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{The Diamond Movement} Day 15!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Krystyn Slauenwhite 

In my eyes everyone is worthy. You are valuable in your own unique way. We each bring something special to this world, that’s the way God intended it for us. 
I still struggle with self worth. I know most of us have been there. There are mornings I wake up and feel inspired and believe in myself then there are mornings I don’t feel “good enough.” 

Growing up I was always finding a way to feel worthy. I would try to find it in relationships, friendships, other peers and I may have felt good from time to time but deep down inside I would still feel worthless. That area of my life wasn’t full. There was something missing. 

It was a message I felt God gave me one day. It was during one of my quiet times. I felt God speaking to me saying: “Daughter, I love you very much. Your worthiness is found in me. Seek me.” Every once in awhile I hear God through an audible voice. Everyone hears God differently, sometimes it’s God speaking through someone who is giving you encouragement or He could be that positive voice inside of your head. My heart felt so full in that moment and I knew it was God! 

From this day on, I lean on those words. I wanted to share that story with every one because I believe He wants all of His sons and daughters to know how worthy and valuable you are, that He loves you all very much and sees so much beauty in us. 

I want to leave with you something I do when I start to feel like I’m not worthy. I write down some things I love about myself. Find 5 things. Write them down then say them out loud. What a great reminder of how valuable each one of us is ūüôā
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{The Diamond Movement} Day 14!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Joy Presland 

Worth.

There is so much that comes to mind when I think of this word. It’s kind of like the word love. I love my dog, I love my house, I love my family, I love my new watch.

And yet each ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ has a different meaning and can change by the second. Is that really love though, I ask?

We think of worth the same way. Everything has a different meaning of worth in our lives and can change moment by moment.

We even look at people and judge their worth by what they do, how much money they have, what they look like. And I ask myself the same question. Is that really worth?

When I looked up the word worth in the Bible, it did not seem very positive. It actually talked a lot of how we are not worthy.

Before everyone gets downcast, I must say that further in my reading, my soul was lifted up as I found that MY worth does not change every day, it does not go up when I have a good day and down when I mess up or have a bad day.

My worth is unshakeable and my worth is immoveable.

Since the Word is truth and never changes, so is my worth as it is not found in my behaviour but founded in the finished work of the Cross.

If we could only see ourselves in this light and believe it, our behaviour would surely follow.

Since we are talking about worth in the sense of the Proverbs 31 woman, ‚Äúworth more than diamonds‚ÄĚ I felt this would be good to share, it says it very well.

“Two young ladies arrived at a meeting wearing clothes that were quite revealing their body parts. Here is what the Chairman told them: He took a good look at them and made them sit. Then he said something that, they might never forget in their life. He asked,

1. Where do you find diamonds?

They answered ‚ÄúDeep down in the ground, covered and protected.‚ÄĚ

2. Where do you find pearls?

They answered ‚ÄúDeep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.‚ÄĚ

3. Where do you find gold?

They answered ‚ÄúWay down in the mine, covered over with layers of rock and to get them, you have to work hard & dig deep down to get them.‚ÄĚ 

He looked at them with serious eyes and said;

 “Your body is sacred & unique. You are far more precious than gold, diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.” So he added that, if you keep your treasured mineral just like gold, diamond and pearls, deeply covered up, a reputable mining organization with the requisite machinery will fly down and conduct years of extensive exploration.

 First, they will contact your government (family), sign professional contracts (wedding) and mine you professionally (legal marriage). But if you leave your precious minerals uncovered on the surface of the earth, you always attract a lot of illegal miners to come and mine you illegally. Everybody will just pick up their crude instruments and just have a dig on you freely. Keep your bodies deeply covered so that it invite professional miners to chase you.

 ~Credit: Grand Mptivational Squad.

What we believe our worth is, will come out in our behaviour in many ways.

We as women ARE created to bear His image and reflect Him in ALL things. This is definitely a journey. As we keep our eyes on Him and what He says about us, we truly will walk WORTHY of our calling. Worth more than diamonds, noble in character as is described in Proverbs 31 woman. I challenge you to read it, it‚Äôs a good chapter.   

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 13!

The Diamond MovementWritten By: Angela Ridsdale

What defines our worth? Better yet, why do we have to weigh out a worth. WhenI looked up this word to get a better understanding of it’s definition I was slightly distraught.

