Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got— Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation. God’s works are so great, worth A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial— This God of Grace, this God of Love. He gave food to those who fear him, He remembered to keep his ancient promise. He proved to his people that he could do what he said: Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift! He manufactures truth and justice; All his products are guaranteed to last— Never out-of-date, never … [Read more...]

During the season of Lent it is common practice for people to 'give up' something. I often hear friends speak of 'giving up' chocolate, or snacks, or coffee, or Coke. All good things to sacrifice....if it is indeed a sacrifice.     I must confess that in the past I have never really taken this Lenten sacrifice seriously. However, this year, I felt like it was something I needed to prayerfully consider. For a few weeks leading up to Lent, God was nudging me. And then...just days before...he actually woke me up early.  The same time each morning.  You see, he was getting me ready to get … [Read more...]

  Have you ever thought about the intricate complexity of the human eye?  It amazingly allows us to not only view objects, but to view depth, color, size, and every little detail of the world around us.  Really, the eye is a super complicated machine with many parts.  And usually we take it so very for granted.     For fun today, my husband and I went on a 100 step walk.  You may remember the 100 step walk we took last fall.  Today we stepped off in a different direction, through the alleyways, and into the business area of our small town.  Every 100 steps we stopped and my challenge … [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...]

  It's just a few days after Thanksgiving. Are you still in the moments of gratitude? Or have you jumped on the busy bus? I'm not sure why, but I am in a bit of a reflective mood today...savoring the moment....steering clear of busyness.   Sometime ago I walked around a small lake.  I was enthralled with the lighting and snapped this photo.  It has not been altered in any way.  I love the ethereal clouds and the way they reflect on the water along with the bursts of the sun.  And, I remember the peace and tranquility I felt, as I wandered the path along the water's edge with a … [Read more...]

 Day 6   As we prepare a feast, or prepare to attend one, here are some words to ponder....     "For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.  The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?" ~Rebecca Harding Davis   If you'd like to share your thoughts....please do below....I read every one. Gratefully, Diane To receive bits of … [Read more...]

Day 29   What do you think when you read about someone celebrating their 6 month anniversary, or any increment of time other than the once-a-year variety?  Maybe you've done a little eye rolling, like me. Then again, why not celebrate goodness in our lives?   Really. Are you wondering where I'm going with this? Today is the six month birthday/anniversary of the first post I published at An Extraordinary Day.   Shall we call it a Blogiversary?  I remember the excitement and the wee bit of fear and trepidation I had as I hit the publish button.  My words flinging themselves off into the great … [Read more...]

Day 16 A  few years ago I was surfing the web and looking for Fall Decor ideas.  I was amazed at all the very talented people "out there."  One of the websites I came across was The Inspired Room.  I was very new to reading blogs back then and was fascinated by Melissa Michaels' blog.  The Inspired Room lived up to its name. It was inspiring.  But, not simply because of all the lovely vignettes and seasonal arrangements which graced her home and my computer screen.  It's the honest and approachable spirit with which Melissa writes, and her virtual hospitality of welcoming her reader into her home and helping us … [Read more...]

Day 14 Some days, it is so easy to get stuck on ourselves and our agendas.  To get caught up in the doing....not the being.   Do you ever have days like that?   We may or may not have started our day with prayer and scripture. And before anyone knows it...we've replaced HIM with US.     When we have days like that, it is good to get ourselves realigned. To read verses like this one...   It is good to praise the Lord.. to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. Psalm 92:1-2   That's what we want to do here at An Extraordinary … [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...]

  Are you a sky watcher?     When I lived in Michigan, Autumn always brought what we termed "El Greco clouds."   One September I spent the month touring the beautiful country of Spain.  While there I visited Toledo where I discovered works by the painter from Crete, El Greco.  I was fascinated with the cloud formations and unique lighting in his paintings.  As we would look westward, in Spain or Michigan, at twilight I would notice that same etherial lighting and magical cloud formations, just as El Greco painted them in the late 1500's and early 1600's.  The beauty would make my … [Read more...]

  Always be joyful and never stop praying.         Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ.              This is what God wants you to do.                                                                   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CEV the Bible   Have you had one of those weeks that if you had read that verse, "Whatever happens, keep thanking God..." you would have said, "Are you kidding me?!" I did have one of those weeks. I'm really trying to "keep thanking God."   But, seriously, it's not easy. Since beginning this blog and faithfully publishing a Joy Day! post each … [Read more...]

via: Photography Blogger When I was a little girl my father used to call Memorial Day, Remembrance Day. As I reflect today on this national holiday, I think my dad was wise to call it Remembrance Day.   There isn't much that I can do when it comes to memorializing, besides attending a parade and hearing a war hero or political figure speak about military service.   What I can do is remember. Remember those who came before me.  Remember those who are serving today.  Remember their sacrifice.  Remember the sacrifice of leaving behind family.  Remember those whose loved ones leave, to not return... for months, … [Read more...]