Just came back from Soul Sisters retreat yesterday. *Yay!!* We went to Bethel House of Prayer in Penang Hill and stayed there for a night. I gotta say, although it was just one night, but it was amazing. I’ve been busy with work and all that I never really have time for myself. Not to mention, everywhere I go, there will be people that I didn’t really have “alone” time for weeks. And this retreat has given me some “alone” time and lots of rest. I wished this retreat was more than a night though, but oh well… I still enjoyed it.
When we reached there around 6.45pm. We had our dinner at 7pm and had a short worship and prayer after that. We then watched a sermon from Qing Ling’s laptop. It was by Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation Church on “Why our faith fails?”. It’s about having faith even when we go through the storm. And somehow, I just felt that sermon is for me. I’ve been going through quite a lot of “storms” ever since this year started and this sermon just speaks to me. One main point that strongly speaks to me is “God sends you to the storm not to destroy you, but to strip some things away so he can rebuild you“. I know God is there with me through this “stormy” season and I just somehow felt that He is molding me into someone He wants me to be. I just gotta be patience and have faith in Him.
Okay, I know this post is about the retreat, but I’m gonna go off topic a little. During SNL yesterday, Pastor Alex spoke about faith too. Again, it hits me strongly like the message was meant for me. He said “God knows the best time to fulfill His promises. He makes promises because He knows that now is not the best time to give yet. He wants to give and He assures, but the best timing is in His hands. And during the time of waiting, is the time when God enrich our life. During this period of time, God will train us and teach us to be convinced. Faith isn’t a currency to buy something from God, but it’s a conviction.” He also said that “when we don’t know anything and we still kept going, that’s faith! If we know where we’re going, then we tend to focus on the destination instead of God. But if we do not know where we’re going, we’ll focus on God, trusting that He will lead us to our destination“. I guess this is another confirmation to tell me to keep going on and not give up.
Anyway, back to retreat… After watching the sermon, we had girls talk. We shared our opinion on the sermon and how our life have been so far. It was really a time when all of us opened up and let it out what we’ve been going through.
Beautiful sunrise the next morning… Melissa & Qing Ling woke up just to take the picture of the sunrise and went back to bed. LOL. As for me, I couldn’t really sleep. Woke up, took this picture, have some “alone” time, and in the end, I went back to sleep too. Heh! :p
Anyway, after going back to bed, we woke up at around 9am, had our breakfast, did our devotion lead by Mel, washed up, packed our stuffs, and off we go back to the train station.
Group picture. (From left: Qing Ling, Eileen, Melissa, me, Jasmine) Am so blessed to have these girls in my life who are so real that we can just be ourselves, share, and encourage each other. 😉 Love you girls!!
Overall, like I said, it was an amazing retreat although it was only one night. I felt so encouraged and recharged now. Before I end this post, I wanna thank Pastor Pragas for supporting this ministry. Without him, this retreat would not be possible. I think Soul Sisters wouldn’t even exist if not for him. Thank you so much for always encouraging us and supporting us. You’re the best! 🙂