#1wordwednesday / learning to be CONNECTED instead of just existing

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Brian and I have been working on our 2017 goal of doing a short devotional each night together. The easiest devotionals have been the ones found in the Bible App on our phones.

Have you ever browsed through those reading plans?? There are TONS of them and you can even sort by topic. The Relationship topic has a ton of Marriage devotional plans that are all FREE!

The plan we’re on currently is called “7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

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One of the readings from this week talked about being CONNECTED with your spouse.

“We connect dots, we connect airplane flights to get us where we want to go, and we connect with others in our same profession hoping to learn from each other. But what does connect mean in a marriage? Is it talking or hanging out together or the absence of fighting? Is it sharing a bank account or going on a date or living under the same roof? I know couples that do all of those, and the last word I would use to describe them would be connected. They talk, but it is always surface. They hang out, but it is more out of convenience. They don’t fight, but there is no passion. The bank account makes sense to them on a practical level. The dates keep them from going to a movie or out to dinner alone, and living together under the same roof saves a lot of money on bills. These couples do not connect – they exist. Someone observing them might think they are connected, but they are not.” – Dr. Kim Kimberling, 7 Secrets to An Awesome Marriage, Day 4 Devotional – the Bible App.

Wow! Those words and examples really stuck out for me and stayed in my mind long after reading the devotional.

Am I connecting with Brian? Or are we just existing?

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How we feel figuring out how to connect at times in our marriage!!!

It’s so incredibly easy to go through the motions and do all the things on life’s to-do list and end up utterly exhausted at the end of the day – too exhausted to connect.

Exist is easier most days.

The more I thought about connecting and existing, the more I thought about my relationship with God.

Do I connect with my Savior and really work at our relationship? Or do I just breeze through life expecting all the connecting to be done through osmosis?? Ha!

Our most valuable relationship on earth is with our Heavenly Father. When we realize the importance of connecting with Him, everything changes.

Existing is not what He called us to.

Connection is life giving.

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God, help me to live in a way that creates connection – with You, my spouse, my children and friends. Keep me from existing and using excuses of why connection is too hard. When I’m tired and want to take the easy escape of existing, help me to choose connection instead.

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