Finding Balance has been such a big part of my Eating Disorder recovery journey. I joined their Lasting Freedom support group approximately 2 years ago when I was really struggling. It was the first time I had been able to share my struggle with others who were also recovering from Eating Disorders in a Christ centred environment. Through Finding Balance I was able to find a great dietician and an inpatient treatment facility which I went to when I was ready to really fight for my recovery. Volunteers from Finding Balance wrote to me while I was in treatment to encourage me and remind me that I was not alone, and when I came home they got me set up in their Lasting Freedom support group again. Finding Balance has been an invaluable resource to me. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t found them!
FINDINGbalance is truly one of the most influential organizations in my life. It is an amazing blessing to be in Christ-centered community with other women seeking truth and balance with eating issues and wellness; all with the common goal of knowing Christ as our Savior. It is truly unique! Also, if you are a professional who works with eating disorders, this is an amazing resource. I am a Registered Dietitian who not only benefits from the professional resources provided, but I also benefit personally as a Lasting Freedom member. I am in a group of like-minded women all over the country (and in some groups, all over the world!) who meet weekly via Zoom meetings to pray for and encourage each other in these areas. Each week we are emailed webinars where we hear from Christian dietitians, counselors, teachers, and other speakers speaking on nutrition- related topics, and discuss these webinars in group. The curriculum that Lasting Freedom provides is based on Scripture and research-evidenced, nutritionally sound information, and guides women through the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a living a life free FROM bondage to eating issues and free TO glorify and enjoy Christ forever.
I will forever be grateful to Finding Balance and the role this non profit played in helping me to find freedom from my eating disorder. I learned and found support in a community of people seeking God's truth and healing on the road of recovery. Many years later I am now living a life free from my struggles with food and my body as a mom, wife, and friend. I am free to follow God's plan for my life and have been so incredibly blessed as He has led me to serve with Lasting Freedom to help bring hope to others and support and encourage them on their own journey to freedom.
FINDINGbalance is the best resource around for those who struggle with food and body image issues. The Lasting Freedom program has been an important part of my recovery from eating issues. I look forward to meeting with my group each week and being encouraged. The webinars are carefully planned and thought out to provide the most valuable information for that weeks topic. Constance Rhoads, the CEO of FINDINGbalance is the most genuine, professional and Godly woman. She is being used by God to lead this amazing nonprofit. I am grateful that I found FINDINGbalance!
What can I say about Lasting Freedom? It was an answer to prayer. In October of 2016 I was literally on my knees weeping to the Lord to take away this burden of a 20 year old struggle over food and body issues.
Through the weekly teaching time by Webinars, and weekly meetings by a trained facilitator with 6 other ladies. We were able to share our struggles, talk about what God was teaching us through the Webinar that week, and lifting each other up through prayer and encouragement.
It was also nice to be plugged into the online community where we were able to connect each day. I was able to write about my fight for freedom, and also being able to encourager to other participants. It was nice to know I was not alone in this fight for freedom.
With a lot of hard work, and allowing God to heal my heart through Lasting Freedom, in July of 2017 I was able to say I am truly walking in Freedom. I am no longer scared of food and unhappy with my body. I am celebrating how God made me, and embracing the changes in my body. The relationship I know have with my husband and son has been amazing. I am now able to be present with them each day, instead of wishing for them to get out of the kitchen so I could be alone with the eating disorder.
I am so happy that Finding Balance is available online so it can be available to people in all of North America and beyond.
Thank-you to Constance and everyone at Finding Balance to listening to God's calling to start this Ministry. Since my thoughts are not always thinking about food, I am now be able to hear where he would like me to join him in his work.
Finding Balance is helping me towards having a healthier relationship with food. I am growing stronger in my relationship with Jesus, and in turn I am being more present with my family and friends. I am starting to enjoy the same food my family is enjoying, which in turn I can enjoy being with them in the here and now. My husband is even noticing a difference in my relationship with food and how I view my body! The staff and volunteers have such a passion for helping people find freedom from eating disorders and body image issues. I like how there is a teaching time through a Webinar. Then each week I get to discuss what I thought of the teaching with ladies who are in the program, with an amazing faciliator who leads the group. I also like the forum of Ning where we can post our struggles and victories on, then other members can respond with encouraging words. In some ways it is like having your own cheering section during this season in life. It is also nice to know that you not alone in this fight for freedom. My quality of life is so much better since being part of Finding Balance. I am thankful that Constance listened to God's calling in helping other women find freedom from eating disorders!
I loved reading your post! And thank you for including this photo - a beautiful location and a beautiful soul! It's an honor to walk with you...
I have been in lasting freedom and am so excited about the progress I am making with recovery! Lasting freedom provides community based video chats to develop relationships and accountability. I also really enjoy the video content each week and most important the Christian aspect. Recovery can be possible and finding balance is helping women get out of isolation and developing knowledge and community thank you !
Finding Balance has been a huge help for me as I work toward freedom from my binge eating. It has given me community, helped me to know I'm not alone, given me practical tools for application, and led me to a deeper relationship with God. I'm so thankful to have found the Finding Balance program and the life change they have helped to facilitate.
Finding balance is a great resource for anyone struggling with an eating disorder and/or body image issues... Also the daily vitamin devotion is always spot on!!!
Thank you, Debbie!
FINDINGbalance's Lasting Freedom program changed my life! I now have a strong support system to help me when I am struggling with disordered eating, depression, and body challenges. With community, friends, and a stronger sense of my value to my family, friends, and my community, I am able to get out of my isolation and am making friends, forming new bonds, and using my gifts of encouragement more extensively. I know I am a child of God who is beautiful in His sight. I honestly do not believe I would be alive today if it were not for FINDINGbalance and their supportive faith-based recovery program.
