Prayer Devotional: Day 239

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25 NKJV

I have had severe food allergies since I was 16 years old, and for years I have been very careful about avoiding soy, peanuts, hazelnuts, raspberries, and water chestnuts (to name a few).

Because of my allergies, I been conscious of what I eat, not because I don’t think I can afford decadent meals, clothing, and possessions, but because if I eat something I am allergic to, I have about 30 minutes to get an EpiPen and Benadryl, or else I might go into anaphylaxis.

I have only ended up in the ER three times for anaphylaxis, but each time, I had hives all over my skin, plummeting blood pressure, and breathing problems. One of the symptoms of anaphylaxis is a feeling of impending doom, and I have actually experienced that.

Do I worry about what I eat? Yes.

The good news is that God is the Great Physician, and He always provides a solution.

Over six years ago, I found out about NAET, which is an alternative allergy elimination technique, discovered by Dr. Devi Nambudripad in the 1980s. The method, although tested by only a few double-blind studies, is based on acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines that have been around for years.

In short, I go to an acupuncturist and endure the needles in order to get relief from my myriad of food allergies and sensitivities. After a treatment, I avoid the allergen for 25 hours, and if I “clear” it, I can eat the food without reacting as much.

God gives us illness for a reason: to teach us. Whenever I feel like complaining about a food that made me “crash”, I also remind myself to thank God for the patience and lessons He is teaching me.

It’s not always fun, but God gives us life, and for that we can be grateful. We can savor each bite of food we eat, for those foods we can eat. We can clothe ourselves comfortably. We can live a life, knowing Jesus saved us and cares about every detail of our lives. Amen.

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