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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Eating Disorders & Addictions, Mental Health, Religion

Mission: To provide easily-accessible, Christ-centered resources for food and body image issues.

Results: Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. "Daily Vitamin" eDevotional provides truth and inspiration 5 days a week to thousands of readers. "Hungry for Hope" conference has been attended by nearly a thousand people in the last seven years. More than 250 women were served through our "Lasting Freedom" support program (2013-2020), which is now available as a virtual, self-study course, for eating disorder professionals to use with clients, and community discussion groups led by FINDINGbalance. From October 2021 to March 2022, 63 women and men were served through our community prayer groups and Bible study.

Target demographics: People seeking Christ-centered help for food and body image issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve thousands each day virtually via our Daily Vitamin eDevo and online resources including our Lasting Freedom course.

Geographic areas served: Anywhere someone has access to a computer.

Programs: www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 600+ FREE videos, articles, and book resources. Christian Treatment Finder - Online resource and referral network for professionals working with eating disorders. "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv Community prayer groups and Bible studies

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Leah W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but good things to say about FINDINGbalance. Over the years I have engaged with many of their materials, including books, a DVD study, and most recently the fully on-line Lasting Freedom series. As a Christian I appreciate that their materials are Christ-centered, but they are also appropriate for people of different faith backgrounds. FINDINGbalance has been a critical component in my journey towards healing and wholeness as it relates to food and body image. If you are also seeking healing in this area, I strongly encourage you to check out FINDINGbalance.

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findingbalance We are so honored to be part of your journey, Leah. Thank you for sharing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first started LF back in December 21, I was so incredibly desperate for a change. Fearful of failure and another ‘diet’. Freedom seemed like a pipe dream.

Lasting Freedom has turned my world upside down in the best possible way. I am learning and growing and with HIS Spirit, I am letting go of what has kept me enslaved for 40 years.

I am extremely grateful for the gift of being able to participate in Lasting Freedom. He set this journey in motion and I know HE will be the one to continue to do the work in my life. All for HIS glory

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findingbalance 05/19/2022

What an encouraging God-story, Linda! We are rejoicing to hear how He has placed people and resources in your life at just the right time. God is SO GOOD. What an honor to walk alongside you into freedom! - Chrissy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eating disorders thrive on shame, fear, and isolation. When God led me to Finding Balance's website and specifically to their Lasting Freedom modules, I was reeling from a recent diagnosis of "severe anorexia nervosa." I needed trustworthy truth to hold on to. Where else can you find that but in God's Word? I love how Finding Balance consistently points me to Christ and to Scripture. My anorexia is not gone, but I live in hope. The video lessons with Christian dieticians, counsellors, pastors, and ED survivors have been hugely instrumental in giving me hope and courage for the journey. They've motivated me to seek out a team of caregivers and to keep on fighting to enjoy the freedom for which Christ has set me free. Thank you, Finding Balance team!

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findingbalance 08/23/2021

What a powerful testimony of how God showed up for you through our Lasting Freedom course! As you continue in your journey, hope keeps you moving forward and we know God will be faithful as you continue pressing on. Thank you for letting us be a part of your freedom story! - Chrissy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been searching for support with my disordered eating that made sense in my life and my walk with Christ. I was seeking desperately for motivation to free me from this prison. I found the focus for this in the support on FINDINGbalance and the online resources have helped me begin to find freedom. It's an ongoing battle but one I believe is possible to overcome with this support. It makes a significant difference in my life every time I listen to a virtual program and I really notice if I miss a week.

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findingbalance 08/23/2021

We are rejoicing to hear you've found freedom from your food struggles through the Lasting Freedom course! It is an honor to be a part of the wonderful work God is doing in your life. - Chrissy

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was looking for help with recovery from an eating disorder and came across Finding Balance. Their resources have been overwhelmingly helpful. While the journey is not easy, I don't think I would have even started without finding the help I have through Finding balance.

