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I am a wife and motherr of two amazing girls. I was first diagnosed with asthma in November 2000. It was mild then and I went through several years of "self treatment" with far too much tea. I drastically reduced the amount of tea I drank and my asthma flared. It as not been the same since. I am now a severe asthmatic. I am constantly in a flare, well at least in yellow zone much more than I am green. Thankfully I have only red zoned once and have never been hospitalized. My worst trigger is any type of odor, even food odors. Cinnamon, rosemary and basil are among the worst. Bread baking is pretty bad as well. I have a difficult time paritcipating in many activities because the odors will cause an attack. 2011 has started out much better than 2010. I am praying that the trend continues. I go through periods where I am really "tired of being me". I would like to experience life as a "normal person" for even just a few hours. 1 Corinthians 10:13 CJB Complete Jewish Bible No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation he will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure. I looked that verse up in KJ. I loved how the CJB said it. I can trust God to take care of me. Contrary to what I might think, that I am unable to bear what is placed on me, God will provide a way to bear all things. Another favorite verse is Phillipians 4:19 "but my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory." Putting the two together - God has an abundant supply that He will use to meet my need for comfort, support and strength to endure this tiral that has come into my life. Thanks for reading. I was pretty down when I started this, but just like David in the Psalms, I can end with praise that God is sufficient. He is my provider and yes, protector. He is my strong tower, my refuge. He is my shelter in the time of storm. He is Abba Father - the Daddy into whose lap I can crawl for comfort and rest. Thank you LORD for salvation, grace and loving me. Thank you for sustaining me and giving me strength when I am giving up.

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