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Whether your relationship with your mom was good or not-so-good…

on Mother’s Day or any day, giving thanks for mom is the best way to honor her.


I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you.
Philippians 1:3


Happy Mother’s Day!



Having said that, I know too well that Mother’s Day is NOT a joyful day of celebration for a lot of people.  Some of us were not blessed with knowing our mother, or having a good relationship with her.   Some have miscarried or had children die prematurely.  And some of us did not have children for a host of reasons.  Any of these and other reasons may make a Mother’s Day celebration painful.   So, if your heart hurts today for this loss of motherhood….know you are not alone….and you are being lifted up to the Father in prayer.  I wish I could give you the biggest hug to let you know I understand, and I care.



Mother's Day!  - Joy Day! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Today is Joy Day!


Want joy?  Giving thanks is one of best ways I know to get joy.  Giving thanks is a game-changer.  It makes a bad day good, it takes an ordinary day and makes it extraordinary.

Join me in looking back over the past week and counting ‘seven’ – both the good and the not-so-good.  

I’ll start…

Thank you God for…

  1. a mom who was good at needlework and inspired me to craft.
  2. friends who faithfully pray.
  3. a single brief interview and being told he was going on the shortlist.  Yay! for a next step.
  4. extraordinary grace offered for no reason at all…truly a miracle!
  5. a fun walk discovering hidden flowers.
  6. strawberries and biscuits and cream….my favorite!!
  7. a wonderful afternoon taking photos at the park…especially of the new goslings.

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!

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.




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  1. Gail says

    Crossing my fingers, so to speak, re your #3

    • Diane says

      Thanks Gail! I’m believing and trusting God, big time for that!! 🙂

  2. Tonya G says

    Happy mothers day. Personally I hate mothers day. I try to forget it. I usually spend it crying. My parents divorced when I was 6. My mom is an alcoholic. I have no relationship with her. When I was 12 I begged her to get help. Pick the liquor or me. She picked the liquor. I am now 38. Ive only met her 5 times. She to this day refuses to get help andhave a relationship. She only called if she needed money for alcohol. Because of my childhood I will never have children. My blessings to all the mothers who took the time to be a mom. Mine never did 🙁

  3. Diane says

    Tonya…my heart breaks for you and the relationship you missed having with your mom. I pray that with time you will be able to forgive her and that the pain will lessen. It’s something we cannot do in our our strength….but we are able to do through prayer and leaning hard on God. This is not a one-time or overnight thing…it’s tiny little steps in that direction until one day you realize that the knowledge is very real, but the pain is so much less. We can heal and I so want that for you. {{Big hugs, Tonya.}} The reality is that your mom may never change (don’t give up praying for her), but God can work in our lives if we allow him to change us so that we can become whole in spite of our loss.

  4. Mel says

    I thank Tonya fot sharing so honestly. It’s good for me to remember why working to stay clean and sober is important. There, but for the grace of G-d, go I.
    And growing up without a mom, being a Nana and getting to be present for the Girl and the Bug…priceless.

    And counting out joys:
    * I worked all day in the yard! I felt almost “normal”.
    * Being gifted yet another rainbow….always my reminder that “G-d keeps His promises”.
    * Fresh asparagus gifted to me by one of the “old farts” I sit by in meetings. He likes me!!
    * The patch of wild violets in my back yard…I know people think they oughta not be there but!!! 🙂
    * The amazing mixed media canvas the sister sent me…perfect!!
    * The Bug going jumping up and down happy cuz she gets to go to California to see my sister.
    * Your hubby making the short list. Awesome! Thank you G-d!! 🙂

    • Diane says

      I join with you in appreciating Tonya’s honesty….and I appreciate your’s too, Mel. I rejoice with you in the rewards of your persistence….what a blessing “that sweet bug” is to you, too.

      Your joys make me smile. What wonderful blessing this week. I’m so excited that you felt almost “normal.” What a good thing!! And…to be included on your list. That’s a huge virtual hug!!!

      May your new week be filled with extraordinary God moments!!

  5. Betty Brown says

    Having your blog to read and write down seven joys from the week.Also getting to share the not so joyful also.lol A mother that gave all to her kids and taught me the basics to taking care of my own.A mother in law that showed me how to pray for my kids and without money for doctors so often I saw God touch them cause I was so young MY faith was child like.A great brunch with the kids after church. Time spent yesterday with my oldest son and his boys.I guess on this mother’s day I think about the grace God has shown me all these years ,becoming a mom myself at 15 I was a child but He has given me a great 4 kids and almost 50 YEAR marriage and I am truly blessed.

    • Diane says

      Betty, you are blessed! Who how wonderful for God to have brought mothering people in your life to help you become a wonderful mother with great faith.
      May your JOY-cup overflow this week with God’s goodness and grace!

  6. Debbi Saunders says

    I Thank God:
    l. That Tim shot right to the short list!!! It is so awesome how God can move obstacles in the path of his will for us!
    2.For My Godly Mother who taught by example and gave my brother and I a firm Christian foundation! and parents that served the Lord.
    3.That all that I am and hope to be, has been because of my Mom’s unwavering Faith and Love for God and her family!!!
    4.For a wonderful Day and an evening spent grilling out with my Son, spending time and a beautiful card!! I treasure my cards! And the blooms on last years Mother’s Day Miniature Roses!
    5.For the beginnings of healing of a very bruised friendship!
    6. I thank God that I was blessed with a wonderful Mother when I know that many have not…
    7. For the Beautiful little poem my brother wrote to Mom and shared.. I shared it on my FB page..It has been 2yrs and we both miss her so!!!
    I hope everyone has an extraordinary week this week!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Debbi for rejoicing with me in God’s goodness this week. 😉
      And I rejoice with you in the blessing of a godly mother and special time with your son.

      May your week overflow with unspeakable JOY!!

  7. Kim says

    Hi, Diane. Here I am a day late again this week…Sundays are filled with so many other things! Good things, though. 🙂 Yesterday was very hard. I think my tears during worship embarrassed my family a little. Why is it so hard to cry discretely?!?!?! Glad it’s over, and here are the 7 things that make me thankful.
    1 – My loving son who took extra-special care of me yesterday – his hanky, his hand, his strength, his love, his note with the flowers he brought me.
    2 – My husband who is by my side each morning, noon, and night.
    3 – My Lord, who is daily teaching me. (Reverse the order of these first three, please.) 🙂
    4 – Scriptures that are balm to my heart and soul.
    5 – Flowers to plant and enjoy for many days ahead.
    6 – Sweet caring, loving friends.
    7 – Hope in good news for special ones on my prayer list. (D & T)
    I’m so happy, hopeful, and prayerful as early June arrives. God is big and has big blessings! I pray you have a blessed week, Diane! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Kim…my heart knew it would be a hard day. I almost think that church is the worst place to be on a day that is so special to many. Can you even believe I said that? Sometimes it’s hard to get to the place mentally/emotionally in a service where we can worship. To let go of ourselves and our hurt. When we are able…the worship rights our worlds to some degree and soothes our hearts. I’m so glad that your son and husband have been so loving to you. You are blessed.

      Thanks for rejoicing with me. We are believing and trusting with all we have. Praying for good news for you too. [hugs]

      May your week be filled with joy-filled God moments!

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