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Gwen Shamblin 7: I am the Potato Chip of Life

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sajetime
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44 minutes ago, Tuesday’s Child said:

 

4. I haven’t seen some of the Remnant Regulars lately. Where’s Candace and that Stacey lady (black hair with the weird bump in the back)? And what about that couple that moved here and had been vegan and then Paleo? I can’t remember names, just the YCO episodes. It seems like some people get the spotlight for a while and then disappear. 

Candace is a realtor for — who else — Brandon Hannah Properties. (And then she and Tedd have their odd Rare Wine Specialists side hustle.)

Maybe now that Brandon is a big TV star (he’s doing some kind of American Dream TV show — some kind of paid programming thing), he needs someone to stay behind actually sell.

Stacy and her bumpit are presumably still moderating the WD Facebook page, sewing all the things, babysitting for leadership and cooking/baking lots of indulgent foods that no one is allowed to eat.

Amanda and Daniel are involved in WFG and always off on a trip to Italy with the Days. 

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*new to this rabbit hole*

Ok so I've now spent way too much going through the website, Instagram, and FJ. This has to be the weirdest group of fundies I've seen since I discovered JRod and Weenie man - are the Shamblins somehow even more fucked up and crazy than Jill? This shit makes her plexus worship look like nothing.

I'm most fascinated by the daughter, Elizabeth. The first family photos I saw I thought it was Gwen and her kids ranging in age from 3-15 years old. Then I realized the 15 year old was an adult woman and these are Gwen's grandkids. How old is Elizabeth? I see she had her 16th wedding anniversary, so like 36-38? I guess she wears all the lace and pearls and Charter Club style shirts with stiff hair and too dark lipstick to look older? It's a very strange look. Other people in the church look more...normal? Trying very hard not to be a BEC but combined with the sickly skinniness it's very disturbing.

I imagine it's been discussed to death, but this just seems like religiously justified eating disorder breeding ground, depending on the person. Back when I was younger and struggling with anorexia and bulimia I would have loved to go to a church like this to tell me that God wanted me to starve myself. Has there ever been testimony from people who came out realizing this was a festering ground for eating disorders?

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1 hour ago, sajetime said:

Candace is a realtor for — who else — Brandon Hannah Properties. (And then she and Tedd have their odd Rare Wine Specialists side hustle.)

Maybe now that Brandon is a big TV star (he’s doing some kind of American Dream TV show — some kind of paid programming thing), he needs someone to stay behind actually sell.

Stacy and her bumpit are presumably still moderating the WD Facebook page, sewing all the things, babysitting for leadership and cooking/baking lots of indulgent foods that no one is allowed to eat.

Amanda and Daniel are involved in WFG and always off on a trip to Italy with the Days. 

Stacy and her bumpit😂😂😂😂😂😂 

 

 

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I posted this a few weeks ago, and it's a direct cut and paste from Elizabeth's RF leadership page: 

Our church alone has a combined weight loss of 30,000 pounds!!! That's a lot of GREED that has been laid down!

I think the RF members equate any extra poundage on their body to greed.  Imagine being a cult church member and having this drummed into your brain and realizing your body is being scrutinized for signs of this sin.  I bet if you didn't have an eating disorder walking into RF, you'd soon be on your way to obsessing over every bite of food and knowing you are being judged.  I especially feel sorry for children being raised under this system.

Oddly, Gwen (aka Gwod) is very acquisitive and materialistic, but this is not considered greed.  In fact, Gwen considers God her personal shopper, so possessions are good.  Interesting view of the gospel, if that's even preached there.  (I really want to add "w" to the "g" words:  Gwod, gweed, gwospel.)

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1 minute ago, CTRLZero said:

Our church alone has a combined weight loss of 30,000 pounds!!! That's a lot of GREED that has been laid down!

I have certainly been to churches that publicize how many dollars they've raised for various charitable causes, but this is just sick.  I'm not that religious, but I thought one of the good things about it for some is taking the focus off self and putting the focus on helping others in need?

