Who’s Attention Are You Seeking?

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Everyone, whether you want to admit it or not, is seeking attention. You may be a single woman, desiring to “get in the way” of your possible mate; or a writer seeking an editor or publisher – we are seeking attention from someone. I pose this question because as we are seeking the attention of others, I wonder if we are actually seeking validity because of our own insecurities.

I desire to live out a motto, “I Know Who I Am”, and in knowing who I am, I expect that those I need to be connected with will be discerned, initiated and manifested according to purpose. The danger of not knowing who you are as you’re seeking is that you’ll often fall prey to predators.  If you seek, you will find; if you knock, a door will be opened – but is that door for you? What’s missing in you? Will it be found in another?

I am seeking the attention of someone, that someone is my Heavenly Father.  I’m seeking for guidance from the Holy Spirit to aid me in forging forth on the path that God set before me. I’m seeking the attention of those who are “assigned” to me. I’m seeking the greater ME that’s within!

Before you go seeking again, know your why. If you’re not being led by the spirit of God, pause, reassess and pray that your reality will be revealed. Your truth is powerful, valuable, intentional and enough – seek no more.

Endure for the sake of Purpose

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”   James 1:4 KJV

          For many years, things were working for my good, even when I couldn’t recognize it. I was complaining a little bit because things were right; I felt that I could endure the light afflictions.  When challenging times arise, we tend to retreat because we’re overwhelmed, or at least I did.  I kicked, screamed (silently), and even blamed others instead of embracing what was before me and being willing to endure the process like a good soldier.

The Word lets us know that as God has begun a good work in each of us, we must be willing to endure the process for His sake.  If you’re one who likes to bake, you know that to get the item you desire, you must have the proper ingredients, follow the recipe, and wait for it to bake under the right heat. That process reminds me of how we must endure as good soldiers.

God has placed on the inside of each of us all that we need to succeed; we must activate it with guidance from the Holy Spirit and endure until the end.  You have what it takes, stop discounting yourself.  Be emPOWERed by the Word today and make a difference.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”     Philippians 1:6

from “emPOWERed By the Word”  by Valerie Burrell

Don’t Be Afraid

A segment from my book, My Reality Revealed

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1 KJV

An acronym for fear that has stuck with me through the years is False Evidence Appearing Real. I can’t tell you who coined it or when they did, but I can tell you that the false evidence that you’ve been looking at must be confronted. What made you fearful and afraid? Is it because you were comparing your life to others? Were you attempting to keep up with the high rollers, only portraying a role that wasn’t your truth? Do you believe in yourself?

Lack of self-worth or esteem has crippled many people; instilling fear to move forward in purpose. I dealt with not feeling thin enough, cute enough, smart enough and even loved enough. I also dealt with the fear of not being accepted by man; limiting my vision because it wasn’t like the status quo. The truth is that fear plagued me because of secrets. I was abused, abandoned and rejected and was too damaged, afraid to trust anyone.

I learned over time that none of those feelings should apply when you understand the love that God has for you. His affection is unchanging and everlasting. He desires to be a strength for you like none other; to protect you even in times of trouble. Today, take an inventory of the thoughts and feelings that are limiting you and causing fear and let’s cast those cares to the Father, knowing that He cares for us.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Help is Available

How long do you walk around feeling ill before seeking a solution? I’ve encountered a lot of people lately that are walking around poisoning people with their emotional turmoil – and seemingly refusing to acknowledge that they need help. Is it pride that keeps you in that place of bondage? Are you so afraid of your own truth and vulnerability that you can’t face it?

Lately, I’m taking a closer daily inventory of my life to ensure that if there is misalignment, I get it straight quickly! I empathize for those who can’t reflect but choose to deflect their stuff onto others. Don’t you realize that HELP IS AVAILABLE?

The longer you move about misguided and toxic, the harder things become. Misalignment brings with it the “afflictions” that we read about Psalm 34:19, concerning the righteous; and then there is the “but God”! That’s HELP!

