Reverend Paula Marie
Paula comes from a background that involved violence, neglect, and lack of nurturing, discipline, structure, unconditional support, and acceptance. Indeed, there was a lot of pain and struggles for her to work through. In 1997, during her first semester enrolled in Broward Community College, Paula was feeling desperate and alone, she was in an abusive marriage, and detached from her family, so she prayed to God to send her a guardian angel. Several days following her prayers in her English 1101 class, Paula met Reverend Schoshana, the president and founder of R.E.A.C.H. For Spiritual Awakening. Reverend Schoshana was God’s answer to Paula’s prayers; she soon found out that this unique woman was a spiritual counselor, minister, teacher, and gifted messenger from God, talk about a package deal!
From that moment, Reverend Schoshana, has been sharing her spiritual tools, prayers, and guidance, helping Paula to let go of her past and to strengthen herself spiritually and mentally. It was with this guidance and unconditional support that Paula was able to overcome her depression and self-doubt, to understand that she “deserves the best,” to not accept pain, control, and abuse from anyone in her life. In fact, she is no longer married and is closer with her family now than she has ever been, and getting closer each day. One of the greatest gifts Father has given Paula is the renewed relationship she now shares with her mother; it is a healthy one, where there is much respect, love, and unconditional acceptance, better than she ever imagined it could be.
As for Paula’s relationship with her biological father, for most of their lives, it was estranged. Paula’s parents divorced when she was approximately three years old, and moved out of state with her mom, siblings, and stepfather, shortly thereafter. Through the years, Paula and her biological father barely communicated, and when they did, it was with anger, resentment, and bitterness. Paula never got to know her father, and thought for certain, as the last time they spoke was back in 1995, that their relationship would remain disconnected. Then, miraculously, through a spiritual counseling session with Reverend Schoshana, on June 6, 2004, Paula received a message to call her father. Upon calling her father, Paula found that he had recently done some major changes in his lifestyle, and that he had been praying that she would contact him. From that point on they have been talking consistently, and getting closer and closer, through phone and regular visits.
Indeed, Reverend Paula Marie has been blessed with a new beginning. She overcame many obstacles to achieve her credentials. Paula officially became an ordained minister for R.E.A.C.H. for Spiritual Awakening in August of 2000. She then earned an Associate in Arts degree in psychology from Broward Community College in December of 2000. Continuing her education, she earned a Bachelor degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in August of 2003. Since March 2003, Paula has been working as a Substitute Teacher for Broward County Public Schools, using The R.E.A.C.H. Program tools and techniques to help students that are struggling with anger and fear issues. In September of 2006, Paula earned a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Counseling for conducting a three-year case study on the effectiveness of The R.E.A.C.H. Program “Harmony in the Classroom”. In addition, she also sits on R.E.A.C.H.’s board as treasurer.
Reverend Paula Marie has always had the desire to help others and make a difference in the world. Teaching was something she wanted to do since age five. Therefore, by working as a minister/spiritual counselor, and Substitute Teacher, both Reverend Schoshana and Father have guided her to teach others how to find emotional independence by removing anger and fear through spirituality.
Today through Father’s and Reverend Schoshana’s guidance, Paula has become whole. The R.E.A.CH. Program has taught her how to address the pain of her past, with truth, not shame, embarrassment, nor fear. By addressing the negative, she then overcame many of her issues and obstacles. To add the icing on the cake, Father sent Paula an exceptional partner in 2005, currently they are engaged, and plan to marry in 2007. God has given Paula a new beginning, to have the relationship and family that is one of her most cherished dreams.
Most importantly, what Paula has learned through R.E.A.C.H. for Spiritual Awakening is that life itself is the greatest gift of all that which Father has given each one of us. He is always there to heal all that ails us, there is nothing other than the loss of human life that cannot be fixed; through blind faith and love. He gives us strength, courage, and inner peace, for that, Paula is eternally grateful; and she is honored to be able to give back. By working as a minister, spiritual counselor, and teacher, she is able to share with others by showing them how to have a relationship with Father, she helps people to become empowered to change negatives into positives, one day at a time.