Barefoot Devotions // Faith Over Fear Series

Faith Over Fear: Season Two // Day One

Pondering

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.

Praying

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!

Practicing

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?

Xoxo,

Hannah B.

Barefoot Devotions

Stepping Stones of Faith

In life, you will have stepping stones placed on your path. There is not a way to avoid this because it is the cycle of life. You will experience ups and downs, parched seasons, and blooming seasons.  Stones aren’t placed before you to harm you but to grow your faith and relationship with God. He wants to show you how much He loves you by providing for you – even if that takes removing something in your life and allowing you to feel heartache. You can’t see the plan God has set forth before you but I do know that it is a plan to prosper you and give you a future.

Stepping Stones

Jeremiah 29:11 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. 

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Gods plan

So don’t say, “if God loved me, then He wouldn’t allow me to experience hardship.”

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Romans 5: 3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

If you aren’t careful you may find you stub your toe, trip over the stone and fall.  Maybe you fell years ago and just aren’t sure where things went wrong in life. You could be in a place where you feel like you keep getting pushed back down on stones you thought you already crossed only to lose hope. Perhaps you need to have a come to Jesus meeting and ask God about the stone you’re stuck on.

Life moves forward and each day passes quickly. The days do not wait on us so we must continue to move forward with them. You can use your current stone to rise above, step by step to the next stone or you can stay where you are questioning God, being bitter, and stuck in a rut.

[bctt tweet=”The choice is yours, but won’t you ask God what you need to learn from the current stone in your life? Are you going to choose to allow God to work through the stone you are experiencing now or Are you going to choose to question God and doubt His love for you and the desire in His heart for you to have the best life yet?” username=”BarefootHannahB”]

Change your mind! Choose to look at the stones in life as an opportunity to grow, love others, and most importantly get to know God’s heart on a deeper and more intimate level.

How are you choosing to look at the stepping stones in your life? You are chosen and your steps are already planned. You are living the adventure, keep moving forward.

Xoxo,

Hannah B.