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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Ashley’s Story

Thank you, Ashley, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! Hi, I’m Ashley! I am married to my high school sweetheart, John, and we currently live in South Carolina. John and I have been together for 6 years and married for 2. We both have chronic illnesses, and we are both undergrads. […]

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Diamonds Summer Event 2022

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is on this earth as you live with chronic illness?  Has chronic illness forced you to let go of some of your dreams? Are you finding it difficult to demonstrate resilience and pursue different dreams?  Do you struggle to maintain friendships due to pain in your life, or […]

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Wednesday Writings

Living With a Thorn in the Flesh

by Jasmine Originally published on the author’s blog “If you take this away, God, imagine how much more I could do for you this week.” I catch myself praying this prayer at least every second day. Oh, sometimes it’s not in so many words. It could be as simple as: “God, if you give me […]

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Announcement: May Break

It’s that time of year again! Not by any plan of ours, and this time the things going on are a little different: instead of getting married, Emily is going on vacation (happy one-year anniversary!), and rather than finishing grad school, Melissa is moving–to 20 minutes away from Emily in Colorado! There’s a lot going […]

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Songs on Saturday

Songs on Saturday: Sometime We’ll Understand

Scripture tells us that, under the control of the Holy Spirit, we should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). May you be encouraged by the spiritual truth in this song! Sometime We’ll Understand words and music by Rob Gardner […]

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Wednesday Writings

The Unravelling: Lessons From God’s Pruning

By Jasmine Originally published on The Gospel Coalition Australia Author’s Note: I wrote this article just over a year after having to leave my job overnight due to the onset of serious chronic illness. As I write this note in April 2022, I’m blessed to have finally received a diagnosis (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), which […]

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Songs on Saturday

Songs on Saturday: Lord of the Small

Scripture tells us that, under the control of the Holy Spirit, we should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). May you be encouraged by the spiritual truth in this song! Lord of the Small words by Dan Forrest Praise […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Jasmine’s Story

Thank you, Jasmine, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! I’m an Aussie, and I live around 1.5 hours’ north of Sydney, New South Wales, with my husband of nearly eight years, Dave (he’s a champion!). I’m originally a clinically-trained psychologist, but right now I’m working as an author of Christian fantasy […]

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Diamonds Conference 2022

Hey y’all! Today, Melissa and Emily are letting the Diamonds Team take over the blog, with a super exciting announcement. Have you ever wondered what your purpose is on this earth as you live with health challenges? Do you struggle to maintain friendships due to pain in your life, or because you’re “different” than those […]

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Wednesday Writings

Women in the Valley: Carol’s Story

Thank you, Carol, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! Hi. I’m Carol and I’m married to a wonderfully patient man named Jim. As of May, 2022, we will have been married for 50 years and in July I turn 70! Time flies, but God has been gracious. Upon retirement we moved […]