Abdominal pain eliminated

While out on a lake in my inflatable boat on a hot June day, I was struck with such severe pain in my abdomen that I had to stop paddling abruptly. At first I was tempted to be afraid. I wished there were someone to help me, especially my husband, who was back at the house. But I quickly reasoned that it was just as possible for me to affirm the truth of my being vigorously in thought for myself as to have someone else tell it to me.

Next, I just wanted to be home—safe and sound. But the thought came "You are just as safe right here as you are in that house." This calmed me. I could see that God was with me wherever I was.

There was still pain, but I managed to begin paddling slowly. All the while I kept my thought calm and prayed for myself. My prayer was asking God to show me evidence of His abiding presence with me, His child. My simple desire was to accomplish, with God-given freedom and dominion, whatever there was for me to do—including rowing my boat back to the dock and enjoying this outing. Looking to God for help in a childlike way, I felt peaceful in my thinking. I also had a feeling that already His love had smoothed the way for me.

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