Valerie Close has a passion for encouraging others with the truth from the word of God and her own personal experiences. She is faith-driven and a seeker of truth with a real heart and compassion for other people to come out on the other side with new hope and revelation of Jesus Christ.
About Anchored In A Trove
Anchored in a Trove’s mission is to encourage people with the word of God with handmade artwork that correlates with each blog article. Our desire is for people to become encouraged as they read each article and to have a visual reminder of that article in their home to uplift and help share the gospel with friends and family members.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11
God has called me to share the wisdom I have learned through my struggles in life to figure out who I am and who God created me to be in order to help others who have been discouraged and doubtful in their walk. To those who may have walked away from their own calling or gone through something that hurt so much, they have doubted whether God even exists or even loves them at all. To help bring Christians back to Him so that we can stand up as one, as His bride. So that we as one body can be useful for the Kingdom of God.
Passion To Reignite A Spark
I believe we are in the last days here on earth. I believe that too many Christians have gone stagnant. My passion is to reignite that spark that the church as a whole used to have for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We get so busy in life and there is so much hurt that goes on in this world, I think we forget that God is still on the throne and that He still loves us.
I have had my fair share of doubts and hurt and frustration and unbelief. God has shown up in bigger ways than I could possibly imagine. He showed me I am special and I do matter despite what the rest of the world may say. I felt insignificant but He told me that He made each and every one of us in a special way for a special reason and His love knows no boundaries.
I want every person I encounter to understand this and have a closer more intimate relationship with Jesus. I want everyone to have a more enriched life here on earth. To help Christians be who we were created to be, to shine a light in this dark world. The more Christians shining light the more souls will have the opportunity to spend eternity with God.
“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.” — Psalms 142:7
I grew up in a Christian home, although it turned out to be a very broken home, I always knew about God. It wasn’t until I was six and a half years old that I remember thinking, these are just stories that my mother tells us before we go to bed. They are not real. When my mother explained they were as real as you and I and if I didn’t want to go to hell then I needed to ask God to forgive me for everything I have ever done wrong and ask Jesus into my heart. I was saved, but it was a long up and down, bumpy road until I really really decided once and for all to walk upright for the rest of my life. I rededicated my life to Jesus in my 30’s. I decided it was time once and for all to take my walk with my Lord and Savior very very seriously.
One day I wanted to know why if I am on fire for the Lord one day, then I find myself weeks later acting as if I was never saved. I felt moody and discontent. I retraced my steps to find out what was the pivotal moment that I started wandering off. For me, that was drinking and listening to music that did not edify the Lord. I decided right then and there, no more drinking not even one glass of wine was okay. Any music I listen to will uplift the Lord or I will not listen to it at all. I needed to make sure my heart was pure and my intentions pure and that the enemy could no longer have a foothold in my life. That I will have integrity and that I will be the same behind closed doors as I am outside the door. If I am to truly be a witness for how much God has changed my life then I could no longer act like the rest of the world.
I have never been happier. I have peace and I no longer waver in my walk as I did before. It was time to get serious if I wanted to be part of the change and revival on this earth before Jesus comes back. I don’t want to say I wasted my life because I was too lazy to be the kind of Christian God created me to be. I wanted to make a difference and the difference had to start with me and my actions. My actions needed to show God I loved Him. I want my children to love Him. I needed to also be an example for them. I may have been saved when I was six years old but I did not have the quality of life God intended for me to have. Until God calls me home, I strive to live this life to the fullest with Jesus in my heart and the Holy Spirit guiding my steps and I want to share that with the rest of the world.