Girl, Make Your Money Grow
Breaking the Recession Barrier
ON THE COVER:
Gail Perry Mason, Author of
“Girl, Make Your Money Grow”
Min. Tiffany R. Easley
Woman A Season of
The Power of
Life is Great!
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JANUARY – MARCH, 2011
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Letter From the Editor
THE POWER OF A NEW SEASON!
Blessings SISTAHS! How good and how pleasant it always is to fellowship together
as we partake in another issue of “SISTAH Talk E-Magazine”.
We have entered the Spring season of another year and as we have all heard, our lives can be
sometimes characterized by seasons as well. Seasons of breakthrough. Seasons
of prosperity. Seasons of loss. Seasons to sow. Seasons to reap.
How do you know what season of life you are in? I submit to you, my SISTAHS, that
“knowing” requires an intimate relationship with God. The Lord has tagged this year’s
Ministry theme, Power and Purpose… so the questions we pose almost each day of the
year is, “Are you walking in your purpose?” And, if you are, what are you doing to enlarge
that purpose. Do you possess the divine connection to know what season of your purpose
you are in?
God is so gracious that He will allow us to know what season is coming. As many preachers have said,
“If you’re not in a storm, you’re either going into one or coming out of one.” So it is with seasons, but
the question is “What season are you in?”
When you can definitely identify the season the Lord has you in, walking in the ways of your purpose and
fulfilling the works of your purpose will come easy.
There are seasons wherein you may be required to stand still and wait on God to move. So if you move
without Him, you may keep bumping your head against a brick wall. Doors may appear to close
everywhere you go. Conversely, there are seasons when you may need to keep it moving as the Lord
blesses you with favor in every step you take. Don’t stop! No matter what the devil tries to throw your
way. Leap hurdles if you have to.
As we focus this issue on finances, it is my prayer that each one of you will grab hold of your season of
prosperity as the Lord deems it to be so. I believe this is a season that each of us need to spend wisely in
order to fulfill the call and purpose the Lord has upon our lives.
Don’t let the devil steal your times and seasons, continue to walk, grow and prosper in your purpose as
you enter this issue of SISTAH Talk!
In His Power and Walking in His Purpose,
Rev. Celeste Kelley
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~ Table of Contents ~
“A Season of Pruning” by Stylicia Bowden .......................................................................................................6
Living the Victorious & Blessed Life
“Dare to Dream” by Minister Tiffany Easley ....................................................................................................8
“The Planting of the Lord” by Ramelle T. Lee ...............................................................................................10
SISTAH Teen Mentoring Initiative
“Revelation” by Chona Wright .........................................................................................................................12
A SISTAH’s Lifestyle – Life-Coaching Principles
“A Bad Case of „What If?‟” by Minister Mary Edwards ..............................................................................14
“Accountable – Who Me?” by Marlin Page ................................................................................................16
“Who Told You That?” by Pastor Andra Allen Standberry .............................................................................18
“Au Natural Woman” by Sylvia McClain .......................................................................................................20
Virtuosity – Marriage & Divorce Feature
“While You‟re Waiting” by Pastor Georgia Harvey .......................................................................................21
On the Cover: Gail Perry-Mason, Author of “Girl, Make Your Money Grow”
“Breaking the Recession Barrier” .................................................................................................................24
A SISTAH’s Closet featuring Sunny Couture.....................................................................................................26
Health & Beauty
“Life Is Great!” by Versandra Kennebrew .........................................................................................................28
Soul SISTAHS Café of Reading & Poetry (Domestic Violence Feature)
“God Saw What You Did” by Wanda J. Burnside .........................................................................................30
SISTAHS Services & Business Network ......................................................................................................34
Sponsors of the 2011 Faith & Finances Business Networking Breakfast
and Credit Repair Workshop
Financial Power and Purpose
“The Power of Financial Resurrection” by Cedric Dukes ...........................................................................36
Christian Events & Evangelism (C.E.E.) Network .....................................................................................37
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A Season of Pruning
By Stylicia Bowden
mirror image of what was holding me back from my
harvest. He wanted me to learn to stop giving so much
of myself away because in the end I had nothing to give
back to myself. This journey of my life in the past four
months has renewed me in so many ways. The lessons
from my season of pruning have taught me to let go of
people who cannot forgive me, let go of hurt, rejection,
and acceptance from others. There is a freedom of
letting go, divorcing the –isms from your life. Are you
ready for the Lord to prune away the fat from your life?
If the answer is YES here are a couple of guidelines to
help you keep your composure through the pruning
―Life can serve you many things and sometimes there Let Go - In order to allow God to successfully cut the
will be a turbulence that will change your life forever.‖ fat from your life you must be willing to surrender.
