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October 14, 2009
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Ma, I struggle with food in that I equate it with love. I started doing a Bible based program called Setting Captives Free for those struggling with food issues. I believe they have something for Anorexia/Bulimia as well. As you know I have started going to Celebrate Recovery, they also have a program for food issues. This is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart as I have a friend who almost lost her daughter to anorexia. She used something called the Maudsley Method and kept her at home. Both of the programs I have mentioned to you are completely free and coexist within the Christian community. Please check into them to see if they will be of help to you. I am here whenever you need me. Love, hugs, and prayers.

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October 14, 2009
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Bitsy -

Thank you SOOOO much. I will check online to learn if there is a "Celebrate Recovery" program at any church near me which addresses eating disorders.

Bless you!

- Ma

October 14, 2009
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Also check into Setting Captives Free

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October 14, 2009
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Yes that is an awesome idea Bitsy !!

Ma,

It think it is wonderful, to see how willing you are to seek the help that you need. I also think it is have the battel. So many people get stuck, because they are not ready to make a change. Sounds like you are, and that's the first step!!

I will be praying you find the right support group,and that you find like minded people who have faced this struggle and have over come it, through the power of Jesus Christ.
I also pray that you find some comfort and healing in dealing with the death of your husband.

(((sending healing hugs MA)))

October 17, 2009
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((Ma)), How are you now? By the way How does struggling with this affect your ministry work, especially as a pastor? I have to say that this can only make you a more sensitive pastor and shepherd of your congregation but are you able to minister to yourself? Who do you go to?

I have a special place for people who choose to pastor or minister. Both my parents are devout Christians and I have seen how they have aspired to serve, live, and love despite their humanity. Takes absolute humility and reliance on God.

I also know that many of us forget to lift up those who dedicate their life to serve God. So I want you to know that I will be lifting you up for healing, wholeness, steadfastness, strength, fortitude, amongst other things.

I share with you some of my favorite verses: Every time I think of these verses, I am reassured and strengthened. Hang tight, you aren't alone!

Isaiah 43:2-4 (King James Version)

2When 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.

3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

King James Version (KJV)

October 17, 2009
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You have blessed me. I am so glad I signed on and read this today.

Thank you!!

- Ma Strong

October 17, 2009
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Ma, I`m glad! Hang in there!

October 19, 2009
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http://www.therecoverygroup.org/

MaStrong...
I know we have had our differences but please know that the site above is a healing place and I wanted to share it with you. They are a 12step group and have meetings every 3 hours around the clock, every member has a different story but they all have one thing in common...they have eating disorders and they let you know you are not alone. this is a messege of hope for you not a judgement, so if you can forgive me for my past behaviour, and trust me on this suggestion, I know you will be pleased. the recoverygroup.org/
Love in recovery, Peace4all/ grammie

October 23, 2009
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When I was recovering from cancer, I wrote every healing and comforting verse by hand from Genesis to Revelations and many other Sacred Writings, here are a few that would literally knock the pain right out:

Message Bible:

Jer 30:16-17"'Everyone who hurt you will be hurt;
your enemies will end up as slaves.
Your plunderers will be plundered; your looters will become loot.
As for you, I'll come with healing,
curing the incurable,
Because they all gave up on you and dismissed you as hopeless—
that good-for-nothing Zion.

Romans 8:3 (The Message)

3-4God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

Psalm 69
A David Psalm
1 God, God, save me! I'm in over my head,

2 Quicksand under me, swamp water over me;
I'm going down for the third time.

3 I'm hoarse from calling for help,
Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for God.

4 I've got more enemies than hairs on my head;
Sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back.

What I never stole
Must I now give back?

5 God, you know every sin I've committed;
My life's a wide-open book before you.

6 Don't let those who look to you in hope
Be discouraged by what happens to me,
Dear Lord! God of the armies!

Don't let those out looking for you
Come to a dead end by following me—
Please, dear God of Israel!

7 Because of you I look like an idiot,
I walk around ashamed to show my face.

8 My brothers shun me like a bum off the street;
My family treats me like an unwanted guest.

9 I love you more than I can say.
Because I'm madly in love with you,
They blame me for everything they dislike about you.

10 When I poured myself out in prayer and fasting,
All it got me was more contempt.

11 When I put on a sad face,
They treated me like a clown.

12 Now drunks and gluttons
Make up drinking songs about me.

13 And me? I pray.
God, it's time for a break!

God, answer in love!
Answer with your sure salvation!

14 Rescue me from the swamp,
Don't let me go under for good,

Pull me out of the clutch of the enemy;
This whirlpool is sucking me down.

15 Don't let the swamp be my grave, the Black Hole
Swallow me, its jaws clenched around me.

16 Now answer me, God, because you love me;
Let me see your great mercy full-face.

17 Don't look the other way; your servant can't take it.
I'm in trouble. Answer right now!

18 Come close, God; get me out of here.
Rescue me from this deathtrap.

19 You know how they kick me around—
Pin on me the donkey's ears, the dunce's cap.

20 I'm broken by their taunts,
Flat on my face, reduced to a nothing.

I looked in vain for one friendly face. Not one.
I couldn't find one shoulder to cry on.

21 They put poison in my soup,
Vinegar in my drink.

22 Let their supper be bait in a trap that snaps shut;
May their best friends be trappers who'll skin them alive.

23 Make them become blind as bats,
Give them the shakes from morning to night.

24 Let them know what you think of them,
Blast them with your red-hot anger.

25 Burn down their houses,
Leave them desolate with nobody at home.

26 They gossiped about the one you disciplined,
Made up stories about anyone wounded by God.

27 Pile on the guilt,
Don't let them off the hook.

28 Strike their names from the list of the living;
No rock-carved honor for them among the righteous.

29 I'm hurt and in pain;
Give me space for healing, and mountain air.

30 Let me shout God's name with a praising song,
Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks.

31 For God, this is better than oxen on the altar,
Far better than blue-ribbon bulls.

32 The poor in spirit see and are glad—
Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!

33 For God listens to the poor,
He doesn't walk out on the wretched.

34 You heavens, praise him; praise him, earth;
Also ocean and all things that swim in it.

35 For God is out to help Zion,
Rebuilding the wrecked towns of Judah.

Guess who will live there—
The proud owners of the land?

36 No, the children of his servants will get it,
The lovers of his name will live in it.

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