I’m hosting a zoom?! 😱

Hello everyone!

I have big exciting news….

You are invited to join me and Julia for a Diamonds Zoom meeting this Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2PM Mountain Standard Time (1 PM Pacific Standard Time, 1PM Arizona Time, 3PM Central, & 4PM Eastern Standard Time)!!! 

We will be talking about ‘The Importance Of Community in Chronic Illness’ with a Q&A at the end!

We will also be explaining the slack set up if you are wanting to join the slack community.

To join this meeting, please register at the link below to be sent the Zoom link. You can also submit your question to be answered during the meeting as well! 

I’d really love for you to join us! I’m really excited for this! *squeal*

LINK to register/ask your questions: https://forms.gle/MUsgYjiBAsQwqzCm9

Tunes with Andrea// One Way To Heaven

Have you ever paused to think about the variety of transportation options we have today? We could hoof it, ride a bike, or take a car, bus, or airplane. I’m sure there are dozens more. When it comes to reaching Heaven, there is only one Way: Calling on the name of Jesus Christ. Inviting Him to save us and forgive us for our sins is the only way to attain eternal life with God the Father. “Ain’t no doorway or a stairway | Ain’t no your way, ain’t no my way | Ain’t no shortcut or a highway to Heaven | Ain’t no jet plane, ain’t no fast car | Only one thing to get that far | Only one Name, He’s the one Way to Heaven | One way to Heaven.” If you’re still breathing, it’s not too late to accept the invitation into Heaven. Will you RSVP today? (Romans 3:23-26)

-Andrea

Author Bio: Born and raised in Texas, Andrea Renee Cox has turned her love of reading into a career of two varieties: writing and editing. Her debut book, Anything, is now available, and her blog, Writing to Inspire, is in its eleventh year. She has served as copy editor for publishing companies and independently published authors for nearly a decade. You may find out more about her book and discover emotional short stories on her website: writingtoinspire.blogspot.com.

Diamonds Community Re-launch// A Personal Invite

Hello lovely diamonds! I want to announce that I am officially a staff member of the Diamonds conference. *squeals* I am the Community Assistant Manager. And I have an announcement.

The Diamonds Community is having a re-launch!

Here is a list of Q&A’s you may have about this community/the re launch

What is Diamonds 2021?

Diamonds is an annual online conference for chronically ill Christians. Millions of chronically ill people battle impossible trials every single day. But so many of them feel so alone. Our goal is to let you know that you are not alone.

What is a re-launch?

The Diamonds Community is inviting more people to join our community. It’s an exclusive four day event. We will have games, freebies, a giveaway, and special daily discussions ranging from topics such as self-care, to your identity in the midst of chronic illness. The event will take place completely online, is completley free, and is on slack.

Why should I join the community?

Community is *so* important in health struggles. Something that is so amazing about this community is how you can share your struggles, and, although everyone’s journey is different, we understand pain. We love to pray for each other, and encourage one another.

When is the re-launch?

May 12-16

What does it cost?

Nothing! This is a 100% free event.

What if I don’t have a ‘chronic illness’?

A wonderful question, and probably the most asked.

This community is for any Christian with health struggles (physical and mental) it is also for any Christian caregiver, friend, family member, spouse, or parent. This community is a ‘safe place’ for everyone

Where can I get signed up for this amazing event?!

Good question! XD

Click the link on any device, and set up a free account to join the community!

 https://join.slack.com/t/diamondsconference/shared_invite/zt-bczqoo1g-7wFSLMvp3bEj7f3FFnL2vQ

This is also a community where you can see me posting regularly, I can pray for you, and can encouraging you.

I hope you will join us!

God bless,

Diamonds Summer Conference 2021?!

That’s right people.

There is going to be a summer Diamonds Conference- in less than a month *jaw drop* For the first time ever, we are doing TWO Diamonds live events in one year.

Millions of people battle impossible chronic illnesses every moment of every day, and so many of them feel alone.

The mission of Diamonds 2021 is for people to know that they aren’t alone with their health struggles. That millions of others also wrestle with questions like “Why me?” “Why this?” “Why does a loving God allow me to suffer?” and “How do I survive this?”