When you surrender your all then the Lord can start
Life is a constant rollercoaster, some days are up and the process of healing. (He will give you beauty for
other days can be down but one thing remains the same ashes.) Isaiah 61:3, Jeremiah 29:11
it is important to take one day at a time. The last three Breathe – Take one day at a time and let everyday
months of 2010 were months of turbulence for me. I be sufficient. Do not try to chew more than you can
endured a financial cutback that hurt my household in an handle. Stress will come but put it on the back
enormous way. It is not easy being a single parent with burner to gain peace. Matthew 6:34
only one income in the house and everyday you are Ask – Just ask for help when some days are harder
stressed from trying to connect the dots to your financial to bear than others. Cutting the fat sometimes can
lack. Lack is defined as having a shortage of or the be hard to take but while you are in intensive care
manner of being in a state of scarcity. Scarcity creates know that the Lord is surrounding you with
poverty and a poor quality of life. The Lord desires us to intervention. Matthew 7:7-8
live in abundance in all areas of our life. The Bible Stop giving yourself away- Realize how precious
discusses many scriptures on abundance, prosperity you are in all aspects, begin to learn the art of
and living a life of overflow. However, I was frustrated preservation to keep your assets intact. Just
because my life had no reflection of abundance. My remember people will take and take as long as you
business was not producing consistent income for me. I give freely. Preserve your time, love, friendship,
was discouraged, upset and angry because I did not kindness, and monetary things because these are
understand what I was doing wrong. Does this sound the assets people can sometimes manipulate.
familiar? Are you on the same rollercoaster of life? If so, Walk Away – Happiness and joy can be obtained by
understand that everything we go through may not walking away from everything that is a contradiction
always equate to something we have done wrong. I felt of your bliss.
like I was doing something wrong as a business owner,
as a mom and as a Christian woman. But I knew I was After going through these guidelines you will
doing what I was supposed to do financially and I successfully go through the pruning process with a
followed all the guidelines set forth by my mentors, life peace of mind. It is not easy to cut the fat but in the end
coach etc. for my business. God was pruning me for my you will embrace the freedom you always desired. Let
season of harvest. It is not God’s plan for his children to the pruning process begin….
be in lack but before the harvest arrives God has to trim
the fat from our lives. Sometimes we do not know how ©2011 Stylicia Bowden – All Rights Reserved.
much fat we have until we are brought to our lowest
point. God really began to pull the band aids off the Visit Stylicia at www.ReleaseThePen.com or
atrocious sores hidden beneath my heart. The sores www.Facebook.com/Stylicia.Bowden
were filled with hurt, rejection, abuse, misuse and
learning the power of letting go. The Lord gave me a
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Living the Victorious and Blessed Life (Spirituality)
Dare to Dream
By Minister Tiffany R. Easley
When Joseph‘s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he
approached, they made plans to kill him. ―Here comes the dreamer!‖ they said. ―Come on,
let‘s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‗A wild animal has
eaten him.‘ Then we‘ll see what becomes of his dreams!‖
Genesis 37: 18-20 NLT
As children many of us had a vivid imagination. We favor. Favor is defined as, a special privilege or right
dreamed of being doctors, lawyers, musicians, or a granted or conceded; gracious kindness. As a dreamer
famous actor/actress. For many of us some of those you will find that many times you have favor with God
dreams may or may not have come true. For many of us and man. You will realize that at no control of your own,
we may have realized that to fulfill that dream, required a many opportunities come your way and people sow into
great amount of determination or dedication that we did you ―just because‖.
not want to apply in reaching that goal. Then there are
those of us, who let other people (people who doubted Struggles of a Dreamer
our ability to fulfill the dream) discourage us in fulfilling
the dream that we have so desired to reach for years. As Being a dreamer can be very difficult. You face much
I begin to take a look at the story of Joseph and his opposition both internally and externally. As a dreamer
brothers, I began to realize the importance of being a you will struggle. You will struggle with doubt, distraction,
dreamer and the struggles we face when we Dare to and the threat of destruction. You will face many battles
Dream! with individuals known as dream killers. Doubt comes
upon a dreamer, when a dreamer starts to believe that
A dream is defined as, a strongly desired goal or they cannot achieve the dream. The word doubt means
purpose; an aspiration. As the previous paragraph you lack confidence in something, in the case of a
stated many of us have dreams and I want to encourage dreamer it would be a lack of confidence in the dream,
you to keep dreaming. It is important that you Dare to which God has shown you. Many times the dream
Dream! It is not easy to be a dreamer for a dreamer is a which God has given you, is far beyond what you can
person who has ideas or conceives projects regarded as obtain through natural means and must rely on Him to
impractical. A dreamer is also noted as a visionary. supernaturally move on your behalf.; it is in situations
Being a dreamer can be a difficult task and you will face like this that your doubt will try to smother your faith, but
many struggles. No matter what the struggle I encourage you have to remember who is in charge (God and not
you to Dare to Dream! The act of dreaming can ignite self).
passions that will thrust you to your greatest place of
purpose which is Destiny! As a dreamer you face distractions or being distracted.
