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{The Diamond Movement} Day 5!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Micca Campbell

“Far More Valuable Than Diamonds.”

Women are rarely satisfied with what they see in the mirror. Some feel they are too short, or too tall, or too thin, or too heavy. The list never seems to end because women tend to focus on the flaws or at least what they consider to be a flaw.

For some, it might physical dissatisfaction, while for others it might be that they’re not smart enough or outgoing enough or worthy enough. A multitude of studies indicate that the way a woman sees herself determines to a large degree the way she acts and reacts in life. A person’s self- perception or self-esteem tends to be a leading factor in the way she measures her worth. If she sees herself as a victim, she’ll allow others to prey on her. If she sees herself as a loser, then she’ll never measure up. If she sees herself as a piece of junk, she’ll begin to think of herself as nothing more than a pile of

(Okay. That’s enough of that.)

But is underscores the point. The way a person sees themselves determines their thought process, actions and reactions, and their destiny. Many never reach their God-given potential and purpose because of an overwhelming feeling that says, they’re not enough. This is NOT how God views His children. And it’s definitely not what He had in mind when He created the human race.

Here’s the thing. When God created man and woman, He made them exactly the way He planned. When He designed each individual, in their mother’s womb, He planned their size, the color of their eyes, and the color of their skin, as well as everything about them. Just as God proclaimed His creation good in Genesis 1, He proclaims that that both men and women were made perfect in His site. So when someone talks about things they don’t like about themselves, they’re disagreeing with how God made them. God does not make junk.

According to Psalms 139: 14, each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. And because God’s work is wonderful—therefore, each person is wonderful. When a woman allows these truths to take hold of her reality, she begins to see her worth through the eyes of God. It changes everything. For example, take a look at Proverbs 31:10.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”

The Message put’s it this way, “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more Rubies and diamonds are expensive commodities, yet according to God a good woman is a greater treasure worth far more than expensive jewels. It gets better!

In 1 Peter 2:9-10, Peter paints a beautiful portrait that portrays a person’s worth “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have

First, a person doesn’t choose God, but rather He chooses them. They’re not chosen because of their race, sex, or culture, but by the “mercies of God” to be Secondly, they are favored. The Lord saw their guilt and sin and showed them mercy. He didn’t stand off. He didn’t judge. He drew near with love and favor and Thirdly, they become God’s treasured possession. They now belong.

Maybe they’ve never belonged anywhere before, but now they do. They belong to God and His forever family. That’s not all. Since God owns everything, to be called his own possession has to be something special. And it is. God’s people are Christ’s inheritance, and God doesn’t give junk to His son. No, he gives Him something of worth.

Something precious far greater than diamonds. Fourthly, they are holy. To be holy means to be set apart. A Christian has been set apart by God for God. They may not feel very holy but when God looks at them He sees the holiness of His Son. Therefore, acting any other way than holy, contradicts their identity in Christ. On good days and bad, God sees nothing less

Finally, Those belonging to God are royalty. They are children of God—the King of Kings. This means that nothing stands between them and their relationship with God. Just as an early king might have a prince or princess, God’s children are also considered a prince or princess of the King above all kings. No relationship is closer and none more valuable than a royal child of God.

These truths are reminders that God’s children are very dear to His heart. When they finally grasp the height and depth of His love for them, no other opinion matters but His. God says His children are worthy to be called His own, they are far more valuable than diamonds, they are wonderfully made, chosen, favored, treasured, holy and royal. If women could only see themselves through God’s eyes instead of their mirrors, their beauty would far surpass that of a jewel.

About Micca Campbell:

Micca Campbell

Micca Campbell is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is the author of, An Untroubled Heart, and is currently working on her new book, Empowered Woman. Micca also writes regularly for Encouragement for Today daily devotionals. To the surprise and amazement of her children, Micca was named, “Mother of the Year,” by Lifeway Parenting Magazine in 2004. She is directionally challenged, a rock-star in the shower, afraid of bugs, and the girl whom Jesus loves. Connect with Micca by visiting her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 4!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Gaye Demers

When I was asked to write a post on “worth more than diamond ” or rubies according to some translations from Proverbs 31:10, I immediately thought of how unworthy I felt.  In Isaiah 64:6 it says, all my righteousness are as filthy rags and in Romans 3:10 no one is righteous not even one.

