Let’s Go to the Other Side

“Let us go across to the other side.”

~Jesus (Mark 4:35)


Must I, Lord? Go across to the other side?

I’m comfortable here.

I’m used to this way of doing things.

I don’t know what I’ll find on the other side.

“Let us go across to the other side.”


To the other side of what? Where do you want me to go, Lord?

To the other side of complacency, fear, and wandering.

To the place of My purpose, My plan, My will.

But, Lord, people are counting on me.

People will be disappointed.

People won’t understand, Lord.


“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat 

so that the boat was already filling.” (Mark 4: 37)


See, God, I knew there would be tumultuous times.

I knew it would be safer to stay back there.

At least I knew what to expect!

“But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.

And they woke Him and said to Him,

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)


I know you care, God. It’s Who You are. But I’m still afraid.

Still out of my comfort zone.

Still wondering what’s ahead.

I don’t like waves, Lord. Does anyone like waves?

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?

Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40)


Lord, help Thou my unbelief!

In rain and storm. In the rocking boat.

I want unwavering faith, God! Please, quiet my soul within me!

Call me again, to go out on the water.

Invite me into the boat. Ask me to follow.

I love You.

“[He] said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”

And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)



Be still.

Ok, Lord.

Somehow I knew…I knew that You would calm the winds of change. I knew that You would straighten what was crooked, mend what was broken, and comfort the troubles of my heart.

Ok, Lord.

I’m ready.

Ready to go with You…to the other side.


Are you struggling with faith to believe? Faith to follow God? Faith to go to the other side with Jesus?

Send me an email and let me know how I can pray for you. I read every one!

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10 Responses

  1. Kemi
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    I need a prayer for my hubby’s job. It has disturb so much. Every time he tries to lay his hand on something. There is obstacle. He is not an infidel. He needs to provide for his household. He is loosing his faith in God. He doesn’t gather the family anymore to pray together.
    I am tired of telling him to call the family alter. I just need God’s intervention on this matter. God bless you ma.

    • encouragementmama@gmail.com
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      Praying now for you and your family!

  2. Renee
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    Beautiful, Jen. Thank you so much for this. xo

    • encouragementmama@gmail.com
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      Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
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    This was so timely and encouraging to us as we had our last service yesterday. Thanks for sharing Jen.

  4. Brigid Barilla
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    Thank you, I needed to hear that, I’m a bit worried about my next step & im always behind financially I don’t know what to do. I’m ok at the moment I’m working full time with people with disabilities but I don’t know how long i can work, I’m 67 years of age,
    I don’t have money saved I live from week to week & if I don’t work I can’t pay rent for to cut down my hours it will be hard not only won’t have enough money, but, il have to buy a car while I work full time I have a cor from work & I can use the car for private use too. Please pray for me, I do trust God but, sometimes with other things going on I feel down I feel that at my age failed God my family & myself.

    • encouragementmama@gmail.com
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      Praying now for you, Brigid. May God bless you and keep you in the Name of Jesus…

  5. Debbie Hamar
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    I would like to let you know I am still praying for you–to have wisdom in relation to your daughter
    I have cut down in half the amount of smoking and like you posted I want changes that heal
    I’m reading a book by that title “Changes That Heal” by Dr. Henry Cloud; it teaches about having or
    establishing healthy boundaries–Understanding Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future
    I will continue in praying for trust in the Lord as we rest at His feet, to just be

  6. Kim Fiedler
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    Love this insight Jen as you portray a real place in each of our lives. It is so encouraging that the Word from the Lord ensures He is there in the midst of all our storms and all of our tomorrows! Even though this journey will continue to be uncertain and challenging, I also am ready to go with Jesus to the other side and make the most of His purpose for my life. I’m looking forward in taking this journey along with you and others in Christ in a strong faith!

    • encouragementmama@gmail.com
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      Thank you! So grateful to be on this journey with you my friend.

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