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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.
  • There are times when life seems really good, am I right? Your finances are stable. You are thriving at your job. You are handling all of your responsibilities with ease. Your relationship with God is flourishing. You are eating well and exercising regularly. You’re drinking enough water and your skin is flawless. You simply feel […]

    The Power Of Positive Perception 

    There are times when life seems really good, am I right? Your finances are stable. You are thriving at your job. You are handling all of your responsibilities with ease. Your relationship with God is flourishing. You are eating well and exercising regularly. You’re drinking enough water and your skin is flawless. You simply feel amazing!
    But then there are times when life seems to be really bad. You are struggling to pay bills. Your coworkers are driving you crazy. You’re overwhelmed by what seems like a never-ending list of things to do. You feel distant from God. Fast food has become your life and the gym is virtually nonexistent. You are probably dehydrated and your skin seems to reflect on the outside how drained and tired you feel on the inside. The struggle is real!
    As I have matured I’ve learned that it is much less about what is actually happening and much more about how we choose to view what is happening. It’s not so much that life goes from good to bad and back to good again, though there certainly are seasons of life that are more trying than others. More often than not, it’s that the way we view what is happening in our lives has changed and caused us to perceive a situation or a season as particularly bad. 
    I’m here to tell you that the key to navigating tough times in your life is altering the lens through which you view those tough times. There are steps you can take to reshape your viewpoint so you have the upper hand on life and life doesn’t have the upper hand over you. 

    Think Good Thoughts

    I know you’ve heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat,’ but even more so than that I believe you are what you think. In the same manner, life is what you think. You have to train yourself to combat negativity with positivity. When you are tempted to see a situation negatively, I challenge you to ask yourself the following questions:
    – God, what are you trying to show me?
    – God, how are you trying to grow me?
    – God, where are you trying to go with me?
    Looking at situations from this vantage point helps you to see tough times as stepping stones or building blocks rather than punishment. You can begin to imagine the clarity God wants to give you, the heights God wants to take you to, or the places God wants to go with you. Hardships then become a means to an end as opposed to the end all be all. 

    Refer To The Word

    The Bible is packed with scriptures that remind us of the good on the other side of tough times and the purpose behind our seasons of suffering. Romans 8:18 tells us, “The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” Isaiah 66:9 tells us, “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.” Psalms 30:5 reminds us, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.” James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” 
    I could go on and on listing scriptures for days, but the point is this- bad times are short lived. It’s hard to remember this when we spend all of our time hyper focusing on our negative situations. But, when we get into the Word and read what God promises us, it’s hard to forget. 

     


    Read: Personalized Scriptures to Help You Through Your Toughest Seasons

     


    Change Your Surroundings

    If you take the time to analyze who and what is around you during the hard times in your life, more often than not you’ll find that your environment isn’t encouraging. We have a tendency to gravitate toward things that reinforce our negative circumstances, rather than those things that provide encouragement. Instead of surrounding ourselves with friends who remind us of the Word and keep us focused on the positives, we gossip with friends who reinforce how poorly we feel. Instead of listening to music that uplifts us, we pick songs that speak to our sorrow and anger. Rather than spending time at places that encourage us like our local church or bible study group, we find ourselves at locations that are less than inspiring. 
    Sometimes you have to uproot yourself and relocate. Get up and go for a walk. Turn on some worship music. Watch a YouTube video from one of your favorite spiritual leaders. Do whatever you need to in order to put yourself in a place where you can be surrounded with positive encouragement. It is amazing how much better things will appear when you’ve been in an environment where life has been spoken into you. 
    Changing how you think sets the foundation for you to see more clearly. When you align your thoughts with the Word of God, surround yourself with encouraging people, and place yourself in positive environments, your vision changes. You can begin to see God’s plan and His hand in everything. It doesn’t mean that tough times won’t exist, but it means you”ll be spiritually mature enough to understand why they exist and that they won’t exist for long. 
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  • Please tell me I’m not the only one out there who feels just plain exhausted from time to time. The responsibilities of motherhood, ministry, my mentorship program, writing, and maintaining the relationships in my life sometimes wear on me. I feel pulled in so many directions and yet I won’t stop to breathe because I’m […]

