The SISTAHS Ministry International January – March, 2010
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives ™
There Are No Victims
in God’s Army…
Cynthia D. Johnson
Mum’s The Word
Waiting on Love or
Is Love Waiting on You?
Can Women Have It All?
Jewell R. Powell
Minister Carmen Murray
Out of the Wilderness
Ramelle T. Lee
America’s Leading Sexpert
On the Cover: Ty Adams, Author of Single, Saved, & Having Sex
The SISTAHS Ministry
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Are you ready to live a life of favor and victory? This is your year! Don‘t despise the trials and
tribulations that come in your life because it‘s just a ―set up to be blessed up‖! Blessings,
elevation, and establishment are all in your future.
We are humbled to have another wonderful issue of SISTAH Talk which encompasses many
informative, inspirational, motivational and encouraging articles from some anointed women of
God. As Sister Venus Mason Theus has so prophetically set in order, we certainly are a
beneficiary of the Year of the Anointed Pen through the contents of this issue.
SISTAHS, we must realize that the process of victory and elevation can be riddled with pressures
and, what will appear to be, a consistent antagonizing ―thorn‖ from satan‘s attempts to stop your
rise to victory. But remember, the Word declares that God‘s grace is sufficient, in spite of the
thorn. Grace and mercy follow you each day of your life. So don‘t let the thorn distract you from
your goals. The pinch from the thorn sometimes will sting, but we can‘t forget to get into our
P.M.S. mode, ―Pray, Meditate and Study‖.
Remember satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, so the moment something appears wrong and
you find yourself in a hard place, don‘t run to and fro to find a doctrine that fits your situation at
that particular time. It is in that ―hard place‖ that destiny can happen in your life. Though
weapons form, they will not prosper. As long as you have the Lord‘s direction, He has ordered
your steps and you should move on in faith!
Let‘s be real, it‘s not always easy, because again the constant attacks can weigh you down, but
you must P.R.E.S.S., Prepare and be Ready to Effectuate Supernatural Stability. Keep your eyes
on the promises of God and keep your mind stayed on the Word of God. ―Supernatural Stability‖
is only achieved through God‘s elevation, so we must work to only please Him and not those
You have been in your cocoon long enough, it is time for you to take
flight as a beautiful butterfly. Get ready for God‘s elevation, it‘s on its
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Table of Contents
Outward Impression by Pastor Andra Allen Standberry ..........................................................................8
Living the Victorious & Blessed Life
We Win in 2010 by Minister Tiffany R. Easley ........................................................................................................9
The Lord of the Breakthrough: Baal Perazim by Minister Paulette Harper .........................................................10
Endowed With Power by Karmen Booker .............................................................................................................11
SISTAH Teens Mentoring Initiative
See No * Hear No * Know No by Rosemarie Wilson ............................................................................................15
We’ve Taken Our Eyes Off the Prize by R. Lee Gordon ........................................................................................16
A SISTAH’s Lifestyle – Life-Coaching Principles
Waiting on Love or is Love Waiting on You? by Stylicia Bowden.........................................................................18
Six Steps to Serenity in a World Full of Chaos by Minister Mary Edwards ..........................................................19
Word on the Street – Dating & Relationships
True Intimacy by Minister Carmen Murray ..........................................................................................................21
Virtuosity – Marrige & Divorce
Can Women Have It All by Jewell R. Powell .........................................................................................................22
On the Cover:
America’s Leading SEXpert: Ty Adams ...............................................................................................................24
Health & Beauty
Basic Skin Care 101 by Tara Fletcher ...................................................................................................................26
2010 Fashion Trends in Urban Hip Hop Clothing for Winter and Spring ............................................................28
Soul SISTAHS Café of Suggested Reading
2010 – The Year of the Anointed Pen by Venus Mason Theus ..............................................................................32
Services & Business Network ..........................................................................................................................36
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Mum’s The Word by Burnette Parker ....................................................................................................................39
Out of the Wilderness by Ramelle T. Lee ...............................................................................................................40
There Are No Victors in God’s Army… Only VICTORS! by Cynthia D. Johnson ................................................41
Christian Events & Evangelism (C.E.E.) Network
Feature: Gospel Trombonist Robin Harris...........................................................................................................42
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By Pastor Andra Allen Standberry
Matthew 23: Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  "The
teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.  So you must obey
them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not
practice what they preach.  They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's
shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 
"Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and
the tassels on their garments long;  they love the place of honor at banquets
and the most important seats in the synagogues;  they love to be greeted in the
marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.  "Woe to you, teachers of the
law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look
beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and
everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as
righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
This is a very familiar passage of scripture. Verses 1-12 God has always provided instructions for His people to
is a prelude to the Seven Woes as Jesus addressed the follow that would lead them into their promised land.
behaviors of the scribes and Pharisees. Verse 3,
however, is my point of reference for this article: obey Faith pleases God. Obedience moves God. We can‘t
them and everything they tell you [respect the seat of buy God—giving is a part of our reasonable service unto
authority], but do not do what they do for they do not God. Romans 1: They exchanged the truth of God
practice what they preach [unrighteous living]. for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather
Pretension, impression, and extortion remains a part than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
of the Christian and secular culture. There are many, Matthew 6: But seek first his kingdom and his
not all, who try to tell people what is best for them, what righteousness, and all these things will be given to you
to do in and with their lives, but they don‘t have any as well. 11:At that time Jesus said, "I praise you,
intentions of doing what they tell others. They want to Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have
be hailed for the position they hold and rule with the hidden these things from the wise and learned, and
power that comes along with it. They taunt us by living a revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this
lavish lifestyle, implying they have something we don‘t was your good pleasure.  "All things have been
have, and if we want what we ‗see‘ they have, we must committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son
do what they tell us to do in order to get what we ‗see‘ except the Father, and no one knows the Father except
they have. They provide partial truth, promising if we do the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal
what they say do, we will have what we ‗see‘ they have. him.  "Come to me, all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke
What price are we willing to pay to get what we ‗see‘ upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble
they have? They are selling us an outward impression, in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my
what we see, but inside, they are dead to the true yoke is easy and my burden is light."
righteousness of God. Jesus spends an entire chapter
rejecting the ways and behaviors of the scribes and You don‘t have to take my word for it, take Jesus‘ word
Pharisees. Jesus emphatically says seven times ‗woe for it. God has made provisions for us for every area of
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!‘ Their living our lives according to His riches in glory for us. God
came by extorting wrongfully from other people. Is this looks at our hearts, our motives, for wanting what we
not what we continue to ‗see‘ today in many instances, want, for doing what we do, and while they may be a
not all? good thing, is it a God thing? God continues to send
true believers speaking His unadulterated truth. Who
I encourage those true believers who ‗see‘ past the will you believe, God‘s heart or man‘s outward
outward impression to encourage those who have impression? Hebrews 11: And without faith it is
difficulty ‗seeing‘ past the outward impression to be more impossible to please God, because anyone who comes
concerned about what God wants in their lives. God is to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards
concerned about our heart. He wants to take us to a those who earnestly seek him.
more spiritual enlightenment of who He is, and the plans
He has for our lives. From the beginning of time to now, 2010 Pastor Andra Allen Standberry – All Rights Reserved.
For more of this message, visit www.wlfm-inc.org. Pastor Andra Allen Standberry is Founder of Word of Life Fellowship Ministries, Inc.,
Austin, TX. All scripture quoted from NIV scriptures.