Distractions are very difficult for a dreamer. Distractions
Characteristics of a Dreamer can stop the dream before it starts. As a dreamer many
times you must have moments of quiet and rest. Satan
If you are a dreamer…You must have faith, focus, and knows what atmosphere dreams are birthed in (quiet,
favor. Faith is reliance and trust on God. The biblical rest, isolation) and will send distractions to stop the
definition says that faith is the substance of things hoped dream from its very birthing point. Many times your
for and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 family will impose on your time of isolation wanting you
As a dreamer you must have faith. You must expect to to take part in a movie night or dinner at a local
receive and operate from that which you may not see. If restaurant. There are times when your significant other
you are a dreamer you must have focus. Focus means will want to be in your presence when you have set time
that you have directed attention or a point of aside to just be in the presence of God and to dream.
concentration. As a dreamer your attention is directed on Then there are life’s interruptions which go to bed with
that dream which God has placed in your spirit and you you and cloud your mind; stopping the dream from
are concentrating on the steps it will take to see that flowing. As a dreamer you cannot let distractions stop
dream come to pass. If you are a dreamer you will have
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you from dreaming. You have to drive passed the not after you but they are after your dream. Your dream
distractions and Dare to Dream! is attached to your purpose and your purpose is
mandated by God. So if your dream killers can stop the
As a dreamer the biggest struggle you will face will be dream from coming to pass then they feel as though you
dealing with dream killers. Dream killers are those will not fulfill your purpose. Dream killers have many
individuals or situations that try to kill (stop, put an end attributes; they come in many forms, shapes, and sizes.
to, deprive of life, or to mark for omission). This was the Their attributes are not important. You as a dreamer
struggle that Joseph faced in Genesis, chapter 37. As must realize and recognize a dream killer’s purpose is to
dreamers you may think that dream killers will not be stop you from carrying out the dream (purpose) for which
those closest to you, but the story of Joseph, shows you God created you. A dreamer’s dream is the gateway to
the contrary. Joseph’s brothers wanted him dead their passions, purpose, and provision. The enemy
because he was a dreamer. They wanted Joseph dead recognizes that if your dream develops and your passion
because of the focus he had in life, he was determined ignites your purpose, your purpose ignites provision,
to reach his dream! They wanted Joseph to die, because then you will reach your Destiny in God! The dream killer
of the faith he had in His God and God’s plan/vision for was created to stop that very thing from happening.
his life. Joseph’s brothers wanted him dead because of Recognize if you have been called as a dreamer,
the favor Joseph found with God and with man. Can you Realize that there are necessary struggles you face as a
relate to these situations? Are there some people in your dreamer. Embrace the challenge of dreaming. So I say
life that want you dead, not because of who you are but to all the dreamers, you must Dare to Dream and in
because of what you have. Because you have a dream Daring to Dream you will reach your Destined
that drives you to reach your divine Destination of Destiny! Your Dreams are your gateway
destination…DESTINY! Dream killers have a job to do; to Destiny…Dare to Dream!
they have to kill your dream, before your dream dictates
your Destination. Joseph’s brothers were not mad at © 2011 Tiffany R. Easley – All Rights Reserved.
Joseph; they were mad at what was placed inside of
Joseph. They were mad that Joseph was able to dream; Visit Minister Tiffany at www.PursuingVictory.org
Joseph had a desired goal, he functioned in a state of
purpose. If you are a dreamer, your dream killers are
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The Planting of the Lord
By Ramelle T. Lee
Mediation Scripture: Jeremiah 1:10 (KJV)
"See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull
down, and to destroy, and to thrown down, to build, and to plant."
What is it that God has done in your life to make you great idea! You are somebody to Him. You may not
who you really are? Has He developed your character always feel self worth. But realize that you are special to
from that tiny seed that was planted a long time ago? God. That’s why He has given you special abilities to
You are God’s unique creation. He has given you such tear down false images of hopelessness and share His
uniqueness that you really don’t even know just how love with other people.
great He has made you in the kingdom of God.
You were once totally lost in sin yourself. But God came
Your perception of yourself is too small! God says, and rescued your soul from trouble. You have been
"Expand your vision and your spiritual eyes to see the given a mandate to go into all the world and look to the
truth. " Let your voice be heard in heaven. Keep your nations as a platform to bring all who are heavy laden to
spiritual eyes opened long enough to see who He has the feet of Jesus.
made you to be. This is no easy task. But God will continue to place a
weapon in your hand that will bring down the powers of
You have been planted in the earth to fertilize the ground darkness all around you.
with His words of wisdom. You have been set apart this
day to take up your bed and walk into a new light of Be forever grateful and thankful to God for rescuing you
truth. You have been ordained in the likeness of His from an existence of unbelievable destruction. Your life
image to see that others can be who God says they are. has been miraculously changed by the power of the
Don’t you yet realize that God has planted your feet in Almighty God.
this place to show others that they too can be delivered
from the sorrow and hurts of their past and given the Now, go ye into the world and take God’s Word as your
opportunity to walk in the abundance of a new day? rod and staff—He will give you the words to say and use
They, too, can be set apart and elevated spiritually to be to deliver his people from the dark forces of the enemy.
redeemed from their checkered past and given new God will pull down, destroy, build up and plant His word
dreams and visions of hope. into their hearts. This is how the enemy within our mind
will be destroyed. This is how God will show up and
God can make each of us over again and taken us to a show out. This is how He will set the captives free.
new level in Him. How is this possible? It’s because He
has the right and the ability as our Creator to change us You have been chosen to help win the war. God has
anyway He sees fit. We have been molded, reshaped, given you a job to serve Him and guide His people to
and given a destiny to develop our character and leave truth. You have been promoted, my child. Be proud to
this earth as a better person. serve the Almighty Master. Your task has just begun.
