Why Mining for Diamonds?

I chose to call this blog “Mining for Diamonds” because that is how I see our existence in this life. Diamonds are extremely rare, and formed under traumatic circumstances. They don’t start out looking anything like the finished product, but rather, as simple carbon deposits buried deep within the heart of the earth. It takes intense heat, pressure, and time for diamonds to form. They are almost always formed in darkness. By the time they make it through to the surface of the earth, even then, they are only in their “diamond in the rough” form.  They still must go through a process of being cut, polished and set before they become the beautiful, expensive gemstones we wear today.

In many ways, the diamond has become a metaphor for my life. When I came to faith in Christ, I began a long, arduous process from a being simple carbon deposit to becoming a thing of incredible beauty and value.

It has been quite a journey!

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I’ve played the violin for most of my life, all over the world! At 40-something years old, that's a long time. I’ve been to 34 nations and 47 states to date. I've played professionally in various capacities, and keep a fairly busy schedule performing and teaching. It's pretty much how I make my living. Music is a huge facet of my life, and mostly what I’m “known” for among my circle of family and friends. I have a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, and recently completed my Master’s Degree in the same. You can hear a bit of my playing here.

Lesser known but equally as important is my passion for writing. I have kept a journal for 30 years. I was inspired after reading Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl. I didn’t even realize how important writing was to me until, one day a few years ago, I realized that I could go days without touching my violin, but I would rarely skip a day of writing in my journal. My journals are intensely private, however based on the reactions to various things I’ve written publicly, I realized “hmm…maybe I am a writer.”

Although my journey has taken me all over the world and given me rich experiences too numerous to recount, (you can read a bit more details here) thus far the greatest, and at times most treacherous, portion of my journey has been that of my family of three, as we navigate life in the shadow of my husband's serious mental health challenges.

In the midst of the many joys and trials, the Lord has been faithful beyond measure. I hope to share with you some of the ways in which God has met me in the darkness, and pray you will come away encouraged with the hope that He can do the same for you, as wellas inspiration to "mine the diamonds" in your own life