I’ve emailed you a few times before, but I just wanted to let you know how you & your site have impacted me since last time I emailed. At that time, I was hoping to lose a little weight but I was scared because I have previously dealt with disordered eating and was fearful of attempting a diet (worried that I would fall back into old patterns).
For Christmas, I got a Barnes & Noble gift card, which I used to purchase your devotional and cookbook. I am committed to trying EVERY recipe in the cookbook :) Most importantly, though, is how the devotional has impacted me. At the beginning, I dismissed it and felt like many days were “simple” and not “deep enough” for me. By the end, I was copying paragraphs out of it into my journal. So much of it spoke such truth to me! Now that I am done reading it once, I am working through the workbook/questions that go with it. Through reading that + my Bible daily, I have grown more confident and bold in my relationship with Jesus and sharing with others, because I can see just how much HE has done for me- I can’t hold it in!
Last week, I printed off your prayers for marriage and began reading them every day. THIS HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE! Before, I was struggling to show respect to my new husband. Now I am seeing him as a son of the King like I am a daughter of the King- he is special and unique and greatly loved by God, so I should treat him as such!!
I love that the Dashing Dish ministry points readers to JESUS, not to you. I know you will take that as a compliment, not an insult :) Someone recently recommended the Tone It Up program to me. I looked over it for a couple of days, but felt so insecure and not as good as the ladies who founded it, Karena & Katrina. Your program, while also focusing on health, encourages self-worth rather than a certain image! You & Sarah teach that while it is okay to want to look nice, our identity does not lay in our appearance, but in Christ. Also in comparison to Tone It Up- you teach success through sustainability & self-sufficiency, NOT copying exactly what you do. Through your recipes I have learned healthy substitutions (such as Greek yogurt in everything!) that I can use in other recipes, too.
Finally, I never realized before you that I could be HEALED of my eating disorder that I faced in college. I always thought (and I was always told!) that this would be a lifelong battle. Anytime I was anxious, or skipped a meal due to busyness, or planned out my meals for the day (even if it was healthy), I feared that it would come creeping back. Thanks to your testimony, I know that because God is on my side, I do not have to fear disordered eating. He has conquered it already FOR me! (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)
So, I really just wanted to say thank you. I’m sure so many other people say the same things over & over and I’m sorry for the excessively long email, but I really felt the need to tell you how much your ministry has done for me. I can’t thank you enough.