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One Letter Makes All The Difference

Com·pete (verb) 1. strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same.

Com·plete (adjective) 1. having all the necessary or appropriate parts.

Pause and look closer at these two words…do you see what the difference is?

Once you noticed what it is, like me; you will probably catch yourself smiling. Ahh, the letter ‘L’. For me this meant that without the ‘Lord’ in our lives we have a tendency to compete with one another. One of the many reasons why we would do this is because it covers up our own insecurities. Within ourselves we feel incomplete, defeated and think that in our striving we will gain respect or be noticed. 

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IT ALL STARTED WITH ‘MEN’

If you grew up in the 1950’s, you may have viewed an educational film called Molly Grows Up.

( I do not own the rights to this video).

This film in a modest manner, did it’s best to introduce you to a new friend, that for most, showed up on a monthly basis; her name is Menstruation.

The average woman spends about 10 years of her life menstruating. To think after all those years, we would get a much-deserved break… oh no, off to another season we go: Menopause.

Menopause like menstruation, isn’t a curse, but just the mere mention of these ‘M’ words leave a negative undertone. This is more likely due to the fact they are misunderstood. Today there is a great deal of information available for women and this article is to encourage you that you no longer have to suffer in silence.

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It’s Still 2021

For you journalers out there, you ever pause and flip through the pages to see what your thoughts were months or even years ago? Well, if not you ought to try it. You will cry, laugh and more than likely find a past entry that will bless your socks off.

January 1, 2021, my entry mentioned Our Daily Bread titled ‘Uncharted Waters’ with Scripture reference Isaiah 43:1-7.

My eyes paused at the subtitle, in my Bible it read; God will redeem His people.

But NOW says the Lord that created me, Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name, you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle upon you.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

I have no revelation or news to share with you as to why we are all still experiencing unchartered waters nor can I share what tomorrow or the rest of this year holds, but I pause in hopes to encourage you that one thing for sure; we know Who holds it!

Until next time dear friend, may the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

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From Our Readers

Sheri I read this book on my flight a couple of weeks ago. It had been sitting on the shelf in my work room. I was a little hesitant about reading it, one reason being I did not have a relationship with my father, didn’t have any idea how a father daughter relationship should feel like, and wasn’t sure i wanted to read about yours.

I am so glad I followed the nudging of what I now KNOW was the Holy Spirit to put your book in my carry on. I began reading as we took off and finished it before I reached my destination. I laughed, cried (happy my seat was a window seat), totally enjoyed the journey with you and your dad, I loved his view of life. Sheri, I was forced to see my life without my father from a different pair of eyes…Gods…He was with me all along.

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Goldilocks and Her New Friend

Pause and listen while you read!

Once upon a time, there was a middle-aged lady named Goldilocks. Lately, she hadn’t been feeling like herself; but today was her once a month window-shopping excursion and she wasn’t going to miss it.

A few hours later, Goldilocks was pulling into the parking lot. She jumped out of her car and happily skipped to the entrance of the store. As soon as she entered, Goldi (short for Goldilocks), saw a large BOGO sign hanging over the shoe department. She rushed over and began examining the clearance rack. Looking to her left then her right, she couldn’t find her size, so she approached an available salesperson. “Could you please bring me a size 8?”, she asked the employee. Goldi noticed the representative wasn’t too friendly, as she communicated that she’d be right back. When she returned, she brought the right shoe, but the wrong size. Goldi thought she did it on purpose.  When Goldi pointed it out, the clerk made a dash for another pair and returned, but this set was too big. 

Right there in the middle of the store, Goldi lost her patience.  She stood up and with a loud voice, insisted that she see the manager.  Due to the volume of Goldi’s voice, the manager was already on her way to the front. She came out from behind the back room and immediately tried to apologize.

The manager tried to justify the demeanor of the salesperson, who had just received some bad news and was about to leave for the day.  The manager offered to assist Goldi, while the employee clocked out. Goldi wasn’t having it, she huffed, puffed and walked away.

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Our Daily Bread

Another day where we find ourselves speechless. Last night we lost another member of our family and yet, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the love, mercy, grace and compassion of God. The Word of God is like that, it finds you right where you are and gives you exactly what you need!

Our Daily Bread is spot on… When We Don’t Understand.

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:10

“I don’t understand His plan. I turned my whole life over to Him. And this happens!” Such was the message of a son to his mother when his dream to succeed as a professional athlete was temporarily derailed. Who among us hasn’t had some kind of unexpected, disappointing experience that sends our minds into overdrive with exclamations and questions? A family member cuts off communication without explanation; health gains are reversed; a company relocates unexpectedly; a life-altering accident happens.

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Special Delivery

Every day I wake up wondering what adventures or opportunities shall I encounter…well today’s was no different.

Sometime this morning the doorbell rings. I get up from my desk and walk over and look out the window. As I pull the curtains back, I notice a delivery truck going down the street away from my house. The Ring doorbell recorded that a package had been delivered. I pause and think to myself, ‘Hmmm, I don’t recall ordering anything.’

Downstairs I go, a tad excited as maybe it was something my husband ordered. I open the door and look down, the box wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. I picked it up to check out the label. Of course you know the tracking and all the other stickers they slap on boxes are larger than the address label. I take a second look, the package wasn’t for us nor did I recognize the name or address.

As I ponder what to do, I begin writing down the information from the label. Who do I call first, the delivery carrier (I won’t mention the name of the company, to protect the innocent as we all could have made the same mistake) or the person’s name on the box. I call the company to advise them that the package had been delivered to the wrong address. Unfortunately, because a few digits were missing from the tracking number; they were unable to help me.

