It’s been 10 years since I originally created Freedom from Eating Disorders. It’s funny. When I recovered in 2003, I thought to myself that it would be just like me to turn around and support those with eating disorders. It seems the Lord has wired me to use my experiences to encourage others. Somehow, though, I had a hunch that this time was going to be different. I wasn’t resistant to the thought, but I didn’t picture it happening this time. I thought I would just move on and that the eating disorder experience would become a distant memory. Boy, was I wrong!
About five months before I recovered, I started writing. Even that was something I didn’t expect. I looked for a Christian plaque to put on the wall in my home, and I couldn’t find anything appropriate for someone living alone. So I decided to write a poem to frame and put on my wall. What I didn’t realize was that it really wasn’t about that poem. God used that experience to stir something in me. The ideas came, the words rushed to the surface, and I couldn’t stop writing. I wrote 30 poems in five weeks. I’d never done anything like that before. I’ll admit I was a little bewildered by it.
Once I recovered, I kept on writing, and writing, and writing. Mind you, I didn’t know a lick about writing, but I had a message to share, a message of hope and healing to those struggling with eating disorders. I prayed and prayed about what the future of all of this meant. At one point, I took a three ring binder of my writings to a Bible study and asked them to pray over it with me. I believe God is still answering those prayers today.
I’m a quiet, shy person, so I don’t care to put myself out there. It’s pretty uncomfortable for me. So even though writing isn’t as scary as something like public speaking, it still hasn’t been easy, not to mention that it has also involved a lot of sacrifice. But God has led me step-by-step to build the website in 2007, then write the books, create the course, get involved in social media, and all the rest. I’m so grateful God has chosen to speak through me. I get to help in some small way. How great is that?
As I think of these 10 years and the thousands and thousands of people from all over the world who have found Freedom from Eating Disorders, I am humbled. If anything I’ve written has touched you, I am grateful. I have said many times that there is no greater privilege in this life than to get to be involved in the work of a Holy God.
So, to celebrate these 10 years, I want to give you a gift. You’ll find a link to it below. Advice from Someone Who Has Recovered includes the type of things I’d say to you if we could sit down and talk.
I want to add one more thing that isn’t in the e-book. In 2003, I could never have anticipated what was ahead. I didn’t know how important my recovery would be in the future. I didn’t realize there would be so many times I would be grateful that I wasn’t still battling an eating disorder. Life happens. Hard times come, and sometimes they come over and over again. I don’t know how I would have endured everything if I was still struggling with an eating disorder. So please, do whatever you can to fight. When you’re recovered, you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
Advice from Someone Who Has Recovered – From my heart to yours – seven concise chapters (listed below) with Scriptural principles as well as practical suggestions and exercises.
Realize You Don’t Need to Be Afraid of Life without the Eating Disorder
Break down Goals
Refrain from Black and White Thinking
See Your Identity in Christ
Let Go of Guilt and Shame
Find Healthy Ways to Process Emotions
Learn from Relapses and Maintain Resolve