Cease Striving

Jesus said to the wind and the waves,Quiet! Be still!” (Mark 4:39 NIV) 

One January morning, I asked God, “What do You really want from me?”

I had just finished a big writing project and was ready to tackle the next big thing for God. I snuggled in my favorite den chair with a steamy cup of coffee and my well-worn Bible to spend some alone time with my Heavenly Father. I read a few verses and said my prayer. Check. Check. When I started to get up, I felt God’s invisible strong hand holding me back. He wasn’t finished. Be still and know that I am God, He seemed to say. Cease striving.

Suddenly, I saw myself with the disciples caught on the stormy Sea of Galilee. As I pondered the past twenty-five years of my life, I saw myself reeling in the waves of ceaseless activity. A squall of busyness raging around me—and in me. Reeling from one foamy crest of work and deadlines to the next and hanging on for dear life. In my mind’s eye, the fellow passengers were not the motley crew of the first century disciples, but women from every walk, trying to steady themselves in the turbulent waters of life. Perhaps you were in the boat with me.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” they asked. “Help us!”

Then I sensed Jesus speaking to me just as He had spoken to the raucous wind and waves, “Quiet! Be still! Settle down!”

So I sat.

After a few moments, I realized I didn’t really know how to be quiet and settle down. I had never mastered the full idea of “be still and know.” I knew that God was God. It was the “be still” part that stumped me. Sitting still was not in my nature, and perhaps it was my nature God was trying to tame. My “nature” or natural bent of working for God was standing in the way of my worship of and communion with God. My daily routine of sanctioned quiet times was getting in the way of the divine romance in which He wanted me to engage.

Does it surprise you that I could say such words? Oh friend, I am nothing if I am not honest. I have that glory ache, the longing to experience God’s presence and working in my life, just like you. Sometimes I can get so busy doing, doing, doing, that God’s gentle whisper drawing me closer is drowned out by the noises of my own making. How sad to admit, that sometimes when God extends his hand to invite me onto the dance floor of life, my dance card is already full. Many nights I lean over to turn out the bedside lamp, collapse in exhaustion, and sigh, “maybe tomorrow, Lord.”

I don’t think “be still and know” comes naturally to any of us. Aren’t we taught to get moving? “Keep your eye on the ball.”  “Focus on the target.”  “If you don’t’ know where you are going, you probably won’t get there.” Motivational phrases for sure. But this was God talking, and He had a different message. While the world prods, “Don’t just stand there, do something!” God was telling me quite the opposite. “Don’t just do something, stand there.

Now He had my attention. So I stayed put.

“OK God,” I asked, “What do You really want from me?

He surprised me. He often does, when I take the time to listen. Acts 17:28 came to mind. I believe He put it there. In Him we live and move and have our being. Learn what that means, He seemed to say. I opened my Bible again and read the words, pondering each phrase individually.

In Him.

We live.

And move.

And have our being.

I sensed God speaking to my heart. That’s where you will find the secret to satisfy that glory ache. That’s the answer you are searching for. That’s where you will find what your sisters hunger for. You’ve been asking the wrong question. It’s not what I want from you. It’s what I want for you. And in this one little verse, you’ll find the key—not just for yourself, but also for others in the boat with you. This will calm the squall of your frantic heart.

 God startled me that morning. I was expecting Him to give me a new assignment—something to do for Him. Another project to complete. Another study to devour. Another cause to support. But He surprised me. It was none of the above. It was one verse. In Him we live and move and have our being.

I wondered, could this be the key to unlock the door behind which the salve to satisfy that glory ache was hidden? The door upon which I had been knocking far too long? I was excited to accept God’s invitation as He extended His hand for mine. Today, I encourage you to take it too.

 Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Sometimes, I am not just caught in the storm, I am the storm. Help me get quiet, settle down, and listen. Today, I am living in You. I am moving in You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What do you Think?

Go back and read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-41.

Have you ever said these words to God, or at least thought the words, “Don’t you care?”

Jesus cared. Jesus cares. He’s just not worried.

Today, here’s what I want you to remember. Jesus is in the boat with you. If that gives you comfort, leave a comment that says… Jesus is in the boat with me.

Want More? 

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330 Responses to Cease Striving

  1. Kim Magaji August 10, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I was truly blessed by ur article.
    Remaining still has always been a challenge even though my heart always longs for fellowship but now I know wat to do. Tnks, Kim, Nigeria.

    • Megan Peak August 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      I truly believe that Jesus is in the boat with me!

      • Robyn Rhodes August 11, 2012 at 5:10 am #

        This article touched me in many different ways. It is exactly what I needed to read at this very moment. Thank you for sharing this wonderful devotion. Jesus is in the boat with me!

  2. Widlene Harris August 10, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I believe Jesus is in the boat with me.

    • Deb Dyess August 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      In Him we live and move and have our being …
      We got a sonogram video last January of my youngest son’s first child. She was bouncing around inside my daughter-in-law’s womb, putting on quite a show for us. We laughed at her activity, marveled at God’s handiwork and waited in anticipation for June 12 – the day our little Shylah was to join us.
      On the morning of Feb. 23, I was awakened by my daughter’s frantic call. “Mom, we’re at the hospital. They don’t think they can stop the labor. Get up here quick!”
      Shylah was born months early. She weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce and was 11 inches long – about the same length as a Barbie doll. She lived for one hour and quietly went to be with the Lord.
      In Him, we live and move and have our being.
      Just as Shylah had life inside her mom, we have life inside our God. He is what keeps us safe and alive. He is our all in all.

      I’m glad Jesus is in the boat with me.

      • Diane Pollom August 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

        Jesus is in the boat with me. Thanks for that devotion,it was inspiring to me

  3. Widlene Harris August 10, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  4. Juliana Horsting August 10, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me today and everyday!! Amen

  5. Peggy Love August 10, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you for this eye opening blessing.

  6. Amanda Swarz August 10, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    jESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME…………

  7. jan August 10, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  8. Erica August 10, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  9. Renate Jurden August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  10. hellen August 10, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!! indeed He is and i know i am not alone.