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Iron Sharpening Iron…

I wish I had the words to share how the Lord used this devotion in shapening a group of us this morning. It is my prayer that you are encouraged, empowered and equipped to be engaged…in the life of those that God has placed in your area of influence.

May 15, 2021 Iron Sharpens Iron (Devotion courtesy of https://blackaby.org/

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
The Christian life is a pilgrimage. At times the road is difficult, and we get lonely. Sometimes we may become discouraged and consider abandoning the journey. It is at such times that God will place a friend alongside us. One of God’s most precious gifts to us is friends who encourage us and lovingly challenge us to “keep going.”

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De-Clutter


Spring Is Approaching, here are somethings to make you go hmmm:

SIMPLIFY: do one thing every day that gets you closer to your goal.

DONATE: use your talents or gifts and be a blessing to someone?


TRASH: delete those thoughts and people that keep you from doing what God called you to do!

KEEP: the Word Of God in my heart.

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Pausing To Share…Testimony Time

Pausing In His Presence is just what I needed – A Shut In Experience.

A pause with God where I do not hurry with my praise and worship and take my time praying for the needs of others.  Taking time to listen to God. Sometimes we hurry and do not give God time to talk to us.

This book has opened my eyes to so much. It has shown me my need to PAUSE and have that shut in experience. It has been so wonderful! By pausing you will grow in the Lord because it lets God fill you up with Jesus. My goal is less of me and more, more of Jesus.

I have shared this book with others and will continue to do so with anyone whether it be male or female.  Thank you (Sheri) for writing this book.

It made me pause.    

Sylvia Cain

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Pausing To Share…A Testimonial

When we set out to host Pausing In His Presence A Shut In Group & Bible Study we had no idea what we were in for.

Testimonies are rolling in and it is our prayer that they would encourage you to Pause In His Presence!

Why did I start this Bible Study?

The promotion for this Study was to go deeper into Gods presence. Our church was doing a series of sermons at the time on “Open Doors”.

The Lord clearly told me to begin walking through the doors He was opening for me. That’s when this Bible Study was first advertised. This was definitely an open door for me to walk through.

Right now, we are on Chapter 6. Each chapter brings you in closer and closer into Gods presence.

This book and Sheri’s teachings are incredible. There is a lot of interaction with the other ladies in this group. The more we get into it, the more I want to share with everyone I know. I can’t wait to get to the next chapter. You get insights into yourself when you pause in His presence. God reveals things to you personally as you read each chapter.

I’m really looking forward each week to see what God is going to reveal to me next. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Even men could get a lot from this book!

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Dr. Who

There are many women like me who prefer a female OB/GYN. My reason though it is humorous now, was not funny back then. My story begins with, years ago when I was a KIDS Church leader, it was time for my annual check-up and so off to the doctors I went . After completing the check-in ritual, I was shown to the examination room and I waited patiently for my doctor to come in.

A few minutes later, a male doctor pops in and stares at me like he knows me. I have this weird feeling inside my gut. “Do you work at this hospital, you look familiar?” he asked. “No”, I quickly responded.

I knew my regular doctor was pregnant, but her due date wasn’t for a couple of months. That feeling in my belly intensified and so I nervously asked where my doctor was. His reply was that she had been transferred to another unit. I paused for a moment and then decided to proceed with the checkup. Following the exam and after a brief consultation, I left the hospital and never gave this encounter a second thought.

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PAUSING TO SPOTLIGHT….JENNIFER RASH

The Gift of Encouragement

We all need encouragers in our lives, don’t we? Having just ONE person in your life who will speak encouraging words to you makes all the difference in the world. Have you noticed that there seems to be plenty of people who will readily put you down and a real shortage of people who will lift you up? Has it ever dawned on you to be the one who builds and lifts up?

As wives, we need to realize just how much we contribute to the atmosphere in our homes and marriages. Proverbs 14:1 says, “A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.” That is a pretty strong Scripture.

Did I hear you say, ‘Just how can a woman tear down her own home, her own marriage, or her own husband?’  She does it with her actions and most often with her words. In The Path to Becoming a Proverbs 31 Wife, I share about how we as wives can build our homes, our marriages, and our men. I talk about one of the ways we can build our men – it is through our words.

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Pausing To Spotlight…My Family

Pausing To Share…MY BLACK HISTORY MOMENT – A Slave, Midwife and Legacy: Dr. Judy Simmons – uncovered by my cousins Cleo and Melvin Graham

Who are your ancestors?

Have you thought about your connection to them lately?

Is slavery and freedom a part of your family’s legacy? If so, what impact did it have on your family’s life?

Here is a story about one of my ancestors, who played a remarkable role on the South Carolina plantation where my family was enslaved and later the community where she lived. According records we have found, my third great grandmother, Judy Simmons, was born in South Carolina or Alabama. She was initially called Judy Pickens, a surname of her slave owners Governor Andrew Pickens Jr. According to Andrew Pickens’ 1834 will, Judy and her family were deeded to his son, Governor Frances Pickens, who owned the Edgewood plantation in Edgefield, S.C. Fortunately, Frances Pickens preferred keeping slave families together rather than separating them, as so often happens after the death of a slave owner. After Emancipation, Judy’s last name became “Simmons.”