Go and watch God take you to another place in the
God has put so much investment into His creation that Spirit. He has the power to excel you into greater
we can’t even understand that there is no one else heights. Follow His lead always.
exactly like us on the earth. We are so unique to God
that even our DNA is not sacrificed. We cannot be just © 2010 Ramelle T. Lee – All Rights Reserved.
like any other creation. God has put His stamp of
approval on our very souls. Visit Ramelle at The Called and Ready Writers online,
When you were formed in your mother’s womb, God
already had His hand on your life. God made you as a
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I'm an almost 10 year old girl who loves to make candy! I hope you like the pictures.
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SISTAH Teen Mentoring Initivative
Director, Elder Sharnae Coakley
By Chona Wright
There was a young girl who was brought up in the church but
sometimes her flesh would lurk. I would talk to her but couldn't seem to
get through to her.
My words to her was going in one ear and out the other. She hid behind
the fear that Satan talked and put in her ear.
This is why when God spoke she couldn't hear. Her mind was blocked
with a spiritual mutation leaving no room for revelation.
The Holy Spirit was left in amazement that she would allow the enemy
to trap her mind, body, and spirit. She let the enemies lyric linger that
she was nothing, wouldn't be nothing and that because of her sin God
wanted nothing to do with her so the enemy's words began to fester.
She told me not to talk to her anymore, this hurt me to the core because
God told me His plan for her but she decided to ignore.
All I knew to do was to just pray for her, so I laid out prostrate with my
face to the floor, interceding and grieving because I felt that if I gave up
on her then she would be another lost soul going to Hell because I failed;
then, I would be accountable and reliable, so I prayed more.
Lord, speak to her! Don't give up on her! Then, God laughed and said,
“No I'm not through, the person you've been praying for is really you!”
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A SISTAH’s Lifestyle
A Bad Case of “What if?”
By Minister Mary Edwards
Just in case you didn't read
my column, ―Steps to serenity I quickly recovered, and turned on the television to see
in a world full of chaos,‖ let's what the newscasters had to say. Indeed, they gave a
revisit the topic. God wants us thunderstorm warning. I said my morning prayers and
to have peace of mind, not a piece of mind. Too many began my day with the peace of God that passes all
folks are focusing on, ―What if this happens. What if that understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
happens.‖ The word ―if‖ is a very small word, but it
carries a lot of weight – heavy weight, burdens. In other Fear is a universal emotion and has been around since
words, too much worry is going on. Fear is running the beginning of time. We first read about it in Genesis
rampant. So let me pull up some of the roots of this 3:10. It tells us that Adam was afraid when God spoke to
emotion ―fear of what if.‖ him because he had sinned. Fear can be defined as the
sensation that makes you believe that you are in danger
What is fear? To begin with, fear is a deadly emotion. and that something bad is about to happen. Here we go
The Bible says that in the last days man’s hearts will fail again with ―What if.‖
them because of fear (Luke 21:26). Look around. There
are plenty of reasons for one to fear were it not for our There is an emotion of fear that is good. It is that which
relationship with Jesus Christ and His promises, one of rises up within us when a rattlesnake slithers through the
which is to keep us in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3) grass in front of our feet or when we hear an unfamiliar
sound in the house in the middle of the night. It is what
Fear is having ―faith‖ in the word that the enemy has causes us to run from a burning building. This fear is
spoken to us, individually, standing on it and waiting, self-preservation. Perhaps a respect for danger would
knowing that it will come to pass. We do not do this best describe it. This could be called ―normal fear.‖ That
knowingly; but that is what happens. When we believe is not what I am writing about here. What I'm talking
the lies of the enemy, we find ourselves responding to about is the ―What if‖ disease. This is being troubled by
people and to situations in such a way that our response things that haven't even happened and may never
actually brings about that thing which we fear. Job said, happen!
―For what I fear comes upon me, and what I dread
befalls me‖ (Job 3:25). Job had a bad case of ―What if.‖ Fear, dread, and worry are triplets. Another word for fear
is dread. Dread steals joy. Dread comes for a two-fold
Fear really is believing that the enemy is in control, and purpose: to torment and to prevent. The devil uses dread
that he has as much, if not more power than God. Fear to keep you from the blessings of God and to keep you
does not help us fight against the enemy. It agrees with out of His will. Many times in the Bible when the Lord
him because he is the author of fear. It is not part of the called people to do great things, He said, ―Fear not.‖
armor of God described by Paul in Ephesians 6:11-17. Fear is not from God. ―For God hath not given us the
Fear is the enemyʹs most deceptive weapon because we spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound
believe it is our human emotion. mind‖ (2 Timothy 1:7).
Let me give you a personal example. One summer Worry is fear. New things have a tendency to frighten us.
morning, prior to arising from a night’s sleep, I was We are afraid of the unknown. So we must pray about
suddenly stirred awake by the loudest clap of thunder everything and fear nothing. The only thing we should
I’ve ever heard in my lifetime. Fear immediately gripped fear is fear itself. Faith is released through prayer. When
my heart. Truthfully speaking, my first thought was, ―God fear comes knocking at the door, faith had better answer.
is mad at this old world and He is breaking through the We need to watch for everything that steals our
sky and returning!‖ My second thought was to hide. (I’m righteousness, our peace, and our joy. Talk back to the
being very honest!) My third thought was, ―Why should I devil and experience more joy. Say these words with
be afraid? Why should I hide? Surely, I want God to find me‖
me doing what I should be doing when He returns.‖
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stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in
BIG GOD, little devil the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting
strength‖ (Isaiah 26:3‐4).