A lot of what was said determined that we find worth in our material and monetary values. Or based on the knowledge we have.

I don‚Äôt believe this to be true. I believe that worth goes much deeper than what  can be offered to you from your interactions. It‚Äôs true that the knowledge that we have can be shared in importance in order to guide each other to doing what‚Äôs right. 

But, that is not what gives us worth. When we were born we had and still have infinite worth. Maybe not according to some in this world, but according to God. Sometimes I get discouraged because I feel like worth according to this world is so superficial and ultimately weighs on what someone can gain from us.

And this is what God tells us.

‚ÄúBut because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions‚ÄĒit is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith‚ÄĒand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God‚ÄĒ not byMworks, so that no one can boast. For we are God‚Äôs handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.‚ÄĚ Ephesians 2: 4-10

In my education I was taught to respect the worth of persons no matter the circumstances they fell under. When I think of my life I know I have worth. 

The God of this universe has told me so! A worth that is more than money. A worth that is more than diamonds. A worth that is more than anything that can be offered to me on this earth. 

We are all created in God’s image, no matter what circumstances fall upon us. We are all chosen for a plan by God no matter if we follow this or not. The worth of us does not stop just because we might look different, act different, feel different, or live different.

Rejoice today for you are walking among people who are worth more than diamonds! And you, well yes, you are definitely included. (:
About Angela:

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 Angela is 20 years old and love cats. She just recently got engaged to a wonderful man named Anthony whom She looks forward to sharing the rest of her life with. She began her journey with Christ as a teenager and has brought Her love of God, everywhere she goes. She has deep values in genuineness and truth. She is currently working on her degree in Social Service Work specializing in Gerontology with hopes to work with older adults in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the community. Some of her passions include: Singing, reading and being with her lovely Youth and Young Adults groups! 



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{The Diamond Movement} Day 12!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Tori Hazzard

Who Calls You Worthless?

Having been someone who struggled hard with proving to myself I really am worthy of God’s love, I mean every word.

Almost 5 years ago, my father started walking in and out on my family.¬† Three years ago, he completely left my family.¬† He left without warning and to this day, I don’t know his reasoning of why.¬† I will never forget the feelings of anger toward my dad and toward God on that day.¬† September 4th, 2012 was the beginning of what I though was my world ending.¬† I’ve been a Christian from a young age and I have always believed God could fix my family but I have had a hard time truly letting go and letting God have all of my problems.

Holding onto my grudge against my dad was probably the worst thing I could do to my walk of faith.¬† I allowed Satan to grab a foothold on my life and I was stuck in a very dark place.¬† Satan would tell me lies and I would believe them but only he was calling me worthless.¬† Everyone around me had no idea of how I felt and that was one of the hardest things to deal with.¬† I had developed a trust issue after my dad left because I didn’t want to tell anyone anything just in case they left me too.¬† So I kept everything to myself and never told anyone anything.
One night, almost a year and a half ago, I couldn’t hold it in any longer and I just let everything out in a flow of tears.¬† After I was done crying, one of my friends who I was just getting to know asked me what was going on.¬† This person tried their best to comfort me and to make me feel more wanted but looking back, I totally see God there speaking through my friend and giving him the words I needed to hear.¬† Because this person allowed God to work through them, I stopped myself from making a big mistake that would change my life and the lives of others around me.
After that night I started writing things down when I was angry or sad.  I wrote them addressed to my dad and to other people.  I would keep them and I would continue to write on them when I felt I needed too.  Just recently, at a youth night at my local church, my best friend and her sister helped me realize these things I was keeping were actually tormenting me and were making me feel worse.  They spent a lot of time with me and helped me get through many tears.  That night I went home and took the letter I had the longest and that was tormenting me the most, and I went out with my brother and I burned it.
Once I lit that paper on fire, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders.¬† I was texting my best friend, her sister and the person that God used to help me almost a year and a half ago, while I watched the paper burn.¬† I let everything go that night and I’ve been living a better life ever since.¬† I feel like I can do anything and I have the support of many really close friends.
This all started because I held onto anger and I allowed Satan to grab a foothold and call me worthless.¬† When you hear something in your head that isn’t building you up, almost always it’s Satan trying to corrupt you.¬† He was the only one calling me worthless and he is the only one calling you worthless too.¬† Don’t let it tear you apart.