Judy figuratively stood on the shoulders of her strong African heritage and tapped into her familial knowledge of medicinal plants that she commonly used for delivering babies of plantation slave and freed women for more than fifty years (1830s to 1880s). Although she was not credentialed, she became known as “doctor” by other slaves and slave owners, out of respect for her knowledge. She was a remarkable midwife, who traveled between Edgefield, S.C., and Augusta, GA, to purchase traditional folk medicines that she used to deliver hundreds of babies. And after the War, she crossed the bridge from slavery to freedom. She crossed the bridge from dependence to independence, and in so doing she left her footprints as a path of grace that is traced to her descendants.

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Pausing To Spotlight…LaShawnda Wright

LaShawnda Wright is the CEO of The Wright Administrative Firm and founder of Yes! I Got The Promotion course. She’s born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and has a heart to serve God. She’s happily married to her husband of 8 years, Sheldon Wright, and mother to 4 little beautiful and bright girls. LaShawnda is a mentor, teacher, administrator, coach, and most importantly a servant of God. 

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Pausing To Spotlight…Barbara Hollace

Don’t you just love it when God confirms the season you are in. We are one week in our Bible & Group Study Pausing In His Presence: A Shut-In Experience by yours truly and I receive the following article by my good friend and editor, Barbara Hollace. I thought this word of encouragement was too good not to share. We hope you are as blessed as I was when I read it.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 AMPC)

In times of uncertainty, I have found a place of refuge and strength. In the midst of the storm, I have found a shelter that is waterproof. When the hurricane-force winds of turmoil threaten to blow me away, I have found a solid rock that cannot be shaken.

There is no other name like the name of Jesus. There is no greater power than His resurrection power. There is no greater hope than what we find at the empty tomb.

As we emerge from the chaos of 2020, our lives have not instantly changed. Even what we thought would “stay the same” has not. If we put our hopes and dreams in a person, business, a leader, our bank account, or even our health, we will be sorely disappointed.

The only place where we will remain stable and secure is in His presence. “In Your presence is fullness of joy.”  Are you experiencing the fullness of God’s joy today?

 On my journey through 2020, God brought me new revelation and new “tools” to add to my “toolbox.”  One of them was a new song in the night.

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Pausing To Spotlight: Your Pastor, My Family

Over the past few months we had been praying about transitioning from the Pausing With God quarterly magazine to something different for the new year. When I received this wonderful article about my cousin, I couldn’t wait to share her with you all.

HARTFORD — The Rev. Cleo Graham, a New Haven native, has accepted a call to serve as pastor of Faith Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Hartford.

The Faith Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ is a historic church, located at 2030 Main St. The brick Romanesque Revival-style building, completed in 1872, houses the Faith Congregational Church, whose lineage includes the city’s oldest African American congregation. It was established in 1819. To learn more, visit https://faithmatterstoday.org/

“The UCC is the first denomination to ordain a black man,” members said in a statement. “It is the first to ordain a woman into ministry in this nation. We are a historic local church, having taken part in the nation’s first civil rights case, the Amistad trial, where the captives on the ship La Amistad were eventually set free. Faith Church raised significant dollars for the captive’s defense.”

“The UCC is the first denomination to ordain a black man,” members said in a statement. “It is the first to ordain a woman into ministry in this nation. We are a historic local church, having taken part in the nation’s first civil rights case, the Amistad trial, where the captives on the ship La Amistad were eventually set free. Faith Church raised significant dollars for the captive’s defense.”

The Rhode Island Conference UCC ordained Graham in 2013. Next, she co-pastored at Hope Congregational Church in East Providence, then served Beneficent Congregational Church for seven years. Beneficent’s community outreach programs, weekly open sanctuary sessions, and service to the sick, homeless, and aging populations of East Providence were a model for how people of all backgrounds can come together for the greater good, according to a statement. She was also asked to serve as Vice President of Administration for the Rhode Island Conference Board of Directors, a post she held for two years.

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Pausing In His Presence Group Study

Registration is now closed, but email Sheri at PausingWithGod@gmail.com if you are interested in scheduling a future group study.

Currently we find ourselves in an unexpected shut in, but the doors of fellowship with God are always open. Here is your invitation to join us in Pausing In His Presence – A Shut In Experience

God is still in control, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So let’s take advantage and take a journey from the Outer to the Most Holy Place.


Our time together will engage, encourage and empower us to be equipped before, during and after life circumstances.

Group study will run every Tuesday evening

beginning February 2, 2021 – Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Registration is now closed, but email Sheri at PausingWithGod@gmail.com if you are interested in scheduling a future group study.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR…

Last year (2020) one of the items on my bucket list was to run a 5K by my birthday. So the wisest thing to do, I thought was to join the gym and get to stepping. It started out on the right foot till COVID hit and I was given a choice. Use this unfortunate event as an excuse to postpone the run or allow it to push me to an alternative.

Well I am happy to say that I did accomplish this goal, but soon afterwards something happened…

2020 Prepping for 5K by my birthday

One of my ongoing battles, is that I reach a certain number on the scale, slide in my favorite jeans and then I tend to think that it’s time to pause and celebrate the weight loss. Before I realize it, I reached out for that extra bag of chips, candy bar, topped with a midnight snack. ‘But oh no, this was not a best practice for me nor a healthy one.’

December 2020, with encouragement from a few friends, we started a Zoom online exercise group. This group’s focus isn’t about weight loss, though that will be one of the outcomes, but about living a healthier lifestyle.

So I hear you say why online? I say why not. For me, hosting a class online is enlarging my level of accountability base and it is also another item on my bucket list. I would like to become a class or Zumba instructor by the time I retire (wish me luck, I got 5 to 8 years to go)!