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findingbalance 08/23/2021

Thank you for sharing how FINDINGbalance resources have helped in your food journey, Karen! This journey is certainly not easy, but it's a journey worth taking. We're honored to be part of your great adventure! - Chrissy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful to Finding Balance for helping me to see it is possible to find freedom from constant dieting, disordered eating and body shame. The high level of content in their videos is so helpful and encouraging!

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findingbalance 08/03/2021

We are SO glad to hear how our Lasting Freedom course has helped you in your journey to freedom. Excited to hear how God continues to show up for you in the next season! - Chrissy

2 Neils B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance has been such a key to my healing and recovery on my journey. They keep the focus on the Truths of God. I am so thankful for this organization and pray that they will continue to be a blessing to many more who are struggling!

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findingbalance 08/03/2021

Thank you for sharing, Neils! We are so glad to hear how God has used this season to grow you in ways you didn't expect. Looking forward to seeing what He continues to do for you in this next season! - Chrissy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance has helped me merge two worlds I had long kept separate, God and my eating disorder, and in that to find deep healing, hope, and the sense that others understand. I think everyone could benefit hugely from going through their modules!!

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findingbalance 08/03/2021

Thank you for sharing some of your story, friend. We are grateful to be able to be a part of the amazing work God is doing in you.... and SO glad the Lasting Freedom course has impacted your life! - Chrissy

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a gift Finding Balance has been! As a counselor I am so grateful for a resource I can offer to clients that is rich in sound content, and practical resources. Community and compassionate support are so important in anyone's journey towards healing/wholeness- and I believe individuals can find both at Finding Balance. From a clinical standpoint I think they address the topics of body image and challenges around eating very professionally and ethically. From a believers standpoint, I think they so faithfully tie in the beautiful strength of God's love and provision in the recovery process. There so are many wellness issues that any individual can face, it is a blessing to have a non for profit that speaks to one of those issues so thoroughly. And while they exemplify the definition of a five star non for profit, they do so with a level of personalization and care that is extremely unique. I smile to think of all who will benefit from their service, and the fruit that will come from their future!

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findingbalance 07/26/2021

Thank you for sharing this! It is an honor to serve and to network with people who share a like-minded passion for helping others find freedom through Truth.

2 Dianna L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had lost hope before I found Finding Balance. I have experienced the grace & hope I was searching for! I will be forever grateful for what Finding Balance taught me about myself and my struggles with food and body image. Thank you for helping me to find true freedom!!

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findingbalance 07/26/2021

Thank you for sharing some of your story, Dianna. We are so grateful to be a part of the amazing work God is doing in you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every night when I am alone and have to sit at the table and force myself to eat I realize what a tremendous blessing this ministry is as I play their videos to help me get through what can be some of the darkest moments . This website is such an encouragement and has invaluable resources. It is such a comfort to know I'm not alone and to walk with those who have been through the same battle and can point to the Lord and say but by the grace of God go I. Special thanks to all the work these people do behind the scenes and for making it available to us who otherwise for one reason or another don't have garden variety treatments available. They do so much and yet they give complete glory to God and does the Bible says if you walk with the wise you will grow wise. I am so thankful for this ministry that points us to the truth and reorients us to how much God loves us and there is nothing new under the sun. I almost consider this ministry as part of my family because of how often I watch videos and learn scripture from them. Please support them as they are doing God's Kingdom work. They are very personable and have a passion that you can just sense. I look forward to meeting these ladies and gentlemen in heaven one day and offering my personal note of thanks for their hard work and humility , service and love.

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findingbalance 07/26/2021

What a powerful testimony of how God is showing up through our Lasting Freedom course! So happy to know that even as you continue struggling, your hope keeps you moving forward. God is not threatened by our questions, and I know He will be faithful as you continue pressing forward! Thank you for letting us be a part of that journey for you. - ck

1 Hannah H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon FindingBalance a few years ago while looking for anything and everything to help me seek the Lord for healing from my eating disorder. Unfortunately, I found next to nothing online that was free or helpful. But then I found FindingBalance. This organization’s resources, particularly the daily email devotional, are incredibly encouraging to me. While my inbox is inundated with dozens of emails I never bother to read, I ALWAYS open my email from FindingBalance because I know it will point me to Christ and challenge the eating disorder thoughts with poignant truths that are exactly what I need to hear. Thank you, FindingBalance!!!

