I’m Wounded

I’m pretty certain that each of us has experienced some type of trauma in life that left a wound. It may have been physical, emotional, or spiritual – but it’s happened. The unfortunate thing is that some us of have not taken the time to heal or even understand the need for healing. This week, we will talk about the Wounded Spirit.

Be Empowered!

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I INSPIRE, and YOU Do Too!

Have you ever had someone give you a review of your service or product? I did, and wow, what a moment! I generally new clients a few times a month, but today, my new client hit me with, “I’m really nervous; I’ve heard about you.” I was a bit intimidated and nervous, not knowing what she was going to say, but to my surprise – her anxiety was behind the fact that she heard that I operated in TRUTH. She’s right, I do, but what a wonderful feeling to know that my clients felt it.

Today, I was INSPIRED! It was confirmed that when I am authentic and give as led, my knowledge, skills, and love make a difference in the lives of others. I want to encourage and Empower you today with these words, “Your Authentic Self is ENOUGH to Enspire others!”

Please stop comparing your gifts, abilities, services – every facet of your life to others. What you offer is needed, and your audience will find and connect with you the way that it’s intended. You Will Inspire!

It’s a New Season

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22)

Welcome to a New Season! Many, like me, are excited to welcome the Fall, as it’s a time of vibrant color, changing scenarios, releasing, reaping, and planning. Spiritually speaking, Fall represents the harvest time of year. It’s a time to acknowledge growth and expansion with great anticipation.

We all know that our lives go through cycles of growth, and it doesn’t happen without seedtime and harvest. As Genesis 8:22 declares, these seasons will not cease! I particularly enjoy this season because I tend to do more self-reflection this time of year. Life is so fast and furious during the summer, as we desire to make time for family, vacations, and little time for ourselves, but when the Fall comes, we slow down and reflect on what took place, how we were affected, and plan for necessary adjustments.

It’s a New Season, and I’m ready for it! What about you? I want you to consider taking these steps during this harvest season to determine what your expectations should be.

  • Have you planted the appropriate seeds during seed time? (Whatsoever you sow, you reap)
  • Did you plant seeds in the right type of soil?
  • Are you speaking the right things (Life and death are in the power of the tongue)
  • Have you compromised YOUR seeds, becoming the hybrid of someone else’s dream?
  • What are you expecting in this new season?

My prayer for you is that this HARVEST season is one of abundant blessings in every area of your life. That this new season aids you in preparing the right seeds(mindset and words) for future harvests. Embrace the crisp air, the falling leaves, and the changes that are taking place in your life, and enjoy this New Season!

It’s Bigger Than You

They Matter Too

“On May 16th, 2022, Irene Ngobi led us to Namutumba, deep down in the village about 84km outside of Jinja town, to reach out to the teenage mothers who were devasted with life. Most of these teenage mothers are between ages 13 and 17. They dropped out of school for several reasons, one being a lack of school fees and a result of being idle in the most recent long lockdown brought by the Corona Virus pandemic. Secondly, these girls dropped out of school due to the poor conditions in their families; some of them live with single mothers who cannot afford to provide them with school fees or fend for themselves for food. So the quick solution for them was to conceive with boyfriends who could not even care for them but abandon them with the pregnancy.

Most of these young girls feel hopeless, with no destiny. Irene, a nurse, and midwife and one of the medical personnel we work with when we have medical camps in the villages, counseled these teenage mothers, and so did Stephanie and Valerie. We shared the love of Jesus with the teenage mothers. We encouraged them to have hope in Jesus. We wanted them to know that they matter and have a bright future ahead. Sylvia invited those who wished to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior; alas, we were overwhelmed at the number of girls accepting to be born again.” (Next Generation Ministries)

I’ve shared a portion of our mission report as a testimony of the possibilities that can become realities when you are intentional. Know that your assignment is often BIGGER than you thought!

The Believer’s Authority

It’s apparent that many people today have fallen victim to circumstances and situations, and forgotten that they have AUTHORITY! This video segment from “Spiritual Breakfast” with guest, Dr. Sherry Woodhouse, discusses our power and authority to overcome.

https://www.facebook.com/1521266272/videos/419718206832873/

CONSISTENTCY

With so much changing in our society today, it’s hard to imagine the concept of consistency. As challenging as it may seem, this is a season where being consistent in pursuing purpose is paramount. What does it mean to be consistent? According to Oxford Languages, it’s defined as, “acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate; unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time.” So you may be asking, “Valerie, how does that apply to my journey?” I’m so glad you asked!