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Living The Victorious & Blessed Life
We Win in 2010
By Minister Tiffany R. Easley
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus'
sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to
give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this
treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are
troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not
forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord
Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always
delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
For the last three weeks of 2009, God through the Holy
Spirit spoke the following phrase to me: ―We win in 2. Realize it is God that goes with you through
2010‖. As the weeks passed along the phrase still rung (sickness, disease, financial struggles,
in my head and began to tug on my heart. I began to ask loneliness, and the excessive battles against
God what does this phrase mean? What does it mean spiritual warfare) and fights for you, to give you
to win 2010? The word win means to succeed in arriving VICTORY! Deuteronomy 20:6
at a place or a state. Are you arriving at your destiny? 3. Believe that God‘s plans are to prosper and not
Are you arriving at a completed stated? The number 20 to harm you to give you a hope and an expected
signifies expectancy and the number 10 means end. Jeremiah 29:11
perfection of divine order. Let me ask you a question
here, Did the year 2009, bring you to a point where you Declaration to win in 2010
began to expect greater from God. A place where you
would pray and cry to God asking ―when will I finally win I am a woman of God anointed and appointed for such a
the battle over, sickness, disease, financial struggles, time is this. I was created to reign in Victory and to win
loneliness, and the excessive battles against spiritual in the Kingdom. I will adopt the lifestyle of Victory and
warfare? The fact that you were in this place was a set always be mindful that I am the head and not the tail, I
up for the win in 2010. See, truth be told the battle was am from above and not beneath. I will train others in the
won for you over 2,000 years ago. Jesus paid the
Kingdom to embrace victory and I will empower others to
penalty with his death on the cross, bringing you into soar like an eagle above ―all‖ that tries to tear us down. I
eternal victory, we will see the earthly manifestations of am a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
this victory this year as the events of our life come into people belonging to God, that you may declare the
divine order. Take the following steps to enjoy your win praises of him who called you out of darkness into his
in 2010. wonderful light. I Peter 2:9
1. Hold your head up and realize you are the head I am a winner…I win in 2010.
and not the tail. In this race you will be first and
not last you will have VICTORY! Deuteronomy
28:13-14. © 2010 Tiffany R. Easley – All Rights Reserved.
Minister Tiffany R. Easley was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel under leadership of Reverend Howard E. Jones, Jr. and preached her first
sermon on January 8, 2006. She is a self-published author of Psalms of my Spirit, a book of poetry which deals with the love of God, self, and others.
She is developing several workshops. The first event entitled Woman 2 Woman...Passion-Purpose-Provision, was a great success and Tiffany is
ready for the next Kingdom Building Event. She loves to share her wisdom of God and His word with others and will serve in whatever capacity she
can to glorify His Kingdom. Tiffany has several ministry concepts she looks forward to releasing in the near future.
E-Mail Minister Tiffany at BlessedPoetess@yahoo.com
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The Lord of the Breakthrough: Baal Perazim
By Minister Paulette Harper
And Ye Shall Break Forth!
“Your leader will break out and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of the
enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the L ORD himself
will guide you.” (Micah 2:13 – NLT)
I know many of you are like me. We have been waiting on the Lord to bring us a
breakthrough in one area or another of our lives. The time is now and the word
has gone forth. This is the year of breakthrough! Many have cried out for
emotional, spiritual, and physical breakthroughs and God has heard the cry.
In the book of Micah, God encourages the believers to stand and trust that
everything which has hindered, blocked, and kept them in confinements will be
removed. God gives the children of Israel a word of assurance that they will come
out of bondage and exile. The term exile from Webster‘s Dictionary is to ―wander
aimlessly, roam, a prolonged living away from one‘s own country. Usually
enforced; banishment, sometimes self-imposed.‖
Those are strong words which we need to define to get a Let‘s examine the word banish. Banish from Webster‘s
better understanding of what the ―Lord of the means ―to put out, to put out of ones thoughts, removal
Breakthrough‖ is doing. Let‘s look at the word wander. from a country either because of a formal decree or
―Wander is to move aimlessly about without a plan or through force of circumstances.‖ Were you forced out of
destination; to lose one way; to go astray in mind or a relationship, job, or even a ministry due to
purpose; to turn aside from a path or course.‖ In this new circumstances? Have you been denied the opportunity
season you will no longer go from place to place, job to to see your grandchildren because of a broken
job, ministry to ministry, relationship to relationship relationship with your children? Were you exiled from a
without clear direction and wisdom from the Lord. God church because you preached against heresy?
will make every crooked path straight. ―I will go before
you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in Many times we are forced out of situations and
pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.‖ relationships because we are accused of wrongdoings.
Isaiah 45:2 Perceptions can play a vital role in decisions that force
us out of situations, jobs and relationships. Those
You will no longer wonder where to go, or how you will perceptions can cause relationships that were once
get there. The time of going in circles in the wilderness healthy on a path to failure. The perceived evidence
has ended. He will burst all confinement, (imprisonment, against one is just that…. perceived. Perceptions are
captivity). Your direction in life will be obvious so you will misleading and can cause an individual to make a
make sound and accurate decisions. Your course in life decision not based on fact or valid information but on
will be divinely directed because the ―Breaker‖ is leading what they perceive to be truth. The outcome can be
you! ―I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I devastating, hurtful and overwhelming.
will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make
darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. There is hope… hope of restitution and restoration. Be
These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.‖ secure knowing this is your time and season. What you
Isaiah 42:16. have been waiting for shall not be stalled or delayed any
longer. God works everything out for your good.
Who is the Breaker? Jesus Christ the Lord of Hosts. He
is the one who will go before us and part those difficult Your King will break forth on your behalf and lead you to
areas that have been held up and delayed. He is the a place of restoration and abundant blessings. And you
same God that parted the Red Sea for the children of shall break forth!
Israel. This is the year of total freedom and
breakthroughs in your life. © 2010 Minister Paulette Harper – All Rights Reserved.
Minister Paulette Harper is the Author of “That Was Then, This Is Now This Broken Vessel Restored” (May 2008) and Co-Author of “Victorious
Living For Women “(Nov 2009).
Visit Minister Paulette at www.pauletteharper.com
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Endowed With Power
By Karmen Booker
God has endowed us with power from on high. In Luke 10:19 we read, “Behold I give unto you power
to tread upon serpents, and scorpions, and over all
And behold, I will send forth upon you what my of the power of the enemy, and by no means shall
Father has promised: but remain in the city anything hurt you.”
[Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on
high. (Luke 24:49) As a Child of God, you have the power to overcome.
According to I John 4:4, God said that "…you are of God
Power - ―authority‖. and have defeated and overcome them [the agents of
antichrist], because he who lives in you is greater
Endue – to put on and to be clothed with; to be skilled (mightier) than he who is in the world.‖
(Luke 10:19) “Behold, I give unto you power and Walking in Victory “That You Have Overcome”
nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Victory means deliverance, help, safety, and triumph.
(Hebrews 2:14) “ . . . He himself in a similar manner
partook of the same [nature] of human beings], He Triumph means to overcome, conquer, joyful, and
himself partook of the same [nature], that by [going rejoice.
through] death He might bring to nought and make
of no effect him who had the power of death – that Victory is a sign that you have overcome conditions and
is, the devil.” circumstances through dependence on Jesus Christ,
which is the only way you can experience victory. When
With (God = Jesus = Word of God) on your side you one has overcome a negative condition or circumstance,
cannot be defeated!!! There is power (authority) in the his natural response is to rejoice because he is no
Word. Jesus used the Word to overcome satan‘s longer pinned under or bound by the condition or
temptations. circumstance. Therefore, he becomes free to
experience joy which yields rejoicing = triumph = victory.
If satan is prevailing over you and defeating you, then it
has to be for one of the following reasons: (1) A lack of (Romans 8:37) ― . . . in all these things, we are more
knowledge of your authority over him; (2) knowing your than conquerors through him (Jesus Christ) that loves
authority, but failing to act upon it; (3) knowing and using us.‖
your authority, but giving up too quickly because you are
deceived into thinking that you cannot win. Jesus you (I John 5:4-5) ―For whatsoever is born of God
are my strength in the time of trouble, disappointment, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
and discouragement. overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that
overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is
Trials and adversities may come our way, but they the Son of God.‖
cannot keep us from living a victorious life. Psalm 34:19
states “Many evils confront the consistently (Revelation 12:11) ―And they overcame him (Satan) by
righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of
With God on your side, you cannot be defeated if you their testimony . . .‖
trust in , rely, and are confident in the Lord Jesus Christ.
No matter what comes against us, it will not succeed if
we stand in the authority that Jesus has conferred upon
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the time of trouble, disappointment, and
Defeat is not God’s plan for your life. discouragement. He is the peace that calms all of my
storms, and removes all of my fears. He is the rock
The key to remaining UNDEFEATED is believing, upon which I stand, and upon which my faith is founded.
trusting, and relying on the Word of God. This requires He takes you to higher spiritual heights, so you can soar
using the R-Reading S-Studying; M- Meditating method. on the wings of understanding and wisdom.
As you engage in the R-S-M Method, you will develop a
closer relationship with Jesus Christ and experience true Wisdom is the principal thing, and requires you to lean
love, joy, and peace beyond measure – heavenly on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all of your
treasure. heart, mind, and soul. It requires knowing and
recognizing that God is ALLMIGHTY and POWERFUL
When you use the power God has given you, everything and acknowledging Him in all things.
you do succeeds, flourishes, and thrives because of the
Word working mightily in you. Jesus is your strength in © 2010 Karmen A. Booker – All Rights Reserved.
Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love
Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and
commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy,
and peace. She has produced product resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.
E-mail Karmen at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of her product catalog.
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SISTAH Teen Mentoring Initiative
Elder Sharnae Coakley, Director
Sharnae Coakley born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to her
loving parents Vernon and Norma Coakley. At the tender age of
5, she experienced the divorce of her parents. She was still
blessed to be raised in a household with her mother and five
other siblings. Even through rough time her mother always put
Jesus first. Struggling to raise 6 kids on her own, her mother
made her into the leader she is today.
Sharnae was raised in a church and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She was fearful of the calling on her life.
God sent confirmation thru several Prophets telling her she was a Minister. She knowing ―God did not give her the spirit of fear‖. She
continues to avoid the situation at hand asking God why me? ―For many are call but few are chosen‖ was her understanding and God
want her. Then God worked her doing her slumber allowing her to preach sermons in her sleep, causing many sleepless nights. She
finally gave in to God‘s will. For she knows He knows best.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come to pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek with all your
heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
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See No * Hear No * Know No
By Rosemarie Wilson
Choose words wisely before they leak.
Circulate truth, not gossip in the streets.
Take a permanent break from bragging routines.
Noticeable actions shall be seen.
Know when to pay attention and what to ignore.
What‘s considered now may not have been before.
Three eyes passed to humanity serve as guides.
If one happens to fail, others will preside.
Watch back, front and sides, yet be discreet.
Appear observant whilst carrying on in the streets.
Survival without detail is most certainly bleak.
Awareness is paramount in order to compete.
Faced with controversy and adversity?
Awareness is paramount if the mind says flee.
Every person encountered won‘t be a true friend.
Sincerity perishes when individuals pretend.
Educational deficiencies trip feet like fetters.
What you don‘t know may hurt; learn to know better.
Happen to stumble? Get up and try again.
Don‘t see the need? Never lower your chin.
Be proud of every choice you‘re led to endorse.
Knowledge is a powerful, productive force.
Analyze and employ rights permitted by law.
Ignorance may prompt the last hurrah.
© 2009 Rosemarie Wilson – All Rights Reserved
From her first collection of poetry entitled
―One Single Rose . . . Poetry Blossomed from a Rose Core‖
Follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/onesinglerose
Rosemarie Wilson was raised in Detroit, Michigan‟s east side. The youngest of four brothers, she
became involved in the community at a young age. Rosemarie has been active as a guest on the “Write
the Vision” Victorious Visionaries radio show on Detroit‟s WHPR 88.1 FM. For the past 19 years,
Rosemarie has been employed at top law firms in Michigan and freelances in her spare time. She is
the proud parent of a miniature daschund Remy Black.
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We’ve Taken Our Eyes Off the Prize
By R. Lee Gordon
We‘ve taken our eyes off the prize.
For too long. Far too long. Far too lost. Far too many, too far gone.
Today, the things that matter most to our youth shouldn‘t.
And the ones who should matter most, don‘t.
The things they want to be, they‘ll never see.
The things they should see, they‘ll probably never be.
Why? Because, we‘ve taken our eyes off the prize.
So tomorrow, it‘s time to reclaim our young generation.
I know it‘ll be hard. I know it will be tough.
We‘ll have to reach way down to get to them.
To dark dungeons of media, society and environment where
demons often dwell and loom large to kill their dreams.
And when we get to our children, it‘ll be just as hard to lift them up to see the
BRIGHT light and Right Life.
To take them from where they are, to where they need to go to grow.
We‘ve taken our eyes off the prize.
So now, we‘ll have to fight for and with our own babies.
And, sometimes, some of us will get beaten. Some of us will give up.
Many of us already have.
But I know I‘m not afraid or alone. For when it‘s time to battle, I will stand tall
next to three warriors, rather than cower beside 300 cowards.
And when I‘m fighting all those demons, I‘ll get weary. But find courage and
strength I‘ll need. Lord help me, and others.
So every day, and every tomorrow, I will fight
and focus on my vision of a better world
and way for my babies and our children
with my eyes always on the prize.
© 2010 R. Lee Gordon – All Rights Reserved.
The Better Detroit Youth Movement is a non-profit coalition of positive-minded individuals and groups who are committed to working together with
communities, parents, schools and students to improve the quality of life and learning for our city's children.
Citizen volunteerism, and youth engagement and participation are key components of the BDYM. We believe by fostering higher levels of
communication, cooperation and collaboration among our citizens and communities, while seeking out areas where we can better work together, we will
achieve greater success with and for our young generation
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The National Black TEEN Empowerment Expo (NBTEE) will show our teens how much we
care about and believe in them. We‘ll give them their own stage to tell us what‘s important to
them. We‘ll applaud all their talent, ―style‖ and ―skills‖. And we‘ll grant them the people and
resources to achieve at home and in school, and so they can shine throughout life.
The NBTEE also connects those of us who want to make a stronger commitment to our
teenagers, and are willing to work with them in discussing and delivering creative and
consistent ways to make sure they become even better sons and daughters, brothers and
sisters, and greater academic achievers and professional successes.
With so many negative influences of media, society, peer pressure and even environment, our
teens need us more today than ever before. There are many ways you can work with us. We
need your support and assistance. And we need your suggestions as to what you feel we can
do, together, to positively impact our teenagers at the expos and in our communities.
The NBTEE is more than just an expo. It's programs like TEEN IDOL, a city-wide talent search
and auditions to help us find and feature the most gifted teens at the expo and beyond. It's
The National Black TEEN Radio Show that spotlights many teen achievers and provides a
forum for us to discuss and deliver solutions that help our teens make the most out of life. The
NBTEE is about providing our community of children consistent programs and resources, and
building an organized national youth movement to improve the quality of living and learning for
our teenage generation all over the country. If you‘d like to be a part of the progress and
receive our newsletter, email us at email@example.com or call us (toll free) at 888.687.7248.
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives Page 17
A SISTAHS Lifestyle – Life-Coaching Principles
Waiting on Love or Is Love Waiting
By Stylicia Bowden
In today‘s world Christian women consistently state this
phrase “I am waiting on God for my husband” but in 2) Secondly, do you have a healthy relationship
reality could it be that God is waiting on you to pick up with God because he is supposed to be the
the pieces of your life so he can send that husband or number one man in your life while your husband
soul mate to you. Many Christian women believe that is being prepared? If God is not your main
they may meet there husband at church sitting right next priority then do not expect the man you meet to
to him on a pew but this perception could limit your view. have you as a priority. (Proverbs 3:6, Exodus
It is important to not have any blindsides when love is 20:1-3)
involved because your husband could be right in your
rearview mirror. You may ask yourself, “Why has God 3) Thirdly, you have to learn the art of being single
not sent my prince charming yet, I am a worthy princess, and happily unmarried. If you cannot enjoy
right!” However, the fairytale ending is far behind you yourself being single then having that so called
because love is not about a fairytale image it is about soul mate is just going to intensify your
being mature and ready. Women constantly use the loneliness.
excuse “I am an independent woman that is why I don’t
have a man or I am a strong woman and he is 4) Ladies, do not be scared to meet new people
intimidated by me”; maybe these quotes might be true outside your church your husband may be at
but ask yourself do I make myself approachable Wal-Mart. Get beyond the four walls of your
because in reality it is hard for a man to ask you out or comfort zone of life. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm
even strike up a conversation. I realized as 2010 crept in 16:11)
it was time for me to be loved because that is what I
deserve for myself. I also recognized work had to be 5) Are you approachable or are you
done before Mr. Right appears into my life. If I am not intimidating…These are important questions to
ready for whom God has for me then I could potentially ask yourself. What does your body language say
damage an innocent bystander. So, ladies do not think about you it goes back to self image and seeing
your waiting on love realize love has been consistently yourself like Christ see you….
waiting on you to get your act together and reevaluate
yourself. God is waiting patiently to put your husband-to- 6) Do you love yourself because love cannot find
be in his part of the play called ―Your Life” but you still you if you do not love yourself. You attract what
have missing pieces to your puzzle known as “whole you are!!!
person”. It is vital to be happy with yourself and
baggage free before love can relate to you completely. If 7) Lastly, this is the final piece to the puzzle do not
you do not give love an opportunity to find you then you be scared to live, step outside your box and ride
find yourself by yourself. the adventure of life. Do not wait until love finds
you before you enjoy God‘s green Earth.
