Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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First and foremost, I want to give all credit, glory, and honor to God, the most amazing and incredible, personal, loving, long-suffering Creator, for allowing me to find the only Church that has taught me to lay down sin and selfish desires—and not only that, but how to apply it practically in my own life to be able to connect to the Immortal God. Part of what makes me who I am today started from the time I was born. I was born at 24 weeks, weighing just over 1.5 lbs. I was in the hospital for months, and despite all the enormous risks and complications that could have occured, God allowed healthy growth from that point with no serious defects or problems. This may seem insignificant now that I’m an adult, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about it and how humbling it is that God would save me…and not just save me, but bring me to such a place as Weigh Down, and later, Remnant Fellowship Church. My mother found Weigh Down in the late ‘90s because she wanted to lose weight. Years later, we connected with some other families near us who were not only doing Weigh Down, but who also were members of Remnant Fellowship and were webcasting the Church services. Jason and Ashley Hamilton and their children, Gabe, Luke, and Ellie, were the most welcoming and loving people from the very first time we met, and they were the ones who introduced us to this life-changing truth. Growing up, though, I didn’t really put what I was hearing into practice; instead, I just tried to get through school and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. My junior and senior year of high school, I did try to be different from those around me, but I didn’t really have a full understanding of what it meant to be a true Christ-follower. It wasn’t until I made the decision to move down to Tennessee in 2014 so that I could be closer to this amazing Church and Church members that my eyes were opened to what it really looks like to be “all in,” to lay down sin, and to be Christ-like. I vividly remember the first time that I felt God’s Spirit lead me to do something, and the impact of seeking His will. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have to be controlling and try to make all the choices by myself and for myself. In December of 2018, I graduated college with a degree in Healthcare Administration. Shortly after that, with help from the amazing Remnant Fellowship Jobs Ministry, I landed a job in the field that I desired. I want to quickly point out that none of this would have been possible without humbling myself, asking for help to get a degree, get my resume updated, and seeking advice from others…not to mention the incredible sermons taught by Gwen Shamblin Lara, lessons which have taught us all how to be like Christ and to love God and others, to be good employees, good students, and so much more. I would truly be nowhere without this Church and these teachings, and I look forward every day to learning how to be more Christ-like, dying to my own selfish wants so that I can help my family grow closer to God!
I am always so impressed by Rose’s desire to DO what is right and to love God and His People. I don’t know what I would do without her sweet, loving attitude in my life, and I am forever grateful that God would allow us to get married.- Ethan
It was clear from the moment I met Rose that she was quite special. From the very beginning, she was quick to uphold me in anything and quick to be so loving and kind—she was literally everything I would want in a partner! She is the MOST fun, and I am so happy that I got to know her, learning all the fun little details about her interests and hobbies. Most of all, I was and am always so impressed by Rose’s desire to DO what is right and to love God and His People. I don’t know what I would do without her sweet, loving attitude in my life, and I am forever grateful that God would allow us to get married. I have full confidence that she will always look to God and will uphold any decision that I make, as I am also looking for God’s Spirit in every situation. She reminds me of the passage found in Proverbs 31:12: “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” I love Rose with all of my heart, and I look forward to every day that we get to spend together, building God’s Kingdom and serving His People together!
I wanted the engagement to be special and considered several options, but one idea stuck out to me. There was a small stone amphitheater behind a local library that I thought was very neat from a historical aspect, as well as pretty to look at in general. When I found out Rose had done ballet on that exact place years earlier, I knew it was the perfect place to propose! In addition, the engagement ring includes a diamond with a long history—well over 100 years old—and it has been in her family for years. On top of all of this, most of my family and dear friends were there to help organize the proposal. I am beyond grateful that after I nervously asked her to marry me, Rose said YES! It was a very sweet moment in my life, one that I will forever treasure and thank God for!
My family joined Remnant Fellowship in 2005. I was blessed to get to spend most of my childhood going to the festivals, summer day camps, assemblies, youth events, and many more activities. However, even though I was seeing changed lives all around me, I was still struggling with anger and self-pity that I had from childhood. I tried to make it appear as if I had it all together, but that was far from the truth. I wanted to try to control people and situations around me. I struggled with this for a very long time. Then one day, my parents had a sweet, heartfelt talk with me about my need for control, and they helped me truly put into practice all that I had heard over the years I had been at Remnant Fellowship. For the first time, I began to understand in my own heart what it meant to have a personal relationship with God. I began to put the Church sermons and Weigh Down classes into practice, seeking God more and more, listening to these Biblical messages from Gwen Lara that were finally touching my heart. The freedom and peace and blessings were amazing! God moved in every single area of my life—He built more friendships than I ever had before, and my education and career have been so blessed! I am graduating from college in May with a degree in Computer Information Systems and have been blessed to be employed in my field already. I have learned so much from Gwen Lara and Remnant Fellowship about how to find a personal relationship with God and how to seek His will above all else, and that is truly my highest joy!
Ethan is so attentive to finding God’s lead, and it makes everything so peaceful! He is so full of joy and laughter, and he delights in God and all of His Creation! Ethan could make anyone smile! I am so humbled and grateful to God, as I feel I definitely do not deserve Ethan and his wonderful heart for God!- Rose
How we met:
About a year ago, we had the opportunity to gather together for a webcast of a Church assembly. Our family hosted a few other neighborhood families for the webcast, and Ethan came to this gathering. Although I had seen Ethan at many Church events, I had never really talked with him before. When the webcast was over, I noticed that Ethan was the first to share, testifying about heartfelt convictions that were humble and deep and thoughtful. I wanted to know more about a man who was so quick to take God’s conviction to heart. He was kind and considerate throughout the whole gathering, and he was the first to jump up and serve the others. Ethan continued to be on my mind for several days. Not long after this gathering, he texted me…and I will never forget the feeling of excitement and butterflies that happened when his name popped up on my phone. He asked me to coffee the following Wednesday, and again, I found him to be incredibly humble as we talked together about God and how He had moved in our lives. Since that time, we have grown so much closer to one another and closer to God! I love Ethan’s heart for seeking God and for how focused he is on what the Church needs. Ethan is so attentive to finding God’s lead, and it makes everything so peaceful! He is so full of joy and laughter, and he delights in God and all of His Creation! Ethan could make anyone smile! He is incredibly gifted and loving and thoughtful. I could go on and on! I am so humbled and grateful to God, as I feel I definitely do not deserve Ethan and his wonderful heart for God!
One weekend, Ethan’s mom and his dad came into town for what I thought was an “accidental overlapping” of visits. After Church, my family went to lunch with Ethan’s mom, as she was leaving later that day. After lunch, Ethan told me he had to go meet his dad to help him unload from traveling. While Ethan was away, his mom wanted to take their dog to exercise before they drove home, and we went to the Brentwood Library to let the dog run in the large field behind it. When we got there, my mom suggested that I show them my favorite spot at the library, a stone amphitheater where I used to dance. When I turned the corner toward the amphitheater, there was Ethan, with rose petals around him and one of our favorite songs playing in the background. He asked me to dance, and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said YES!!!! I was so excited, and I am still excited!! I cannot wait for December 31st!