The Virtuous Woman Pt. 2 | She’s Hardworking

Virtuous Woman Trustworthy

Proverbs 31:13-15 & 17 // “ She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.” “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” One of my favorite qualities in the Proverbs 31 woman is that she’s a dedicated hard worker. Verse 13 says, “She selects wool and flax with eager hands.” I’m sure that most of us aren’t harvesting sheep’s wool or picking food from fields but no matter what our career choice may be, we should be eager to do the work that God has placed in front of us. A few years ago, I learned the concept of ‘work as worship’ and it forever changed the way that I look at anything […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 1 | She’s Trustworthy

Virtuous Woman Trustworthy

The wife of noble character described in Proverbs 31 is a whole lot of things. She’s smart, she’s caring, she’s hardworking—but at the heart of all of these things, she’s trustworthy. Her husband trusts her, her children trust her, and the people of her community depend on her. To be a virtuous woman is to be a woman that holds true to her values and trustworthiness should always be a value that remains at the top of the list. Take a look at verse 11: “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” Let’s take away ‘husband’ for a moment and input whoever you would like. Maybe it’s your supervisor, a leader in your ministry, a parent, or your best friend. Can you wholeheartedly believe, based on your actions this past week, that that they have full confidence in you to remain true to your word and to […]

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Spiritual Survival Kit// Every Verse You’ll Ever Need To Know About Peace

Peace

So often we mistake peace for a feeling or a state of being when really, it’s a perspective. A perspective in which we keep our hearts and minds totally on Jesus and acknowledge that He is bigger than whatever is trying to disturb our peace . When we base our peace on our surroundings and the ebbs and flows of life, it’s easy to lose sight of it because it becomes just as fickle as situational happiness. But when we look to the only real constant in our lives and allow our peace to rest in Him, it becomes everlasting. So, who better to look to for answers about peace than Jesus himself? Here’s a list of scriptures on peace to add to your spiritual survival kit every time you need a reminder of where your peace really comes from. Finding Peace in Christ Philippians 4:6// Do not be anxious […]

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3 Things Happy Christians Do Differently

Happy Christians

I know some of you are looking at the title of this post and thinking shouldn’t all Christians be happy? Maybe the short answer should be yes but we all know that life is never that simple. A lot of the time, the biggest difference between a happy person and a not-so-happy person is the way that they respond to the complications of life. The difference between a happy Christian and a not-so-happy Christian lies in the way that they apply the word of God to their life. God has given us all the tools that we need to enjoy a joyful life but it is completely up to us to put them to use. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit that comes along with serving an amazing, living God and anyone that has tapped into this gift knows that there are a few things that you need to […]

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5 Ways To Stay Spiritually Full Outside of Sunday Service

5 ways to stay spiritually full outside of sunday service

​If you’re a Christ Follower, then you know just like I know that sometimes it can be pretty easy to get disconnected. Major life events come along or just the regular hustle and bustle of everyday life can come along and derail you from an amazing God-centered focus. Sunday mornings are great because it’s where we can all come together and hear an awesome word to prepare us for a new week but if we can be honest with ourselves, Sunday mornings are only a small part of our faith walk—at least they should be. So how do we ensure that we maintain that same spiritual motivation on Monday through Saturday that we have after Sunday Morning service? It’s up to us, not our pastors or spiritual leaders, to ensure that we are spiritually fed. I like to think of our spirits as ships. It’s our responsibility to make sure […]

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Guest Post | “Dear Fear, You’re Not Welcome Here!”

Dear Fear, You're Not Welcome Here

I have been given the great pleasure and honor to feature the thoughts of my best friend (sister, really) of more than 10 years on Far More Precious than Rubies! Sharrell Vorece is passionate about elementary education, her friends and family, and embracing overall ‘queendom’. She has been an inspiration to me for so many years and I have watched her overcome so much. Who better to talk about fear than one of the bravest women I have ever met? I love her and I know you will too. Enjoy! XO Ashley C. ‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower More valuable than a diamond You are powerful like a fire You can heal the world with your mind There is nothing in the world that you cannot do When you believe in you, who are beautiful Yeah you, who are brilliant Yeah you, who are powerful Yeah you, who are […]

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The Time That I Almost Gave Up On God

Gave Up God

I don’t know who this is for but God really laid it on my heart to share my story. I hope that it blesses you. About 7 years ago, I made the conscious decision that I would never enter into deep relationship with God again. I never spoke about it to anyone but I had my mind made up. I still tithed, I still went to church every Sunday and I still fit the description of a ‘Christian’ but my heart was no longer in it. Here’s what happened: When I was 19, I became really overwhelmed with life and I felt like it was no longer worth living. Never told my roommates, never told my parents, but the enemy had taken control of my thoughts and I began questioning things and considering suicide. Around that time, I took a trip back home to be with my family for the […]

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