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About Diamond Grant

Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.
  • It’s the great qualm of every Christian college student- how in the world am I going to juggle being a student, having a social life, investing in my future career, all while keeping a strong relationship with God? It may seem difficult but it is completely possible. With some effort, creativity, and the grace of […]

    6 Tips For Bringing Christ Into Your College Experience

    It’s the great qualm of every Christian college student- how in the world am I going to juggle being a student, having a social life, investing in my future career, all while keeping a strong relationship with God? It may seem difficult but it is completely possible. With some effort, creativity, and the grace of God, Christ can still remain a focal point in your life as you pursue your education. 

     

    Start Your Day With A Devotional

    Starting your day with a devotional is a great way to give God the firstfruits of your day. Plus, it sets the mental and emotional tone for how you will navigate through the rest of your day. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to manage to squeeze a devotional in your morning routine when you’re sleep-deprived and rushing to class because you overslept yet again. (Yeah, I’ve been there and done that more times than I can count.) 

    If your concern is time, thankfully there are a lot of great devotional options out there that are designed to be quick and easy. Sarah Young has a devotional book called Jesus Calling and a follow-up book called Jesus Always. Each day’s devotional literally requires about 2 minutes of your time to read. I’d also recommend an audio devotional. My personal favorite that I currently use is an app called Daily Devo. You can choose to just listen to the devotional or you can listen to the devotional along with a worship song they’ve paired with the devotional for that day. The great thing about the audio devotionals is that you can listen to them even when you’re one the go, so there is no reason why you can’t spend a little time with God at the start of your day. You can even try this as you commute to school or walk to class.  

     

    Creative Praying 

    Let’s be real, between the never-ending papers and exams you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a moment where you’re alone long enough in a space quiet enough to pray uninterrupted. That doesn’t mean prayer is completely impossible. It simply means you have to get creative about when and where you pray. 

    I found praying while walking between classes to be a pretty efficient use of my time, especially since my class schedule had my classes on completely opposite sides of the campus. Nothing like a good old power walk and prayer. I also came to enjoy prayer in the shower. I know it seems completely weird, but don’t knock it until you try it. It’s basically the only time you’re alone and since you don’t pay for water in a college dorm you can hang out in there as long as you like. It can become a spiritual retreat if you let it. 

    Join or Start a Bible Study Group

    Chances are you aren’t the only Christian on your college campus. There are a lot of colleges that have a lot of groups and clubs that are centered around Christianity. My college had choir groups, poetry clubs, and community service-based groups that were Christ centered. Do some investigating and see what’s already available to you. However, if you find there aren’t any options or perhaps no options that appeal to you, consider becoming the option. Often we wait around for people to find the answer when we’ve been called to become the answer. Find out what’s needed to start an on campus Christ-centered group in your area(s) of interest, and then begin the work necessary to make it happen.  

     

    Locate & Attend a Local Church

    One of the main reasons I temporarily slipped away spiritually in college is because I started to neglect church. I didn’t know it at the time, but my campus had a chapel that met weekly on Sundays, and the local area was surrounded with several quality Christian churches that I could have gone to had I done my research. I simply did not prioritize it, thinking I would be strong enough to stand without a church. Well, I wasn’t and I tell everyone I know to make sure they stay connected to a church. 

    If your college has a church or chapel on campus, I implore you to attend. If not, ask around or do your own investigating to find some churches in the area then actually go attend. Every church may not be for you, but there is a church that is properly teaching the Word of God that is out there for you. Attending church regularly will help ensure your relationship with God continues to mature and will provide you the spiritual strength and encouragement you need to navigate the tough times in your life.

     

    Get An Accountability Partner

    When I got to college I traded in my accountability partner for a partner in crime. Instead of someone to hold me accountable for when I was operating in a way that wasn’t Christ-like, I found someone who was happy to cosign my crappy lifestyle choices. Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to get far from Christ.

    Find a person on campus who is just as serious about maintaining their relationship with Christ as you are and walk life out with them. Go to them when you find yourself struggling with temptation. Allow this person to call you out when they see you acting out of line. Go to church together. Study the Bible together. Pray for each other. Encourage one another. Having someone who can speak life into you, speak the Word over you, and remind you of who you are in Christ will help keep you on the right path.