Here are some helpful hints to becoming whole and
allowing God to send love your way: So women no longer use the excuse I am waiting on
God to bless me with my husband life is about forward
1) First things first, confront your baggage. movement and progression, “Get Ready To Get To
Baggage is anything that‘s holding you down Work by Doing the Work”!!!
that would cause a potential ―stink‖ in the house.
Get rid of preconceived notions about yourself © 2010 Stylicia Bowden – All Rights Reserved.
and look at God‘s Word for what he says about
you. (Psalm 139:14)
Stylicia Bowden, a native of Detroit, Michigan began creative writing at the age of 8. She has traveled the world abroad through her
naval career of nine years however, her passion for writing became prevalent when she self-published her first poetry book entitled
Soulseeker (released on May 23, 2007). She consistently strives to set the mark as an entrepreneur by embarking on new projects for
her writing career. Visit Stylicia at www.releasethepen.com
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Six Steps to Serenity in a World
Full of Chaos
By Minister Mary Edwards
I don't need to tell you this (but I will). We are living in a world gone crazy. So how
do we keep our sanity? How do we keep from falling apart when everything around
us seems to be collapsing? Here's a few suggestions:
Go to a happy place. This is a place where we Be eccentric now. I hate ordinary. Ladies don't wait
relive those happy moments in our memories. This is until old age to wear purple dresses and red hats.
a place where we were accepted, welcomed, and
loved. When I get to my happy place, I greet the little Ask yourself this question: In five years, will this
girl inside of me, give her some snacks, and strongly matter?‖
nudge her to release her fears so that she can grow
up to be normal (whatever normal is). Come on, (Do this when something or someone gets on your last
now, Think. I'm sure you can come up with nerve.) Don't sweat the small stuff.
something. Replace those negative emotions with
happy memories. Break a vase. Yes. Times are tough. Money is tight.
But every now and then, break a vase. SPLURGE!
Don't go to an unhappy place. Once you have Buy that new pair of shoes that you may not really
visited your happy place and you have come out need. Men buy your wife some chocolates. Use the
feeling good, you will know what kinds of events, nice sheets. Wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for
people, and places to avoid next time...hopefully. a special occasion. Today is special. And so are
This only takes common sense. you.
Avoid unrealistic expectations. This is a hard one Final points to ponder:
for me because I have high standards. Sometimes I
set goals that are much too high and when I miss Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
the mark, I become remorseful. Be careful of those If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw
New Year's Resolution. Perhaps you really should everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
focus on losing 20 pounds rather than 40. Try
working out twice a week rather than trying for the © 2010 Minister Mary Edwards – All Rights Reserved.
Take baby steps. Consider the task. Break the job
down. Start small. Tackle one task at a time.
Minister Mary Edwards is a former family life counselor at Joy of Jesus
Ministries in Detroit. She currently serves widows in her Widows With
Wisdom organization. www.widowswithwisdom.org. She can be reached
at (313) 330-4490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Word on the Street
Dating & Relationships
By Minister Carmen Murray
In the dictionary, ―true intimacy‖ means legitimate, real and genuine. Intimacy
suggests knowing a person by having access to their thoughts, ways and desires.
True intimacy can be both intimidating and vulnerable. As a 23 year old virgin, I
thought I found true intimacy… with myself. It is called masturbation. On the
streets, it is called ―Playing with yourself.‖ or ―jacking off.‖ There are different
streams of thoughts about masturbation. I have heard myths, studied the facts,
and listed to beauty shop theology about the subject. Many people believe it is
physically and emotionally healthy to do so. Some say, ―It is better than sleeping
around.‖ One female evangelist told me, ―I can‘t keep all that stuff bottled up
inside of me.‖ Another may say, ―It is between me and the Lord.‖
First of all, you will not go blind if you masturbate. If that were true, many of us
would need a Seeing Eye Dog. I would be the first in line. Yet, if it is my body, then why are there such feelings of guilt,
embarrassment and shame? Are you sexually repressed if you do not masturbate? Are you in bondage to your flesh?
If there is such of a thing as true intimacy, then there is a reality of false intimacy. I believe masturbation is a part of the
false intimacy wherein we seek to fulfill our legitimate needs independent of God‘s provision. Before you try to defend your
actions, let me share my personal testimony.
Like I said, I was about 23 when I began to masturbate. Up until that time, I did not know what was down there. I heard my
mother say, ―Let sleeping dogs lie.‖ I did not know that it could apply to my sexual desires. It all started with the kissing
and touching session with I began dating. It was an awesome sensation. I felt that having sex with boyfriend was not
wrong. Sex with myself?, no problem. That is until I committed myself to the Lord. I began to feel dirty, guilty and
condemned. But I still comforted myself when I was bored, horny or both. At times, the shame prevented me from praying
or reading my Bible. I felt unworthy to be in the Lord‘s presence. Like Adam in the book of Genesis, the enemy and my
flesh wanted me to hide from the presence of God. This is the very place that I could be exposed but strengthened, naked
but not ashamed. Besides, I had other issues that needed to be addresses as well. It was not easy.
Over a period of time, I began to submit myself (spirit, soul and body) totally to the Lord. I access the intimacy with my
Heavenly Father through prayer and the Word of God. The more I fell in love with God, the less I sought to please myself.
That is true intimacy. You begin to love what He loves and hate what He hates. Yet, as much as I love the Lord, there
remain times when I want to have sex. I even get tempted to have sex with myself. Remember, sex was God‘s idea.
These God given desires have been clearly awakened in me. It is definitely an intimate matter. Yet, I have two choices,
will my desire for sex ―mastur‖ me or will I master it?‖ By the grace of God, I have been walking in absolute victory in my
sex life for over 14 years now.
© 2010 Minister Carmen Murray – All Rights Reserved.
Minister Carmen D. Murray is an ordained Minister of Mt. Zion New Covenant Baptist
Church of Detroit, MI under the awesome leadership of Bishop Charles and Co-Pastor Mary
Middleton Sr. She serves in several areas of ministry at her local church: ministerial alliance,
intercessory prayer and missions. She is a member of The Called And Ready Writers Ministry
of Detroit. She has published two book reviews. She is founder of Growing in Grace, "Gift in a
Gift" Collection. This message of salvation in greeting cards. Sister Carmen's utmost desire is
to experience the kingdom of God in every area of her life. She clearly loves the Lord and
expresses that love as she serves others.
E-Mail Carmen at email@example.com
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives Page 21
Virtuosity – Marriage & Divorce
Can Women Have It All?
By Jewell R. Powell
The answer is, to some degree yes - to some degree no.
A couple of years ago, I was home schooling my what Lewis needs me to accomplish before I start
children. Lewis had me helping him with the business working on my stuff.
and as the business was growing, he was expecting
more from me. At that time, I couldn't give 100% to Can we have it all? Although you cannot give 100% to
either and I felt like I was failing at both. Therefore, I had everything; but yes, we can have great marriages, we
to make a decision to either put the girls back in school can do what God is calling us to do, and we can be great
or quit working for the company. Let's just say that my mothers. Can we go to every soccer game or dance
conclusion was not in line with Lewis'. So, I put the girls competition? Maybe not. But not going to every game
in school and started working with him more (that is an doesn't define you as a bad mother. The balance - is
entire book in itself J). Which brings me to my point - being conscious that you are responsible for your
whatever decision you make, the decision must be children, you play a role as a wife and mother which
what's best for the family and/or the child(ren). If you are comes before any other role you play, and every
a stay at home mom or a career woman, don't allow guilt decision you make should be what is in the best interest
to swallow you up about your decision. Be at peace with for your family at that moment.
your decision knowing that it is just for a season.
