"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your every bone will vibrate with life!" Proverbs 3:5-8 MSG
Thoughts for Today
Preoccupation with our body image is counter to God's will for our lives. If you find yourself in this struggle, take this first vital step: Run to God! Ask him to help you see yourself as he does—as his treasure, his precious child. He loves you unconditionally. He loves you so much that he gave his son, Jesus, to provide a way for you to be forgiven and live with him in heaven forever.
God loves you just the way you are. No matter what you have or haven't done, no matter what you look like, or how much you weigh. He wants you to know how special you are to him. He has a good plan for your life.
Consider this …
Take time right now to talk to God. Tell him how you feel. Ask him to help you. Accept his forgiveness for all past sin and commit to follow him, to do things his way. He won't turn you away. Actually, he's waiting for you with open arms.
Your problems and challenges probably won't instantly disappear. But Jesus will be holding your hand and guiding you to health and healing, to right choices, and to becoming all he designed you to be.
Run to him today!
Father, I need your help. I come to you asking for forgiveness and for help in doing things your way. My way certainly hasn't worked. Guide me to health, to right choices, to becoming all you want me to be. In Jesus' name …
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Seeing Yourself in God's Image: Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia by Martha Homme, MA, LPC. Written by a counselor with experience helping those with eating disorders, this study is born from her own struggles in adolescence. The group challenges members to find their identity in Christ as they overcome this difficult struggle. This guide offers understanding of distorted body image, denial, and the family systems influence. It also explains how to break free of social pressures and how to restore the temple and tie the recovery process together. A companion booklet Seeing Your Loved One in God's Image, can be used as a quick reference guide dealing with issues associated with eating disorders. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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