It is necessary that we be CONSISTENT in our conversation, actions, mindset and exchanges. We often talk a faith talk, but reluctant to take the faith walk. Our mind causes us to minimize our vision based on the seeds planted by outsiders. Our treatment of people, based on race, creed, color, gender, social status and all that other stuff we deem essential (and it’s not), can utterly cause doors to be shut to us because of inconsistent treatment of people. Please know that this message affects me too – I’ve got some growing to do, but hear me clear – we must value our truth, understand our purpose and stay on the designated course.

If you desire to be a high performer in sports or on your job, you put in the work – learning and practicing consistently. We need that same drive when moving towards purpose – consistently educating ourselves, remaining humble and teachable, and staying focused on the greatness ahead. Empower yourself with this thought and hold on to it – it’s time to be CONSISTENT in pursuit of purpose!

The ROAR

by Nina Williams

Not because I had no voice

Not because I couldn’t hold a conversation

Not because I was shy,

I didn’t know that I had purpose.

I didn’t’ know that the Holy Spirit resided in me,

I didn’t understand that God had a plan for my life.

But oh, how things have changed!

I am walking towards greater,

I am walking with a purpose,

I am a child of God, and I have a story

I am ready to Roar

You begin to open your mouth

Words come out, yet they look at you sideways.

Perplexed….confused by the reception

And you wonder why?

Is there something in my teeth?

Is there a hole in my dress?

Did I say or do something wrong?

The truth was released, and they weren’t ready,

What sound are you making?

Where did that come from?

Who taught you, Kingdom?

Do the Kingdom’s message and purpose seem so different?

To the untrained believer….it does!

My sound is Kingdom

My knowledge is Kingdom

My resolve is Kingdom

My ROAR is found in the love of God.

taken from the book “I’m Ready to Roar” published in 2019

Women’s History Month

Flavor News’ Worldwide Extraordinary Women

What an honor to be amongst these phenomenal worldwide women! Someone asked me, “How did you get on that list?”. I almost took offense but then began to chuckle as I responded, “I’m good like that!” ☺️ The truth is, I was honored to be on this list because I showed up!

This issue focuses on being a positive role model for our teens and tweens, which are being exploited through their own innocence and misunderstanding what love is. In my youth, I was one of those who looked for love in the wrong places during, due to abuse. I thank God, I was able broke free from that bondage, and would have loved to have a role model to mentor me, but I didn’t. I suffered in silence for many years, seeking answers, with no one to ask.

We are going to partner and make a difference, and if you’re interested in being a part of the effort, please do. We are stronger together!

Where Is Home?

There is a quote that says, “Home is Where the Heart is” but based on many relationships I’m seeing, I’m not sure where home is. Home is defined by Oxford Language, “as a place one lives, an institution for people needing professional care, or aimed toward with great accuracy”. What I’m seeing as the new definition of “home” is far different. Home has become the job, the casino, the bar, or the game. People are spending more and more time away from the place where they should dwell together as a family unit, and spending more time in places that often become hindrances instead of benefits.

Is our home and family time still important to our society? Are we valuing that time around the dinner table, movie night, or family talks? Is your marriage still filled with pillow talks, and date nights; or has the fire gone out? Today, I would that you take a moment and recognize where you’re spending your time, and what you’re doing with it. Our marriages are in trouble, our children are going astray, the family fabric is unraveling at an alarming rate – and we need to change that.

Now for some of you, you’re saying Valerie, I’d rather be away from the toxic living arrangement that I currently have – those places are my safe haven. I get that, but let me suggest to you that you find an alternative space where you’re able to experience safety, security, and peace away from outside stimulus. Find a place where you can heal.

Today, I’m making a conscious effort to make my home, “HOME” again, and I pray that each of you will do the same.

It’s TIME!

What an amazing week this has been! I officially opened my counseling practice this week, and I’ve had overwhelming support. It’s amazing how you can envision a thing for so long, and then it hits you that – It’s TIME! I want to thank all of you who stopped by the office, sent notes and gifts and have scheduled your appointments virtually and in person. It’s Time for change, and we are going to put in the work to make it happen. Below, find a few photos of the experience.

Chamber of Commerce was present for the ribbon cutting
My husband Benny, one of my biggest supporters
Support from Bluefield University Men’s Basketball Team