Let me empower you today with these words of wisdom from my life experience:

  • Forgive yourself and forgive others; this is usually one of the greatest hindrances of life
  • Seek the Holy Spirit for your purpose and pursue it with everything you’ve got
  • Find yourself a circle of influence that is where you desire to be, not where you’ve been
  • Find a trusted counselor

Let’s begin a new journey today.  A journey towards wholeness, nothing missing and nothing lacking.  Let’s seek resolve for whatever challenges we’re facing – accepting the HELP that is available.

Be EMPOWERED!

NECESSARY

So, the 2016 Presidential Election is over and the results have named Donald Trump as President-Elect of the United States of America.  This outcome has stirred all sorts of emotions from dread and fear to overjoy and peace.  I’ve been pretty quiet during this whole election, praying for guidance and understanding throughout the process and this morning the word I heard was – NECESSARY!  I admit, I chuckled at the sound of that initially – but God gave me clarity.

It’s several days later and I’m being strengthened in the midst of this election outcome and I will share with you why.  This election, as it has been revealed to me is a testimony of ones ability to succeed.  President-Elect Trump showed himself to be a rather obnoxious, racist, narcissistic, arrogant man. ( I was nice)  Yet, despite all of that, he communicated a message that intrigued and enticed many American people and was chosen as the next President of the United States.  So, what are you saying Valerie?  Glad you asked!

Have you ever been given instructions from God, whether it was starting something new or completing something old and you decided that because of who you are or what you’ve done in the past – you weren’t qualified?  I know I have. President- elect Trump had no experience, no political/legal knowledge, no character, no mental capacity, no real qualifications to be president of the United States, but he won!  An unqualified candidate in the eyes of many, overcame the odds and succeeded.

The necessity for this outcome was to show us that even with odds against you and you feeling unqualified, determination and support from the “right” people can get you to your place of purpose.  This election has fueled a fire in me to press into what God has called me to in a greater way.  No longer will I discredit myself! No longer will I allow the opinions of others to stifle my dreams!  No longer will I limit myself but I will embrace God has spoken concerning me and succeed! You get it? You can be what God has said you’d be.  You can do what God has asked you to do.  You are the world-changer that you are supposed to be! President-elect Trump was chosen by man and will have to face the conditions of man but what God does in and through you, as you trust Him for your destiny- no man can change!

I’m not a fan of the new president, but I will honor this process and continue to trust God in the midst of all things – as it clearly was a necessary  awakening for many of us. Today, be EMPOWERED; be REGENERATED by the renewing of your mind; and be ENCOURAGED to pursue what God has called you to.

Blessings!

Rejection is a Beginning

Our broadcast this week shared regarding the topic of rejection.  What we  fail to realize is that rejection and failure are often mindsets of the world imposed upon you to conform to their idea of right. I’m going to stand on God’s word and move according to His plan and dismiss the foolishness.  There is a place that God is trying to get us too and we’ve got to recognize that what we are currently facing is the vessel that will be used to move us forward!

Listen and be Empowered!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/empowermentplace/2016/11/07/rejection-is-not-the-end-but-a-beginning

 

 

Silence has POWER

As I reflect this morning on our Bible Encounter last night, the idea of silence is still weighing heavily on me.  Silence, by definition means, “the complete absence of sound or to prevent from speaking” according to Webster. Silence for me is a time of reflection, a time of revelation, a time of healing, a time of re-alignment, a time of liberty, a time of patience, a time of growing.  Silence is EMPOWERING when utilized appropriately.  Proverbs 17:28 reads, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.  Even a fool can utilize silence for a benefit. LOL!

So, the long and the short of this thought is that some of us need exercise some silence.  We’ve become so overwhelmed with the uncertainties of life that all we do is complain and cast fault.  We are so ridden with the cares of this world that we’re not recognizing the transitioning that’s taking place in front of our eyes.  Sit down, lay down, quiet down and just be silent for a moment and breath!  I want to encourage you that God is very aware of all that you’re going through.  He has not left you, nor has he forsaken you.  He is still in control!  What’s needed now is for you to keep silent in His presence and hear what He is speaking to you concerning your life, and all that’s going on in it.  Your problems are not too hard to solve, just listen to Him. Today, He wants to reveal the solution but He needs you to be silent because you’ve been making too much noise.

Be Empowered!

Prophetess Valerie