Barefoot Devotions

Be Changed

This summer we have been able to enjoy eating the tomatoes that have grown in our garden. We have watched them grow from a seed into ripe and juicy tomatoes ready to be made into salsa, spaghetti sauce, and my personal favorite a BLT sandwich and fried green tomatoes. I have a new love for tomatoes after tasting homegrown ones.

New love? Yes! My taste buds must have changed since last year! Tomatoes were never my favorite until this Summer. I thought my neighbor was crazy when he said he enjoyed eating two a day. Now, I am the crazy one for thinking such a thought!

If our taste buds can drastically change, why do we limit change in a person that was created in God’s image?

Yes! I am speaking about the person that you keep thinking, “they’ll never change” or maybe you are thinking that about yourself.

Just like a tomato, each person has God given seeds inside of them that are yearning to sprout and produce fruit. With the right amount of love, living water, and the son, anyone can be changed. The past, flawed personalities, and hard hearts can be washed away and your seeds can begin the beautiful process of growth and change.

As you begin to give life to your seeds, you will see change in yourself and you will experience a newfound love, joy, and peace about life. You will experience the unfailing and reckless love of God as all of your being starts living for Jesus.

John 4:14 | But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 15:1-5 | “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Galatians 5:22-23 | But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.

  • Has God placed someone on your heart to encourage today?
  • How can you water your God-given seeds so that you can bear fruit?
  • Ask God to make Himself real to you and lead you in this process.


Hannah B.

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Barefoot Devotions

Life Lessons from Children

Last night at dinner my husband and I were commenting about our three-year-old and his amazing attitude that he has about life.  Some of my greatest lessons have come from my children.  In fact, we can all learn many qualities pertaining to thoughts about life, attitudes, and characteristics that adults should take notes on.  If we lived in the mindset of a child, perhaps we would find our lives more fulfilling and lead the way to discover the purpose of our lives?

Children show us how to:


Jack will always say, “Hey Mom, I love you.” or “I love you, Dad.” (He actually says it “Dab”) When he says it, it’s random.  He doesn’t limit himself to a one time a day, “I love you”.  He says it at least 20 times a day because his little heart loves.  It’s not because we made him his favorite peanut butter sandwich or we did something for him.  It’s because he was led by the love inside of his heart to say, “I love you.” As I am writing this and tears are coming to my eyes, Jack just said his usual line, “Hey Mom, I love you.”  He is sitting beside me on the floor playing with his toys and he decided to say, “I love you” because it came to his mind and he wanted to express it! Even at a young age, he understands the benefits of love and and importance of love.

They LOVE without conditions. Without even thinking about it. And they do it freely without any strings attached. It’s open and it’s free.  It’s a gift that could make someone’s day or even their life around.  

We are called to love like a child does. 

1 John 4: 7-8 | Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 | So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


This is a hard one, isn’t it? We have all been hurt and have put up walls to protect ourselves.  Once trust is broken, it’s hard to rebuild the bond because it is hard to forget but may I tell you what I have learned from my children?

Naturally, children trust their parents to care for them, make them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, ensure they have clean clothes, and that we will protect them from harm when situations arise. Their not having to second guess if their needs will be met or if they will be cared for. They anticipate us to take care of their needs, prepare their meals, and kiss their boo boos.

They trust us. Even when we let them down. After all, we are human.

Obviously, my kids LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  However, my three-year-old does NOT like jelly on his sandwich. The other day as I was making their sandwiches and a tiny drop landed on Jack’s piece of bread. I thought that it was a little drop, no big deal, maybe it will get the kid to like grape jelly!


That was definitely not the case. This poor child was so upset that I put jelly on his peanut butter sandwich. You could tell that he felt betrayed that I gave him jelly. All is well in our house and Jack has since forgotten the day a drop of jelly was on his sandwich. He never even questioned the next peanut butter sandwich I made him. He continued to eat his sandwich as if nothing happened. Trusting that it was peanut butter only.

This is the kind of trust God desires from His children. Anticipating in His ways without distractions of the mind.

God is the only being we can place our full trust in and anticipate His goodness and know our needs will be met.

Just like I know my children need peanut butter, jelly, and bread before they do, we can trust that God is aware of our needs before we know what our needs are. Physical and spiritual. We know that He will meet them.

Matthew 6:26 | Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Psalm 37:5 | Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.


