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God Is In You And With You
by Stephen A. Peterson 
08/01/04
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God Is In You And With You
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Stephen A. Peterson

Cynthia had been going through a difficult period and was extremely nervous and tense. After going through two months of professional counseling, both she and her counselor agreed that it would be beneficial for her to go away for a couple of weeks to rest and relax. Finally, she went to South Texas to Corpus Christi to see if relaxing by the Gulf coast under the sun would help.

But Cynthia still would not shake off her feelings of depression. One day, while walking from her hotel to the beach, she stopped in a small drugstore to buy a small bottle of sun screen. Cynthia selected the item and took it to a salesclerk, a short stature, gray-haired, elderly woman.

She greeted Cynthia with a warm smile, soft hello, took her money and returned her change. With excellent perception, she noticed Cynthia’s hand trembled slightly and sensed her inner turmoil.

“God is in you and with you. God is also blessing you right now, young lady,” she said softly. Then she turned to wait on another customer.

Cynthia walked out of the little drugstore and down the street, the older woman’s greetings resting in her mind. She felt a tingling sensation in the palm of her hand from the fleeting touch of this kind, elderly woman.

“God is in you and with you. God is also blessing me right now.” Cynthia thought with almost a sense of surprise and joy. For days the words of the elderly woman ran through her mind like a line from a song she could not place, yet could not readily forget. Then one day, Cynthia noticed that her hands no longer shook, the trials, tribulations and troubles that haunted and depressed her mind and heart were suddenly gone and replaced with a feeling of God’s peace and joy.

Cynthia returned to Oklahoma to tell the story of the elderly saleswoman by the Corpus Christi Gulf shore. It was Cynthia’s belief that this elderly, short stature woman was one of God’s true disciples through whom the Lord’s peace, unconditional love and joy could flow and reach countless troubled individuals such as herself.

There is authentic power in the simplicity of asking God’s blessings on someone else. Try it with your husband or wife, child, parent, friend, colleague—even an enemy! If you are too shy and self conscious to say the words aloud, say them to yourself with joy in the form of a prayer:

□ God is with you and in you. God is also blessing you right now!

Prayer: Almighty God and Father let those who see and read these words feel strength of Your peace and joy running through them whether they are friend, foe or unknown to us. And Father I thank You for all that you given them and me. Amen.


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