    Avoid Your Triggers & Temptations 

    I’m sure you read that heading and thought, “Okay Captain Obvious.” Or maybe you read that and started to think about just how hard it actually is to avoid temptation in college. Obviously, temptation is everywhere, but you have a lot more control than you think. When I was in college I couldn’t control the fact that there were parties every single day of the week at somebody’s house near campus. However, I could control whether or not I attended those parties which also would have heavily curbed how often I was exposed to alcohol and other substances. You can’t control that there will be a lot of males on campus, many of whom you may find yourself attracted to. However, you can control whether you’re alone with that person which could lead to sexual sin. 

    The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 

    There is absolutely no trigger or temptation you don’t have the power to overcome. Satan has absolutely no authority over you. He cannot make you sin, he can merely make a suggestion. It’s up to you to decide whether you’ll give in to his suggestion or use the tools Christ has given you to resist. 

    Jesus wants to be involved in every part of your life, including your college experience. Don’t make the mistake many of us have made by deciding to live without Christ in college under the assumption that we have plenty of time to get back to God. The truth is that time is not promised to any of us. We could be here today and gone tomorrow so it’s vital we live each day with purpose. It’s my firm belief that if you choose God while in college you’ll find your college experience is that much more rewarding and enjoyable.

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  • Am I the only one who sometimes finds prayer to be a struggle? I sometimes struggle with what to pray, when to pray, and how to pray. It just never quite seems like I’m doing it right.  Chances are we are all making this whole prayer thing a lot harder than it has to be. […]

    Prayer Made Simple: Tips to Help You Incorporate Prayer in Your Daily Life

    Am I the only one who sometimes finds prayer to be a struggle? I sometimes struggle with what to pray, when to pray, and how to pray. It just never quite seems like I’m doing it right. 
    Chances are we are all making this whole prayer thing a lot harder than it has to be. God did not design prayer as this ultra spiritual task to root out the weak Christians (this is not survival of the fittest). God designed prayer to draw us closer to Him. Thus, it’s perfectly attainable if we just take the time to break it down to the basics. Here are some practical ways to help you implement prayer into your daily life. 
    Change How You View Prayer
    Prayer is not that deep. What do I mean? You don’t need to pray on your knees for one hour at the top of your lungs for one hour straight while speaking in tongues and quoting a plethora of scriptures in order for your prayer to count. Prayer is simply conversing with God. Talking to your Heavenly Father. Laying out what is on your heart. Acknowledging and thanking Him for who he is in your life. Asking Him for forgiveness and help. Also, listening to what He may want to impart into your spirit. Don’t over-complicate things by over spiritualizing them. Talk to Abba Father. Simple as that. 
    Journal
    When I first got saved the idea of talking out loud to a person I couldn’t see felt very odd to me, especially since I first gave my life to Christ as a child. So I decided the simplest thing to do was to write my prayers down and then read them out loud. It seems really simple and honestly, that’s the whole point. It tends to be easier for us to express ourselves freely and honestly through writing. Reading it out loud then gets you in the practice of verbally expressing your thoughts to God. Again, simple but effective, especially for those new to prayer. 
    Pray Throughout The Day
    I used to think prayer was restricted to once in the morning, once at night, and before meals- period. I now realize that I can talk to God whenever I want and I love to take advantage of that. I love to check-in with God throughout my day and have mini moments with Him. I may do Ten minutes between calls with my mentees, five minutes while I’m preparing lunch, and fifteen minutes while working out. Breaking up prayer into these bite-sized bits makes it seem less daunting. You’d be amazed to find how much you actually talk with God by the end of the day when you go about it this way.
    Worship
    Let’s be real, I don’t always feel like praying. There are some days my flesh rises up real strong and the temptation to listen to it is strong. But I’ve found that on those days when prayer is the very last thing I want to do, putting on some worship music from Upper Room or Elevation Worship quickly pulls me out of my flesh and into a posture of reverence. It’s almost impossible not to naturally flow into a prayer of at least gratitude if not more from a place of worship.
    Consider Others
    This may just be me, but when I think about praying for myself or things in my own life I have to admit that it feels a little uncomfortable. I know I should be to go to God in prayer regarding my own life and situations, but I sometimes feel like I’m complaining. Nonetheless, I know that’s not the case and I’m working on adjusting my mindset. As I do that work I’ve found praying for others to be a very great investment of my time that often ends up benefiting me as well. God sees our hearts, and when He sees that we are sincerely interceding for someone else with no selfish motive of our own it touches His heart. We’ll often find ourselves caught in the crosshairs of the blessing He pours out on the person we’ve been praying for because our faithfulness is being honored. 
    At the end of the day, it all goes back to talking to your Heavenly Father- that’s it. Carve out some time to chat with the one who gave you life and listen for what He wants to pour back into you. 
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  • The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5 (ESV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his wounds, we are healed.” This scripture suggests healing isn’t something we have to wait for, but rather that it is accessible to us […]

