One of my favorite times of the day is first light.

There’s something magical about seeing the darkness being overtaken by the light each morning.

What a spectacular beginning to the day.


In the morning I pray and wait. Psalm 5:3


There’s an anticipation that fills my spirit.

I look for interesting changes in the light.

Color in the sky.

And this time of year…I can’t wait to see the first rays of the sun illuminate the colorful leaves gilding the trees.


In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3 NIV


That same kind anticipation I have for seeing the day break, I have for talking with God.

I know he has my ear each morning and so I freely let my thoughts and anxieties spill out on him.  Every. One.

Because I know all things are possible for HIM, I immediately become expectant.

Filled with a renewed sense of hope, I look forward to seeing what God is going to do to… for me, in me, and through me.


How about you?  

Do you take time to tell God what’s on your heart?

There’s something special about walking through the day with expectation.


On the outside chance that busyness gets the best of your morning…


Wait expectantly for God.

The Lord is waiting to be kind to you.
    He rises to have compassion on you.
    The Lord is a God of justice.
        Blessed are all those who wait for him.

Isaiah 30:18 GW

Keep in mind…

God is waiting for you.

He has a blessing for all who wait for him.



Joy Day! Wait Expectantly


Joy Day!


In addition to praying and waiting expectantly for God to work in our lives, we must give thanks.  Joy comes when we count our blessings and give thanks in all things.

Won’t you join me in counting just seven from the past week?

Your joy meter will rise.  Guaranteed!

I’ll start…

Thank you God for…

  1. your word that tells me your mercies are new every morning.
  2. the glorious beauty that awaits me as the sun rises each new day.
  3. a break in the weather and having enough natural light to get some photography done.
  4. an incredible walk and the giddiness of reveling in the beauty all around me.
  5. our car to work well and your provision for a weekend away.
  6. fun and friendships.
  7. knowing that as we wait on you…you have something incredible in store for us.

Now it’s your turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the share your extraordinary thoughts section below.

You’ll be glad you did….I dare you!

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  1. Love this. And gorgeous photos!

    Today, I am thankful for:
    1. A phone interview tomorrow. Praying for favor!
    2. An unexpected severance that will helps us get through another month.
    3. My daughter’s healthy pregnancy.
    4. Happy, healthy children.
    5. A husband who works hard to provide.
    6. Organizational help from friends.
    7. Feeling God’s presence during worship.

    P.S. – I’ve missed you!

    • Debbi Saunders says:

      Barbie, I have been following your blog and praying for you in your situation and your need for a job..also for the phone interview tomorrow morning at ten.
      Will continue you to pray daily for your needs daily <3. I pray that you will have a peaceful and restful nights sleep…
      Debbi Saunders

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    I am so grateful for:
    l. This gorgeous Fall weather, it lifts my spirits!
    2. For a wonderful new prayer partner at school!
    3. That my brother is finding a Healing spirit through the lense of His camera!
    4. That I still have the peace and a spiritual confidence today in the midst of this challenge in my life!
    5. For my health, mentally, emotionally , spiritually and physically!
    6. for my God given gifts and talents!
    7. for my family and friends! <3
    Got it in on Sunday with 15 minutes to spare 🙂 !!

  3. A little late, but 50 minutes of Sunday left here in the panhandle of Florida! Love, love the pictures! Thank you.
    1. Everyday for my salvation
    2. The opportunity to be a full time caretaker to my dad
    3. My healthy children and grandchildren
    4. Pastors in our community who are not afraid to stand for the Lord and His Word
    5. Relief from a painful, chronic condition
    6. Great finds at a community yard sale
    7. Special time reliving childhood memories with my dad

  4. Shaun Hoobler says:

    I love mornings. They’re like new beginnings.

  5. Love your JOY breaks, Diane! Inspiring images. I’m thankful for:
    1. the desire to met with Him every morning
    2. restful sleep
    3. a warm quilt from a friend
    4. a walk in the sunshine
    5. a loving husband
    6. safe travels
    7. His word to me

    • Thanks June! Taking to for counting our blessings really does set out minds in the right direction. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your kind words and counting your blessings with us.
      May your week overflow with JOY!

  6. This was just beautiful. I love the idea of a Joy Day. Taking the time to count our blessings does truly bless us immeasurably. Now we just need to take the time.
    1. the joy of the morning light waking up each day as I drive to work
    2. two amazing sons who both know God
    3. quiet stillness with God to start my day
    4. a job teaching 3rd graders that I love
    5. a supportive family
    6. a church home that embraces community and centers on God’s truths
    7. being able to share and encourage others at The Weekend Brew
    So glad you linked up at The Weekend Brew. Blessings!

    • Thank Mary! And thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to count your blessings with us.
      I rejoice with you at God’s blessing in your life. 🙂
      May your new week overflow with JOY!


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