Sunday, June 7, 2020
Lavender, dusty blue, dove gray, cream, and light sage
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My life before finding Remnant Fellowship was honestly a mess—as messy as you can get as a 12-year-old. I was the cliché of a depressed, self-focused teenager, and it only got worse with time. When my mother joined this message in late 2012, she included me along with my brother (and for this I am eternally grateful). However, at that time, I was reluctant, a dramatic and emotional teenager who had no respect for my authorities nor myself. Throughout 2013, I had ups and downs, but towards the end of the year, as I had more exposure to the Church through sermons and classes, I had improved a lot, at least in the perspective of others. Over time, my relationship with God and my mother grew stronger and stronger, and I started making friends as an out-of-towner. Since my father was in the military, we lived overseas at the time, but at the end of 2013, he decided it was time to leave the military and move back to the U.S.
During this time, my mother and father had a discussion about where we would end up. My father was not interested in the Church at the time, and his idea was that we would simply find a small town to move to and open up a little shop somewhere. He brought up a little town in Tennessee with the name of Franklin. When he said that, my mother wept with joy! My father had no idea that the Church was located so close to Franklin! His decision was final, and he had all of our belongings sent to a storage unit in Franklin in early 2014.
This relationship has been so amazing, and God has blessed it every step of the way. Never have I ever been more in love with God until now, and our relationship has only grown stronger. I am so thankful, and I pray to always glorify God through this amazing marriage!- Hunter
Once we returned to the states, we stayed with my grandmother in Indiana for a few months, and we had the opportunity to attend the Weigh Down Tour in Cincinnati. My father's heart was softened, and he became a new man. He became a member of Remnant Fellowship Church shortly after this gathering, and we started attending the Indiana Remnant group hosted by Glen and Angel Dych. As more time passed, God allowed my father to find a job and locate a home for our family in Tennessee! During our first “in-person” assembly at Remnant, we were introduced to another out-of-town family with Navy connections—the Flores family! Little did we know where this friendship would lead! Over the years, our families enjoyed Daycamp together, and I was a junior counselor for Nolan and Landry Flores in separate years.
Fast forward to the fall of 2017, I was very involved with the youth group and my life was amazing because God had become my priority. I felt like life could not get any better...but I had no idea how wrong I was when I thought that! One night after a Wednesday assembly, I ran into a familiar face hanging around with my friend group—it just so happened to be Tara Flores! I greeted her with a "Welcome home!" and just like that, we were close friends. As time passed, through various services and youth gatherings, our friendship and bond grew very strong. We would talk about God, about growing up with a military life, about our favorite music and our love for animals. Things were great.
Around Christmas time that year, Tara went back to Texas to visit her family and we did not speak for a month or so. Over that time apart, I realized that I really liked her, a lot. I prayed and prayed every night that she would feel the same way about me. During this time, I realized that I still had an idol that was blocking my relationship with God—that idol was video games, electronics, my computer, etc. I knew that if I just did it and jumped in headfirst, 100%, that God would bless me for it. So I did! I jumped into laying down that stronghold all the way and committed everything to God. That week that I fully committed 100% to God, Tara informed me that she also had feelings for me! My heart had never been more full. I talked with her parents to seek their blessing in letting me date Tara, and I was so excited to have their support! We have been close ever since! This relationship has been so amazing, and God has blessed it every step of the way. Never have I ever been more in love with God until now, and our relationship has only grown stronger. I am so thankful, and I pray to always glorify God through this amazing marriage!
Tara Flores Testimony:
My story begins back in 2008 when the Navy moved my parents, myself, and my two little brothers to Chicago. By 2009, when I was 12, my father had started his training for a tour of duty in Iraq. As his training continued, I started to have nightmares at night. I tried to reach out to God, but I didn’t have a church to guide me on how to have a real relationship with Him.
Not long after that, my mom found an email from Weigh Down regarding the Rebuilding the Wall tour in Chicago. My mom attended the event, and when she came home, she was the happiest I had ever seen her! At the time, I didn’t understand why she was so excited until we started webcasting Remnant Fellowship Church services with her. We then had the opportunity to attend Remnant’s Daycamp that summer, and it was there that I learned how to truly be happy and trust in God.
My dad returned safely from Iraq soon afterwards, and we moved to California. The Remnant Fellowship members in California were very close, so we had a very strong support system. However, when we moved from California to Texas in 2013, the real testing began. I lost touch with many of the Saints and got caught up in self-focus that would lead to depression. Very quickly, my life was turned upside down after letting my focus wander off of God, and I started to look for peers’ approval at school rather than my family’s and God's approval.
Through the many tests and trials of life, Hunter’s selfless love and spiritual protection have always been so constant. Because of this and much more, it was very easy for me to say “Yes!” as soon as I saw him get down on one knee to propose. God has sent me a man that I fully trust to lead our family. I am not afraid of what the future holds because I know whatever tests come our way, Hunter will be there to hold my hand and always point my focus to God!- Tara
Thankfully, I was able to attend the Dallas Weigh Down Tour in 2017, and Gwen Lara said something that has stayed with me ever since: you cannot have two masters—you cannot serve your desires and God’s Will. God very mercifully allowed my heart to soften, I turned away from my old way of thinking, and I was quickly healed from the depression and self-focus.
I drove to Tennessee to visit in September 2017. After the service, my friend invited me to go with a group for dinner so we could catch up. When we walked in and found our booth, I sat next to Hunter, having no idea how God would have everything transpire. I’ll never forget the first thing he said to me: “Welcome home, Tara.” After that evening and seeing all the changed lives of the youth as well as the other Church members, I made the decision to move to Tennessee. I am so grateful that God has so much mercy on me—I do not know who I would be or where I would be without this Church.
At that time, I absolutely did not have any intention of dating. It was quite the opposite—dating was the last thing on my mind. However, as time passed, Hunter and I would always end up talking to each other at a party or at youth gatherings. It did not take long before we were talking for hours and hours about our past lives and our experiences of having fathers in the Navy, and we even found out we both lived on the same street in Florida at different times! I just felt like I instantly had a best friend.
With my parents’ approval, Hunter and I started dating. Hunter has been so supportive and has guided me through so many tests. He has always encouraged me to go further with my relationship with God. He has always taken care of me and put my needs first. It has become a challenge of who could take care of the other more! As our relationship continued to grow, Hunter would call me each night and we would read the History of the Love of God by Gwen Lara together, or he would play guitar and sing to me until I fell asleep. Because of the words of Gwen, we were able to not only feel an instant connection, but we knew how to grow stronger with God whenever testing came. No matter what my test has been, Hunter has never been afraid to tell me the truth and point out things that were blocking God’s Spirit. As we were dating, if we were ever unsure of anything, we would go straight to our parents for advice and pray to God for His lead. We have prayed for so many signs from God that I think we have ten different signs for ten different meanings from God! It has become yet another sweet way for us to connect not only with God but also with each other.
Through the many tests and trials of life, Hunter’s selfless love and spiritual protection have always been so constant. Because of this and much more, it was very easy for me to say “Yes!” as soon as I saw him get down on one knee to propose. God has sent me a man that I fully trust to lead our family. I am not afraid of what the future holds because I know whatever tests come our way, Hunter will be there to hold my hand and always point my focus to God!