How blessed I am that a great and mighty God, Creator of all things, sent His Son to die for me.  He knows who I am, what I am.  My inner most thoughts are known to Him.  And yet I am worthy in His sight.
In Proverbs 31:10 it says “Who can find a virtuous woman?”.  When I looked up what the word virtuous means it said; moral excellence, goodness, righteousness, principled, upright.  Another meaning said in the world it would be classed as a person who does good things.  The one definition that spoke to my heart described a woman who filtered every decision through the Word of God.  WOW.
The verse goes on to say “For her price is far above diamonds”.  I know that my price is worth far more than diamonds for it was paid by God’s Son for my salvation.
May I be that virtuous woman to my husband, my children, my sister, my friends, my church family, and to everyone I meet.  God please help me to be all that You created me to be.  Help me to honor Your precious Son’s sacrifice.  Help me to filter every decision I make through Your Word. Amen!!
About Gaye Demers:
Gaye has been married to her patient and loving husband Gerry for forty-eight years. She has been blessed with three great kids who married wonderful spouses and as a result have given her nine incredible grandkids ranging in age from six to twenty one.
She loves to garden and change furniture around and is active in church activities. Above all else she is excited to see what the Lord has in store for her next!
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{The Diamond Movement} Day 3!


The Diamond Movement

Written By: Rylie Zdunich

“Worth Far More than Diamonds.”

Diamonds are cherished, valuable, precious and costly.  A diamond called Koh-I-Noor, part of the British crown jewels, is estimated to be 3.5 times the wealth of the world!  Proverbs 31:10 says: “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.”  What makes a “good woman” worth so much?

The woman described in Proverbs 31 who is worth far more than diamonds, who is to be “admired and praised” is worth so much because she fears the Lord and knows Him.  Every task pours out of her loving and caring heart, one that knows its identity, and knows where its strength comes from.  A woman who is secure in her identity and knows that she is a daughter of the King of Kings acts like it!  She walks out her Father’s will confidently because she knows she is valued, loved and cherished by Him.

She knows her worth and her identity are not found in accomplishing tasks, but first and foremost, in loving and being loved by her Father.  If she tried to find her identity in anything but God, she would eventually face burnout, but by His strength working in her weakness, nothing is impossible!

Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness”.  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 12:9- Knowing that you have the Spirit of God living in you, giving you strength, and finding your identity by being in communication with the One who created you is the only way you will find your true worth.  I think one of the biggest insults to God is doubting our worth.  He has placed His Spirit in us, which is the greatest gift He could give, and we cheapen ourselves, thinking that we are worthless. He formed us exactly as He wanted, and we dare to tell Him that we’re unhappy with ourselves and how He made us.  We are temples of His Spirit, and we should live like it!

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous- how well I know it.

Psalm 139:13-15

Wouldn’t a Creator and Father know the intended purpose, worth and identity of His creation?  He created us exactly as He wanted!  Wouldn’t someone who is an expert know the worth of something?  He knows every detail of your very being and says, if you follow Him, you are worth more than diamonds!  So I encourage you today, woman of God, live like His daughter, be led by His Spirit, and never doubt that you are worth far more than diamonds!

About Rylie Zdunich:


Rylie is an avid tea-drinker, God-worshiper and lover of all dogs and cuddly animals. She recently got engaged to the love of her life, Branden, and is excited to see what God has in store for them both in the years to come!

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 2!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Sylvie Beveridge

What is my worth?

This is a great big question. My mind thinks of my worth when I was a little girl, my worth when I was dating, my worth being a wife and a mother. But, the answer to “what is my worth” in the eyes of Jesus, is the only one that really matters in the long run.

Proverbs 31:10 “If you can find a truly good wife, she is worth more than precious gems!” (Living Bible)

What do you think of the word, “worth”? Consider the Webster’s dictionary definition: deserving of, value, equal in possessions to…

Growing up my worth was in the love and encouragement of my parents. Nothing was impossible for me to do. They instilled in me that with God’s help all things are possible. There was nothing I could do to make them love me more or less, and it is with these same glasses that I can believe God is looking at me today.

As a young lady hoping to find my mister right, there were some bumps in the road called rejection. Yes it hurt, but through the healing of my heart, I was always reminded that I was truly loved by God. God used those rejections to build character and discipline in my life and to prepare me for the best He had for me (my husband, Daniel).