How can I balance my life? Here are a few tried and true
For those who are ready to start their career or to do tricks that you might use to balance your time:
what God is calling you to do, Do It! When I started my
ministry/business, I felt like I was the only who believed 1. Cook Ahead in Bulk
God had called me to do it. I felt alone but I knew God
had called me for this season. One piece of advice my Spend a Saturday cooking your family's favorite dishes
husband gave me pertaining to making major decisions and freeze them in daily portion sizes. You can grab
is "when you make a decision to do something, you have them and make dinner without breaking your back after
to go into believing that no one else will be with you" - a day of work. Also, I use paper products so I don't have
that way you are not disappointed when you don't have to spend a lot of time cleaning after each meal.
the support of your family and friends. As I have
experienced, when God calls you and it is your season, 2. Pay Bills Online
God will turn the hearts of men. My husband, who
denied being called to marriage ministry, is now It's worth the set up time because it will cut your bill
passionate about helping couples. Although I moved payment time so much. You just sit down at a computer
forward alone knowing by faith that God called me, He and click a few buttons and you are done.
then changed my husband‘s heart and united us to this
ministry. God is faithful! However, when I decided to 3. Teach Your Children
move forward, I went into with a decision not to take
anything away from Lewis. I worked when my family was I started teaching my kids to help with the housework
sleep, I hired help when I needed the house cleaned or around 6 years old. I wash clothes and they separate
someone to help with the children, and I started working into piles, fold & put away their own. They are
with women only until he was ready. responsible to clean their own room, bathroom and
playroom. The oldest is now responsible for keeping the
Moreover, the Bible states that if you haven't been kitchen clean. I also bought a handheld vacuum for the
faithful in that which is another's, then who will give you youngest to clean the stairs. They are now 8 and 11
your own (Luke 16:12). This scripture spoke to me as a years old and they help out so much. Moreover, they do
wife that I must be faithful in helping my husband to be not get allowance to clean the house because that is
and to do what he is called to do before God will give me there reasonable service. If you have boys, they can do
my own. And even now, I start my day by working on it too.
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4. Make the Lawn and Other Tasks a Low Priority your milk, bread and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Moreover, try using a delivery service (i.e. Peapod at
If your lawn takes a lot of time, you may want to try to Giant) to grocery shop for you, the cost is reasonable.
make it easier to maintain. Consider installing a drip
irrigation system. You can use mulch or other techniques 6. Ask God to Plan Your Day
to virtually end weeding. Bottom Line, hire someone to
do what you need, you will be amazed at how little Believe it or not if you take a few minutes, at least 15-30
something will cost compared to your time if you had to minutes in the morning planning and praying for the day,
do it yourself. For example, to pay someone to clean my you will have the time you need to do all that you need to
house once a month for $150 while I work an extra 6 do. I've noticed that if I jump out of bed and start
hours that week to make $400 just makes sense. Or running, my day is very hectic. But when I seek God and
teach a teenager how to maintain my yard and pay him ask him to plan my day, He gives me the necessary
just makes sense. strength to accomplish everything and I have some time
left over to wind down.
5. Grocery Shop Once a Week
There is always a balance to everything and each family
Make a list and go about once a week instead of going is different. Know what's right for yours and you will be
every couple of days. You will save time standing in line fine. We can only accomplish so much within a 24 hour
and you will save money. I know most of us can't do our period; therefore, start each day with what is a priority for
shopping once a month but going to BJ's or Sam's Club TODAY, and accomplish that!
and buying bulk for the month will save time and money.
Then once a week go to the grocery store to pick up © 2008-2009 by Jewell R. Powell – All Rights Reserved.
Jewell R. Powell, affectionately known as “The Marriage Coach”, is an inspirational teacher/speaker and bestselling author. Jewell
has made it her mission to help married couples, especially those who are having trouble in their marriages. She believes that, with
effort and God‟s grace, all can have a „happily ever after‟ marriage when you live by faith.
Visit Jewell at www.marriage101.us for a free newsletter and more information.
Are you a newlywed?
Is your marriage having problems and
you don’t know how to fix it?
Are you fed up and ready to give up?
If any of these questions describes you, then Marriage 101 is for you. Marriage is a journey, not a fairytale. It is a commitment that
two very different people make to spend their lives together, for better or worse. When the bad times come—and they will come—
most people run. However, these are opportunities to grow both individually and as a couple, and to build a strong family.
Marriage 101 shares my personal struggles in my marriage and how those struggles led to separation. But it also shares how God
restored our broken relationship and stopped us from divorce. The breakdown of our marriage was slow and steady, and after four
years of fighting, we separated. At that time, I was a born-again believer, married to the love of my life. After realizing that fairytale
marriages do not exist, my faith led me on a spiritual journey to discover why God created the covenant of marriage and whether I
could truly fulfill the vows that I made.
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives Page 23
On the Cover
America’s Leading Sexpert
Ty Adams, CEO and Founder of Girls Gone God, is a ST: ―Single, Saved, & Having Sex‖… how did that
sex and relationship expert, best-selling author and life title come about?
coach. She is the voice of counsel to thousands around
the world through her nominated daily radio broadcast Dr. Ty: I was that. I lived that. I was that title. I was
and her celebrated web-based column, Ask Dr. Ty. single, a Christian, did ―Christian‖ things, went to
Church, sang Praise & Worship songs and all the while
Ty is highly recognized as the creative pen behind the having sex. For a while it was easy to live that way
best-selling book, "Single Saved and Having Sex", because there was no standard, or accountability, nor
reaching best-seller status in its inception. This literary pressure to live sexually pure. There were so many
work has landed her on numerous television and radio people in Church around me living the same way. Is that
programs and earmarked as an Essence Magazine an indictment on the Church, no, it‘s an indictment on
bestseller and Amazon.com's Top 100. Affectionately the people in it because there becomes a time when you
known as "Dr. Ty", she skillfully navigates through have to make a decision that if ―ain‘t‖ nobody else gonna
multimedia, books, television and theater to help design live sexually pure, I will! If nobody else is gonna live
and fashion healthy lifestyles. 100% for God, I will! And I became tired of the sexual
baggage I was caring. It was a load to heavy for me to
Dr. Ty's bold, rams horn approach to sex and carry, the sexual consequences began to catch up with
relationships makes her one of the most sought after me. And no, not sexually transmitted diseases, but even
speakers in the country, distinguishing her as a leading worse: I began to get infected with spiritually transmitted
advisor and "SEXpert" in America. diseases. Caring around emptiness from the men I slept
with, loneliness after they left my bed, depression, bouts
Dr. Ty had a brief moment to share the following with of suicide, void of purpose and depleted of
SISTAH Talk: myself…nothing left of me. I got tired of that death
feeling on the inside of me and it wasn‘t until then that I
gave myself completely to the Lord and that is when He
SISTAH Talk: How was your platform developed in gave me the assignment to write the book so that I could
being the leading SEXpert in America? minister to so many other hurting men and women in
that same state.
Dr. Ty: I believe that simply dealing with the neglected
issues directly, honestly & forthright catapulted me in
that position. Sex is a sensitive and taboo subject that ST: Do you believe that our women and teenage
often times people attempt to ignore it rather than face it girls are inundated with pressures that would cause
because of its sensitivity. But secrecy and neglect is one them to believe they have to have sex with men in order
of the main reasons why many singles are sexually to have a relationship? Absolutely! It‘s the exchange for
bound and an insurmountable number of married a dinner date, it‘s the price you pay to have company.
couples are sexually repressed. It amazes me the looks
on faces when I say the word ―sex‖ or ―vagina‖ in Dr. Ty: That‘s the mindset of many teen girls and
Church. We can‘t even properly deal with the biological women. Many young girls have given themselves up for
state of the body, how much more the sexuality or a McDonald‘s happy meal or for the cheap words to just
sexual expression between men and women. That is hear him say how cute you are or to pay your light bill or
why the abuse of sex is so prevalent in today‘s society get your hair and nails done. All that, just to have him for
because we are ignorant of or misuse sex from the a few short minutes in your life, and then he‘s gone after
original state in which it was created. Secrecy and he‘s taken your most precious treasure. I mean is that all
silence with sexually kill us! Wow…did I just say that? I we‘re worth?! It‘s depicted in movies, television and even
think I did and I‘ll say it again, ―It will SEXUALLY KILL in the music that we‘ll share him with another woman,
US!‖ will have sex with him for one night or as many nights as
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he likes until he gets tired of you. Our bodies have people ―make‖ you feel or think about you, from
become a mandatory commodity that we sell off for dirt relationships or men), then you attract yourself to men
cheap at the expense of dignity, self-respect and who are looking for treasures.
ST: Do you have any ―power points‖ about dating to
share with our women and teenage girls?
