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Hope and Help for Parents
“A Parent’s Perspective”
More than 30 years ago, my family began one of the hardest journeys, if not THE hardest journey, we’ve ever faced: my diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and the subsequent years-long road to recovery to find the hope, healing, and harmony I have shared about in my testimony.
Now, I am so grateful to share my mom’s perspective. To any parent or loved one who feels alone, helpless, guilty, wondering how this could have happened, etc., it is our greatest desire for you to find comfort and encouragement in knowing you are not alone; that while your loved one is struggling, we recognize the struggle you, too, are experiencing.
We pray our conversation will serve as a reminder to remain hopeful and as an assurance that His grace will see you through this.
“Eating Disorder Discussion with Dr. Jessica Peck“
Have you ever wondered what signs you should look for – or what you should do – if you suspect your child has an eating disorder? Do you long to create a healthy home environment yet struggle with your own body image? And if your child is currently in treatment, are you desperate for hope and the assurance that healing is possible?
In this special episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Jessica Peck as she addresses these topics and many more. Dr. Peck is the author of Behind Closed Doors: A Guide to Help Parents and Teens Navigate Through Life’s Toughest Issues. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and is a Baylor University professor. She is married and is the mother of four teens.
Devotional Series – “Guarding Your Heart Against Unwanted Invaders”
What can we do when confronted with temptations around us or unwelcome thoughts and emotions within us? How can we guard against such “unwanted invaders”?
Whether we are facing distorted thinking as it relates to disordered eating or any other kind of battle, we know the fight takes place — and is ultimately won — in our hearts and minds.
In this 6 day YouVersion reading plan, we consider five practical ways in which we can guard our hearts against these unwanted invaders.
While I did not write this plan with eating disorder recovery in mind, you can imagine my surprise when I received a message from a dear woman who shared it helped her with exactly that; she came across this plan at just the right time in her recovery. As I have shared in my testimony, the road to recovery was many, many years for me. I’m not oversimplifying anyone’s journey but simply pointing to the hope we have in Christ through the power of His Word!
If you’re dealing with any kind of unwelcome thoughts or unwanted emotions, whichever side of the recovery process you are on, consider checking out this plan. His Word really makes all the difference, doesn’t it?
To begin, please click here or find it on the YouVersion Bible app.
“Fresh, Fat, and Flourishing”
Do you long for God’s Word to speak louder than your full-length mirror?
Do you struggle to see anything positive about the appearance of gray hairs and fine lines?
If you listened to the podcast with Dr. Jessica Peck on the topic of eating disorders, you heard us briefly discuss the importance of developing a healthy body image and view of ourselves – not just those of our children. If that left you wondering how it is possible in these aging bodies of ours, I invite you – no, I implore you – to read this article.
Friends, we need to catch this vision now more than ever. Yes, there will be more wrinkles, more gray hairs, and a host of other physical differences as we journey through life with each passing year, but there will also be more fruit and more flourishing.
Matthew Henry noted, “Other trees, when old, leave off bearing, but in God’s trees the strength of grace does not fail with the strength of nature. The last days of the saints are sometimes their best days, and their last work their best work…”
If you could use this perspective shift and the encouragement that in Him, our last days can be our best days, “fluffiness” and all (as Jessica Peck called those unwanted pounds) this article is for you.