Welcome!! I am so blessed to have you join me at Worth Beyond Rubies! I would love to tell you a little bit about me and about my testimony.
My name is Diane and I am a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger.
I began blogging back in 2016, but took a year-long hiatus due to relocating, etc. I missed writing for and interacting with my followers so I am back!! So in late June 2018 I re-launched Worth Beyond Rubies!!
I live in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when I am not blogging, you will find me spending time with my husband and kids (including my two fur kids)…or up in my craft room designing custom tumblers and t-shirts, making reading pillows or quilting for my custom design business, Anjou Designs!
I am also an avid amateur genealogist and love researching my family history, part of which (on my father’s side) is documented to go back to the Royal Stewarts of Scotland and the Plantagenets of England, via my 2x Great Grandmother, Jane Stewart of Scotland and my Great Grandmother, Rose Hole of England!
The other part (my mother’s side) has its history in Judaism.
So needless to say, between both sides, I am a bit of a history buff!
I have been a believer since 1996. I wish I had an amazing testimony story to share with you but I don’t. I had pretty much always believed in Jesus.
I was raised in the Catholic church. I attended Catholic school and church each week, even singing in the choir. At the age of eight I used to steal missals from the church down the street where I grew up in Manhattan, and I would bring them home and conduct mass in my room for my stuffed animals and dolls. It seems I have had a calling even from childhood (even though I am sure God would have preferred I wasn’t stealing missals to do it!).
In 1996, after a long conversation with my sister who was saved, I gave my life to Jesus. I had realized that, although I had spent my life in church, although I was then on the board of directors of the church I was attending and was teaching Sunday School and was a reader at mass…I wasn’t saved. I didn’t know what Jesus’ death on the cross truly meant for me! I was doing all these “works” but didn’t truly know the One I was working for! I didn’t truly have an understanding of salvation! My sister’s boldness from 2,300 miles away, helped God to reach me where I was and change my life.
I then left the Catholic Church. I felt that it just was not a good fit for me. I was in that church because I was raised in it but I often found myself questioning things and once I gave my life to Jesus I felt it was not where I needed to be. I felt I needed to choose a church based on my faith and not because it was where I was raised.
As I mentioned, I am a Jewish believer. My grandmother was 100% Ashkenazi and, although I was not raised in the Jewish faith (since my grandfather was not Jewish he and my grandmother decided to let their daughters choose for themselves), I have always had a deep connection with Judaism and the faith of my grandmother, my aunts and uncles, and cousins. In 2001, I found a Messianic Jewish congregation (Messianic = Belief in Jesus as the Messiah) and it was home! I began learning Hebrew and even inquired about making aliyah to Israel (right of return)..something I still may do one day!
Since then I have had a desire to teach people as much as I can about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith because I have found it allows you to experience God and Jesus (Yeshua) in a much deeper, richer way!
I am so honored and humbled that you chose to visit my site and I hope that you find it encouraging and informational!
Thank you for visiting and know I am praying for all my followers each day!
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