Let’s confront the fact that there are parts of recovery that are really hard and awkward to talk about; how can you talk about the fact that I can’t eat pizza like a normal person, I constantly think about feeling fat, the fact that I haven’t gotten my cycle in a long time. These aren’t easy things to talk about, because they have to be approached sensitively, kindly, and truthfully. There are also the parts that are just really discouraging; the parts where you don’t think that you will ever get rid of this cycle of thoughts in your head; the devil might be telling you that you will never be free.
Now I’m definitely not saying that I know how to talk about these issues, but I have been so blessed with a friend who is walking through the darker, harder parts of recovery right now with such grace and truth and love that she just knows how to share about navigating the these harder parts that we often don’t want to confront.
Jamie reminds me that God’s truth always supersedes any of the devil’s lies. In 1 Peter he gives a strong exhortation to the brothers and sisters there, to RESIST the devil’s lies, and this is what Jamie has mirrored by example to me and others through her recovery.
‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’ (1 Peter 5:8-11)
How She Navigates Those Really Tough Days
How She Finds Joy In the Seemingly ‘Smallest’ Things In Recovery
The Truths She Puts in Front Of Herself on Those Days ‘Recovery’ does not seem worth it. . .
(Jamie is also an AMAZING artist!)
and that isn’t the half of it, but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so here we are. Here’s the talk about recovery that is hard to do but needs to be done. Today, Jamie and I are having that conversation that needs to be had; I hope you get really pumped, inspired, and filled with joy and anticipation about the possibilities in spite of the challenges.
To finish out this podcast, I wanted to say from the ROOFTOPS: RECOVERY IS WORTH IT. God does bring beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise, for the spirit of heaviness.
Remember that Jamie posts here on her Instagram:
Let’s finish this out with doing some talk about food freedom and how amazing it is: (I don’t think I’ll ever stop saying that.)
This past year I have realized the benefits of recovery so much more; I have laughed more, eaten more, enjoyed life more, and been amazed at God’s grace more than ever… I’ve also eaten more sweets than ever, and I’m thankful to finish this out with my most favorite recent sweets and sweet moments.
Maybe you can get some baking ‘inspiration!’
The Best Brownies/Shortbread Cookie Bars I’ve Ever Eaten from Faith at the Conscientious Eater
The Absolute Best Pizza Ever Packed With Veggies and Cheese – From COSTCO!
Being Ok With Eating Bread and Nut Butter and Jam For Breakfast – Cause fruit just won’t sit right with the stomach right now…
(The Irish Soda Bread from Sprouts was BOMB.com this year!)
Mug Cakes For Lunch (Cake for Lunch = YUM!)
Then of course, there are these amazing, furry majestic creatures that God has put on this earth called dogs. They are truly a blessing and a reminder that God takes care of us. He takes care of them, so why would He not care for me?
We have 5 of these furry creatures. Sometimes they are loud. Sometimes they irritate me exceedingly, but at the end of the day, they have taught me so many things about:
Enjoying Each Moment
And taking my eyes out of the mirror so I can make sure that they don’t chew my socks.
I talk to these dogs. They teach me patience. They teach me how I need to grow in my dependence on Jesus, my dependence on God, because they depend on us to take them on walks, feed them, clean up after them, and give them companionship.
Get a dog; if you like dogs (or a cat), because these animals truly take your eyes off of the scale and onto making sure that they don’t eat your spaghetti dinner.
Yes, and they provide our family ENDLESS entertainment. It’s better than a reality show.
‘All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.’ (By Cecil Alexander)
I’m linking up with Amanda so we can think out loud about these parts of recovery and talk openly about them!
How should we start to talk about the parts of recovery, body image, health that are really hard to talk about?
Do you have a dog? What kind of dog? How long have you had your dog?
What baked goodies have you been loving lately?