    Living Healed, Even When You’re Sick

    The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5 (ESV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his wounds, we are healed.” This scripture suggests healing isn’t something we have to wait for, but rather that it is accessible to us now. But what happens when you’re still sick? What happens when you stand on the word of God and you still get a bad diagnosis? What do you do when you’re standing on faith and the outcome still isn’t favorable?
    I know this struggle first hand. Between June of 2018 and April of 2019, I was dealing with a serious health scare that completely shook my faith. I watched my health steadily decline in drastic ways for reasons doctors struggled to pinpoint for quite some time. A series of alarming symptoms led to an array of medical tests and procedures. I found myself stuck in between the reality of what was happening and how terribly I felt, and the truth of God’s Word that told me I was already healed. 
    It was a long and hard journey, but I was able to make it through until my physical body reflected the healing God promised me. While there is no one size fits all for coping with sickness, I found some ways during my own health struggle to live healed despite the sickness that dwelled within my body. 

    Don’t Surrender To Your Symptoms

    Early on in my journey, I must admit that I surrendered to my sickness. I felt poorly and I allowed how I felt to consume me. At some point I decided that I wasn’t doing myself any justice by wallowing in sorrow and sickness. I may have been sick, but I was tired of looking sick and allowing my sickness to become my identity.
    I made it a point to make myself look nice each day- dress up a bit (no yoga pants or leggings), put on makeup, curl my hair, etc. For me, when I look nice I immediately start to feel better. I also started to change my diet and workout within my means. Again, knowing I was eating well and doing something positive for my body made me feel better. The final step I took was to get informed and seek naturopathic methods for coping with my symptoms as my doctor’s worked to first figure out and then treat my ailment. Incorporating essential oils and meditation to my daily routine helped to elevate my spirits, change my mindset for the positive, and also help with the physical symptoms I was experiencing. 

    Affirm The Word

    Despite how I felt and what the doctors told me, I was determined to meditate on God’s Word which told me I was healed. I had scriptures posted all over my wall and I was reading the word almost obsessively, and prayer became my second language. Every time I felt or noticed a symptom associated with my ailment, I would speak the Word. Every morning I woke up, I would read those scriptures on my wall. Every time I would get a report or test result that wasn’t optimistic I would acknowledge what was said, but combat it with a scripture. 
    The Bible says that life and death lie in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so I determined that my tongue would speak nothing but life. I knew that while it wasn’t the case in the moment, if I continued to speak good health then good health would manifest in my life. And though it took some time, that is exactly what happened. 

    Faith Over Fear

    Overcoming fear is by far one of the hardest things to do. Fear is an instinctual human reaction, but it is also a liar that will keep you paralyzed. Faith is not the absence of fear, it’s the choice to not let fear keep you from the future.  You have to decide that you will not let fear hold you captive despite the fact that what you see in your health fails to align with what you believe. 
    When you’re afraid because of what you feel or what you’ve been told, don’t give into that feeling. Cast your cares on God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He will strengthen you and grace you to navigate your journey. 
    There is nothing our God cannot do. The same God who healed people in the Bible with a simple word or touch is just as powerful today. Your healing is already yours, you’re simply awaiting the manifestation of that healing. So stand firmly on the Word, and let God empower you to face fear and your illness head on. Remember, whatever you conquer you then possess new levels of authority over. Once you’ve conquered sickness you’ll have authority over illness in brand new way. Plus, the testimony of how you triumphed over something designed to take you out is going to bless and encourage those watching you. Stay encouraged and remember that all your help comes from the Lord and Him alone. 
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  • I have a confession to make. When I got serious about my relationship with God and really started living my life for Him, I thought life was going to be a breeze. I literally envisioned Jesus and I running hand in hand in a field filled with wildflowers. And then the struggles of life persisted […]

