Have you met my family? They teach me everyday, whether they know it or not. And they may not even really know that they were my greatest teachers in recovery. Well, I guess you have through the blog, but truly they are one of the most amazing gifts God has given me here on this earth.
These 6 people were instrumental in my recovery. They taught me what true health looked like.
According to my family, what is true health?
What it is not:
1. It is not idolizing your body or obsessing over healthy food.
Exodus 20:3-6, ‘“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.’
2. It is not making yourself miserable and being guilt ridden about enjoying God’s good gifts like ice cream or cookies.
3. It is not getting angry about not being able to do a workout and offending the people you love in the process.
I can remember so many times when I wanted to be healthy and get a remote in, and I totally did not love my family.
It’s convicting when I read 1 Corinthians 13 and I’m reminded that anything that isn’t done in love is nothing. And truly it was a huge huge work that was done in my heart before I came to realize just how selfish I had been during those years.
1 Corinthians 13:3-4, ‘And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;’
Now what did they teach me about truly healthy living?
1. It’s serving the Lord Jesus Christ, (not food or exercise) because His burden is not heavy but so light!
By their love, they teach me that the burden I bind on myself is often SO HEAVY. They teach me and remind me that Jesus Christ took that burden of condemnation on the cross and set me free so that I didn’t have to serve myself anymore or idols.
Joshua 24:15, ‘And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’
2. It’s rejoicing in the freedom from sin that I have in Christ and the freedom to serve the Lord and lay down my life for others.
Romans 6:11, ‘ Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.’
3. It’s a love for others, a compassion like Jesus Christ has had on me, and yet not fearing or being paralyzed by their opinions of me.
Isaiah 41:10, ‘fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.’
4. Last but not least it’s learning that I’m not defined by my:
or the Exercise I do
but by what Christ Jesus has done in me.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ‘
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
‘Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’
And they taught me that healthy eating does not include ‘stress’ over whether you’re eating healthy or not.
They taught me that it was about marveling at the love of God and the mercy of God that He would provide for us.
Romans 9:15-16, ‘ For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.’
Their examples reminded me that God made us for relationships. He made us not to be alone but to be with each other, learn from each other, and grow in love for one another.
(Our furry friends are part of the family too!)
With that, let’s make an AWKWARD… transition to the rest of this ‘What I Ate Wednesday.’
Well, this won’t be super awkward, but lately, I’ve just been absolutely amazed at how well recovery is going. That’s not to say that there aren’t up and down days, but I know that I can cling to the promises that my Heavenly Father has given me in His Word for the dark valleys and the mountains.
Isaiah 43:1-2, ‘But now thus saith the Lord who created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.’
What did I eat yesterday? Well, I can’t say that it would make the Top 10 Pretty Days of Eats but it was delicious, so without further delay, here’s Emily’s part of the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ with Jenn, Arman and Laura!
Lunch Part I was: NUTELLA! (Just kidding, kind of)- I had one of Bethany and Rachel’s Paleo Pumpkin Bars with some yogurt and stuck them in this jar to scrape it out. It was pretty yummy!
Dinner was: A random soup (what my dad would call ‘whatchmagot’ stew), DELICIOUS crunchy grapes, and crackers. 🙂
And to cap off the day after an awesome time with my mama at the gym for a little while, not nearly the 3-4 hours I used to spend there (I actually don’t love working out as much as I used to. I’m thankful for that change…)
We finished with Kat’s Pumpkin Breakfast Bars! (And unpictured ice cream)
I struggle to be merciful, kind, humble, meek, and longsuffering, and I’m so thankful that these reminders are always in front of me when I open the Word.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Last but not least, did you enter the Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter and Rachel’s Overnight Oats giveaway? There’s also some easy smoothie recipes for you that include LOTS of peanut butter! 🙂
1. Have you ever struggled with eating disordered tendencies? Did your family help you recover?
2. Who has taught you what truly healthy living is?
3. What pumpkin or apple or fall themed baked goodie or food have you been eating? What do you love about fall?
4. Have there been other people who teach you daily about things like:
5. Are you close to your family? Have your relationships with them changed over the years?