I now have a smartwatch. And may I add that sometimes it seems to be much smarter than I am! But I’m pleased to say I’m learning how to operate it somewhat efficiently. I rest (at a heart rate of 70bpm according to the smartwatch) in the hope that I will gain knowledge quickly while losing other unwanted things at the same pace.

I have found out that when we awaken in the morning, we should be sure to sync the watch to the app on our phones. This will enable us to get the correct vitals and stats recorded the previous day and through the night. This will prepare us for a new day and a new opportunity to reach our health goals.

This morning, when I was syncing my watch to the app on my phone, I heard that little inner voice saying, It’s sync or sink time.  

My first thought was, No; it’s s-w-i-m. Mom said it all the time, and I know the saying is, “It’s sink or swim.”

“No,” the inner voice said, “If you don’t sync, you’ll sink.”

We can’t tread water to stay afloat in the dirty sea of muck and mire that our world struggles through to make it to the day’s end. They’re sinking! We can’t swim in that in our own way; by our own power and will—we’ll sink, too! Sink means to drop to a lower level; become submerged. How can we reach a sinking world if we’re struggling to stay afloat in it along with them? We’d ALL be sinking.

But when we wake up in the morning and take ourselves to the source and, in old-school terms, “plug into Jesus,” read His Word, pray, and listen for His directives, we “sync,” we match up; we’re on the same page with His will and purpose for our day.


“For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28, KJV).


When synced with our power source, we can walk on top of the dirty sea of muck and mire, go to those who are sinking, reach out with love and compassion, lift them out of all that mess, and show them the way to Jesus.


“For it is (not your strength, but it is) God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work (that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose) for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, AMP).


There used to be an old saying widely used when someone was all geared up to do something challenging or get on a scary death-defying roller coaster with the “straight down” first hill—“I’m psyched!” meaning bring it on, I’m ready! Now, as I step out my front door to dive into my day and my world, I take a deep breath and say, “I’m synced!


Joanna is wife to Carter, mother of two beautiful girls, Elizabeth and Lauren, and MiMi to her grandson, Isaiah Samuel. She is the administrator of The Lost and Found Fellowship – Dept. 99+1 Facebook page.


  1. Allison Skibba

    This devotional really spoke to me today! Thank you so much! Yes, I need to get in sync with Jesus everyday!!

  2. I was so blessed by Sync or Sink, goes right along with what Jesus has been speaking to me; my desires must be what He desires, if I don’t, I’m out of sync.