Choosing God - not food behaviors - to satisfy our innermost needs

Judy Gatehouse

  1. Judy (sm)-4I am a follower of Jesus, first and foremost. This is what it means:
    1. Believing in Him as my Lord and Savior, crucified and resurrected for my sins
    2. Surrendering my life to God through Jesus
    3. Attempting to be more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit
    4. Telling people about Jesus
    5. Trying to obey His standards of behavior
    6. Being in community at a Bible-teaching church with a strong missions focus
  2. I’ve become a “Faith and Health Ambassador”, certified through the Faith and Health Connection Ministry in South Carolina. It was through the ministry’s PathWay 2 Wholeness Bible study that I experienced the irrefutable connection between truths found in the Bible and my lifestyle health issues, like my eating disorder. God created us as spirit, mind and body (our wholeness) and for my body and mind to be well, my spirit connection with God needs to be healthy. When my connection with God is healthy, I can turn away from eating disorder behaviors. For more information on the Faith and Health Connection Ministry and PathWay 2 Wholeness, please visit their site here www.faithandhealthconnection.org. PathWay 2 Wholeness is one of the studies offered through Hungry For Jesus. 
  3. I have spoken to groups of Christian women to share my story of disordered eating, without shame or guilt in the telling. Many women in the audiences told me they relate to eating disorder struggles, either personally or in other women they know.
  4. It was a blessing for me to be an email prayer mentor for almost a year with “Power to Change”, a large Christian internet prayer and discipling ministry. http://powertochange.com/. Women from all over the world would request prayer for their life situations and, occasionally, a longer relationship would develop between us beyond one email. The women I prayed for became very dear to me and I realized God was working IN me just as much as through me. Power to Change is always looking for new prayer and email mentors. The need is great. If you’re interested, please go to this link: https://www.thementorcenter.com/team/mentoring/
  5. My Diploma in Adult Education provided me with experience creating training programs of all kinds and facilitating groups of all sizes. I sense God’s call now to use this experience for His Kingdom work. I’m adjusting to the great differences in being a learning specialist in the corporate business world compared to serving God!
  6. On a personal note, I’m a wife, mom, mom-in-law, grandma and sister. My husband Dave and I have two sons and a daughter and we are the proud Grandma and Pappy to four wonderful grandchildren – 2 boys and 2 girls. We also have two four-legged family members – Bubbles the Cat and Ollie the Dog. I love bird watching, miniatures, getting goofy with our grandchildren, and taking long walks with Ollie.
  7. And, then, there’s my eating disorder. Here’s the link to the written story of my long struggle with bulimia. There is also a Christian radio interview of my journey.