  11. angela August 10, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  12. Nomazizi August 10, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Jesus Christ is in the boat with me, Glory to God!!!

  13. Annette August 10, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!

  14. Sarah August 10, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Indeed Jesus is in the boat with me!!!! it is so stormy even right now, and I feel like I am the storm itself.

  15. Cheryl Davis August 10, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  16. Stacia Catwell August 10, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Sharon
    May GOD continue to bless you with such words of wisdom!
    I had a dream of a man standing in a boat, GOD speaks to me through dreams and
    That morning he spoke to my heart these words “With JESUS in the boat there is hope
    With JESUS hand in hand I shall stand”. I was going through a very difficult period on my
    job at that time and I wrote those words down and placed it in my drawer at work and
    Meditated on those words constantly until JESUS certainly calmed the storm.

    Keep up the excellent work and I pray continued Blessings upon you
    And your family. Love you and have a blessed day! Stacia. Barbados, West Indies

  17. olowohunwa tega August 10, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    ‘never seen that scripture in this light. ‘always wanting to be on the go for GOD rather than allow HIM be on the go for us. allowing the visible to becloud the invisible. hmm…. over zealous you may say; well? probably because we don’t see GOD. however it goes, may the good lord CONTINUE to help our understanding. thanks GIG.

  18. Christine August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  19. tenjy villa August 10, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  20. Jenn August 10, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  21. Merlin E August 10, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I am a busy working mother with two young children. I was so worried about the challenges that I face at both home and work on a daily-basis. Though I depend on God for support, I can’t help being overwhelmed by the pressure. Today, after reading your devotion, I’ve been comforted so much.. Yes, I believe, “Jesus is in the boat with me!!”

  22. John Larimer August 10, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    The Lord woke early this morning, Again, As He been doing fairly regularly since the time He called my wife home, the 15th Dec. 2011. This morning He was reminding of past occasions He woke me early,which reminded of something He shew me through you, Isa. 50:4,5. One of this morning reminds was, “Lord even if I am found by you to be unworthy to be with you Heaven, but sent to Hell. I will still love you.” In our thoughts together He interjects a word or two that I have to seat up and get the dictionary and write down the word. Then lay back down to go back to sleep and His thought keep comeing and another word that I have seat up again and get the dictionary again. The two words this morning were , Momentous and occasion. The other reminder of a previous occasion was a standing in the gap moment for my family in America, Where He allowed me to bring my loved ones before Him to be saved. Then put in my heart to ask or tell Him, I can’t remember which, to blot out my name from His book of Life in exchange for theirs. All my Mother’s children, their children, and their children’s children and their friends. Even now I wonder if I should be shareing this. and He reminds me of Isa. 50:5. Many Years ago He had given another verse when I wondered why I was always talking about Him to my workmates in different places I had work. He led me to Mal. 3:16 17. Always affirming and confirming His Word in my Heart. Love you and God bless you.

  23. Pam August 10, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  24. denise August 10, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me as a matter of fact he is the captain

  25. judy thompson August 10, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  26. Krista August 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    All to often I think My life is not enough I know God is there I Know he is blessing me but to many times daily in fact I think my life could be more if I did more I could be a better mother if I just did more . I get angry not At the Lord but at myself for the Blessings I feel my family is not receiving because I do not do enough good. How foolish of me when I am fully aware of Gods Power to think that He is not capable of molding me into the Daughter, wife Mother , sister, friend or Christian he wants me to be> I need to Let Go and Let God steer and calm the seas.
    Thank you
    Krista

  27. Lisa Carden August 10, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  28. Kim August 10, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  29. Rebecca August 10, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  30. Cheryl Harry August 10, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  31. Angie August 10, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  32. jessica August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME
    PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND THE FAMILY THANK YOU X

  33. Tammy August 10, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me !

  34. T. Abner August 10, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    JESUS is in the boat WITH ME!

  35. Tracey M August 10, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    JESUS is in the boat with me!!!!! Thank you LORD!!!

  36. Tammy August 10, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

    • Bill August 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Thank you for reminding me that He’s in it for all He can give,
      (…and yes, men do read your devotionals too!)

  37. Olivia Mchaju Liwewe August 10, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Dear Sharon, I am an African woman who greatly values the wowrd you share each morning. I have made it a point to read on a daily basis the revelations God gives you to strengthen and build us up to His Glory. I have been positively impacted many a time but today I feel compelled more than ever to give you my feedback on “Quiet Be Still” Mark 4:39 because it has spoken to me in a special way. I do not know on how to be stillt either but your message has taught me to learn the art of being still and I believe with God’s Help I shall succeed because I shall now repeat over and over again to myself that “In Him I live and Move and Have my Being” and that this what God wants for me! May God continue to Bless You Sharon and thanks ever so much for the word shared every day it is greatly appreciated. Olivia Liwewe Malawi. Africa.

  38. yobell August 10, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Amen!

  39. Leslie Hurst August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with us.

  40. Teresia August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Praise God!!!

  41. Karen W. August 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  42. Bev August 10, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you so much, i needed this so badly today…..

  43. Stephanie August 10, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. =)

  44. Marcie August 10, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  45. Jacqueline Shannon August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    It does give me peace to know Jesus is in the boat with me and not just watching from the sidelines. The daily posts are so amazing as is your book “Trusting God” which I am on week 10 of. THank you for the inspiration daily.

  46. Niki August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  47. Susan August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Hallelujah!!!

  48. Kelli August 10, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! (Repeating this over and over in my head, like the little engine that could!)

  49. margaret d. kelly August 10, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Over the oast 10 years , God has slowed me down so much, at times , I feel that I am crawling.
    I don’t drive, and live in a rural area of the state of new york. Yet daily, I have creatures to care for and a few people to care for.
    At first I thought I should be doing a lot more, like teaching sunday school, or some other thing, but God has put me here to so these few things, and do them well.
    I must admit, that slowing down has caused me to “let go” of this worlds business, and relax a little more. Sometimes I feel that I’m not doing the right things, but I do keep busy.
    not as busy as I was with children, but busy in small things. After all God reminds.me, it was He who made the atoms and the little things mean a lot to Him as well. trying to think of our great and Awesome God speaking the Universe into being and still caring about each atom going in the right place, when thought about is amazing;. charish the little things in life as well as the great things.

