By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

    Monday, February 09, 2015

    With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought we would talk about something all of us ladies like, and that is “diamonds”. But I want us to look at them in a different way today.

    Diamonds are wonderful things. They sparkle. They shine. They are valuable. No wonder they are called our best friend.

    Diamonds are beautiful and when we are the Christian women God intended us to be, we can be beautiful too. We can sparkle and we can shine. Diamonds don’t start out beautiful. They come from deep in the earth. It’s just like when we come to Christ for salvation. We come from deep within the miry clay of sin.

    One of the characteristics of a diamond is its clarity. That involves whether there is the presence of any impurities or inclusions in the diamond. Depending on its visibility, the grade of a diamond will go up or down. As a Christian, any impurities in us will bring us down in grade as a Christian too. Others may not even see our impurities or our sins because it may not be visible with the naked eye, but remember that Christ can see our hearts. He knows the scale of our clarities.

    When we allow Christ to mold us and to work in our lives and to cut the lines in us in the way that He as our Maker wants, then we reflect His light to the maximum in our lives. If we are living that way and allowing Christ to mold us, there are just some things that we will do if we are going to reflect Him in our lives.

    I ran across the acrostic for “diamond” the other day and thought it would be a perfect fit to share and help us look at “diamonds” in a spiritual way.

    • D- Delight In The Lord
      “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4
    • I- Increase In Love
      “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men,
      even as we do toward you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 
    • A- Abide In Christ
      “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
    • M- Minister To Others
      “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Romans 12:13
    • O- Obey God’s Word
      “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:3
    • N- Never Give Up
      “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1,2
    • D- Die To Self
      “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live
      in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

    So, how well do you sparkle?

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