    Remembering God Is Good When Life Is Bad

    I have a confession to make. When I got serious about my relationship with God and really started living my life for Him, I thought life was going to be a breeze. I literally envisioned Jesus and I running hand in hand in a field filled with wildflowers. And then the struggles of life persisted and it felt like I was left in the field to wander alone.
    We tend to correlate our level of struggle to God’s level of love. When life is good, God must love us so much and be so happy with us. But when life gets bad we feel unloved by God and assume He must be displeased with us. Here’s the truth- our circumstances are not the measuring stick of God’s love. Here’s another truth- God doesn’t stop being good because life gets bad. 
    We must learn not to agree with the lie of the enemy that tells us our God isn’t good and our lives are bad. We must learn to combat the lies of Satan with the truth of who God really is and how He has truly designed life to be. There are things we can do when we find ourselves in tough places to refresh our memories about God’s goodness.

    Understand God Is Not The Cause

    When life starts to get hard I can’t be the only one who sometimes thinks thoughts such as, “God, why are you doing this to me?” “God, why are you punishing me?” “God, why are you making me go through this?” 
    I once heard Nancy Alcorn say the following at a women’s conference at my church, “God is not the author of our pain.” Do you know why that phrase has so much power? Because it means God doesn’t cause bad things to happen to us. It means God is not out here playing tit for tat. It means that what is found in Jeremiah 29:11 is true, that His intentions are not to harm us but to give us a hope and a future. God does not cause our pain, but there are things He will allow to help us grow and to make us a light for other people who are watching our example. So rather than taking our struggles personally we should remember James 1:2-4 (ESV) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

    Also Read: When Tragedy Strikes: How to Deal and Heal Through Life’s Battles

     


    Walk Down Memory Lane

    One of the best exercises for reminding yourself of God’s goodness is to look at how good He’s been to you in the past. It is so easy for us to forget just how much God has brought us through when we are in the midst of our current struggles. But when we take time to reflect, we are able to see just how far God’s grace has brought us and how truly blessed we are.
    Something I’ve started doing is keeping a journal where I track all my prayer requests. As those requests get answered I go back and write how and when God answered them. It’s the perfect way to keep a written record of how God has moved in your life. Whenever I am feeling particularly down about life’s current circumstances, I look back through that journal and am reminded of who God is. I am reminded of how faithful God has been to me. I’m reminded of how much God loves me. And I am reminded of what the Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 (ESV), “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This means the same good God who delivered me and blessed me then, can and will do so for me now.  

    Serve Others

    There is something about selflessly giving to people who cannot give back to you that helps you realize how privileged you are. It means taking the focus off of yourself and your circumstances, and focusing on caring for someone else. 
    At my church, I serve as a teacher in the children’s ministry on a weekly basis. Those children from infants to 5 years old are not in a position to offer me anything, but each week I see how blessed I am to be entrusted by my church leaders and these parents to pour into their kids’ hearts, minds, and souls. There are times I go into serve with a down spirit and a heavy heart, but by the time service has ended my heart is overjoyed and I am encouraged. To see them learning and enjoying themselves helps me to see God from a different angle, and I grow to recognize His goodness in a new way. 

    Gratitude List

    One of the easiest and quickest ways to remind yourself of God’s goodness is to write out a list of the things you’re grateful for. As bad as things might currently be in your life, they could in fact be a lot worse. That’s not to negate the reality of your circumstances as much as it’s about taking your eyes off the negative and putting them on the positive. 
    At the end of each day I spend five minutes writing down three things I am grateful for. No matter how bad my day has been. Thinking about the joy my son brings me, or the privilege it is that my passion is also my job, helps take the focus off of what’s wrong in my life and put it on what’s right in life. It becomes virtually impossible not to acknowledge God’s goodness when you’re looking at it written down right in front of you. 
    Unfortunately, many of us allow our circumstances to dictate how we see our God, instead of allowing our God to dictate how we see our circumstances. In reality, bad circumstances offer the perfect opportunity for God to demonstrate his love and power in amazing ways. I encourage you to reject your urge to curse God and wallow in bitterness the next time you struggle and instead follow Job’s example. Choose to trust God and continue seeing Him through eyes of love and kindness despite your inability to understand the season He may be allowing you to go through. Then stand on the ultimate knowledge that in the end you win.  
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