  50. Likita Duty August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Amen

  51. Newly Found Faith by the Grace of God August 10, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  52. Jamecia McNeill August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!

  53. Kimberly August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! ?

  54. RAVEN HUGHES August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    In Him. I live. In Him. I Move. Thanks for the encouraging words everyday! I pray right now that God continues to keep you in every part of your life. AWESOME stories! Have a wonderful blessed day. RAVEN HUGHES

  55. Lane August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!

  56. Susan August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for the reminder!

  57. Marlene August 10, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  58. Denise Fergusson August 10, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! Praise God!

  59. Quiltspinner August 10, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I had a similar experience when I my life seemed in turmoil and I was asking questions. God told me to ” Be still.” Just that. When I started to question and ask but what about…. he again just said “Be still.”. Then just sitting and waiting I understood. He wanted to infuse me with His presence. He wanted to quiet my soul. He wanted me.
    Nothing I could say, do, or worry about made any difference. He wanted me, ME, messy, imperfect, sinful ME. Be Still. Wait. Listen. Love and let His peace wash over, on and through you.

  60. Diane Lassen, RN, HHC August 10, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Sharon, this post you certainly wrote just for me. Yes, Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for reminding me that. Thank you as I start a new job next week and wonder how I will juggle all my home responsibilities and learn new skills…thank you for reminding me that Jesus is in the boat as I try to keep up with my blog writing and health coaching….

  61. Amber Mette August 10, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    The part in that story that really hit me, was not that only Jesus was IN the boat, that he was sleeping. He has such faith in God that they would be safe int he stom that he slept while the others were clearly worried…so impactful.

  62. Angela August 10, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    It’s comforting to know that “Jesus is in the boat with me”. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in doing that we forget who we are doing it for. Thank you for this devotional and all the others, they bless me with new insight on scriptures often. I pray that God will continue to use you to draw others in a deeper relationship with him.

  63. Sscott August 10, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank u Jesus

  64. Eve August 10, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  65. Heather Foley August 10, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!

  66. Charcy August 10, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!!!!!!!!

  67. Lebo August 10, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Sharon

    Thank You very much for today’s word.I have often felt like i’m riding alone in the storm but today I received reassurance that Jesus is in the boat with me

    Lebo – South Africa

  68. Bonnie August 10, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. 🙂

  69. EricaJSmith August 10, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank GOD!

  70. Phyllis August 10, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Glory to God!

  71. Beauty August 10, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  72. Dianne August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Jesus IS in the boat with me!

  73. Tamberly Bloodgood August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  74. Nishawn August 10, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  75. Allison August 10, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

    Thank you for your sharing this today, it was a needed reminder.

  76. Glenda August 10, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    …Jesus IS in the boat with me!

  77. Roz August 10, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  78. Molly August 10, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  79. Amanda August 10, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  80. Deidre Warr August 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I know that Jesus is with me in the storm. The feeling of helplessness in trials is the worst, but Jesus is not just an ordinary person with you such as a friend or family member, but He created the elements and is in complete control. That’s how I am learning to see things.

  81. Melissa Dudley August 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!

  82. Cindy Williamson August 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  83. Khalia Preyer August 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  84. Tonya August 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me….. Thanks!

  85. Lydia Thomas August 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

    I receive your posts via Girlfriends in God on BibleGateway. This is very timely for me as I have been in a phase where God has been telling me to be still and know He is God. I have had a similar problem in slowing down – surely God must want me to be doing, but no, He wants me to be still.

    Thank you for your honesty in sharing, as well as for your insight.

  86. Laurie Maxson August 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    JESUS is in the boat with me!!! And I love the ride!

  87. Debbie August 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!!!

  88. Sheree August 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME! HALLELUJAH!

  89. Kim August 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!

  90. Wanda Burkhalter August 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I have been greatly blessed by the daily Girlfriend devos!!!

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

    I appreciate the honesty and depth each
    devotional writer shares!

    Much love and true blessings to you!!!

    wb :))))

  91. Sheila August 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Thank you for your words today. I am starting a new chapter in my life and doing so find I have more time then I use to and it is difficult to embrace it. It seems to me that God is trying to say something and I don’t want to listen because of fear of what God might say or because our relationship was different when I was so busy. So your thoughts remind me that perhaps God is giving me a gift of space and I just need to learn to rest in it.

  92. Jane August 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Praise the Lord………….Jesus IS in the boat with me….

  93. Terri August 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!!!!!! My navigator of life.

  94. Leslie August 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  95. Lori August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  96. Michelle August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Therefore, in him I live; I Move; and Have my being.

  97. Marisa August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  98. Jeanne August 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Sharon, this article speaks to me in particular. The other day I was praying for God to “cure” me of my laziness, when He spoke to me and said that ‘just because you on not continually on the go and constantly striving for something does not make you lazy. I created you the way you are for a reason, and you are who I need you to be!’ Yes, I agreed, only You, God, could see something the world views as horrible as something beautiful!
    Thank you for this reminder!

  99. Dee August 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!!! I printed the excerpt from your new book “A Sudden Glory” yesterday and read it last night. I can not wait until August 21st to purchase the book. As always God is right on time with what I need and just from the first chapter of this book I know it is exactly what I need. It was as if you were reading my mind, which gives me comfort in know there are others in the boat with me but most of all it assures me that Jesus does care and He does hear me. Thank you Father for your vessel Sharon. May God continue to be a blessing in your life as you bless others….So excited about this book, I’m giving everyone I know a copy.

  100. Connie August 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. 🙂

  101. Gina August 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you LORD for quieting the raging storms that lie within me. YOU are my protector and comforter. My favorite verse BE STILL & know that I am GOD….I am learning this on a daily basis. At times, I find myself attempting to get ahead of GOD, but he gently pulls me back…

  102. Patricia August 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Thanks Sharon, your devotionals are helping me a lot, pray for me that in my daily life His grace is sufficient. I need to be quiet and listen Him.
    God bless you for all what you do.

