I pray you have an amazing week, filled with God’s blessings and strength.

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Kim. Thank you for your encouragement. 🙂
      I rejoice with you at God’s goodness in your life. Thanks for taking the time to share your ‘seven.’
      May your days be filled with extraordinary God moments!

  11. Mrs.T says

    Thanks so much for this encouragement, Diane! I too am under great stress and could be anxious were it not for my trust in God and His faithfulness and sovereignty over the events of our lives. Here are my seven:
    1. Having God’s Word at my fingertips and in my heart, to turn to at any time.
    2. The peace which passes all understanding, so readily available when we bring our concerns to God rather than being anxious.
    3. That when we cast our burdens on the Lord, He sustains us.
    4. The Homegoing yesterday of a lovely elderly lady who has served God faithfully for many years.
    5. The way God is upholding dear friends of ours who have just lost a loved one … a young wife/mother/daughter-in-law.
    6. Snow … yes, we had more snow this week. Yet it is beautiful and such a reminder that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (isaiah 1:18).
    7. A loving, close church family who truly cares for each member.

    • Diane says

      Sweet Mrs. T, thank you so much for sharing your heart and your ‘seven.’ May God’s peace overwhelm you this week and my your days overflow with joy-filled moments!

  12. You already know that I counted at my own Website. What a lovely idea “Joy Day” is! May the Lord strengthen you and me both to trust Him more and more, and may He work marvelously on your behalf in whatever circumstances are casting you on Him. Much peace to you in Christ for all you need.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Christina for coming by and for your wonderful words of encouragement and blessing!!

  13. Carolyn Ward says

    Hi, Diane, Here are my seven:
    1. Spring break for my grands & a long weekend together w/one of our grandsons at our li’l lake house.
    2. His sweet spirit of helping his grandpa w/lot of chores there.
    3. The wet-weather creek that runs thro’ the property
    4. All those beautiful bluebirds, singing & making music to their Maker!
    5. The ability to fix food that nourishes, energizes & pleases the palate
    6. The much-needed rain on Saturday
    7. The knowledge that God will send Spring again…when He is ready (o:

    • Diane says

      Carolyn, it’s sooo good to see you here again. How wonderful to enjoy your grands at your lake house. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to share your blessed ‘seven.’ May your week be filled with extraordinary God moments.
      Happy First Day of Spring!

  14. I love it that you are setting aside a day to count your blessings. Joy Day is a great tradition. So lovely to “meet you” through Faith-Filled Friday today! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Lyli…thank you so much for popping over. Joy Day has become a wonderful thing for me and so many readers. God really does know what’s good for us. So many blessings await us when we follow his plans. 🙂

  15. I am a do-er and fixer, too, and it is so hard when I cannot. I am learning to let go and let God, though. Congrats on your 1,000 mark – and I too love it when people wave on the road!!

  16. I can so relate to wanting to fix things and do things! Thank you for reminding me that I can have peace.

    Today, I am thankful for:
    1. Extra work for my husband!
    2. Money for new (used) tires for my husband’s van.
    3. My new Simplified Planner. About to get organized.
    4. Coffee with friends.
    5. The tender touch of God upon my heart.
    6. A beautiful new coffee mug from my daughter.
    7. Worship that moves me to cleansing tears.



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