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Experts say some people eat to fix their emotional problems. Emotional eating is a sudden urge to eat—often, specific foods—and it triggers guilt, weakness, and shame. Emotional eating can come from fear, stress, boredom, anger, sadness, worry, or loneliness. To cope with it, experts say get enough sleep, exercise, relax 30 minutes a day, and spend time with others. In addition to these ideas, the Bible urges us to live with purpose. Luke Chapter 1 tells us that Mary and Elizabeth were both women of faith. We do not read about their eating habits, but it’s clear that they lived purpose-filled lives. God used Mary to give birth to His Son who was the Savior of the world. God used Elizabeth to give birth to John the Baptist who later announced the arrival of the Messiah. God also used Elizabeth to affirm the angel’s message to Mary. We read in Luke Chapter 1 that after the angel left her, she went to visit Elizabeth, and “at the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Faith in our Lord not only gives us salvation; it can help us cope with daily issues, like emotional eating, that can damage our health.

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