Let this video from Rachel Engaging, Encouraging and Empowering you!

One of my biggest fitness heroes happens to be a good friend. I trust her because I have witnessed her journey and her beautiful success. From time to time, she will be sharing some tips or best practices that are sure to Engage, Encourage and Empower you.

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So do more than stay tuned, let’s get physical! Send us an email to PausingWithGod@gmail.com, in the Subject matter enter: Zoom and we will send you the Zoom dates/times/more information.  

May God bless us with a healthier New Year (emotionally, mentally, physically, financially and spiritually).

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Pausing With God Magazine

Merry Christmas here is your complimentary copy of our Winter 2020 Issue

Below is the link for your copy, click and enjoy!


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PWGM continues to work hard in fulfilling our mission engage, encourage, empower and enrich women.
We have seen numerous lives transformed. Women are challenged to turn their weakness into strength and using their gifts and talents to make a difference in their life, their family, and their community.

In All You Do…Don’t Forget to Pause and enjoy the Reason for this Season!

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WITHOUT LOVE

We thank God that for more than five years, some wonderful sisters and I have gathered, Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m. for Early Morning Prayer. We often pray for one another, but the mandate the Lord gave when He called us together was to be intercessors. Every 3rd Saturday of the month our group gathers to encourage one another. Someone would share a Scripture and then we close out in prayer.

Today’s was 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

It was Jonathan Swift, the satirical author of Gulliver’s Travels, who said, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” I like to paraphrase that to say, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough of a relationship with Christ to make us love one another.”

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Paul explained three characteristics of Christian love that show why it is so important in ministry.

In verses 1-3 we are reminded that LOVE IS ENRICHING (improve or enhance the quality or value of).  Paul named five spiritual gifts: tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith, and giving (sacrifice). He pointed out that, without love, the exercise of these gifts is nothing. Tongues apart from love is just a lot of noise! It is love that enriches the gift and that gives it value. Ministry without love cheapens both the minister and those who are touched by it; but ministry with love enriches the whole church.  

The most important lesson in the school of faith is to love one another. Love enriches all that it touches.

In verses 4-7, we are reminded that LOVE IS EDIFYING (providing moral or intellectual instruction). “Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth [builds up]” (1 Cor. 8:1). The purpose of spiritual gifts is the edification of the church (1 Cor. 12:7; 14:3, 5, 12, 17, 26). This means we must not think of ourselves, but of others; and this demands love.

The Corinthians were impatient in the public meetings (1 Cor. 14:29–32), but love would make them long suffering. They were envying each other’s gifts, but love would remove that envy. They were “puffed up” with pride (1 Cor. 4:6, 18–19; 5:2), but love would remove pride and self-vaunting and replace it with a desire to promote others. “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another” (Rom. 12:10).

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4–7 carefully and compare this with the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. You will see that all of the characteristics of love show up in that fruit. This is why love edifies: it releases the power of the Spirit in our lives and churches.

In verses 8-13, we are reminded that LOVE IS ENDURING (continuing or long-lasting). Prophecy, knowledge, and tongues were not permanent gifts. (Knowledge does not mean “education,” but the immediate imparting of spiritual truth to the mind.) These three gifts went together. God would impart knowledge to the prophet, and he would give the message in a tongue. Then an interpreter (sometimes the prophet himself) would explain the message. These were gifts that some of the Corinthians prized, especially the gift of tongues.

When the gifts fail, and they will, it is love that will endure forever. We will not be fully completed until Jesus returns, but we ought to be growing and maturing now. Children live for the temporary; adults live for the permanent. Love is enduring, and what it produces will endure.

Note that all three of the Christian graces will endure, even though “faith will become sight and hope will be fulfilled.” But the greatest of these graces is love; because when you love someone, you will trust him and will always be anticipating new joys. Faith, hope, and love go together, but it is love that energizes faith and hope.

In his commentary, Wiersbe says that he has ran across too many local church problems created by people who were zealous for the gifts, but careless of the graces.

Let’s break that cycle…. let’s not complicate a simple four-letter word.

Love is the key!

(excerpt from Wiersbe Commentary)

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Hallo-who

If you ask my kids, I have always laid on the cautious side about partaking in the festivities around or on October 31st; but this post isn’t about me. Tonight after viewing my East Coast families posts, I thought about things differently.

There were several families on social media that caught my attention. Families are gathering in their homes creating memories. From carving pumpkins, to making paper crafts, to sipping apple cider, roasting marshmallows and eating smores.

While we are still be in the midst of a pandemic, but I see a new beginning. People are ceasing from complaining what we don’t have to celebrate what we still have before us.

There is a thankfulness in the air, thankful that we indeed have air in our lungs. Thankful for the family members that remain in the land of the living. A gratefulness that we got to see another day to say, ‘I love you’. True that in each family there are challenges and difficulties, but I see families being intentional about loving and spending time with one another.

Mother Teresa is know to have said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” This perspective is like an eraser on the top of a pencil. Removing what the world would have us to focus on and seeing the light in the darkness.

Today is setting the tone for us to become even more consistent and deliberate about spending time with our loved ones. This time together, doesn’t have to involve spending money or even going to a far away place. While it may be nice, we can have a picnic on the living room floor. We can create any kind of getaway if we want to, simply using what we have around the house. Keeping it simple, simply creating precious memories that we can keep.

So may today cause us to pause and remember that even though it’s easy to forget at times, family is the most important thing in the world.

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Always Sisters ~ Always Friends

A while ago as I sat prepping for an upcoming event. I came across a nugget and thought I’d share an excerpt with you.

