Thursday, November 26, 2009

Prepare To Be Amazed

This is a message I recently received via Facebook. I wanted to share it will all you faithful supporters out there. Thank you, Dawn, for your beautiful message! (posted by Angela Vrba)

Hello,You don't know me but my name is Dawn and I came across your daughter's blog on the Mercy Girls page. I felt very compelled to write you and just tell you how amazing it is that she is at Mercy and how much God will change her life during her time there. I am walking in Freedom from a 13 year eating disorder because of God and a Mercy graduate from the Nashville home. This girl shared with me about Mercy, about Freedom, and became my mentor, I now have walked in Freedom for over 2 years. Freedom from an eating disorder is literally the most amazing thing ever!! Your daughter's new life will resemble nothing like her old life, be prepared to be amazed! When God grabs hold of a heart that was for years starving the life out of it He can do amazing things! Freedom is for real, eating normally is for real and having a positive relationship with food is real. There are many, many freedom walkers from eating disorders walking around in this country and I pray that Meagan will become one of them.

Dawn Shay Normal, IL

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Journey continues....

First and foremost, Meagan is doing very well. The journey continues to be challenging, but it is most definitely an "incredible journey". That "broken heart" Meagan speaks of on her blog profile is being healed and transformed in ways she never dreamt possible. "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:25-27

So much is being revealed to her each day. Most importantly, she is beginning to see herself as God sees her. Always before she has seen herself through the eyes of the world. The enemy has preyed upon her and held her in bondage, thus resulting in the destructive eating behaviors. Those strongholds are being torn down everyday as she is learning to use God's word as the measure of truth about who she is. She has shared many scriptures that have been ministering to her. I'd like to share a few of those and the application she's been able to use for her life.

Luke 8: 43-48 In Luke and in several other gospels the story is told of the women who had suffered with a disease for 12 years, and no one had been able to heal her. She touched the edge of Jesus' coat, and instantly she was healed. Jesus said to her "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace." ~ Meagan shared that she could relate to this woman because she too had suffered with a disease, an eating disorder, for 12 years. She is learning to believe and trust in the only source of true healing ~ Jesus Christ.

Psalms 45:11 The king loves your beauty. Because he is your master, you should obey him. Recently one of the Mercy graduates came and stayed at Mercy for a few days. Meagan said that they really connected, since she had dealt with many of the same difficulties as Meagan. She shared the above scripture with Meagan. This particular passage in Psalms is a song for the King's wedding. She said that she has been able to see how she must think of herself as the "bride of Christ", He sees her beauty and loves her. He must be her first love, and as that relationship is developed and nutured, all other relationships will fall into place. Because He loves her so much and knows what is best for her, she must be obedient to Him. He is Her King! As we discussed this together during one of our phone conversations another aspect of this scripture was revealed. Verse 10 says...Listen to me, daughter; look and pay attention. Forget your people and your father's family. Wow-could that be a message that even dependency on her earthly family has gotten in the way of her relationship with God??? We both had an "ah-hah" moment, because we both know very well that is true. Yes, that is just what we do as a family, we depend on each other, but it is when that dependency takes the place of our dependency on God that we fall into unhealthy relationships.

Isaiah 52 and 53 have been so powerful. Most especially Isaiah 53:5. As Ruth Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, shared from her own experience, "place your name in a scripture and make it personal". Mrs Graham's favorite verse was Isaiah 53:5 "He was pierced for Meagan's transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought Meagan peace was upon him, and by his wounds I am healed" (v. 5). Ruth said, "I claimed that verse and then I knew that I would make it." So she did, and she received the comfort that comes by faith. Meagan, too is receiving that comfort.

Meagan continues to receive numerous blessings from the guests that speak and teach at Mercy each week. Recently a guest was there who is involved with a fitness business in the Dallas area. She said that he shared a great message that seemed to be just what was needed for all the girls at the Nashville home that week. She had the opportunity to talk with him afterwards and tell him that she is from Texas and has been at school the last several years at UNT. She asked him if he knew about the church she attends there, The Village Church, and he did and spoke very highly of the pastor Matt Chandler. He encouraged her to look him up when she returned to the Dallas area. Then she shared with me about an amazing experience with some women of faith from the Nashville area who came and prayed with each girl individually. She felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and was moved by the prayer that was said over her. She was amazed that this women, who had just met her before she prayed with her, had such insight into the desires of Meagan's heart.

All these experiences along with a better understanding and appreciation of God's Word continue to draw Meagan closer and closer to the Lord. He is renewing her mind. Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. We could even hear a change in her voice this past weekend when we talked to her. She is excited and hopeful about what God is doing in her life. We are praising God for all the progress she has made in the six weeks that she has been at Mercy. We can't even begin to imagine what tranformation is to come. All I know is that we are going to be "utterly amazed". You see, that is the message God has been laying on my heart for several months now. I BELIEVE IT! (Written and Posted by: Angela Vrba)

The Art of Thanksgiving

The Art of Thanksgiving

The art of Thanksgiving is Thanksliving.
It is gratitude in action.
It is thanking God for the gift
Of life by living it triumphantly.
It is thanking God for opportunities
By accepting them as a challenge
To achievement.
It is thanking God for inspiration
By trying to be an inspiration to others.
It is adding to your prayers of
Acts of thanksliving…

This says it all!! I received this and just had to share it! Thanksliving ~ what a concept! Gratitude in action ~ wow! What a difference it makes in our lives to daily acknowledge all that we have to be grateful for. Gratitude is medicine for the soul. It changes attitudes. It keeps us focused on all the good in our lives. What better time than Thanksgiving to begin Thanksliving!
(Posted by Angela Vrba)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Message from God

Precious Daughter

I made her…She is different…She is unique.
With love I formed her in her mother’s womb. (Psalms 139:13-16)
I fashioned her with great Joy.
I remember, with great pleasure, the day I created her.
I love her smile. I love her ways. I love to hear her laugh.
And the silly things she says and does. She brings me much pleasure.
This is how I made her. (Psalms 139:17)
I made her pretty and not beautiful, because I know
her heart, and knew she would be vain…
I wanted her to search out her heart, and
learn it would be Me, in her, that would make her beautiful…
And it would be Me in her that would draw friends to her. (1 Peter 3:3-5)
I made her in such a way that she would need me.
I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be…
Only because I need for her to lean and depend on me…
I know her heart, I know if I had not made her like this,
she would go her own chosen way and forget Me… her creator. (Psalms 62:5-8)
I have given her many good and happy things, because I Love her.
(Psalms 84:1) (Romans 8:32)
Because I love her, I have seen her broken heart,
and the tears she cried alone.
I have cried with her, and had a broken heart, too. (Psalm 56:8)
Many times she has stumbled and fallen alone,
only because she would not hold my hand.
So many lessons she’s learned the hard way,
because she would not listen to my voice… (Isaiah 62:2)
And now she is mine again… I made her, and then I bought her…
because I love her. I have to reshape and remold her…
To renew her to what I had planned for her to be.
It has not been easy for her or me. (Jeremiah 29:11) I want
her to be confirmed to my image… This high goal I have set for her, because...

I LOVE HER (II Corinthians 2:14)