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findingbalance 08/05/2020

Thank you for sharing this testimonial, Hannah! It blesses us to know that our work is touching lives, including yours. - cr

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

FindingBalance gave me the "tough love" I needed, when I most needed it. My recovery could not have progressed without the support I received from the wonderful people at findingBalance.

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findingbalance 08/05/2020

Thank you for sharing this! We always want to love people well. So glad that was your experience! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've struggled with a tenacious eating disorder for over 20 years (about half my life), and for most of that time have understood that my issues with body image, shame, control, and fear are spiritual in nature - that is, heal-able only by knowing who I am in Christ... my identity as a beloved child. I continue to struggle mightily with my E.D., despite knowing that God is mightier still - I have much distrust and mis-beliefs about God's nature to still work through, but FINDINGbalance has kept me on the path of truth. I have hope for recovery, however long it might take, because of FINDINGbalance and my participation in Lasting Freedom - the stories I hear from those who have recovered, the just-at-the-right-time encouragement from the webinar speakers, the prayers and fearless love of Jeanette and Constance... My life has definitely been touched in tangible and intangible ways, and I am incredibly grateful for this community.

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findingbalance 05/02/2016

Awesome! So happy to know that even as you continue struggling through your questions, your hope keeps you moving forward. God is not threatened by our questions, and I know he will be faithful as you continue pressing forward! Thank you for letting us be a part of that journey for you. - cr

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Donor

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance has been such a blessing in my life. Whether I’m having a good day or bad, the daily vitamin always speaks to my heart and brings my focus back to Jesus and His love. There are days when I feel reading my daily vitamin is the only step forward I take towards Jesus and recovery. It may not seem like enough, but I know God is using it powerfully. It’s so encouraging to be reminded that the struggles I think are unique to me are actually ones that others are fighting daily as well. It gives me strength and grace to keep pressing on one day at a time.

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findingbalance 08/05/2020

Thank you for your kind words, Heather. We are so glad the Daily Vitamin is a blessing in your life, and we are grateful for your support which allows us to share it with more and more people! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Constance Rhodes and everyone at FINDINGBalance were there with words of truth when I needed to hear them. ED was taking over my thinking, but through the videos and Daily Vitamin, I not only heard truth but learned to speak it about how I was feeling and what I had held within myself for years. I am now healed and continue to read the Daily Vitamin as I walk on this path, being reminded of the truth as I walk forward. I am so thankful for FINDINGbalance.

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findingbalance 08/04/2020

Thank you for the kind and encouraging words, Susanne! It is a blessing to serve you in this way. - cr

1 Rebecca G.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally have benefited from the work of Finding Balance for about 15 years, during it's infancy! I'm so grateful for these short, daily vitamins that I receive in my inbox, they provide such a boost to me spiritually and emotionally.

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findingbalance 08/03/2020

Rebecca, thank you for your kind words of encouragement! It has certainly been our pleasure to serve you all these years! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FB’s Daily Vitamin (a daily devo for disordered eaters) is my much anticipated morning boost ,,, i often print it off and leave it in the kitchen as a constant reminder of God’s love. i’ve found nothing like it elsewhere!

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findingbalance 08/03/2020

Thank you for sharing your story here, Kari! We love knowing that these little eDevos are making a difference and reminding people that they are LOVED. - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance is on an essential mission to see all people live free from the tyranny of disordered eating. While I never had an official diagnosed eating disorder, I was still welcomed into their community. This validation of my struggle began to help me peel back the layers to gain access to healing on levels I was not yet even aware of. The community is authentic. The content is unmatched. The leadership is committed to seeing people find lasting freedom. I had tasted freedom, but it wasn't until God brought me through curriculum that I broke free for good. Highly recommend this training for anyone who is looking to learn how to navigate a better relationship with food and/or their bodies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came to Finding Balance, I knew I needed help, but I didn't even know what kind of help I needed. I had tried so many things to break free from eating issues, but I now realize I was really just trying to exist in diet culture and never really be free from it. Finding Balance has opened my eyes. I love that God is at the center and this group understands that all our efforts are in vain if not rooted in Christ.

