Barefoot Devotions


I truly understand what it means for The Lord to be the Rock, the Pillar on which we stand.  I cannot do life without Him being the center focus.

Without Jesus I tend to be all over the place.  Everything feels like it is consuming me, but once I enter into His presence it all fades away.  It’s just He and I.  I can tell The Lord anything and I know that since He is the creator of all things, I can trust that if I take myself out of this world for a moment that everything will be okay.

I understand from songs and devotions why people say He is our resting place.  The bible says He is our resting place.  When the world is total chaos it can be very emotionally taxing especially for someone like me who was born an empath.  It can really weigh me down.  The comforting thing is I can go to God and I can literally lay it all for Him.  “Lord!  I can’t do this right now. I can’t carry the weight of the world on my shoulders”.

He comforts me.  Just being in His presence feels like everything else disappears and I can solely lean on Him.  He strengthens me and I can carry on. A few verses in the bible that talk about this are Psalm 31:2- Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Psalm40:2- He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Numbers 11:14- I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

Most people, including myself, think of my spouse as my Rock and in some ways; he is.  It’s nothing like God though. I know that if everyone in my life left me; God would still be there. He will always be there.  The fact that He knows my future and knows my thoughts and understands me is comforting.  The fact that I know that if I pray God can and will change things.  I’m not saying He will grant all my wishes but He will work in situations that nobody else can.  To know that He is never out for anything but my best interest.  To know that I can’t do or say anything that would ever make Him leave me or not love me anymore keeps me going.

Just to be in His presence there is a complete sense of calm and peace.  I feel like with Him I can do anything.  I can make it in this world regardless of what happens in my life because He is always there to put the pieces back together again.

There are many times where I have been in situations that could have caused me great harm or even death.  I don’t know why I escaped with my life but God does. I have lost just about everything and somehow regained it all.  I have always been able to go to The Lord and pour it all out.  And every single time He came to my rescue.

Things always seem to look clear to me after I’ve laid it all out to him. Some might say that it’s because I vented and said it out loud and that after doing so I felt relief but I can honestly say that is not the same thing here.  I have poured my heart out to close friends and been in counseling but nothing compares to the clarity I get when go to The Lord and lay it all down.

He, God, The Lord is truly my Rock and my foundation.  Apart from Him I would not make it in this world. My decisions would be all over the place.  I wouldn’t survive.  When I need a boost of spiritual energy He speaks to me through songs and or devotions or even social media.  I truly do not have to look far to find His answers and encouragement.

There is a hymn that I’ve heard since I was a little girl.  I can honestly say that I completely understand what this means on a very personal level.  “My hope is built on nothing less”

1. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood support me in the whelming flood; When every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.  On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found, Clothes in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne! On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

Composer: John Stainer Author: Edward Mote

I couldn’t have worded this better myself.  How exciting to think that we don’t have to do this life alone.  We do not have to figure it all out.  There is always hope.  I cling to this hope while everything may be falling apart around me, He is my anchor, He is my pillar.


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