Seeing Yourself in God's Image: Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia
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"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Overcoming an eating disorder is not ever simply a matter of self-control. Stronger willpower or healthier eating habits won't make the problem disappear. An eating disorder is a perceived external solution to inner turmoil. Sufferers are trying to feel better about themselves, but they are walking a destructive path.
People on this path need help. Eating disorders lead to all sorts of physical and psychological consequences. It is important to seek medical attention and counseling.
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Spiritual healing is also vital. If you are suffering from an eating disorder, consider turning to Jesus for help. Search the Bible for the truth about how treasured you are. God made you and designed you for a special purpose. He loves you unconditionally, and the Bible promises that absolutely nothing can separate you from his love. In Jesus you can find forgiveness, hope and healing.
Try to find a Christian support group where you can talk honestly about your feelings and encourage others. A place of accountability.
Above all, remember that with Christ, all things are possible. Reach out to him today. He won't ever let you down.
Father, sometimes I feel so alone. Help me remember that you are always with me. Help me remember that all things are possible with your help and your strength. 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.