  103. Amy August 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Amen

  104. Lisa August 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  105. Stephanie August 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  106. kRIS August 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Jesus is indeed in the boat with me!

  107. Carolyn Britt August 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    “JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!”

  108. Janice Korstange August 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  109. Debi August 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  110. Molly August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  111. loralie August 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Jesus
    Is
    In the boat
    With me.

  112. Michelle August 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Yes, I relate to this. God is showing this to me too. I’m asking him to help me obey this and to not try to take it back from him. I discovered this verse a few days ago. Ezekiel 14:14 says….. “The Lord himself will fight for you. Stay calm”. Oh wow! This is me, I must let go and let God. Stop being the storm! Thank you for another conformation to what I know God is saying to me already.

  113. Missy August 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me…always!!! 🙂

  114. stephanie August 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Thank you for this reminder. My husband & I are feeling caught up in a frightening storm & have been asking that very question…”where are you Lord?”. I got up early feeli g prompted to pray & spend time with him. He knew that I needed to remember that Jesus is in the boat with me. Jesus is in the boat with me.

  115. Stacey August 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Jesus is in the storm with me!

  116. toni August 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  117. Tosan August 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for your daily devotionals, they speak a lot to me and help me through life in general

  118. Glenda Phillips August 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. I know that many times I am also the storm. Just want I needed to read today. Thanks for this devotion to you and especially God.

  119. Shavon Jones August 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat wih me.

  120. Shaylonda August 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me, and he amazes me everyday! ! Shaylonda

  121. Ella Davis August 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me,i thank God for you ,getting the devotions has been such a blessing and when i think i am going to drown He sends the anchor of His word to hold me up yhank you

  122. Gerry Blumberg August 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. That “being still” part is so hard. I’m right there with you, learning to sit and listeni for those quiet words from my Savior. It’s a discipline to stay put but so important.

  123. Brittani August 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you for delivering this powerful word from God!

  124. Patricia August 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  125. Jan August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Jesus IS in the boat wirth me! ? Jan from Indiana

  126. Ulrica Fontenot August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat wth me and He is the captain of my ship…. Thank you for your message today.

  127. cynthia August 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  128. Joy August 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! Thank you Sharon for the inspiring message today. Many blessings to you!

    Joy!

  129. kelly royston August 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Jesus is in the baot with me!!! Thanks for the reminder to stand still and wait on god!! 🙂

  130. Jamila Woodard August 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  131. Marianne Hertel August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I too have a hard time sitting and being still. So this was a good word for me! 🙂 Jesus is in the boat with me!

  132. Jessica August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!
    I recently had my third child, and coupled with moving across the country and away from all friends, family, and my life-long church, I have been battling some severe emotions. Thank you for these messages that remind me my God is bigger than anything life throws at me, that (as James 1:2-4 say) I can consider these trials with joy since He is using them to make me into His perfect version of me 🙂 Each day seems to bring a new struggle, physical or emotional, but knowing He is there to calm the storm brings peace that passes all understanding!

  133. Maradee August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  134. Merrin Palmer August 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Sharon:

    Thank God for using you and thank you for being obedient to Him in the work you are doing. My husband and I are experiencing financial hardship but we know that Jesus is in the boat with us. Praise the Lord God Almighty for the confirmation and for not leaving me alone.

    Keep up the good work.

    God bless you three girlfriends in God

    Merrin Palmer

  135. Kelly August 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you for your inspiration!

  136. Erin August 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me…

  137. Dottie August 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I really needed this message today. I know in my heart that when I slow down and quiet my mind, I can hear the Lord loud and clear. I guess I needed a reminder. Lately he’s been telling me to get baptised. I’m going to make arrangements with my church to do just that. I am a “baby” Christian that hungers for the Word every day.

  138. Paula Craig August 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  139. Kristen August 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  140. Diana August 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  141. Linda Williams August 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Good Morning Sharon, i love your website. I was looking for a women’s website, that would
    encourage me. And i found it. JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME. I woke up this morning
    feeling stressed and scared and just out of it. But i logged on to your site and read your story. Amazing, just what i needed to read. God is so awesome. In my heart i know that he never fail’s, never. My husband and i just relocated to Atlanta, form N.Y. and it’s been a little hard, trying to find work. And still survive. But i know that my GOD is able. NO weapon formed against me shall prosper. He would never forsake me. So today i just want to thank you for this website. I will continue to read it EVERYDAY.

    Thank You And GOD Bless Linda Williams

  142. Vicki August 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.
    Thank you so much Sharon for your message. I love reading your posts but have never commented. I want you to know that your words make an impact on my life. They give me greater understanding of the scripture and help me relate them to my everyday life. You are blessing to me and I want to Thank You.

  143. Toni Wortherly August 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!
    http://elevatedvalues.weebly.com/2/post/2012/08/be-still.html

  144. Maurie August 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!

  145. Nicole August 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  146. Erica J August 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  147. Kathy Abell August 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Your devotion hit home with me this morning. Have been feeling guilt for not “doing” more lately, yet I do feel this is a season that God wants me to just spend time with Him. Thank you!

  148. devin August 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!

  149. Brenda August 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Jesus is IN the boat WITH me!

  150. Rowena August 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me, Allelulia!

  151. Elizabeth August 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  152. Brittany August 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Whether there’s a storm or calm waters…Jesus is in the boat with me.

  153. Rose August 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  154. Shai August 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  155. Abigail August 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  156. Nan August 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Jesus is on the boat with me. Life gets so busy & this devotion reminded me to get off the treadmill & listen. Thanks!!!!

  157. Charity August 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me, and I need to let him drive.

  158. maria August 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  159. jenice August 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!!! IT BRINGS GREAT JOY WHEN YOU KNOW THAT HE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU!! I LOVE THE LORD!!

  160. Elaine Killian August 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Jesus was in the boat with me through the storms of infertility. Jesus was in the boat with me through the storms of my suicide attempt. Jesus is in the boat with me daily as I live every day for him in gratitude of answered prayers and a second chance at life.

  161. Liz August 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. He always has been and always will be. Thank you Sharon for another great daily devotional. Liz.