~Proverbs 31:10b- she is worth more that diamonds.~

God says you are worth more than diamonds and He would never go back on His word and say you aren’t.¬† Only Satan calls you worthless and you can’t let it get to you and destroy you.¬† Next time you hear anything that is trying to make you feel worse, know it’s from Satan and do whatever you need to, to make sure he knows he isn’t going to hurt your relationship with God.¬† Whether that be you write out what you are hearing and you throw it in the garbage, you might burn the words or simply you can just tell Satan he isn’t going to corrupt you.

Heavenly Father, I pray that this group of women will stand up to Satan and lean on You.¬† I pray no woman will fall into Satan’s trap of lies.¬† I know that You say I am worth more than diamonds and I hope every woman will believe that about the self too!!!
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{The Diamond Movement} Day 11!

The Diamond MovementWritten By: Alycia Dupuis

Hello my name is Alycia and I have Churg-Strauss Syndrome. That is honestly how I have defined myself for the past 6 months.

Although it is true, I do have CSS, I know my identity is not rooted in it and I am still on a journey to figure out how to live with a life-threatening disease while not letting it define who I am. I have been many things in my 27 years on this earth. A child, a daughter, a sinner, a student, a friend, an enemy, an alcoholic, a blood-bought born-again daughter of the King, a wife and a mother.

Unfortunately, lately I just feel like the girl with that crazy disease that has no medical cure.¬†I struggled about what to say when I was asked to write this blog post. On one hand I was honored on the other…unworthy? I wasn’t sure how uplifting my words would be, because¬†I honestly haven’t felt very uplifted myself.

The last 2 years have been an intense and terribly frustrating roller coaster! In the second trimester of my pregnancy in 2012 I developed severe asthma and joint pain. I was told this was a temporary condition brought on by my pregnancy and it would most likely subside, After I gave birth.

Well it didn’t. In fact it got much worse. After many emergency room visits, doctors and specialist appointments I was finally hospitalized in November 2013 due to the severity of my condition and the fact that nobody could figure out what was wrong with me. I had giant painful purple lesions all over my body that were originally misdiagnosed as ringworm.

I was coughing up blood, I couldn’t taste couldn’t smell, couldn’t breathe, the list goes on.¬†After 3 weeks in ICU and one week on life support with heart and kidney failure I was finally diagnosed with this extremely rare autoimmune disease.

Now this all sounds pretty awful, but you should know that the timing of this was impeccable. You see, not a single nurse or doctor in that hospital knew what was wrong with me and all the tests were inconclusive. But there was one doctor who had only been working at that hospital for 3 weeks in fact he had just moved here from Connecticut and he had seen my 2 in a million condition once before.

I truly believe God orchestrated all of that and many more little details most of which I am probably unaware of. I’m sure He is doing that on my behalf every day, but I don’t even realize it.¬†It is easy for me to get frustrated that all if this had to happen and that I am stuck on these terribly potent steroids with very unpleasant side effects. Some days it doesn’t take more than a glance in the mirror to literally make me hate myself for being covered in big permanent scars and gaining 50 disgusting¬†pounds beyond my control.

It’s being thankful that takes discipline. Thankful that I am alive, to watch my daughter grow up.

On days when I have zero energy to run around, after a 1 year old, I try to remember that I am actually one of the lucky ones because I can.¬†The goodness of God never ceases to amaze me so long as I remember to see it.¬†It’s always there.

Even though sometimes it feels like the only thing that’s relevant I know that I am not just that girl with Churg-Strauss. I am a wife, and a mother and I’ve got the best Dad in the whole world.

“God sees the little sparrow fall, It meets His tender view; If God so loves the little birds, I know He loves me, too.”

About Alycia:

Alycia is a wife and a stay-at-home mother of a truly amazing 2 year old. She is a lover of Jesus, her family and friends, dogs, cheese, and bacon — in that order. One day Alycia hopes to pursue the ministry call that has been prophesied over her so many times; but in the interim she is taking care of her family while learning how to cope with a disease that limits her abilities. She trusts that through this trying time God is doing a great work in her that will be a vital key to her destiny.
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{The Diamond Movement} Day 10!

The Diamond MovementWritten By: Jenna Olson

I want to begin this by declaring that everyone who lays eyes on this is a unique, unrepeatable miracle of God.

You ARE special.

You ARE loved.

You ARE heard.

