March 4, 2015 by Renee Griffin


Nana’s Sweet Cream Cake makes grown folks lose their minds.

My mother-in-law, Nana, makes this incredible cake called Sweet Cream.  It’s a simple looking cake with a translucent, golden honey icing.

The cake isn’t gaudy; it’s quiet simplicity.

There are four moist layers inside all buttery and delicate. The icing is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet sunken deep into decadent layers.

To say grown people lose their minds over this cake doesn’t sound like a true statement, but when you taste it,  you find it is pure heaven on a plate.

(When I eat it,  I pretend that I don’t know the recipe. Let’s just say that the fat calories alone sound like the score in a basketball game.)

Icy cold milk is the perfect companion for a slice of Nana’s Sweet Cream Cake.

After indulging in a piece of paradise at Nana’s house a few years ago, I poured myself what I truly thought was a  glass of milk.

I opened Nana’s fridge and grabbed a jug of what looked like milk.

The jug was sitting in the fridge right where milk is supposed to be bearing a label from a milk producing company. The white liquid inside the transparent jug resembled milk, too.

I was convinced I was about to enjoy milk right up to the moment the cold liquid passed from the glass into my mouth. As the huge gulp descended, my taste buds reacted painfully. I raced to the sink and spit it out.

Aggghhh! It was awful!

I couldn’t get my brain to register the taste.  I hollered and acted like a baby who’d been given her first taste of creamed spinach.  I snatched the jug and took a closer look at the label.

It wasn’t milk, it was buttermilk!

(I still get chills thinking about that taste.)

What I thought was true was in fact false.

In John 15 Jesus says, “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

“I am the TRUE vine.”

Jesus refers to Himself as the vine several times in chapter 15, but only in verse 1 does He describe Himself as the true vine.

The word “true” in John 15:1 is a Greek word, alēthinos.

Alēthinos means “that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name, real, true, genuine.” *

Jesus is the only source that actually IS what He looks like and claims to be.  

In a tangled up world choked and strangled by false vines, Jesus says, “I am the true vine”.

tangled world


I Am the only One that is Who I say I Am in Name, in label, and in nature.

Through and through, Jesus is true.

Any connection or source, other than Jesus will lead you astray.

Only Jesus is TRUE.

Without His discerning Presence in my life through prayer, Bible study, and meditating on His Word, I won’t be a good discerner of false vines.

I will reach for things that look true and pour them into my life connecting to habits and relationships He never intended.

And sometimes, I won’t realize the danger until I have swallowed it down whole.

This world is offering unlimited false vines, and they look good on the surface. These connections label themselves as true, but their nature is not genuine.

Jesus said “I AM the true vine.”

Others may appear true and give themselves an enticing label, and people may flock to them in droves, but there is only one true God, and His Name is Jesus Christ.

The tricky thing with false vines is they don’t show their real identity right away.

False vines take root, and aim to choke out truth in our lives.

How will we know the difference?

Spend time with the TRUE vine.

Stay in His word and let His Words take root in you, and then you will be able to test the vines in your life.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

~Romans 12:2

Oh yeah, here is one true piece of advice.  Next time you pull a jug of milk from the fridge, take it from a friend and make sure you read the label closely.


This post is part of Kelly Balarie’s #raralinkup happening every Tuesday at her place, Purposeful Faith AND Jennifer Dukes Lee’s #TellHisStory linkup on her blog.


*”Greek Lexicon :: G228 (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Sowing Circle. Web. 3 Mar, 2015.


15 thoughts on “True

  1. I loved your analogy. But next time I see you, I want a piece of Nana’s cake!


  2. dewdropinsga says:

    John 15 holds a special place in my heart. I love how I can read Scripture over and over and suddenly a Word jumps off the page and plants itself deeply into my soul. The Word truly is a living thing.

    Love you, friend. Thanks for sharing your revelation.

    -the branch


  3. Tai East says:

    Renee, this was a wonderful way to start my day! What a beautiful reminder to simply focus on THE ONE TRUE VINE that is CHRIST! Thank you so much for sharing this. It brought great joy to my heart. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    #RaRaLinkup 😉


  4. pkstew2 says:

    “The tricky thing with false vines is they don’t show their real identity right away.” Oh yes, I love this post Renee and the truth found in John 15. Thanks for continuing to cheer for me in my faith & writing. Have a great day, Kim Stewart


    • Those false vines, man they are so tricky. I’m so glad God gave us His Word to daily keep our eyes open.
      I am definitely cheering for you, Kim! Keep it up. It makes a difference.


  5. Rebekah says:

    Yum! I want a slice a cake! I love that passage in John! Thanks for the reminder!


  6. yum! I want a slice of cake! I love this passage in John! Thanks for the reminder!


  7. Hello, my friend! I so loved this post and your analogy! And yes, I need Nana’s recipe! And that’s the truth! See you in July!


  8. Renee, great story! I do want to be so connected to the true vine in all ways. You call me there. I think we all want to see the recipe posted too – ha! Sounds yummy. Cheering you, as I always love to do from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith. Go friend go.

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