A Letter and Lots of Love to You, Dear Reader
I wish I could reach through the screen to hug you. I know you are there, on the other side of this screen, and I imagine your faces every time I sit here to write to you.
Over the years, through blogging, I’ve discovered this: “I’m not the only one.”
I’m not alone in my disordered thinking. I’m not alone in my self-doubt. I’m just like you. I’ve learned that we all struggle with purpose, with perfection, with feeling “not enough.” I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who has this yammering inner critic, and I’m not the only one who desperately needs God to remind me who I really am. You’ve all been wonderful companions on this journey of words. Thank you for making me feel less alone, and thank you for reading along all these years.
I’m terribly afraid that all of that sounds like I’m about ready to say “goodbye.” Like I’m going to shut down this blog. I’m not! This is just me — your overly sentimental, sappy friend Jennifer, letting you know this Valentine’s Day week how much I appreciate that you’ve been here. I seriously love you guys, and I don’t tell you that enough.
Ok … so … (~wipes eyes, blows nose~) I have a little Valentine’s gift for you!
My friend Holley Gerth and I hosted a live webcast last night called “Breaking Up With Perfection,” and so many of you joined us! But, we knew that not everyone who wanted to view the webcast couldo join us. So we’re offering it to you, for free, on YouTube. If you’re reading this note from my blog, you can watch and play the video below. If you’re reading this in an email, you’ll probably need to click here to find the video. Feel free to share the YouTube link, or share this post on social media. We’d love to walk with women everywhere who want to ditch their toxic relationship with “perfection.”
Watch Breaking Up with Perfection
For Those Who Struggle with Disordered Eating
Also, this week, I joined FINDINGbalance for a free teleconference on approval and identity. This FREE teleconference is for anyone who struggles with approval, or people-pleasing, and it is especially geared toward those who have struggled with disordered eating. (FINDINGbalance is the leading Christian resource for daily help with eating and body image issues.)
You can find that conversation recording by clicking here. Again, feel free to share with friends or family!
you are utterly cherished. May you live in the freedom of a God who takes you just as you are.
So that’s all from these parts. Happy Valentine’s weekend, friends. May you know the true love of the Father. May you know that
(Photo of me and my brother-in-law Mike at a recent speaking engagement. You can find a few of my upcoming speaking engagements over here, on my new speaking page!)