Sunday, July 8, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin Cool Springs ($159/night)
When I compare my life to how it is now from how it was in 2011, I can’t believe who I was back then. When I was in high school, I had no guidance, no respect for authority, I was mad and short tempered constantly, and I was close to 235 pounds. It just seemed like everything I did was wrong, and I was never satisfied with my work or never felt fulfilled with anything, like I had this feeling that I was missing something. Without knowing any better, I turned man made things to try and find happiness; I searched for a woman to make me happy. When I met Grant and Bria Thatcher and Abbie Young, I saw they were always happy. They held themselves to a higher standard and I strived to be similar. I asked to sit in at their church one week and after I did, I fell in love. It was nothing like I’ve experienced before. Everyone was involved, everyone there could give a testimony for how the Remnant changed their lives and how good God can be. I then began to pray for each decision I needed help with, and for each struggle I was going through I always told myself “God will not deal me more than I can handle,” and after every test I had I always ended up closer to God.
“There is no way this would be possible without God’s hand in it. Abbie and I FaceTime every day, we pray together, do classes such as Strongholds together, we read God Fearing Families together. I now pray for everything I do, I am constantly asking God for what is in His will..” – Justin
For the next year or so, Abbie and I grew closer together. I officially joined the Remnant in 2016. I could feel God pushing Abbie and me closer together every day; we prayed for what God had planned for us. Even though we have been physically separated on opposite sides of the world for 2 years, we have still grown closer to God as individuals and a couple. There is no way this would be possible without God’s hand in it. Abbie and I FaceTime every day, we pray together, do classes such as Strongholds together, we read God Fearing Families together. I now pray for everything I do, I am constantly asking God for what is in His will, I weigh 180lbs now, I am truly happy for the first time in my life, I have so many brothers and sisters at the Remnant that are reaching out to me every week and just checking in. I will never feel alone again, God has given me a countless blessings and I am ever so grateful for.
The Engagement Story
By the end of 2016, Justin and I had been talking seriously about getting engaged and married. When he came home for Christmas that year, I knew that he had the ring and was going to propose to me during his leave. We both thought that I was not going to be surprised with whatever he did for the proposal, because I’d been good at guessing his plans up until that point!
Time was running out on Justin’s leave, and it started to seem like maybe getting engaged on this leave wasn’t God’s plan after all. Justin was telling me he maybe wouldn’t propose this time and told me not to get my hopes up.
But on December 30, 2016, Justin and I spent the morning together before going to lunch at Wendy’s. After we finished eating, he took me on the same walk we’d take on our breaks together when we both worked there. He told me about the first time we ever held hands, and how he’d loved me since Day One. Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to become his wife! I was so surprised, and of course I said yes immediately!
Every day since has assured me that God orchestrated this relationship, and I am so thankful for everything He has done to bring us together. I know without a doubt that Justin and I would not be getting married if we had not been seeking God’s will first all throughout our relationship. I am so honored to get married in this house of truth, and I am so excited to see what God has planned for us as husband and wife!
Putting into practice the messages taught at Remnant Fellowship has completely changed me and my life forever. We joined the church in 2007, when I was 11, and I do not even want to know where I would be right now without this relationship with God.
Before learning how to put God first in all areas, I was miserable. I had no true friends, I did not respect my parents, and I had no direction or sense of purpose in me life. I was lazy, overweight, moody, easily irritated, bitter and constantly complaining. But by learning how to put God’s will above my own and to see His point of view in all situations, these attitudes have greatly decreased. I have learned how to look for the positive and God’s lead in all situations, and how to pray about the things I cannot control. My looks have improved from a 45 pound weight loss. I learned how to respect my parents and get under their authority, and am blown away by the favor and generosity I have received from them. I learned how to find purpose in my life by following God’s plan for it; I just graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, while also completing a research project through the Honors College, and was blessed with 5 different scholarships. I know that God led me to nursing and I’m excited to see what He has planned for my career! I have true friends, who do not put me down, but always pick me up and point me to God.
“I know without a doubt that Justin and I would not be getting married if we had not been seeking God’s will first all throughout our relationship.” – Abbie
Without this church, I know that I would not want to get married, nor would anyone want to marry me. But here, we are taught to have beautiful, lasting marriages built on a foundation of selflessness and God first. If I had not been able to witness so many peaceful, righteous and abundantly blessed marriages, there is no way I would be excited about marriage. But I met Justin in 2014, after my best friend Bria convinced me to get a job working at Wendy’s with her. I never would have guessed that Justin and I would be getting married, but God has truly given me someone who is out of my league. He is always patient, kind, thoughtful, and gentle. He has so many fruits of the Spirit and characteristics of Christ. He is an incredibly hard worker, and always looking to the needs of others. I am undeserving of this blessing but so grateful.
I am honored to be a part of this church and to be getting married in it, and I am looking forward to a marriage with Justin where we will grow more in love with each other and God every day for the rest of our lives.