I've heard it said many times that diamonds are a woman's best friend.
Of course, this is usually seen in jewelry store advertisements, right?
Many girls and young women long for the diamonds, the glitter, the romance, the Prince Charming as they prepare for marriage.
I think I was a little bit different as a high school and college student. I was interested in dating and marriage, but I didn't date at all until I was 18 and attending my Senior Prom. I also dated someone during my first four months of college, but I didn't feel like this was the right type of young man I should marry. I wasn't interested in dating just for the sake of dating. After dating that "Mr. Someone" in college for a few months, I would only consider going out on a date with someone if I had prayerfully considered whether or not this would be the kind of man I would consider marrying.
So, for nearly seven "prime dating years", I didn't date. Anyone. I turned a couple of guys down who asked me out, because I knew right away that this was not the kind of person God wanted me to marry. And if my husband had asked me out during those seven years, I would have probably turned him down as well. During those years, he wasn't the shining diamond I would have agreed to consider. (Sorry, Elmer!)
I wanted romance and excitement and eventually, THE diamond.
But more than anything, I wanted a courtship, where the young man I was getting to know very early on would have similar life goals as mine. I knew from years of listening to "Focus on the Family" radio broadcasts as I would do my homework in high school and college, that there was a lot more to marriage than just the glitter and fun of dating.
Instead, marriage was commitment, hard work, serving, giving 100%, staying cheerful when I didn't feel like it, submission, and more. Romance, too, but that would even take work later on down the road. And we're not even talking about the responsibilities of having children here!
Jewels that Make the Heart Sparkle!
Eternal Encouragement magazine is interested in encouraging women in their roles of wife, mother, homemaker, and home educator. Mrs. Lorrie Flem, the editor of TEACH, knows that after the honeymoon is over, it will take more than diamonds to keep a family together. In light of this, she has compiled some wonderful articles from the last ten years of "TEACH Magazine"...to bring us some real treasures, in a brand new book called
True Treasures is divided into 6 sections, each one full of inspiring ideas, wisdom from the hearts of women, and encouragement to help you be a better wife, mother, and homemaker.
Jewels that Make the Heart Sparkle ~ biblical teachings on character traits and godly living, in general, that applies to every woman whether homeschooling or not
Marriages Made of Solid Gold ~ "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." (Proverbs 31:10)
Parenting Pearls: Practical and Priceless ~ "Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him." (Psalm 127:3) There are some fabulous articles and suggestions in here for becoming a more godly parent. I loved reading through articles and stories in this chapter.
Homemaking That Dazzles Like Diamonds ~ Not only will you find articles on keeping your homemaking focus, becoming more disciplined and organized, and more, but you'll also see helping your family focus on ministry and on serving others.
Homeschooling Nuggets of Wisdom ~ "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4) If your primary focus in being a godly parent is to raise and guide your children in their spiritual walk, then you will find much encouragement in this beautiful chapter.
Godly Living That Glitters ~ Contentment, Serenity, Forgiveness, and more are here to encourage you in your daily walk with the Lord. "The LORD will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure." (Isaiah 33:6)
Many of you may be interested in reading excerpts from True Treasures. If so, you will be able to find samples of articles HERE.
True Treasures costs $19.99. You will also be able to download a free sample of Eternal Encouragement (formerly called TEACH Magazine) HERE.
Disclosure: This jewel of a book is offered by TEACH Magazine/Eternal Encouragement Magazine. I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Hi! I'm Julieanne!