ST: It is harder to date and maintain relationships in
this season of society? Dr. Ty: a) Never date a man that doesn‘t uphold
the same values and standards that you have. If you do,
Dr. Ty: Yes, when you‘re listening to some celebrities you‘ll end up compromising your own beliefs and his
tell you that it‘s okay to have open marriages and that it‘s polluted beliefs will become yours.
okay to have sex without commitment! When they have
high failure rates in their relationships, their marriages b) Date with your clothes and your
last no longer than the running time of a Hollywood standards on! Men will respect you and will stay
movie! Yet we follow their advice and mimic their committed when you stay committed to your own
lifestyles. The problem is many of us are looking up to standards.
the wrong celebrity! I don‘t think any artist, actress, or
celebrity that has walked on the red carpet can match c) Be willing to sacrifice, hold out and wait
the greatest Celebrity that can look at all your mess, all for what you‘re worth. Don‘t settle for less than God‘s
your failures, all your sins, take them away, die for you best for you, because you deserve everything He has for
and then give you eternal life! & then forget a red carpet, you!
let you walk on streets made of gold! Pluuuu-ease!
We‘re looking up to the wrong superstar, when none of d) And (d), get the ―10 Worst Mistakes
them can match Jesus! & I‘m His greatest fan! I Women Make In Relationships‖ from my website
download all His words, follow all his Tweets, and let www.tyadams.org
Him write on the wall of my heart as I keep my Face in
His Book! When you begin to do that, relationships
become easy to maintain and keep. Love, real love, is ST: Tell us about Heaven Enterprises and Girls
easy to find. Gone God.com.
Dr. Ty: Heaven Enterprises, named after my daughter,
ST: What advice can you offer teenage girls about Heaven, is the umbrella in which I produce all of my
the necessity they may feel to be part of ―the crowd‖ or God-multi media that helps to shape men and women for
pressures they may feel to have sex because they powerful living, design and fashion healthy lifestyles and
earnestly do believe they ―love‖ their boyfriend? to live the life that God has for them. And Girls Gone
God is the online catalyst for spiritual revolution! It offers
Dr. Ty: The first thing you need to do is fall in love with real solutions for women all around the world, with
God and then in love with yourself by which you begin to advice-driven content and practical tips and expert
determine what true love is and as a result it eliminates insight on topics like faith, relationships, health and
the pressure to go alone with the crowd and prevents wellness, career, entertainment, and much more! It‘s
you from falling into false love. When you begin to love radical growth, radical faith & contagious living that is
God and yourself you‘ll realize how priceless you are undeniable! You can log on to the site and become apart
worth and you will not be willing to give yourself up of the revolution www.girlsgoneGod.com
cheaply and for short, temporal, penny-valued sexual
moments. Love won‘t allow you to go against yourself, it
will not violate your body or purity, because true love ST: Please share any upcoming projects and/or
values and honor commitment and God. engagements you have.
ST: What words would you share with women and Dr. Ty: I have two new books out this Spring, ―Married &
teenage girls that believe they need to pursue men for Not Having Sex‖ for married couples looking to restore
attention? passionate lovemaking in their marriage and for the
singles, ―How Do I Get Married?!‖ They‘re going to
Dr. Ty: You will not have to pursue men for attention absolutely love it! In addition to that ―Single, Saved, &
when you put the focus back on yourself and run after Having Sex‖ is coming back better than ever! With
the things you love and your purpose. That‘s so revisions and an expanded edition that includes a study
attractive to men, when a woman is determined and guide, new material chapters, and instructional DVDs.
focused on building her life and her dreams and building We have tons of other surprises that will be unveiled on
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yourself up, detached from external things (from how
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives Page 25
Health & Beauty
Basic Skin Care 101
By Tara Fletcher
Because of the expose it receives, the skin on your face Telephone receiver – talking on the telephone
is the most delicate skin on your body. Your facial skin and holding the receiver close to your mouth can
needs special care to stay young, healthy, and beautiful. cause a rash around the chin and mouth. Hold
the phone away when talking and clean it with a
Here are some skin care tips which can easily be put mild soap or rubbing alcohol.
into practice to give you the lovely skin you're looking
for. There are some good suggestions for face skin care: Eat healthy – proper diet and vitamin intake is
vital for healthy skin. Drinking water also helps
Sunscreen – necessary for preventing sun skin look and feel better by hydrating the skin.
damage and lowering the risk of skin cancer.
Don‘t wear your makeup to bed – layers of
Eye cream – the skin under your eyes is more cosmetics left on the skin overnight can clog
delicate than the skin on the rest of your pore and lead to acne.
face. Invest in an eye cream that will treat the
eye area, moisturize, minimize dark circles, and Don‘t pick at zits – picking at a pimple can
tighten fine lines. prolong its life and make it worse. It may also
cause scarring and the spread of infection. To
Retinols – a face cream with Retinol (a help speed healing, wash your face, then apply
derivative of vitamin A) can help with wrinkles a warm compress or washcloth. Then dab on an
and pigmentation spots. over-the-counter cream containing a drying
Body lotion – moisturizing is in important
requirement for natural looking healthy Sleep – If you aren‘t able to get your
skin. Apply lotion to your face and neck, under recommended 7-8 hrs of sleep each night, try to
your eyes, hands, feet, elbows, pretty much plan an afternoon nap.
everywhere to keep your skin soft and smooth.
Exfoliate – a good skin care scrub will invigorate
Cosmetics – wash your face daily to rinse away your skin, giving you a natural, healthy
cosmetics and avoid overusing makeup. glow. The buildup up dead skin cells can cause
itchiness and rashes. Scrub daily to remove
Exercise – at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise dead cells and smooth out the skin.
increases blood flow, which brings more
nutrients to the skin and can decrease early Stress relief – remove the stress in your life – it
aging. Don‘t forget to shower afterward to rinse shows up in your facial features. A frown or
any buildup of oil, perspiration could produce. scowl will develop lines or winkles between your
eyes and around your mouth. A smiling,
Pillowcase – make sure to clean your enjoyable, comfortable expression will help keep
pillowcase regularly. While you‘re sleeping at you younger looking.
night, your face is rubbing against the
pillowcase, leaving oil and germs. Constant © 2010 Tara Fletcher – All Rights Reserved.
interaction with it can cause an outbreak in
acne. Wash your sheets weekly to avoid this.
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A SISTAH’s Closet
2010 Fashion Trends in Urban Hip Hop
Clothing for Winter and Spring
Fashion gurus from the world have announced 2010 Trends for Urban Hip
Hop clothing. Let us have a look at what is going to rule the market this year:
Women's urban hip hop clothing trend for autumn and winter:
• Fashion experts announce that chunky knits are going to rule the clothing trends in winter. Thick textures in different
colors would be trendy. Stylish knitted scarves and knitted jumper sweater would be the preferred accessories in the
• Laddered Stocking is clearly the trend for women clothing in 2010. Well, this look was first spotted in 2008 and has
quickly picked up since then.
The ideal way of wearing laddered stocking is to wear it with a short skirt. Thus, we are sure that short skirts are going to
be another trend this season. Taking laddered stocking little further, super tight jeans with a few shreds here and there is
too considered a hot trend in 2010.
Women's urban hip hop clothing trend for 2010
• Transparent clothing will come back in the spring of
2010. Katie Holmes is spotted with this look.
• One shouldered dress is also going to hit 2010 with a
• Denim skirts and one piece would be a rage in 2010.
Apart from the above, vintage clothing will also rule the
urban clothing. This would include the tight jeans,
leather skirts and mini skirts. Embroidered clothing in
any form will always be in the forefront. This would
include embroidered shorts, jeans, jackets etc.
With the stock of the above-mentioned items on your
stack, you will never have a problem of non-moving
items or locked up inventory. Try to stock as many
varieties and styles in different colors, to give your
customers maximum options.
People generally look for clothing on the web for latest
trends and new fashions, well price is always on mind
while clicking the buy button, It's always better to go for
Wholesale urban hip hop clothing stores which is
always cheaper than retail ones online.
Article excerpt from www.articlesbase.com/fashion-
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Soul SISTAHS Café of Suggested Reading
Top 25 book fairs and book festivals of 2010 named by the Southern Review
1. Litquake, San Francisco‘s Literary Festival, http://www.litquake.org
2. Frankfurt Book Fair, http://www.book-fair.com, biggest book show in the world, October 6-10,
2010 in Frankfurt, Germany
3. Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, http://lbf.state.lib.la.us/
4. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks a big
festival attracting 150,000 readers, April 24-25, 2010
5. BookExpo America, http://www.bookexpoamerica.com, May 25-27, 2010, Jacob Javits
Center, NYC, the premier North American publishing event of the year
6. Ann Arbor Book Festival, http://www.aabookfestival.org/, Ann Arbor MI
7. National Book Festival, http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ sponsored by the Library of Congress on
the Mall in Washington, DC,
8. Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Ga.,
http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/Community/index.php. Held Labor Day weekend, claims to
attract over 50,000 book fans.
