Let me tell you about the day I settled for second best…

It wasn’t pretty.


Let me tell you about that day when I chose second best - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


It was one of those days.

You know… the kind where you take one cookie… and before you know it… you’ve had six.

I’ve never thought of myself as an emotional eater.

But SIX cookies?!!



Cookies don’t make me feel better… in fact… they give me a pain in my stomach.  My stomach was NOT designed for SIX cookies. (Six peanut M&M’s, maybe.)

So why did I eat them?

Because at the moment… their sweet and chocolaty goodness gave me a brief pleasure.

Followed by stomach discomfort.

One cookie was fine… but I had a choice in each of the goings back for more.

And each time… I chose… one more cookie.

This isn’t a regular thing for me.


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The reality is… I needed something.

Something good.

The thing is… the goodness I longed for was not made of flour and sugar and chocolate chips.

The goodness I longed for is far more sustaining.

But, I chose a cheap substitute.


I don't know about you... but I'm tired of second best. AnExtraordinaryDay.net


We all do that from time to time.

We eat or drink something to feel better.

We go shopping, out to dinner, to a concert, to the salon, etc.

None are bad activities…

They’re just second best.


Most of us are pretty good at choosing… second best.


Some days we settle for second best when God has something much better for us. AnExtraordinaryDay.net


I don’t know about you… but I’m tired of second best.

I want THE best!


That’s what God wants for us too.

He wants us to choose HIS best.


Cookies don’t nurture my spirit.

God does!


Instead of reaching for that second, third, and sixth cookie… reach out to God…

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalm 34:8

And enjoy the sweetness of His everlasting love for you.


Seagull on Lake Michigan | Why settle for second best when we can have God's best -- His everlasting love and kindness. AnExtraordinaryDay.net

“I love you with an everlasting love.
So I will continue to show you my kindness.” 
Jeremiah 31:3


Anything else is a cheap substitute.

God’s best is always waiting for us and His amazing love never runs out.


If you’re wondering about God’s love for you today…

take a few minutes to listen to this song that makes my heart soar.  I hope it does the same for you, too.


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It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. air conditioning to help us through this incredibly hot and humid week.
  2. friendship that has transcended time.
  3. sustaining us in the midst of unexplainable events.
  4. my dear friend that speaks truth.
  5. Your love that sustains us and never gives up on us.  
  6. friends who lock arms with us in prayer.
  7. Your goodness in the midst of unexpected bad news and fighting for us.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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  1. God is the BEST thing!
    Joy Day, here it is:
    1. When He speaks personally to me through a Scripture I’ve heard a hundred times and it’s as if it’s a brand new revelation.
    2. A new book I opened up to read today that is already blowing my socks off. How will I ever put it down?
    3. The sound of cicadas singing round me as I sit on the screened porch writing my thanks.
    4. The cooling off that comes at the end of Summer and fresh breezes blowing round me.
    5. Hearing great news for a good friend and rejoicing with her in God’s blessing.
    6. The beginning of my 40-Day Retreat With Jesus today 🙂
    7. The work God is doing in the lives of family members to bring them back to Him, even when I can’t see what’s happening.
    Thank you Diane. Every time I think of you I pray God’s blessings for you and your family.
    Love & hugs,

    • You exude such wonderful sweetness, Patti. It’s such a joy for me to have you join in the sharing of blessings here. Thank you!!
      May your week be filled with extraordinary God moments… especially as you embark on your 40-day journey. {{hugs}}

  2. Debbi Saunders says

    Thank You God for “Joy Day” and for…..
    1. A great start to a new school year and sharing the same lunch time as 2 of my Dear co-workers and prayer partners!
    2. for the perfect peace and incredible sense of well being that I enjoyed for 4days!
    3. a very sweet gesture of a cute little garden stake given to me by a neighbor that is usually not very demonstrative!
    4. for celebrating with 4 different friends that their current homes sold and they purchased new ones!
    5. for a photo with the scripture Psalm 27:14 shared by you Diane was an answer to a situation that I had just been praying about.
    6.for rejoicing with many different friends over incredible answered prayers in their lives!
    7. for all the incredible blessings and answered prayers in my own Life and hope for the other that has yet come to pass….
    Thank you for “Joy Day” and your wonderful blog Diane and I hope to be celebrating answered prayers with you and Tim very soon <3

    • Debbi… my heart fills with joy as I read your “seven.” God is sooo good!!
      Praying peace and joy over you this week. {{hugs}}

  3. Kim says

    Diane, this is so true! I have allowed too many pounds to creep up by choosing 2nd best. Ugh! I needed this post, so thank you for speaking Truth, my friend! I’m thankful for…
    – God’s work behind the scenes,
    – His new direction in ministry,
    – God’s provision,
    – God’s healing of a dear friend’s son,
    – the Love of Jesus as explained to me anew through His word this morning,
    – good health in spite of insufficient care of self,
    – answered prayers in such huge ways that astound me every day!

    • Kim, I should know this… but it’s like my eyes are being opened to the realization that if we fill ourselves up with God and His goodness… our “desires” seem to go away (or at least don’t rear their ugly heads quite the same). He completes us and fills all our hungry “holes.” So why is this so hard for us to “get”?
      Thanks for sharing your ‘seven.” My heart rejoices with yours at all God’s goodness expressed in your life. Have a blessed week my friend!

  4. Debbie says

    Your words are so comforting Diane and God bless you!
    1. Thankful that Jesus is always with me and loves me
    2. Thankful for the friends I’ve made at my new church
    3. Thankful that when my panic attacks come, God is there to help me through them.
    4. Thankful for the wonderful psychiatrist who is trying to get me better
    5. Thankful for the cooler weather we are having and I’m also thankful for air conditioning!
    6. Thankful I have an automobile that gets me where I need to go.
    7. And always thankful for my wonderful son who is turning 30 on Thursday! How time flies.
    God bless you Diane and may you have a wonderful week!

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