    Say Yes to Rest

    Please tell me I’m not the only one out there who feels just plain exhausted from time to time. The responsibilities of motherhood, ministry, my mentorship program, writing, and maintaining the relationships in my life sometimes wear on me. I feel pulled in so many directions and yet I won’t stop to breathe because I’m constantly thinking about everything that needs to be done, and what’s not being done while I’m resting.
    But what if I told you rest was a command from God? What if I told you that when God rested on the 7th day (Gen 2:2-3), it wasn’t because He physically needed to, it was because He was setting a precedent for us. Hebrews 4: 9-10 tells us, “There remains then a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works just as God did from his.”
    But what does it mean to actually rest? I’m not talking about simply taking a nap or taking a day off from work. I’m referring to the Greek word ‘anapausis’ meaning ‘cessation and refreshment.’ You could also refer to the Hebrew words ‘shabbat’ meaning ‘to cease’, or ‘nuach’ meaning ‘to be quiet.’ It’s in our decision to cease the busyness of our everyday lives, be still, and be quiet that we are able to experience divine rest and refreshment.

     

    Why We Need Rest

     

    1. To Hear From The Holy Spirit.

    There are things the Holy Spirit will reveal to you in only in the quiet moments of your life. It’s when we pause in His presence that we hear him the loudest and the clearest. It’s the stillness that allows us to tune out the influence of society and culture and media and truly hear the voice of our father. His voice leads. His voice guides. His voice directs. His voice provides clarity. His voice also offers gentle reminders of who He is and who we are in Him when we go through rough times and difficult situations.

     

    2. To Be Replenished

    One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to empower. When we are pouring out, we need someone to pour back into us, otherwise, we’ll become and remain depleted. After all, it’s impossible to pour out of an empty cup. Who better than the ultimate empowerer to refill us from the inside out? Jeremiah 31:25 tells us God will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint, but it requires us to be still enough to allow Him to do so. Isaiah 30:15 reminds us that in repentance and rest we find salvation, and in quietness and trust is our strength. The fact is, we can find everything we need- strength, peace, wisdom, and more in God. So we need to give Him the opportunity to give us what we need.

     

    3. To Continue Operating In Excellence

    How on earth are you able to do what God has placed you on this earth to do if you’re not strong enough to carry out the vision? When you have heard from the Holy Spirit about what to do, and then have allowed yourself to be refueled and empowered, you’re able to actually do what you need to do. The Bible tells us to do all things as unto the Lord (Col 3:23). Last time I checked God wasn’t out here doing things haphazardly. He’s always operating out of a spirit of excellence, and we should be too. But it’s kind of hard to be excellent when exhaustion gets the upper hand. I find that when I’m exhausted I make a lot of errors I generally wouldn’t make and overlook a lot of things I generally would have caught. But when I am well rested and Holy Spirit empowered, I can slay almost anything. I parent more effectively, write better, mentor with more wisdom, and serve with what seems to be more fervor. In my own strength, I seem to barely be getting by, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
    Rest is a fundamental part of being our best selves. A depleted and broken down person is in no position to conquer for the Kingdom. We have to break the mindset of the world that says being still equates to laziness. We have to surrender the worldly idea that rest equals wasting time. There are things accomplished for our minds, bodies, and souls when we rest that can’t be accomplished at any other time. As we rest in God we will find rest for our weary souls. So do as Isaiah 40:31 tells us and wait on the Lord so He can renew your strength. Then you will soar on wings like eagles, you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not grow faint.
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  • When I officially went vegan, I was so proud of myself for finally committing. It was a Sunday morning and it was the first brunch outing with my friends since my dietary switch. If I’m being totally honest, I couldn’t wait to brag just a little about how my new lifestyle change was actually changing […]

