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Laura Kelly Fanucci is an author, speaker, and founder of Mothering Spirit, an online space on parenting and spirituality. She has written 7 books on faith, motherhood, & grief. Laura lives with her husband & 5 sons in MN, where she earned her master of divinity-and hates winter.

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  1. Wow! All the Sunday school lessons thru childhood emphasized Jesus’ Devine nature & control over nature. Not to discount that profound truth yet in the living & active Word there’s also the lesson that Jesus is present with us. He’s in the boat with us! Again I say Wow! Thank you for sharing! Blessings (((0)))

    • Ruth, I’m with you – I learned the same thing growing up! Isn’t it a wonder how we can return to these same familiar stories time and time again, and still find something new? He’s in the boat with us indeed.

  2. Thank you for expressing how I have felt lately. It’s so hard to be present for friends when life is overwhelming. I actually sent this to my friends to hopefully explain why I’m sometimes silent and how I’m trying to trust Jesus to multiply my prayers. He is in the boat.

  3. Laura thank you for this reading to let us know Jesus is in the boat with us. How often do we believe that. Especially when going through a difficult time. We pray and Jesus don’t answer right away or the way we want him to. We question ourselves to say where is Jesus. I need him to help me in this situation. He is there but could be testing our faith before he answers our request and helps us. To see how strong our faith is in him. Do we trust him to help us. Not go to somewhere else looking for help. So we have to trust Jesus is with us in the Boat he will help us in his own time and in the way best for us. As our way might not be best. We have to remember Jesus way is best. As he knows what to do that is best for us to help us in our situation. Love today’s reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland xx

    • So beautifully said, Dawn. So much of the life of faith is patience, persistence, remembering that our time is not God’s time. Praying with you today – and trying to trust, too!

  4. “It’s just in Your nature to step in and save
    Because of You, Jesus
    When I’ve been defeated
    I know You’ll pull me out of my grave

    When I needed rescue
    Jesus, You came through
    Oh, in my hardest season
    Your promise held true
    And every time I’ve given in
    Lord, You’ve proven again that You’re still my Savior now
    Jesus, You came through
    When I needed rescue

    You are peace within disaster
    You are calm inside the storm
    I have seen You move, and I believe
    You will do what You did before”
    ~Jordan St. Cyr- Rescue
    KLOVE 90.7 FM
    Songwriters: Justin Amundrud / Jordan St. Cyr / Jonathan Gamble

  5. Thank you for these inspired words of wisdom. You expressed how I feel when the prayer requests keep coming and I get overwhelmed. We were reminded in a recent Bible study that God doesn’t need us to continually pray for someone in order for Him to act on their behalf. That puts the power in our hands where it certainly doesn’t belong. I find if I pray “I trust you, Jesus” when I am praying, it releases a lot of the fear and pressure of me doing enough. How wonderful that He is already in the boat! What a comforting thought.

  6. I love this, Laura! I will remember the mantra, “He is in the boat with us”. He hears us. He always responds. God is with us. Always.

  7. Amen \0/ Thank you Laura.
    My husband Robert is struggling so much now. He is so mad at God. He wants his storms calmed. He feels left behind, forgotten, unloved. Unheard. All the “garbage” from his past is also floating to the top. I know I can’t solve his relationship with God right now, but your words and scripture will help me pray for him and remind him “Jesus is already in the boat with us.”

    • Janet, I am holding you and your husband in my prayers in a special way today. I have been in such a similar place. Praying for God to make a way where there seems to be no way. And asking Jesus to make his presence known to you, right there in your boat.

    • Janet,

      Father calm some of the storms of Janet’s husband. Help him to feel your presence there in the midst of this. Shower him with the love & grace you lavish upon us. Take away the garbage from past.. Soften his heart & turn him back to you. Help him to know you are in the boat with him. AMEN

      Blessings 🙂

  8. I Love this…Emmanuel, the God-in-the-boat, knows every storm, every downpour, every barreling wave that threatens to topple us.

    Those days hit hard.

    Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is one of the best encouraging posts ‼️
    I was crying out to God all week for friends and world peace .
    Yes ‼️God is listening and working all out for His glory .
    The best book I read 54 yrs ago was called “ Lord of my Rocking Boat” .
    Just a wee book but do powerful what God will do.
    Thankyou . A caring praying heart moves mountains with God’s power✝️

  10. Thank you for this post, sweet friend. Grief and joy are always swirling but Jesus is right here in the boat. Your life is a testimony to that. I resonate so much with this message.

  11. Laura,

    When trials hit Psalm 23:4 is my go to “Yea though I walk through the valley of shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod & staff they comfort me.” King David understood that no matter what Jesus is right there with us. He is holding our hands walking us through the trials to the other side. Don’t fret over what we can’t control give it all to Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

  12. “Thanks” Laura for reminding us that he is in the boat with us when we face difficult moments in life. God is Faithful! He loves us and promises to watch over and protect us. The Lord is Faithful to His promise to deliver and save us. Let’s be a LIGHT of inspiration and encouragement to those around us!

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