Finally, chill out. Breathe deeply. Just concentrate on the
moment before you. You can't know what's ahead and, ©2011 Minister Mary Edwards – All Rights Reserved.
even if you did, you wouldn't be able to see how it will
work out. You'll be okay. Trust that you'll be okay. Minister Mary Edwards can be reached at
―Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is
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Accountable - Who Me?
By Marlin Page
I have tossed around the merely help me to think some things through and make
word accountability for "non-emotional" decisions.
years, but decided to
search the dictionary for My accountability reflection questions:
the official definition. No disrespect to Mr. Webster, but
I've decided to use my own. To be accountable means 1. What role did I play in this situation?
that I am responsible for my actions, words, attitude,
etc. Being accountable means that I really don't have 2. Why did that person feel as if they could say that
any excuses and that I can't blame anyone else (well to me or treat me that way (we teach people
you can, but what good does that do? - really?) how to treat us)
You being accountable does not mean that people are 3. What could I have done differently?
always going to be nice, fair, or even "human" but when
I'm accountable it puts an entirely different twist on my 4. What can I learn from this situation?
mental outcome. Most importantly I learn valuable life
lessons, mostly about myself! 5. What are my next steps? (Your next step could
be to do nothing)
Being accountable empowers me to understand that
there is a consequence (be it good or bad) for every
action - but I now don't have to just sit by and watch "life When you are truly accountable you will stop blaming
happen to me". others, allow them to be who they are and change the
only person you can - YOU!
In the midst of conflicts, misunderstandings, or confusion
I have conditioned myself to reflect and/or question a © 2011 Marlin Page – All Rights Reserved.
few things. The questions are not meant to make you
feel bad or even change your decision. These questions Visit Marlin at www.SoulSupportOnline.com
Soul Support is a place of motivation, inspiration, and encouragement for all people throughout life's hopes and challenges. Our
website and products are designed to support you as you set aside your doubts and transfer your dreams to reality. Your journey
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Women's Empowerment Conference
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Belle Isle Casino
Casino Way and Sunset Drive | Detroit, MI 48207
Anqunette Jamison, Fox 2 News
Jessica Care Moore, Artist Extraordinaire
Sharon Harris, Lupus Alliance of America
Shanie 'D', Comedian
Dr. Sharon Oliver, MD - Integrative Medicine Institute
Gabby Farmer, Cancer Survivor - Relay For Life, Detroit
Frances Nero, Former Motown Singer and Spokes Person
with American Diabetes Association, Detroit
Minister Linda Lowery
SHE'S Empowered Honorees
Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Monica Marie Jones and Lazet Michaels Boatmon
Valencia Hamilton, Body and Mind Fitness
FREE Massages | Transformation Ceremony | Give-A-Ways
Butterfly themed Fashion Show featuring textile artist: Loretta Oliver, Judy Sledge, Carol Harris, Modell, Geneva with International Bazaar and Sandra
Epps. Additional fashions created by Ralph Taylor (The Carnival Clothier), Celeste Couture Hats and the Black Dress
The mission of SHE'S Empowered is to uplift women - mind, body and spirit and to encourage them to live their dreams. We are calling for all Women
especially those who may have suffered tremendous odds due to disease, foreclosure, job losses, domestic violence and or other factors are
encouraged to attend this event to begin their journey to success. The purpose of the Butterfly Bash is to ignite women with inspiration...
A portion of the proceeds will go to LNFMSF, Inc. 501(c) 3 to help young adults with lupus attend an accredited school. Sponsors: Moore Black
Press, Jewelry by Doll, The Black Dress, Ralph Taylor and Sandy's Land.
Sandra Epps established SHE'S Empowered (Sisters Helping Encourage Sisters) based on her pass struggles with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and
the negative impact it had on her self esteem. The Women‘s Empowerment Conference Butterfly Bash goal is to provide women with inspiration via
tools, tips and testimonies, and to create awareness of lupus. May is the month of rebirth, and it is Lupus Awareness Month. The butterfly symbolizes the
rash that appears on the face of a lupus patient, it also signifies freedom, growth, prosperity and transformation.
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Who Told You That?
