It is just as the Scriptures say,

“What God has planned
    for people who love him
is more than eyes have seen
    or ears have heard.
It has never even
    entered our minds!

1 Corinthians 2:9


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If you’re thinking… JoyDay! on Saturday? …I totally get it!!

First… I need to come clean with you.

Since Christmas, I’ve been struggling physically.  I won’t say what because I refuse to own it… but I’ve had too many sleepless nights and have just plain struggled to have enough energy to get through the day.  Essentially, things have gotten way behind.  Photo shoots have been done, but late.  The writing portion of the posts for which those photo shoots were done was slow in happening as well.  And that brings us to Sunday’s post on Saturday.  Finally.  I appreciate your patience and prayers as I move through this temporary season of herky-jerky posting more than you’ll ever know.


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Second… having said all that… I have some good news!

Last week I began seeing a new chiropractor and I’m getting help.  His methods are different.  I’m so grateful that God does not restrict his healing to standard Western medicine.


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Third… there’s more!

For quite some time now if you had asked me what I was dreaming about I would have told you that I don’t have any dreams, other than being able to buy a house again.  That’s not really dreaming.

This week I started dreaming… real dreams… big dreams.  Seeing potential and possibility in ways I haven’t in several years.  This is totally all God.  

I have had a sense that God is moving in big ways… but not so much in my life.

Today I can say that God is moving in my life too! 

I believe that I am in the process of receiving a new healing.  He’s sharpening my vision and purpose for the days ahead and I’m excited.  The last few days I’ve awakened with a new sense of anticipation for what’s ahead.

For years I’ve believed and prayed this verse…

I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.Jeremiah 29:11

often for others… but for myself too.  God is opening my eyes to seeing him appropriate his blessings in my life and in the life of some very special friends.  It makes my heart dance with joy.

The “network news” may be filled with doom and gloom… but God is at work and moving in a BIG way! It’s exciting for me to see and hear what he is doing.  Are you seeing it too?


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Are you walking through a tough spot?

My journey was hard and challenging for too many years.  I wanted God to change things and things didn’t change… but what I did come to understand in a far deeper way… God doesn’t change.  He has been faithful and near and has held on to me as I’ve walked a very rocky path when all I could do was trust him, one step at a time.

The one thing you can do, whether your journey is a smooth one or a rocky one, is to trust God and believe.  Believe that he is who he says he is, believe that all his promises are true, believe he always has your best interest in mind and he loves you with his faithful everlasting love.

God has something wonderful planned for you.  More wonderful than you could ever imagine.

It is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” —1 Corinthians 2:9


Life is hard… God is good… and when you put your hope and trust in him alone… amazing things will happen.

Things that have never entered your mind!!

How blessed we are that God is not making us wait until heaven to see and experience some of what he has for us!


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It’s Joy Day!


On JoyDay! we look back over our past week and count.

Count the good and the not so good.   Just seven.

And we give thanks for it.  All of it.

I’ll start…

I’m grateful God…

  1. that you are a good, good God.
  2. that your blessings are NOT bland and insignificant… but that your plans for those who love you are beyond anything we have ever thought.  
  3. for Your work… healing and restoring me… body, soul, and mind.
  4. for Your miraculous healing of our far-away friend.
  5. for the plans You are helping me dream and flesh out.
  6. for my thoughtful husband.  I feel so blessed.
  7. for the power of Your Word and how I’m “seeing” it demolish strongholds.

Now it’s your turn!

Scroll down to the “Share your Extraordinary Thoughts” box below and tap in your ‘seven.’

When you do, you’ll find the corners of your mouth turn up and the joy meter in your spirit rise.

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  1. Gail says

    I wish I had your hope. I believe God can but won’t push his will on anyone. It has to be received. Glad you have found relief.

