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In my reading early this week I came across this verse….


Free Printable :: Psalm 97:11 :: Light-seed are planted in the souls of God's people, Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.

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Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people,
Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.
Psalm 97:11  The Message


I love the idea of God planting light seeds in our souls.

If we water and nurture those seeds so they grow…we’ll be lights in the darkness of the world.

Just think of what a little light does.   And to think God doesn’t plant a single seed…he plants multiple seeds.  Wow!


He doesn’t stop there!

God plants joy-seeds, too.

Did you notice where he plants the joy-seeds?  Good heart soil.


Day 27 Challenge:  The soil of our hearts can be soft and damp and warm…perfect for seed germination.  Or it can be cold and dry and hard.  What is the condition of the soil of your heart?  Are you open to God and his leadership?  Are you willing to tend the seeds and keep them free from the competition of weeds?  Are you sprouting joy?



Day 27 :: Joy Day ~ Plant Joy Seeds :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


It’s Joy Day!


It’s the day when we take time to count our blessings from the past week.
To give thanks for the really good things and the things that weren’t so good.

I’ll start:

I’m grateful for…

  1. a serendipitous photo shoot
  2. God’s faithfulness
  3. the opportunity to bless a friend
  4. an answer to prayer
  5. an interview
  6. seeing Lake Michigan
  7. a good visit with my husband’s family

Now it’s YOUR turn!!  Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the “Please Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts” section below.  Something happens when we take time to list out our bits of gratitude.  I guarantee your joy meter will rise.

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  1. Mel says

    * slipping into those Levis that I haven’t been able to wear for 4 years
    * getting to bear weight again
    * the surprise adventure to see the changing leaves
    * being able to sit facing forward in the car
    * the phone calls from the Bug SIMPLY cuz she knows how to tell the phone to dial me LOL
    * coming up with creative solutions so I can share in some responsibilities
    * the wee witchy hats someone made and sent on to me as a surprise

    I’d say I’m MOST times open to G-d leading me. Sometimes I’m just a stubborn child and want to do things my way, NOW. But I do think I do a pretty good job of helping others–and helping others find some joy in the moment. I think that’s a huge bit of ME that G-d uses very well…..so kudo’s to Him. LOLOL
    Blessings to you…..and yours. And I’m glad the trip to visit family went swimmingly!

    • Diane says

      Levis…bear weight…surprise adventure….and so on…. All that makes my heart glad. I truly feel the joy in your words. And I have no doubt that YOU are amazing at helping other find joy in the moment. That is soooo cool!!!!! You bless me, friend!!!

  2. Babette says

    Hi Diane!
    7 blessings from this week 🙂
    1. Phone calls from my sons one stationed in Hawaii, the other in Rhode Isand.
    2. Trying a new recipe and it turned out great 🙂 Yay!
    3. Enjoying the cooler weather ( well it is sort of fall like) for Florida 😉
    4. Hugs from my hubby <3 always nice 🙂
    5. Finding something cute at a garage sale
    6. Spending time in God's word ( always a wonderful thing) each day <3
    7. Went to church with my hubby and was really blessed by Praise and Worship and the message <3


    • Diane says

      I rejoice with you Babette at God’s tender loving goodness overflowing in your life this past week. You truly were blessed with some special moments.
      May your new week overflow with HIS joy!!!

  3. Linda says

    Thank you Diane. God used your words today to help me. Today my heart is cold and hard. I have been rejected and hurt. I let that hurt produce the weeds of anger and spite. You have given me a passage and thought to start to work through the weeds. Thank you.

    • Diane says

      I praise God, Linda, that he used this post to touch you.
      Praying that you have been able to work through the hurt and let God comfort you and give you his perfect peace.

  4. Thankful for:
    1. Good dr. appmt.
    2. Dinner, game Blackhawks hockey with hubby and kids.
    3. Lunch and movie with daughter.
    4.Sunshine on beautiful Fall days.
    5. Medical decisions that will hopefully help me feel better.
    6.Doing a little reorganization in kitchen.
    7. Receiving a surprise gift in mail from a dear friend I’ve never met in person. She’s a lovely person.

    • Diane says

      Rejoicing with you Sue in all God’s goodness displayed in your life.
      Thinking of you in your sorrow and lifting you up to the Father in prayer.

  5. Carolyn says

    Hi, Dear Diane! I just learned at church recently the name of the grass pictured in your photo. “Maidengrass”! Isn’t that a lovely name for a lovely plant. So I’ve been noticing it all around town and, would you believe, it grows up to the roof line in some people’s yards! Must be some very good soil there!
    Thanks for your thoughts on joy seeds. I believe joy is contagious. At least I sure hope that it is! God has planted joy deep down in my heart-soil & I am sooo grateful. Mom named me “Carolyn” which in some sources means “song of joy” so I really do try to live up to that.
    Joy is our heritage as born-again children of God. Jesus paid a high price for us to have it & we need to guard the joy that is ours, for the enemy of our souls knows just what an important weapon it is & he’s always out to try & steal it.
    Joy is our birthright! Thanks again for bringing this theme to our attention. Blessings on you, Diane!

    • Diane says

      Carolyn….I have never thought about it as a birthright. Wow!!
      I had learned that it is a Maidenhair fern. Whatever it is…is certainly is delicate and lovely. 🙂
      Thank you for your thoughts on joy as well. You have some amazing insight, dear friend. Thanks for sharing….I really appreciate it. [hugs]

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