By Pastor Andra Allen Stanberry
Greetings and Happy New of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the
Year! We are off to an woman, and between your offspring and hers. Gen.
awesome start in the Lord! 3:16b, ―…Your desire will be for your husband, and he
We are in the trenches will rule over you.‖ Gen. 3:17b-19, ―Cursed is the
getting dirty and messy. So ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat…
let us get right down to it! all the days of your life…will produce thorns and thistles
Sisters, we oftentimes forget for you, and…By sweat of your brow you will eat your
we are fighting curses unaware handed down to us in food until you return to the ground…and to dust you will
the garden. return.‖
The Truthful Set-up, Shame & Blame
God’s Perfect Will
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild
animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, In the Lord, man and woman co-exist together. Both
―Did God really say, ‗You must not eat from any tree in were made in the image and likeness of God. God gave
the garden‘?‖ The woman said to the serpent, ―We may order how they were to live upon this earth co-existing
eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, together [Gen. 1:26-28, paraphrased]. The man was
‗You must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of formed first [Gen. 2:7]. The Lord God said, ―It is not
the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.‘‖ good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper
―You will not surely die,‖ the serpent said to the woman. suitable for him.‖ [Gen. 2:18]. So the Lord God caused
―For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was
opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and sleeping, he took one of the man‘s ribs and closed up
evil.‘‖ When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman
good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought
for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also her to the man. The man said, ―This is now bone of my
gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‗woman,‘
ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and for she was taken out of man.‖ For this reason a man
they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
together and made coverings for themselves. Then the and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife
man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he were both naked, and they felt no shame. [Gen. 2:21-
was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and 25]. We were spirit before He formed us into flesh. Our
they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the functions are different. This was by God’s design.
garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ―Where are
you?‖ He answered, ―I heard you in the garden, and I
was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.‖ And he said, Personal Exhortation
―Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten
from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?‖ A ministry colleague and I were chatting about the
The man said, ―The woman you put here with me—she infamous cliché many of us use today, ―Who Told You
gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.‖ Then the That?‖ God always take us back to His Word. God
Lord God said to the woman, ―What is this you have came looking for the man in the garden. The man
done?‖ The woman said, ―The serpent deceived me, and replied that he heard God and hid because he was
I ate.‖ [Genesis 3:1-13] naked. God responded with who told you that you
were naked. God asked if he had eaten from the tree
He told him not to. And of course, instead of accepting
Curses Handed Down responsibility, the man blamed the woman and so on.
Genesis 3:[14-19] describes the specific curses to the Do you realize the act of disobedience, sin, changed
serpent, the woman and the man. Gen. 3:14b-15a, You their perception, that is, the way they originally saw
will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days things? The man and the woman were naked I am sure
for some time yet nothing was ever mentioned about it
being odd before. Of note, naked was obviously good in
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the sight of God, because everything God made in His and through us, then and only then will we become more
creation He said was good. Their act of disobedience and more aware of what we are really fighting unaware.
opened their eyes up to knowing good and evil. Their We must consistently surrender our will to God. God is
punishments were handed down as noted above, and our Source, and through our Source, we will realize
Sisters, many of us are still fighting these curses more quickly…Who told you that? God was the first One
unaware. The Word tells us we call good evil and evil who used it!
good, and given the fact, our perception has been
marred, it is more true than we would like to admit. © 2011 Andra Allen Standberry – All Rights Reserved.
There are things we are fighting that we should not be
fighting. We must keep in mind the fall in the garden Visit Pastor Andra at www.wlfm-inc.org
opened up every conceivable sin there is to mankind.
Beware of the adversary. The more we learn God’s Scriptures were taken from NIV.
Word, His Truth in His Word, what the blood of Jesus
can do for us, what the power of the Holy Spirit can do in
God has answered a prayer ~ (Octavia) and I get to minister to people who are helpless,
hopeless and desperate in a time as this. We’re privilege to tell them that God loves them
I’ll use three, simple P’s from the book of Ephesians that God has given. As we gaze at II
Corinthians 3:17-18 transformational degrees are promised. I’ll share my testimony as I
introduce, Jesus the lover of my soul.
May His face shine on U, keep U, and bless U with His love.
Please pray that we may go to Denver/Cincinnati and other cities, and spread His good news.
Visit us on line or call any time @ 503-481-0372
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Au Natural Woman
By Sylvia McClain
I wore it straight. I wore it in natural woman.‖ So I hum and dance along with Aretha,
curls. Sometimes it was short understanding what the feeling is, knowing that it is
and sometimes long. freedom. Free to live without regrets, free to express
Whatever the style, I wanted it oneself without remorse. Free to be natural. No more
to be the latest trend of the decade. Yet, however I wore looking or acting accordingly to the trends of the day, as
it, it was never me. It took me four decades to find well as worrying about who’s saying what about me.
myself. In the Sixties I always admired Angela Davis Only the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s song ―I gotta be me,‖
(famous Black Panther) and her lion’s mane. The are the most apt description ever of me.
Seventies brought me Grace Jones’ shiny dome. And in
the Eighties, well I was introduced to braids and locs. With each passing day I grow as ―me‖ more and more. I
Then in the Nineties, it was okay to do your own thing don’t dread facing new discoveries of the accepted me. I
and I had no idea what mine was. actually look forward to them. This new me has brought
out my hidden aspirations such as the writer within,
What no one knew is I wanted to be natural, from the exhibiting my inner glow, and taking me to a higher level.
bottom of my feet to the top of my head. How do I do All of that allows me to show who I really am, all natural.
that? I asked myself. Let it go. And that’s just what I did. I waited a long time for this to happen. So long, that a
For too long I worried about looking natural behind a half century went by before I knew it was okay to be who
fake visage. When I turned 50, I realized that what the I truly am.