    • That’s such an interesting characteristic of God. It’s amazing how he “could” make us do things… but doesn’t. I guess that is what makes his love for us so amazing.
      Praying now, Gail, that your heart is infused with God’s amazing hope. xo

  2. Minnie says

    Happy Joy Day!
    Happy to know you are finding relief. I pray this continues.
    And I’m happy you are dreaming again.
    Lord I thank you for,
    1. Daddy is no closer to going home. He is so very sick. BUT I thank you that I was able to speak to him yesterday. Just a minute and a half or so but I did get to hear his voice. He simply asked if everyone is ok and told me he loves me.
    2. S. gave us a little scare last week but is fine now.
    3. A few changes around the house, for free! So glad you gave me my imagination, creativity and ability to make what I want out of what I find.
    4. Oh the beautiful days that are still far and few between but they do hold the promise of spring.
    5. I found yet another Christian blogger. With so much YUCK out there it’s always wonderful to find GOOD.
    6. The silly-ness of 2 year olds.
    7. Lord lately I have had some questions. I don’t know the answers to those questions yet but I’m sure you will give them to me in your time.
    Diane, I don’t know what you are going through in your life right now but I’m praying for you and thinking of you.
    I hope you know that you do have friends in this world that you have never meet face to face. We will do that on The Other Side Of Glory.
    Blessings to you!

    • Thanks for your kind prayers, my friend! It means more than you will ever know. xo
      I love your heart, Minnie. You live with so much hope and joy and no doubt are a huge blessing to everyone in your life. {{hugs}}

  3. Lucy Beautiful says

    I’m grateful God,

    1. For your loving ways.
    2. For the peaceful time I am now able to spend each and every day in Canada.
    3. For a blessed family who cares about me and constantly corresponds with me.
    4. For my wonderful, caring doctors who take such good care of me.
    5. For my Dear husband who loves me unconditionally.
    6. For what good health I do have. So many millions have it far worse than I do. Bless them.
    7. For my new Granddaughter, Ellis, who is growing stronger every day!

    • I know you are far from your family, Lucy, but isn’t it amazing how you can stay in touch so easily with all our gadgets?
      Have a joyfilled weekend, my friend! <3

  4. Gwen says

    I read this in reverse!! I’m reading Saturday post after Sunday’s. It goes well either way. How pretty a potted pansie looks!!! I’d forgotten that I’d pot just one. I did put several in a pot. They are so lovely!! They grow from January to about March quite well outside. Longer than cut flowers!!! I love to look at their centers and different heights and their most unusual leaves. I do believe the vignette is pretty!! XO included.
    I’ve been saddened to hear that you’ve been yet struggling with the issues of health. Then not able to sleep. Praying ?? for you too. I liked this post. I’ve napped twice today and feel relaxed as I reread the verse. I’d read this recently but I forget. Yes!! Isn’t that so neat? We can’t even imagine what He has planned!!! As I contemplate that I think about these unusual rocks unlike any I’ve ever seen before. I’d never traveled that road and my husband took me that way. I could not have even imagined what was coming around the bend!!! I think,Lord. Thank you for these special things You have planned for Diane!!! For me!!! For others. Help me to be still to see.
    1. I can see.
    2. I do not need Depends
    3. I can hear
    4. I have held my grandsons.
    5. I got to remember my Grandma and such fun we had when I was little. Joy in remembering her.
    6. Ohh the blossoms blooming are so beautiful.!! Like snowballs all airy above the tree trunks!!!
    7. A kind friend

    • I love pansies, too! How wonderful to enjoy them for the winter. They have always been a favorite of mine. However, the white flowers in the “greenhouse” are primrose. I had a hard time finding them this year in white and was so happy to find a plant. It didn’t have many buds or blossoms, but still lasted a while… there’s just one blossom left. In the past, I would always plant them in my gardens once spring came.

      Awww… Gwen… thank you for your prayers… it means so much to me. {{hugs}}

      I love how you just “happened” upon some unusual rocks. God’s creation is filled with so much beauty for those who have eyes to see… and you do!! I love how you enjoy the littlest things in life.

      Have a blessed week, my friend! xo

  5. Kim says

    Yes my son just got saved and is beating a heroin addiction!! The devil is a defeated foe!!!

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