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1 minute ago, CTRLZero said:

I think the RF members equate any extra poundage on their body to greed.  Imagine being a cult church member and having this drummed into your brain and realizing your body is being scrutinized for signs of this sin.  I bet if you didn't have an eating disorder walking into RF, you'd soon be on your way to obsessing over every bite of food and knowing you are being judged. 

Yes. They 100% equate the two for sure. Also, I had no food issues before remnant, but I now have a complicated (and unhealthy) relationship with food. 

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16 hours ago, luv2laugh said:

Bust out the popcorn. Prepare for an all-nighter. This rabbit hole is the deepest I personally fell into on FJ...

For me, nothing beat the JROD rabbit hole. So many threads!

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3 hours ago, freethemall said:

*new to this rabbit hole*

Ok so I've now spent way too much going through the website, Instagram, and FJ. This has to be the weirdest group of fundies I've seen since I discovered JRod and Weenie man - are the Shamblins somehow even more fucked up and crazy than Jill? This shit makes her plexus worship look like nothing.

I'm most fascinated by the daughter, Elizabeth. The first family photos I saw I thought it was Gwen and her kids ranging in age from 3-15 years old. Then I realized the 15 year old was an adult woman and these are Gwen's grandkids. How old is Elizabeth? I see she had her 16th wedding anniversary, so like 36-38? I guess she wears all the lace and pearls and Charter Club style shirts with stiff hair and too dark lipstick to look older? It's a very strange look. Other people in the church look more...normal? Trying very hard not to be a BEC but combined with the sickly skinniness it's very disturbing.

I imagine it's been discussed to death, but this just seems like religiously justified eating disorder breeding ground, depending on the person. Back when I was younger and struggling with anorexia and bulimia I would have loved to go to a church like this to tell me that God wanted me to starve myself. Has there ever been testimony from people who came out realizing this was a festering ground for eating disorders?

Weenie Man!  That's hilarious.

I know what you mean about Elizabeth, she's not very tall and she looks young in that respect.  But we also think she is possibly going to die of starvation or health issues caused by it.  She's Gwod's poster child for perfection.  Most of us are very worried about her.

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6 hours ago, CTRLZero said:

Our church alone has a combined weight loss of 30,000 pounds!!! 

Surely more if you count all the re-gained and re-lost pounds in this so-called “permanent” weight loss plan!

First, by no means do I wish to fat-shame anyone about their weight. I’ve had a lifelong struggle with mine (that I’m winning currently, thanks to Intermittent Fasting and low-carb — I recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s “Obesity Code” to anyone struggling).

That said, some of the Passover photos were shocking to me. Several of Weigh Down’s “success” stories were photographed looking considerably larger than in recent years.

It made me wonder:

1. Where does Gwod get off saying this is a “permanent” plan when so many participants continue to struggle? And these few are hardly the only ones struggling. They usually keep them hidden away.

2. Is Remnant suddenly being more tolerant of its struggling members, actually allowing them to fellowship with the church?

3. And if No. 2 is true ... is that an attempt at damage-control? Trying to appear kinder-gentler so maybe we’ll stop talking about them on FJ? Or trying desperately to hold on to its members — even the heavy ones  — and its revenue stream following a year of foundational shakeups and legal battles?

 

 

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If you ever felt your prayers weren't getting answered, it's because God is busy. He has to wake Gwen up and find her keys.
 

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A Heart for God

May 26, 2019

by Gwen Shamblin Lara

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I have not set an alarm clock in many years. God wakes me up every day just at the right time. With gentle creativity, He chooses a variety of waking methods, so my first thought is God and thanking Him for waking me—and the earlier the better for me. I love getting up in the night and working for Him or having Him teach me some- thing new.

The rest of the day follows suit. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17) Therefore, every hour is spent talking to Him, asking Him to help with clothes, work, difficult situations, asking Him to rule my day, asking Him to find my keys, thanking Him for something that just happened, coming to Him for comfort from pain in the heart, and looking to Him for His attention or approval and leading any way I can get it.

