Tell us a little about yourself (name, age, where you live, family, interests, etc) …
Shalom, my name is Valerie and I am 24 years old. Currently my parents and I reside in Florida and have been there since I was born. We have with us two little bundles of fluff, whose names are Roxy (Shi Tzu) and Chewy (Lasa Apsa – also know as Chew Chew Bear). I have one older sibling, my brother Brock who is married in the Marines and expecting a son in September, and I am anticipating the opportunity to get that baby in my arms and express my love and adoration 🙂
As for my interests; I enjoy making raw food recipes with my food processor and blender, I’ve managed to cook 3 meals with snacks all at once within 2 hours time. Sewing is another interest of mine, especially when it comes to taking apart old clothes and recreating them into aprons, snoods, scarves and much more. Gardening is another one on the list, I enjoy it when my abba (father) reminds me of how it all relates with Scripture. One more; I delight in many things that deal with the outdoors, and doing chores the old fashioned way (the ways that actually work!); hiking outdoors is fun and relaxing to me, no matter if there are or are not mountains where I am at, I always enjoy a good hike.
What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
I grew up in a Christo-Pagan home, basically, and was the boss of my life or so I thought. Thankfully, by Abba Yah’s grace, my parents never held back the paddle nor the teachings and nurturing afterwards in order to bring understanding. In turn this did benefit me in more ways that I can explain. Yet it wasn’t enough to keep from going down a path of rebellion behind their backs and against my Heavenly Father. With my life in shambles, I grew up wondering why I never felt ready for His return and this tugged at me constantly. I remember running to movies, music and people to distract me from hearing Abba Yah’s still small voice. It wasn’t until one night, at age 17, when I arrived home after my own “fiasco of fun”, I cried out to Abba (calling Him God at the time) and asked for nothing more in life but to live by faith and just for Him alone. I know from there He saw the sincerity of my heart, though it still took years of ridding the world’s ways out of me, He mercifully turned me back to Himself. HalleluYah!
What led you to stay at home?
It’s quite interesting, but you interviewed this young lady on your site. Her name is Bethany and she was also interviewed by Paul Nison. From Paul’s site I came across her video chat with him on this topic titled, “Stay-At-Home-Daughter”. It was during a time that I had been questioning Abba Yah, asking to know His Will for this life. As I was listening to Bethany explain her purpose for staying home, it became clear to me; this is what was pleasing to Abba and I became more excited for this new season then I ever thought possible.
What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
Abba presses new areas on me throughout this season and since there is not much I can physically do for them with our current situations as of right now, the best way He has shown me that I can serve them is through submission. Also, learning to trust their judgment and acknowledging that they hear from the Father through Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit), so my obedience to them is the same as my obedience to Abba Yah. From there, both they and I can see and feel the shalom (peace) in the home, as well as order.
Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Scripture, the Shining Stars Magazine ;), Raw Life Health Show (not very many talk on raw diets), Andrew Gabriel Roth (he teaches on the backdrops of the Torah, which encourages me in my studies and how to go about them), Everyday Set Apart blog, Beautiful in Yah Ministries blog, and Sisters of Yah blog … I like blogs, can’t you tell? 🙂
Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
My ministry is my family and I have never been so happy to be apart of it. Abba has closed an awful lot of doors for me to breach out into other ministries and I understand why. The ministry of my family has been long neglected and shunned. Abba Yah has taken that, flipped it right side up and teaches me everyday to serve my family before I can think of doing so outside of the home. Learning this, I believe others will know whom I follow, Yahshua, when I show His love towards my parents.
Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
I didn’t really think much of having my own home business till a couple months ago, however, it is something I have to put in Abba Yah’s hands for His perfect timing because that door has not opened up quite yet. When He so chooses to open the door, I would like to make modest apparel (I sewed the dress and the snood for my mother in the pictures below) and there are plenty of other ideas cascading throughout my mind as well.
What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Many today have yet to acknowledge that we were meant to have the mindset of our Messiah and understanding what that means. From the choice of food we eat, jokes we make, clothes we wear and attitudes we throw around, if we ask ourselves, “How did Yahshua look at food, what was and/or was not funny to Him, or how did He dress and would like for me to clothe myself?” It will become so much harder for us to be overtaken by the temptations that wiggle their way into our lives if we became this sensitive to Yahshua’s halakah (walk), as well as keeping us more aware for what lurks around the corner. My challenge to you is to make the choice to be on guard, pray without ceasing and acknowledge YHWH in EVERY aspect of your lives. As my my parents remind me so often, “do not seek to be understood, rather seek to understand (our Messiah).”