My husband & I have been involved with FINDINGbalance for about 10 years, and for the past 5 years as volunteers, 4 of which we helped during their annual Hungry for Hope event where both professionals & laypeople come together to be educated on eating disorders & body image issues, as well as be spiritually inspired. Fb currently has an online recovery support group, Lasting Freedom, that has members from all over the world coming together to support & encourage each other as they/we seek freedom from disordered eating and body image challenges. I have been an active LF member for almost 2 years, currently volunteering as the Lasting Freedom Site Moderator. The support of this community has helped me walk the recovery path with grace, strength, and a solid faith-based foundation! I love this community and this ministry so much!
Even though I don't struggle with an eating disorder, when others have forwarded Findingbalance daily devotionals to me that have touched their hearts and brought them timely comfort, I have found them to be spot-on Biblically, profoundly deep, and motivationally inspiring.
Thank you for posting, friend. So glad the DV's have been meaningful to you!
Finding Balance has helped me in the most holistic sense, from community building in my own life and online, to giving me practical tools, forums to delve deeper into topics, and accountability in my recovery process. I don't know where I would've ended up without their support.
Thank you for these kind words, friend. We're honored to journey with you toward freedom!
I have been a member of the Finding Balance program for 18 months. In that time my physical, but more importantly my mental health, has improved beyond belief. Prior to joining the program I was considering treatment options, inpatient and partial hospitalization had helped in the past but would mean leaving my job and family. Finding Balance allowed me to recover more fully than ever before, as process that I am still continuing today at home as a newlywed.
Through Finding Balance, I have discovered more about my faith and myself than I could have imagined. I have gone from fearing any carbohydrate-based foods and shaking at the sight of a scale to choosing pasta for dinner and throwing my scale in the garbage. This program has not only guided me in discovering my faith and courage in the Lord, but also has provided me with a community a like-minded individuals who are some of the first people I want to share my victories, and who are the first to offer support when I need more help.
Thank you for sharing this, friend! It has been an honor to journey with you!
This is an amazing organization working hard to encourage and support women struggling with eating disorders and food addictions. Using a Christ centered approach the healing process begins and each member becomes part of a supportive and private community to share hope and wisdom, fears and doubts. For women who often feel alone and misunderstood, Lasting Freedom is a place to connect with others who understand the struggle and find hope during a process that feels daunting and impossible. I am always thankful that God led me to this community and I am amazed to find encouragement each time I log on and join a group, no matter how much I want to avoid reality, it really is a place for life giving hope and joy.
SO glad to know our mission has been serving you well! Thank you for sharing. - cr
Everyone has been kind and generous. They've been eager to help and offer support.
Thank you for the kind words. We count it a privilege to walk with you! - cr
After decades of struggling with disordered eating and image issues I found Findingbalance and all of its resources a few years ago. Constance Rhodes book, 'Life Inside the Thin Cage' resonated with my heart on so many levels and I continued to go back to the website for any new resources and information that could help my recovery. There's not a faith based program in my area, and so this past year, I was extremely grateful to find FB had developed an online venue for those seeking support in recovery. I joined that online program, lasting freedom, and found a safe place and genuine people with whom I can unpack struggles, chase God's grace and finally be free to be the heart and body God has created me to be. Eternally grateful for FB and lasting freedom. becca
Grateful for you, Becca, and for your encouraging words. Thank you for sharing! - cr
GREAT PEOPLE!!! They have helped many people find Grace in God!
Thanks! - cr
So thankful to find something that could meet my needs of fellowship, teaching, and understanding. It was an economical addition to my recovery. Looking forward to being able to continue to grow with this wonderful organization.
Working with the Finding Balance Program and participating in their on line program "Lasting Freedom" is bringing so much Hope into my life! This program has challenged me to work at changing my own attitude about so much in my life. I am learning that God is right here with me all the time. I am learning to ask God's help and realize that I am not on this journey all by myself. The facilitators of this program are just so very honest and patient. They nudge you just when you need a "nudge" and they share their own struggles in such a genuine way.
I am making positive forward progress. This progress might be deemed slow by some but I am learning that "slow" is real progress. I was experiencing so much shame in my life over my compulsive overeating. I just did not think I could ask God to help me first because I felt like such a failure. Finding Balance has taught me to try each and every day to put God first in my life.
I am so very grateful that God led me to Finding Balance. I had been struggling with my eating disorder for years. Periods of Recovery and then periods of relapse. I have been in Recovery successfully from addictions for 29 years. My personal struggles with my overeating have been longstanding. I just could not seem to get recovery with my overeating - I needed something more for the Eating Disorder. I appreciate all the people and programs that have given me support. However, I am finding and developing such a sustaining relationship with God thru a woman's program called Lasting Freedom. Finding Balance has such dedicated facilitators and many of them with there own personal recovery from an Eating Disorder. God Bless all the staff. Maggie/AZ
Maggie, it has truly been a pleasure serving you! Thank you for sharing your kind words here. - cr
I've been involved with Finding Balance for over a year and have the highest regard for the organization and what they are doing. It is ran by people with hearts for God and serving others. What I appreciate about Finding Balance is they are very clear on what their mission is and very deliberate in going about it. Through Finding Balance I have gained a closer walk with God, a community of Christian women who are committed to God and their recovery and great strides in my own recovery. I truly believe in what Finding Balance is about and hope to be a part of it's success for years to come.
I have been apart of FindingBalance this summer after completing treatment at Selah House last year. They have been such an integral part of my continued recovery and helped in growing my faith. Thanks to Constance, Jeannette, Bethany and the whole team. I feel so blessed to have you as part of my support team. Love you and am so grateful for you.