The Process of DIAMONDS

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Shine like a Diamond

“Who can find a Virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.”  -Proverbs 31:10 NKJV

What are you worth?

Diamonds are formed deep within the earth – about 100 miles deep!  While buried there it looks nothing like a diamond.  Rather dirty, uncharacteristic (- like the lead of a no.2 pencil) and unknown.  This uncharacteristic, unknown, you may even say insignificant small mineral must withstand the process of its environment- and looks COMPLETELY different.

The Process: Take a small amount of carbon mineral and allow an incredible amount of heat to be applied.  Temperatures around the range of 2200 degree F.  Yes. That high!  It still look dirty and unattractive; however, all of unnecessary elements and components are being purged and removed from the rock. It is being purified.

The high temperatures aren’t sufficient.  Now apply an incredible amount of pressure to the element, 750,000 pounds per square in.  Its structure becomes organize and features stabilize into a beautiful lattice.  Then it is rush to the earth’s surface and allowed to cool.

May be like me you’ve went through ‘heat’ a long time.  Physical and relational pain, lost, discrimination and “the junk” you weren’t looking to get, but got.  Don’t grow tired.  Don’t get weary!

Now Pressure is at your door.  You’re pursuing a better career, but the pressure hurts.  You are wanting to start non-profit organization, charity or mission- but the pressure is overwhelming. You’re trying to complete your degree, but the pressure. Then faithful pressure we receive from loving family and concerned supervisors- though we know deep down it is exactly what you needed!

Do not give up. This message may not be for you.  Perhaps a friend of yours who is struggling in a specific area.  Perhaps they are trying to draw closer to God, but have been unsuccessful.  Temptation hard to avoid. Strongholds difficult to break. Maybe you know someone that’s have been raped or abuse and asking, “How could God allow this to happen?”

Believe me, Friend. Be encouraged!  This is not in vain.

Do not give up.  Do not lose heart, for God- the Master Designer- is making something that will display His Glory!

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Galatians 6:9

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” 

Shine like a Diamond!

Abigail- Woman of Beauty & Understanding

This woman is the epitome of “Beauty and Understanding” and her name is Abigail.

In 1 Samuel 25:3, we read the story of a man who was a good businessman: he could bargain, negotiate, generate a profit and expand his merchandise, but lacked character and was  noted to be harsh and evil in his dealings (1 Sam 25:3).

Nabal was “very rich.”  [25:2 NKJV].  The amount a wealthy person would have in dollar bills, Nabal had in sheep and goats! Needless to say the man was doing well for himself.

But Nabal’s harshness and mean-temperament was overwhelming so much so that he received a reputation of such. Though he lacked character and often mistreated, and beguiled others, there was one decision Nabal made that was good.  That is, in choosing Abigail as his wife.  Abigail was the rose amongst thrones, and she possessed what he lacked.

One day David sent ten messengers to go to Carmel to greet Nabal in his name and bring Peace to Nabal’s household.  [By the way, Peace is used in the text three times in the greeting V.6]  David reminded Nabal of how well he treated his men in Carmel and how they were very well-preserved while in David’s presence.  So David expected the same treatment to be returned.  The messengers proceeded to ask Nabal for food and substance seeing they were in the grips of another feast day.

Nabal returned this message with David’s servants:  “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? …there are many servants nowadays….” [25:10 NKJV]

In other words, I don’t know you or your family.  You are insignificant to me!!

Wow.

The so very wealthy Nabal, who possess more than sufficient to share with David’s men that day, just insulted David.

Has anyone ever insulted you?  I mean taken your name or your family’s name and sought to devalue, demean and cheapen it.  Far from what God intended it to be. 

And what’s sad is that Nabal didn’t get that he was speaking to a King.  The King of Israel’s army and servant of the Most High God… If only he knew how costly, worthy and highly-esteem David was.  If only the enemy of our souls get how costly, worthy and highly-esteem we are!  He would dear not make this remark!

But Abigail, the woman of Beauty and Understanding, as soon as she heard from Nabal’s servant how harsh and rude Nabal was, she hurried and met David, and indeed David already had with him four hundred valiant soldiers armed to recompense Nabal for the evil he had performed.  But Abigail went and bought gift-after-gift- after gift for the King: 200 loaves of bread, wine, prepared lamb and fresh baked grains.

Then Abigail pleaded “On me” may Nabal’s blame be place.  Abigail was so generous and honoring of David, David changed his mind!

The Lord worked things such that 10 days later, not long after Nabal held a large party with his friends, getting stooped and drunk in alcohol, Nabal died.  Then he thanked God for keeping him from avenging this enemy with “my own hand.”

If you don’t remember anything from this, Remember:

God performs vengeance better than you ever could. So let Him fight for you. (Exodus 14:14). 