    A Vegan’s Guide to Eating Out

    When I officially went vegan, I was so proud of myself for finally committing. It was a Sunday morning and it was the first brunch outing with my friends since my dietary switch. If I’m being totally honest, I couldn’t wait to brag just a little about how my new lifestyle change was actually changing my life for the better. We all began to arrive, drink orders were taken, and then I looked at the menu in stunned silence- I couldn’t eat anything at the restaurant. Okay, so that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but being reduced to the sides menu while everyone else was chowing down on large platters and brunch entrees was no fun.
    That was the first and last time something of the sort ever happened to me. I became determined to be prepared so I could enjoy the experience of eating out while still remaining true to my new lifestyle. The following tips have carried me through on my vegan journey and I hope they’ll be just as useful to you if you’ve made the switch or are considering it.

    Thinking about making the transition to become a vegan? Click here for a Beginner’s Guide. 

     


     

    Tell Your Friends You’re Vegan

    This seems like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised to hear how many people I’ve talked to that haven’t told their inner circle they’ve changed the way they eat. Why? Mostly because they are afraid they will either be judged or seen as too complicated and therefore excluded. However, your true friends will support the decision you’ve made and will still want the honor of your presence at the next outing. Telling your friend group you are vegan simply helps them to be a bit more thoughtful when planning outings so you can also enjoy a good meal while you are all out together.  

     

    Check Out the Menu Beforehand

    If I am not familiar with where we are going to eat,  always make it a point to check out the menu before we go out. This gives me a chance to see what my options are and make a decision about what I am going to eat before I arrive at the restaurant. In some cases this has meant eating before I went since most of the vegan options were off of the sides menu. Then I wouldn’t be starving when I arrived and could enjoy something small when I got there. Other times this gave me a chance to plan out how I would request an entree to be altered to meet my dietary needs. Ultimately, reviewing the menu beforehand ensures I am able to prepare so I won’t have to spend 25 minutes trying to figure out what, if anything I can have.

     

    Pick the Restaurant

    As well meaning as my friends are, people who aren’t vegan don’t generally consider vegan things. This means that as thoughtful as they try to be when we all go out together about 75% of the time the place they choose won’t be super vegan friendly. In this case I have found that being the one to pick the restaurant has been a great alternative. What I don’t do is pick an ultra vegan restaurant that I know won’t appeal to them. But what I do ensure is that there is something at the restaurant aside from a side dish that I can enjoy while still confirming there are options they will like too. It takes the pressure off of them and makes sure I leave the restaurant just as satisfied. Plus, they often are willing to at least try some vegan options and have ended up enjoying some of my selections quite a bit.

     

    Bring Your Own Meal (if possible)

    This last option is very situational and not always possible based on restaurant policies, but I have done this more times than you would believe. If I’ve determined that a restaurant won’t be able to accommodate my dietary preferences, I generally call the restaurant beforehand. I then explain that I’ll be eating out with a group of friends but need to bring my own food due to personal health reasons. Since I am eating with a group of paying customers and I’ve alerted them beforehand, it’s usually allowed. However, it may be best to bring a meal you’ve prepared at home versus one you purchased from another restaurant just as a professional courtesy.
    So there you have it- A vegan’s guide to eating out. You aren’t confined to eating at home just because you’re vegan. Thankfully, the world seems to be a lot more accommodating and inviting for vegans, so finding restaurants that have vegan options shouldn’t be as hard as it used to be. By taking some simple steps you can ensure you have a pleasant eating out experience that won’t leave you envying your friends’ plates or starving afterwards.

