Peace and Freedom ~ Sunday Devotion
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 (NIV)
Twelve years. That’s how long this woman had suffered. She sought out doctors and spent all she had trying to get well only to get worse.
At first, this might feel hard to imagine. Suffering twelve years?! Certainly not in our day and age with advanced everything! But I’ve talked to too many women, and I was one myself, who have spent years worrying about her weight. You see, my affliction, and possibly yours as well, was not physical. But it was an ailment nonetheless. It was something I desperately wanted to be healed of, to be free of.
I suffered from distorted body image and intense worry about and focus on my weight. I sought out diets and followed influencers I thought could help me lose weight and feel better in my body. I spent money on everything from body wraps and hot pants (don’t ask!) to diet plans, pills, and shakes. All the while, I got worse. Not in a physical sense. I didn’t even have a “weight problem.” I had a mindset problem. I had a spiritual problem. I didn’t need weight loss; I needed peace and freedom. I needed a touch from the Lord.
If your heart and your mind are not right, no amount of weight loss will ever give lasting peace and freedom.
Even though I tried all those other things, I knew I needed to let Jesus heal me. But I was worried. It was hard to trust. I lacked the faith to let go of the gimmicks (and that’s all they are if they’re not firmly fixed on a foundation of faith) and trust Him…until I finally did.
Why, oh why did I wait so long? There’s nothing like the peace and freedom found only by trusting Jesus with everything. He is more than able to handle your worries, fears, and yes, even your weight and body image struggles. I’m living proof that He knows your body much better than an arbitrary diet plan or an influencer on the internet.If your heart and your mind are not right, no amount of weight loss will ever give lasting peace and freedom. #FaithAndFitness #FitAndFree Click To Tweet
When you allow the Lord to heal your relationship with food and your body, you will gain peace and freedom. There’s nothing like living fit and free! That kind of life is available to you!
Action Step: Take a step of faith today. Let go of the diets, gimmicks, and quick fixes and reach out to the Lord. He will help you learn to honor the body He’s entrusted to you and bless you with peace and freedom.
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