Why can’t women get along, it’s because we are afraid to be vulnerable, afraid to be soft, afraid to be hurt, most of all afraid of our power. So we become controlling and aggressive – vicious.  Why can’t women get along, it’s because we’ve been taught to be bad rather to be powerful. (Courtesy of Iyanla’s reflections).

Pausing With God Ministries is a nonprofit corporation organized to inspire and engage congregations and the community at large.  The Lord has given us a platform to encourage and edify women of all ages. We are partnering with the Body of Christ to break the silence and address uncharted territory. The topic of the day is MENOPAUSE.  It is estimated that as many as 6,000 US women reach menopause every day. The gender makeup of a vast majority of churches and religious groups reveals that there is a higher percentage of women than men attending on a weekly basis.

By the year 2020, the number of women who will be older than 55 years of age is estimated to be 46 million. In addition, with the increase in life expectancy, more women will spend up to 40% of their lives in the postmenopausal stage.  With these alarming statistics, it is vital that we bring awareness, especially to the Body of Christ.   

Along with the physical challenges we face with menopause, many of our sister-friends are overwhelmed emotionally and mentally. Others are trying to dig out off a spiritual drought.  PWGM is your female version of Aaron or Hur, coming along side of a you, holding up your arms, encouraging you one step at a time (Exodus 17:12).

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Our workshops, sermonettes, conferences and shut-ins are presented to encourage, enrich, edify, empower women to love themselves, one another and be all that they were created to be.   For more information, schedule or invite us; email Sheri at PausingWithGod@gmail.com.  

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HELP ME BREATHE

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You never know why you cross paths with certain people, but as time passes you realize it is for some greater good.

That is how my relationship with Cymone is. None of us had any idea back in the 70’s, well she wasn’t born, but her mom and I met back in the 70’s working for the CETA program (The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act).

Fast forward, a few months ago I reached out to Cymone to see if she was willing to write an article for a new project, Pausing With God Magazine. She gladly accepted.

To read entire article, click here, https://pausingwithgod.com/pausing-with-god-magazine-2/

After the first edition of the magazine was published, working with her felt unfinished, I just knew there was another project we were to work on together. Recently we caught up with one another and all I can say is you want to stay tune, 2021 hold some exciting news.

But in the meantime, pause and check out her entire article, https://pausingwithgod.com/pausing-with-god-magazine-2/

 

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Don’t suffer in silence!

Menopause Let’s Talk About It!

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Years ago, when I began experiencing several symptoms of menopause I was afraid to talk to anyone for fear that they would think I lost my mind. But the opposite was true, it wasn’t until I began sharing …that I realized I am not alone.
Continue reading “Don’t suffer in silence!”

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Pausing To Share…You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone…

Have you ever purchased a new or used car (I’ve done both) and once you drove it off the lot; you’re puzzled each time you pass by a vehicle that looks just like yours. You thought you were the only one with that make, model and color.

That is similar to the feeling I had when I began writing a book about our dad. Though he knew I was going to put his journal entries in print, I found myself hesitating because dad passed away before he would be given the opportunity to read it.

I am confident that he would approve, because in spite of his challenges, what echoes throughout his journals is that he had a desire to reach out to others experiencing similar difficulties and let them know that they are not alone.

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 was a special mental health episode on “The Talk”. Eve (American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and talk show hostess from Philadelphia), opens up about anxiety and panic attacks. She shares, “For her, it’s anxiety. She still has it; she still lives with it; it ebbs and flows… But now, she is so thankful to be able to do the show that is able to help people see that they are not alone and in hopes to give them some tools that they can use on their journey.

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.

None of this means that you’re broken or that you, or your family, did something “wrong.” Mental illness is no one’s fault. And for many people, recovery — including meaningful roles in social life, school and work — is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

Unfortunately, the general public does not have empathy for others unless it hits their home. Combined with the labels that society places upon them, it’s no wonder we are now seeing the masses come out from years of isolation. I say ‘Cheers’ to those of you who are brave enough to raise your voices and say, ‘It’s me, but most of all, ‘Thank you’ for reaching out and encouraging and reminding others that they are not alone. (Dad’s book, ‘God’s Got It’ will be published 2021)

Though Pausing With God Ministries was birthed from my season of menopause, we pray for you; our readers for any season that you may be currently experiencing. We want to share that if you have a family member or friend is experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, there is help. NAMI is there to provide you with support and information about community resources for you and your family.

Find education programs and support groups at your local NAMI. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org if you have any questions about anxiety or want help finding support and resources

#mentalhealthawareness  #selfcare #anxiety #selflove #love #depression #motivation

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Pausing To Share…So You Want To Write/Publish A Book

So there is a book inside of you?

Come learn a few of the basics and fellowship with other up and coming authors.

SEATS ARE LIMITED so sign up. Send an email to PausingWithGod.com

In subject line: Book Symposium In body of email: include your name and contact number.

Stay tune for Zoom information.

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National Daughters Day

Can we talk…seeing the world just celebrated National Daughter Day, did you post just so you didn’t feel left out?
How is your relationship really with your daughter?

The Ministry of My Mother will remind some and refresh others… • Remember, it’s not how you started, but how you end • Realize that we all experience a storm or two at some point in our lives • Reexamine our relationship with our mother, our daughter, but most of all with ourselves.

