Welcome to my corner of the blog world! Beauty in Christ is a place to follow the journey of a girl who has struggled and is overcoming an eating disorder that she struggled with for 7 years. I’m Emily, that girl. I want to share how I came from a place of brokenness and despair to learn joy in Jesus and the salvation He brings.
I can smile now, more than I ever could before, because I am learning what the JOY of the Lord really looks like. The joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day isholy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
I’m a quirky girl. Here are some fun facts about me that you might not have guessed:
1. I love making new friends. If I can make a friend with the TSA agent at the DIA security line, then I’ll try.
2. I’m OCD about people chewing in my ear.
3. I love walking around in bare feet. If every store and restaurant in the whole wide world let me, I would go barefoot 99% of the time.
4. I’m the queen of ‘duck faces’, as you will see in many of my pictures.
5. I’m 21, but if you met me, you wouldn’t believe me. You’d probably say that I look like I’m about 16. But, my birthday is July 3, 1993, if you were wondering.
I live out in the beautiful state of Colorado. It’s full of 14ers, hiking trails, blue sky, and cool breezy summer nights.
Also a country girl at heart, I know that NYC is just not the place for me. I love cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and quiet serene back country roads. I’m an awkward conversationalist. Maybe that comes from me living out in the country? Yet, I love kids, because they always seem to be good at creating the conversations for me.
Most of all, I’m a Christian. I am redeemed by the blood of Christ. Made whole by His sacrifice, I am happy and content in Him. He is the one who has brought me through every high and low in my life. He redeemed ME, a wretched undeserving sinner and gave me new life. He revived me from my dead state and made me new and whole.
I also have an amazing family. I often am the “too bossy” older sister to my poor younger sisters. Yet, I’m amazed they still love me. I definitely am grateful for the grace of God in my life allowing me to have my family who encourages me, challenges me, walks with me through every trial, and points me back towards Christ.
I love to read, write, run, talk with new people, cook, and be outside in my garden trying to improve my brown thumb. It’s a work in progress. Yet, when I pick the little white raspberries off of our bush, I’m just so grateful that God makes all these amazing plants grow and give us food, delicious food to eat!
I love to cook. And eat food that my sisters cook. I used to be really picky. As in I had a whole list of foods I didn’t like. Now, that list is much smaller, and I even like cheese now. 🙂
Speaking of sisters, I want to also share as much as I can express the appreciation I have for my family, 6 people who are my best friends, with whom I’ve had the craziest adventures, and who daily show the love of Christ to me.
We’re ridden airplanes, walked barefoot, explored beaches, eaten thousands of meals together and shared some of the most unforgetable memories together. They are the people who were the 6 most important people to my recovery and spurring me to a greater and deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
This blog is a recovery encouragement centered blog. I want to share my own fears, vulnerabilities, highs, lows, joys, and victory in Jesus! I want to share that Jesus is the way to true life and hope outside of an eating disorder. He can truly take your mind off of the number on the scale, the comparisons with the ‘skinny’ models, the amount of food your friend eats vs. what you eat, the six pack that forever eludes me, and other insecurities we have.
I want to share that perfect love truly does cast out all fear. When we have a love for our Savior that consumes us, it shuts everything out, and we find incredible peace and joy in the redemption He brings.
To aid in your recovery and encouragement I will share pictures of:
Icecream. It was a step in faith to eat this cone, but I didn’t gain 10 pounds, or even 0.5 of a pound from eating it. 🙂
Kittens to take your mind off the days that are difficult.
Peaceful Lakes that remind you of the serenity of God’s Creation.
And crazy photos!!! To make you laugh.
And to share how grateful I am for the joyful people I have in my life that remind me to cast all my cares on Jesus and live life in freedom and obedience to my Heavenly Father.
So if you’ve made it to the end, I’d love to have you follow along on my journey. I would love to connect with you. If you need an ear to listen, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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