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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.
  • Learning to embrace God’s love can be one of our biggest struggles as Christian women. Personally, as someone who grew up in the church, I logically knew that God loved me, yet emotionally I didn’t feel it. I needed to do more than know God loves me—I needed to really feel His love for me. […]

    Your True Valentine: Learning to Embrace God’s Love For You

    Learning to embrace God’s love can be one of our biggest struggles as Christian women. Personally, as someone who grew up in the church, I logically knew that God loved me, yet emotionally I didn’t feel it. I needed to do more than know God loves me—I needed to really feel His love for me. So how did I get to that place? There were three steps I took that shifted my mindset and helped me to truly embrace God’s love for me, and it will for you too.

    Read God’s Love Letter (The Bible)

    We have to know God’s Word. I only learned basic scripture while growing up in church. You know, John 3:16, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28, The Lord’s Prayer, etc. What I didn’t know was what God’s Word said about His love for me.

    Take time to really dig deep in the scriptures about God’s love and what it means. You can get index cards and post-it notes to write down every scripture you find. Then, post those “love notes” in places you would see them easily and regularly- on a mirror, a desk, walls, in a notebook, on the refrigerator; anywhere and everywhere. I did this for weeks, and every time I saw one of those scriptures I recited it out loud until I had memorized each and every one. Whenever you’re confronted with thoughts or lies from Satan that would suggest you aren’t loved, you can speak the Word (truth) and combat that thought or lie. Once those scriptures started getting into my spirit and permeating my mind, I no longer felt lonely.

    Express Love through Self-Forgiveness

    A large factor that contributes to feeling unloved is the inability to forgive oneself. I was so bound by the shame of things that I had done or things that happened to me in the past that I didn’t actually believe I was deserving of the love of God. Ladies, remember that guilt and shame are not of God. God our Father convicts us, but he does not condemn us.

    Conviction is designed to nudge our spirits in the right direction so we make the right choices and stray away from those things that are not of God. Conviction leads us to repentance and subsequently forgiveness, which ultimately leads us to redemption. That means our sins and our past are not held against us and we are not viewed by God through the lens of our past mistakes. Condemnation, on the other hand, suggests that you are nothing more than the sum of your past sins and mistakes. Condemnation is a mindset from the Enemy and it is a trap designed to keep you bound.

    You cannot feel God’s love if you’re bound by condemnation, guilt, and shame. You must know and believe that Jesus did not come to condemn the world (John 12:47) and that there is absolutely no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). We serve a loving and merciful God, so if He can forgive us, it is both okay and necessary to forgive ourselves.

    Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. 

    [Isaiah 30:18]

    Build a Relationship with the Lord

    Many of us unknowingly carry an Orphan Spirit, that is, a spirit of abandonment, loneliness, and isolation which has existed on Earth since Adam and Eve’s disobedience alienated mankind from God. We must embrace the Spirit of Sonship (or in our case, “Daughtership”) that establishes us not only as children of God, but also joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).  

    The orphan spirit causes us to think we must earn the affection and approval of God and others. Under the orphan spirit, insecurity dominates, and we begin to compete with and compare ourselves to others. Those operating out of an orphan spirit are restless and unfilled, trying often to find identity in worldly successes. However, when we operate in the spirit of sonship, we have a firm understanding that we are unconditionally loved and accepted by God, our Father. Sis, Our identity is rooted in Christ and we do not need seek the world for validation. There is also no need to compare ourselves with others because God made us and loves us uniquely. Find security in Him.

    Let me tell you how beautiful it is to truly feel the love of God. It’s the greatest joy and deepest peace you’ll ever feel.

    There is security.

    There is acceptance.

    There is redemption

    Everything thing you could ever want or imagine is resting in the arms of the Father. So take the time to find out how deeply the Father loves you and cares about you and release those things that prevent you from feeling that love on a personal level. Let this be your Valentine Day’s gift. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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  • We all want to be fit, but it can be a huge struggle to find a fitness program that we can actually stick with. I am guilty of starting and never finishing countless workout routines and fitness classes for a host of different reasons. It was either too hard or too easy. It was either […]

