CORErecovery: Out of the Valley- Stop Running Away

running awaySo often in recovery we think about getting away from the eating disorder.  We want to avoid negative behaviors, stay away from triggering situations, toxic relationships, etc. It is similar to the frantic pace of being in our ed when we ran from shame, hid from our bodies.  We used ed to run away from our feelings, families, and fears.

There is a lot of running away.

But it is hard to run away when you do not know where you are going.lost woods

How will you know when you get there?

When will you ever be safe?

Recovery is a life of running.

We can spend it running from ed, hiding in the shadows, or we can spend it running toward God…in the light of His Son, Jesus.run light

What does that even mean?

I saw a quote the other day from Max Lucado which said,

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

I think the same is true when it comes to finding our freedom from the lies that the enemy uses to distract us, to keep us running frantic and scared.

Do you want to get away from your ed?

                                                                                                               Stop running away.

open arms godRun TO God, Hide in Him.

“I run to you, God; I run for dear life.
Don’t let me down!….
Your granite cave a hiding place,
your high cliff aerie a place of safety.”  Psalm 31:1-2 (msg)

“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble” Psalm 32:7

Instead of focusing on how to avoid ed, focus on how to abide in Christ.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Replacing the negative habits with positive, God-seeking, Christ-living ones propels us toward the Light of Freedom in Christ.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

We don’t run away from the lies so much as we run toward the truth of God’s Word.

Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

A recovering person should be so hidden in God that no enemy seeking for her can or will find her.

When we run after God with our whole hearts we are COVERED…

we are in RECOVERY…

we Run, We Rest…..

we RECOVER.

Psalm 91:1-3   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

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