"Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love - you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer." -Eckhart Tolle
If I had to pinpoint the turning point for me from being sick forever to being healthy… it was the day I remembered my divine worth.
Growing up as a young woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I learned that I was a daughter of God who loves me. When I graduated high school, I stopped attending my church regularly. Then, almost ten years later, in conjunction with eating disorder treatment, I started meeting with the sister missionaries from my church on a weekly basis. When I had a bad day at program I would always text to cancel on them, but they lovingly encouraged me and were there for me anyway. These sweet girls are responsible for me remembering my divine and infinite worth as a daughter of God.
I know that he is aware of me and loves me and is cheering me on every day, even on the days that I stumble. I once heard a talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, in which he explained that from God's perspective, we are all just like toddlers taking our first steps. When my sweet Layla took her first couple of steps and then fell… I clapped and cheered and was so excited for her! I was so proud! That fall only meant that she had tried and she was on her way to taking more steps in the future. I think God sees even our smallest attempts to try to improve and grow in the same way. He is cheering us on today and always.