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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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,
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