Today’s Truth

Abide in me, and I in you.

John 15:4a

Friend to Friend

The first time I went to a drive-in theatre I was about six years old…in first grade. The motion pictures on the reel that night were not just exciting – they were epic. A double feature of Godzilla and Star Wars. It was a rare treat for our young family. With five kids and a school administrator’s salary, movies were a luxury.

The details of that evening are foggy, but there are several things that I remember. Daylight ended as Godzilla began. Dad went to get popcorn while mom spread a blanket out and helped the three oldest littles get to the best vantage point for the show: the roof of our station wagon. Pillows were handed up to the roof-perch and we settled in as freaky monsters took over the screen.

After the monster business finished, which I was less-than-thrilled by, I got cozy with my pillow and faced the screen belly down, toes in the air. I was ready for the force to be with me. Ready to experience an exciting adventure with handsome heroes, odd creatures, rowdy robots, and a brave, beautiful princess all from a galaxy far, far away.

Anticipation skyrocketed as the movie started and the music rose.

Oh, the music!

The Star Wars theme song elevated every ounce of my heart and stirred my eagerness into a barely containable tizzy. Do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo! I was such a big kid on top of our station wagon watching a movie! And we had popcorn! Real movie theatre popcorn…that my older brother was hogging… {Anyhoo…}

As the battle between darkness and light began to heat up I met the main characters one by one: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and, of course, the mean man in black, Darth Vader.

Aannnndddd then I fell asleep.

Missed most of the movie.

Woke up to mom telling me to climb down from the roof because it was time to go home.


I’m still in therapy over that sleepy snafu. How could I possibly doze off in the middle of one of the most thrilling nights of my entire six-year existence? My heart hung low with disappointment. I was there, but I missed the movie marvelousness.


It doesn’t take a napping nightmare for us to fall asleep during the marvelousness you know. Sometimes I fall asleep to the vibrant connection between God and me because I get lazy, too tired, or too busy to pray. I get too comfortable with a sleepy faith and doze, doze, doze while my Bible collects dust. I get distracted by matters that will fade like flowers and whither like grass. My soul yawns and runs all around town wearing jammies and fuzzy slippers.

Have you been there? Join me today in a soul mutiny against sleepy faith!

Jesus wants us to connect with Him continually. To abide in Him. He called out the complacency of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3, and He calls us beyond lukewarm living to a vibrant, white-hot faith so that our lives can be maximized for His glory! And He extends grace – even to us sleepy faith girls. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)

I want every ounce of marvelousness I can wring out from this day – which can only happen when I connect my soul to Jesus. I want a faith that is wide open and fully awake to the glory of God! Are you with me?

Let’s Pray

Holy Father, Please forgive me for the times when I doze off to Your glorious presence. Thank You for being a God of restoration and relationship. Thank You for Your Word and Your kindness that leads me to repentance. Help me to be fully alive to Your love and leading today.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Okay, girlfriend. Today I challenge you to mobilize your faith in a fresh way by doing 3 things: Read John chapter 15. Journal a prayer in response. Share a verse or thought about this on your Facebook page, my Facebook page or my blog. {Are you up for the challenge?}

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4 Responses to “Are You Connected?”

  1. Darlene pope says:

    I think Jesus painted paarables like a artist, we see the picture more clearly, what he wanted us to see, if my flowers are planted in too much shade, and need the sun to grow and share their beauty, it does not grow or root good, it needs the sun, and we who are walking in the fields, or working in the soil, we get the picture of his message and retain it, by preparing his disclipes for his death and ressurection,and their the promise of the holy spirit to help them..

  2. Daedonda Saavedra says:

    Oh, sister friend!!! I feel like I’m reading a chapter of my own life in your devotion. I long for a close relationship with our heavenly father, but find myself very, much in the same boat.I have come to the realization that I need to focus on what are the most important connections in my life and find that I definitely need to step back from social media and pick up my bible more often. He is ever faithful and merciful and deserves our reverence. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. <3

  3. julia says:

    hi gwen

    just got done reading john 15. few verses stuck out for me.

    john 15:5— yes i am the bine and you are the branches. those who remain in me and i in them will produce much fruit. apart from me you can do nothing.

    to me means that to listen/pray/ talk to Him. to remain faithful in Jesus when going through bad/hard times.

    john 15:12—love one another. love each other in the same way i have loved you.

    to me mans that to love not only our loved ones who we get along with whether coworkers/family/friends etc. but to also love the ones who get under our skin. (family that don’t talk to/neighbor who for whatever reason don’t like you/boss/even church family. (hopefully there isn’t just using that as a example)

    john 15:13–there is no greater love than to to lay down ones life for ones friend

    (one of the verses always hear our pastor use). to me to always be there for your friend/family/church family/ co-worker etc. no matter what. to stick with them through whatever the situation is good/bad/ugly etc.

    john 15:17 this is my command: to love each other

    again to me similar to john 15: 12. but again to love our enemies (pray for them). no matter what bad choice/circumstance(s) they are in.

    thank you for these surprisingly i liked doing this one it actually made me actual dig in His word.

    may God bless you and your family! have a good weekend.

  4. Nanette Brooks says:

    This verse stuck out to me in the reading

    John 15:5‭-‬8 NIV

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

    I have read these verses many times but this morning it took on a different meaning where I could hear God saying daughter I need you to remain in me and my word no matter what your situation looks like. When u remain in my word I will take care of your impossible but I need you to have faith in me and abide in me.
    So I don’t have time to doze off on God I need to remain connected because he is always connected to me. ❤️

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