Raise your hand if you believe God provides everything we need. Now what if I were to say...God provides everything for our enjoyment. Where is your hand now?  Up or down?     Really.  God has an interest in our enjoyment? Most of us "get" the idea that he provides everything we need.  See Matthew 6:25-34 But this.... ....fix your hope on God, the One who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17b  ~The Voice   This is a little more difficult for many of us to grasp. After all...many of us don't think of God as being in the enjoyment business. … [Read more...]

Ever have a day in which you need something, some word, to hang on to?     "...I am God, your God. When you are in trouble, call for Me. I will come and rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Psalm 50:7b & 15 from The Voice   Just in case we have any doubt.  God settles who he is in this psalm. And then if that isn't enough...he let's us know that he cares and he's here for us. I don't know about you, but that's a great reminder to me. But, even more than just being here.... When we call for him...he comes. And not only does he come...he rescues … [Read more...]

The other day I got up late.  I hadn't slept well, really much at all. My day began without my usual time alone with God. Do I need to tell you that I had a very bad, awful, no good day? You might have guessed.  I couldn't believe the difference in where my mind went with negative thinking.  That was an eye-opener.  It was a huge realization that I cannot make it through a day on my own strength.     The following day, I was back on track and read this verse: Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak … [Read more...]

  The plan was to meet my friend at one of the botanical gardens at Michigan State University. I Googled for directions and then wrote them all down on a piece of paper, for easy reference as I drove there. The route seemed easy enough, and I had the TracFone so I could call my friend in case we missed each other. Perfect.   The sun was shining and I felt so blessed to be able to get together with one of my dearest friends whom I rarely see as I have been moving from state to state the last too many years. Up ahead, I saw the sign with the name of the road for my first turn. As I … [Read more...]

  How was your week? Some days or weeks everything seems to go well. Others....not so much.     One thing I've been learning is....that regardless of my circumstance....God is always good to me. Here's the New Living Translation of Psalm 13:5&6: But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord  because he is good to me. What a great verse to meditate on when you're in a difficult circumstance. I'm guessing you're wondering why I would say that. It's imperative that we speak truth into our minds and … [Read more...]

A song. A psalm of David. 1 My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. 2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 3 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalm 108:1-5 NIV   Speak these verses out loud.   When I did.... God became bigger. I became smaller. He became mighty and glorious. My faith … [Read more...]

  ...We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 The Message These verses encouraged my heart greatly. Especially this... ...we can't round up enough containers to hold … [Read more...]

You've heard it... You've read it...   God cares for you.   But does he really? Have you heard a little voice in your head ask that question with an affected tone, "Does he really?" When you're in the mud of life, sometimes barely able to lift one foot up and move it forward, struggling to stand in the slipperiness of that greasy water-logged and endless swarm of clay, does God care?      I think that when Peter penned this... Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries.  1 Peter 5:7 Voice He believed it. I do too. Do you know … [Read more...]

Endurance Today my inbox contained an email that contained a graphic with the word, Endurance. I contemplated it for a minute and then was off to the next email. Later in the day a good friend left a comment on Facebook with a scripture verse.  It's from a book in the Bible I memorized when I was a senior in high school.  But, as I was uncertain with the direction for this Joy Day! post I decided to plug the 'address' into Bible Gateway and see how it reads in different translations.  (I memorized it in the Living Bible.)  It was there that the word endurance popped out at me, again. Do you believe in … [Read more...]

Today strangers walked through our house.  If you have ever left your house for the real estate agent and her entourage to tromp through, you know how weird that feels.     Before we left the house we had to secure our cats in their 'houses.'  We have a large pet carrier that holds two cats easily and a second single carrier.  Typically the carriers sit on shelves in our basement.  It seemed like a place of safety for the cats during the showing; out of the way.  So, before we left the house, we placed our furry friends in their 'houses.'  I'm not sure why, but our cats like their carriers. … [Read more...]

Have you given much thought to God being our provider?   Provider. It is one of the names that He gives himself. What does He provide? Maybe the answers are quite obvious to you.  Maybe not? Usually we think that we provide for ourselves... generally through the work of our hands, or our own cleverness.   You go before me and follow me.      You place your hand of blessing on my head.  Psalm 139:5 NLT   This verse reminded me that not only did God provide a position for my husband when we moved to Pennsylvania, but he provided our home as well.  As we consider how … [Read more...]

Several days a week I walk past this church. This day, the sun was beginning to set.  It was what I call the golden hour.  The sky was an intense blue and the church, which seems to usually be shaded, was illuminated. I wanted to share this golden moment with you.  The photos were edited and ready to insert into this post.  And then I struggled.  Wrestled, really.  Today something happened that I had to continually stand against with the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit. It involved a church.     I believe in the church. Ideally once we choose to follow Christ we need to be … [Read more...]

This week I think I discovered the secret to rest.   Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT)   What kind of week have you had? Do you find yourself working hard...at work...at relationships...homekeeping...etc.? Do you feel pressured?  Burdened?  Fill in the ______?     Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest...   I admit it.... It is way too easy to … [Read more...]

  In the stillness of the early morning, I opened the Word. Thirsty.  Hungry.  Needy. And I came upon this: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving. and extol him with music and song.  Psalm 95:1-2   We sit in the quiet.  We wait on the Lord. We are such people of doing. Yet....here David...the psalmist....gives us something to do. Sing for joy. Shout out loud. Thank HIM. Play music and sing for HIM.   Okay...it's really early.  It's really quiet. I may not be … [Read more...]

  Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.                                                                                                                                   Colossians 4:2 ~ The Message   Have you read the book of Colossians lately? If not, let this be your encouragement.  It is rich and full of wonderful teaching on how to live life fully, in the power of Christ.  Here at An Extraordinary Day, we are all about living life to the full. Our home church in Michigan is studying Colossians.  The pastor has asked the congregation to read one chapter in … [Read more...]

Have you recently felt like you were up against the wall? Maybe it would be better described as between a rock and a hard place. The Apostle Paul describes it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:8 NIV: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair. Oh boy!  This week I sure felt like I was hard pressed.     Paul acknowledged that he was hard pressed...on every side.  Do you identify?  Some days, weeks, or months can feel like that.  When there are no answers, when there is no cure, when we have no place to turn, when we feel backed into a corner...we are hard … [Read more...]

  God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways, the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways! Search high and low, scan skies and land, you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God. The holy angels are in awe before him; he looms immense and august over everyone around him. God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle? You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly. You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist. You own the cosmos—you made … [Read more...]