  162. Tama August 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for the reminder!

  163. Mandy August 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. I had a miscarriage 2 weeks ago. God used your devotional to speak to my heart. I’m so thankful that God is helping me learn what it means to “Be still and know that” HE “is God.” Psalm 46:10

  164. Jeanie August 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    My step-dad has inoperable/untreatable cancer. I have to keep reminding myself that God is in control of this situation, there is nothing I can do but keep still and know that Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you 🙂

  165. Bunmi August 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  166. Twyla August 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    An awesome, powerful truth…….JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  167. Hannah Hayes August 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I absolutely needed to read this today! In a time, when everything in my human nature says to panic, the holy spirit tells me to “be still”. God has always provided before, and He will do so again. Right now, we are waiting for and seeking for God’s next plan for us, a place to live and jobs. Thanks for the reminder…”JESUS is in the boat with me!”

  168. Sue Ann August 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! Amen. A profound simple verse that means so much to me today….and every day.

  169. remisia August 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  170. Rosemary August 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!! Hallelujah!!

  171. bashaba August 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    jesus is in the boat with me……….if i may i have a prayer request for my friend karen her teenage daughters new kidney is not working we need a miraculous healing for them thank you to all my friends in Christ—–bash

    • Jo Ann Mischlich August 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Bash, please know that I am praying for Peace for both Karen and her daughter during this time so they can know that God is working with the doctor’s and Jesus has his hands of healing upon the daughter.

  172. Sylvia August 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    This message really touched me…especially the end. You see, when I got married my husband and I did not have a wedding. I didn’t want one because I knew my parents wouldn’t come. They had disowned me for marrying an African American man. Since then, they have come around and learned to respect and appreciate him. When my sister got married, my dad didn’t go to her wedding because her husband was also African American. Sadly, that marriage ended in divorce. She got remarried to another African American man this past May, and my dad DID go to the wedding! It spoke volumes of how far he’s come and his love. I watched them as they danced in the Father-Daughter dance…they both cried, whispered in each other’s ears, and I couldn’t help being a little jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy for them and very proud of my dad….but I would never have that opportunity…a Father-Daughter Dance. I went home, laid on my bed, and prayed through my tears, “Lord, I know you are holy and I know I’m unworthy, but when I get to heaven can You and I have a Father-Daughter Dance?” After reading your devotional this morning, I realized that I can have Father-Daughter Dances RIGHT NOW, in my “Be Still” moments (I know it sounds like an oxymoron, lol!). It’s in the moments when I’m still that the Lord sweeps me away and leads me in a myriad of beautiful dances. Thank you for your message! I will be more conscious of my “Be Still” moments knowing that these moments will give me the opportunity to dance with my Father in heaven! <3

    • Peggy August 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      Wow!!! that was a Be Still Moment, when I read this and think of the little things I go through, its makes me more grateful of my situation. Some stuff, God has His ways of showing us how truly Bless we are.

      Now that he will never leave or forsake you.

  173. Tracy August 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    All I can say is thank you, Jesus, for being in the boat with me. I could never do it without You.

  174. Carol August 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  175. Giuliana August 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. 🙂

  176. Melanee August 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Jesus is in the Boat with me. Amen and Amen!!!

  177. Renee Dehoyoz August 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Always love reading these devotionals

  178. Trudy August 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  179. Diane August 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! 🙂

  180. Janie Ramirez August 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!! He’s just not worried. How simple yet powerfully comforting. I love that!!

  181. Kristen Sutherlin August 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! <3

  182. Anne August 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me !!!! Glory to God !!!!

  183. Deonne August 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    “In HIS PRESENCE is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11 When we be still and come into His presence, His joy fills and heals all the lonely places of our hearts. Thank you, Sharon for reminding me today to be still and come into His presence and listen to His words.

  184. Teri August 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    It comforts me always to know the Jesus is in the boat with me!

  185. Debi Yeargain August 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!

  186. MaryAnn August 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  187. Sandra August 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. What a confirmation, that it’s ok for me, for my sisters to JUST be still!!!

  188. angela August 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for inspiring me to be still and let God have His way..

  189. Crystal Holdipp August 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thanks for sharing these words. God is teaching me this very thing.

  190. Janice August 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  191. Maria August 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!

  192. TraceyClark August 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I know without a shadow of a doubt that JESUS is in the boat with me! Not only is he in the boat with me. HE is the boat! My safety boat and my cruise ship!

  193. Rochelle V. gray August 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! I’m so happy that He is! Thank you for the comforting reminder Sharon. I needed this word on today.

  194. J. Love August 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  195. Louise August 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. He brought that scripture to my attention 10 years ago. And again recently. Thanks for your gig message!

  196. Valerie August 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!!!! Jesus is in the boat with all of us, ALL THE TIME!

  197. Desouree August 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Good Morning Sharon:

    Cease Striving …………When I went to bed and woke up this morning as usual I have things to do, but as always I stop to read the morning daily verse and then on to you. It’s funny how situations in our lives go so well hand and hand with messages from God. While I read your page this morning on Cease to Strive, my heart became so heavy , their was a ache that only God could fill and it made me think of how I have been constantly moving, trying to get things done, facing talk about a love one how to handle it; then I remembered that all I had to do is just cease to move, cease to be quite and listen to what my God has for me and what will bring me understanding and peace. I had a sudden over flow of tears that I could not hold back because I saw myself in the boat in the storm.

    Thank you for this article this morning with God’s blessing.

    Touched

  198. Charlotte Meeks August 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I know Jesus is in the boat with me.

  199. Tracy August 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!

  200. Cindy August 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Jesus is IN the boat….with me. Thank you, Sharon, for reminding me…..

  201. Kim August 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thanks for the calming message in my storm.

  202. Susan H. August 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you Jesus!!

  203. Julie August 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    thank you Jesus for being in the boat with me.

