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 the beautiful Northeast and, when I am not blogging, you will find me spending time with my husband and kids or out working on our mini-farm! I love crafts so I like to get engrossed in sewing, quilting, crochet or making t-shirts and tumblers!
I am also an avid amateur genealogist and love researching my fascinating family history.
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.
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