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The foliage was amazing. The crisp mountain air was exhilarating. The sun beamed from the heavens and accentuated the Delaware River. It was a miraculous weekend. One hundred and thirty six women gathered from several states on October 17, 18 and 19, 2014 at the Eddie Farms Retreat Center in Sparrow Bush, New York and it was spectacular. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we prayed, we

hugged, we bonded and we celebrated one another. Through various victories and trials we became sisters for the weekend and developed relationships that can last a lifetime. Something wonderful happens when women decide to take off the mask and be real and authentic. Healing from past wounds can take place and purpose can be discovered.

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Workshops were implemented to assist with the physical, emotional and spiritual awakening of each individual. The environment was conducive for a spiritual awakening. Sitting by the Delaware River and reflecting on life was divinely therapeutic.

Women used strips of paper to write their biggest obstacles and then burned them in a bonfire as a symbol of freedom. We all watched the issues and obstacles burn as we sang and supported one another. It was a spiritual renewal for all.

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We were ushered into a new level in our journey of faith. Workshops were conducted by myself, Rev. Jackie Jones, Rev. Lisa Williams and motivational speaker Rose Oliver from the Mount Moriah Ministries in Cambria Heights, New York as well as Pastor Rosa Cummings from Shekinah Ministries in New York and Pastor Fondrea Lewis from the Greater Glory Church in New Jersey.

We as women find ourselves constantly moving and never taking a moment to reflect on where we are going or what and why we are doing the things that we do. Life is racing before us and we never get a moment to slow down and breath. I am challenging all women to take a time out! Take a time out and sit by yourself with out any distractions! Turn off the telephones, the social media, the televisions, the computer and the voices in your head and sit and listen to that one small voice that has been trying to get your attention!

Every year, I take women, young and old away from the distractions of life so that we can challenge ourselves to move to the next level in our journey of life. If we do not build ourselves up spiritually, we will forever miss that inner peace that so many of us are seeking.

We need each other! Stop tearing down your sisters and take them by the hand and stand together sister to sister and encourage one another to find their true purpose in life! Life is just too short to be unhappy and unsettled. Life is just too short to find yourself in the middle of drama and nonsense.

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I invite you to join me next year on this journey of faith! You are also welcome to call in every Tuesday to the Faith and Favor phone conference line. Women from all over call in and we encourage and pray for one another. Just call 559-726-1300 and enter access code 769183. It’s about Sister supporting sisters!!!!!!

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