  204. Sandy August 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Wow, I have been in storm after storm in the past week…my marriage has been attacked by infidelity, I received word of a sibling being suicidal, I got a call from a concerned mother about my own son having those same thoughts, and my step children are being sucked down in a current that we can’t pull them out of….It’s an attack, definitely, and I have taken on the warrior mode and tried to fight on all sides….this devotion meant a lot, I know Jesus is in the boat with me….I had forgotten that…He has everything under control and I need to sit down and relax in His peace and comfort. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  205. Jo Ann Mischlich August 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    “Jesus is in the boat with me”. Thank you for the reminder. My storms cease to exist when I give those storms over to Christ. I promise to give them over daily and to know Christ’s Peace.

  206. viviana August 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    jesus is in the boat with me, from Colombia! thks for ur words & for being a tool in God’s hands

  207. BARBARA Norton August 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    THANK YOU for this POWERFUL, CONVICTING, PENETRATING WORD!
    EPHESIANS 3:20

  208. Linda August 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. My family is waiting for my husband to have a liver transplant so all we can do is wait at this point which is hard. But I know that God is there with us every step and I have the peace that passes all understanding about our situation. God is teaching all of us as we wait and we are giving Him all the glory and honor for this.

  209. Susan August 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  210. Jenisha August 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME!!!

  211. Varnetta Pugh August 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Jesus Is In The Boat With Me!!!

  212. debi August 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me…i need to repeat that throughout my day today…having a meeting with my sister regarding my mom’s care…she has alzheimer’s…my sister and i are not close, and struggle with our relationship…and have to come together for the care of my mom…i want direct affirmation from the Lord as to what my part in this is…how much i take on…i have a husband and family…not to say my sister’s life is not important, but it’s different…anyway, i’m nervous about the meeting…but need to remember Jesus is there by my side to help me…(my sister is not a believer)…if you remember, please say a prayer for our meeting, that the Holy Spirit would be the one directing and controlling it…thank you…you are always an inspiration to me….

  213. Sasha August 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  214. Sandra August 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Jesus Is And Will Always Be In The Boat With Me <3

  215. Lisa August 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Praise God, Jesus is in the boat with me!!! 🙂

  216. Sheila W. August 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I had to smile deeply. I am very hit or miss in reading my inbox devotional because…. i am so busy, certainly too busy to “dance” the “Be still and know that I am God” slow dance! I choose to do this day differently, to be aware of Love and embrace Jesus in each moment. Thank-you for a clear, pure word that blesses me in the deepest parts!!!

  217. Dorina August 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  218. Cindy August 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  219. Debbie August 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!! Thank you, Jesus!!!

  220. sandy August 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me…..Thank you for this devotion….. So needed it today…..Feel pulled in lots of directs and want to do all that needs to be done/ taken care of….Be still and know that I am God…..Focus on Him…..He will carry/help us …..Thank you for your message – God whispers that help calm us and lead us to the Master….sz

  221. Sheree August 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me 🙂

  222. Jul August 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    God led me to read the devotional today and helped me realized that He does care. You see my husband runs camp. This week is the end of summer and he has been diagnosed with anemia. My husband has been a very lively and positive person. The way he talks, moves and encourages people-all to the glory of God. He is an adrenaline so full of life! This last week, he is barely hanging on. Working at a short distance is draining. Doing song service leaves him fatigue. His fingernails are white due to lack of circulation and constant headaches on his left side of his head is just kills him.

    After reading your devotional, I asked God the same question, “Don’t you care, God?” Here is a man who devotes his time to you every morning, active in our church, does mission trips and sets up educational allowance to different country so college students can finish school, etc. “God, don’t you see the pain he is going through? Don’t you care at all? Aren’t you worried?”

    Then I was reassured that God does care and He does not worry. Often times we worry because we loose our sight of what God can do. We loose our trust and we want things done and cured immediately! But I know God is telling me there is a reason for everything. He has a purpose. I just have to trust Him.

    Blessings

  223. Carla August 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! I really enjoy your powerful, anointing and encouraging words. May God continue to bless and perfect everything that concerns you.

  224. Carol August 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I am going through one of the most difficult times right now. It involves my 15 year old ADHD son, which when it does, affect me the most, By this I mean, my heart remains steadfast in financial, physical and emotional attacks. But when they involve my son, I have the hardest time enduring. While it is pretty awful, but God! But God! In God, I move. . .In God I live . . ., and In God I have my Being. He told me that I have to find my identity in Him, not in the label of great mom. Which is the badge I’ve been wearing, up until this incident, which has caused me great pain and where I relinquished this title. I know I just need to press through, but am becoming weary on the course. But God…I must be still and KNOW…KNOW Who He is, Whose I am and all He’s done to me and through me…the weeping may endure for the night..But Joy…But God. Thanks for the reading, Sharon…a timely word. May God Bless you and keep you . . .
    Yours,
    Carol from Philly

  225. Jeanne August 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    JESUS is in the boat with ME!
    Thank you for this devotional today.. I believe it spoke to me, “quietly”!
    God bless!

  226. Jackie A. August 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  227. LHorsley August 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    It has been a rough few weeks in my life… and today was a reminder that Jesus is still in the boat with me. He can calm the waters and the wind… HE can calm me! Learning how to sit at his feet and wait on Him is a very difficult thing to do when all you want to do is “show” Him… He already knows me… he knows my heart and I don’t have to “do” all the time… He is calling me to rest and BE STILL! What a great reminder for today!

  228. Lori August 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you Sharon! God bless!!

  229. Andrea Brown August 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    KING JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME AND MY FAMILY…THIS TRUTH I DECLARE IN KING JESUS’ HOLY AND WONDERFUL, MIGHTY AND ALL-POWERFUL, BLOOD-STAINED AND SOAKED JUST FOR E NAME. THANK YOU, LORD, AND I LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU EVEN THE MORE FOR THIS. AMEN.

  230. Nicole August 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  231. Deb August 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Oh, yes, Jesus is in the boat with me!! So,many days I have asked him what does he want from me? All I had to do is be quiet and listen and be still. I agree that this is a great reminder for me.

  232. April August 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me 🙂

  233. Cynthia August 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    JESUS IS IN THE BOAT WITH ME !!!

  234. Donielle August 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Jesus is most certainly in the boat with me if He wasn’t I would be sinking deep in sin and would have drowned a long time ago… Matter fact someone would be rescuing me with a strait jacket not a life jacket. thank God He is in the midst of my storms!!!