In my barrenness, for 7 ¾ years, I continually needed to remind myself that I was still loved by my husband and most of all, Jesus loved me more. One day I had to give up my dream and in my desperation, I pleaded “God, if You will not give me a baby, please take this desire away”. It was at that time, when it was out of my control, we found out we were indeed going to be blessed with a baby. Although, the pregnancy was not without more health concerns, I found myself, yet again, believing by faith and trusting God. At last our Elizabeth was born. Because of this, I learned that my worth is not in the ability to be a mother.

The worth of a person is best summed up by our Creator, when He said “I value your worth so much that I gave you My only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price on Calvary for your sins”. This was done so we could have a right relationship with Him.

Today, what is your worth? Is it who you are with, that you have material things, the opinions people have of you, your job, or even which association you belong to? Remember, you are a precious gem, beautiful in the eye of the Beholder. Your worth as a human being, is you are made in God’s image, this goes beyond riches.

“You are worth more than a precious gem”. Imagine right now that the Lord is looking down at you with love and adoration, because to Him, you are HIS. That is your worth!

 About Sylvie Beveridge: 

Sylvie is the bride to Daniel for 26 years, mother to Elizabeth, a step-mother and young grand-mother. She loves to sing, bake and spend time with her family and friends.

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{The Diamond Movement} Day 1!

The Diamond Movement

Written By: Kerrington Sweeney

 I am NOT an object. Am I the only one feeling like this? Have you ever experienced a moment in your life, where you have felt like, you are just an object. Well, I have… Millions of women have suffered being told “Women are not people, women are objects—look sexy or no one will love you.”

The medias bombarding screams of terrible lies at us women, are a constant obnoxious overload. Making us at times, feel inadequate about ourselves simply, as human beings. The use of the female body (which is so often digitally modified these days) is one that disgusts me to the point of distraught. It is broadcasted not as a fearfully and wonderfully made creation but, rather just a sex object.

The female body is way to often turned into a product. Sold, for male pleasure. It is turned into something to look at and to have those “feel good” moments. This has become the hideous normal in our culture. Objectification designates that ‘woman creatures’ have no rights. As if, our existence is oblivious. Turning any living creature into an object is an act of oppression. Objectifying women is not only to blame for just one specific culture or religion. Look at the media, objectification is happening in all cultures, religions and countries. We are being so strongly affected by what we see in the media that it starts translating into our everyday lives. Women are never portrayed as icons of worth, strength, and confidence.

The world portrays us women, as icons of being sexy, and of being a man’s pleasurable object. It’s a horrific global epidemic. Women of all ages, are thrust forcefully onto a never-ending search and quest to find true acceptance and a sense of worth in today’s corrupted society. “Why is my worth defined by my outward appearance?” After a short while, if not introduced to the truth. It is easy for us, to fall into believing that our only worth is in our outward appearance and we look at ourselves from the outside. For many women, it becomes a new cultivated life style. Every living moment is spent striving frivolously creating an outward appearance that will gain true acceptance and will be ‘worth’ desiring in the worldly standards.

This twisted mindset is placed as an attack from the enemy to completely destroy women’s confidence and self-worth. The way the world has treated us women has now affected the way we as women actually live. It has affected the way women see women. We no longer are equal in our sex. We are constantly on the look out. Her hair is so lushes. Her face is so clear of acne. Her body is so flawless. Why can’t I look like her??

These are just a few of the hundreds of comments I have heard in the community of young women. We are daily-blinded by how “Beautiful” is portrayed by the world. As a young woman, I have had moments where my appearance from the outside, gains this monumental importance, worth, value and attention from the opposite sex.

This attention was not sought but, rather forced onto me, as I innocently walked down the walk-way one spring afternoon with my young lady, Best-Friend. Hearing the horn honk, along with the loud whistles and non-sense shouts from the pick-up truck full of young men that recklessly drove by, were utterly unbearable. I walked away from that situation feeling violated, ashamed, dirty, and worthless. Why was this my fault? Why did I feel this way?

Proverbs 31:10 (MSG-Bible) says… “…Worth far more than Diamonds.” When I read this verse, I wept. I ‘Kerrington’ was worth more than diamonds??? How could that be? I for sure didn’t even feel worth a penny in those moments but, God seen me as a beautiful diamond.

A couple years back one of the wisest young women I personally know, spoke some very powerful words to us at a Youth Conference in an all girls session. I will never forget this analogy for all my life. She said: “Imagine if you had a big beautiful diamond ring, and you were walking along and then you accidentally dropped it in to the mud…Would you pick it up? Yes! Of course you would…Why?

