Hey friend, thank you for being here.
I can assume this is the first time you have ventured over to this blog, or perhaps you were here when it started a few short years ago. Either way, its nice to meet you! My name is Faith.
I created this blog out of an urgent need to reach people which surfaced through a longstanding fight against depression and low self-esteem. With a vision and a passion, I began to write, and I wrote from a place of honesty and transparency. Through my blog, Freeing Faith, I shared part of my story and homed in on my journey through eating disorder recovery. This was all well and good, however, I suppose I took it a little too far and lot too soon as my heart began to feel raw and overexposed, fearing the judgment of being made fun of for my pursuits. I felt so afraid. And to make things worse, I wasn’t even editing my work! (oops) I just wrote out something random every now and then, and up it went. Yikes. Lesson leant. Naturally, I am a person who can tend to overshare by impulse and that is never ideal on the internet! Being vulnerable online is a little too easy sometimes!
Although I eventually removed my blog from the internet, I do not regret the things I was able to share in that time, as it has enabled me to move through recovery with greater ease and to work through some of my experiences. Plus, it has connected me to like-minded, beautiful people! Might I add, the response from all of you was so kind and warm!
Writing is my therapy and one of the keys to a progressive recovery for myself. Something I believe has been a literal life saver for me! I write every day and have a growing collection of journals and half-written blog posts. I could spend my entire day with a pen and paper in hand if I could and I think the people who know me personally would know this to be true. I want to simply take these words and share them with someone again. For quite some time I have wrestled with the idea of relaunching this blog… I didn’t feel ready nor did I feel brave enough to step out and be my authentic self. But for now, it just feels right. So here we are, and I’m keen! I hope you are too!
To backtrack again a little, the past two years since removing Freeing Faith from the web, I’ve been continuing on with my journey towards freedom, self-discovery, and slowly but surely strengthening my relationship with Christ. I am still on that journey, and probably will be for quite some time, but I am learning to appreciate the process and it is exciting to see myself grow in strength and confidence each day. The light is pouring through the crevices of the walls that caved me in for so long, and seeds of joy are beginning to bloom in my heart. That is beautiful!
You know… I truly hope that these words mean something to you, and that you feel welcome and at home in this space. I believe that we are all on a continual path of growing and becoming and I’d love to walk this journey alongside you. I want nothing more than to meet with you, even if it’s just through the words on your screen, to let you know that it is all going to be okay. And more than okay! Because you and I, we are on a beautiful journey towards cultivating a life worth living and to live each day to the fullest. Whether you are entering a battle, in the middle of a battle, or coming out the other side, I pray you find something here that would comfort you. If you have a need, if you are on a journey, from the depths of my heart I am here with you. I wish to walk with you, to share my journey with you, to learn and to grow with you.
As of right now I am completely unsure of the direction this blog may take, but I am here, I am back, and it feels good to be writing to you again. Please feel free to leave a comment and offer some suggestions!
As always, I love to end with a short word of encouragement from the Bible. Todays passage comes from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; “For two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up… Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. And a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Thank you kindly for taking the time out of your day to stop by. Love always,
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