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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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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).

(I do not own the rights to this video)

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

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

#beengaging #becouraging #beempowered #teamolive

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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 With God presents…

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.

A Woman Of Excellence 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.

Grab your copy today on Amazon.com or PausingWithGod.com

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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 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

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. 

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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.

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What Happens When Women Pray!

Intercessors In The Making

We entered class as strangers and left as sisters in Christ! Class is dismissed and we are Intercessors for the glory of God!  What Happens When Women Pray….watch out!

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PWG Highlights – Angela and Sylvia

A Woman Of Excellence – Sylvia Dowdy

Aging has given me a clearer understanding of the ups and downs of being a mom. I know that I could never have walked in her shoes. The strength I have as a woman, mother, friend and Christian, is rooted and fueled from Sylvia Dowdy (my mom). As I reflect at the challenges that she has experienced in her life, I am amazed how she made it through and overcame with such dignity.
Even though I am 50+ years old, I still get them. The calls, voice messages and texts.
“Where are you, it’s dark.” I chuckle because I’m reminded that she loves me just as much, as an adult, as she did when I was a child.
As I reflect at the challenges that she has experienced in her life, I am amazed how she made it through and overcame with such dignity.
Even though I am 50+ years old, I still get them. The calls, voice messages and texts.
“Where are you, it’s dark.” I chuckle because I’m reminded that she loves me just as much, as an adult, as she did when I was a child.
I still enjoy our talks, our laughs and even our tears. Thank you, God, for my lil lady, meddling as she may be   I  wouldn’t change this journey or the many more to come!


As I reflect at the challenges that she has experienced in her life, I am amazed how she made it through and overcame with such dignity.
Even though I am 50+ years old, I still get them. The calls, voice messages and texts.
“Where are you, it’s dark.” I chuckle because I’m reminded that she loves me just as much, as an adult, as she did when I was a child.
I still enjoy our talks, our laughs and even our tears. Thank you, God, for my lil lady, meddling as she may be   I  wouldn’t change this journey or the many more to come!

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PWG Highlights – Sherron and Linda

I was born on November 30, 1974 in Bridgeport Connecticut to teenage parents who met each other at Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT.

My mother, Linda Evelyn Moore, was only fifteen and my father, James Edward Jennings, was seventeen.

My mother’s parents divorced when she was 2 years old and she went to live with her paternal grandparents. Her father worked a lot and although he didn’t live far from his parents, my mother saw him only once in a while. My mother’s mother chose to “move on with her life”, having other children and visited my mother only occasionally.

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PWG Highlights – Tiffany and Angela

STANDING IN THE GAP

Standing in the gap for her 8 beautiful children and grandmother to twenty of the most joyful and jolly rugrats is our matriarch, Angela R. Tunsill.

My siblings and I are close in age, but this never seemed to be a challenge for our mom. We all felt and still know that we are all equally loved. Growing up, mom made sure we were well dressed and feed ‘really’ good. Our home was filled with laughter, it was an environment where we were able to talk about anything.

As a twenty-eight-year-old, married mother of three; I am proud to say I still seek my mother’s approval, as well as advice.  My mom has been the example and set a standard which I implement as I fashion my own family.

Our mother has had her fair share of challenges. Dark days where she lost hope, wanted to give up and frequently asked, “Why me?” Strangely enough, these seasons of her life, motivated and strengthened her. 

Our mom always said, “When you all grow up, I want you all to be better than me.”  She knew we saw her struggles, the abuse and trying to make ends meet with little to nothing.  I know what she meant, as I find myself struggling from time to time, having a family of my own, while assisting the upbringing of my nieces and nephew.

This year has been a frustrating and exasperating one  for her.  Two of her children, who went astray are now incarcerated. In addition, all in the same year;  three different grandchildren passed away.  But in the midst of her tears,  her  questioning why, what did she do to deserve this, where did she go wrong, she remains the backbone for our family.

The trauma and the loss of a loved one has the ability to break  anyone, but not my mom. When you look at her,  she doesn’t   look like what she is going through. She continues  to stand  with her head held high and a smile on her face.

My mom means the world to me, and if I could give her the world, I would. She deserves it all and so much more.  Angela R. Tunsill,  you are a Woman Of Excellence, I love you mom!

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I’m Not Alone

For most of us as adolescence we were told about puberty, menstruation and pregnancy; but not about menopause.  It’s humorous that it took us almost 12 years to get to puberty and only 12 consecutive months to confirm that we are menopausal.

Menopause is the time when a woman’s menstrual period ends. Menopause is considered complete when a woman has been without her period for one year. Menopause can occur any time between ages 40 and 60. On average, it occurs at age 51.

By the year 2030, it is expected that there will be 1.2 billion women who are 50 years of age or older. That means there will be a large amount of females embarking on their journey through menopause.

With these statistics, regardless if one is peri (the time in a woman’s life shortly before menopause), meno (the ceasing of menstruation) or post(the time after which a woman has experienced twelve (12) consecutive months without a period); it is in our best interest to connect with as many sister-friends as we can.

I suffered in silence for a long time because Menopause in the past has not been a subject matter that is generally spoken about. But in the last 10 years or so it is coming to the forefront and we will continue to pause and share so that women realize that in this season of their lives they are not alone!

It may not seem like it in the midst of the hot flash or night sweat but there is light at the end of the tunnel for Menopause is a season of preparation for the latter part of our lives!
My story is shared in Pausing With God A Journey Through Menopause. Available in English and Spanish,,  Get your copy here.

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Thankful

It is something to lose someone any time of year, but I say a special prayer for those who have lost a loved one during or around the holiday season(s).

The other day, we were jolted by the news of another childhood friend had passed away. Though we hadn’t kept in touch, it was ironic that a few weeks ago, out of the blue, she sent me a very encouraging message on social media. We conversed, and both probably thought to ourselves, we have to do better with staying in touch. But life interrupted and any chance of that is now gone.

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Save The Date

Save The Date Mother & Daughter Brunch

Someone asked what’s the Mother & Daughter Brunch all about.

In 2001, after having been a volunteer at a local Boys and Girls Club for a while, we saw that there was a lot of untapped talent in the youth we were mentoring . We came up with an idea to surprise and showcase their gifts to their parents.

What began as a Mother & Daughter breakfast, started with 25 participants, a toaster and microwave; surprised us the following year with 175 attendees and a full brunch. One of the best parts was because of the support and donations were able to host the event for FREE!

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Dr. Who?

0R7A1765I will assume there are several women out there who are like me who prefer a female OB/GYN.  My reason though it is humorous now, was not funny at first.  My story began, 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 where put on the designer gown and patiently waited for my doctor to come in.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Pausing to take this opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

ladies in all sizes

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Get involved spread the word and get the Know The Symptoms Guide https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month
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Breast Self-Exam

How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed?

breast cancer self-exam instructions1) In the Shower

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

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