     

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  • There once was a time when I thought singleness was a curse. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic but it definitely aligns with how society often made me feel as a single woman. I saw my singleness as a sign that I was deficient in some way. I felt inadequate, I felt unloved, I […]

    The Strengths of Singleness

    There once was a time when I thought singleness was a curse. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic but it definitely aligns with how society often made me feel as a single woman. I saw my singleness as a sign that I was deficient in some way. I felt inadequate, I felt unloved, I felt lonely, and most of all I felt really sorry for myself.
    Then one day I turned off the Adele and decided that I was tired of feeling poorly about my singleness. As I started to pray on it, God started to show me some powerful and impactful people in the Bible who accomplished amazing things for the Kingdom while single, including Jesus Christ himself. I realized that singleness wasn’t a punishment, but a preparatory stage. I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but singleness is, in fact, a gift and it serves a purpose in our lives if we make the most of it.
    The Purpose of Singleness
    1. Better Yourself. 
    Your single season is the perfect time to work on becoming the best you can be. You have the ability to examine yourself in depth, discover who you are, and determine who you want to be. You can then do the work required to become the person God called you to be without the added influence of another person. In my single season I took the time to heal old wounds from daddy issues, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Trust me when I say, it’s a lot easier to deal with your demons solo than trying to tackle them with someone else. I am now freed from that trauma and won’t bring those wounds into my future marriage. I’ve also taken the time to develop some skills and pursue some activities I wanted to for a long time. I’ve mastered cooking, I’m teaching myself to play the guitar, and I’m in the midst of taking a sign language course. I’m becoming the person and doing the things that make me happy with myself. Then I’ll be able to bring my best self into my future relationship and not have to rely on another person to satisfy me.
    2.Intimacy With God
    What better time to build your relationship with God than when it’s just you and God? When you enter into a relationship, a large portion of your time is committed to cultivating and nurturing that relationship. When you’re single you can devote your time and attention completely to God. I’ve enjoyed getting to know God more in my single season. I understand His character and His nature better. I understand His will for my life and His promises to me even more. I have come to hear His voice more clearly and experience His love in a deeper way. It’s in experiencing the fullness of God’s love that I’ve been able to set a biblical standard for how I deserve and want to be loved and treated in a relationship. True intimacy with God has been the most beautiful experience of my life and I’m glad I’ve had the chance to develop this bond with my heavenly father.
    3.Full Focus On Purpose
    One of the greatest gifts of my single season has been the time and freedom to fully pursue what God has called me to do. When you’re in a relationship there is someone else you have to consider at all times. Every decision you make impacts someone else. When you’re single, it’s just you and God- you are free to go all in. You have more time, more independent resources, and more energy to give it all you’ve got. In my single season, I’ve launched a mentorship program committed to helping women heal from mental and emotional trauma. It’s been such a satisfying process to be able to give these women my all. My schedule is so much more open to help these women process through their pain, experience healing and deliverance, and begin walking in the freedom, restoration, and purpose God has for them. And while I know this program is likely something I’ll still be called to when I do get married, I’ll have to work a lot harder then to manage my time than I do now. To only have to be accountable to God in this season has been a huge blessing.
    4.Learn About Marriage
    While there will be aspects of marriage you won’t be able to conquer until you’re actually married, there are a lot of things about marriage you can learn before you walk down the aisle. I’m taking the time to learn about love languages, communication, and God’s design for marriage and wives. I follow godly couples on social media and read books about prepping for “the one.” I want to enter into marriage with a foundational understanding of what a godly marriage is designed to do and how a godly marriage is designed to function. Why? So my marriage begins on a healthy foundation. So we don’t waste time trying to work through small stuff when we could be building for the Kingdom together. I want to thrive in my marriage, not just survive, so I am preparing now to make my marriage the absolute best it can be.
    When it all boils down, singleness isn’t some condition you need to be saved from. Your single season is designed to grow you and mold you to be your best self in your current season, while also preparing you to be the best partner you can be when you get into a godly relationship. Rather than seeing yourself as less than or viewing your single season through a negative lens, take the opportunity to embrace what God wants for you in the here and work to become who God wants you to be in the now. Lean on God for strength, guidance, and grace and trust Him to walk you into your next season when you are ready. Believe me when I say, God’s best for you is worth the wait.
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