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Barefoot With God

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

Moses told a story in Exodus 3 about his encounter with God at the burning bush.  He was instructed to remove his sandals before coming closer. Sandals represented the “junk” that could no longer exist in their relationship. Moses had to be FREE  so God could reveal His plan to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land.

Going barefoot leads me to be real with God, allowing Him to make my heart sensitive, like my feet. I want to stay free and be sensitive, like Moses, doing whatever He puts on my heart.

While I enjoy being shoeless, my girlfriend sometimes runs over my toes with her power wheelchair. This makes me scramble to put on my shoes. When I get hurt, it’s easy to become guarded which prevents blessings as well. With shoes, I can’t enjoy a foot massage or the warmth from walking on the beach on a hot day.

Being in bare feet also reminds me I can go to God with any concern, no matter how small. I’m glad I can go to God about my little toes…after my girlfriend and I run them over with our wheelchairs. It’s an awesome time in prayer without the hindrance of shoes.

What things stand in God’s way from touching your heart? I encourage you to be real with Him today!

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Bradley Mattrisch
Special Touch National Coordinator of Support Ministries

As a result of a delay in breathing for 26 minutes at birth, he has Cerebral Palsy. Brad has been involved with the Special Touch Summer Get Away Program since the summer of 1982. At the first Get Away, he sensed God calling him to help people understand the Bible.

Brad later earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Management Computer Systems as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree Bible & Theology. After graduation, he participated in several ministry activities with his church and Special Touch. Brad was given the opportunity to learned about church planting as well as speak and teach. After working for several years in Information Technology with a large consulting company, he decided to make his ministry hobby his full-time calling.

Despite Brad’s disability, he is an U.S. Missionary Associate as well as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Brad now oversees the ministry’s Pastoral Care department that includes a fair amount of writing and speaking. He wants to develop friendships with others that need encouragement and Biblical counsel. Brad also coordinates the ministry’s Information Technology needs. He lives with his cats, Penny and Oreo, as well as his dog, Daisy, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Brad currently attends Radiant Fellowship in Waupaca, WI.

Brad has a message to share with the church, especially to those who face challenges. Brad’s sermons are often accompanied with laughter, tears, and lives touched by God. He writes a manuscript and transfers it to a PowerPoint presentation which is projected, so the congregation can follow along as he speaks.

Contact Information:
715-258-2713 (office)
bmattrisch@specialtouch.org (email)

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