This year’s theme for the Diamonds 2021 Summer conference is Marriage in Illness — all about our Christ-centered relationships when we struggle with chronic illness.  So this year for Diamonds some amazing speakers are talking about topics like marriage with a chronic illness, parenting, and contentment in singleness. 

This year’s speakers are:

  • Cassidy Poe
  • Bella Morganthal
  • John and Heather Willoughby
  • Mark and Carley DenBoer 
  • Roger and Becca Doss
  • Jacob and Tera Bradham DeNeui
  • Chris and Nicole O’meara
  • Leah Kaiser 

Diamonds 2021 Summer conference is going to be on June 5th, 2021. 

It’s completely free while it’s live.

After the conference, you’ll have the ability to buy the all-access pass and receive lifetime access to the conference content, plus some bonus content.

 you can register to watch it live for free here.

Register for Diamonds: Marriage in Health Challenges

Also- did I mention I’m now a Diamonds Staff member? *jumping up and down*

I’ll be letting you know more about my new job in the next week or so. So stay tuned!

Tunes With Andrea // Freedom Hymn

Do the chains of your past hold you back from becoming the person God created you to be? Freedom Hymn by Austin French reminds us that Jesus has forgiven our past mistakes and is the Way for us to step into freedom as we move forward. “I could never be, never be free without you | I could never be, never be me without You,” the song claims. I have found both parts of this to be true in my own life. I’m a prisoner to my sins without His mercy, and I’m only truly me once He teaches me to live righteously in the freedom He provides. True freedom is an amazing gift only Jesus provides.

-Andrea

Author Bio: Born and raised in Texas, Andrea Renee Cox has turned her love of reading into a career of two varieties: writing and editing. Her debut book, Anything, is now available, and her blog, Writing to Inspire, is in its eleventh year. She has served as copy editor for publishing companies and independently published authors for nearly a decade. You may find out more about her book and discover emotional short stories on her website: writingtoinspire.blogspot.com.

Cover reveal // Oh The Fallen

Author: Abigail Kay Harris

Pre-Order Link: https://amzn.to/3tmYUkw

Release Date: Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021.

Genre: Christian fiction, military, romance.

Series: Oh, The Brave

Author bio: Abigail Kay Harris is a daughter of the King with a personal degree in book-nerdiness. A sister to seven, her passionate love of the written word and deeper meanings hidden in normal things leads her to spend her time reading, writing, using sarcasm, and defining obscure words. When she’s not chasing words, she enjoys watching shows, classic romance movies, tea, sunrises, and the outdoors, especially mountains, beaches, and forests.

-Abigail K Harris

Contact Abigail:

And here is the cover!

Are You Thankful For Today // Guest Post

Today. 24 hours. 1440 minutes. 86400 seconds. 

They say it’s all a matter of perspective, and today is quite long if you think about it in minutes or even seconds. Therefore, I ask: are you thankful for it?

“I don’t have enough time.” “Time flies much too quickly!” “Why isn’t there more time in a day?” I frequently hear these, or other variations of the same sentence. 

What if God gave us another hour in the day? 

Someone in my church once thought through that scenario. What if there were 25 hours to be spent? Would people pray more? Would they read the Bible more? Would they be more thankful?

Perhaps they would at the beginning. But then, as days pass and life continues, they most probably wouldn’t. They probably wouldn’t spend more time with God, and they wouldn’t be more thankful for the time they have been given. 

If there were 25 hours in a day, would we be wishing for 26? And if there were 26, would we be wishing for 27? 

Is it just a cycle of always and always wanting more? 

Breaking the Cycle

So… what if we could break that cycle… by simply being thankful for today? For being thankful for the time God gifted us with? Thankful for the 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds?

Today is a gift. Instead of always longing for more time, what if we would count our blessings in the form of hours? And so, I ask again: are you thankful for today?

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12, KJV

Author bio: Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a young writer, who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here (https://sarahsusannarhomberg.mailchimpsites.com/).

