Barefoot Devotions

Local Community Missions: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful reminder for us to remember to show love to those around us. I have never been a fan of the commercialized holiday and feel that every day we should always strive to love those who God has placed on our parts.

To be honest with you, I’ve been struggling serving in the season I am in. I have been idle wondering what can I even do? I will admit that I’ve been wanting to do BIG things and have become discouraged that I am not doing these “big” things for the Kingdom. God convicted me of this lack of obedience to Him and gently reminded me that serving others for the Kingdom begins in our now. So I asked God, “What can I do for you in my now?”

Valentine’s Day Missions

This year God led me to do a little more than the traditional Valentine candy and card exchange. My ultimate purpose was to glorify God and plant as many seeds as I could in the hearts and minds of these little children.

I remember being that child when the smallest amount of encouragement was priceless and lasted a lifetime.

In addition to providing 3 yummy treats, I created stickers addressing each individual child and my favorite verse Jeremiah 26:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As I packaged each child’s goody bag and placed the sticker on their bag, I prayed for them by name. I spoke this verse back to God over each child and prayed that they would be bold, fearless, stand for the truth, and seek the LORD all of their days.

Go with your heart, choose a verse, and pray as the Holy Spirit leads you. It’s so important to pray for our children, plant seeds in them, and encourage them. Even from afar and behind the scenes, your mission is just as important!

How did I make these?

Easy peasy!

I used Canva (free program) to design my layout. I stacked as many as I could on one 8 x 11 Printer Sticker Paper.

Once this was completed, I simply printed following the directions on the paper. Once this is done, you will have to cut each one out individually. I used my handy dandy paper cutter to make this process easy and clean.

Then you will be able to peel and stick onto the bag of your choice! I used the clear bags from Walmart that were .97 cents.

Stuff with your treats and you have completed a mission!

P.S. Let me know how you like this idea and if you will be trying it!

With all of my love and encouragement,

Hannah B.

Barefoot Devotions, Life In A Holler

Mom Life: Wet Pot Squat

We made it to Friday. Right?

If that gives you any indication on how my week has been, then you probably know I am ready to have a relaxing weekend.

After dinner, I was trying to clean the kitchen and get everyone’s trail of crumbs and splashes of milk cleaned up.

Everything was almost clean but I had an overwhelming need to stop and take a bathroom break. I knew if I tried to hold it, I would end up peeing on myself because let’s face it my bladder isn’t the same after two kids!

I quickly walked to the bathroom feeling grateful for a chance to sit in the bathroom for a moment and have a break from life. Then I would finish cleaning the kitchen.

Relief.

Except I don’t remember relief feeling wet.

I sat in pee.

Instead of yelling, “Who didn’t raise the toilet seat before they used it?!”

I thought the problem was lowering the toilet seat? So much for that lesson being learned. Apparently, a boy in my house decided to skip this step.

I remembered the lady who saw my distress in Walmart while I was trying to keep my boys from knocking over the medicine display say,

“Enjoy it. They grow up fast. Mine are grown now.”

But I just sat in PEE. So? They still grow up fast.

I left the mess that was left in the kitchen and decided that it was finally time for that hot bath I have put off all week.

Let the kids knock over the medicine display at Walmart, let them pee all over the toilet seat, let them throw their plate of food in the sink, and let them run around naked in the front yard.

They are still learning and exploring the best life has to offer. Let them enjoy it before they are grown because let’s face it, life can be tough and overwhelming. There will be learning moments to shape them along the way. They will be okay.

And so will you!

It’s going to be okay, Momma. You can do this. You were called to do this and you are doing an amazing job.

They may not see it or recognize it but God does. Motherhood is the toughest job you will ever have but it’s also the most important ministry you have.

If Mom life gives you a wet backside, well you have an excellent reason to take a bath!

It’s all about your perspective.

With all my love and encouragement,

Hannah B.