top of my head looked like wasn’t the real me. It was
time to be unpretentious. No, not necessarily wearing my So take it from me, being natural is all right. That old
hair in its natural state, but exposing the real me. saying of ―letting your hair down‖ is just fine. But if you
choose to shave it all off, go for it. What you desire is all
Finally I could say to people what I liked and what I up to you and only you. The image you portray would be
didn’t. I could go ―au natural‖ at home if I chose. Makeup the real you, naturally. I really enjoy me as this new
on my face didn’t have to be perfect. As a matter of fact, woman now. I dress a little differently when I want. I
I could go without. So what if my nails weren’t Art Deco? enjoy going to events out of character for me when I
My hands were the tools I used to create as I scribble want. Sometimes even I don’t know what the day will
across a piece of paper. Being natural is being the real bring, but I wake with the question, what will I learn
me. about me today? Then I go for it.
Making an impression is no longer my specialty. I live to © 2011 Sylvia McClain – All Rights Reserved.
be organic now. And what I have discovered is I’m
liberated. My persona, behavior, and point of view are Sylvia McClain is the Book Reviewer for MyShelf.com
authentic. No longer do I emulate anything or anyone to and Atlantic Publishing House.
justify my existence. I now profess that I am the real
thing and all natural. Visit Sylvia at www.scribalpress.com
What I truly know now is I enjoy Aretha Franklin singing
the line ―You make me feel, you make me feel, like a
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Virtuosity – Marriage & Divorce
While You‟re Waiting
By Pastor Georgia Harvey
Choosing a mate can be quite a task. There are many come when the roses will
voices bombarding women and men alike regarding wilt, then what? Our
what should and should not happen in choosing a mate. marriages must be based on
There is also a movement to redefine the institution of the commitment of
marriage. Nevertheless, God's Word has a lot to say in covenant. When it comes to choosing a mate what are
regards to choosing a mate. Throughout God's Word, we the requirements? What expectations should a
shall see principles that one may apply as they consider perspective bride to be have, when it comes to getting
marriage. Have you ever received a letter and it had the married? What does he or she look for in a mate? I'd like
wrong address on it? What did you do with it? Most of us to address some of these areas There are 11 essential
would take it to the nearest post office or return it to the areas that must be addressed before you say ―I do‖ Find
sender. I am convinced there are some people in out what they are ――WHILE YOU ARE WAITING‖.
relationships that God never intended. To all those that
are anticipating marriage, the mate that God sends will © Georgia Harvey – All Rights Reserved.
have the right address - yours. All other materials must
be returned to sender!
Pastor Georgia serves as the Associate Pastor and First
I will endeavor to give some essentials in making the Lady to The House of Glory Ministries in Calumet City,
transition from being single to being married .There are Ill., and has been a motivational speaker, writer,
many people that are approaching marriage with the counselor and women‘s ministry leader for more than 20
mind set - this will be a bed of roses", but the day will years.
Visit Pastor Georgia at House of Glory Ministries online!
Ladies, Do the Men in Your Life Live Up to God’s Standards?
Encouraging new nonfiction empowers women to get the most out of their relationships
DOLTON, Ill. – Ladies, are you tired of ending up with Mr. Wrong instead of Mr. Right? If God told
you there were warning signs in your relationship, would you recognize the red flags? Here to help
guide you on your quest for love is 21 Reason’s He’s Not the One (published by WestBow Press),
the practical new guide by Georgia Harvey that will show you how to sort out the zeroes from the
heroes and avoid unnecessary heartbreak.
Straightforward and real, Harvey’s book doesn’t pull any punches. Chapter titles highlighting each
warning sign include “He Has Crooked Friends”, “No Desire to Commit” and “He Pressures You for
This book challenges women to re-examine their relationships from a new perspective, they will find out:
•Why he cannot possibly be the one
•How to identify negative traits occurring in your relationship
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Detroiter Gail Perry-Mason has come a long way. She climbed the
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Taylor International Academy,
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Health and Beauty
Life is Great! by Versandra Kennebrew
Your Health is Your Wealth
10 Tips for Optimal Physical and Financial Well-being
1. Optimal health is mind, body and spirit working that elevating your vibration encourages well-
in symphony. Take 10 minutes each day to give being in all areas of your life)
yourself a MBS (Mind, Body, Spirit) checkup. Sit
comfortably with your feet flat on the floor. Focus 7. Clean out the clutter regularly. Clutter can drain
your intention on your breath. Take 3 slow, deep your energy causing depression and poor
breaths in and out. Breathe in love, health and productivity. You will be a pleased with the
prosperity. Breathe out fear, lack and pain. resources (extra cash) that you will find as you
Repeat this exercise 10 times, breathing more organize and get rid of junk. (Someone else’s
slowly and more intently. Feel your feet. Relax treasure)
your toes, continue to breath, feel your legs.