When I find myself alone in a room or in the house, I sing to Him my made-up, on-the-spot songs of adoration for His great personality, His mighty hand of justice, and His protection for the righteous. I also listen to music and find Him speaking through it. His world is beautiful and delightful. What great ideas are 24-hour days, sleep, and snuggling up in the covers with my pillow over my head while I talk to Him. After all, He is the one who made covers and pillows and the snugly feeling. I praise Him for humor, for incredibly moving music that He inspires, for happy-go-lucky children and puppy dogs, for smiling faces, and for the genius of different types of food. I praise Him for making weather different every single day so that the land, the clouds, and the sky change colors. I praise Him for putting love and peace in our hearts so there are not only smiles on our faces but also empathy for others in our hearts. The great idea list is endless.

 

 

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21 minutes ago, AmazonGrace said:

If you ever felt your prayers weren't getting answered, it's because God is busy. He has to wake Gwen up and find her keys.
 

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A Heart for God

May 26, 2019

by Gwen Shamblin Lara

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I have not set an alarm clock in many years. God wakes me up every day just at the right time. With gentle creativity, He chooses a variety of waking methods, so my first thought is God and thanking Him for waking me—and the earlier the better for me. I love getting up in the night and working for Him or having Him teach me some- thing new.

The rest of the day follows suit. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17) Therefore, every hour is spent talking to Him, asking Him to help with clothes, work, difficult situations, asking Him to rule my day, asking Him to find my keys, thanking Him for something that just happened, coming to Him for comfort from pain in the heart, and looking to Him for His attention or approval and leading any way I can get it.

When I find myself alone in a room or in the house, I sing to Him my made-up, on-the-spot songs of adoration for His great personality, His mighty hand of justice, and His protection for the righteous. I also listen to music and find Him speaking through it. His world is beautiful and delightful. What great ideas are 24-hour days, sleep, and snuggling up in the covers with my pillow over my head while I talk to Him. After all, He is the one who made covers and pillows and the snugly feeling. I praise Him for humor, for incredibly moving music that He inspires, for happy-go-lucky children and puppy dogs, for smiling faces, and for the genius of different types of food. I praise Him for making weather different every single day so that the land, the clouds, and the sky change colors. I praise Him for putting love and peace in our hearts so there are not only smiles on our faces but also empathy for others in our hearts. The great idea list is endless.

 

 

I got a strong sense of déjà vu from this devotional. I’m pretty sure she has written on almost the same one before or just copied and pasted this one from quite a few years ago....

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Was this her attempt at making us think she can write a devotional about God and not just Gwod? 

So Gwen's God will ignore the pleas of children who are starving but follows her around picking out clothing and being thrilled with her every tiny thought? How would RF members handle being questioned why God prioritizes Gwen's clothing over starving people? 

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36 minutes ago, formergothardite said:

Was this her attempt at making us think she can write a devotional about God and not just Gwod? 

So Gwen's God will ignore the pleas of children who are starving but follows her around picking out clothing and being thrilled with her every tiny thought? How would RF members handle being questioned why God prioritizes Gwen's clothing over starving people? 

A-freaking-men. 

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1 hour ago, formergothardite said:

Was this her attempt at making us think she can write a devotional about God and not just Gwod? 

So Gwen's God will ignore the pleas of children who are starving but follows her around picking out clothing and being thrilled with her every tiny thought? How would RF members handle being questioned why God prioritizes Gwen's clothing over starving people? 

Unfortunately, Gwen delusionally thinks that starving yourself is a blessing from God.... ugh how disgusting. 

Sometimes I wonder if Gwen will have a new “revelation” from Gwod and start preaching full blown Breatharianism. 

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8 hours ago, sajetime said:

Surely more if you count all the re-gained and re-lost pounds in this so-called “permanent” weight loss plan!

First, by no means do I wish to fat-shame anyone about their weight. I’ve had a lifelong struggle with mine (that I’m winning currently, thanks to Intermittent Fasting and low-carb — I recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s “Obesity Code” to anyone struggling).

That said, some of the Passover photos were shocking to me. Several of Weigh Down’s “success” stories were photographed looking considerably larger than in recent years.

It made me wonder:

1. Where does Gwod get off saying this is a “permanent” plan when so many participants continue to struggle? And these few are hardly the only ones struggling. They usually keep them hidden away.

