Beauty in the Battle

By Kourtni Reynolds

For the last twelve years, I’ve battled anorexia.

There have been seasons of recovery and seasons of relapse. My battle with anorexia has never been about  the number on the scale  it has always been about control. I couldn’t control everything else happening in life, but I felt I could control my weight. Around the time this battle crept into my life, my mother became mentally ill. After years of seeing my mother test  new antipsychotic medications and spend time in mental hospitals, doctors diagnosed her with “Bipolar-Paranoid Schizophrenia.” Living with a mom losing a battle to paranoia forced my twin sister and me to grow up quickly. When I needed my mother  most, she wasn’t capable of helping me.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

I’m thankful for the battles that have come my way in the twenty-five years I’ve been on this earth. Being raised by a mother with mental illness and my personal battle with anorexia have molded me into who I am today. I remember being upset with God and doubting His goodness in the difficult moments, but now I know these struggles have been used to bring God the glory He deserves. Today, I’m confident in knowing God fights for me and is with me. As Exodus 14:14 says, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

There’s beauty to be found in moments of vulnerability and transparency that bring hope, redemption, and purpose—especially in difficult times. I used to go through life white-knuckled until I had a moment of full surrender to the Lord.

Whatever battle you’re fighting today–whether it’s doubt, comparison, addiction, pride, whatever–it does not define you. My eating disorder does not define me. These battles are a part of my story that’s still being written by the God who is fighting for all our hearts.

Yes, because of His loving care, my heart’s being shaped into something beautiful, brave, and strong.


The same is true for you, dear sister. God will masterfully weave all of your painful trials into a true artisan masterpiece when you surrender control to Him.

What are you controlling that you need to surrender?

2 thoughts on “Beauty in the Battle

  1. Mia @ MakeMeUpMia says:

    Love this and oh how I can relate. I recently surrendered my eating disorder fully to Him. I experienced such a huge mind shift and found so much peace & freedom. Focusing on His love for me and how I am perfect in His eyes really transformed my heart. If we seek Him in our times of trouble, there WILL be beauty from the ashes.


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