2 Jessica B.17

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with FindingBalance could be summed up in one sentence: I had no idea I was living my life on shifting sand. I thought I had a good grasp on things; my faith, my abilities, my strengths, even my eating & life habits - but every dream or good desire for my life always felt like a moving target. What this organization has given me is deep insight into how God created me, why He created me and how He would have me live in this world. The knowledge they provided, and the love and care they took to cultivate and customize it, was the solid foundation I needed to truly live a victorious life. I'm so grateful God crossed our paths together!

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findingbalance 07/01/2020

Thank you for sharing your story, Jessica! We are so glad to hear how God has used this season to grow you in ways you didn't expect. Looking forward to seeing what he continues to do for you in this next season!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a Godsend. This was the missing piece in my eating disorder recovery: a Christ-centered ministry that speaks truth to counteract the lies that Satan and our culture constantly bombard us with. Webinars are shared by experts in the field on numerous topics to help in the journey, and there is support from close community with others also striving for freedom. The daily devotional e-mailed each morning is such a blessing to keep our focus on God's truth. Best of all are the small groups led by mentors who have walked this path before, who are willing to share their insight, wisdom, and experience, challenge our thinking and remind us of our identity in Christ, and encourage us to identify and take the next right step (then the next and the next). It is life-changing!

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findingbalance 06/29/2020

Thank you for your kind words, friend. It's our honor to journey with you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance was and is integral in my healing process. They’ve been an anchor and a compass that pointed me towards restoration and kept me going when I just wanted to give up. They provided applicable and tangible truth in times where I couldn’t tell left from right.
I will always be grateful for their walking with me through some of the hardest years of my life.

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findingbalance 06/29/2020

Thank you for sharing some of your story, friend. We are grateful to be able to be a part of the amazing work God is doing in you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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findingbalance 03/16/2017

Thank you for these kind words, friend. We're honored to journey with you toward freedom!

2 Chrissy K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an answer to prayer, God brought FINDINGbalance into my life when I felt I'd hit the pit of rock bottom with disordered eating and body dysmorphia. The strongholds that have enslaved me for over 20 years have not only been broken, THEY'VE BEEN SHATTERED! I am beyond thankful for this Christ-centered program and wish everyone who struggles could find lasting freedom!

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findingbalance 06/29/2020

Amen, Chrissy! Thank you for sharing your story and for being part of the army of truth-tellers God is raising up in this fight!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be grateful for the Christ-centered catalyst that is Finding Balance. They were able to provide a pathway for me to walk with Christ to find freedom from my disordered eating lifestyle that had riddled me for 25+ years. They provided education, encouragement, accountability, and words to feelings I had never been able to describe. The Lord met me in all of this and ushered me in to life lived ALIVE in Him alone. Forever thankful for the hearts and dedication to all involved!

