Saturday, June 6, 2020
(Webcast begins at 5:50pm Central Time)
Dusty Lavender, black, and white
My parents joined this wonderful and amazing fellowship when I was about one-and-a-half years old, so I have had the honor of being able to grow up in Remnant Fellowship. When I was a young child, I was very self-absorbed to the point of throwing temper tantrums to get my way. Through this message, my parents were able to help me understand that life is not about me, but all about God, which makes our lives better in turn. That young, self-absorbed me was just a glimpse of where I would be today if it weren’t for Mrs. Gwen Lara and Remnant Fellowship Church. I know I would have fallen deeper and deeper into even more selfish behaviors and vices as I grew older.
Since starting college, I have become more aware of the many blessings bestowed upon me by God as I have put this teaching of complete obedience to Him into practice. Of the many blessings God has given, the one I praise Him most for is Carol Quinn. After meeting Carol, I started to become more serious about obeying God fully. I became more aware of my weight—I had not been obeying God 100% in regard to overindulging in food. While dating Carol, I would drop a few pounds, then gain a few back, and so on. Finally, after Carol and I became engaged, it was really put into perspective for me that I needed to lay down this greed for food once and for all. I realized there is no way I could effectively lead a family unit without first going all in with every area of my life. Since that realization, a respectful fear of the One True God has been put back into my heart, which has enabled me to lose my excess weight
As I got to know Carol and then began dating her, I started to fall in love with her…and with God even more. Although Carol is very beautiful on the outside, her internal beauty drew me closer and closer to her. As God refined both of us, I clearly saw that Carol would stand up for God.– Zachary
All praises go to the most powerful One True God, as there is no way that I would be able to marry Carol if not for Him. All the refinement that God has so graciously given me is truly the biggest blessing that I could ever imagine. I cannot praise Him enough for everything that I have learned at Remnant Fellowship. Praise God!
As I got to know Carol and then began dating her, I started to fall in love with her…and with God even more. Although Carol is very beautiful on the outside, her internal beauty drew me closer and closer to her. Carol’s passion and devotion to God became more and more evident as we grew closer. As God refined both of us, I clearly saw that Carol would stand up for God. She kept me accountable, and she took correction and redirection with such grace, just like the Proverbs 31 wife of noble character would.
My love for Carol led me to ask her father, Mr. Tom Quinn, if I could marry his daughter. I was graciously given her parents’ blessing and proposed to her on February 7th, 2020. I really wanted the proposal to be a surprise, so I made sure to keep all the plans secret from Carol. There were certainly a few close calls! After many location ideas, I decided to propose on the front porch swing of my house, since Carol and I always loved sitting on that swing while reading the Bible and studying together.
On the day of the proposal, my parents and I decorated the porch with hanging lights and lanterns as God allowed snow to fall and blanket the ground (which was another answered prayer). I took Carol out to dinner as the sun was setting. We had a lovely dinner, and then went back home and drove up to the dark house. While we parked, our families lit the candles and turned on the lights. I walked Carol around to the front stairs where the decorated porch was absolutely beautiful. Against the dark sky, the lights looked fantastic and the glistening white snow was still blanketing the bushes. We sat on the swing for a bit, and I then got down on one knee and asked Carol to marry me! She said, “Yes!” The rest of the night was filled with joy and laughter, as we were surrounded by family and friends. I am beyond blessed to be able to marry my sweet Carol. I praise God for her every day!
Remnant Fellowship has always been a part of my life! Some of my very first memories are waking up and getting ready with my three siblings for worship, webcasting Remnant Fellowship Church services in Virginia with my family. My parents had no doubt that they found something truly special when our family joined Remnant Fellowship in 2003. They moved our family to Tennessee in 2008 in order to raise us in a community where Proverbs 27:17 is true: “As iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man.”
Being able to hear this truth from a very young age is an enormous blessing, but because it became so familiar to me, I took it for granted and did not put my own effort into a personal relationship with God as a child. I watched my parents put all of their hearts into pleasing God, witnessing the subsequent blessings that overflowed into their lives as a result. I, in turn, reaped the benefits that overflowed from their obedient walk with God, but I also reaped the curses from not taking God’s Words seriously on my own. I was a very stubborn child, but both God and my parents were determined to help get me going in the right direction.
If any of you do not know Zach, let me tell you… this man is gentle, gracious, kind, considerate, hilarious, compassionate, servant-hearted, selfless, and the list goes on and on. But what really caught my attention was his steadfast mindset of God’s Will first and foremost, our authorities’ needs and desires next, and our opinions last.– Carol
It took diligent guidance from my parents and countless humbling situations from God for me to begin to see that I needed to change myself. After losing favor in relationships with others—and especially after starting nursing school—I began to realize how little I could directly control and how MUCH I needed to look to God for His lead. It was a very challenging path to get me to repentance, humility, and respect for God… but without a doubt, every single step was worth it! God has burned off so much pride and self-focus in my heart, and He has also extended so much mercy and many blessings into my life…and my biggest blessing and testament to His mercy is Zachary Tinius.
Almost a year and a half ago, I began to notice Zach at church. I mentioned him to my mom and asked what she and my dad thought of him. My parents agreed Zach was a righteous young man who served the Church and came from a very upright family. With our parents’ blessing, Zach and I started to get to know each other better. The more time I spent with Zach, the more I realized how precious and incredible he is. If any of you do not know Zach, let me tell you… this man is gentle, gracious, kind, considerate, hilarious, compassionate, servant-hearted, selfless, and the list goes on and on. But what really caught my attention was his steadfast mindset of God’s Will first and foremost, our authorities’ needs and desires next, and our opinions last. He has been consistent with this mindset throughout our entire relationship. A man who is that selfless and trusts in God that much is very hard to find! I am undeserving of the precious blessing that Zach is, and I have no fear for our future as long as God is in the center of our relationship. May our house forever honor and serve the Lord!