  235. Jehrica Marini August 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    JESUS is in the boat with me!! =) HALLELUJAH, PRAISE HIM FOREVER!

  236. DBaker August 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    One of my co-workers was just discussing with me yesterday how his life for Jesus hasn’t been what it should be. So many things going on in his life that he is having a hard time coping with it all. I reminded him about this story of Jesus and the storm. Don’t get out of the boat, Jesus is there. I’m glad Jesus is in the boat with me!

  237. Lauren August 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! And I am so thankful He is! Now I need to rest and let Him take care of everything!

  238. Peggy August 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Amen, God is in the Boat. I was the mom who always trying to fix it for my 3 Adult children and a teenager, But God…spoke Step Aside you always trying to fix, they are listening… when I stepped aside, they truly figures it out. Nobody said the road would be easy, but they have to learn. It’s there Blessings and they have to want it. An it sits well with me

  239. Natalie August 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  240. Cate August 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you Lord for this reminder given through Ms. Sharon Jaynes! 🙂

  241. Barbara August 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Amen.

  242. Ceathra August 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    JESUS is in the boat with me. Thank you, Father.

  243. Ceathra August 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    JESUS is in the boat with me. Thank you, Father.

  244. Justine August 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Jesus is not only IN the boat with me, He’s driving!!! Bless you and Love you all!

  245. Mildred Burns August 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  246. LaRanda Reese August 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    To Sharon and others, I don’t even have the time to write this comment but I had to comment on this. I save the weekly devotions so that I can read them when I have time. I am soooo busy I yearn for the time to spend with God. I say a little prayer and acknowledge Him but I would love to be still and just listen. Thank you for devotion Sharon and if you miss a week of not posting I think we women will know you are being still. Praying for your strength, the women, and myself. Be bless!

  247. Rachiel August 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. All day long I have been telling myself that this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. As long as there is a breath in me, God has a plan for my life, even if I don’t understand, or don’t always feel like it.

  248. Temi August 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks for the message. Right now, I,m in the middle of a stormy situation, and it’s been difficult to see God’s plans for me. I’m so glad for this Word. As I read your article, God gave me Isaiah 43v2
    “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
    I’m so glad Jesus is in the boat with me. God bless you.

  249. Temi August 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks for the message. Right now, I,m in the middle of a stormy situation, and it’s been difficult to see God’s plans for me. I’m so glad for this Word. As I read your article, God gave me Isaiah 43v2
    “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
    I’m so glad Jesus is in the boat with me. God bless you.

  250. Tammy August 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat WITH me!

    Sharon, because you took the time to “be still and know”, I am comforted. Because you surrendered to God and opened yourself for Him to work through you, I am assured. Because you gave, I was able to receive.

    Life has been… challenging… we’ll just leave it at that. This message reached my soul and penetrated my heart like only God can. He has a distinct voice, doesn’t He?!

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing this vital message of hope, love, and strength.

  251. Michaela August 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    I know Jesus is in the boat with me. I hear his whispers.

  252. Dawn Giehl August 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Lord Jesus, help me to believe that You are in the boat with me…I want to sense Your presence!

  253. Trudy August 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!
    I MUST take this opportunity to thank you for the words of encouragement I receive daily from your devotionals.

    Jeremiah 3: 15 says:
    And I will give you pastors according to mine heart,
    which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

    Thank you for allowing God to speak to your heart, bringing comfort and healing through your words.

    God Bless You,
    Trudy

  254. Leanne August 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!! Thankfully, gratefully, He is in the boat with me!!!

  255. Stephanie August 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I decree and declare that JESUS IS in the boat with me!!! I so disperately want to get to the place where I can understand and accept God’s plan for me.

  256. Diane H. August 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Jesus is most definitely in the boat with me – even (especially!) when I think He’s not!!

  257. lauralyn August 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I want Jesus to be in that Boat with me

  258. Glenda Wiley August 11, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. He saw me safely to the other side. Glory be to God!!!

  259. Monique August 11, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  260. Kristin August 11, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Although at times the weight of my family’s situation is more than I can bear, I know Jesus is in the boat with me. Over my 21 years of marriage, my husband and I have faced chronic illness (his), both marital and parenting crisis, unemployment and financial hardship I know deep down that God is in control and none of this happens without His consent. We are currently facing severe financial hardship as both are currently drastically underemployed. We do not know where God is taking us, but we have to trust that He is with us. We have three children and we pray that this will only help them grow closer to God and not draw them away.

  261. Janice Bentley August 11, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. It’s rocking, but He’s in here with me.

  262. Cathy August 11, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me I even gave him my oar!

  263. Kristi August 11, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    I know Jesus is in the boat with me. He didn’t bring me this far without a plan for my life. All this squirrel caging in my head is nonsense. I’ll do my part and rest in Him.

  264. judy August 11, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Yes, I have been feeling the same…thanks Sharon for this*

  265. Angelika Lindsey August 11, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Jesus is in the boat and I thank him for his grace and mercy daily.

  266. Tina August 11, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you for your words. It really hit home with me. I hear Him telling me to “be still and listen”, but it is so hard…

  267. stephie_ann3@hotmail.com August 11, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  268. jackie August 11, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  269. Karina August 11, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!! Thanks for all you do for the Lord and for us, Sharon! You’re a true blessing and inspiration to many. May God bless you richly.

  270. Karen August 11, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  271. OLAPE ESTHER DAMILARE August 11, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    JESUS is in the boat with me so i’ll be STILL AND KNOW THAT HE HIS GOD. Thanks Sharon for this great word for such a time as this in my life, may GOD grant you more wisdom and deeper revelation and relational work with HIM.

  272. Kay August 11, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. AMEN!

  273. Becky August 11, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Praise God!

  274. Shannon August 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  275. Carolina Funk August 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me and how I long to be still!

  276. Kim August 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! I really needed this today.

  277. Venessa August 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me

  278. Brenda Durden August 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Love your web site and never more have I needed to know Jesus is in the boat with me.