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findingbalance 06/29/2020

We are so honored to be part of your journey, friend. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Findingbalance is great!! It's like having a Christian companion right in my phone every day giving me the Holy Spirit's word for the day that I need to hear.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love receiving the e devos each day to help me to focus on my recovery and strengthen my relationship with god. FINDINGbalance is so motivational to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is a unique and greatly needed resource in the ED recovery community. My only hope is in Christ alone, and this ministry always points to Him first. The Daily Vitamins are so timely; both convicting and encouraging to me. The webinars, community support and events are all amazing as well. I’ve been so excited for the growth I’ve seen over the years; and all God has in store next. On a personal level, Constance has become one of the most trusted support people on my recovery journey. She’s shared so much wisdom and so many prayers with/for me; I can’t thank her (and God!) enough for the tremendously positive impact in my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon FINDINGbalance when I did a bible study by Alyssa Bethke. It has been a life changer for me. I find so much encouragement, freedom, and absolute support. I love the Instagram page and the daily vitamin devotional emails. I love the authenticity and the the grace that they represent. Can’t say enough about the nonprofit and I hope to be in one of their groups in the near future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be indebted to this organization/ministry. FB saved my life. Jesus used this ministry to teach me what RECOVERY is, that FREEDOM from ED/body image issues IS possible, and to teach me SOOOO much about myself: physically, spiritually, emotionally etc. I’d give FB a million stars if that was an option. Thank you to all who support this community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across Finding Balance one day when I was searching for information on a physical issue I was having, and I was struck by the information I saw on their website. I was living overseas in the Middle East, and I had been struggling with disordered eating for about 4 years. I sent a message to see if participating in the program from overseas would be possible, and I was told yes. I signed up for the program and got placed in a fantastic group of ladies. I had to wake up in the middle of the night for the group chat, which was a challenge, but I did it for the entire program and I don't regret it for a moment. The Lasting Freedom program has been such a blessing, both from the weekly webinars and also from the encouragement of being in community with other women who are dealing with the same struggles. Finding a program that deals with eating disorders in a Christ-centered way was exactly what I needed, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go through the program. It was truly a life-changing experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is a lifechanging resource and I highly recommend it for anyone walking through the journey of an eating disorder. Each week the webinars through the Lasting Freedom program speak to just what I need to hear. They address the hard topics such as tackling complex emotions or what to do when you find yourself in the “body comparison trap.” The webinars are memorable and relatable as each speaker has shared most of the same eating disorder struggles. Group times help you realize that you aren’t alone in your struggles, and you discover that each member has so much wisdom. The activities after each lesson help to solidify the teaching points from the webinar with fun and engaging activities – all this with Jesus Christ as the foundation. The transformation and clarity of mind that is experienced as you progress through the modules is amazing. I would definitely recommend this program! I am not the same person I was at the beginning of Module One and I have FINDINGbalance, my group members, and most importantly God to thank for this!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is an amazing ministry that has changed countless lives of those seeking the Lord for health and healing of their bodies, mind, and spirit. I came to FINDINGbalance about 2 years ago desperately desiring a “healthy body” (read “lose weight”). Through their online support program called Lasting Freedom, I learned new ways of looking at food, exercise and myself, but more importantly, the Lord used this program to gently instruct me on the underlying heart issues that were driving my unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.

Through the program I’ve learned so many things:
• How to receive peace and acceptance and love;
• The importance of feeling my feelings AND developing healthy coping mechanisms;
• The power in using my voice, and inviting others into my struggle;
• How to forgive those who have hurt me;
• How to release shame and receive grace;
• How to dispel lies from Satan; and
• The importance of trust and daily/hourly surrender to Jehovah-Rapha, “The God Who Heals”

For me one of the key components that enabled my recovery from body image issues and disordered eating was COMMUNITY. Each week our small group (from across the world) met to discuss webinar content and to encourage and pray for each other. Our community experience was also supported by an online chat room where, during the week, we could post questions, praises, prayer requests and look to each other for accountability as we took our “Next Right Step” for the week.

We live in a fallen world…each of us has hurts and sorrows and wounds…AND God is good. He uses everything for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28 – 30). He is writing a beautiful redemption story in each of our lives. If you are looking for freedom from the bondage of body image issues and disordered eating, I would highly recommend this Biblically-sound, Christ-focused approach to finding balance with food, weight, and wellness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance has been a huge blessing to me-- I am SO thankful to the Lord for bringing this amazing resource into my life! I look forward so much to weekly meetings with my coaches and the other ladies in my group. I find SO much strength, understanding and support here-- more than I have found anywhere else. It has been such a safe place to share and be open, to find encouragement and practical recovery steps, and connect with others who are walking this same path. It is so hard to find Christ-centered support and help, so this is a true gem! Through the FINDINGbalance website, I was also able to find and connect with an incredible Christian dietitian who is helping me so much in my recovery journey. I am so grateful to all the incredible people who have poured their hearts and lives into providing such an incredible resource!

