Shona's Story

Healed of Anorexia Nervosa as a child, Shona can testify to God's goodness when sharing Jesus with her friends

Healed of Anorexia Nervosa as a child, Shona can testify to God's goodness when sharing Jesus with her friends

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Whenever I became ill my church family and my family
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they would pray and they would fast for me.
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My name's Shona and this is my story.
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When I was 10 I had anorexia nervosa,
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which is an eating disorder.
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It's a mental illness so you
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can't see what's actually there.
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Like reality is distorted by it
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and so whenever I would look in the mirror
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I would see, yeah I wouldn't see what was there.
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But one day I believe that God healed me of my illness,
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and so when I looked in the mirror I saw reality.
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I saw that it wasn't- yeah, it wasn't great.
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And so I guess that, combined with my family
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and church family praying and trusting in God for healing
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I was like, "oh this creator God isn't distant,
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He's close, and He cares,
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and He has healed me of this."
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He had rescued me
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in more ways than just healing,
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but through Jesus, so I wanted to live the rest
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of my life for Him in whatever way that was.
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I can testify to God healing me as a miracle.
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For my friends who aren't Christians
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it's really challenging for them to hear that
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and it brings up questions in their own lives
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of, "how is that possible? Maybe there is a God."
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It just makes sense of what I experience as a human
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in both suffering and joy,
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who God is and what He says in His word.
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So that's, I guess what I often appeal to with my friends,
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is, "oh what you're going through, like,
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Jesus makes sense of this.
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Come see what He has to say."
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And you'd be surprised how easy it is to share Jesus
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when you actually know somebody and you understand them.
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I suppose that's what I see of Jesus in the gospels
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is that He, when He meets people
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He also asks them questions.
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I think sometimes as Christians we think
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for people to come to know Jesus we have
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to hide certain aspects of our life
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and make it look like being Christian is
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always being happy and perfect,
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but I think actually that's one
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of the most powerful things you can do
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is to share the whole of your life with somebody,
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even the difficulty, because they will
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see the difference that God makes in your life.
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My relationship with my fiancé,
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his passion and his love for Jesus
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spurs me on and
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makes me want to pursue Jesus more.
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Even kind of listening to him pray back in the day
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I was like, "man, this guy loves Jesus!"
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And our core is the same, we want people to know Jesus.
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And I think coming together to do that
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we kind of help the other along.
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And I see that as a real gift from the lord.