    On my way to meet and plan our Ladies meeting for the new term ~~~9-12—5-13

    and God knows my boat has had acomplete off course turn in family this week

    but PTL He is in the Boat with me -I had about forgotten !!!
    thank you for allowing God to use you to remind others how much we miss out on God by being so busy and caring our load a long-

  279. chris August 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me……Halleluiah

  280. Kim August 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with Me!

  281. Kim August 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with Me!

  282. Stacy Ervin August 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  283. Levieta August 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!!!!

  284. Ruth August 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Amen!

  285. elle August 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Sharon, A friend just told me about this site.I thank the Lord for her & you all!! The secular life can be sooo confusing, but God is not a confusing God… Often I just want to sit & do nothing but be with Him,. The world demands so much just to keep a roof overhead..wasn’t blessed w/a financial cushion & I am TIRED!! I thank the Lord for what I have. I want to give the glory to Him for a better life tho…any suggestions??!!Blessings to all!.

  286. Karen August 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me and I am no longer worried.
    He has my back and my life is known by Him.
    Thank you for reminding me to be still.

  287. Pavla August 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Yes, the Lord Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you Sharon!

  288. Debbie August 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Praise God! Jesus is in the boat with me.

  289. Michelle August 12, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    Jesus IS in the boat with me!!! Oh Sharon what got me was the prayer… I’m not just caught up in the storm… I AM the storm!!!

  290. Otie Whittaker August 12, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Even when the waves are splashing over my head, I truly believe, “Jesus is in the boat with me”

  291. Julia August 12, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you for doing that devotion! I had a lot on my mind and reading that devotion helped me just to stop and listen. God has just helped me clear my mind and given me a peace!! God is so good!

  292. Laly August 12, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me, amen! I so needed this word, thank you!

  293. Connie August 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I am comforted know that the Lord is in the boat with me!

  294. Harriett August 12, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!!

    Harriett (Barbados)

  295. Sharon August 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Jesus IS in the boat with me!

  296. Patty August 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. I just need to learn to sit still and listen.

  297. Mags August 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me today as I arose to write and worship and found my child using innappropriate language on fb. Sigh. Good rest day to be still.

  298. Laura Kimball August 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  299. Faqith August 13, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me today!

  300. Linda August 13, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Jesus IS in the boat with me.

  301. Dena August 13, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  302. Loveness August 13, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me..amen

  303. Portia Dlangamandla August 13, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I truly believe that Jesus is in the boat with me, in everything that i’ve been through God really showed his mercy upon my life, He calmed the storms for me and he would always remind me to be still and trust him…..i lost my job early this year, it was so hard for me to accept but suddenly i would find myself waking up in the middle of the night and the voice inside me would say pray, at first i didn’t know wat i was praying for but i prayed so hard then two months down the line i got my rewards and they were much better….i thank God for breaking me or must i say pruning me and blessing me after the pruning process……………

  304. Mia August 13, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  305. Mia August 13, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me.

  306. Sandy. August 13, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I Found MySelf Listening to You 1st Thing this Morning.
    God Speaking to me thru (2) of Your Writings.
    Love. Sandy. And. Prayers.
    Psalm 5:3 (NLT) “Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD.
    Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

  307. Renee August 13, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I know I’m a couple days late… but I know Jesus is in the boat with me!!! Glory to God… I really needed to “hear” this!!! Thank you!!!

  308. Veronica Buggs August 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. why do I worry?

  309. Dee Dee Smith August 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Jesus is with me.

  310. Donna August 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me and this excites me to my very being. I know I don’t have to worry so why do I? Isn’t that a natural response even when we know all is well within our soul. The storms may be raging on the sea and deep down in my soul I know Hes got this, this is nothing for Him. And at the same time your mind is battling with what is literally being seen and believing what is not there. FAITH is not the only key factor here just STANDING on the TRUTH is equally important. I can only believe what you tell me because I know nothing else. HE is the way, the TRUTH, and the light. “TRUST” if HE said it then it has to be the TRUTH. You only loose trust when the truth is no longer apparent or when a person constantly lies or causes you not to believe them or in them anymore. God is not a man that HE should lie. HIS truth is marching on. That is what we have to believe cut and dry. THE TRUTH it has never changed. HE has never changed.

  311. Cathy Dawson August 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me!

  312. Jenny August 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    On my refrigerator I have a quote from a sermon I heard in January: “How would my life be different if I REALLY believed God was with me today?” I wrote the answer for myself on Post-It notes: I would not worry. I would not try to control others. I would be calm. I would not be passive-aggressive. I would not be a people pleaser. I would relax.

    It’s a question that I think is worth asking ourselves every day.

    Jesus IS in the boat with me today!

    Reminds me of the worship song that has a rousing chorus of “God is in the house, there is no doubt, God is in the house, we praise and shout.”

    • Sharon August 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      That is a great question to ask ourselves every day!

  313. Elaine August 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Thank you for that reminder !! Words of assurance so needed when I feel i”m sinking and unable to make the sails move my family and my life in a direction that is pleasing to my Lord and my God.

  314. Felicia August 14, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank you so much for such an awesome reminder that we are never alone. This past week I have really found myself questioning if He had forgotten about me but I think I had separated myself from Him due to the cares of life. Dear Jesus thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me. Amen.

  315. Linda August 14, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me and He’s not worried! Just what I need to know right now- Thanks!

  316. Josie August 14, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    Thank you for your daily devotions! I have been the storm for quite some time and I am so desperately missing the presence of My Heavenly Father. Through my storm and in my boat Jesus is with me.

  317. Melonie August 14, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I know that Jesus is in the boat with me. Amen!

  318. Rachel August 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Dear Sharon thanks for this powerful message
    indeed Jesus is in the boat with me .From today on the storms of life shall not
    threaten my soul. i’m going to be quiet when life’s storm arises and trus He who calms the storm in Jesus Name Amen

  319. Sonja August 15, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. No storm can overwhelm me.! Durban, South Africa

  320. Faustina August 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Praise God! Jesus is in the boat with me …

  321. Lisa November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me. Thank the LORD.

  322. Sabrina Owens June 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Jesus is in the boat with me! Amen!

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