Saturday, May 29, 2021
Sage, Gold and Champagne
I was three years old when my mother took me to my first Remnant Fellowship service. When I got home, my father asked me how it was and I said, “I loved it!” I told him how much I liked that I was able to stay with my mother instead of being taken to a different room for a children’s lesson where the kids were loud and out of control. The next week, as my mother and I began to leave for another Remnant Fellowship assembly, my father says I told him, “Pop, you have to come with us—the boys have to stick together.” We have been worshipping together as a family ever since! Not long after, my grandparents also began attending. I have been so blessed to have grown up watching my parents and grandparents seeking GOD as a family.
One of my favorite scriptures growing up was II Corinthians 10: 3-5: For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. I have always pictured myself as a warrior for GOD and His kingdom, and this scripture became a large factor in my love and fascination with warriors throughout history.
Beyond her beauty, I was attracted to Delaney’s joy, her bubbly personality, and her love and search for GOD. …As Delaney and I move into this next stage of marriage, we are so excited and determined to share our joy and devote our lives to GOD and His kingdom with each coming year!– Jackson
It was this mindset, reinforced by what I learned and what was modeled at church, that helped me as I grew up and completed my public-school education. It was my goal every day to be the most respectful to my teachers, to love and not retaliate against bullies, and to uplift my friends. Over my life, I have been blessed with many friendships, both at church and in school. But the friends I made at Remnant continually uplift and encourage me, and they have remained my best friends throughout my college years as well. Their example to me is priceless, as I have witnessed them living pure lives and now enjoying the blessings of their own educations, careers, and families.
Now, I have the honor of marrying my best friend, and for that I am truly grateful to God! I met Delaney in high school, and we became friends. Then we were both put on a team tasked with creating a large prop for a school musical…and it was during that project that I began to fall for Delaney. Beyond her beauty, I was attracted to her joy, her bubbly personality, and her love and search for GOD. I fell even more for her as we strived together for a relationship with GOD and helped each other through hard times and through our college years.
As Delaney and I move into this next stage of marriage, we are so excited and determined to share our joy and devote our lives to GOD and His kingdom with each coming year!
I met Jackson Rector in the theater program at our high school. What first caught my attention was his sense of humor—I was always laughing when he was around. As I got to know him, I discovered more things to admire and love about him. His thoughtfulness with others, his attention to detail, and his love for God became evident. I was looking for that love for God also, so we started going to church together.
Growing up, I always knew God existed, but I never knew what to do with that knowledge. I grew up attending churches, and on occasion I would pick up a Bible and read it, but I would come away confused. Reading was a major hobby of mine, and I constantly had a book with me. However, when it came to reading the Bible, I had no idea what I was reading. A few verses in and I would have to start over because I was totally lost. But when I began to attend Remnant Fellowship Church, the Bible began to make sense. I remember the first time I read a passage and understood it. I read a whole chapter, not just a few verses, and could remember everything in that chapter—it didn’t leave me confused! I will never forget the joy that came with that new understanding.
Jackson is the biggest blessing in my life. He points me to God in all situations, and he has always supported and encouraged me toward growing in righteousness. I am grateful to God that He places people in our lives to encourage us to be more Christ-like. I am looking forward to a lifetime with Jackson and a lifetime of living out the words of the Bible together!– Delaney
Beyond that, though, what I’ve learned at Remnant Fellowship is to put what is in the Bible into practice in my life. The changes in my heart and in my life were instantaneous. Where I was sad, there is now joy. Where I couldn’t concentrate, there is now focus. Where there was anger, there is now self-control. Timidity was replaced with a love for meeting people and talking to others. I gained happiness and direction, and even my physical health improved. Learning about how personal God is and how to follow Christ has brought such joy and peace to my life!
Jackson and I dated through college—almost four years now—and I love him more every day! He proposed by recreating a favorite date we both hold a fond memory of. We enjoyed dinner out and then went for a walk in a nearby park…and he proposed to me! It instantly became a new favorite memory!
Jackson is the biggest blessing in my life. He points me to God in all situations, and he has always supported and encouraged me toward growing in righteousness. He is always there to gently help me walk out spiritual tests. I am humbled, honored, and excited to be his wife. I am grateful to God that He places people in our lives to encourage us to be more Christ-like. I am looking forward to a lifetime with Jackson and a lifetime of living out the words of the Bible together!