Diamonds Are Forever?

by Sharman J. Monroe

Recently I wanted to sell some diamond rings and a diamond watch that I own to met a financial need. I fell in love with them when I saw them years ago. They were so pretty and sparkly (I love sparkly and glittery things) I had to have them. I wasn’t happy until I bought them. The high prices didn’t bother me. When I took them to the jeweler to see how much money I could get for them now, the jeweler didn’t want them. My items were too niche-y and “not modern enough”; he couldn’t re-sell them.


It was at that moment the Holy Spirit brought this scripture back to my mind:

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NJKV)

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God Does As He Pleases


by Tammy Phillips

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115:3

Joe, a new acquaintance to me, shared his story. He had spent ten years in prison.  This was miraculous because he had been given six life sentences for contract killings.  Joe wept as he spoke, not fully understanding why God had so favored him.  I did not begrudge him his miracle, but I did wonder, why him?  Many had not killed six people and were serving far more time.

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Phases of Next

by Kristen M. Green, MBA

For those of us that are stuck in the place of deliberation, stuck hypothesizing the possibility; there is a remedy. I, yes I, have been stuck. There were many days that went by after I had written out this book, by hand, that I would not start the process of typing it. I blamed being tired, I blamed not having the money to edit/publish once I finished typing, and I blamed the fact that no one would buy it or read it. But eventually the registration of those thoughts/questions in my head got cancelled. I knew that this journey was mine to live and to write. This book is my place called next. It was not my job to determine what would happen when I got there. I just had to get there. So I started to type again; because this place was purposed in my mind. Just like your place called next. It is purposed in your mind. Continue reading

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What’s My Purpose?

by Celeste Johnson


      What is my purpose? This question plagues so many people today. And to be honest many of the people who don’t know become paralyzed because they don’t have the answer. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. You must first realize and accept that everyone and everything created by God has a purpose on this earth. That means you absolutely have a purpose and a reason why you were born and why you’re still here. God would never waste Himself or His time allowing you to enter in the earth without meaning or destiny.

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