~Amanda H.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am very thankful to have found Finding Balance. A year ago, When I determined that my disordered eating was becoming a negative spiral downward again, I found a lot of free resources and helpful information just by searching on the website. I was also encouraged by the many people who shared freedom stories. I was drawn to this resource specifically because it did address the problem from a holistic perspective including my Christian faith as part of the healing process. The Christ centered approach was different from other resources that I had tried.

I have been involved in the Lasting Freedom program for the past year, and have seen significant growth with my insight regarding disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. I have also learned to apply my faith more aggressively to target the root of the disorder.

The support of the groups and coaches have been so helpful in journey. I learn so much from the program content, and other members. I am encouraged to keep working at things since I am not alone in this fight. I also have been impressed with the many high caliber professionals who are involved in the program and providing content.

I would highly recommend Finding Balance and Lasting Freedom to anyone seeking out this type of resource. It is a great adjunct to individual therapy for those needing more intensive counseling.

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Rating: 5

I have been a member of Finding Balance for a year now and have found this community to be more helpful than anything else I have done for myself in recovery. The Christ-centered approach has meant so much, as well as having others who join me in their faith on the path toward healing and recovery. All of the webinars and presenters are so knowledgeable and experienced in the field of eating disorders, and the group facilitators are compassionate and inspiring. I have learned so much that I can practically apply to my life and recovery every day. I highly recommend this program to anyone struggling with an eating disorder, or disordered eating and body image issues.

Rebekah

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findingbalance 08/05/2019

Thank you for such a kind review, Rebekah. It's our pleasure to serve you. :)

1 Margaret80

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Rating: 5

I have struggled with my eating disorder for years. Finding Balance is a professionally and also peer led Program. This Program has taught me so very much and thru their Lasting Freedom support I am finding freedom from my addictive overeating. I could never put into words all that I have learned in this program. At 73 years of age I am finally finding the "freedom" I have been searching for so long in my life. Unfortunately, routine therapy was not helping my problem eating but Finding Balance is led by those who have "walked the walk" and understand the struggle! They also taught me that I do not ever have to walk this journey alone. I can and DO ask God into this struggle with me and He is helping me on a daily basis.

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Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

After privately struggling with the chaos and bondage of body image issues and disordered eating for much of my life, God led me to the FINDINGbalance ministry through a web search. I have been tremendously blessed, positively challenged, and faithfully encouraged by this ministry and their online support program called "Lasting Freedom". During each cycle of the "Lasting Freedom" program, our group members (from all over the country!) meet weekly to discuss key takeaways from guest webinars, and we pray for one another in very specific ways. I've also been deeply encouraged by my group facilitator's feedback and reflections on my personal S.M.A.R.T. goals set for each cycle. As part of the "Lasting Freedom" program, there is even an online board to post prayer requests and praises so our community is able to instantly support one another.

Through the FINDINGbalance Christian Treatment Finder, I was also connected to a Christian coach who I continue to meet with via Zoom video conferencing. This distance coaching and Godly counseling has supported me tremendously in my recovery journey.

In our culture and society, body image issues and eating disorders are often very difficult to talk about with others. It's humbling to journey through these intimate fears and questions though in a safe Christian community, and there is much freedom in bringing darkness into light! The FINDINGbalance ministry is helping me grow more courage to eat intuitively and respect/nurture/enjoy the body God created me in, while deepening my faith, trust, and walk with Christ. I truly believe that no matter what our story or struggles, God will use our brokenness for His glory. I am eternally grateful for this ministry and for the people that are making it available and possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance is truly an amazing ministry with not only the potential to change lives but to save lives! The driving forces behind Finding Balance have not only inspired me, but have also restored hope within me that was nearly gone. To all of you who make Finding Balance what it is, thank you so much for your passion and dedication!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm forever grateful for the webinars, community and opportunity of recovery from years of struggles with food and body image. Finding balance has changed many lives, mine included. They keep the forum for sharing safe and information faith-filled.