Children are sensitive and when someone hurts, they hurt. My three year old is not afraid to express his care for others when they are hurt. It is instant and now natural. The first time he was in a new nursery, there was another child that was hurting. He got down on his knees, making eye contact with her and trying his best to communicate with her. As his mom, I knew he was asking, “Are you okay?” It is absolutely heart warming to witness the act of kindness. It is pure and genuine concern for another person’s wellbeing.

Just as God cares for us, we should care for each person that has been placed in our lives and even those we have not met!

Galatians 5:14 | For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Philippians 2:4 | Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

When we examine the actions of a child, we can see the pure and genuine love in their hearts for others. They have concern, compassion, and kindness for others. For they are so little, they are so wise in their ways. They demonstrate Christ’s love and show us how to show the love of Christ and fulfill the most important commandment Jesus gave us. For love is powerful enough to drive out darkness and cover a multitude of sins.

Though they are little and rely on us to provide them with their daily needs, they perfectly demonstrate how we should trust our Heavenly Father to care for us. He wants us to be anticipating and relying on Him to provide for us spiritually and physically. By trusting Him with our needs, current situations, and the things we need a supernatural healing on, our faith begins to grow as we witness God taking care of us.

Colossians 3:12 | Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Mark 10:15 | “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”


Hannah B.

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Barefoot Devotions

Your Soul Is Starving

Are you feeling down and out? Confused? Unexplained feelings? Like you’re missing something?



Are you doing all the things you should love but you aren’t finding any satisfaction for your hunger?



Perhaps, it’s your soul that is starving. The Bible tells us that we need spiritual food and with it, we will be fed and we will live.



John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Barefoot Devotions // Faith Over Fear Series

Season Two // Day Three

Growing plants takes time and requires the right amount of light, air, water, and nutrients. If you do not have all of these, you will struggle through the growth process and eventually die without producing what you were made for, just like a plant. The most important step is to fill your heart and mind with scriptures and talk with God without ceasing. He is our everything and provides what you need when you need it. Even if an answer to your prayer isn’t answered right away, you can rejoice knowing that it’s coming when God says it will and how H will allow it to happen. Thank Him for what He will do for you! He promises to give you a fulfilled life  Until then, you must hand over your circumstances with an open and willing heart and He will give peace through the growth process. Regardless of the changes and challenges you are facing, God is there in your midst and providing peace and strength for you to endure and overcome.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Heavenly Father,

I come to you with thanksgiving for the mercies and blessing you have bestowed on me. Even though I am not sure where this journey is going or what the future holds, I am rejoicing that You are LORD of LORDS, King of Kings, and you have what is best for me in Your heart and already mapped out. I ask for Your peace that transcends all understanding to surround me as I continue to grow. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


How is God using circumstances to grow you in this season of your life?

In what areas has God revealed to you that you need to hand over to Him so that you can experience the peace He provides?

How can you make changes to the way you react to situations you can not control?

Change your worry to praise and watch what grows inside!


Hannah B.

Barefoot Devotions // Faith Over Fear Series

Faith Over Fear: Season Two // Day One


Just like a farmer prepares the soil for planting, you must do the same for your heart. If preparations are not made, you cannot produce crops. Your heart must be plowed just like the soil – you can not grow in a hardened heart just as crops cannot grow in hard, unprepared soil.

God tells us that if we only acknowledge our guilt, He will no longer frown on us. Afterall, He is a merciful God. You must no longer follow the sinful desires of your heart and you must circumcise them before they take root in your heart and cause hardening. Choose to no longer follow the stubbornness of your evil heart. God is ready to start plowing your heart, we just have to come to Him with a willingness to allow Him to start the process. Will you admit your guilt to God and acknowledge that He alone is God? He will never turn you away, He will always choose you, and He just wants you to choose Him. You are called to soften your heart and return to Him.

Jeremiah 4:3-4 – “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lordcircumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done –  burn with no one to quench it.”

Jeremiah 5:25 – Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.

Jeremiah: 4:22 – “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.”

Proverbs 4:23 – Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.


Heavenly Father,  Forgive me for my backsliding and turning away from You. Reveal to me the areas in my life that need to be plowed and I ask that You begin the work inside my heart that only You can do. Even though the process may be uncomfortable, I am willing to allow the areas that need to be circumcised because I want Your goodness surrounding every aspect of my life. Thank you for the convictions you have placed upon my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen!


What is the condition of your heart?

What needs to be plowed from your heart?

How can you take the steps to allow this process to start?


Hannah B.