Afterward, David was so impressed with Abigail, that she not only assuaged his anger, but spoke very generous words of honor, that David went and made Abigail his bride.

Remember:

You are beautiful, you are gifted. Hand-tailored by the Master. A masterpiece of his creation. A helper, an encourager, a source strength and honor. [Psalm 139:14, Gen 2:22, Ephesians 2:10 & Proverbs 31:25]

 

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Leading Women – Moving Pass Your Past

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Have you ever heard something over and over again, and suddenly it finally sticks!  And you get it.

I’ve heard this song on the radio many times.  I’ve listened to the words repeatedly, even sang it out again and again, but it wasn’t until last week- about 6 days ago- the words finally took root in my heart.  The song is entitled:

You Are More…

Written by Tenth Avenue North.

Leading Women, at the core of their being, in the depths of their soul know this statement is true.  They have read in His Word- according to Ephesians 2:10 NIV:

For we are God’s handiwork (NLT says- “Masterpiece”), created in Christ Jesus to do

good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

They’ve not only read and heard this taught from His Word, but they’ve meditate on it and seek to live it!

The truth is there is more to you than the mistakes and sins you’ve committed in the past.   There is more to you than what you’ve done in one instance or snippet of time.  Yes, “You Are More…!”

There are things in her past she may not care to share, sins, failures or embarrassments she has done, but that does not stop her from reaching out to someone else.

The words of the song go: You are more than the choices that you’ve made, You are more than the sum of your past mistakes, You are more than the problems you create, You’ve been remade.

This woman may indeed have hurt a good friendship, been responsible for the breaking of a committed relationship, or she betrayed someone.  She may have once used drugs, slept around, may be responsible for the lost of a little life…. or done other things she regrets and hold a sincere remorse for.  But this woman does not stunt in personal growth because of past sins or sins others have done against her.  She believes a profound truth that has helped her to keep moving, which is:

By the AMAZING grace God extended to humanity when he sent His Son Jesus the Christ to die on an old prickly heavy and uncomfortable  man, woman, boy or girl who believes and receives Christ as their Savior and King! John 3:16, 1 John 1:9. was charged for her guilt, and “past” is removed forever.  This all happened, the moment she believed and

A Leading Woman no longer live in condemnation or shame of her past, for the “past” was removed forever. [Hebrews 10:17]  Rather she is growing, thriving in all that she does, and passing on the grace she’s abundantly received to many others.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Remember, Leading Women walk confidently, speak clearly and with authority, knowing she was design by God, the Loving King and the purpose He has designed her, she seeks to live out as best she knows! (Psalm 139:14, Jeremiah 1:5, 29:11)

Leading Woman of the Week:

Priscilla Shirer

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Priscilla Shirer, a wife and mom first, and a speaker and author, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. She hosts many conferences all over the globe and has spent more than a decade addressing major corporations, organizations, and Christian audiences across the United States and around the world. Priscilla has authored 10 video driven studies numerous books including A Jewel in His Crown, Discerning the Voice of God, the New York Times Bestseller, The Resolution for Women- This is a book I have read and it has personally impacted my life, one (compound) word describes it- Life-Changing. She considers it a privilege to serve believers from every denomination and culture by helping them to know the truths of Scripture intellectually and by encouraging them to experience these truths practically by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Taken from http://www.goingbeyond.com 

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Leading Women- Trust in God

 

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Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule.

Or “have dominion.” – Genesis 2:26

 

When God created mankind, it was His intention for every man, woman, boy or girl to live in dominion or authority. To RULE!   However since Adam and his wife Eve ate of the tree they were commanded not to that dreadful day, a lot of people haven’t been living in the authority God has given them.  Authority where they rule in every situation. Authority where they don’t fret over small mishaps or mistreatment by others. Authority where they don’t worry as to whether they will have food the rest of the week- for God, JEHOVAH JIREH, is their provider. When times get tough, this woman of authority does not sink into discouragement and wallow in defeat. She does not live in constant anxiety trying to control and meticulously direct every area of her life!

Rather, she places her trusts in God, know He is the Only God and King faithful to deliver!

So she lifts up her head, squares back her shoulders and keeps her eyes fixed on the one faithful to answer her every prayer!

“She shall call upon Me, and I will answer her;

I will be with her in trouble; I will deliver her and honor her.” – Psalm 91:15

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Today, women lead in various sectors, hold high ranks in a number of vocations and fields, and many of them have impacted the world in unique ways raising the standards and the stakes of our nation.  Women like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, both former US Secretary of States, have held some of the highest ranks in the nation. That’s how far women have come; that’s the level of influence we currently hold today.  No the field or sector of society, if this Leading, Thriving, Influential woman forget to acknowledge the Leader of our Souls, then her work is for naught.