Does your body feel cold or warm? Feel 8. Eat to live! Incorporate as much live food as you
gratitude moving through your body as you take can into your diet. Juicing is a wonderful option.
inventory of your limbs, your heart beat and your
lungs expanding and contracting. As you 9. Supplement your nutrition. No matter how well
continue to breathe, acknowledge the I Am you eat it’s not enough to give you what your
spirit, the breath of life that sustains you until the body needs for optimal health. Nutrients in the
final amen. soil (fruits and vegetables) have been depleted
2. To best manage your time and productivity,
layer your activities when possible. Example: 10. Fast and pray. Give up something you love for a
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Soul S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Café of Reading and Poetry
Wanda J. Burnside, Café Administrator
God Saw What You Did!
By Wanda J. Burnside
God saw what you did What you did, Jesus took to the cross
And it wasn’t a mistake! A long, long time ago,
You’d better ask Him to forgive you He shed His blood for you.
Before it’s everlasting too late! So that freely you can go.
Don’t you run away! Satan wants to make you feel
Don’t duck and hide, Unforgiven and a big old mess,
You know Adam and Eve hid too But you tell him that in the Name of Jesus
They tried to cover their backside. That you are free and blessed!
Repent! Tell God you did it So, what you did you must know,
And that you want to be saved from sin, That it is now covered by Jesus’ precious blood.
You know that you were wrong God will give you a new heart and life
Don’t do that again! Because He calls you ―so loved.‖
Run to the Lord and ask Him He so loved the world
To come into your heart today, That His only son’s life He had to give,
It’s time to make a change He did it just for you
You can’t have it your way! So that you would not perish, but LIVE!
Tell the Lord that you need Him © 2010 Wanda J. Burnside – All Rights Reserved.
In your troubled life,
Because He can surely help you
He will make things all right. Visit Wanda at The Called and Ready Writers online at
Give your heart and life to the Lord
He will clean and wash you from sin,
He is waiting on you ―Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
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Mother to Son by Kim Crouch
―Mothers raise their daughters and love their sons,‖ is an old adage that has been around in the African-
American community for years. With the release of movies like Boyz In The Hood and Menace to Society,
this adage has grown in popularity in the African-American community and has often been used to explain
the ills facing many young African-American men. For any African-American mother who has heard this
adage and believed it true, comes a compelling book of wisdom, inspiration and hope that’s bound to prove
differently. Mother to Son is a powerfully written book that shows that mothers do more than love their
sons. The author, through a beautifully scripted, heartfelt collection of letters, offers candid advice for her
sons on the issues they may face from racism to self-recognition. Although written from a mother to her
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True You by Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved,
recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?
It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. But she has finally broken free of
the attitudes that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that help her eat better, exercise
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With candor and courage, Janet shares her painful journey to loving herself.
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Trying to Stay Saved While Raising Your Teen by C. Lynn Williams
Parenting teens includes many challenges as well as joys. A focus should be on the positive side of
parenting teens. This focus will help the parent to feel more competent and actually be able to enjoy their
teen and the ups and downs they face. Sometimes parents tend to over emphasize the negatives and
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The Strawberry Letter (Bitterness Isn’t Sexy!) by Shirley Strawberry
Listen up, ladies! Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show,
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Financial Power and Purpose
Faith & Finances Inspiration…
The Power of
By Cedric Dukes
Then he said, ―Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but homes, cars, and land are not ours. It belongs to our
now I will go and wake him up.‖ The disciples said, creator. We are given a charge to be faithful, fruitful, and
―Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!‖ They multiply what we have according to 1 Corinthian 4:2 and
thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Genesis 1:28.
Jesus meant Lazarus had died. So he told them plainly,
2. Budgeting – When surveyed participants in a seminar,
―Lazarus is dead. John 11:11-14
over 70% of the people do not operate on a budget. If
We all know that Jesus was the Son of God but he we don’t operate on a budget, how will we increase our
exhibited great power when he spoke. Not only he finances? Even the government is learning to operate on
exhibited great power, he did great deeds. Jesus was a budget now.
showing his disciples that we have power over those
3. Giving – Giving is a catalyst to resurrect anything that
things that are dead. We have the power over those
you desire. Jesus gave up his time to tend to Lazarus
things that are conquering us. We even have power
even though he was dead. He invested into Lazarus so
over our financial situation. I have heard many stories
that he could live and show the power of the
about people coming through their finances but I have resurrection.
even heard more stories and talked to people who are in
dire strait with their money. The issue with many of us is 4. Investing – The idea of investing must be a staple if
not more money. The issue with many is not that they your finances are to be resurrected. Investing is just
are in debt but the issue is the fact that action has not planting and watching it grow while you are continuing to
been taken to resurrect their finances. Many have told water it.
me that they are changing their financial situation but These four areas are a must for any resurrection to
they never do. Jesus acted and woke up his friend occur. I am not making light of the power of resurrection
Lazarus. but if we don’t take heed to the example of Jesus, our
Jesus has given us the power to resurrect our finances. finances might not even recover for us or for generations
He has given us the ability to get wealth according to to come.
Deuteronomy 8:18. The time for financial passiveness is ©2011 Cedric Dukes – All Rights Reserved.
over. We can no longer retreat. God never intended for
His children to live a life of lack, need or desperation. So
let me give you the steps of financial resurrection. Cedric is the Author of Hostile Takeover - Manifesting
1. Stewardship – stewardship is managing someone God's Plan and Purpose for Your Finances.
else resources. We have to understand our money, Visit Cedric at www.CedricDukes.com
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