It has been almost eleven years now since I began a journey of the heart through Weigh Down Ministries and Remnant Fellowship! I am happy, my body has been healed of sickness, and I have a relationship with the ONE and ONLY God that is growing daily! My life was not always this way… I used to be in a lot of pain – both spiritually and physically.
I grew up in a family that ate and drank their way through the good times and the bad. I was always concerned about my weight; I dieted to the point of being practically anorexic in junior high and managed to control my weight mostly through high school and college. I exercised with weights, aerobic programs, treadmills, and stair steppers… and tried numerous diets. When I married and had children it was harder to keep my weight down. We moved across country and away from family and friends. We had a toddler and a newborn and my husband was in a rigorous Ph.D. program. My son had health issues and I was alone in a big city with much on my plate. My mother was dying of cancer. Life seemed to be getting more difficult and although I had faith in God and prayed to Him often, I did not have the tools to cope with much of what I was experiencing. I remember banging my head against our brick rented house, asking God to please help me…In spite of almost always feeling sick, I still ate and drank too much to try to numb the feelings inside. After my mom’s death I seemed to gain weight exponentially, which exacerbated my health problems a hundred fold. I reached approximately 226 pounds (you do not weigh yourself much at that size), and all of a sudden was wearing a size 22-going-on-24.
During these years I went to specialists and three major medical centers including Stanford University and St. Mary's Medical Centers in California, and the University Of Texas Medical Center. I had esophageal, stomach, back, joint, and intestinal conditions. My blood pressure was dangerously high and I literally felt nauseous daily. I had difficulty sleeping and was very anxious. I took daily shots, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and nerve function meds, and I sought counsel for anxiety and depression. Doctors diagnosed everything from chemical imbalance, to neuro-muscular disease.
Today, I had to look up medical records to recall these specifics because I don’t remember that person-- I am a NEW Creation! God answered my prayer by allowing me to find the Weigh Down Diet book during the lowest time of my life, which led to an incredible journey of HOPE and CHANGE. Through Weigh Down Ministry and later Remnant Fellowship Church, I learned to eat only when my body calls for fuel, and that God is the source of ALL comfort and ALL wisdom. I did not need extra food. I needed GOD’s loving presence, discipline, and guidance. I have permanently lost over 100 pounds and now wear a size 4. I eat all of my favorite foods. I do not diet, but eat between God’s generous boundaries of hunger and fullness. I feel great! I used to have a bag FULL of medications and was told I would always have to take them, but I no longer need medication. I was full of anxiety, but now I am full of God’s Holy Spirit, which is given to those who obey (Acts 5:32). My mind has been set FREE, through learning that I am FREE to think of others and not myself, and FREE to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. This really IS the GOOD NEWS: Jesus came to set us FREE through walking in His footsteps of obedience to the very-much-alive and very personal God!
My whole family is changed through learning to obey God’s commands and our prayers are answered through this obedience! My husband and I now have a marriage full of the love and respect that God intended. My daughter is highly blessed. Any gifts we have come from God and we use them to serve Him. The fruit of God's Word being lived out through the Remnant Fellowship Church speaks for itself; permanent healing and changed lives! Our changed lives ARE this fruit, and you too, can CHANGE and bear good fruit by joining the saints who HAPPILY bow down to God!
To learn more about how you can lose weight and have improved health, watch Remnant Fellowship TV – “Overcoming Life-Threatening Obesity”- You Can Overcome Season 2 Episode 12.