2. Is Remnant suddenly being more tolerant of its struggling members, actually allowing them to fellowship with the church?

3. And if No. 2 is true ... is that an attempt at damage-control? Trying to appear kinder-gentler so maybe we’ll stop talking about them on FJ? Or trying desperately to hold on to its members — even the heavy ones  — and its revenue stream following a year of foundational shakeups and legal battles?

 

 

I’m currently trying to get my weight to a healthier level and I can’t imagine tying religion, god, and morality to weight loss on top of it all. It’s hard enough when it’s not tied to being a good Christian. Imagine gaining weight back that you’ve lost like Michael. Do you feel like you are going to hell? Is every pound one more step closer to eternal hellfire?

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11 minutes ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

I’m currently trying to get my weight to a healthier level and I can’t imagine tying religion, god, and morality to weight loss on top of it all. It’s hard enough when it’s not tied to being a good Christian. Imagine gaining weight back that you’ve lost like Michael. Do you feel like you are going to hell? Is every pound one more step closer to eternal hellfire?

Michael is obviously having some “rebellious” issues. (Or maybe he’s just tired of trying to be perfect.) After decades of starving and writing music for RF, he said “Eff it!”  His weight gain is a blatant F-you to his mom. 

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19 hours ago, sajetime said:

Surely more if you count all the re-gained and re-lost pounds in this so-called “permanent” weight loss plan!

First, by no means do I wish to fat-shame anyone about their weight. I’ve had a lifelong struggle with mine (that I’m winning currently, thanks to Intermittent Fasting and low-carb — I recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s “Obesity Code” to anyone struggling).

That said, some of the Passover photos were shocking to me. Several of Weigh Down’s “success” stories were photographed looking considerably larger than in recent years.

It made me wonder:

1. Where does Gwod get off saying this is a “permanent” plan when so many participants continue to struggle? And these few are hardly the only ones struggling. They usually keep them hidden away.

2. Is Remnant suddenly being more tolerant of its struggling members, actually allowing them to fellowship with the church?

3. And if No. 2 is true ... is that an attempt at damage-control? Trying to appear kinder-gentler so maybe we’ll stop talking about them on FJ? Or trying desperately to hold on to its members — even the heavy ones  — and its revenue stream following a year of foundational shakeups and legal battles?

 

 

I would not be at all surprised if # 3/2 is true.  I think we are a much bigger thorn in their side than they admit.  By their, I mean her as in Gwod.

And when I lost my keys last week, it was because I'd put them in a different spot in my purse.

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2 hours ago, Briefly said:

I would not be at all surprised if # 3/2 is true.  I think we are a much bigger thorn in their side than they admit.  By their, I mean her as in Gwod.

She clearly has someone fanatically reading here. They removed stuff petty fast when parts of RF they didn't want seen was made public. When we first started snarking on her devotionals it was non stop mentions of The Growl and how life was all about The Growl. She hasn't mentioned the Growl in a really long time. Her devotionals are not automatically put up and I really thinks they are written each day after she reads what she writes here. 

Also, she truly can't write about God and the Bible. She attempted that briefly when she started dropping The Growl worship and it was painful to read. Putting the focus on anyone but herself is just too much effort for her. 

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We are done with God for now. Because starving brains can't learn, we're back to all foods are proteins, fat, carbohydrates, everything is chemicals, and you can't eat anything that's bad for you because your liver will protect you. The same song and verse. Feel free to skip this one if you read it last week. 

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What about Organic Foods?

May 27, 2019

by Gwen Shamblin Lara

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All foods are composed of just water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and trace (tiny) amounts of vitamins and minerals. Proteins, carbohydrates [CHO], and fats are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Proteins add nitrogen to their chemical structures.

These are organic molecules—organic just means that the molecule contains carbon. You do not have to go to the health food store for good organic foods. They are displayed at every grocery store and corner market.