In Proverbs 3:5 King Solomon instructed us all to,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

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Her Trust is in God- the Faithful One

Reminder:

Last time we noted that a Godly Leading Woman lives out the following:

  1. Lead with Excellence as unto her God.

In whatever she is doing and with whomever she is serving, it is as though she is doing it before the King.

2.  Meditates on His Word.

God’s Word as stated in the Bible, not only is a fountain of encouragement when we face hard times, but it is the source of instruction for good leadership.  Colossians 4:1 speaks to leaders saying “Masters, do the same things to them [servants], giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Or Jesus instruction in righteous living and good dealership, “Do not cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

3.  Walks in wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs (the wisdom book) 4 verse 7.  Or Proverbs 22:7- “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Last but not least

4.  Display love to everyone you meet.

She displays love to others as a reflection of love God first gave to her. Heb. 6:10 & John 13:35.  God gave up his one and ONLY Son for us, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish eternally, but rather live! And though we didn’t receive him at the time, He still sent his Son.  “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Leading Woman of the Week

BETH MOORE

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Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Beth Moore fell in love with telling and writing stories as a kid, as her father managed a local movie theater. Ultimately, it was the story of a loving Savior who died to set her free which captured her heart and help her catch on to the most powerful concept: that Christ loves her and has a good plan for her life. (Jer. 29:11)

At the age of 18, she sensed the call of God on her life, so she went off and graduated from college. But it was a Bible doctrines class at her church where the teacher, a former football college player name Buddy Walter, who unpacked the Bible, which fostered a love in her heart for God’s Word. The seed of God’s truths and through her godly parents, she grew up into a Teaching & Preaching machine. The World-renown Speaker- Beth Moore that we know today. In 1994 she founded Living Proof Ministries and since then have written numerous books and bible studies including Breaking Free, Believing God, James: Mercy Triumphs and David: A Heart Like His (my personal favorite). An avid bible study teacher and conference leader for over twenty years, Living Proof Ministries Conferences have been held in all 50 states, and the ministry has graced homes and churches not only in the USA, but countries throughout the world. Her radio program is Living Proof with Beth Moore at OnePlace.com and you can find her on mainstream Christian television- Life Today with James & Betty Robison every Wednesday.

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In 1950, women made up 29% of all working people- the workforce.  70% of whom held clerical or secretarial positions. (4)

 

TODAY, women make up 50% of the workforce (49.9% in 2009) and hold a variety of positions, qualifications and income levels. (5)  In fact, 70% of married women who have kids also have an outside job.   A much higher percentage than in 1950!

The roles and responsibilities of women have sky-rocketed.  They must keep a clean & welcoming home, raise healthy balanced kids, balance the budget, run their forty-hour-a-week office/clinic/classroom, attend to aging parents, love their husbands and teach Sunday School…… .Modern Woman

The role of women are so complex and demanding: it’s mindboggling at times.  One article refers to the working women as a “Jugglers of multiple roles.”  So,

How many roles can you juggle?  5, 6 or up to 8 items all at once!

And the question still remains:

Where do women find the time to do all they must do.

Are you just, barely getting from day to day, rather than THRIVING in every area of life.

Are you constantly late?  Do you ever have time for YOURSELF?

Do you procrastinate often?  Not enough time to exercise and eat the right foods?   Read this!

 

When a woman has too much to “juggle” or spend too much time in a given role this leads to Role Strain. (1)

Consequences of role strain

  • Strained personal relationships
  • Decline in physical health
  • Anger and hostility
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Fatigue & tiredness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

And other unhealthy and addictive habits can develop like Alcoholism and Overeating.

 

It was never God’s will for us to lead imbalance, anxiety-filled, unproductive live!

It was Christ who said,  The Thief came only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  But I am come that you might have LIFE and have it more abundantly. -John 10: 10

Our Lord also taught us that know matter how much stuff, jobs,assignments we must complete– To put Him first!

Matthew 6:33 says,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

And Do Not Worry About Your Life.

Allowing ourselves to be overworked and over-stressed, trying to jungle everything, and “control” our lives, rather than Walking by Faith and remembering God’s promises to us are true.  (2 Cor. 5:7 Rom. 1:17) and He is guiding our every step (Ps. 37:23).

Here are some Tips on coping with stress and living a balanced life (1):

1.Setting attainable personal and professional goals. Periodically ask yourself, “If something catastrophic happened to me today, would I have any regrets about the way I have lived my life?” To prevent burn-out, set limits.

2. Choose a partner and others who share your goals. Choose competent and trustworthy support people, such as child care providers and secretaries.

