I am a 55 year old Christian woman who has battled with the many addictions including overeating, painkiller dependancy, body dismorphia, pornography to name a few. For over 26 years I struggled to find solutions to the consequences of these addictions as the solutions on offer were really saying ‘all you need is willpower’ or ‘just believe in yourself’. These solutions only last a few months or maybe a few years but at the end of the day I have found that our human solutions do not provide permanent change.
Particularly with weight issues I was fed up of the scales defining who I was, confirming each time that I didn’t quite measure up. Over the years I have realised that my identity isn’t in the way my body measures up but in how I live out this life, in the life choices I make. But surely these are the very life choices that got me in this mess in the first place.
I have found that Jesus does have something to say to us, in fact Jesus is the very source of our identity.
I also have a journey to share, I have the perspective of an addict, a person who has experienced the despair that addiction brings and found the truth of God’s word as it shines into the darkness of a sinful heart that had been hardened by the burdens of life.
This blog is an honest attempt to encourage others to turn away from the promises of escape and open our hearts to the possibility that our maker might have something to say to restore the hearts of those he has created.
I hope and pray that in a small way this blog will encourage you to fight the good fight, to seek help for the journey and along the way discover the truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we could live a new life separated from the compulsion to sin which enables us to look beyond ourselves and see a glimmer of hope…….the certain hope that is only found in Jesus Christ.
I would like to encourage you to share this journey with me and honestly seek to find a new identity, a new purpose and a passion for living.
Angela T. McDonald