SECURE YOUR COPY TODAY HERE ON OUR WEBSITE OR AMAZON.COM

A Woman of Excellence: The Ministry of My Mother, A Memoir

The dynamics of a mother and daughter relationship take may range from healthy to unwholesome. They can affect you on so many levels: emotionally, mentally, physically, financially and spiritually. While I do not know the current status of your relationship(s). Perhaps you are presently working through some challenges or perchance you are grieving the loss of your parent or your daughter. Or maybe your relationship with your mom is in a good place — that’s wonderful news. But even in the best of relationships there is always room for growth.
#beengaged #beempowered #beencouraged #beinspired

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Pausing To Share…#TBT

September is Menopause Awareness Month….Preparation is the key!


Part 2 – Interview with Pausing with God Author, Sheri Simmons Powell

When my mom asked me to make a contribution in the foreword, my first response was, “I didn’t even know you were writing a book.” But after reading the first chapter, I wanted to let you know that this book was written by an inspired woman who cares not only about her own well-being, but about the well-being of others, too. I acquired lots of memories while discovering the good news about this book, too many to put to paper, but I believe she has designed a road map through menopause. I can’t say that it is easy, me not being a woman, but as my mom explains, menopause is not something you can get through on your own. If you let God guide you through this trying time, it will be less difficult. I encourage women to read this book and keep an open mind in order to obtain new information about menopause that you might not have previously known. – Joseph Powell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPWtRWeZJvI (click, subscribe and share YouTube video)

#BeEngaged #BeEncouraged #BeEmpowered

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Mask Up

Not sure what you think when you read the title, “Mask Up” or how you even feel about wearing a mask.

The coverings are worn anytime in public when we are near others. Wearing a mask is a piece of protective equipment. When we wear a mask, we protect others, and when others wear a mask they protect us.

But think about ‘masking up’ in a spiritual sense, how that idea might translate to our spiritual lives. Ever thought that it doesn’t just protect us but also can protect others.

As we cover up in the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will order our steps in a way that will protect us from unnecessary trials and tribulations. We will love and not hate, we will forgive instead of trying to pay back, we will walk in peace and not strife, we will pray instead of preying upon one another. We will be able to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to the Lord, which is a blessing to those we come in contact with.

Covering up in the Lord, putting on God’s armor protects us, but also protects others.

Pause & Pray…Lord help us to see that there are some things, some decisions we must make that may go against what we want, but Lord help us see that they are for Your glory, for our good but also for the good of others!

In Jesus Name we pray Amen

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Pausing To Share

One of my goals for today was to write a blog post for our website, but as I sat down for our morning devotion, I thought you’d be encouraged by the Scripture in Our Daily Bread, Galatians 6:7–10.

Maybe today you are saying for the 100th time that you are sick and tired of this pandemic. But the truth of the matter is, no day that we are alive in the land of the living is ever wasted.

Our prayer this morning is that we pause long enough to listen and be wise enough to allow God to order our steps and strengthen us for the task that He has called us to.

Don’t become weary in doing good. Galatians 6:9

beengaged #beencouraged #beempowered

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Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate one another about this season of our lives. Menopause is a natural and normal part of aging, yet there has been a lot of stigma and misinformation associated with it. And because of this and the way menopause is portrayed in much of the media, women have feared getting older, families have been disrupted and the misunderstanding has caused many challenges in the workplace.

It is amazing that nothing slips by God nor surprises Him. In Genesis 18:11, it says that Abraham and Sarah were old. Sarah was had stopped having her monthly periods and was past age of childbearing (paraphrase).

Menopause is said to have occurred when a woman has not had a period for 12 months. While the average age of menopause in the United States is 51, many women can and do experience it earlier. After menopause, a woman no longer produces eggs and thus cannot become pregnant naturally. However, there have also been rare cases, like Sarah’s and many others;  where women who have had babies as many as seven years after they believed they went through menopause – did I just hear you gasp!

Pausing With God’s mission is to educate, encourage and engage you to take advantage of the information and resources that you have at your fingertips. No one knows your body better than you so do not relent in becoming your best healthcare advocate.

Here is an excerpt from Pausing With God A Journey Through Menopause

Stop by our Resource tab and secure your copy of Pausing With God A Journey Through Menopause and other resources like the Menopause Map https://www.hormone.org/menopausemap/index.html This resource is sure to help you on your journey.

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Pausing To Share…Hope In Hospice

When I read the scripture and the devotional this morning in Early Morning Prayer it mentioned about a loved one who was in hospice in their final stages of life.

If the truth be told we are all in a natural (earthly) holding pattern, all in a spiritual hospice.

Let Go and Let God

The Bible says it is appointed to all men to die Hebrews 9:27. We are all on a journey, all in this thing called life going; all going to leave these earthly vessels one day.

Our prayer today is that this truth would encourage and move us to have an encounter with Jesus. Such an experience that it may be said of us that when we leave this earth, we will be sleeping in Christ.

I can speak from first hand experience of what it is like to let go of a loved one in the natural, one who has the comfort of God because they died in Christ. But in the process of grieving and mourning for our loved ones, may we be able to let go of all that hinders us from totally surrendering, trusting and living for Him God.

Pausing To Pray:

Lord help us on today…to taste and see how much You love us. You love us so much, enough to die for us that might live in You!

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Pausing To Pray

Due to COVID-19 doctors have had to make the necessary adjustments in how they see their patients.

The instructions are to pull up to the building, text the office and wait in the car for the okay to proceed to the blue bench.

Green light…feeling like I rolled diced and moved to the next three spaces. By the time I made it to the blue bench, receptionist came out to take my temperature and squirted hand sanitizer in my hands.