9. Miami Book Fair International, http://www.miamibookfair.com, draws hundreds of thousands
10. Vegas Valley Book Festival, Las Vegas, http://www.vegasvalleybookfest.org,
11. London Book Fair, http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk, April 19-21, 2010, global marketplace
for sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels
12. American Library Association Annual Conference,
http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/upcoming/annual/index.cfm June 24-29, 2010,
Washington, DC, some 2,000 seminars and events plus a huge trade show
13. International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) http://www.christianretailshow.com/. Considered
the best show for Christian authors. http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com
14. CAMEX/National Association of College Stores, http://www.nacs.org, attracts more than
7,000 people, including booksellers from more than 1,000 stores
15. Philadelphia Book Festival, http://libwww.freelibrary.org/bookfestival/, attended by 35,000
and more than 50 authors, performers. Third weekend in April 2010
16. Printers Row Book Fair, http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/events/printersrow/, a large
book fair attended by more than 100,000 book lovers in 2009
17. Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, http://tn-humanities.org/festival/index.php, Nashville, Tenn., attracts
more than 200 authors from throughout the U.S. Second full weekend in October 2010
18. Kentucky Book Fair, http://www.kybookfair.com. Frankfort Convention Center, attended by up to 5,000 people including 150 authors
19. Texas Book Fair, http://www.texasbookfestival.org/, established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian, more than
20. Delaware Book Fair & Authors Day, http://heritage.delaware.gov/book_fair.shtml,
21. Baltimore Book Festival, http://www.baltimore-bookfestival.com/, attracts more than 100 authors, Sept. 24-26, 2010
22. Great American Bargain Book Show, held in Boston in late August, http://www.gabbs.net
23. Harlem Book Festival, http://www.qbr.com/, May 6-9, 2010, Bermuda
24. Spring Book Show, http://www.springbookshow.com/, more than 50,000 book titles offered by vendors, Cobb Galleria Centre,
Atlanta, GA, March 26-28, 2010
25. South Carolina Book Festival, http://www.scbookfestival.org/, Feb. 26-28, 2010, Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC,
more than 6000 attend 3-day festival
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2010 - The Year of the
By Venus Mason Theus
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not
love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Rev. 12:11
The literary world is being bombarded with sub-par A few years ago, I finally put aside my fears and obeyed
reading materials. There are currently millions of titles in the Lord's call to become a writer. I began with nothing
circulation; however only a small percentage of that more than a passion for Christ and the desire to write for
circulation offers literature that enriches lives and Him. I made a lot of mistakes when I wrote my first book
glorifies God. Erotica and false doctrine disguised as self because I wasn't better prepared. I groped and stumbled
help and inspirational reading have flooded the shelves along with way and even now work daily at perfecting my
of bookstores and online shopping carts; yet truly craft. Fortunately, the Lord placed wonderful role models
edifying reading materials remain in comparative and mentors in my path - particularly an earth angel
obscurity. named Pam Perry, Chief Visionary of Ministry Marketing
Here is where you come in: You've got a story. You
know you do. You experienced something that only God I believe there are many Christians who would serve as
could have brought you through. The very air was scribes for Christ, if they only knew how to begin. If
sucked out of your lungs, you felt as if your heart would you're a closet Christian writer, I'm urging you to come
burst through your chest. You thought "Surely this thing forth. Don't be afraid to enlarge. Don‘t allow fear of the
is going to kill me." But God... unknown to keep you from fulfilling your purpose. If I'm
talking to you, trust God and know that He will equip you
You're gifted. Your thing, and the way you do it, comes with the necessary tools and resources you need. He will
to you as second nature. You have it, others marvel at it, inspire you through His anointing, He will teach you
they want it and seek after you for it. through His chosen vessels, He will provide for you
through His riches in Glory. You in turn will encourage,
You're knowledgeable. You possess information that has admonish and yes teach through your writing.
the potential to save time, money or possibly even lives.
You my friend are an author in the raw! Your soul
stirring "how-I-got-over story", one of a kind talent, or The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter –
innovative ideas which are safely tucked beneath layers Get and read this book FIRST, even if you hadn't
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the fact that God can use our tears, trials and triumphs you need to do, and in what order, in order to self-
as opportunities to enrich the lives of others - while publish. Bestselling author Kim Brooks used this book
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and commit yourself to doing His will, He will do the rest.
You simply have to be present yourself as an empty Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally Stuart –
vessel - willing to be filled with His anointing and to be This book lists all Christian publishers, agents, and
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May 21 - Houston, TX National Black Book Festival
1001 Ways To Market Your Book by John Kremer – May 25-27 - New York, NY Book Expo of America
He also has a newsletter for free tips to authors on August 12-14 - Langhorn, PA Greater Philadelphia
www.JohnKremer.net Writer's Conference
PR and Book Marketing Assistance (for Christian
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Aspiring Christian Writers © 2010 Venus Mason Theus ~ All Rights Reserved.
Venus Mason Theus is the author of Brown Paper Bag, a novel and a marriage guide entitled How to Have a Joyfully- Ever-After
Marriage. Although different genres, the theme of both books is faith, virtue, and self value. Venus has also written articles for
Gospel Today and Sister Talk magazines. She has made appearances on the CTN Live, Wake Up Detroit, and Words- N-Motion
television shows; and has been interviewed on the Women in Ministry with Fatima Boggan-Campbell radio show. She has also been a
guest on the Christian Wives’ Club, and the Chocolate Pages internet radio broadcasts. She is the host of her own internet radio show,
the Wisdom for Wives Pajama Party.
Visit Venus at www.VenusMasonTheus.com
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Domestic Violence & Abuse
Mum’s the Word
By Burnette Parker
Hush, hush, little girl
What will you say?
Shamed, afraid, unsure!
Who will you tell anyway?
Hiding, crying, drying all inside
Does momma know
What daddy does to you?
Just eight years old
A lot to view
But, don‘t understand what to do!
Running, ducking and scared
Here he comes
To touch my body!
Now I‘m numb.
Can‘t say a word!
Feel so dumb.
Mum‘s the word.
Oh God, help me!
Nowhere to run.
Momma depends on him,
To take care of us.
So, I have to stay
In all this mess and stuff.
Now my mess is my message
For all little girls.
You have a voice
So open your mouth!
Let out a shout!
Tell someone to save you,
And bring you out!
© 2008 Burnette Parker – All Rights Reserved.
Burnette Parker is a member of The Called and Ready Writers and is the author of “After The Storm… I Survived!”
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Out of the Wilderness
By Ramelle T. Lee
Meditation Scripture: Zechariah 10:6 (NLT)
"I will strengthen Judah and save Israel, I will reestablish them because
I love them. It will be as though I have never rejected them, for I am
the LORD their God, who will hear their cries."
The voice of the Lord is full of grace and mercy for His in the Spirit. You are on your way to a new season. No
people. They will be re-established from the journey that more time to wonder whether God has not visited the
has kept them consumed. This is a time of refreshing place where you reside. The door has been opened.
and restoration from the battles that have driven them Just like I visited Joseph in prison, I will visit you and
into the wilderness of change. For many months, they deliver you out of the hands of the enemy. You have
have been confronted with the desire to be restored and been faithful as the children of God to keep your eyes on
crying out for God to hear their cry. The refreshing of what My Word has revealed to your spirit. Even though
God‘s peace is resting upon their shoulders. the times have been tough, you still have faith to believe
that God is still a miracle worker.