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Rating: 5

When I found Finding Balance almost 4 years ago, I knew it was where I needed to be. I remember wanting some kind of support that wasn't as intensive as therapy, but more than just positive platitudes about recovering from an eating disorder. The number one item of importance for me was that this program was Christian based. That, to me, was and is, the key to a successful recovery. My problems with disordered eating and body image were deep. For me, the realization that there is a spiritual battle going on behind the scenes was very real. My desire was and is that I am able to live my full, God given potential in life. I can say, that with new and faith-building skills learned throughout this program, I am living in freedom. For me, freedom means that those thoughts, pattern, and external circumstances that would've led me onto a path of disordered eating and thinking, are now processed and dealt with in a way that doesn't require those old ways. I am grateful to this program and am honored to now be in the position of using my experience to come alongside those who struggle. I do believe, as Paul says in Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is an amazing program that not a lot of people know about and should. The volunteers and staff provide web-based support that is Christ centered for those struggling with food and body issues. As if that wasn't enough, they have other resources, programs and even a conference (hungry for hope) that is an amazing well of information, healing and hope! The information and support that is provided by this program is at the level of any professional treatment program, university level or professional organization with one difference, you can sense God's presence and feel Him at work. I am a proud supporter of this non-profit and feel that it is on the front lines of the future of therapy, and in line with all God is doing in these time to reach all who want help. Constance and her staff work tirelessly to produce content in each webinar that is more than effective to help heal those with food and body struggles. I CAN NOT wait to see the growth and future of this program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a clinician that works with eating disorders I can honestly say that we are blessed to have finding balance as a resource. The volunteers are amazing at helping and putting together meaningful experiences where those that suffer from eating issues can have space to heal. God uses this non profit to heal the hearts of many. We are blessed too have this resource, that.can be used all over the world,

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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findingbalance 03/20/2017

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...

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is very inspirational for finding freedom from food anxiety through Christ and provides many resources I am very thankful for it

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Thank you for sharing that!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

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!!!

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findingbalance 03/20/2017

Thank you, Debbie!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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findingbalance 03/20/2017

Thank you for posting, friend. So glad the DV's have been meaningful to you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thank you for sharing this, friend! It has been an honor to journey with you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

SO glad to know our mission has been serving you well! Thank you for sharing. - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone has been kind and generous. They've been eager to help and offer support.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thank you for the kind words. We count it a privilege to walk with you! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Grateful for you, Becca, and for your encouraging words. Thank you for sharing! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GREAT PEOPLE!!! They have helped many people find Grace in God!

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thanks! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I love about Finding Balance is how real, honest and raw we can be. We can listen, and answer to help each other. We share scripture, music and stories. It's all about the Faith based COMMUNITY! That's what I love!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dealt with addictions, eating disorders and self esteem problems my whole life. I started Finding Balance and GOD has worked through them to me! The learning videos have been spot on, we are all from different walks of life, but we are all so similar. And we ate learning, supporting and being blessed!!
Best group EVER!!

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findingbalance 05/02/2016

Love it! Thank you for sharing, and for letting us walk with you! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Daily Vitamin speaks the Truth of Jesus to me every day. It's like He knows just what I need to hear and remember and the DV is His affirming His Presence in my life. God uses Constance and her findingbalance team to know how to be active in faith in Jesus, encourages us to take the "next right step" in faith and away from our unhealthy behaviors and thoughts. I love love love this devotional and all that findingbalance continues to do to reach us with unhealthy eating and body image issues.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Thank you SO much for sharing this! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Daily emails inspire me to stay on track. I'm very grateful for them.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Awesome! Grateful that they're hitting the spot!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very thankful for this encouraging and uplifting message every morning.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

You are most welcome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Daily Vitamins are a constant encouragement and reminder in my life, so wonderfully written.