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Renewed and Transformed: My Story of Recovery

Full Disclosure: If I am going to be asking other women to share their faith stories on this podcast, then I thought I should be vulnerable enough to share my own story. Everyone who has walked with Jesus has a story of His grace to share, and this is one of mine.

In this podcast you’ll hear a story of sadness, fear, the devastation of an eating disorder, a life-changing experience, and the grace God used to rescue me from a path of self-destruction.

“I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know Jesus, but I think there’s a difference between knowing about Him, and reading about Him, and experiencing Him.  So, when I fell off a ledge, He caught me, and that’s how I experienced Him.”

Two passages of Scripture are mentioned in today’s podcast and both were important to my journey of faith and my recovery: Psalm 91 & Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV

I hope this story is an encouragement to your own faith. If something you heard in today’s episode resonated with you, please share in the comment section below or join in the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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6 Comments

  1. Cynthia

    Soooo good Ginny! Thanks so much for sharing. You are an amazing woman of God, and this story is powerful.

  2. Karen

    Good testimony. You had a great support system. Unfortunately, not everyone has that. It’s just do counseling/inpatient/recovery because everyone wants you too. I find your story inspiring and encouraging as a mom. But unfortunately, some of us still struggle and is why so adamant about being a fitness coach and staying in shape because that’s all I know. Besides being a mom now. So I’m proud of you, good support system, etc. But for me it’s hard to learn to take care of just myself as a mom. Probably why I still have issues, and fail to maintain but am always losing more and more—but part of me enjoys that and staying in shape. So thanks for being encouraging. It is appreciated.

    • Ginny Detweiler

      You’re right, I was blessed with a really great support system. I’m very thankful for that. I’m sorry that your struggle has continued. You’re a great Mom, and I’m glad you’ve been given the gift of your children. I’ll be praying for you.

  3. Erin Garrison

    Ginny,
    I remember majority of the struggling time for you in college. I specifically remember the night that you were in the wreck. I remember receiving a phone call and Courtney and I both immediately fell down in the spirit and began praying for you. I don’t remember everything but I do remember praying for your safety and for God to heal you. I do remember feeling intense deep sorrow while praying for you and that your heart was so heavy. I felt like the Spirit allowed me to feel through empathy some of your pain. I have never had such an intense prayer experience like that. I just remember that when I finished praying that I knew God had you in his hands and I felt intense peace. I was one of those people who had covered you in prayer. But you know what…God already knew what was happening and He had you no matter what. It is so encouraging to hear this story now 17 years later. It has blessed my heart to hear again of how God is and was faithful. Thank you for doing this podcast and encouraging others! Blessings to you dear sister in Christ!!
    Erin Garrison (formerly Shannon)

    • Ginny Detweiler

      Thanks Erin! You are a sweet friend, and I love hearing your perspective of that whole experience. So thankful for all of the prayers that night!

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