After my appointment, I thought about this bee who though so many things that could hinder its day surrounds them everyday…they never stop buzzing, they don’t stop pollenating.

Instantly my perspective changes to gratitude. I begin praying for my doctor, who in spite of everything hasn’t let that stop her from seeing us, her patients.

I lifted up every first responder, all those that have an illness, those having a procedure this morning every store employee, every parent, teacher…everyone!

As I say amen, I’m reminded that no matter what is going on around us, no matter what the task for the day, we too must never stop…there are so many things we can do; and with this perspective we won’t complain about what we cannot!

Keep buzzing, keep pollinating and most of all keep praying!

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Pausing For You!

Over the years, in addition to publishing several books, I have benefited from writing blogs and articles for several magazines and websites. But recently I thought about you, perhaps you have an untold story, testimony, or poem that you’d like to share?

Our Summer issue has already been published but keep reading you still have two more issues to submit your story, testimony or poem on our website and social media entities, please read the following themes and the guidelines:

Fall 2020 – Fears We Face(d)    (submission deadline is 08/15/20)

Winter 2020 – Wrapping Up My Year (submission deadline is 12/12/20)

Queries should be sent by e-mail to PausingWithGod@gmail.com Article lengths vary widely from 300 to 3,000 words. When you forward your submission, you are agreeing that we have the right to edit and/or shorten in order to properly format. On occasion, longer articles and excerpts may be split up and shared at different intervals. Along with your submission, please include your name, a short bio and your picture. We do not accept material that has been previously published in any form in print or online.

Pausing With God Ministries is accepting your submission to publish on its website and other social media entities with no compensation being paid to you. If you understand and agree, feel free to submit your article by e-mail to PausingWithGod@gmail.com. 

In addition, feel free to contact via one the following venues:

Email | PausingWithGod@gmail.com

Facebook | @PausingWithGod

Twitter | @PausingWithGod

Instagram | @PausingWithGod

Thank you and In All You Do, Don’t Forget To Pause

Sheri

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Pausing For You!

Over the years, in addition to publishing several books, I have benefited from writing blogs and articles for several magazines and websites. But recently I thought about you, perhaps you have an untold story, testimony, or poem that you’d like to share?

Our Summer and Fall issue have been published but keep reading you still have one more issues to submit your story, testimony or poem on our website and social media entities, please read the following themes and the guidelines:

Winter 2020 – Wrapping Up My Year (submission deadline is 11/01/20)

Queries should be sent by e-mail to PausingWithGod@gmail.com Article lengths vary widely from 300 to 3,000 words. When you forward your submission, you are agreeing that we have the right to edit and/or shorten in order to properly format. On occasion, longer articles and excerpts may be split up and shared at different intervals. Along with your submission, please include your name, a short bio and your picture. We do not accept material that has been previously published in any form in print or online.

Pausing With God Ministries is accepting your submission to publish on its website and other social media entities with no compensation being paid to you. If you understand and agree, feel free to submit your article by e-mail to PausingWithGod@gmail.com. 

In addition, feel free to contact via one the following venues:

Email | PausingWithGod@gmail.com

Facebook | @PausingWithGod

Twitter | @PausingWithGod

Instagram | @PausingWithGod

Thank you and In All You Do, Don’t Forget To Pause

Sheri

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Pausing For You

                 ‘This is a broadcast message from my nana…               Mask, don’t leave home without it!’

#beengaging #becouraging #beempowered #teamolive

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“GRADUATING IN THE LORD IS PRICELESS”

 
 

This is the season for graduations. While graduating from school (any grade) is a huge accomplishment. Graduating in the Lord is priceless.

On Sunday, May 31, 2020; Reginald L. Simmons (our dad), moved his tassel to the left front side of his cap.

This is so surreal as Saturday, May 30, 2020; he gave me a to do list when he would be one in that number, singing – “When the saints go marching in”.

There is so much I can say about him. We were working on his book and so I find it fitting to share the draft of the last page.

First of all, I would like to thank and praise God for my time here on earth. My heath and strength are still pretty good. I have plenty to be thankful for, my children and their children.

Life has been hard at times but looking back it was worth it all. I have a great family and at this time would like to enjoy all of you.   At my age, I can look back and see how good God has been to me and my family.  Some have gone on before me. So, I ’m looking forward to joining them when the time comes.

May God grant me time to see some of the young ones grow and if not, my prayer is that they grow and have a blessed life!

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Pausing With God Ministries (In remembrance of Reginald Simmons)

In lieu of flowers, to honor Reginald (Reggie) Simmons life and legacy, you can make a tax-deductible donation either by using this link or mailing donation to: Pausing With God Ministries P. O. Box 9172, Fleming Island, FL 32006.

$25.00

 

For a full obituary, https://www.hkhfuneralservices.com

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Pausing To Encourage

One day I’ll be able to share the entire testimony of how our friendship began… until then here’s a snippet of how the Lord used her to encourage me.

I called her to wish her a happy birthday, as we are FaceTiming I noticed she’s out taking a walk and unbeknownst to her she ended up encouraging me.

Most of you that know me have no heard how one of the items on my bucket list is to run a 5K. We caught up with the latest and after hanging up the phone, I realized that this challenge doesn’t have to be completed in the eyes of the public.

So I laid aside every weight that so easily beset me and hit the reset icon on my C25K app and off I went into the neighborhood.

Starting off with a brisk five-minute walk warm up, alternated with 60-seconds of jogging and 90-seconds of walking; wrapped up with a 5-minute cool down. Mission accomplished in 30 minutes and it feels so good!

