I decided the other day to go in a new direction with my blog. I am going to use this blog for spiritual encouragement for parents and caregivers of those who have eating disorders. I hope you enjoy and benefit from this new direction I am taking. I’m looking forward to it!
You Are the Mat Carriers
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 1-5)
If your child has an eating disorder she cannot get better by herself. If you wait for her to acknowledge she needs help, that day might never come.
Why is it so difficult for her to admit she has a problem? She can’t think or see herself clearly because of the lack of nutrition in her body. The more she starves herself, the less capable she is of knowing the truth.
The man in this scripture was paralyzed. It doesn’t matter what he tried, he would not have been able to get to Jesus for healing by himself. He needed people to carry him to Jesus. He needed others to do what he could not do himself and that is get him help.
Your daughter is very similar. She cannot get to healing without help. She needs you to intervene in her behalf . She needs y0u to be one of her mat carriers; whether she will admit this or not. Put her on the mat and with the help and support of others; carry her to healing.
Mat carrying is going to look different for different families. It is up to you to figure out how being your child’s mat carrier applies to your family and your situation.
I’ve given you a spiritual principle. Now apply scripture to your circumstances. Pray about how God wants you to help your child. Look to Him for direction. He will give you wisdom when you ask. His Word promises it. (James 1:5)
Do you want to learn more about eating disorders?
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Lynn Moore educates, coaches, and consults parents on how to help their adolescent with eating disorder behavior. She will help you figure out what kind of help you need and what you can do to help your child.
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