Saturday, May 23, 2020
(Webcast begins at 5:30pm Central Time)
Hilton Garden Inn – Nashville/Brentwood.
I have been a member of Remnant Fellowship Church from the time that I was two years old and my family lived in Ohio. We had over 30 other Remnant Fellowship members who lived near us, most of whom were related to us, and I remember sitting around a conference-call phone, listening to Mrs. Gwen speaking. When I was five, our entire family, led by my grandparents Larry and Karen Sims, moved down to Tennessee so that we could be closer to the church. I have always enjoyed being here! I have loved my friends, family, and this message, but I never really chose to have a personal relationship with God until I was older. I really started thinking about how I wanted my life to go. Looking at the kids in school around me whose lives seemed aimless, I decided that I wanted to live my life for God. Since that time, I have been learning and working on myself to make sure that I am ready for however God leads my life.
Kaitlynn is everything that I could ever ask for in a wife: she is kind, funny, sweet, beautiful, and has every fruit of the Spirit. Above all, she is a Godly and righteous example of a woman as described in Proverbs 31. I am extremely grateful that we are together, and I love her so much and am so excited to live my life with her by my side.– Pauly
God has given me a very large extended family that have been examples to me, from grandparents, to aunts and uncles, to cousins and their spouses. I am grateful to my parents, Paul and Heather Sims, for always leading me on the correct path and for being patient with me, and I am thankful to Kaitlynn’s mother, Joya Lindgren, for being so kind, thoughtful, and understanding. I am grateful for Gwen Lara’s words and for her guiding us to follow the Spirit of God in everything that we do, say, and think. I am grateful to God for giving me so much more than I deserve in order to get to Heaven.
When I first met Kaitlynn, we were both in the same 2nd grade class. We were always friends, and she always had a spot in my heart because of her quiet and humble attitude. Our families spent time together from early on. Kaitlynn has been thoughtful and easy to be around her whole life, and every time that we spent time together, I was happier afterwards. Then when I was 19, she and I went to a dinner with some of our friends and family, and I had so much fun with her that couldn’t wait to be back with her the next day…and it has been the same ever since. Kaitlynn is everything that I could ever ask for in a wife: she is kind, funny, sweet, beautiful, and has every fruit of the Spirit. Above all, she is a Godly and righteous example of a woman as described in Proverbs 31. I am extremely grateful that we are together, and I love her so much and am so excited to live my life with her by my side. I am so grateful to have this teaching and to have Kaitlynn become my wife, because I know that we will help each other get to Heaven. I love Kaitlynn, and I can’t imagine my life without her.
I was born in Denver, Colorado in 1999. My mother, Joya Lindgren, my sister, Lauren Lindgren Wheeler, and I joined Remnant Fellowship in 2005. My Aunt, Elisabeth Lorenz, introduced my mother to Remnant Fellowship, and we webcasted for about a year until we moved to Tennessee in 2007. I have a very vivid memory when Lauren and I were about six and five and we still lived in Colorado, and my mom would let my sister and I come sit with her and play quietly while she would watch Church. One day Lauren wasn’t wanting to play with her toys anymore, and she just sat by my mom and watched Church. I would always copy and follow my sister (even to this day), so when I saw Lauren being still and watching, I knew in my heart that I needed to do the same. Needless to say, anything good that I’ve done or that anyone has seen in me is a mere reflection of the examples that I have gotten to follow at Church and of the teaching that I’ve been able to put into practice from Remnant Fellowship.
I used to be very anxious, and even as a child, I would constantly worry, which led to many sleepless nights. Through what we’ve been taught at Church, I have laid that stronghold down, and I’ve learned to trust in GOD and give Him all my worries. Luke 12 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear… Who of you can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?… But seek first his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.” This verse has helped me truly let go and trust in GOD and trust that He will take care of me, and He most definitely has! Every time I have had a worry, I present it to GOD with the heart of “but my will, but yours be done,” just as Christ said. GOD has always come in and met my needs and coordinated everything so beautifully. It’s not always immediate, but GOD is so faithful, just as long as I am faithful to Him.
The first time I met Pauly was in elementary school, and it did not take long for us to become good friends. Our families were close, which led to many opportunities for us get to play and hang out together. Whether it was going out to dinner, playing Fruit Ninja on the iPad, playing piano, or just hanging out by the pool, I always had the most fun when I was with him. He was the most handsome guy, he was always the funniest person in a crowd, and he was so kind to everyone around him. I was so drawn to his light and immediately fell for him.
I feel like GOD took all the desires of my heart, bottled them up, and made Pauly Sims. I am so honored and humbled to have this man!…I am so excited to see how Pauly will lead our household and how we can get closer to God through our marriage and how our union can serve the Church and further God’s kingdom!– Kaitlynn
Pauly and I went our first date in March of 2019, and since then, our relationship has grown stronger every day, and I have fallen more in love with him every single day! I feel so much comfort and security whenever I am in his presence. He’s the man I have waited for my whole life, and I am SO in love with him! Before Pauly and I started dating, I was tested to see if I would wait on GOD and be content. GOD very much knew the desires of my heart, and when I fully gave up my will and was just happy being where GOD had me, letting go of any expectation, He gave back in a way that I didn’t think possible. After all that testing was over, I was finally able to see that the waiting actually helped further my relationship with Pauly, because my relationship with GOD was stronger than ever before. That is the true foundation to long-lasting relationship, just as explained in Gwen Shamblin Lara’s book: History of the Love of GOD, “For any relationship to last, they must prioritize and time given accordingly. First, we must give our all to our Father in heaven. He is first…”
I feel like GOD took all the desires of my heart, bottled them up, and made Pauly Sims. I am so honored and humbled to have this man! I have so much respect, love, and adoration for Pauly for a number of reasons: he is so kind and gentle in the way he treats others, he has the sweetest child-like heart and brings fun and light to every situation, he cares about my needs and makes sure that I am not lacking in anything, he puts GOD first, the needs of others second, and himself last, and he tells me the truth even when it is hard. I have full confidence in Pauly. He walks out how to lead a Godly and righteous life. I have no worries or fears for our future because our Church, Remnant Fellowship, has pointed us to God first, equipping us with everything that we need for life and godliness.
I am so excited to see how Pauly will lead our household, how we can get closer to God through our marriage, and how our union can serve the Church and further God’s Kingdom! I am so grateful to GOD for His mercy and for His loving direction. He has the best ideas ever and only He could have matched me so perfectly to Pauly! It makes me cry just thinking of all the incredible ways that GOD has come back in with blessings when I have put into practice obeying His beautiful command and putting Him above all things! I am so undeserving of this life, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to use it to give back to GOD and to glorify His perfect name.