Does perseverance in your eating disorder recovery seem impossible? Are you often tempted to give up? Do you grow weary of the ups and downs of the recovery process?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please know that many others have walked and do walk in your shoes. Eating disorder recovery is challenging, and it can take a toll on us. I know it did on me. I felt like I was running a race, and yet I felt so tired and like my legs were cramping up. I couldn’t imagine crossing the finish line. There can be many weary moments in eating disorder recovery. However, that does not mean that it isn’t possible. Perseverance really can be a reality.
Remember that in Christian eating disorder recovery, you always have access to divine help. If you are a child of God, He is always with you, ready to listen to you and to help you. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17. Don’t hesitate to go to Him.
I went to Philippians 4:19 many times toward the end of my own recovery experience. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. This truth carried me through when recovery seemed beyond what I could possibly manage. When I felt I could barely hang on, it was His strength that helped me to persevere.
You really can have perseverance in eating disorder recovery. It doesn’t matter what the challenge is, God has enough strength to help you conquer it. Whether your greatest struggle is in resisting engaging in eating disorder behaviors, learning how to express your emotions, letting go of an unhealthy desire for control or putting a relapse behind you, God is bigger than all of those things. Nothing is too big for Him. Let Him strengthen when and where you need it. With Him at your side, perseverance will come, and you might be surprised on how much you will move forward in your recovery.