Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, September 21, 2017
“Do You Have Abundant Peace?”
 

peace in abundance

by Dona Hake
 
 
What does it mean to have abundant peace? This sounds like such a treasure doesn’t it? We may find those days in which disruptions try to rob the peace that we strive to hold fast to. I do not know about you but when I feel His peace in the midst of turmoil it is the most wonderful thing to know.   Sometimes it seems like all is going well, and suddenly the winds of this life pick up and we are confronted with a circumstance or some sort of trial.    It is only His peace that can minister to our heart and mind, and that very peace will keep us above any thing we may face.   So as we look and meditate on God’s peace,  let us ponder dwelling in an abundance of peace.   I love that thought…how about you?    The Psalmist speaks that if we love God’s instruction, we will have abundant peace that BELONGS to us.
 
Psalm 119:165 (HCSB)
“Abundant peace belongs to those
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble.”
 
 

I love this…when I am loving His instruction for my life, I will have an abundance of peace, and nothing that crosses my path will make me stumble.  Peace in abundance means that it is present in great quantity; more than adequate and over sufficient! I love the “more than adequate” because sometimes in stressful situations, we not only need peace for ourselves but extra to share with those around us. That peace that belongs to us not only keeps our hearts and minds  but it can spill out and minister to the troubled  hearts around us.

 

Today as we meditate on possessing peace in abundance may we keep our minds always renewed that the Lord desires that we love His Word.    I believe that loving His Word means to embrace it no matter what is going on around us. Loving His Word means looking daily to it for our instruction in the way that we are to walk. His Word is our instruction manual for life. As we love His Word and make a decision to do what it says, He promises that abundant peace belongs to us. I thank Him for that peace!



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, September 19, 2017
“Dwelling In His House”

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

by Dona Hake

 

“…I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:6
 
 

To dwell in a place means to  live or continue in a given condition or state.  God desires that His children never  leave the beauty of His presence.  He desires we never stray or entertain thoughts of the “grass being greener on the other side.”    As He follows us all the days of our lives, He so longs for our love.  He longs that we give Him everything.  Oh how He longs that we dwell in His house forever!

 

Let us declare  His wonderful works and may we be used as a humble vessel for Him.  We should delight to give testimony of what He has or is doing in our life.  I encourage you to look for opportunities to share the wonderful things He has done for you as you dwell in Him all the days of your life.   It is good to draw near to Him, and trust Him with your whole heart.

 Psalm 73:28 Amplified

“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have

put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my

refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”



Monday, September 18, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Monday, September 18, 2017
“Forget, Focus, Persevere, and Reach”

 

one thing I do

by Dona Hake

 

Philippians 3:13 (ERV)

“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go.

But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and

try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.”

 

The Apostle Paul was one determined man.   I love his honesty here as he admitted in his writing that he still had a long way to go.   Paul understood the power of focusing on what really mattered, and he understood the grace that came from above.  He understood that his past needed to be forgotten and his future needed to be reached for with great perseverance.   There are four words in particular that I am meditating on as I read over this portion of scripture in Philippians.

 

Forget

Focus

Persevere

Reach 

 

Many times we can get so hung up on our pasts , and if we do so that mindset can cause a spiritual stand still in our walk with the Lord.  It is sad to think one’s purpose and determination is robbed by their yesterdays. I do feel strongly that there is importance in learning from mistakes or bad experiences.  These things can serve to help us learn and gain wisdom.  Wisdom gained from bad experiences or mistakes can be carried with us the rest of our life.  This wisdom is something we can embrace and pass on to others.
 

Many times in our journey in life we may come to a “dead end” on a path that we were traveling     You may had thought that the path you were on seemed so promising, but just like that…it did not turn out the way you planned.   Do not let that discourage you but rather seek the Lord and what He would have you to do.  I believe there are many times that “dead ends” on the paths that we walk are God’s favor on us, and He is sparing us from a bad decision or mistake.  Sometimes you just never know.  One thing we do know though, and that is that we need to keep moving forward.  Remember to forget the past, focus on His plan for you, persevere in the journey, and reach forward!

 

“One of the greatest and most comforting truths

is that when one door opens, another closes,

but often we look so long and

regretfully upon the closed door that

we do not see the one that is open for us.”

(Anonymous)



Sunday, September 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, September 17, 2017
“Staying On Course With God”
 

you are blessed

 

by Dona Hake

 

A few years ago I read a woman’s writing about life’s lessons had taught her.   She decided to celebrate aging by passing on what she learned.   I love this!   Her name was Regina Brett.   She really shared some interesting things that she deemed as valuable wisdom from her experiences she lived through.    I loved so much of the wisdom that she shared but a few really hit me as very awesome to ponder.   The one in particular was…

 

“Don’t compare your life to others.

You have no idea what their journey is about.”

 

In the world in which we live there are so many opinions of what  dictates how success is defined.  These people are the “they” voices. You know…”they” say you should do this, “they” say you should look like this, etc…  “They” really can put some real pressure on us at times, can’t “they???”  Peer pressure is not only among the young, for it will be among any age group.     I think it can be so easy to fall into comparing ourselves to those around us.   We can never let our focus be on the success of another man therefore making that our standard of what we strive to attain.   We are to please our Lord as we seek Him every day.  God wants us to seek His perfect will for us as individuals, and go forward into that journey with our whole heart.

