Barefoot Devotions

Our Spiritual Blessings (Volume 1)

220 pages

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Your heart will melt as you let God tell you how much He loves you. In this 90-day devotional journal, each meditation is written in the first-person from God to you. It’s like receiving a love letter from God every day. Let God lavish His love on you as He shares the spiritual blessings He has for you.

Following each devotional reading is a full page for journaling your thoughts and prayers about what you have read. Take time to work through this book and let God’s love seep deep within your heart.

 

Sample Text from Day 1


 

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Christ

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

From God’s Heart to Yours

Dear One, I have loved you for so long and I have wanted to tell you so, but you haven’t been willing to listen. You mean everything to Me. I want nothing more than to have a relationship with you. Let’s spend time together. Let’s be best friends. Let’s make memories together. And let’s do so in ways that allow My love to overflow from your heart onto the lives of others.

Yes, I loved you so much I sent My Son to the world in human form. I allowed Him to feel the joys and pains of human existence so you would know He feels your pain. I allowed him to suffer so you would take comfort in your suffering. I offered Him as a sacrifice to pay for your sins. As you would say, I made a deal with the devil. I paid the ransom to buy you back. You are Mine, but I won’t force Myself on you. That’s why I’ve been waiting for you. I’ve been watching you, caring for you, and quietly leaving you invitations to come to Me.

I’m so glad you’re here now. I love being with you. I hope you will come back often and eventually learn to live in this place of continual fellowship or friendship with Me. I love you more than you know, Dear One.

Use this space (or your own journal) to record your thoughts and prayers.

 


 

Daily Page Layout

 

The Bare FAQs

This book is different than most devotionals you will read so I know you’ll have questions. Let me clarify a few things up front.

What are “Barefoot Devotions”?

Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. Exodus 3:5

While Moses tended sheep in the wilderness, he saw a burning bush and went over for a closer look. When Moses came near, God said, “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). God and Moses began talking back and forth. The Bible says God spoke to Moses as a man speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11).

In the spirit of the burning bush experience, Barefoot Devotions draws upon the accessibility of approaching God and the holiness of doing so. We are on holy ground when we talk to God. We have the privilege of being able to approach God and converse with Him. Prayer is nothing more than a two-way conversation with God.

God spoke to many people in the Bible and it is recorded for our training. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever so why would He stop talking? God didn’t stop talking; we stopped listening.

I hope these devotional readings will help you start listening. Then you’ll hear the repeated refrain of God’s love for you, feel His encouragement, and find yourself challenged by His high view of your potential in Christ.

What do you mean these devotionals are “from God”?

As I prepared to write each devotional, I asked God to speak through me to you. The focus remains firmly on the Scripture for each devotional reading and what God might say to you about that text. The devotional readings are saturated with Scripture and consistent with the character of God, so you can be confident in the message each one conveys.

Let me be clear: I do not pretend to speak for God, but I do hope to let God speak to me and through me. Nor do I consider the human perception of God’s voice to be infallible or incorruptible. Although I attempted to let God speak through me to you in each devotional message, I do not consider words rendered from God as equal to Scripture, which is infallible and incorruptible. These letters from God are a supplemental way to experience God’s truth in a personal way.

How do I use a devotional journal?

Many people like to enjoy a short devotional reading in the morning with their breakfast. Turning your heart toward God is an encouraging way to start the day.

Other people like to read a short meditation before they go to bed because it helps them focus on something spiritually encouraging before they go to sleep.

Others keep a devotional book in the glove box of their car to read when they arrive at work a few minutes early or find themselves having to wait at some point during the day. Still other people keep a devotional book in their desk drawer so they can pull it out during their lunch break for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day.

Or, if you’re like me, you read the first devotion and decide it’s so good you keep reading and finish the whole book full of devotions in an afternoon.

There is no right or wrong way to use a devotional book. Generally, people will read one short devotional reading per day and use it as the beginning of a time of prayer or meditation. Turning our hearts toward God is a good thing at any time of the day or night.

If you aren’t sure how to use this devotional, read my suggestions in the next section on journaling.

How do I use the journaling space?

Consider using Barefoot Devotions as a springboard for your own responsive prayer time.

  1. Prayerfully read the Scripture and God’s letter to you for that day. Take out a journal and write down your thoughts and prayers about what you have read.
  2. Ask God what He wants to say to you, personally.
  3. Write God’s answer to you. Simply quiet yourself down, tune in to the Holy Spirit within you, and write the flow of thoughts that come. It can be helpful to visualize Jesus and ask Him what’s on His heart and let him answer. Sometimes the answer will come in both words and pictures this way.

By using Barefoot Devotions as a springboard for your own prayer and journaling, you enable God to speak to your heart each day.

What are “Our Spiritual Blessings”?

This volume of Barefoot Devotions contains ninety daily readings on our spiritual blessings. We have been given many spiritual blessings through our relationship with Christ. Many of the blessings are automatically ours, whether we realize it or not. Others we grow into, receive as needed, or gain by asking. Some of our spiritual blessings are available to us now and others await us in heaven.

I hope you will be encouraged as you read about your spiritual blessings each day. Of course, there are more than ninety spiritual blessings in the Bible, but I chose some of the most notable and encouraging ones to share with you.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ (Ephesians 1:3, NLT).