If organic means chemical-free to you, think again. All foods are chemicals. God made your body to detect and rid itself of harmful chemicals that are part of the normal dietary process. Again, the stomach would be the first place that could detect harmful bacteria or chemicals. The stomach may throw it back up and out of the body. Most harmful bacteria would be destroyed in the very acidic (pH 1.5) stomach fluids. If harmful substances get past the stomach and into the intestines, then the body might trigger diarrhea (increased peristalsis) to rid the body of them. If they make their way through the walls of the small intestine (it is very difficult for most foreign objects or harmful substances to make it past this barrier) and then to the liver, the liver will trap them, break them apart, and render them unavailable and incapable of harming the liver.

 

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Did she forget she literally just wrote this last week? 

I see no mention of Memorial Day or God or anyone but herself. 

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She did say God created mechanisms that help the body to get rid of harmful chemicals that are part of the normal dietary process...

And completely misses the point that people buy  organically grown  foods because industrial food production may involve some chemicals that weren't really part of God's original plan (or millennia of human evolution). Why would pesticides kill pests if they're completely harmless? 

I love how she always remembers to translate trace (tiny) because her malnourished sheeple won't be able to understand difficult one syllable words like that.

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Do you think she doesn't actually understand what organic means? Or is she just coming up with excuses to defend her junk food addiction? Or both? 

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9 minutes ago, formergothardite said:

Do you think she doesn't actually understand what organic means? Or is she just coming up with excuses to defend her junk food addiction? Or both? 

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1 hour ago, formergothardite said:

Do you think she doesn't actually understand what organic means? Or is she just coming up with excuses to defend her junk food addiction? Or both? 

My theory is that somebody who owns a health food store or an organic farm stole her boyfriend once :P It's like people who don't eat just crap wrapped in double plastic offend her personally. 

Her rambling about harmful bacteria in this context (iirc it's not the first time) sounds like she's a bit confused. Normally people don't buy organic food because they're afraid of harmful bacteria and think organic food contains fewer.

 

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What about Organic Foods?

May 27, 2019

by Gwen Shamblin Lara

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All foods are composed of just water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and trace (tiny) amounts of vitamins and minerals. Proteins, carbohydrates [CHO], and fats are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Proteins add nitrogen to their chemical structures.

These are organic molecules—organic just means that the molecule contains carbon. You do not have to go to the health food store for good organic foods. They are displayed at every grocery store and corner market.

If organic means chemical-free to you, think again. All foods are chemicals. God made your body to detect and rid itself of harmful chemicals that are part of the normal dietary process. Again, the stomach would be the first place that could detect harmful bacteria or chemicals. The stomach may throw it back up and out of the body. Most harmful bacteria would be destroyed in the very acidic (pH 1.5) stomach fluids. If harmful substances get past the stomach and into the intestines, then the body might trigger diarrhea (increased peristalsis) to rid the body of them. If they make their way through the walls of the small intestine (it is very difficult for most foreign objects or harmful substances to make it past this barrier) and then to the liver, the liver will trap them, break them apart, and render them unavailable and incapable of harming the liver.

 

This almost appears word for word in the original Weigh Down Diet. And again in The Tablet. And now probably in Weigh Down Works.

There is nothing new under the sun ... or in Gwen’s writings. She just repackages them for her flock to repurchase.

I don’t believe she’s writing a daily devotional, so much as I believe unpaid volunteers are just posting repetitive blurbs from her repetitive books. (Though I do think the ones they choose are often timely/defensive/pointed.)

Spending less on organic foods means more money for Gwod’s followers to buy her repetitive books, subscribe to  All Access ... to attend Desert Oasis (or to buy the home pay-per-view option!) ... to tithe ... to travel to Brentwood for festivals ... for fussy formal gowns for church functions ...

It’s worth noting that Gwen hasn’t written or produced anything new since her divorce/Joe entered the picture. Weigh Down Works was released, but again, that is just an expanded Weigh Down Diet. There have been no new classes or original books. I guess Live with Gwen and Joe is new, but it’s just an unpolished, unscripted, unrehearsed, unresearched  shitshow that they’re just phoning in weekly.

Gwen, what happened to your “spirit leading?” to produce new material? Is God no longer talking to his chosen prophet?

 

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