Each year, Yahweh's Assembly in Messiah, Rocheport, Missouri hosts a weekend Women's Retreat, providing an opportunity for sisters to get away, and enjoy Bible seminars, fellowship and fun!
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Here's this year's retreat report.
The ladies of the Rocheport Assembly started assembling at the Cedar Creek Resort Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017 for the 15th annual Women’s Retreat. There were 18 lovely sisters that attended this year.
After a delicious catered meal, Sister Erin Eberly had the privilege of being the first speaker to get us all motivated and excited about our weekend together. She did a great job speaking on a topic that we can all relate to—“Being too Busy.” She talked about a website she found that gives advice on how we should make a concerted effort to change our habits and spend a little time each day seeing to the needs of others by simply taking the time to visit a person alone or in need, or to be more patient with someone who is abrasive. She read from Matthew 6:34 that tells us not to worry about tomorrow; each day has enough trouble of its own. Her presentation started the weekend off on a great note.
After Erin’s talk, as we spent the rest of the evening chatting and enjoying each other’s company, we were blessed to enjoy a spectacular view of Yahweh’s awesome presence. Psalms 19:1 tells us “The heavens declare the glory of Yahweh; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” We had the privilege of seeing Yahweh’s handiwork from a beautiful location, as we sat in the A-frame viewing the lightning, and listening to the thunder roll across the lake in front of the cabins. It is comforting to know that Yahweh is in control of the elements, and after praying, we had no fear when we heard there were tornadoes in the area.
We were also blessed with more of Yahweh’s handiwork as the sun appeared on Sabbath, just in time for us to enjoy a wonderful lunch prepared by the sisters, on the deck. Sister Jae then gave us a message on, “Being a Daughter of Yahweh.” She did a wonderful job explaining how Yahshua ransomed the woman that came to Him for healing and simply touched the hem of His garment (tzitzit), and she was made whole. She told us that “We Are Redeemed,” and gave us each a crown to wear to show that we ARE the daughters of Yahweh, and read from Malachi 4:2, “But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings.”
Sister Pam spoke on “How to Control the Tongue.” She read many Scriptures showing that Yahweh condemns an evil and lying tongue. Our words can hurt like a razor, and we need to bridle our tongue. She had a prop to demonstrate James 3:4. It was a very good talk and touched us all.
Sister Rose spoke on, “Letting Things Go.” We need to let go of seeds of unforgiveness and negative thoughts. She shared her testimony of some very hard experiences in her life. She handed out papers for us to write things that we needed forgiveness for, or needed to grant forgiveness, then we burned the papers in the fireplace and asked Yahweh to burn it out of our hearts, minds, and spirits. It was very emotional and we felt as though a burden had been lifted.
Sister Renette encouraged us all to: “Use the Gift” that Yahweh has given us, to edify the assembly, to help others, and do as Scripture tells us to do in Romans 12:1-2, … “that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Elohim, which is your reasonable service.” Verse 21 tells us to “covet earnestly the best gifts...” Her message inspired us to search for, and “stir up the gift that is within us” (2 Tim. 1:6), so that we may edify the Body, and please our Father Yahweh.
After Sabbath, Sister Pat gave us a lesson in acrylic painting. We painted a sunset lake picture emphasizing depth and shadows. She put a lot of effort into getting all the materials together so we could test our artistic skills. Some did exceptionally well. We had a lot of laughs through it all, and had a personalized memento to take home from the retreat. I can’t help but think that she felt like she was teaching a lot of first graders at times, and I give her a lot of credit for being so patient.
Some avid fishermen, who brought their poles along again this year, took time to bait their hooks and do a little fishing, while others took the opportunity to go for a paddle boat ride. Sabbath afternoon was “free time” so some opted to take a walk by the lake and enjoy the beautiful weather.
For our last presentation on Sunday morning, Sister Kaye spoke on health, from a biblical perspective. Eating food that Yahweh gave us, in its natural sense, is much healthier, and is the way Yahweh intended it to be. Read the account in Daniel 1, when Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine that the king wanted to feed them. Verse 15 says it all, “At the end of 10 days, they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” Scripture tells us that we are the temple of Yahweh, and it’s important that we care for our bodies accordingly.
Our goal for the Women’s Retreat each year is to provide spiritual teaching that will help bring us closer to Yahweh, to laugh together, to cry together, and to remind each other that Yahshua is there to help us through our trials when we need Him. It seems that everyone left on a spiritual “high” knowing that this goal had been accomplished, and eager to start planning for next year’s retreat. May Yahweh bless all our wonderful sisters, until we meet again.
Here's this year's slideshow--below!