Barefoot Devotions

A Christmas Miracle

As I am sitting here reflecting by the tree, I am reminded of a time of my very own Christmas miracle I experienced as a little girl.

Many years ago I was in a church Christmas play but I just didn’t have my lines completely memorized. I don’t remember much about this Christmas play, the part I played, or even the year. This part I am about to tell you, I remember well.

My mom, sister, and I were on our way to the Christmas play but as we reached the top of our long drive way, my dad was parked at the top with his truck. From the back seat, I heard him tell my mom that I didn’t need to see this. Immediately, I knew something was wrong as my dad neared the window of the car. He told me the absolute worst news I ever thought I’d receive. My dog Daisy had been run over and did not survive.

The pain was heart wrenching and I didn’t understand why this had happened. During the complete hysterical meltdown and out of no where, I knew every word to my part of the play. My crying immediately ceased and my mournful cry turned to joyful cry. For a little girl, it was truly a Christmas miracle despite the devastation that was experienced just minutes before.

As life has passed me by, I’ve often wondered if Christmas miracles really happen anymore. This past holiday season, I have witnessed a beautiful Christmas miracle. It started with a chance encounter with one man that changed my life. With my brief encounters with this man, I have learned the true meaning of Christmas and I have learned that Christmas miracles do happen.

This kind hearted man has been living in a tent under a bridge. He is the most genuine and selfless person you will ever meet and when you are in his presence, you can feel his goodness. He volunteers at the local shelter and gives what he can. Our local hotel has given him a place to stay until his housing is official. Although he has experienced a rough time, he has shown me that love, kindness, and giving are free and it doesn’t take much to make a difference.

For the first time in my life, I truly understand the meaning of Christmas. I thank God for placing a stranger in my life as I have witnessed the pureness, sweetness, peace, and joy of the Christmas spirit and the possibility of Christmas miracles.

When the body of Christ works together in unity, amazing God miracles can happen. This my friends, is why it is important to drench every fiber of your being with God’s word so that you may walk in spirit and truth because you never know what miracle you are missing!

Have a Merry Christmas, my beautiful friends!

With all of my love,

Hannah Boyd

Barefoot Devotions

A Heart Like Joseph

The story of Joseph is full of grace, forgiveness, and love toward his brothers that wronged him.  It not only demonstrates to us the importance of always seeking God first in all of our circumstances but to do so with a mindset that God will work everything out for the best possible outcome and you will overcome the circumstance at hand.  Although our circumstances, problems, and people in our life intend to harm us,  God has a way of intending it for our good.

Genesis 50:20 | You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

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A Summary of Genesis Chapters 37-50

Isolated for Purpose

In Genesis, we read about a young boy named Joseph who was deeply loved by his father.  Unfortunately, his brothers were very jealous of him.   In a plot to get rid of him, his brothers sold him into slavery.  Joseph soon finds himself on a caravan traveling toward the land of Egypt.  However, God was with him during this time of his life as he found favor wherever he went.  Unfortunately,  Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph on several occasions and finally, she decided to lie and tell her husband, it was Joseph who tried to seduce her.

This event led to Joseph being imprisoned for 13 years for a crime he did not commit and in a land of slavery where he was sold into.  During his prison time, Joseph was promoted to the prison administrator and was in charge of the cupbearer and baker who were imprisoned with him.  The two men were visibly saddened by not having anyone to interrupt the dreams they had the night before.  However,  Joseph correctly interpreted their dreams for them.   The cupbearer was set to be restored to his position and Joseph asked him to remember him and mention him to the Pharaoh. Of course, he did not.  Two full years had passed when Pharaoh’s dream needed to be interpreted.  At this time,  the cupbearer remembered Joseph and he was called to stand before Pharaoh and interpret the meaning of his dream.  God was with Joseph and was rewarded as the second in command of Egypt.

The Purpose Revealed

Now, the famine was severe and Joseph’s brothers were sent to Egypt to buy grain for their family.  Of course, Joseph is in charge of who enters the country and had authority over the land and grain.  After sending his brothers off with all the grain they can carry,  they were shortly stopped and searched at the orders of Joseph.  Joseph had placed a silver cup in his youngest brother’s bag to “frame” him of stealing.  This was a test to see if his brothers had had a change of heart, which they prove they did.  Judah once wanted to sell a favored brother but this time, he offered to become the slave in Benjamin’s place.  After this, Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and admits his true identity.  His brothers became terrified in his presence – wouldn’t you too?  Pharaoh sent carts back to their home to gather all of their wives, children, and Joseph’s aging father.  They are given the best of all of Egypt.

Genesis 45: 5-8 | “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years, there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliveranceSo then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”

Could you imagine being hated by your brothers, mocked, rejected, sold into slavery by your own brothers, and then imprisoned for 13 years for a crime you didn’t commit?

The flesh wants us to cry out in anger, hate, and bitterness and act out in vengeance after we have our “woe is me” party.  It is natural for us to feel these emotions and want to act in a way that we hand out our righteous justice.  Do you find yourself asking, “How did Joseph not do this? What’s his secret?” Some people will hold on to their circumstances and wrongdoings that have longed passed and look forward to the day they will be able to have “their justice served”.