My people have not forsaken Me nor given Me concern
to leave them in a place of discomfort. The journey has Cast off the moments of rejection and clothe yourself in
been a long and hard battle. The blessings that await the shelter of God‘s anointing. Allow this season of
those who have prayed and cried out to the Lord are not blessing to begin to take over your existence. Be strong
in vain. My in the Lord and know that His mercy has saved you from
children have been driven to a place that they have the destruction of the enemy‘s plans. Let God‘s peace
found to be a land of drought. But, understand that all of sustain you and show you the direction you are to follow.
you have been tested in your circumstances to realize The Holy Spirit will help you to discern your path. Keep
God is your source. your ears focused on hearing what the Spirit of the Lord
says. You have survived the storm. It‘s time to praise
It has not been easy to walk into the footsteps where you the Lord for your change!
cannot even understand where you are to tread. Know
that your strength is being restored from heavens gates, © 2007 Ramelle T. Lee – All Rights Reserved.
to give you a new ray of hope. The battle has been won
Ramelle T. Lee is a published poet and author. Her first book, Step Into His Greatness, is now
available. This book of godly, prophetic devotional and meditation messages will activate and build
your faith as the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart. Walk through the door of blessed opportunity as
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Visit Ramelle at www.TheCalledandReadyWriters.org
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There Are No Victims in God’s
By Cynthia D. Johnson
The Word of God has given us everything we need to be victorious in every
battle we face…Every Trail, Every Situation…EVERYTHING… Just like a
natural solider. They go to train at boot camps from 6-8 weeks, learning
how to adapt to the military lifestyle. They have certain attire; they‘re prone
with a certain mentality of war.
They stand at attention when the superiors walk by.
Even more so in the Army of the Lord. We too, have a There is a saying ―The thrill of victory, and the agony of
certain attire to bear. The breastplate of righteousness, defeat‖. The devil was, is and always will be
the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, the permanently been defeated.
gospel of peace, which our feet are covered with.
So today, my breather, we‘re all walking in the victory of
In the natural, that solider may lose some of its battles. God‘s Word. So be strong in the Lord and in the Power
But in this army, we are victors. Even when it seems like of His might.
we‘ve lost. We‘re on the winning side.
He‘s taking us from Glory to Glory! Halleluiah!
Always keeping in mind, this is not a natural warfare.
We‘re fighting for our lives. Wrestling against spirits and Peace and Blessings to all…
principalities, ruler of darkness, spiritual wickedness in
high places. And you know what? We can overcome. Ephesians 6:10-18, Psalms 44:5, Luke 10:19, Romans
We can defeat the devil. God has given us what it takes 8:35-37, I Corinthians 15:57, I John 5:4
through His Son Jesus…
© 2009 Cynthia D. Johnson – All Rights Reserved.
A Florida native, Cynthia D. Johnson lived in Miami, Florida until 2006 and now relocated
back to the Central Florida area. Cynthia has now established herself in her company, CDJ
Promos, Inc. and is a contributing factor to numerous Networking sites.
E-Mail Cynthia at email@example.com
WE'RE WINNERS IN CHRIST!
Did you know by conversing with someone who has demonic spirits ruling their mind or body,
when speaking with that person, if you don't rebuke it and plead the Blood of Jesus against it,
there will be a transfer of that spirit to you?
It's just a matter of time before it manifest... It's a trick of the enemy... The devil is a liar...
To see the blog reading in its entirety, please go to www.SistarDiva.blogspot.com
Uniting Women & Teenage Girls to Impact Their Lives Page 41
Christian Events and Evangelism (C.E.E.) Network
Gospel Trombonist Robin Harris
Inspirational hymns of the church played on trombone,
with trombone blends takes you back to church.
Experience the online presence of Gospel Trombone
Recording Artist, Robin Harris. Her mission is
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It is also her mission to keep the hymns of the
church alive and to soothe the souls of those
who are burdened, depressed, stressed and
She thanks God for renewing a right spirit in her and giving her the mind
to play her horn for Him, with the heart of a servant.
Born in west Baltimore MD with five brothers and two sisters, Robin
Harris started playing trumpet at Lexington Terrace grade school at the
age of eleven then moved on to other brass instruments. She went on to
play in her high school marching band and at Morgan State University.
Her mother and father were most influential in starting her music career.
As a child they encouraged Robin to play in a very strict local Holiness
church. Also, she has an older brother Bruce who plays slide trombone
and a younger sister Alice that plays trumpet.
Robin has played for several denominations, various chorale concerts, different conferences, and has traveled to Europe
and Africa spreading the gospel with her horn. Some performance venues include the Hampton Virginia Ministerial
Conference, American Baptist Conference, Missionary Baptist Convention, Maryland State Convention Baptist Choir,
AME Zion Conference.
In 1993 Robin traveled on the road with a group called Who So Ever Will to places like Austria, Germany, 1995
Switzerland, Belgium and France, 1997 England and Africa doing solo work. She also won the 2005 Newsome Gospel
Award for instrumentalist of the year. (www.newsomeawards.com Robin expresses her thanks God for renewing a right
spirit within her and giving her the mind to play the horn for Him with the mind of a servant. She also states that her name
may not appear down here in this world's hall of fame, in fact, she may be so unknown that no one knows her name. The
Oscars may pass her by and the neon lights of blue but, as long as she loves and serves God, she's got news for you. For
all the famous names on earth and the Glory that they share, she'd rather be an unknown here and have her name up
there. (Gods' own Gospel Trombone )
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1st Annual Bundles of Joy “Great Start”
Community Baby Shower
Women In Touch a 501(c) 3 organization recognizes that many times in the community a baby's birth is viewed as more
of a burden than a joy. Too often the joy that should accompany the birth of a new baby is marred by poverty, violence,
or abuse. For these little ones, there will be no baby shower, no welcoming gifts, and no celebration.
We will change this for a group of selected mothers on March 27, 2010. Women In Touch will host our 1st Annual
Bundles of Joy “Great Start” community baby shower.
This free event will feature seminars, food, fun, games gifts and prizes. Registration is required and limited to the first 30
expecting mothers who apply during January 5th thru March 1st, 2010. All participants will be notified of their
acceptance via mail by March 10th, 2010. Please plan to attend the entire event to experience all scheduled activities.
You may mail or fax or email completed forms to:
Women In Touch
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: (313) 737-7168
Fax: (313) 397-8043
Address: City: Zip:
Due Date: Boy:____ Girl: _____ Unknown______ (Check One)
How many Children do you have? Boys____ Girls_____
You may bring one guest with you.
Name of your Guest:
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LET’S GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – NEVADA
Friday, April 30, 2010
8:00 AM – Doors Open At Nehemiah Ministries for Bus Check-In
9:30 AM – Depart Nehemiah Ministries for Laughlin, Nevada
11:00 AM – Arrive at the Aquarius Hotel in Laughlin, Nevada
11:00 AM – Possible Early Check-In, Lunch, Registration
1:00 PM – Opening Session with Spirit of Praise Worship Team
1:30 PM – Workshop Session #1
3:30 PM – Check-In to Rooms/Break
4:30 PM – Workshop Session #2
6:30 PM – Dismissal and Free Time
Saturday, May 1, 2010
7:30 AM – Opening Session with Devotion and Praise Team Conference Hostess
8:00 AM – Workshop Session #1 Evangelist Carmen West
The Conference will be held April 30 - May 2, 2010, at
10:00 AM – Workshop Session #2 the Aquarius Resort and Hotel in Laughlin, Nevada.
12:00 PM – Lunch Break This is our fourth conference and I, along with the
1:00 PM – Workshop Session #3 women of Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church in Las
Break Vegas, Nevada are expecting a great time in celebration
with you and the Lord!
3:00 PM – Workshop Session #4
5:00 PM – Closing Session and Dismissal
7:00 PM – Formal Awards Banquet
Sunday, May 2, 2010
8:30 AM – Worship Service
11:00 AM – Check-Out and Free Time In Laughlin
5:00 PM – Depart Aquarius Hotel for Nehemiah Ministries in Las Vegas
7:00 PM – Arrive at Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church
(1) What Are You Craving?
A study of Jezebel and her hunger for power and control.
(2) Are You A Splenda or Equal Kind Of Girl?
A study of the woman at the well and her taste for artificial relationships.
(3) Where Is Your Personal Walk Taking You?
A study of Tamar and her relationship with her family.
(4) Are You Who God Says You Are?
A study about the need for money and success versus the need to satisfy
and please God.
(5) What Are You Full Of?
A study of God's promises for women
(6) Have You Lost Your Flavor?
A study of Lot's wife and why she never reached her potential
(7) How Much Can You Stand To Lose?
A morning worship workshop focused on women and the expectation of our relationship with God.
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Coming Up with The SISTAHS Ministry…
2010 C O N FE R EN C E : A S EA SO N OF V IC T O R Y
Saturday, August 21, 2010
"...If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face. But if you're content to be simply yourself,
you will become more than yourself." ~ Luke 14:11 (MSG)
To Everything There Is A Season and this is…
“A SEASON OF VICTORY”
Come and Celebrate Your Season with The SISTAHS Ministry International
FOLLOW THE CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS AT
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