This week my heart was encouraged as I read these verses.... Hurry with your answer, God!    I’m nearly at the end of my rope.Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!    That would be certain death.If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,    I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.Point out the road I must travel;    I’m all ears, all eyes before you.Save me from my enemies, God—    you’re my only hope!Teach me how to live to please you,    because you’re my God.Lead me by your blessed Spirit    into cleared and level pastureland. Psalm 143:7-10 The Message   Have you … [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 come across a pretty picture, a great quote, artwork, or even a Bible verse that you thought was unique or special in someway and you pinned it?  Just because? Somewhere online I came across the artwork of Peggy AplSEEDS.  I love the spirit and style of her art.  And yes....I had a pinning frenzy.  You'll see if you visit my Pinterest board. This morning I went to my boards to pick something to share on Facebook.  This sweet piece of art was inspiring and encouraging to me.    Peggy AplSEEDS   And then I read it again. And felt the power of the words. Do you have a … [Read more...]

  So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.   Hebrews 4:16 - NLT   What is the feeling that comes over you when you read this verse? Me? I feel empowered.     Picture someone in your mind who is wonderfully wise, strong, and loving.  He knows you well.  He truly cares about every. single. thing. in your life.  He always wants the best for you.  He has all the time in the world for listen and to talk.  And he has every resource available to make things … [Read more...]

  As we begin our fresh New Year there is much that can be said. But before all the talking, it seems that the best place we can begin is... on our knees.         A Prayer for the New Year   Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future. We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our … [Read more...]

I had the most amazing week, Thursday afternoon.   My week was so busy, it went by in a blur. But one moment of time stood out.   Have you ever had a week like that? What was that ONE moment? For me... I had an important phone call to make....and I was dreading it.  It was one of those times when I felt totally helpless, inadequate, and lost.  The matter of concern had also been a matter of prayer...for some time.   This day I needed to press the numbers on the keypad and connect with the unknown.  I needed help. Just before making my phone call I asked my husband if he would … [Read more...]

This afternoon I realized I had a smile in my heart. It's been a good week. A really good week.   A week of joy here at An Extraordinary Day! I've enjoyed sharing special stories.  Readers have been blessed.  And that in turn blesses me.  An Extraordinary Day has gained new subscribers, and has almost tripled this week in views.  {Pinch me!}  And all of that has happened despite the fact that I'm still limping along with some computer issues.  But, even that is a blessing.  A friend loaned me his old laptop, though rather slow, it helps tremendously.  Plus, in the evening I get to use my … [Read more...]

This weekend we hopped in the car and drove to New York State to attend a wedding.   The daughter of one of my closest friends was getting married. The weekend weather forecast was perfect.....for Friday. The wedding was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. We checked the weather bug on the iPhone many times.  Thunderstorms, 15-25 mph winds, and 100 percent chance of rain for Saturday was forecast...every time we looked. We awoke on Saturday morning to dark, heavy clouds, loud claps of thunder, and driving rain.  My heart was as heavy as those clouds.   As with every wedding there … [Read more...]

I heard the whisper of God this past week.     Why else would I have had the huge urge to completely clean out a storage room?  Especially as I could close the door and no one would see the room, it was a perfect storage area. Monday night I had no idea why I wanted an empty room.   But, I was a woman on a mission.  It seemed that since that storage room was next to the laundry room (that's another upcoming story),  that it would be the best place to put the clothes drying rack. Before the urge to empty the room, it had been called the “Christmas Room”  as it was filled with all things … [Read more...]

  Have you ever thought that you shouldn't pray?   Today I was reading my Streams in the Desert devotional and I came across this statement:     "It is better not to pray until your entire being responds to, and understands, the power of prayer."   ~ P. C. M.       What?  Not pray?   Aren't we supposed to communicate with God?   And isn't the vehicle of communication prayer?   Thinking on this a bit more, I came to the realization that communication goes two ways.  Have you ever stopped to chat with someone and had them … [Read more...]

  Who knew a visit to a Country Market would be so much fun?     Locals have been telling us all about their "wonderful" version of a farmers'/crafters' market.  Shhhh... Don't tell anyone, but I was a bit skeptical.  After all, I grew up in a town where we had one of the biggest farmers' markets in the country.  I was spoiled.  Every kind of fresh produce and plant was available every Wednesday and Saturday. This morning the Country Market opened at 8 AM.  We arrived at 7:58.  Lines of cars were turning in to the parking area.  The crowd had already begun to assemble.  Anticipation filled the … [Read more...]