Lately, I’ve been thinking about joy.

This morning I even prayed to have more joy.

As I was doing so I realized that I am blessed with a beautiful life.

Even if my current situation isn’t what I hoped, planned, or even desired.


Is it possible to have true joy and contentment ?


For some time, things have not gone my way… but isn’t that true for all of us?

And so today… I’m going to concentrate on walking with God.

Allowing him to direct my path.

Being quiet and listening to him.

Because when I do…

There I experience joy.  True joy.

And contentment.


I know true joy and contentment - Acts 2:28

You direct me on a path that leads to a beautiful life.
As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.
Acts 2:28


Learning to walk continually in step with the Lord is where I will find my contentment.

Regardless of my circumstances.

God is doing some good things in our lives.

Tim received a job offer this week.  It’s not for the job we’ve been trusting and praying for, but it is full-time work. It’s a full commission sales position that will entail lots of hard work and prayer. Getting back on our feet will be a challenge.  Right now it looks pretty daunting.  That’s why we need to remember to let go of the reigns and allow God to direct our steps.

Join me this week in walking with God.

Look for the pleasures he gives along the path.

And with eyes wide open, see how the path is filled with the blossoms of joy and contentment.


Just in case this post seems a bit platitudinous to you… right now I need to get my mind focused on thinking about the good our God does and to keep trusting him… especially as I cannot see the way ahead.  Doing this is positive for me spiritually, mentally, and physically.  My goal is to walk this path in the knowledge that God is working all things together for my good.

Today I can not see what lies ahead.

So I’ll rely on meditating on the promises that come from God’s word, like this one:

You direct me on a path that leads to a beautiful life.
As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.
Acts 2:28

And trusting with every fiber of my being.

Because when I do… I will find true joy and contentment.

Are you challenged, too?  What are you doing to make it through the difficulties?

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Is it possible to have true joy and contentment? :: It's JoyDay!



It’s JoyDay!


JoyDay is the moment in time when we pause and take a quick look back over our week and give thanks.  It’s the time in which we fill our joy cups to overflowing.  It’s the time when we give thanks for the good and the not-so-good and find joy in the doing.

Won’t you join me?  Each week we count just ‘seven.’ 

I’ll start…

God, I thank you for…

  1. the wait and how you’ve grown my faith because of the wait.
  2. maple trees filled with their chartreuse flowers
  3. Bluebilled Lesser Scaup and Pied-billed Greb (ducks) visiting the lake
  4. my husband’s continued faith in you despite how things may look
  5. answering a big prayer and delivering my friend from a seemingly impossible challenge
  6. your provision in an offer of work today after an incredibly long wait
  7. knowing you have a plan to restore and rebuild our little family to bless and be blessed.

It’s YOUR turn!

Scroll down to ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ below and list your ‘seven.’

You’ll be glad you did.  I dare you!!

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  1. Debbie says

    Good morning Diane. I am troubled with anxiety disorder and this morning have been renewing my faith in God. I’m trying extremely hard not to worry about “tomorrow” and remembering all things are possible with Jesus Christ! I too am trying to find joy and peace, so your post today, spoke to me and I thank you for sharing. I have many, many blessings and am very thankful. Thank God!

    • Diane says

      My sweet dear friend… I’m lifting you up to the Father in prayer right now. Know I’m standing with you… trusting and believing for your “tomorrow” too! [[hugs]]

      • Debbie says

        Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it ((hugs))

  2. Lovina says

    1. Alex mowing the lawn
    2. Izzy showing signs of healing
    3. Lady CoCo health returning
    4 dining room getting organized
    5 donation of bed complete
    6 Doris staying home not having to travel while healing
    7 food to eat

    • Diane says

      I rejoice with Lovina at the blessing of your ‘seven.’
      May your week overflow with God’s JOY!!

  3. Betty Brown says

    Diane,the message today was about when Jacob wrestled with the angel till he blessed and for me the lesson is to be relentless when we are needing a breakthrough or prayer answered.The joy we have is something the world doesn’t give nor understand.God I’m thankful for my healthy great grandson, James feeling better,finally moving into a smaller home,worshipping with my children this morning,trusting You that they all will be there soon,Your Word and even tho I don’t know what’s going on in my body You are helping me b find some answers.

    • Diane says

      Relentless… that’s a great way to describe what our prayer life should be like, Betty.
      So many good things this week to rejoice over! Yay! What a blessing in the midst of your trials.
      May your week overflow with JOY! [[hugs]]

  4. Debbi Saunders says

    Diane, I just sent you an update email and then came over to Joy Day and almost fell out of my chair when I started reading your post !!! Wow! This message was meant for me today!!! As I have been struggling since I received the Attny’s email last Monday the 20th!!!

    God I Thank You for…..
    1. the trials that have brought me to this close intimate relationship with you… I wish that I could handle my trials with the faith of Job.
    2. that I look to no man, but only you with every situation that comes up in my life great or small….
    3. Thank you for entering into and resolving a situation at work last week….
    4. beautiful, colorful Spring flowers!!
    5. sending messages to me through so many different sources at just the time that I need them!!!
    6. giving me the strength and courage to persevere when I don’t think I can take anymore!!!
    7. that are fulfilling your promises to me…..

    • Diane says

      Isn’t that just like God to have us on the same wavelength?
      I continue to be amazed at how you’ve grown so deep and beautifully through your trials. Rejoicing with you in God’s goodness and grace, Debbi! {{hugs}}

  5. Surdelta Sirmans says

    I give God the Glory for each and everyone showing Love .We continue to pray for each other.Ask the Lord every day let His Will be done in our lives we can’t go wrong in Jesus name Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ’•

    • Thanks, Surdelta, for sharing how you pray.
      May you sense God’s amazing love for you in the most extraordinary way.


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