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Overcoming Detrimental Emotions

Let’s talk about emotions! Sometimes they’re good. Sometimes they aren’t, right? Recently I’ve read quite a few posts from people who are dieting, and I’d say the one common denominator for most dieters is dealing with emotional eating, no matter what diet is followed. Emotional eating looks to food for comfort when things are tough and not going the way you need or want them to go. Emotional eating is a response for something to fill the void, the frustration, the emptiness of not being able to fix a situation. Okay, I’m pretty sure we’ve probably all been on that road, at least once.

Let’s go beyond the eating aspect…how about the things that affect our lives in other ways. So, how do we counter those times? And is there a connection between the physical aspect and spiritual aspect? I’m glad you asked, and yes there is.

When things get tough, and you’re in a tight jam, your emotions want to override sensible thinking by telling you food will comfort you, or another vice will help you. It’s an empty promise actually because even when you give into the emotion and eat something you know you shouldn’t eat or take something that really won’t help, you’re still back where you were, still with the problem or situation, and still frustrated because what you didn’t solve your problem.

The key to overcoming emotions is to recognize you’re trying to compensate for something going on in your life with physical means, i.e., food for emotional eating for example. The physical means, even to the point of violence, will not change your emotions. You always have a choice. You can give in to the emotion and lash out (or eat), or look for something better to cope with frustrating, demanding times.

What will enable you to cope better and overcome? God’s Word. It is the calming force in the midst of angst and frustration. It’s God’s enabling grace through the power of His Word bringing a calming peace to your heart and mind. It is the food of the Word bringing wisdom in knowing what to do next in the midst of emotional times. Remember, no emotion is bigger than who lives in you. Relying on the Lord’s presence and His Word will get you on a better road.

Jeremiah 15:16, ESV – “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.”

Psalm 119:103104 ESV – “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding…

When you’re faced with emotional, trying times, get into God’s Word. Recognize His presence in you. Then find the scriptures that speak to your situation (remember, His Word is alive and brings life). Then let the Word and His promises wash over you with comfort, strength, peace, assurance, and life. You’ll make it through the tough emotional times!