• Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    The Power of Body Shame

    I’m struck by the power of body shame when I talk about body/fat acceptance, size dignity, or weight neutrality. I’ve had conversations recently with loved ones and listened to a reflection on Isaiah 61 by size dignity activist Amanda Martinez Beck that has made me reflect on the power of body shame in our culture. My loved ones, clients, and the general population are pretty defensive of body shame. Meaning, they defend that they NEED to feel shame about their body. It often leaves me feeling frustrated and sad. Because when has shame ever been a good thing? Most people can verbalize that shame is not productive. They can recognize…

  • Faith

    The Darkest Dark

    Today is Good Friday and when I’ve stopped and really reflected, I realize Good Friday wasn’t good at all. When I’ve sat with what Good Friday really is, I’m overcome. Overcome with awe. Overcome with grief. Overcome with fear. Overcome with overwhelming gratitude. Overcome with deep sadness and been brought to tears. The Darkness of Friday I don’t often sit and reflect on the events of Good Friday. I don’t often allow myself to become immersed in that day, to place myself in Jerusalem, watching as Jesus was beaten, mocked, stripped, ridiculed, tormented, and ultimately murdered. Allowing myself into that place opens deep places of sorrow and grief in my…

  • Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith

    A Light In The Darkness

    As the church, we are called to be the light of the world. You can’t have light without darkness. And darkness is all around us. But sometimes we try to insulate ourselves from the darkness instead of being a light in the darkness. It’s hard to get into the darkness with others. It often brings up our own darkness and the American Prosperity Gospel says that as Christians, we should be wealthy, healthy, and happy… aka we shouldn’t have darkness. If you live in this world, you know this is a straight up lie. But we often abide by this subtle and insidious lie that is fed to us. When…