I‚Äôve been mulling over the latter part of Proverbs 31:10 for a while now. It reads, ‚Äú…She is worth more than diamonds.‚ÄĚ

If you‚Äôre like me, you may read such a thing and wonder, ‚Äú…What? How would I, just a little human, who messes up DAILY and doesn‚Äôt measure up to others I see around me, who fails to always represent the teachings she professes to believe…how could I be worth more than diamonds to the God of the universe?!‚ÄĚ

Really, though. Putting it into perspective, here…

God is PERFECT.

He spoke the world into existence.

He is the holiest, BIGGEST, grandest, most beautiful, amazing ANYTHING to exist.

How am I worth so much to Him? How can I see this, believe this, know this to be true?

God knows that we are little humans and we doubt every little thing, so He shows us and tells us!

God LISTENS to His people. It is written, ‚ÄúWe know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.‚ÄĚ (John 9:31).

It is also said by Jesus, the sweet Lover of our souls, ‚ÄúUntil now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.‚ÄĚ (John 16:24) Why, THANK YOU, Jesus, for caring about my joy! It‚Äôs almost like we‚Äôre WORTH something to Him!!! ūüėČ

God once wanted to destroy Nineveh because it was an awful, dangerous, immoral place, but the king’s heart softened and the people turned from their evil ways, crying out to God that He might have compassion. AND HE LISTENED!!!

God also gives us gifts, which can range from one of my little kindergarten students telling me I‚Äôm pretty today to allowing us to have food on the table. It says in James 1:17 ‚Äú Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.‚ÄĚ All the beautiful and wonderful things of the world are from our Father who loves us, not just because of chance!

The final and most incredible way that God shows us our worth to Him is that He sent His Son to die for our sins and the Holy Spirit to come dwell in our hearts, even though we were NOT worthy of such a gift! We did absolutely NOTHING to deserve this, but He loved us and wanted us and PRIZED us so much that He gave us the gift of salvation, that we may take it, that we may receive His listening ears, His giving hands, His loving heart and FOLLOW HIM into eternity, with Him always at our side. He allows us to work for His kingdom and for His glory, to point others to Him so that they may receive His wonderful light and gifts, and that our lives may be completely centered around Him.

We will never have to wander listlessly in the wilderness again. We know not what tomorrow holds, but our LORD holds us close, and will lead us. We are worth more than precious stones to Him, and with Him in our hearts and lives we shine more brightly and cause more joy than any diamond.

We can never forget our worth to Him. If we forget our worth, then we cannot properly walk in our freedom to which He has called us.

Remember His love for you and that He has prized us. Remember that this world with its shortcomings and frustrations is only temporary. Remember that He is waiting to renew His creation and spend eternity with you. You are cherished by the God of the universe, and please, sweet friends, do not spend a moment of your life doubting that!

About Jenna Olson:

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Jenna Olson is a young woman living in Michigan, setting out on adventures with her new husband, Aaron. She seeks to serve the LORD with her gifts and talents and is still trying to figure out what those are. She loves Jesus, the Spanish language, and chocolate, and is honored to be able to contribute to this beautiful ministry.

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 9!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Hannah Coleman

The message quotes Proverbs 31:10 as,¬†‚ÄúAn excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above diamonds‚ÄĚ.¬† If we look at the King James Version of the bible we read, ¬†‚ÄúWho can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies‚ÄĚ.

Writing this was no easy task.¬† How do you assign worth?¬† How can we measure our own worth?¬† How can we measure the worth of another?¬† I read this verse and my first thought is to look through the eyes of the world.¬† We see a woman who is on the Parents Council¬†at school.¬† She raises her own angora rabbits, grooming them daily to spin yarn for her daughters to knit hats and scarves to sell.¬† She takes her youngest son to Cubs and her oldest son to hockey, and it’s the travel team.¬† She makes Christmas crafts, cuts her¬†kids sandwiches into animal shapes and makes rainbow spaghetti, all worthy of pinning and blogging about.¬† She heads up the Kitchen Committee at church, bringing meals to community members who have a new baby, have had a loss or are just going through challenges.¬† She’s on the worship team, as are her children.¬† She volunteers in the nursery at church, and billets and houses out of town guests.¬† She has started a pillowslip project to send little dresses to small girls in Ethiopia.¬† She does and she gives.¬† She is highly praised among the couples at the Tuesday night Life Group that she hosts.¬† She is phenomenal and she has so much to give to the Body and to¬†the Kingdom.¬† But does this sum up her worth?

