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Beth Ancona Testimony

Chris and Beth AnconaOne day as I lay on my sofa, bored and miserable because I had already eaten my allotted calories for the day on my current low-calorie/low-fat diet, I noticed movement across the street. I got up to look out my window and noticed my neighbor, who was smaller than I'd ever seen her, running around her front yard playing with her little boy. I mustered enough energy to go outside and ask how she'd lost weight and how she had so much energy. Well, you guessed it, she answered, "The Weigh Down Diet!" My neighbor let me borrow the introduction audio, and I couldn't believe how much SENSE it made, and it was based on the Bible!

As I began taking the Weigh Down classes, it was amazing how clear life started to become. We aren’t intended to be in bondage to ANYTHING on this earth, especially food. Instead, our food is to do the will of the Father. I lost four exciting pounds the first week eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream. I started praying for things I'd never thought of before. My hardened heart grew softer as I learned from Gwen Shamblin how a love relationship with God is meant to be.

During the Strongholds class, I listed what else I needed to repent from: lying, deceit, idolatry, pride, not being a good steward, laziness, vanity, gossiping, yelling, impatience, unkindness, being unloving, rudeness, negligence, not reading the Bible or praying, bragging, not forgiving, whining, complaining, not following through on promises, overeating, over-drinking, greed, and discontentment. As I applied the principles of dying to my will and my sin, and replacing that with God’s will, my life became full of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5).As my husband took the class he began to be released from bondage to sins he had for years!

I applied everything Gwen taught in the classes: repent, obey, love, focus, stay in the Word, pray continually, be joyful, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thes. 5:16-17), stop loving the world, stop looking for praise from man, lovingly train your children, respectfully submit to your husband, boss, and the laws of the land. I signed up for the Weigh Down Advanced class, and all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. The basic classes gave me the tools to lay down sin and replace those idols and strongholds with God’s will, and Weigh Down Advanced gave me the motivation. As I did these things, a miracle happened: I became a new creation! Today, I am smaller than I have ever been in my adult life, I adore God Almighty and live only to do His will. My marriage is brand new! Once I began obeying God, my husband was "won over without words" by the behavior of his wife, when he saw the purity and reverence of my life. (1 Peter 3:1-2)

This love for God is a pearl of great price and a treasure beyond all others. Start today losing weight and gaining a true and righteous relationship with God Almighty through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Beth Ancona