Recovery is a journey, and no one who has recovered would deny that. Through it all, I have been able to see the awesome power of God’s healing hand and Jesus’ redeeming grace. I have been able to see that Jesus’ name truly is the name above all names, the name to be glorified and praised, because He is such a good and loving Savior and awesome King.
That’s why you can’t regret the journey of recovery. God uses it to reveal Himself to you, to draw you into seeking Him more and more and being filled with all the FULLNESS of Christ.
And in recovery, there are people who God brings into your journey. They are people like the friends described in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”
How do you find those people? They aren’t a dime a dozen. They are precious. They are those people that ‘stick closer than a brother.’ They are those people who tell you the hard truth and love you when the going gets tough. They are the ones who are the sweet savor of Christ, who love us in spite of our failings and unconditionally hold us when we are crying and broken. They are the ones who point you back to Christ.
Today’s Thankful Tuesday points right back at one of those beautiful friends that God brought into my life for that very reason.
Her name is Hana, and she also struggled with an eating disorder, but she doesn’t now.
Christ has made something beautiful out of her life and my life. It’s just SO AWESOME.
The other day we were together, and we were enjoyed some Greek food. 🙂 That’s a bit beside the point, but it was SO amazing to me to think that we could both EAT and enjoy it and enjoy each other’s company and not be anxious or fearful about it.
As an aside, you NEED to try fresh Pita bread. It’s SO scrumptious. 🙂
So why do you need friends in recovery?
1. They keep you accountable and they point you back to Jesus. When you aren’t eating or you are struggling they pray for you. They hug you. They remind you of why Jesus came, of Jesus’ saving power.
John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
2. They make you smile and point you back to the JOY of living in Christ, the joy of being a new creature (Ephesians 2) and not the old person you used to be.
3. They just do life with you. They know the real you, and they continue to love you, even when the going is rough. They eat with you, and they challenge you to eat when you just don’t want to. They don’t do it in an unkind or mean way, but instead they lead by example. They enjoy the food. They take a full plate, and they eat it with gratefulness and without a second thought. And you think, ‘Hey, I’d like to be like that too, and so you jump in, a bit timidly at first, and then ALL THE WAY.
4. Having these friends reminds of me of my absolute best friend:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.’
What is the best thing a friend can do for a friend who is struggling with recovery?
How did you find friends to support you in recovery?
Have you ever supported a friend in recovery?
Thank you Lisa for the link-up!