Hi, my name is Sally Neely and I live in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Nashville, <st1:state w:st="on">Tennessee. I was raised in a church going family where that didn’t really mean much except it was an activity we did nearly every week. It had no true impact on how we lived our lives even though we attended regularly. Even from my teen years, outwardly I appeared as a “good kid” but I was full of selfishness and envy—never satisfied with anything.
Through the teachings of the Weigh Down Ministry and Remnant Fellowship I can say that I am no longer that kind of person. I have lost 105 pounds, and simply put, that is merely icing on the cake. I never realized how manipulative, discontent and empty my life had been; I just could not see it until I changed my focus from my self to that of our Great and Most Merciful God! In seeking to please Him, He has given me a new heart and a new life.
Before I was a lazy parent, now I gently teach my children how to please God.
Before I was fat and miserable, now I am fit and active and feel great.
Before I was so selfish and only interested in me and what I had or could get. Now my heart is filled with joy to serve others first, to meet others needs first and to truly live as Christ taught us to love others more than self.
Before I was a manipulative wife, now I love to serve my husband and my family.
Before I was lonely even when not alone, now the love and peace that can only come from our Heavenly Father fills me with great joy. I really am happy!
Before I had every kind of greed, now I am content in all circumstances.
Before I bought into every false teaching out there – dieting, New Age, and attended at least 6 different church denominations. Now I turn only to the Bible and seek guidance from those will keep my focus on God for direction on how to live my life.
Before I looked for all the wrong things to fill me up – food, alcohol, drugs, relationships, money, things… Now I only look to God.
I tried every diet, usually starting every Monday morning! I usually didn’t even make it through the day, certainly not the week, on the “diet of the week.” I was without hope and thought I was just “made that way.” I was hopeless. The Weigh Down Ministry gave me the tools to fall out of love with food and in love with GOD. I lost over 100 pounds and have kept it off since 2005. I believe now that my excess weight was God’s way of calling my name, He was asking me to choose Him and His abundant love over the empty, worthless god of food.
I followed the principles of Weigh Down through my second pregnancy, eating only when I was hungry and stopping when I was full. I lost 18 pounds during my pregnancy and continued to lose weight while I was nursing. While participating in the ten-week Last Exodus class, my daughter was five months old at the time, I lost 45 pounds! Staying within God’s boundaries, even under circumstances when the medical community might lead you otherwise, works!
The Remnant Fellowship is a church that when you look around the congregation you see nothing but changed, joyful lives. We are constantly encouraged by each other. We are taught how to be loving servants of God and are given the tools to really live it out. We are surrounded by examples of people who do not just say the right thing but actually do it. It never occurred to me that a place might exist where there is no arguing, jealousy, manipulation and mind games, but I thank God every day that He led me to it.
Leave the muck of the world behind. You can change. Turn, repent and find true love with God Almighty. He will not disappoint you!