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Sheryl’s Huddle

Welcome!  Today, I want to share with you who I am, the mighty ways God has worked to bring me to this leadership role, and some future visions and goals we have for this ministry.

My story…

Just a few months after my husband’s death, God started preparing me to serve in aNew Season Ministries. He started by prompting me to write about my journey. As soon as I told some friends about the prompting, I went home and wrote three devotionals and a biography that very day.

Then I waited…for almost a year.

During that year, God kept sending new people in to my life to encourage me to write. One woman even shared that she could see me speaking at conferences, writing books, etc. That vision was beyond my wildest imagination!

Yet, one day in October 2013, I noticed this ministry was accepting submissions from guest bloggers. Soon after submitting my devotionals, Kit called and asked if I would like to join the team.

In March of 2014, I participated in our first retreat in Virginia Beach. I can still remember how terrified I was walking into a room full of strangers when I still felt so emotionally raw. I remember Liz Anne Wright from our team, making it all “right” with her warm welcome and sweet hug.

I had to smile as I noticed a first draft of our devotional book sitting on our chairs; only God can pave such a path from His simple prompting over a year earlier.  I was immediately reminded of the words the woman had spoken to me about her vision of me speaking at conferences and writing books.

A few months after the retreat, I felt God prompt me again. This time He impressed on my heart I needed to make more time for this ministry, and to do so, I was going to have to move. I really didn’t want to move– I had a job I loved and a wonderful church family that supported me through everything. I didn’t want to leave them, but God turned up the pressure. I finally contacted a friend (who is a realtor) to come to my home to advise me on what repairs I would need to make if I put it on the market “down the road”.

ONE week later, my house was sold and I had purchased a new home in Houston. I only had three weeks to finish up my job and move. Fortunately, God provided amazing friends who stepped in and packed my entire house. This whole scenario was way outside my comfort zone. By nature, I am someone who likes to plan things. I seldom make a $5 purchase without serious consideration.

This last year has flown by with getting settled in Houston, coordinating our Dallas conference in February, dealing with the loss of my father, getting established in a new church and watching my grandson several days each week.

Then Kit approached me, asking if I would pray about taking over leading this ministry. At first I hesitated, I felt so inadequate, but it wasn’t long before God confirmed this is where He had been leading me all along.

The dreams in my heart…

With each prompting, God has been building dreams in my heart for what He plans to do. He has broadened my vision from simply hoping to share my experience to help someone else, to dreaming about the impact this ministry can have on the Kingdom.

Here are some of the things that have profoundly touched my heart:

  • Seeing how God puts order to my steps and has a much bigger vision for how I can contribute beyond anything I ever imagined.
  • Meeting a woman at our first conference who told me that she had been a widow for five years and it was the first time she had met another widow. (Oh, my heart aches when I think about the isolation and loneliness so many widows experience.)
  • Hearing our praise and worship team talk about how impacted they were by experiencing worship with our conference attendees. I began to realize we have a tendency to think more about the widow’s need, but we forget how much the rest of the kingdom needs to see God’s faithfulness in our lives!
  • Reading your responses to our devotionals and learning to appreciate how much we need Christian community with other widows. We need others who understand what we are going through and encourage us to step forward in His truth. We need others who not only help us with the grief but also all the stuff that comes with the loss – burnout from care giving, shock from sudden deaths, emotional toll from suicides, raising children, dating again, financial issues, health issues, multiple losses, etc. And most importantly, we need help with the spiritual issues – like what is my purpose now? What is my part in His plan for building His Kingdom?

The next steps…

Behind the scenes, Kit and I are working on the many steps involved in transitioning the ministry into a nonprofit organization and recruiting advisors who can help this ministry align with God’s path for us. The team is also working diligently to offer another conference which we will be announcing in the next couple of weeks.

How can you help?

  • Please continue engaging with us on our website and on social media.  On Facebook, be sure to “like” us, “follow” us, and mark us as “see first” in your newsfeed.
  • Share us with your friends. Even if your friends are not widows, they will be blessed by seeing God working in our lives.
  • And PRAY for us! We have the same daily struggles you do.
  • Pray for each other– in the body of Christ each piece is needed.
  • Pray for this ministry and all that God plans to do through us.

The title, why a huddle, you might ask? Because I want to draw you in so we can work together as a team. This ministry is not about me, or the writing team, or even just about you. It’s about so much more.

So, when we call for a Huddle, join us, because we are all in this together!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve His Kingdom with you!

God Bless!

Sheryl


SherylPeppletbSheryl Pepple is an author and speaker for aNew Season/A Widow’s Might Ministries. She lives in Texas with her yellow lab, Super Duper Cooper, and spends time with her two daughters, her son-in-law, and her grandson. She is a seasoned traveler and loves to visit great snorkeling and diving areas. Her husband was killed by a drunk driver in September 2011 and she lost her brother, the victim of an unsolved murder, years ago. Sheryl feels blessed to be able to share how evident God’s grace and faithfulness is in her life.

