Thanksgiving Verse Today: Colossians 3:17, ‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I wish I had more pictures to share with you of all the bloggers that have encouraged me in the past year of recovery and blogging, but today I am going to start with a just a few of them.
I am incredibly grateful to God that each one of these has played a role in my life that they may never know. Each one journals the heart through their blog. Each woman seems to understand that their blog is the way of communicating thoughts and feelings you wouldn’t otherwise be able to share, and they impact people every day with their words.
This is how other bloggers have helped my recovery journey.
I don’t know if I can adequately express how Haley has changed my perspective about food and freedom and the relationships God has given us. She has totally encouraged me by her example of transitioning from veganism to eating more plant-based/a little bit of all foods, that the way you eat is far less important than the relationships you cultivate around food. She has caused me to really think about how much I am still tempted to place food on a pedestal and instead how I should be treasuring and wanting to glorify God by making food more of a non-issue, yet a tremendous gift, especially in social situations.
Kat is a sweet, strong, tender, compassionate sister in the Lord who has walked through recovery from an eating disorder for several years now. She shared just recently on the podcast on how to handle any negative body image comments especially while you are in recovery. She also wrote an incredible post titled ‘A Thank You To My ED.‘ This girl totally reflects freedom from food, freedom from idolatry, and trust in Jesus and how He has saved her!
I also met Alison, back in May about 2 or 3 years ago. Can you say incredible?
Alison’s journey has been one of determination. This girl does not give up on recovery. She has honored God with her recovery, not listening to her feelings when they say to follow the way the world dictates ‘body image.’ She has rested. She has gotten healthy, and as a result, I’ve seen her grow in JOY and become an incredible influencer among other struggling girls to lift them up in the Lord! She has also done a few podcasts with me on intuitive exercise and sharing her story of recovery.
Naomi. This girl is a friend I met just this past year through blogging, and I am always thankful for the thoughtfulness, hope, grace, and love that she puts into each recovery post. She has a wonderful post she just shared called, ‘When Micro Managing Your Body Is No Longer a Tool.’
Evangeline is another blogger friend I’ve made this year. Evangeline is a very soft, compassionate, tender girl who shines the love of Jesus through posts on why she doesn’t normally blog about her workouts, exercise, and even building a better relationship with food.
Another Alison that has shined her light before men, because of that Christ like hope within her. I talked to this girl via Skype after a few months of following her blog. Her face radiated. Her words spoke life and hope, just as Jesus came to bring life to the dead and the dying and the hurting and the broken. She seemed to truly grasp that Jesus has mended our broken relationship with God and brought us back to Himself. And that speaks volumes in her life. Her sweet, gentle spirit has also encouraged me to cultivate a deep desire for my own journey to be that joyful, kind, and peaceful in the Holy Spirit.
Each one of these girls has reminded me that eating disorders can not win when Jesus Christ is actively working on hearts, cleansing them, changing them. Each one of these girls has encouraged me to stop looking at the outside and treasure the work that God has done in my heart and on my soul.
Other precious bloggers that have been a huge blessing to me and others in the recovery journey are:
Alyssa from Blissful Lyss (Alyssa really understands the mental battles, the pressures of social media, and other deep hard to talk about areas of recovery)
Robyn from the Real Life RD (SO many good posts on amenorrhea, stress, exercise, food, eating, calories, and metabolism)
Meg and Victoria from Root For Food and Die Hard Foodie on their new podcast and on their blogs have written about being gentle with your body, your hormones, why getting your period is important, and other topics. Each one has really helped me see the value of truly caring for your health in a God honoring way.
These are not the only bloggers I want to share, but I will begin with those, as I count the many blessings that God has so graciously bestowed on me.
Who are some of the bloggers who have challenged you and blessed you? (I would love for you to share them in the comments.)
Who and what are some of your biggest encouragements day by day (and not just in recovery)?
Thank you to all the girls in this post! I got the profile pictures from each girl’s lovely blog! 🙂
Thank you Amanda for letting me ‘Think Out Loud‘ and share a shout out to each one of these beautiful women.