What is God’s desire for our lives and how does the worth that we seek fit into that framework?¬† Our purpose, without question, should be to live a life that honors and glorifies our Lord and God, and to do it joyfully, for His great pleasure.¬† Is this inventory of attributes alone going to honor and glorify God?¬† Admittedly, I know an awful lot of Martha Stewart wanna-be’s who would give you the shirt off their backs but would do it out of pride or for their own glory.¬† By today’s definition of worth though, this is the kind of woman and these are the things that we see that make us say, “Wow, she is a woman of worth!”.¬† But is she? ¬†Is this list of specifications what makes her worthy?¬† It certainly does add to her worth but what does God value?

What if I don’t marry?¬† What if I don’t have children, own land or run a business?¬† Am I worth less if I follow God onto the mission¬†field to become a nurse but remain single and childless?¬† How do I squelch my spiritual pride if I do live an A type life or in¬†turn, the sense of desolation if I live a life as a single woman, with 6 cats and a job at XYZ Corp?

I feel as though we get so caught up in the list of Pinnable, pride-pumping attributes that we lose sight of the lower half of Proverbs 31.  In verses 25 and 26 (KJV) we read,

25 Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

And of course we read in verse 30,

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feared the Lord, she shall be praised.

This, I believe, is the key.¬† I can be woman A, with my whole life¬†labeled¬†and in pretty baskets or woman B, with¬†my boho¬†wardrobe, my guitar and my job as a lifeguard.¬† The attribute of either that merits me worth more than diamonds is entirely about my attitude.¬† Is woman A filled with pride, boasting about her husbands new position as Elder while complaining he’s away too much because of it then blogging about fasting in prayer over it?¬† Is woman B filled with pride about ‚Äúgoing solo‚ÄĚ and living a meager life, not squandering God’s blessings.¬† Or, is woman A humbled before the Lord, always giving thanks and honoring God with her hands¬†and her heart and her words.¬†Recognizing He is her rock and her salvation and the foundation of all good things that she has in¬†her life.

Is woman recognizing that God is faithful to fulfill all of His promises and she will never be without what she truly needs and His blessings are in all things and beyond measure, even in every breath that she takes.  Do these women, and do I, fear the Lord and have an attitude of joy, humility, kindness, and Godly wisdom that flow freely from my spirit, all of which is purposed for honoring and glorifying my Lord.  If the latter is the case than this is what I believe God means when He says she is worth more than diamonds.

About Hannah Coleman:

Hannah is eighteen years old and the oldest of four sibling and many foster siblings. She has a passion of playing guitar and for reading and writing fiction. She’s a certified lifeguard working for the City of Windsor, John McGivney Centre and Goodlife Fitness. For the past three years she’s enjoyed volunteering as a Jr leader and is eager to see what God has in store for her future.

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 8!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Megan Kincheloe

