It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Please tell a woman in your life that she is beautiful, that she has worth and that she is enough. We can never underestimate the power of positive words and encouragement.
This week we are going to share stories and insight on our blog for NEDA week! Below is a story I received from a beautiful young woman. I hope her words, strength and courage inspire you to aim for recovery and authentic beauty. Please be assured that we are praying for you here at MIHI. We love you!!
I have come SO far in my healing since the time that I talked to you. I finally feel like my body is at its set point. I can finally look at myself in the mirror and say that I am beautiful simply because I am His and that is enough. The funny thing is I am not even close to the ideal weight that I was bound and determined to reach. I now know in my heart that my worth and beauty rests in my soul – not in my pant size. I have hope that the man God has for me will love me for my heart – not my body.
My journey has been a struggle. My shame has finally left me and God has called me to use my struggle to help other girls struggling with similar things. I NEVER EVER thought that I would be at this point. I thought that this was my cross for life but instead God showed me that it was a wound that needed healing. I am so thankful. I feel healthy. I feel free. I feel beautiful. I got rid of all my old jeans that I was someday hoping to fit into. I workout now because I want to be strong and healthy rather than shed pounds.
I just want you to know that your story, your website, MIHI, and your courage was the final push that I needed to take the next step in my healing. I was so thankful to know that I was not alone. Thank you. It is incredibly scary to be vulnerable and that is what you do every, single, day for the world to see. Thank you for saying Yes to The Lord. You are a beautiful sister in Christ. I hope that I am able to use my struggle to help other young women as well and honestly I never thought I would say that. I had so much shame surrounding my eating disorder that I wanted to bury and never think or speak about it again – now it was not for nothing if I can help someone else going through the same thing.
P.S. You are enough.