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Gayle Mahnke, Member Since 2001
Gayle Mahnke Before and After

Since finding the true God and turning from my sinful ways, God has changed my life and turned it right side up. Before this awesome Weigh Down message, I was "Mr. Frank the Crank" wearing the mask of an ashamed Christian. I never lived up to 2 Cor. 2:15 (Anyone being in Christ is a new creation - the old is gone and the new is come). Nothing changed except that I confessed Jesus Christ and believed I was covered under his blood and there was nothing I could do to for my salvation. I was still greedy for money, fame, food & praise of man. Lust and ungodly things controlled 50% of my thoughts. I overdrank & smoked like a fiend and all while attending a church, being a Deacon & youth counselor. 

This is the story of how my life has changed after longing and longing for something that I couldn’t find, but then I heard of Weigh Down Ministries. It was my ever-increasing weight that got me started in the Weigh Down Ministries weight-loss classes. I get so encouraged from talking with anyone who wants to be FREE from overweight, dieting, excessive exercise, or trying to give up certain foods! My life is so different now from what it was all those years that I was overweight!

Right from the start I loved taking Weigh Down classes over and over, because they helped me like nothing had ever helped me before. It's the best Bible study I have ever taken! I learned how to stop being greedy for more - more of food - more of everything! From putting all the Weigh Down principles into practice I lost 50 lbs., and it's been simple and easy to keep from gaining any of it back now for over 11 years. I am healthy and feel great! Praise God! His ways ARE better than our ways. I weigh what I did in high school (class of 1970), and with the loss of the extra weight I have been healed from headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, unbearable back pain, and even depression and suicidal thoughts.

Another great weight has been lifted as well. Developing a closer relationship with God instead of holding onto that relationship with excess food allowed me to see other things deep in my heart. I started to see how angry I was at everything and everyone, and now God has shown me how to change that to sincere love for everyone.

Every day now I see how much fun it is to get to do what God wants! And God wants us to "consider others better than yourselves" and "look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others" (Philippians 2:3-4). My husband and I are enjoying a marriage that is so beautiful that we can’t believe it is happening to us, and our happiness increases every day!

Now my greatest joy is to line up with the personality and character of Jesus Christ who lived every minute to do the will of the Father! I am on a path of looking for God’s will in everything and laying down my will wherever it doesn’t line up with His will – for His will is perfect. Everything that God helped me to lay down – eating for comfort, flying into rages, and trying to control everything and everyone – I have not regretted letting go of any of it!
God has poured out generous blessings on me for submitting my heart and actions to Him! Since I have learned that I need to go to Him for every need, money is not my focus or worry either – even in these troubled times of recession and the high cost of living.

I have learned all this from the truth of God’s word in Weigh Down and Remnant Fellowship. It's so exciting to get to share this with you and encourage you to put the Weigh Down principles into practice, too. I thank Him for bringing you here so that you can get started on YOUR changed life… a life turned into inexpressible joy that countless others have found in following His will with food and in every area of your life! I can’t wait to be in touch with you personally to find out how I may help you! Please let the Weigh Down staff at 1-800-844-5208 or put us in touch with each other today!


To learn more about how you can be set free like Gayle, watch Remnant Fellowship TV – “How a Quick Fix Can Slow You Down” – You Can Overcome Season 2 Episode 18.