Tunes with Andrea // Guest post

Have you ever noticed that when you’re in the midst of a spiritual battle, you don’t have the strength to fight the enemy or the root source on your own? This song, Battles by The Afters, is a great reminder that Jesus fights our battles for us. Yes, we might still have to do some battling too, but He steps in and takes on the brunt of the enemy and root sources for us. In addition to that, Jesus also strengthens us in our part of the battle so that we may overcome and be victorious like He is (John 16:33).

-Andrea

Author Bio: Born and raised in Texas, Andrea Renee Cox has turned her love of reading into a career of two varieties: writing and editing. Her debut book, Anything, is now available, and her blog, Writing to Inspire, is in its eleventh year. She has served as copy editor for publishing companies and independently published authors for nearly a decade. You may find out more about her book and discover emotional short stories on her website: writingtoinspire.blogspot.com.

The Darkness Must Be // Guest post Katja

The Darkness Must Be 
I’m the girl who wrote the post about the darkest hour being just before dawn for the 7 Days of Hope Blog Tour.

Today I listened again to the song I’d linked to in that post. I stopped to think again about the phrase, “It’s the darkest just before dawn.”

The first thing that struck me is the admission that it is dark. We’re not painting a big yellow sun in the corner of the sky, like some parody of the card knights in Alice in Wonderland. We’re admitting, freely and frankly, that it’s dark. It’s dark, y’all.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines dark as, “with little or no light.” “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:” (Isaiah 60:2 KJV) So yes, it’s dark. We admit it. We know it. It’s dark. But what’s the next thing that quote says? “Before dawn.” Before indicates that something is coming. What is coming?

Dawn

The first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.” (OED) The light is appearing, guys. The sun is going to rise. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising
.” (Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV)

It’s the darkest just before dawn every morning. That’s when neither the stars nor the moon nor the sun is to be seen. But the light is coming.  

-SawyerMarie

It was at this point in my reflections that I surprised myself by thinking, “So, in every circumstance really, it’s the darkest just before dawn.” “How can you say that?” I asked myself. Then I slowly began to see.It seems that the darkest just before dawn is even Biblical.

Romans 13:12 says, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believedThe night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” At this point, some years after the death of Christ, Paul informed the Christians that the night was almost over and Day was coming. In 2 Thessalonians 2:7, he says, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:” 1 John 2:18 says, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” And the famous last words by Christ Jesus in Revelation 22:20 are, “Surely I come quickly.”

Where am I going with this? Hang on and you’ll see. We all know the end. But just in case you need to be reminded…

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:51-57)

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:14-17)

Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet.” (1 Cor. 15:24-27)

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.” (Rev. 21:3-4, 23-25)

I think you’ll agree with me that this is Light? And that when this is coming closer to us, it’s a type of dawn?Do you remember, though, that before the dawn can come there must be darkness? Do you remember 2 Peter 32 Thessalonians 21 Thessalonians 52 Timothy 3 & 41 Timothy 4, and the whole book of Revelations? Do you remember that we have been warned that gross (great; palpable) darkness shall cover the earth? 

The darkest must come before dawn can arrive. 

If we are saved, then all darkness leads to Light for us. Yes, I mean it. All darkness. Depression, abuse, mistakes, tragedies, death… they all lead to the light. In each one God’s glory may shine out and bring people to Him. And at the end of each is Heaven—perfect Light. 

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (my personal favourite) defines dark as “Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents visionGloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects.

It’s hard to see in the darkness. It’s hard to see that there’s light ahead of us.It’s hard to remember that dawn is coming.

But it’s in the darkness that Light shows up the brightest. 

Guys. It’s the darkest just before dawn. Hang in there. Night is ending and day is coming. The end is drawing close, and at the end of that end is The Light—Jesus Christ the Crucified. It’s dark now. But it’s okay. It’s supposed to be dark. The day is coming. 

 
About the author:

-Katja Labonté

Katja Labonté is a French-Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. She loves too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

And the winners are…..

Happy end of the 7 Days Of Hope Blog Tour! We had a wonderful time, and got many entries in the giveaway! (153 to be exact)

After doing a random drawing, the 2 winners are…….

The first winner is- ABIGAIL HARRIS!!!!!!

The second winner, of the 7 Days Of Hope Blog Tour, is….. SARAH RHOMBERG!!!!!

Congratulations ladies! We will be in touch shortly.