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10 Scriptures to Help in Eating Disorder Recovery

These are my favorite ten scriptures for the recovery journey. I encourage you to write them down, pray about them, and hold them close to your heart to strengthen your relationship, faith, and recovery!

1- Psalm 139:14 – I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” 

This scripture speaks of how God created you so very special and unique. He handcrafted you. Everything about you is God’s masterpiece. When you look in the mirror and focus on what you deem to be flaws and imperfections, remember who made you. The creator of all things knew the world needed one of YOU. When you pick yourself apart at the surface level and focus on your cellulite, stretch marks, wishing your arms looked different, and beating yourself up for not being a specific size or weight – this causes you to neglect ALL that is good about you.

2- 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

God gave us our bodies, and we are responsible for caring for them. Notice I say CARE. Not control or manipulate, nor obsess or perfect. To CARE for your body means 1) providing adequate calories, 2)balanced nutrients, 3)hydration, 4)regular movement, 5)rest, 6)tending to your hygiene, and 7)prioritizing any special physical needs you may have.

3- Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It is tempting to give up, especially in times of stress, when you are full of self-doubt and anxiety when it seems easier to turn back to your eating disorder habitually. Holding onto this verse, and promise, can remind you that God has a special plan for your life. This moment is only temporary; if you keep moving forward, you can have great hope for your future.

4- Romans 8:28 – And we know, that for those who love God, all things work together for good.

The darkness, control, chaos, and self-abuse of your eating disorder, CAN be used for good. At the very least, by going through recovery you will gain knowledge, skills, and self-compassion to sustain and enhance your life. And, if you choose to share your story with others, you can inspire and empower your sisters in and even outside of the kingdom! This can create a whole new motivation and purpose for your life.

5- Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

We live in a world, in a culture, all too consumed by the flesh. The flesh is placed as a top priority. This is proven by diet culture, body image ideals, beauty standards, explicit sexuality, the female body constantly placed on display, and ALL with false promises that prey on our insecurities. This verse reminds us that to be transformed, we must renew our minds.

6- Romans 12:2 – Discern what is the will of God.

This is a continuation of the verse above. It is not the will of God for your mind to be tormented by limiting beliefs and constant comparison only to dim His light that lives inside of you. So, we must actively practice discernment with the messages of this world we allow ourselves to consume while staying close to His truth.

7- Mark 12:30 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all you MIND.”

There it is again. The mind! This scripture tells us what and where to place our thoughts and our love – on Him, with Him.

8- Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

Right here in the Bible, it gives us a specific direction of what to do when we are anxious. Pray. Practice thankfulness in every situation. Ask for His help.

9- Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When you fully surrender and give it all over to Him, yes, even your fear of food, disordered behaviors, and body dissatisfaction, it makes a path for His peace to guard your heart and mind.

10- Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all you might.

This is how you must go through recovery – with all your might. And I promise, it will all be worth it. I have never met anyone who regretted being and living recovered.

As I post this blog, I pray that all who find it in the big digital world be touched and know the truth. He loves you and recovery is possible!!

With Love & Light,

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