ALL ABOUT OUR MAIN BOOK & MENTORING PROGRAM
This is our most important program and what our entire organization is built around.
START YOUR PEARLS JOURNEY!
"Come on a journey and discover how to live your life whole, free and shining for others! You won’t be disappointed!" _Jim Burns, president HomeWord
Our founder, Christina DiMari, wrote an innovative and interactive curriculum that mentors girls how to connect with God, experience freedom, discover their identity, pursue their God-given dreams & purpose and explore creative ways how their life can make a difference in their community and world in a way that points others to Life. It is a blend of spiritual formation and practical life-coaching guiding girls to take time to process each lesson and create answers that are meaningful to each one individually.
Our book, Cultivating Pearls takes girls and women on a Journey through seven sessions using the acronym of P.E.A.R.L.S., allowing young women to experience deep transformation and be cultivated into a beautiful pearl by discovering the rhythm of walking with God in every area of life; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, relationally and physically.
OUTLINE OF OUR SPIRITUAL FORMATION BOOK
Purified in The River of the Water of Life.
Loved. Accepted. Forgiven. Whole. New.
Empowered in The Light of Christ.
Evaluate. Friendships. Boundaries. Courage. Freedom.
Anointed with God's Blessing.
Identity. Blessing. Valued. Believe. Peace.
Rooted in God's Perfect Love.
Truth. Nourished. Healthy. Strong. Confident.
Life...and filled with Life to...
Dream. Explore. Discover. Fruitful. Covenant.
Shine for others!
Flourish. Creative. Unique. Giving. Beautiful!
OVERVIEW OF OUR SPIRITUAL FORMATION BOOK
THE MEANING OF A PEARL
When a single grain of sand enters into the living membrane of an oyster, it causes the oyster conflict and irritation. The oyster’s reaction is to continually coat it with a substance called nacre, eventually transforming the grain of sand into a beautiful pearl. The pearl symbolizes deep inner change that now shines with beauty outward to the world. The Latin word for pearl literally means "unique," attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical. You and I are like that grain of sand when we come to God. He receives us as we are, then covers us with His grace and refines us by the truth of His Word. Through that process, He creates something of beauty in us that, each in our own unique and creative way, reflects who He is to the world around us.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” Revelation 22:17 . Jesus is inviting YOU to come to this beautiful River of Life to be purified & to receive what you are seeking on your journey. Whether you feel close or far away, the lessons in this chapter will help you listen and and hear the spirit of God calling you to Come and be touched by His Love.
"Make a careful exploration of who you are. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take the responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." Galatians 6:4-5 Jesus is the Light of the World and He is asking you to come on a Journey with Him to explore the inner chambers of your heart where you can experience Freedom, Peace and Joy.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes, the oil of gladness, instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61 . When you invite Christ to be the center of your Life you become A Beautiful Daughter of God. Loved. Chosen. Valued. Blessed by God to be a Blessing to Others.
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God". Ephesians 3: 14-19 . Our God wants to help us all establish healthy roots by planting them in his love & grace. By this, we are made strong. In order to do so we must pull up the unhealthy roots in our lives and cultivate healthy ones. This is not an easy process and it is one that takes time- but Jesus is inviting you to come on this journey with Him so He can help & guide you every step of the way.
Eternity has been placed within each of your hearts. So has a DREAM. Taking time to cultivate the dreams God has entrusted you with is important as this can bring great fulfillment to your life as well as blessing to others. When you have been purified, empowered, anointed, rooted, and filled with life, you are now able to fulfill your creative purpose while on this earth and point others to the Water of Life. As you work on making your DREAM a reality, remember to abide in Christ and meditate on His words so that you will bear much fruit. Stay unique. How you creatively reflect what you have allowed the Holy Spirit to do in you, will become the leaves of your tree that will bring healing to others.
"Then the angel showed me THE RIVER of the water of life, pure as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, THE TREE OF LIFE with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The LEAVES of the tree were for the HEALING of the nations. -Revelation 22:1-2 As you allow the Living Water of God’s Word and Love transform your life, you will have beautiful Healing Leaves that will rest upon the heads of other girls, helping them on their own journey of learning how to know God and walk in a personal relationship with Him. "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
“Cultivating Pearls is the most effective book I’ve read and used for spiritual formation and practical life-coaching. It is a must-read and must-use book for any woman who aspires to have an impact on girls around her. If you are ready to step forward and reach out to other girls, then Cultivating Pearls is the perfect resource for you to use. You will be inspired and motivated to go deeper in your faith! I knew once I read this life-changing book that I would use it for all my interactions and leadership with college-age girls.” Irene Neller, VP Communications and Marketing, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
Jim Burns, president of HomeWord and author of The Purity Code and Confident Parenting, had this to say about Cultivating Pearls: “Christina DiMari is one of the most inspiring people I know. Her passion to bring a life-changing message to girls while helping them find true meaning is contagious. This book will help anyone who dares go on this adventurous journey of personal and spiritual growth to develop a much more meaningful life. I hope you start this journey. You won’t be disappointed.”
