Spirituality & Faith

Recovery and Faith: Why it Matters

God is Our Greatest Encourager | Libero Magazine 2
We are all coming from different places: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-injury, addiction - and this is a place for us to all come together, with God at the centre, to bring faith into our recovery. Because that is important to us.

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Editor's Note: We are a non-religious magazine. However, we acknowledge that spirituality is important to many. Our Faith column is a place to discuss how faith (of any kind) positively affects mental health and how to improve the conversation around mental health within faith communities.
“For the first time, I let them pray for me. I handed it over to God and told Him I didn’t want it anymore. I was able to do this because Jesus already paid the price for it; He paid for it on the cross. He was simply waiting for me to give it to Him and when I did I was transformed. It was as if I were awakened from a bad dream. I stood up straighter, my eyes shone, and God breathed life back into me. I was free.”

I wrote these words four years ago – they are part of my story, and they are part of the story that started this entire movement.

I had a friend, he was part of my community and he had an amazing story. More important than his story, though, was the fact he couldn’t share it without talking about God. To him his faith was his story – it was everything. He passed away last year. Ever since, I’ve been thinking of bringing my faith back into my story, back into Libero.

We are a non-religious organization; however, we do support spirituality.

We do support the idea of a higher being or “god” – for me and some of the other writers this God is the one I grew up with in church. For you, maybe it is something different.

Either way, it is my firm belief we are created spiritual beings, and part of holistic health is spiritual health.

On our site we talk about spirituality in general, in this new column, we will be talking about the Christian faith. Every Sunday we will be posting an article on recovery from a faith-based perspective.


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We are all coming from different places: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-injury, addiction – and this is a place for us to all come together, with God at the centre, to bring faith into our recovery. Because that is important to us.

We are not here to make anyone uncomfortable and we are not here to shove anything down anybody’s throats. We are simply here – just like on the rest of the site – to share our stories and experiences – and we invite you to come and be a witness if you would like and to join in on the conversation.

I believe in freedom, and I believe freedom is about more than being “fully recovered.” I believe it looks less like perfection and more like letting go of shame, fear, and guilt. It’s about acceptance and about letting go of control.

For me, it’s about giving myself up to a greater power and being able to take peace in knowing I am forgiven and accepted – not because I say so or because other people say so, but because my Creator says so. And He even sent His son to die for me to make this a reality.

This is why I am free.

And it’s not necessarily about crossing a line over to “freedom” as much as it’s about waking up every morning and accepting the freedom that has been given to me. To me it’s a choice – and when I run from it, ignore it, or reject it, I am in turmoil.

However, when I accept it and live in light of it – in those days, those moments, I am free.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
(Colossians 1:21-23 ESV)

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Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

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