When I was growing up, I remember the only time we played video games was an occasional visit to the arcade. Most of our time was spent outside. We played tag, hopscotch, dodge ball and hide and seek – how could I forget the best one - sliding down the hill in a cardboard box. Entertaining us did not cost nearly as much it does for kids today. Things have changed in many households, some we are responsible for and some are out of our control. With the pinball machine, we were the operators, but lately it appears that life has placed us inside the glass enclosure and is tossing us to and fro. Just when we think we have learned how to coast our way out, we are thrown back to the top; starting all over again.

As a mother myself, I understand how hectic life can be and being in the midst of menopause does not make it any easier.

Here are a few creative ways that may help:

1. Purchase a cheap timer and set it – this is your time to unwind.

2. Prepare as many meals ahead of time, freeze; microwave as needed.

3. Pray with your family and keep the lines of communication open.

You can break the glass, but even if you find that you have to remain in the game, at least you will have a few strategies that will keep you from being pinned down!

Let us hear from you, share a game you played when you were young and in all you do; don’t forget to PAUSE!

Sheri Powell is well aware that menopause is a natural and inevitable time in a woman’s life. She didn’t realize that there was a way to walk through this season VICTORIOUSLY until she had to struggle with the symptoms herself.

Before coming to the Lord, she lived her life depending on other people to provide answers and solutions to the various dilemmas she would undoubtedly find herself. Even though she had occasionally visited various churches at a young age, she only came to know of the Lord. A relationship with Jesus Christ would not manifest until her adult years.

In the meantime, she grew up in a community housing area and took advantage of some of the benefits it provided. As a teenager, she tutored elementary school children, and her love for the younger generation blossomed.

Sheri fully surrendered to Jesus Christ on April 12, 1989. At that time, God began to give her beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for all her mourning, and the garment of praise for her heaviness. She became the planting of the Lord.

She then got involved in ministry as a children’s church leader, “Inner-City Sidewalk” Sunday school teacher and as a youth group leader. For the past 10 years, she has served as a volunteer and mentor at a local Boys & Girls Club.

In 2001, Sheri and her family began utilizing the gifts and talents of the youth they mentored by hosting an annual “Mother & Daughter Prayer Breakfast”. Soon after, the Lord enlarged her territory. He drew her to the parents of the children she mentored, particularly the mothers.

In July 2008, the Lord gave Sheri a vision of women “shutting-in” with Him. She inquired of the Lord, comparable to what Moses did in Exodus 3, ‘Who am I, Lord, that I should go and gather a group of women together?”

The Lord reminded her of her aunt, First Lady Addie Stevens of Macedonia Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. For 20 years, Lady Stevens has been gathering women together, shutting-out the world and shutting-in with God for as long as two days.

Over the next two years, Sheri moved forward with the “shut-in” vision. She hosted 10 women’s prayer “shut-ins”. The first was ‘Awake’ where she and 35 women “shut-in” with God for two days. The next was a six-week Esther Bible Study, concluding with a One Night With A King celebration, followed by Walking Together in Prayer—Rejoice, Restoration and Revival, Judging Others, Our Defining Moment, Women Anointed in the Lord, The Tabernacle, In His Steps and Weeping Women of God.

Though Sheri possesses an Associate of Arts in Christian Counseling, she does not let degrees or titles define her. God has given her a slideshow of her life. In it, the Spirit of the Lord God is upon her, and the LORD has anointed her to preach good tidings unto the meek. He is sending her to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to them that are bound...and to comfort all that mourn. (Isaiah 61: 1-3 & Luke 4:18-19).

Sheri and her husband Anthony reside in Florida and live and breath to simply do God’s will in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. They have five adult children and a bouquet of family and friends. With an inherent desire to Share the Lord with People,Sheri founded and created the SLP Company. It’s goal is to share available resources that can help willing participants be all that God has created them to be.