After the girls go through the lessons they are encouraged to shine for another girl and help her discover how to connect with God and grow in their relationship with him. Several of our older girls wanted to help High School girls. Then the High School girls wanted to shine for the Middle School girls. Now we even do special events for elementary age girls!
The lessons in the book are intended to meet you where you are. The entire book will be a deep well for the college age girls and it is easy to choose which lessons to use when working with various ages and adapt them for each age.
QUOTE FROM ELIZABETH, a college student
Pearls Journey encourages the process of spiritual formation and walks girls through the process of discovering how to walk with God in an intimate way. It teaches them how to self-evaluate and, with a willing and open heart, how to allow God into all areas of their hearts. The journaling process creates a safe and open place to meet God, and the act of drawing and writing prayers helps girls formulate what they are feeling and express it in a concrete way. It is a journey with God, not just a formula of 'do this and do that and say this prayer and read this verse and, ta-da, you’re done.' It is learning how to communicate with our Father, to understand the fact that He is an inexhaustible river of water and life and He desperately desires to feed our souls and purify us for His glory so we can reflect His love to our world!
HELPING GIRLS GROW IN FAITH & LOVE
Pearls Journey focuses on each girls personal Life Journey and helps each girl discover how to apply the beauty and truth of God's Word and Love to every aspect of her life.
HOW THE BOOK IS INTERACTIVE WITH A CREATIVE OUTLET
From Christina: I believe we are ALL creative because we are born in the image of our Creator God. However, this creativity comes out of us is unique ways. I like to cultivate an environment to draw this out in each girl however they are naturally wired and also encourage them to explore new areas that are not as natural.
For instance, after I share a lesson and ask the girls to creatively express how they feel and think about the lesson, one may write a prayer, another may draw a picture. After I see what naturally comes out of them, I encourage them to explore what else they can add. If they only used words I encourage them to add a simple sketch or drawing that brings to life what they wrote. If they drew a picture, I encourage them to explore what words they can add either in a prayer or a sentence or two defining what they drew. I then encourage them to add a scripture that summarizes their page. I ask them to think about what color they are using and be sure the colors also portray their thoughts and emotions. In addition, we have a creative table full of fun papers and stickers. When the girls feel like they don't know what to do they are encouraged to choose a few things from the creative table they are drawn to. With just a a tad bit of coaching even those who are not sure what to do get in their creative flow pretty quickly.
When we write our thoughts we are primarily using our mind. When we take time to think about a picture that represents what we are thinking we tap into our heart. That is why I ask the girls to write and draw. This is not about art. It is all about using the creative form to tap into their minds and hearts. This helps them not only know God's Word but know how they are allowing His Word to shape their hearts which flows into all the pieces of their lives.
WHAT GIRLS HAVE SAID
When we asked several girls to sum up their journey through the book, Cultivating Pearls, this is what they said: Healed. Changed. Restored. New Life. Inspirational. Faith. Transformation. Forgiven. Identity. Anointed. Growth. Cultivated. Unforgettable. Love. Shine. Beautiful.
TOOLS FOR LIFE!
If you teach a girl a rule, you help her solve a problem. If you teach a girl to walk with God and discover her identity you help her solve the rest of her life.
We do not teach rules. We present lessons then ask the girls questions. We then encourage, equip and empower the girls to go on a journey to discover their answers. The work we do goes deep into the inner workings of their lives. The girls create something meaningful to represent what they have discovered and how the lesson is meaningful to them. This becomes a constant visual reminder guiding them on their journey of becoming the beautiful pearl God created them to be.
There is a deep rhythm to the way we teach that change how the girls learn. Once they are done with our programs, they take that rhythm into the next stage of their life and apply the same tools to where they are going. One of the main things we hear from girls is how this program has changed their life. Not just for now, but for the rest of it. It has given them a new perspective, new tools and the knowledge of how to apply these tools to their continued growth.
DO YOU GO THROUGH IT ALONE OR AS A GROUP?
Cultivating Pearls was written in a way for each girl to go through on her own at her own pace or with a group of friends.