Cross #12.3295

Carylynn
Arlington, VA

At this year’s National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Convention, I shared my story with a beautiful spirit-filled woman who lost her beloved sister to an eating disorder. I survived my own battle with various eating disorders by God’s grace and overwhelming love. When I allowed His great love to cover me, I was finally able to release the self-hate that drove me to self-destruct. I finally had a name for the painful gap between who I am and who the media screams I should be: a lie. When I grasped the meaning of God’s will through Jesus — forgiveness, grace, a will to bless us not to harm us or condemn us — I finally understood that I had bought in to Satan’s greatest lie: that we’re not good enough, that we have to try harder, do better and look a certain way to be accepted. Now I live in the truth. I AM good. I AM accepted. Nothing I do changes that. Not my greatest accomplishments, not my mistakes or even greatest failures. I’ll always be a child of God, wonderfully and fearfully made. Thank you Jesus!