Let’s Look at Joseph’s Character


As we look at Joseph’s character, we can see that his heart was full of desire to worship and know God.  This is what sets him apart from the people who intended him harm and his reaction in his circumstances.  He wholeheartedly wanted to have a relationship with God, he embraced his gifts and wanted to share them with those he loved.  Even though he found resistance from his family and was rejected, he didn’t stop.  Each day he found a way to fight through and do what was right in the eyes of the LORD.  Joseph accepted the circumstances that he faced without the woe is me thinking and he acted out his faith.  He stayed close with the LORD and was used for a great purpose!  He was a wise man that was able to see what the LORD was doing and extended so much love, grace, and mercy to his brothers that sold him into slavery.  Throughout the days of his life, he found favor in the eyes of God wherever he went –  even in a prison cell.


Modern Day Lessons from Joseph


In our Christian walk, we will experience hardships throughout life that will often test us and cause us to fight between our flesh and our spirit.  Being a Christian isn’t about an easy walk but it’s about what’s in your heart and most importantly, your relationship with Jesus.  You are called to love others as Jesus loves you – abundantly!  He gives mercy, forgiveness, and grace to us even when we fall short.  And, it’s expected of us to show this great love to others!  Ultimately, God’s vengeance and justice are righteous and He works out every detail for those who love Him.  So, why not let God handle the dirty work?


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Let’s Respond

Are you responding to your situations and the people who cause you harm in the right way that Jesus Christ would approve of?

In what areas are you experiencing rejection and resistance?  How can you lean on Jesus for help?

Is there an area or person in your life that you need to forgive and show God’s great love as He has done for you?


Heavenly Father, 

I come to you today to thank you for seeing me through the trials I have faced in life.  Search me and know my heart, God.  I desire to have a heart like Joseph to display your love to those around me.  Forgive me for the areas in my life that I have sinned against you. Remove anything in my life that is hindering my relationship with you, I only want you. I know it’s through your son, Jesus, that I have everlasting life and the strength to endure the hardships I face.  I lay them all down at your feet and know that you will provide a way.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Psalm 34_17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them- he delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17 | The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

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Psalm 34:19 | The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.


Hannah Boyd


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Barefoot Devotions

Struck by fiery arrows

Six Days Ago

This morning when I woke up, I had every intention of shutting down this site. Ending my calling because it’s too hard. Surely, this is not it. I struggled and wrestled with my thoughts trying to over analyze everyone. Two weeks ago something shifted, call me crazy but something in the atmosphere changed.

Fiery Arrows happened. And again. And again. I felt as though I was pinned to the target, suffocating, and dying emotionally and spiritually.

I pleaded the blood of Jesus. I prayed. I rebuked. I read the Bible over and over. I kept it open all day, glancing down at verses and repeating them as they were the only thing giving my breath back.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I was done. If this is what it is, then byyyeee. Living by the flesh is easier but, ohhh my soul hurt, it grieved the thought of being separated from God.

Those arrows hit me but do you know who came to my rescue and bandaged my oozing wounds?


Whatever it is that you are going through whether it is anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, other mental illnesses, trouble with your marriage or relationships, issues with your job or finding a job, addiction, whatever your circumstance is, I want you to know that there is hope.

Fight with every ounce of your being to hold on. Scream if you have to and cry ugly tears but fight and resist the enemy’s attacks. It’s not easy but with Jesus, it’s a little more sweeter. We aren’t designed to carry the burden and weight of the world; He made us for Him so go on and humble yourself and call on His sweet name.

Make that choice.


Hannah B.

Barefoot Devotions

Is your fluid dirty?

Earlier this week, I dropped my car off to have the transmission repaired and today I received a phone call that my car was finished and ready for pick up. I thought wonderful! He then tells me that the fluid was filthy and he flushed and serviced the transmission. No leak was found and no issues. Just dirty fluid and in need of maintenance. I asked him what in the world caused the fluid to get so dirty and he said “it was so dirty that we had to flush and flush several times but with 150,000 miles on your car, it happens, I’d say it’s about time.

As blessed and happy I was to hear this news, I had to praise God because once again I went out on faith and He showed up to bring what could have been a new transmission to needing a flush and service. I was driving home, my car was driving SO much better, almost like new! More praise.

He spoke to me.

Just like a transmission’s dirty fluid, we get dirty as we take in the corroded world around us. Our heart needs clean fluid and maintenance to withstand the wear and tear of the miles we put on.

As we put good fluid in (reading the word and praying), the bad fluid gets flushed out and washed away like new. The more miles you put in your heart without maintenance the harder and darker it becomes. Insensitive. Corroded. Spreading like a disease until other parts are damaged.

Just like a car, we need maintenance and sometimes we need a full service because something has broken.

Jesus is a wonderful heart mechanic. He knows every thought, every feeling and everything there is to know about you. You can’t hide. He is not surprised when you are down right honest with Him. Again, He already knows. He needs you to admit that you need Him and for Him to service your heart so that He can begin flushing out the world in you.

Won’t you ask Him to flush out your heart? Just something to think about.


Hannah B,

Barefoot Devotions

Humble Yourself Before God

What does it mean to be humble? The dictionary explains it has having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.

We must remember and accept that:

•God is God and we are sinners in need of a savior.

•His will for our life is the absolute best plan for our lives, even when the circumstances seem unbearable.

•Our lives are used for His glory and His ultimate plan.

When we humble ourselves before God and accept our circumstances, we will then see deliverance, His plan unfold, and we will gain a praise worthy testimony for His glory.


Hannah B.