“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
~ Isaiah 61:3
Throughout my teenage years and very early twenties, I struggled with an eating disorder and was entangled in a web of lies. My wounded eyes hindered me from seeing my true beauty and worth. While I tried to break free on my own many times, I wasn’t equipped to win the battle on my own strength.
When I was almost eighteen years old and away at college, my deep pain collided with the deep love of Jesus. He came to my rescue and in Him I found the strength to step out of the darkness and into the light.
While not an easy process, I reached out for help and began to heal. I relapsed along the way, but over time, I experienced the renewal of my mind as the lies were replaced with comforting truth (Romans 12:2). The more the lies peeled away, the more I could see my true beauty and worth that goes far beyond the reflection in the glass mirror.
Today, I walk in the light, trusting that God made me uniquely and with purpose. He’s created radiant beauty from some of my deepest pain and awakened my soul to sing the tune of freedom.
In 2009, I married a man of courage who calls me his Beautiful Bride. He was in a terrible motorcycle accident in 2003, resulting in a traumatic brain injury and complete spinal cord injury. He inspires me and so many with his story of perseverance through trials. Our faith is our foundation, and we are rooted in the hope that one day God will wipe away every tear and suffering will be no more (Revelation 21:4).
In 2011, we were blessed with the gift of a son who I carried in my belly for nine months. We praise God for working through the challenges and allowing us to experience the joy of parenthood. Our miracle child is an energetic, sweet, inquisitive, determined boy with an amazing mind. We pray that he grows into a man who acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with the Lord (Micah 6:8).
I’m learning that as we put our trust in God, He beautifully weaves all the strands of our lives together for good. He causes beauty to rise and He doesn’t waste a thing.
This is my story and it’s a joy to see the pages continue to turn…