Not too long ago, I turned on the television and was immediately captivated by the Miss America pageant. ¬†I am always in awe of how hard these ladies appear to work to prepare for this huge, once in a lifetime event. ¬†Shortly after tuning in, it was time for the swimsuit competition. ¬†As the first finalist took the stage, a very catchy song began to play and the beat was easy to bop along with. ¬†After a few seconds, I became mindful of the lyrics to the song. ‚ÄúBaby I‚Äôm worth it, Uh huh I‚Äôm worth it.‚ÄĚ (Fifth Harmony) I found myself singing along before long and then my Spirit quickly became saddened. ¬†I started to think about our daughter and how she would define her worth as she continues to grow up and mature.
Not much time elapsed before I realized where the sadness originated.  Deep in my soul I was hoping our sweet girl would not follow in her mother’s footsteps as she learned to define her worth.  I desperately wanted to wake her up in that moment out of her sound sleep and teach her about her worth as a Princess and a daughter of the King.  I let her sleep.  Unfortunately, for quite a while after this moment, sleep evaded me.  I continued to ponder all of the ways I used to determine my worth in this world.  There lies problem number one.  I was attempting to ascertain my worth using worldly criteria.  Here are some ways that went down…
I based my worth on how many friends I had. ¬†Sad, huh? ¬†Don‚Äôt get me wrong‚ĶI absolutely LOVE people. ¬†My philosophy has always been ‚Äėthe more, the merrier.‚Äô ¬†I always confidently described myself as an extrovert. ¬†Then I spent the past several years getting to know myself and decided that I could easily fall in love with being slightly more introverted. ¬†God showed me the value of having a few, solid friendships and filled me with such peace as I learned the beauty in solitude. Proverbs 27:17, ‚ÄúAs iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.‚ÄĚ (NIV) ¬†In these solid friendships, there is no devaluing of worth‚Ķbecause Christ is at the center of them, and you naturally inspire and encourage each other to be the best version of yourself you can possibly be. ¬†And when you fall, there is no judgment.¬†
I based my worth on my appearance. ¬†I specifically remember feeling super insecure if I was having excessive breakouts. ¬†I struggled to look people in the eye, and would talk and laugh with my hand up close to my face as if I needed to cover them up. ¬†I was also embarrassed because I never had name-brand clothes. ¬†My mother was frugal and spent her money wisely, and while I never wanted for anything, I always wanted better. ¬†I appreciate this so much at this stage of my life, however; back then I saw this as another reason to doubt my worth. ¬†I wasn‚Äôt good enough to hang with the ‚Äėin crowd‚Äô because my pants didn‚Äôt have GAP stitched on them.
Sisters, let me tell you why you are invaluable. ¬†Psalm 139:14 tells us, ‚ÄúYou are fearfully and wonderfully made.‚ÄĚ ¬†Way before that even, Genesis tells us we were created in the image of God. ¬†IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. ¬†My gracious ladies! ¬†Will you just pause for one moment and think about how our Heavenly Father grieves when we doubt our worth? ¬†He created us and even numbered the hairs on our heads. ¬†When we devalue ourselves, we are criticizing His handiwork! ¬†His masterpiece! ¬†You do not have worth because of anything you have done, sweet gals‚Ķbut because of who HE is. ¬†Nothing you say, nothing you do, nothing about your appearance, and nothing about your circumstances could ever cause Him to waiver on how much you are worth to Him. ¬†You are worth so much that He gave His one‚Ķslow down and soak this in‚ĶHe gave His ONE AND ONLY SON so that we may have eternal life. ¬†ETERNAL LIFE. ¬†I don‚Äôt know about you‚Ķbut that convinces me that oh yeah, I‚Äôm worth it.

About Megan: 

Megan Kincheloe

Megan loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing His love with others. She loves to write and encourage other women to be bold in their faith. God has recently given her a burning desire to minister to teens to ensure they know their value in who He has created them to be. She has been a Christian for as long as she can remember but strayed away from living a lifestyle that represented Him well. She is forever grateful for His grace and mercy and endless pursuit of her heart, and hopes that her writing will encourage others to press forward in His grace. Megan has been married to Chris for 10 years and has 2 awesome children, Graycie and Colt.
Megan faithfully serves on the writing team at We are His Daughters! You can find more of her writing here: www.weareHisdaughters.com
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{The Diamond Movement} Day 7!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Cindy Morrone

A Providential Moment (….way better than rubies)

As I stared into those beautiful baby’s eyes, something beyond a gaze happened.  A bond had transpired.  It was in that moment, that very moment, I knew that I knew I was exactly where I was to be.  A providential happening had just occurred!  

There was no fanfare or¬†headline¬†announcement,¬†no;¬†it was so much bigger…..it was confirmation that I was valuable, worthwhile,¬†and precious.

Me!

Me…sitting¬†at our kitchen table¬†in our humble abode, with sweat pants and a hoodie on. ¬†I am pretty sure my teeth were brushed, but doubt my hair was combed or that I had a stitch of make-up on. ¬†Me…not sure what the day would hold and warding off fears, anxieties and insecurities about my ability to handle what the day might¬†bring.

And just like that, an awareness had occurred that all of that just didn’t matter.  It wasn’t about how I looked; what you could see on the outside.  It wasn’t even about what I thought I had on the inside to offer.  It was about sharing what was so freely given to me; unconditional love.  Love on purpose without an expectation of receiving anything back.  His love to pour on others.  

It hasn’t always been this way for me.  For certain love has always been available.  Surely for all of us.  You too.  But there was a time, I was so uncertain about my worth, never knowing this kind of love.  So I desperately attempted to fill that empty hole inside.  Filling in vain and doing worse only led me down a path of self-destruction.  

