Ashley and I are overwhelmed with gratitude that God has lifted the veil and opened our eyes to His will and the true Jesus Christ! We want nothing more than to live every moment following in His footsteps, constantly serving His church in any way we can.
Ashley and I both grew up in Ohio and attended high school together. We married in 1993 and for the most part, we simply “existed”. We would not have told you that our marriage was miserable, but we had no idea what God intended marriage to be, and it wasn’t until we found the Remnant Fellowship that we realized what we were missing.
Ashley first found Weigh Down in August 1997, after the birth of our third child. She immediately put into practice the principles of the Weigh Down Diet book, eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full, and turning to God instead of food to fill her up, and she lost 25 pounds in 4 weeks. Not only did her physical appearance change, but the total obedience teachings were changing every aspect of her life.
The anger, frustration, anti-authority, moodiness, selfishness, impatience, etc. that used to be our everyday life is permanently gone and has been replaced with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control – all day, every day – because we continually put into practice what we have learned and are learning on a daily basis at Remnant Fellowship Church.
In November, 2001, she attended the Rebuilding the Wall Tour event in South Bend, Indiana, and our lives were forever changed. She returned home to share with me what she had learned - that this wasn’t about weight, it was about a true relationship with God. She immediately began coordinating Weigh Down classes. I agreed to watch a couple of the videos with her, and knew immediately that what Gwen was teaching was right, and committed to putting it into practice that night. I lost 30 pounds over the next 4 weeks, but more than the weight, my heart was changing on a daily basis and life was no longer about me, it was about finding the Spirit of God in everything.
We joined Remnant Fellowship in April of 2002, and we couldn’t get enough of this message. Every aspect of our lives changed for the better – our marriage, our parenting, our relationships with our children, our attitudes, our hearts! For the first time in our lives, we saw clearly who God really is. We were constantly in classes and reading any material we could get from Weigh Down and Remnant Fellowship. Through obedience to what we were being taught, we were learning to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In July 2005, we sold everything and moved to Brentwood, TN, wanting nothing more than for our three young children to grow up surrounded by people that love God more than anything on this earth and would point all of us to Him in every situation. This was by far one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our three children are now grown and have individually made the decision to love God with their whole hearts. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth.” (3 John 1:4) We are also blessed to have Ashley’s parents and four siblings and their families, who are all following this true message of obedience, living within a few miles of each other. Our hearts and lives are filled with joy!
We are more committed to our God than ever! We know without a doubt that He has rescued us from the pit, and we will spend the rest of our lives “proving our repentance by our deeds”. The anger, frustration, anti-authority, moodiness, selfishness, impatience, etc. that used to be our everyday life is permanently gone and has been replaced with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control – all day, every day – because we continually put into practice what we have learned and are learning on a daily basis at Remnant Fellowship Church. We are forever grateful!