Three Little Words

Red Sun over Lake Mindemoya

Red Sun over Lake Mindemoya

Most days, I read 1-3 chapters of the Bible. But some days, I read only a few words before I have to stop and ponder their meaning.

Today I read these three words: “Abide in me.” (John 15:4)

These three little power-packed words stopped me in my tracks. I’ve been waylaid by summer company which has led to making memories with my grandchildren, lots of  good conversation and family reunions, breakfasts at the local diner and cruising through antique shops. I’m also trying to finish a book of child immigrant stories. And in the back of my mind I’m composing a Bible study on Romans 3 for the end of September. I enjoy all of these things but in the midst of them I sometimes feel I’ve drifted away from God. Then, these words –

Abide in Me

stopped me in my tracks and brought me back to the thing that matters most – my relationship with God.

Abide means to live, to make myself at home in God. When I forget He is my Home my worries seem bigger. I lay awake at night and fret. I think of all the things that haven’t turned out the way I expected. I forget to thank Him for all the things that have turned out better than I expected.

Those three words,  “Abide in Me,” draw me into His embrace.

Do you need a hug from God today? He’s speaking to you. And He’s saying, “Come. Rest in Me. Lean your head on my shoulder. I have everything you need to live in peace today.”


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Also available at my website:

Vanished – Shirley Brown’s 12 year-old son Robbie went to deliver his newspapers. He was never seen again. Vanished tells how she received the courage to cope with this tragedy.

He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me – Sandra Nunn’s love for her husband was long dead . . . until he experienced a miracle. That miracle changed them both.


About Rose McCormick Brandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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3 Responses to Three Little Words

  1. “Abide in me.” I believe I said that would be my motto for this year. Hummm….how could I forget that. Abide in me. That’s such a wonderfully comforting place to be…abiding in God. Thanks for the devotional and a nice reminder. May God’s grace and peace be with you and prepare all the work and studies for His glory.

  2. anne laidlaw says:

    Wonderful, Rose. 


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