Barefoot Devotions

Girl In The Mirror

As she stood there standing in front of the mirror with her eyes opened, all she could see were thick, thorny, vines covering her. That is what life circumstances and experiences had done to her. She realized she was suffocating from the cold, prideful, sinful, heartless, hurt, and prideful person she had become. Surely, there was more to life than living it in these conditions. What is like to even live much less breathe without hurting?

There is a better way, it’s the way of Jesus Christ.

John 10:10 NIV | The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

But as she trusted God’s process, she looks in the mirror and finds who she is becoming. Not who she was or what she has done.

Looking back at her in the mirror is a girl with fewer thorns and open holes from the thorns that God has plucked out. Holes that God has covered with grace and planted His seeds of truth and are beginning to sprout.

This is my 2018. I am her.

After God moved me to the holler, there were many thorns that needed to be plucked away and filled with His truth, grace, and love. It is a process and I have had to trust Him and acknowledge that His ways are higher. God has been a patient and loving Father with me through the process. Although it’s hard and it hurts, I am thankful that He loves me enough to prune back the branches and pluck out the rotten branches that have rooted in my soul. I am thankful that His mirror reveals the truth but does it in a kind and gentle way without shame and full of grace.

The pages of my Bible are tear-stained, worn, and falling out. The paragraphs are highlighted, sticky note prayers inside, completely marked in, and answers to questions only God could answer. You can say it’s been a year full of learning, applying, and walking out God’s truth in my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

John 15: 2 NIV |
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

If you feel shame, sadness, and despair when you look in the mirror, I want you to take a hard look at yourself and decide it’s time to start following Jesus. Start by reading His Word and apply His truths to your life.

When you align yourself with God and His will for your life, His promises will be yours, His love and peace will be yours, freedom will be yours, and a new life in Christ will be yours.

Hannah Boyd

God’s breath gives life to our bodies, how foolish of us to ignore when our soul thirsts for our Maker and deny our soul its true longing.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I come to you with a thankful heart for everything you have done to bring me to this place and I praise you for the things you about to unleash in my life. Though the process hurts, thank you for loving me with a love that can’t be comprehended so that I may live my best life abundantly for you. Continue to guide me as you know I desire to walk and live out Your truth. Pluck any areas that are not of You as I know you know what is best for me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Personal Reflection

  1. As you prepare to enter 2019, what would you like to change about the person you see in the mirror?
  2. What is God telling you to change?
  3. How is God telling you to act?

Prayerfully yours,

Hannah B.

Barefoot Devotions

Roots & Wings

I’ve been saving this blog for a special time. That time has come. So, why now? Part of the New Year, New Me.

You know my story. I would love for you to read my previous blogs or reach out to me, I would love to tell you. After we began to get settled into our new life, the feeling of missing my family and friends became all too real. When you are running around trying to accomplish “life”, you get so busy that you don’t even have time to feel or soak in what’s really going on with your heart, soul, and mind.

Yeah. The day came when there was no more running around and reality sets in. 6 hours away from everyone and everything you’ve ever known. Our family of four in a town that we didn’t know a soul.

I recently back in August had a conversation with one of my close friends about how I was settling up here in this holler. One thing I love about this girl is that I can just tell her how I really feel and it’s okay to feel how I feel. Well, I did just that. Honestly, I felt like I was betraying people in my life by creating a new life. I felt guilty. I finally realized that was silly. What she said to me really hit home. She said, “Hannah, it’s okay to have Roots and Wings!”

I have thought about it for a few months because I have been struggling with accepting that my old life is a closed chapter. Sure, my friends are still my friends and my family is still my family but I have to accept it for myself. Most importantly for God and His divine purpose for calling us here. Somehow I had to find the balance between the old and the new. Since I lived in the same place for 30 years, it proved to be much harder than I expected. Somehow by the grace of God, I came to a wonderful conclusion.

I have roots – the most colorful set of roots you will find aka my family, my friends and every experience and every revelation I have ever had to shape me into who I am. The person who I am becoming. I’ve fought hard to get here. The road has been long and it has been a struggle but there is still a greater purpose. I want to be the person God moved to this holler to be and I want to live for Him. I’m finally ready for my wings.

Perhaps you are still growing in your roots and becoming who you were called to be for the next season of your life. One day you will have your wings and you will fly into greater things. Always have faith and in thanksgiving thank Him for the good, bad and ugly. They make the roots even more colorful and when those wings spread, it will be freeing.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

Barefoot Devotions

New Year: Hopes, Expectations & Reality

We have made it to a new day and a new year. I’ve contemplated what I want to accomplish and the changes in my life that I want to make for the new year. This morning I woke up to a text from someone I consider one of my best friends. Little does she know, one of my resolutions is to always wake up to Jesus and His word. The passage she sent me was perfect for me to read on this first day of January.

Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

I always start the year off with a hopeful heart and a mindset to make changes to areas in my life for the better. However, along the way and after a few bumps on my path, I falter. The enemy knows the weakness of my flesh and he knows how to make me stumble. I think this has been the reason why I usually don’t make resolutions. I don’t keep them. I can honestly say, I never have. But ya know what? I’m not perfect. Ya know what else I know? If I do fall to temptation and eat the fudge covered brownie and ice cream, say a swear word or even say or think something I shouldn’t… God has already been before me. His son Jesus died on a cross and forgave my sins a long time ago. He knows what my future holds and He already knows every detail of my life, mind and how I will react to any situation I may be faced with this upcoming year. With Him, every day is made new.

Even if we falter, His grace and mercy are always available to us to help us through any hardship we are faced with. When life gets tough and you feel as you can’t go on or what’s the point in even trying, will you go to His throne room? The place of love, peace, grace and mercy that His son Jesus died for us to have continual access Him? Once you do meet Him there, dust off your knees and pick up where you left off and do better. Use it as a learning experience to grow into the person He has called you to be. It’s not going to be easy but with Him all things are possible. He cares for you in a way that is too indescribable and cares for all of your hopes and dreams. After all, He did give you those when He made you.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:23

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Regardless, the reward will be well worth it. His throne room is always open and His arms are always open with grace and mercy that each of us need on a daily basis. Will you go boldly to Him as you live each day of your life?

That is my resolution. To go boldly in all things. To live boldly for Him and allow all of my hearts desires, dreams and hopes fall into place for His glory. To live for His perfect plan for the days He has had mapped out for my life since before I was knit together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139 13:14

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

It is wonderful knowing that God makes every day new, even on our worst days. Lets be bold this year and boldly accept His plan for our lives. Even when trials come, let us remember that we started a new year off to a better us and even when we falter, every day is made new.

Wishing you God’s best for your life and with much love,

Hannah B. (2)