Saturday, March 28, 2020
Mauve, Dusty Rose, Forest Green, Pale Blush
I have known of and about God for as long as I can remember, never losing faith in His existence and knowing that He had some sort of plan in place for me. I was taught from a very young age about Christ being God’s son, to love all people, and to try to serve God and His children. The church I grew up in was consistent in these teachings of the Bible and how to serve God better, but there was something missing. It seemed like the love and devotion we talked so much about was only skin deep. We all did as we were told: went to church, read the scriptures, and prayed to God, but why did those teachings not extend to our daily attitudes and perceptions of life? Why was it okay to preach forgiveness to all men and yet bridle so much resentment for our family, neighbors, coworkers, and even sometimes other church goers? I didn’t understand it, and I allowed this to frustrate me. I could not bring myself to understand how a simple checklist could sum us all up before God. This discrepancy led to anger and despair in my heart.
In prayer, I beseeched God for clarity and understanding, hoping for an answer that would bring this pain I had in my heart to an end. As what I thought was my perfect world came crumbling down around me, there was no answer. In my self-focus and arrogance, I decided to venture into the world to see what I had been “protecting” myself from. I believed that through constant prayer and my self-made “honor code,” that I would be able to explore unscathed. I discovered only true pain and misery, finding myself truly alone. I had forsaken God by my actions, and after a year and half of struggling from job to job and being partially homeless, among so many other things…I was finally broken.
Understanding what I must do, I began to search for God again. I buried myself in Scripture and began searching for a church that I could call home. For about six months, I searched unsuccessfully for a place that had true love for God. I had gained new employment yet again, and within a week on the job, I met a Remnant Fellowship member. We became close friends rather quickly. After about a month of this friendship, I was invited to visit Remnant Fellowship, and I immediately became fascinated with its members. They were all so excited to share personal stories and testimonies about God, and a consistent factor to all of them was that they had made a sacrifice of some degree and given up something that had stood in the way of a personal relationship with God. These people seemed to have a deep, genuine love for God that they were living out day by day, and I couldn’t tear myself away. Curious, I began to study this phenomenon, trying to find out more.
Stephanie brings such light and joy to my life, supporting me and encouraging me to love God above all else. During our time together, we have served God, studied Him and the life of His Son Jesus, and loved God together, and I pray that it will continue to blossom into such a fruitful life. I have such thankfulness to God that He would bless me with a woman who loves Him above all.– Mitchell
After about two months of coming to Remnant, it hit me like a train. We had a Sabbath service where members were sharing their testimonies in the assembly. I could feel the true love and devotion they had in their hearts toward God. Their absolute willingness to sacrifice all for God and to follow the footsteps of Christ by living to further God’s Kingdom….this was a huge sign to me.
At the end of that assembly, my friend turned to me and asked if I was okay, and I simply could not hold it in anymore. I began to cry absolute tears of joy, for I knew I had found true home, a place where I could grow and honor my God above all. A place where I could talk about God, learn about God, and grow to be whatever God wants me to be. I wish only to serve Him and His people, and I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing Church that without a doubt was fashioned by God. There are no true words to express the joy and thankfulness in my heart that God has given me another chance to try yet again to honor Him. I have strayed from the path many a time, and He has given me countless chances. I pray that I will only be humble before God and this amazing church and His Saints.
About a year after joining Remnant Fellowship, I had the chance to get to know Stephanie Hudson, and we went out on our first date. After that night, scarcely a day has passed without calling or seeing this wonderful, beautiful woman. Stephanie brings such light and joy to my life, supporting me and encouraging me to love God above all else. During our time together, we have served God, studied Him and the life of His Son Jesus, and loved God together, and I pray that it will continue to blossom into such a fruitful life. I have such thankfulness to God that He would bless me with a woman who loves Him above all, for I know I do not deserve such a blessed life. I pray that I will guide this marriage through God’s Spirit, and that I will forever love and care for Stephanie Hudson as God loves and cares for His Church.
First and most of all, I would like to give all glory, praise and thanks to Our God Almighty for the immeasurable amount of blessings that He has given me, the biggest being the amazing blessing of the opportunity to marry a righteous and God-fearing man in this message of pure and true love that we are taught by Gwen Lara at Remnant Fellowship.
Growing up, I was always considered a “good” kid. I had the trust of my parents and throughout middle and high school, I never lost that trust. When I turned 18, after being disillusioned and seeing the inconsistencies in the churches I was attending, I chose to no longer attend and to embrace the world, living by my own moral code. In just three years of living in the world, I saw so much darkness and fell into a depression; I believed I could only escape the pain and the mentally debilitating thoughts and emotions by turning to substances. I used these to cope with what I was experiencing and to numb the pain. The curses that came with this lifestyle led to me deferring college for a semester when I was 20 to move back in with my parents and attempt to put myself back on a path that would allow a future. Praise God for this decision that came through my loving parents. During this short five months away from my college campus, I was introduced to Remnant Fellowship through my mother who has been involved with Weigh Down since the ‘90s and joined the Church in 2008. I will never forget the first time I not only heard the truth, but it resonated in me in a way that I could NOT deny. After months of listening to Sabbath messages and You Can Overcome shows, the Gospel of John was being shared leading to Passover. When Jesus returned to the healed man and said “stop sinning, before something worse happens to you,” my entire world stopped. I realized that none of the errors I had made this far in my life were so permanent that they could not be fixed. I had an opportunity to choose the truth and stop sinning. I could stop sinning!! I could find the peace and joy that others at this Church had been sharing with me for 3 months! I attended Passover with my mom and sister that year and I have never looked back.
After living here for six years, God so graciously brought Mitchell Dodge to my attention. I had the opportunity to hear his testimony at Passover 2019 and felt his words in my soul… I prayed that if it would be pleasing to God, we would have the opportunity to meet that night. Not thirty minutes later, I got to meet him… and since then, I have been in complete awe of God and His perfect timing and matchmaking skills. Mitchell is so unbelievably kind, has a beautiful servant’s heart, and is constantly seeking God and a relationship with Him.– Stephanie
Two years later, I graduated from college. The day after my graduation, I was able to move to Brentwood to be closer to the Church and the like-minded Saints who have encouraged me to dig deeper and run farther in this relationship we are seeking with God. After living here for six years, God so graciously brought to my attention Mitchell Dodge. I had the opportunity to hear his testimony at Passover 2019 and felt his words in my soul. After moving to Brentwood, I had experienced the exact same testing with my job that he shared and I understood the sacrifice and the blessings of his testimony that day. I prayed that if it would be pleasing to God, we would have the opportunity to meet that night. Not thirty minutes later, I got to meet Mitchell. A month later, we went on our first date, and since then I have been in complete awe of God and His perfect timing and matchmaking skills. Mitchell is so unbelievably kind, has a beautiful servant’s heart, and is constantly seeking God and a relationship with Him. I am truly amazed that God is allowing me to spend my life with someone who so perfectly compliments myself. I know this entire relationship and everything still to come is for God’s glory, and I pray to always be pleasing to Him and His Kingdom.