As I sit here gulping down some water, I am aware of what is going on amongst us, but I remind myself that wisdom doesn’t equate to bondage…I pray God-give all of us creative ways to be encouraged.
Maybe it’s in the simple phone call to a family member or a friend.

HERES HER REPLY…BE BLESSED!

Sheri, our friendship has spanned over 23 years. Over that time, We’ve laughed, cried, and prayed together.

My fitness journey originated out of a place of profound hurt and pain yet little did I know that GOD would use it to heal me and encourage others like you my sister.

Thank you for sharing this snippet of our friendship and love for one another. I love you 💕

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PAUSING TO SHARE…

So I’m in the gym the other day as you know we are prepping for a 5K by my birthday this year.

I am half-way there and I feel myself getting a little weary. I look to my left and to my right as the thoughts are rolling through my mind, I can stop; no one would know. Just hit the ‘PAUSE’ button, wipe off machine and ‘STOP’.

But all of a sudden I look straight ahead and as I’m contemplating, in front of me in mirror I see these two young ladies running. They seem to be going about the same pace as I was. I felt something rise up in me, a second wind and I forgot all about quitting.

I noticed as I kept my focus on the mirror, those running the same race, pressing for the same goal as I was, I was encouraged to keep on going. I no longer wanted to quit, but wanted to reach my goal.

So I kept lifting one foot at a time and before I knew it the timer went off and I was able to endure the race at least the practice race…this reminded me of Hebrews 12:1-2…Lord help me get rid of every weight (discouraging thoughts) that cling so closely in my mind, and help me to run this race; with my eyes fixed on the finish line.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NET)

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WHAT IF

Today is the last day of the year, and everyone is busy preparing for New Year’s Eve. In a few hours, it will be 2020, a new decade, and many of us will be launching our New Year’s resolutions. But honestly, after a few weeks, we often give up…Why?

Keeping these resolutions requires us to consistently take action every day to achieve the goals we’ve set. That’s why, throughout this week, I’d like to invite you to discover 7 healthy, holy habits (that I routinely do as well :-)) to start the year off right!

Sometimes we rush, head down, into action to achieve our “goals,” complete our “projects.”

What if, on New Year’s Eve, God were to challenge us through this verse? “Be still, and know that I am God!…”

(Read Psalm 46:10, NLT).

Courtesy of “A Miracle Every Day”.

Be blessed and remember that God is with you every day!

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Pausing With God presents Woman Of Excellence Mother & Daughter Brunch

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Our time together revealed:  (1) Women want to belong. (2) Women want authentic relationships. (3) Women want to impact their world around them. 

We celebrated ‘over 100 Women’ and the release of our new book:  A WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE THE MINISTRY OF MY MOTHER

This labor of love has been designed to be a blessing to woman of all ages: REVIVING, RENEWING AND RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS!

Sheri Powell and PWGM is also available for seminars, conferences, evangelistic outreaches, youth events, prayer shut-ins, Bible studies, workshops and book signings and so much more.   For more information or to book Sheri for your next event send us an email.

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PWG Highlights – Tonia and mom

About 30 years ago, our Pastor gave my mother and I a prophetic word from the Lord.  He shared that we would have a “model relationship” one that others would look upon and desire.  If I went by what was going on at that time it would certainly seem as though he had missed God.

sis greene 3At the age of 17, I left home and to try my hand at adulting. Over the next few years there was little to no communication between my mom and me. However, this did not stop my mother from holding onto what God had spoken regarding us. You see she is a mighty woman of God, one who believes in the power of prayer. She was relentless in prayer for me as she held onto the word of God. 

Continue reading “PWG Highlights – Tonia and mom”

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PWG Highlights – Aleka and mom

It isn’t a coincidence that this next story is being published near Mother’s Day. It is one that is near and dear to my heart, this is a subject matter like menopause, one that is whispered about behind closed doors.

We do hope that you will be engaged, encouraged and  empowered to  learn more about mental illness.  Thank you Aleka (aka my cousin) for sharing, you are a Woman of Excellence.

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PWG Highlights – Cynethia and Lula Bell

There is a poem by Teresa Mahieu that I choose to help give you a snippet of my mom, Lula Alexander.  The beauty of a woman is not in… the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman, is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, the beauty of a woman with passing years—only grows.

My mom left an imprint in our hearts, especially during the years as a stay at home mother, which was sometimes a blessing and then other times a curse. My misfortune was when I decided to take my own personal day (without permission) and when she was home to intercept those phone calls from the school.  The blessing was that she was there to take care of us. She didn’t stay at home because we were rich or well of, by no means; but she knew that these years were a priceless sacrifice that she was willing to pay. 

During my adolescent years, there was a time when I felt that I was the black sheep in the family and that I was being treated differently by my mother. The light came on as I was raising my own kids. During their upbringing, I reflected on and pulled from how my mom reared me.  She in her own way was teaching me how to be a strong, independent, God serving woman.  One of the best things she has ever said to me, which I tell my adult kids and grandchildren to this day is, “I can show you better than I can tell you”. At the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant. I thought that meant it’s spanking time. No, she didn’t spare the rod, but what mom really meant was that she showed us love, strength, wisdom, loyalty and to trust God in everything you do.

She is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She does know how to dress and how to carry herself. Her soul reflects her true beauty that is still sown from her love of God. She doesn’t share with just her own family, but it is for whomever she has an opportunity to share with.

She is my foundation and my rock. I’m blessed, so thankful and honored to be the daughter of Lula Bell Wiggins Alexander.