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Jessica Dudley Testimony

Jessica DudleyThe Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145:14-16
I praise God for a completely new life through the truth of the Weigh Down Workshop. God has given me this chance not because of the righteous things I have done but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). I struggled with my weight as long as I can remember and was put on my first diet by my family doctor at a very young age. Too many diets would follow with little or no results ultimately ending in a fifteen year struggle with bulimia. I indulged in all kinds of illegal drugs and increased my tolerance for alcohol to an almost deadly level. It was no longer shocking for me to lie, cheat, or steal. I grew up in a good family with siblings that seemed to have it all together, so I could not figure out what was wrong with me? I was hospitalized for thirty-seven days in an inpatient setting for my “disease,” and came out even more confused after hearing the horrific childhood stories of all the other patients. Where had it all gone wrong?
I cannot even explain how grateful I am to have found this message. From the very first tape I listened to, I knew I was home. THIS is what I had been looking for all that time. I learned that I had been chasing things of this world to try and fill up my heart, and in doing so was only becoming more and more sick. God IS the ONLY peg that will fit into that hole in my heart! For the first time in my life I am free. I am no longer a slave to any of the “diseases” that I was labeled with. I do not need any therapy encouraging me to take care of myself, or any anti-depressants to numb my hurting heart and mind. I only need a relationship with God on a daily basis, and His approval that provides an amazing peace. God has graciously removed 60 pounds of greed from my body and immeasurable amounts of deception, pride, rage, control, selfish ambition, and anti-authority from my heart. Now I have a healed marriage and three beautiful obedient children who are learning to have a heart for God. I can look at my daughter and smile knowing that she has a chance to never go down the exhausting path of weight control or eating disorders.
We all can be free. This is the TRUE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST: He came to set us free from sin, not free to sin. Now that is good news.

Jessica Dudley