Abby Kelly

Abby Kelly

Abby Kelly lives, reads, writes and walks in Columbus, Georgia with her soldier husband. She is most inspired by long walks with her dog, Brave, preferably in places where he can run freely and chase squirrels. Her articles have been published by, 'Tween Girls and God, Believer Life, and other Christian publications. Her book, "The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor's Story", is available on Amazon. You can follow her blog at

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The Two Extremes

Posted on February 5th, 2015 by in Chasing Freedom | 1 Comment  
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I used to think, in order to be fully recovered from anorexia, I had to be okay with getting fat; I had to no longer care what I looked like. Recovery, in my mind, what I thought all the therapists wanted, was to throw all consideration for appearance out the window. I had to be willing to let myself go. But there’s a long way between those two extremes! I remember trying to force my mind to surrender to that…

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Misidentified Hunger and The Cure for Emotional Eating

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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Why do you eat? Be honest now. Most of us don’t eat merely when we’re hungry. We eat because we are sad, angry, happy, lonely, bored…the list goes on. A recent article on, stated that 40% of people eat more when they are stressed. They confuse the two very real, very different needs for physical sustenance and emotional support; they seek a solution to emotional pain in food. On the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus spoke to…

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A New Kind of Balance

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 4 Comments  
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In the 2012 Olympics, Gabby Douglas, a USA gymnast, slipped on the balance beam, her favorite event, and forfeited any medal in the competition. It was hard to believe, since just days before she had performed beautifully in qualifications. In the competitive sport of gymnastics, there isn’t real balance. There is pass or fail. For Douglas, it wasn’t enough that she’d performed well previously; past scores did not balance out poor performance and eliminate her loses. She would either make…

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Not My Own

Posted on November 26th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 1 Comment  
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The young boy looked critically at the different posters. Superman, Spiderman or Thor? Which was his favorite? He glanced over at his dad, who waited patiently without offering an opinion. “Which one do you like best, Daddy?” the boy asked. “Son, it doesn’t matter to me. Pick which ever one you want; they’re all pretty cool.” “I’ll go with Thor,” the answer finally came, and a satisfied look came over the little boy’s round face. Daddy selected the rolled up…

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Anything But Thankful

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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It seems like a thousand years ago. It seems like an entirely different me—and I’m so glad. For years, I dreaded the holiday season. Spicy smells, muted hues, constant company, edible traditions all made me nervous—and not the “I can’t wait for Christmas” kind of nervous. It was more like, “How on earth can I escape this madness without gaining an ounce?” One specific year, I recall we went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Missouri. Our family of…

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Three Weapons for Fighting Off Relapse, Part 2

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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1. Drown it out. I’ve long known that music is like a healing balm for my soul, but I had forgotten just how powerful praise can be. On my way home from the hospital, I stopped to buy a small bluetooth speaker. The moment, I got home, I selected a worship station on Pandora and turned up the volume. Songs of hope, freedom and praise filled the room. God’s presence became almost tangible as I reminded myself over and over,…

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Three Weapons for Fighting off Relapse, Part 1

Posted on October 30th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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I’m not so foolish as to think my recovery was iron-clad, but I was pretty convinced I had a good thing going. I’ve been walking in freedom for several years, ministering to others who are struggling with eating disorders. For all practical purposes I have been there, done that and quite literally “wrote the book on it”.  But, Paul warned in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” I may have…

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Posted on October 9th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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I landed at  the Nashville airport at 3:35 p.m. Already things had been delayed, but miraculously, we’d landed almost on time. I prayed the shuttle I scheduled hadn’t given up on me. I ran to baggage claim feeling sleepy muscles gripe as I forced them into action. The belt snaked slowly, finally delivering my duffle-bag. I snatched it quickly, careful not to knock anyone over, and drug it to a quiet corner to call my ride. “Hi! I just got…

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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Recently, I heard Christian author, speaker and founder of the A1 Campaign, Christine Caine share an intimate story of how she prayed for healing. She had been to the doctor and received a bad report about some nodules on her throat. Given that her entire ministry is built around her ability to communicate using her voice, she was terrified. As she confessed her nervousness in the podcast, she told how God led her to pray healing and victory over her…

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I’m Not Fighting

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 1 Comment  
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Since merging into a full life of freedom from anorexia, I’ve been honored to turn and shine a lantern over a hopeful path for several dear friends who are in the midst of their own battles with eating disorders. There have been a lot of boulders, bumps and storms lately. Last week, one friend, I’ll call her Janey, emailed me with a heavy heart. To paraphrase her letter, “My therapist told me yesterday that she doesn’t think I’ll ever fully…

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