Because it’s still a diamond. It’s still is valuable and worth something, even when it’s all muddy.” Ladies, we truly are that diamond ring in so many different aspects. We may have had a rough past in relationships, in life, etc. We may feel all “muddy” covered with sins and completely worthless but, God washes us clean…Because we are WORTH it! We are worth diamonds in His eyes!

Never forget…

You are beautiful.

You are valuable.

You are cherished.

You are mighty.

You are powerful.

You are pure.

You are worth it.

You are a diamond!

Until Next Time,


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{Worth} Give up.

Written by: Kerrington Sweeney


A weary, defeated, ragged soul stood before me. A soul that was in pieces scattered around, limp with no life left within her. Failure. Defeated. Worthless. Were the words so often spoken in her mind, on a vicious cycle that seemed to never end. She was numb to the Lord’s presence. She had no emotional balance. She was in a place of utter chaos and complete ridiculous confusion…A season of wandering, searching, and questioning, if she even had a purpose anymore was set before her. Would she begin to take up the quest in hope of finding true purpose once again or would she continue to lay limp, life-less in a state of dark defeat?

This weary soul felt no reason to pray. No reason to read her Bible and not even an ounce of reason to attend a Church service. She was tired. Weak. Ready to honestly… give up. What was the point anymore? She thought.

This soul, sad to say…was my own. Spiritually, physically, and emotionally collapsing on a daily basis. No strength to fight against the fiery attacks from the dark enemy. He came attempting with all his might to steal, kill, and destroy me. Oh, and did the attacks ever come…In these moments, tears of overflowing abundance came rushing in. As I sat up in bed one night, sharing this stressful struggle with my Mum, I felt so ashamed not being able to get through this season on my own.

My Mum though, shared such great amounts of profound wisdom with me. It was said in such a way of Love and never at all made feel shame or defeated. She was a true beacon of Light and Hope that night. I now step back and look at the entire situation and the healing process journey, I am now on I stand in awe, The Lord was with me every single moment.

Romans 5:8 “I loved you, at your darkest hour.”

A realignment and complete shift was taking place in my Life. A brand new purpose and an intimate calling was being birthed directly into my weary heart, into my very spirit. I would either embrace this, with open arms wholly surrendered or I would be shaken to the very core and tested on my every move. God was calling my heart deeper and I honestly was struggling trusting Him through it all.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans of prosperity and not for evil. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”

This verse was a bright light to me. I sat in awe of my Heavenly Father, as He showered me with such great amounts of His tangible unending love…All the moments of chaos and the many feelings of utter defeat…I didn’t even need to worry, because God has special plans and a great purpose in mind for my life before He even knit me together in my mother’s womb. He had and still has plans for me. He knew that I would go through this season and He knew that I would come out of it a stronger woman in my Faith. For everything there is a time and a season. Trust Him…As hard as it gets. Trust God with everything you’ve got and NEVER Give up!!

Until Next Time,


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{Worth} …Failure! 

Written by: Kerrington Sweeney 
Reading that title your heart may be weary and heavy-burdened but, I am here to reassure you; There is a beam of light and of hope, at the end of this dark tunnel.
Failure…It’s just one of those things that even the strongest, most intelligent, most confident of us fear. Whether it’s starting a new endeavor or succeeding at the one you’re currently in, it’s difficult to escape the concern in the back of our minds, that we might just screw up and fail.
The feeling of complete failure, to be honest… Is still something I daily struggle with. Feelings of worthlessness and not measuring-up have crept into my weary heart.
The lack of self-confidence and fear of failure is a built-in strong-hold on so many of us women folk. It holds us back from fulfilling our God-given dreams and desires. It is something created by Satan, himself to attack us from doing God’s will on the earth and distract us in our Walk with Christ.
“How do I overcome these feelings of failure?”
As I too questioned this, I dug deep into the word. I was promptly reminded of the verse founded in
Psalm 46:5(a) it reads…
“God is within her, she will not fail.”
This verse truly inspired me. Yes, we will still fail at times, we are all human but, Christ died 2,000 years ago and took all the blame. The feeling of failure is not something that will stay on you forever, because He took your feelings of failure away and He washed you white as snow. He took every mistake, every regret, every lie, every dark valley, every failure, He took it ALL.
Though the feelings of failure, will still occasionally rise in our spirit man, we can live knowing that we have a God that is believing in us.
And He (Creator of the whole universe, I might add) is proud of us!! 
If He is for us, then who shall be against us?
Until Next Time,