The Retreat

On August 16-20, 2015 The Sisters Of Faith went on a Restoration Retreat in  Gatlinburg, TN. It was a up close and personal worship experience with God. There were six of us ladies who went and each lady is from a different denominational background. We were able to grow with one another and each woman had a testimony that reached out to the heart of the other ladies. Yes, each woman had in their own mind what they were going to experience and some, how they were going to spend their four days. We entered the cabin introducing ourselves to one another and God began to rearrange the whole program.

Our ways are not God’s ways and our plans are not God’s plans.

How often have you went somewhere with your own plans of what you are going to do and God says “that is not what I have planned for you”? Well, that is definitely what happened during the retreat. We needed restoration but we also needed deliverance. We needed a get a-way but we also needed to meet God face to face. Meeting God face to face is exactly what we did. Each woman had a personal encounter with God unlike any encounter that they ever had before. God shook the very foundation of who we were, we showed up a certain type of woman but we left being a better woman with a more strengthened foundation in Christ. We also, gained a sisterhood that has been beautiful in itself.

Please watch the video below as I share with you my experience as the Founder of Sisters Of Faith

#SistersOFaith #TheRetreat #Restoration

Blessing to you,

LaQwonna



Driving through Florida and the Carolinas to get to Tennessee was well worth the trip and the experience. I get an opportunity to spend over 7 hours in a car with two beautiful women. It was an experience for the three of us but one that I would not trade for the world. Being around those two ladies taught me how to let go and just enjoy the moment and have fun. So often I am so in a rush when I travel, trying to get to my destination that I do not enjoy my surroundings when I travel. I was able to enjoy the full experience of the travel and not focus on the time or how long it took us to get to our destination. We got out and walked around and when it was time to eat, we parked and went into a restaurant and sat down and ate. we enjoyed the company of one another. I appreciate the time that we spent together and how we did it. Being in the moment and enjoying the moment was a place that I needed to be and I thank God for the lesson learned on this trip. I was able to appreciate the beauty of the Lord as we took our time traveling to our destination. We stopped and got out of our car and was able to take in the breath-taking scenery that God has painted for us. It was awe-inspiring.

We talk about being in a valley experience but we do not talk about meeting God at the mountain top. -Tameka

When we reached the cabin we were greeted by a juvenile bear. A bear that was very domestic and who caught us by surprise. Yes we got many pictures and video of the bear, which will be shared later. When each lady came to the retreat, God had something specially in store for them personally. The truth is, some of them did not read all the information that was being e-mailed to them so, they thought that we were just going to lay back, have fun and do nothing. Then there were those who read the e-mails and thought, okay this will be nice to get away and just have time to myself. Then you had those that said, “I don’t know what is going to happen but I am just going to watch God move.” Can I just say that the experience with God that we encountered was nothing that any of us expected. We were truly blessed through experiencing a move of God that cannot be explained. We experienced how much God loves us and the next step He has ordered for us. He wrapped His arms around each lady and cradled them as they spoke about the broken pieces of our lives, carrying us into our restoration. There were women who dealt with fear, body image issues, loss of loved ones, marriage issues, love issues, self issues and just letting go, so God could take over. We were able to tap into one another and truly let go. Some, shared things that had never been shared with anyone and it was an environment of NO JUDGEMENT. No one looked at anyone differently. It made us love more and love harder. We shed and shared many tears, laughs, jokes and heart warming moments. The entire retreat was a true blessing not just for me personally but for each one that attended. Each woman had an opportunity to share their experience, so please watch the video below and walk through the experience with us.

Blessings to you,

L. Marie


One thought on “The Retreat”

  1. I attended the Sisters of Faith retreat this year, and it was all that LaQwonna said and so much more! I look forward to next year, not only for bringing women together, but to see what God has planned for the next time He brings us all together again. He is an awesome God, so worthy of all our praise, and I am so glad that He doesn’t need our help doing what He does. None of us would have been able to do what He did in those mountains from the beginning until the very end. HE IS GOD…all by himself! And I stand in awe!

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