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

Valentine’s Day For The Unloved

It’s that time of year…again. Valentine’s Day. This one is for all of the people who feel unloved on a day that’s supposed to be filled with love, chocolate, balloons, flowers, and gifts. I’m sure it doesn’t help to see all of your social media feeds busting at the seems with pictures of flowers,  your friends with their lovers, and surrounded by everyone else’s happiness. I’m not sure if it’s the onions from last nights experiment, thinking about the people in the world that feel unloved or the picture of my late Granny that I was tagged in today that is causing my off and on crying spells today.

At some point in life, we have all felt unloved and unworthy. No matter what circumstances in your life that are causing you to feel this way, I want you to know that my heart aches for you and I am filled with empathy for you. Here is what I want to share with you that I have learned along the way.

You are LOVED and ADORED by the most gracious, merciful and loving GOD. He knows every part of you from the number of hairs on your head to the most inner part of your being. He loves the good, the bad and the ugly. Do you really think you can hide those parts that make you feel unloved and unworthy? You can’t because He made you. He already knew you would be right where you are at this very moment. God loves you so much and the way you are feeling grieves Him. He made you in His image. He wants us to have an abundant life and through His son Jesus, we can. Our circumstances don’t define whether we are loved or worthy. It was defined by Jesus’ death on the cross and knowing that through Him, we are loved more than any person on this earth could love us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. HIS love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. his love endures forever. – Psalm 136 :1-2

“Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you.” – Psalm 93:4

When I am feeling unloved and unworthy, I love these verses because I can imagine myself being immersed in His love and how powerful it is. It doesn’t just last for Valentine’s Day, a few months or years but through every circumstance and forever.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)