This was a precious interview that is really close to my heart. I first noticed Jess and just how she was so bold for the gospel of Jesus via Instagram about 6 months ago? I thought, ‘Wow I would like to get to know this girl.’ She challenged me to be steadfast in the faith, to be bold and courageous, to care more about people’s souls than Instagram likes or Instagram followers. She also began to share snippets of her story of her journey with food and exercise, and I thought, ‘I really want to get Jess to share her story. I know it will be a blessing to so many.’
So . . . I reached out; I always get kind of nervous reaching out to all the lovely women behind the accounts, but I have to remind myself that they are people too. They have struggles and fears, and they have STORIES to share. God has done such a wondrous work in Jess, and I wanted to just reach through the phone and give her a huge hug after the interview was over.
Jess is a sweet girl. She always styles beautiful plates of pancakes, shares her heart behind the picture, makes others laugh and smile, cares for others, and shares an unquenchable love of Jesus.
In Jess’s story she shared:
How Learning to Nurture Plants Taught Her About How God Nourishes and Cares for His children
Learning the Joys of Not Forcing Yourself Into A Workout
How To Use Instagram as a Mission Field
Why Learning the Love of God For Sinners Is One of the Things That Takes Your Eyes Off Of Your Body
Why Jess is Redefining Self Love and What That Looks Like
Why the Love of Others Really Gets you Out of Yourself
Jess’s Developing Relationship with Food, Exercise, and Learning to Care For Her Body
Why An Eating Disorder Is So Self Consuming and it’s Often About the Idol Of Seeking Other’s Approval
Why Unconditional Love From Other Christians Really Transformed Jess
Why the Mental Healing Took So Long, But Jess Cried Out to the Lord
Why the ED was About Way More Than Having the Perfect Body
Why Food Is So Much More Than Just Calories and Fuel
We talked about this and SOOO much more in 43 minutes, and I hope you are INCREDIBLY filled with the knowledge of God’s mercy and grace through it.
Please remember that although we share from the hearts in these podcasts, we aren’t medical professionals, and please take each piece of advice and each story with a grain of salt! Each person, each body is different and needs different things. I pray that you might come away with a taste of God’s goodness and God’s glory in redeeming lives from destruction!
Jess’s story really reminded me of the progression of emotion and distress and desperation to hope and joy and peace in God.
‘And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.’ (Lamentations 3:18-24)
Jess’s story is one of hope. It’s of Jesus, who came to heal the brokenhearted and preach the gospel to the poor, to bind up the wounded, to raise the dead! It made me so excited to share this, because I know that true recovery is only possible in Jesus and through His power.
‘The only power that can overcome the devil is Christ.’
Can you say, ‘AMEN SISTER!’
James 4:9-10, ‘Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.’
It was a powerful wake up call to me that God uses affliction in the life of the believer for good. And He can often use it in the life of those who don’t know Jesus to bring them to Himself.
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Please share your comments after listening! I would love to hear your thoughts about what Jess shared.
(I’m linking up with Amanda for Jess to share her story this week!)