What I did may look different than what you¬†may be¬†doing but the search remains the same and will end up in the same place……take warning!

You see, it wasn‚Äôt until¬†I turned from finding my worth in¬†how I looked¬†or¬†what I could or couldn‚Äôt do¬†and instead,¬†let¬†my saving relationship with Jesus define me. ¬†The path to finding out who you truly are; what you ….you…have been created to do; your life purpose; your worth and value starts when you know how precious you are to God. ¬†How much He loves¬†you. ¬†Just for you; just because He does.

‚ÄėFor I know the plans I have for you, ‚ÄĚdeclares the LORD, ‚Äúplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. ¬†You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.‚ÄĚ‚Äô

Jeremiah 29: 11-13

And as soon as we get this, the crazies start to happen!  Miracles of transformation!  Take warning!

You, my¬†dear¬†friends, are listening to a barren woman (one whose body has not been able to have¬†children) share such a moment; bonding with another being that calls me, ‚ÄúMama!‚ÄĚ

About Cindy Morrone:  

Cindy Morrone

When not on the front porch swing beside her husband of 20 some years, she can be found being a Mama to her precious, twin daughters.  Now a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mom, Cindy has also recently had the joy of fostering with her family.  Outside of her home, she loves being a youth leader in her church.  Cindy is also honoured to be involved with We Are His Daughters ministry blog, and Women of Influence as the Teen Conference Coordinator.

Guest-Writers, UYM

{The Diamond Movement} Day 6!

The Diamond MovementWritten by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

….worth far more than diamonds. (Proverbs 31:10 MSG)

The definition of worth is: “the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.”

Our culture is insistent that we find our ‘worth’ in various ways. ¬†Where do you find your worth?

Do you find worth in your education? ¬†Perhaps you have a degree or two from a prominent university, framed and boldly centered on your office wall. ¬†Do you find your worth in your job? ¬†Maybe you’ve climbed the ladder and have worked REALLY¬†hard to earn the position you possess today. ¬†Do you find your worth in a growing platform? ¬†Maybe you have double the number of fans on Facebook or Twitter as your competitors. ¬†Do you find your worth in your family? ¬†I’ll bet you are pretty proud of the hard-working husband and beautiful children you call your own. ¬†What about a car? ¬†A boat? ¬†Your hair? ¬†Your home? ¬†Your passion? ¬†Your talent? ¬†Your ministry? (Ouch)

Now, what if the very thing in which you found your worth was stripped away.  Would you still be worthy?

What if you have none of these things?  Does that make you worth less?

1 Peter 1: 3-7 says this: God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear. You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do. On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns. (CEV)

Worth has nothing to do with anything you can possess or obtain in the physical sense.  Nothing you can buy, earn or create on this earth will increase your worth.  The value you feel in any of the things I mentioned above, or anything else other than God Himself will soon fade away.

It is only when you put your hope and faith in God, without reservation, without holding back, that your worth is far greater than diamond or rubies, my friend. 

Don’t settle for anything less.

Father God, thank You SO much for the hope that comes from the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, and His truly miraculous resurrection.  We are so sorry for placing our value in anything other than the faith and hope we have in You, God.  Please forgive us.  Thank You for the reminder than without You, we truly are nothing; and in contrast, with You in our hearts we are YOURS and that makes us absolutely invaluable.  Thank You, God. Amen.

About Mandy:

Mandy Hill
Mandy is the founder of the ministry blog ‚ÄėWe are His daughters‚Äô and thoroughly enjoys writing and providing leadership to this ministry. ¬†Mandy is an imperfect work in progress! ¬†She loves the Lord with her whole heart and counts it her biggest privilege to serve Him in ministry however He leads. ¬†Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she now resides in southern Ontario with her family. ¬†She has been married to her handsome husband Nathan for 10 years and together they have served in ministry for the entirety of their marriage. ¬†Nathan & Mandy have four beautiful children; Benjamin, Sophia; Spencer & Grayson. ¬†Mandy is passionate about singing, worship leading and music. ¬†She loves reading, writing, taking pictures, studying the bible and sipping salted caramel mocha‚Äôs at Starbucks while chatting with a friend! ¬†She strives to be tidier, more organized (yes, she is a little compulsive!), a little more Martha Stewart-esque, and a little less ‚Äėunglued‚Äô. ¬†Most of all, she seeks to be holier and to love God through serving her family and her community.

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