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Ever notice how our stomachs seem to reflect our lives? Worry and emotional ups and downs can result in an upset stomach and perhaps ulcers. When we allow our problems to surround us at meal time, our stomach often pays the price. We may eat too quickly, not chew our food properly and have a state of mind that causes us to produce more acid than necessary or that hinders the digestive process. God has set specific guidelines for what we should eat and what we should avoid, which shows He desires the best for us even in this area.

Could it be that the writers of the Bible knew the benefits of enjoying meals? Perhaps they understood that our digestive systems work better when we feel relaxed and at ease. “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart” wrote King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 9:7). There is much wisdom in these words. Even the most sumptuous meals eaten with a sour attitude are not as tasty as bread eaten with joy and gusto.