3. Establish your priorities. Make time for your family (attend school performances and sports events, take family vacations) and GOD and take care of yourself (eat right, get enough exercise, sleep). Remember to maintain a sense of humor.

4. Two potential spheres of support (ie, work and family) can serve as a useful role model for children.

So take care of yourselves- go to the beach, have a makeover day, treat ourselves to a sundae!  And Please Please Turn off that cell phone!

If you implement these steps you’re well on your way to Living a Balanced Life.

 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            – 3 John 1:2
Reference

1. http://my.clevelandclinic.org

2. http://stress.about.com/od/relationships/a/women_balance.htm

3. http://www.workingmother.com/blogs/mommy-favorites/how-live-balanced-life

4. http://alanis.simmons.edu/edith/opportunities

5. http://www.economist.com/node/15174418

The Spirit-led Woman

A woman can either be “carnally” or “fleshly-led”, Or she can be “Spirit-led.”

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ”  

– Romans 8:1

Have you ever desired freedom?  Have you ever desired rest?

No longer anxious of what the future holds and what is just around the corner of life–  Read This.

 

The truth is the two are opposite to each other.  The flesh is all about ME- __(Place your name here)__.  All that I want the money, the show, servants are my beak and call as I receive that “much-needed” manicure….

The Spirit, on the other hand, is living a Christ-centered, God-serving life where though you give up your control and grip, a better, greater purpose is being fulfilled in your life.

Who is a “Carnally-Led” Woman?

A carnal-led woman:
1. Desires only to satisfy her physical, material or selfish needs.   She is in constant need of more money, more make-up, a lower blouse, a shorter skirt.  There is never enough of anything.  So she gives away her heart, her dreams and even her body in hopes of being fulfilled–  Not seeing that Christ is exactly what she needs.
2. The carnal-led woman does not hearken to the prompts and “knocks” of God when He calls.
3. Romans 8:8 says that her life “can not please God.”

4. And Lastly, this life leads to death.

Who is a Spirit-led Woman?
1. Has no condemnation.  The guilt of past sins, and the shame of bad decisions and selfish choices no longer burdens her.  She is free.  She knows all of her sins are cleanse, thrown into the Sea of Forgetfulness, never to be brought back or held against her.  She is free indeed.       (John 8:36)
2. God’s righteousness is fulfilled in her.  She lives a pure, righteous and holy life to please and lift up God.
3. They no longer desire the things of the flesh but the Spirit, meaning the days when it was all about them- “GIMME, GIMME” and their world was clouded by vanity and every superficial thing: those days are over for her.  The only waters that quench her thirst, is the Living Water.  (John 4:10)

There are two Laws:
1. The Law of the Spirit of Life through Christ Jesus.

And…

2. The Law of Sin and death.

The first Law over-powered and overcame the second law.

Romans 8 :11 – “the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead… will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

“Living/Moving” Traits of Spirit-led Woman”
1. Her conversation is pure.
2. She dresses modestly so as not to be a distraction.
3. She lovingly supports her other sisters in the faith.
4. She lives like Heaven is her true home.
5. She stays in prayer.
6. She daily reads God’s Word- the Bible.
7. She is dressed in humility.
8. And carries dignity or self-worth everywhere she goes.
9. **Her life points to Christ.

Because she trusts in someone worth trusting, because she clings to someone worth clinging and hopes in the most reliable One, she is so much more secure and at ease about the future.  She knows that the One she entrusts her life to- God himself- will be with her every step of the way.

Are you a Spirit-led woman or a Carnal-led woman?

Think about it!

Father,

Teach me to live a life where I allow your Holy Spirit to lead me rather

than being guided by my own desires and intellect.  Because you love me,

because you gave your Son for me, I know your plans are far better for me

and you are worthy of my trust.   I give this life over to you.  For your will,

for you plans and to be led and directed by you.

In Jesus’ Name.

 

Grace

She stood before the court and the jurors as deliberations on the case had come to an end.  The verdict was here and it wasn’t long afterwards that the statement read: Guilty.

This woman had committed a crime.  It was an unlawful act, out of the bounds of the law of the land and country.  Now she was held to the weight of the letter of the law.  Such sentence requires her life.  She is certainly guilty and all of the evidence surrounding her verdict proves this. 

Now depressed and even dismayed, she hangs her head down in guilt.  Tears begin to stream down her cheeks as she whispers- “Help me.”   

Then in a sudden turn of events, the judge, leaves his stand, temporarily steps down from his post, goes before the prosecutor and says,

“I will take her place.”  

How could the judge take this criminals place.  How could he leave his high-ranking to serve someone not worthy of such service.  Yet He did.  And for this we are eternally grateful.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

-Roman 5:8

If you need His help, His hand or His love- know that He is just a prayer away. 

See Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 11:28-29