I don't know what you're going through in your life. Maybe you've been out of work for six months, your home is in foreclosure, a loved one died, or your business is failing. I do know that those types of issues often result in "stress eating" which results in people seeking comfort from food instead of from God the Comforter! It can also be a trigger for those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
I speak from experience. When I was a child, I was sexually abused by two different people and severely bullied. As a result, I suffered from clinical depression by fifth grade. As I matured, I developed an unhealthy relationship with food. When things bothered me, I ate. For example, I ate when I was angry as well as when I was sad. I also ate whenever the thoughts of childhood trauma tried to overwhelm me. This started a cycle which led me to eat even more and resulted in significant weight gain.
As I discovered, when the enemy has you add the problems you face to the amount of weight you must lose or the eating disorder you must overcome, his evil calculations equate to failure. Therefore, you figure there's no need to try. Jesus said the devil is a liar, the father of lies, and a murderer (John 8:44). Satan's lies are calculated to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). He steals your peace by orchestrating circumstances which will cause you stress, hoping to tempt you to return to your old, dysfunctional eating habits. If he successfully destroys your resolve to continue to eat healthy and exercise, then he's put you back on the path that will ultimately lead to your death.
You've allowed Satan to defeat you in this same way countless times before. It's time to break the cycle! I encourage you to trust in the Lord and the power of His might and believe that He has equipped you to stand strong on His promises in the midst of the storms you face. Don't be discouraged! The problems will still be there regardless of whether or not you give up, so you may as well press forward and remember, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13)!
If you’re finally ready to break the cycle of circling the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders, then purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.