If you are interested in having her speak, please contact her via email at: admin@anewseason.net

14 replies
  1. Tish
    Tish says:

    Sheryl, I loved your words of encouragement today. I lost my husband a little over 8 years ago. Thankfully, I am surrounded by a wonderful family and great friends. Two of my very dear friends (from high school) have also lost their husbands and we are a great support for one another. We all live in the Houston area and I was pleasantly surprised to read that you are located here. I would like to know if there are any local support groups that you can recommend. I attend a large church in Houston, but Griefshare is the only program to help the process of grieving. Sometimes, just being surrounded by others that truly “get it” is nice.

    • Sheryl Pepple
      Sheryl Pepple says:

      Hi Tish!

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Actually one of our other readers and I would like to start a group where we get together at least once a month for social outings & encouragement. We are in the Richmond/ Sugarland area. What part of town are you guys in? Maybe we can get together.

      • Pepper Helms
        Pepper Helms says:

        Sheryl,
        This ministry has meant so much to me! I am 46 years old and moved to Houston from Atlanta last year and would love to be a part of meeting other widows, especially ones that still have kids at home. I moved to the Katy/Fulshear area from my hometown of Atlanta for a job after my husband died after a very short 2 month battle with cancer out of the blue. I had never moved before and I was so scared and alone. I left my two oldest children in college in Georgia and miss my family of five! I have a 13 year old daughter with me here and she misses everything about the way our life used to be. I know God is calling me to something greater here; just waiting to figure it all out! Please let me if any Houston social group gets started:)
        Much love & thanks!
        Pepper Helms

        • Sheryl Pepple
          Sheryl Pepple says:

          Hi Pepper!

          I would love to meet you for coffee. I live in Richmond (Long Meadow Farms). Would you like to get together sometime next week?

          • Pepper Helms
            Pepper Helms says:

            yes I’d love to! I just resigned at the job that I moved here for, so any day next week is open, except Tuesday. What’s good for you? Want to meet at the Starbucks in Richmond right at 99 near Long Meadow Farms? Or anywhere else you know of — if you want to come up to Katy, there’s numerous options, of course!

  2. June Scott
    June Scott says:

    Sheryl: My husband died of cancer in 2000; my sister died of Alzheimers in 2015. I have since lost 2 good friends and my beloved 15 year old cat companion. I am 82 years old and moved to a strange city to be close to a daughter who, evidently, is having a breakdown and has completely turned her back on me. Now I find myself completely alone. At age 82 you just don’t want to join much of anything to make new friends like you did at a younger age. I have a daughter and son-in-law in Houston who are trying to find a home were we can live together but it is difficult. What have I found through this?? I have found a new relationship with my Abba, my Daddy God, my Savior, my Rock. Without Him I would have quit a long time ago. God bless you in your ministry. I pray each day for God to give me something to say to my friends on facebook that will bless and encourage anyone who reads it. That is all I can do and all I want is to bring glory and honor to Him.

    • Sheryl Pepple
      Sheryl Pepple says:

      Oh June I am so sorry for all of your loss but what an incredible testimony on how e can continue to bring Him glory! Thank you so much for encouraging us and also inspiring us! You are a blessing! Lifting you up in prayer and thanking God for you!

      Sincerely, Sheryl

  3. Jessie
    Jessie says:

    It was great to see how you found yourself doing what you do. I feel very isolated sometimes even at my own church. People are so busy with their own lives and for me the last 22 months it’s as time has stood still. But he isn’t coming home. That was the hardest thing to say out loud, I had to practice that over and over. Each day is easier, yet difficult. One breath, one moment, one step, one hour, one day, one week, one month at a time. It’s ok, it’s my time as I see fit to move from one step to another.
    Thank you for sharing,

    • Sheryl Pepple
      Sheryl Pepple says:

      Hi Jessie,
      You captured something important that I think most of us go through – the contrast when we are in grief and it feels like everything stands still compared to the everyday busyness of the world. I pray God will redeem that feeling by using us to help people focus on what’s really important – the eternal things. Praying for Him to continue to comfort you and strengthen you each step of the way. While we will miss them every day we are on this Earth I take great comfort in knowing we will be reunited for all eternity. Please keep in touch! You are not alone – we do get it and want to encourage as you continue to walk this journey. God Bless! Sheryl

  4. Candy
    Candy says:

    Thank you, Sheryl, for having the courage to follow Christ as He leads you each day. This ministry to us as widows is so greatly needed as is the education of those who look at us from a distance not knowing how to care for us. May God continue to glorify Himself through us all in this new place of calling in our lives.

    PS – I grew up near Corpus Christi and am a Texas girl at heart.

    • Sheryl Pepple
      Sheryl Pepple says:

      Howdy Candy from one Texas girl to another! Thank you so much for your encouragement and your beautiful prayer – May God continue to glorify himself through us all! Blessings! Sheryl

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