    Finding the Fitness Program that Works for You

    We all want to be fit, but it can be a huge struggle to find a fitness program that we can actually stick with. I am guilty of starting and never finishing countless workout routines and fitness classes for a host of different reasons. It was either too hard or too easy. It was either too boring or too intense. It either cost too much or was too far out of the way. What started off as hopeful optimism about finally committing to getting fit was always quickly deterred. But then I found it- a solid way to narrow down my options and find the fitness program that was my best fit. Once I found the program for me I started achieving my goals, feeling better, and inevitably looking better. How did I do it? I asked myself five essential questions that ended up leading me to the best fitness program for me.
    What Are Your Goals?
    This is probably the most important question you have to ask yourself. Hence, the reason it is number one on the list. The fitness goals you want to reach will greatly narrow the scope of what you should focus on. If your primary goal is to lose weight, a cardio based program will likely be a better fit. If toning is your main goal, then a program that involves weight training will likely be a better fit. Whereas a goal of strengthening the core may make a Pilates-based program a better fit. Once you get clear about what you want to achieve you will be able to narrow down your options significantly.
    What Do You Like?
    Knowing what you like and dislike can greatly help you in your search for the best fitness program. Do you like something more playful or something more serious? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor fitness? Do you like to dance? Do you enjoy the water? Do you want something high or low impact? The questions could go on and on, but the main goal is to get a real handle on what you enjoy. You are far more likely to commit to a fitness program that you actually like, so figuring this out is key.
    Solo or Community?
    For me, solo is the way to go. I don’t like the pressure of having other people around me when I am sweating and breathing hard. I always feel like I am being watched and judged, which makes me self-conscious and inevitably leads to me ending my workout earlier than planned. However, there is a huge segment of the population that enjoys working out with others. For some, the community gives them more motivation, more energy, and just makes things more fun. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, figuring this out can help you decide whether a group/class approach is or is not a good fit for you.
    What’s Your Budget?
    Let’s be real, money does not grow on trees and fitness programs can be pricey. It’s important to know what you can afford or feel comfortable spending before committing to anything. Your health and wellness is worth an investment, but not to the point where you break the bank.
    It can often be good to compare several options before making a final decision. Take the top three options you are considering and look at each option from all sides financially. How much does the program cost? Will you have to purchase any specific equipment, clothing, or food? Examining all facets should give you a very clear picture of what does and does not fit within your budget.
    How Much Time Can You Commit?
    If you’re like most people, you don’t have a boatload of time to commit to working out. This is a factor you should take into consideration when looking at potential fitness programs. Attending a fitness class at a designated time three times a week might not seem like a huge commitment at first, until you realize that balancing your family, job, and social life leaves little time for you to travel to a class, spend an hour there, and then travel back to wherever you need to be… especially not three times a week. While it’s important to make time for what is important, and your health should be important, overextending yourself to the point of stress is not okay.
    With these five questions, you can narrow down the wide field of fitness programs to the one that is the best fit for you.  Here is to hoping that 2019 is your fittest year ever!
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  • The New Year is all about examining our lives and resolving to make changes that will benefit us and perhaps those around us. While resolutions can get very personal, there are some basic resolutions we all should be adding to our lists for 2019. Connect With God Consistently You are probably trying to figure out […]

    5 New Year’s Health Resolutions You Should Make

    The New Year is all about examining our lives and resolving to make changes that will benefit us and perhaps those around us. While resolutions can get very personal, there are some basic resolutions we all should be adding to our lists for 2019.

    Connect With God Consistently

    You are probably trying to figure out what connecting with God has to do with health, right? Maintaining a consistent relationship with God through regular prayer and reading of the Bible is how we ensure the health of our mind, heart, and soul. When we are one with the Holy Spirit He is able to guide our steps and pour into our hearts continuously. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 that God keeps in perfect peace those who keep their minds stayed on him. So for our spiritual and mental health, we need to be communing with God daily so we are continually filled.

    Prioritize Self-Care

    In 2019, you need to know that you are worth the investment of time and attention. In order to give our best to others, we must first be at our best, and the only way to be at our best is to take care of ourselves. This year, make a commitment to do something each week for yourself, even if it’s as simple as taking yourself out to eat or taking a bubble bath. Also, remember that it is okay to protect your mental and emotional space. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to turn down a social invitation. It’s okay to choose yourself and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. You matter and you deserve it.

    Stay Hydrated

    Dehydration should not be taken lightly. Not only can it cause some serious symptoms, but it can also lead to some serious health issues. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, irritability, rapid heart rate, lack of energy, and even confusion. Prolonged dehydration can lead to liver issues, kidney issues, and heart issues among several others.

    Eat Well

    You already knew it was coming- You are what you eat. I said it and the fact is, it’s completely true. What you feed your body can either harm it or heal it, so why not put things into your body that will help it thrive? Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Go organic when you can. Avoid excess sodium and processed sugar. Be mindful of your portions and remember the rule, “Everything in moderation.”

    Get Moving

    Research suggests that just 30 minutes of exercise a day, 2-3 times per week, can have a significant positive impact on heart health and overall wellness. Benefits of regular exercise include decreased stress levels, increased energy levels, reduced joint stiffness, better blood flow, and even an improved mood thanks to the release of endorphins exercising gives your brain. You don’t have to do a lot or get extreme with your exercise either in order for it to be effective. A simple walk will do the trick. And even if you find you cannot commit to 30 minutes of physical activity, remember that something is better than nothing.
    So resolve to start this new year on the right foot. With God and good health habits, you can make 2019 your best year yet!
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  • Keeping Your Cup Filled: The Value of Self-Care

    Am I the only woman who has a hard time doing something, anything for herself? I have no issue exhausting my last bit of energy for someone else, and I won’t hesitate to give my last dime to someone else, yet I can barely find time to eat a meal or get a restful amount of sleep at night. Why is that? What is that? That is called self-neglect, and that is an unhealthy pattern of behavior we as women must break.

    Self-care is both necessary and completely okay. In the book of Genesis we see that God created the Earth in six days and on the seventh day, he rested. Do you really think God needed to rest? Absolutely not; He’s God after all. Rather, perhaps He was giving us a biblical model to follow. Biblically, the number seven represents completion. God had finished his work and He rested because His work was complete. It seems logical that we too should follow a similar pattern. Once we’ve completed our tasks, we too need to give ourselves the time and the room to rest in God.

    But how can we really find time to rest and does it really matter? We live in a society that glamorizes being perpetually busy. Phrases like, ‘Grind til I die’ and ‘I can sleep when I’m dead’ have turned into mottos to live by. Yet, it is God’s design for us to walk in peace. The Bible says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This means not only does God want us to experience peace and rest, but it is also something that is attainable. When we choose to give our burdens to God and prioritize self-care, we can experience the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Not only that, but we can also improve our overall health and the health of our relationships.

     

    Self-Care Can Improve Your Health

    There are a host of self-care activities that can promote good physical and mental health. Sometimes we think self-care has to be some grand act like a trip to the spa or a weekend getaway. While those certainly qualify as self-care activities, it doesn’t have to be that deep in order for it to be effective. There are small things you can do that require minimal efforts/financial investment that will help you feel, look, and be healthy. Some examples include:

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