 

My friends, we are uniquely made by Him, therefore He has a unique and special plan for each of us.  Let us make a practice of rejoicing in our hearts as those around us succeed.  Enjoy who God made you to be and relax and enjoy growing each day as you walk with Him!   Today I encourage you to compare yourself to no one, rejoice in His perfect plan for you and may we  proclaim “Lord, I’m going to do what you tell me to do…!”

 

Psalm 119:1-8 (The Message)

 

“You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do…”

 



Saturday, September 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, September 16, 2017
“The Rock That Is Higher Than I”

 

Jesus the Rock

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 18:2 (ERV)

“The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety.
He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection.
He is my shield; by his power I am saved.

He is my hiding place high in the hills.”
 

Praise the living God!  How awesome it is that we can proclaim the Lord to be our rock, fortress and our place of safety! He IS the Rock on which we stand, and we know that as we stand upon that Rock we shall not be moved.  

 

Today I want you to reflect upon how your Lord rescued you from the place of darkness and brought you to the place of freedom.   Jesus cleansed us of our sins.   Forgiveness is ours, and as we continue in the race set before us He has provided for us strong footing for He is the Rock on which we stand.  He promises to give us everything we need as we stand upon this solid Rock.

 

Before I knew Him as a teenager I can still remember whispering a prayer before my eyes went shut each night.  “God…there just has to be more to this life than this…”      I just could not believe within my heart that there wasn’t more.    I can remember what it felt like to not understand why I was even here.  Tormented in my soul I would keep uttering this prayer, and then I met Him face to face at the last closing moments of a week long crusade I had attended.  Each night my heart struggled as I fought to surrender my all to Him.  What a fool I was to think that my ways were better and higher than His.  I praise God that in that time in which my heart was overwhelmed and filled with anxiety that He led me to the Rock that was higher than I!   Let us rejoice in our salvation, and never forget how He delivered us and set our feet upon the Rock that never moves!

 

 

Psalm 61:2 (KJ21) 

 

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee

when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to

the rock that is higher than I.”



Friday, September 15, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Friday, September 15, 2017
“Great Is the Faithfulness of Our Lord”

 

 

great is his faithfulness

by Dona Hake

 

Lamentations 3:22-23Amplified Bible
“It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.”
 
 
 

There is nothing so loyal and beautiful in this life like the love of our Lord.  Whether we deserve it or not, He sheds His love toward us and He is a faithful God.    I want to look closely at this scripture ….”Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.”   As I was meditating on this my heart is resting not only on the word faithfulness but the word great.  When something is great it is  unusual or considerable in degree, power,  and intensity.    Just as His peace surpasses our understanding I believe His faithfulness also surpasses our comprehending.  His faithfulness is beyond trying to measure.   Oh how great is our God!

 

 

In another translation this verse  says that His loyal love is enduring and it is inexhaustible.  As He shows His love to us, it should challenge our hearts to love the same way.   He desires that the love that flows from our hearts to be loyal, enduring and inexhaustible.  After all, we were created in His image therefore He is well able to instruct us and empower us to love as He loves.

 

There may be people in your life that you find very easy to get along with, and yet there are those that may seem to drain you of your energy.  Allow this scripture to challenge your heart.  Seek to draw upon the love from above that never runs out of energy and it endures anything.  God’s tender love within us promises never to fail no matter what things look like in the natural.

 

Remember  every morning you wake up that He is seeking new ways to show His love to you. Everything about God begins afresh each day, and His compassion is NEVER limited.  Everyone of us has a day ahead of us and each of us will face different challenges.  Know this, the God of all love is able to help you endure and conquer anything.  Praise Him for His great love and compassion!



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, September 13, 2017
“The Power of Consistency”

 

 

Wisdom March 16 2014

by Dona Hake
 
 Today we are meditating on a very powerful word and that is  ~consistency~.    I see the power of  consistency  being an anchor to our walk with Jesus.   This is just one of the many things that the dictionary defines consistency to be:
 
 
Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc
 
I would like for us to reflect upon the power of consistency in our words and our actions as believers.  Let us look at what James wrote about the power of consistency in our conversation and behavior.
 

 

James 3:7-12 (Phillips)

“Beasts, birds, reptiles and all kinds of sea-creatures can be, and in fact are, tamed by man, but no one can tame the human tongue. It is an evil always liable to break out, and the poison it spreads is deadly. We use the tongue to bless our Father, God, and we use the same tongue to curse our fellow-men, who are all created in God’s likeness.

Blessing and curses come out of the same mouth—surely, my brothers, this is the sort of thing that never ought to happen! Have you ever known a spring to give sweet and bitter water simultaneously? Have you ever seen a fig-tree with a crop of olives, or seen figs growing on a vine? It is just as impossible for a spring to give fresh and salt water at the same time.”

 

Sweet and bitter water, blessing and curses simultaneously coming from the same mouth ought not to happen.   Oh how our words apart from our Lord’s wisdom and love can really get us into trouble not to mention how damaging it could be to our testimony for Him.  Words spoken apart from God’s wisdom can cut deep into the soul.  Words that proceed from an angry heart can be mean and spiteful. God desires that our words and actions be the fruit of all that He is.  Wisdom is knowing what is true or right coupled with His judgment as to what action to take.

 

I believe that James was stressing the seriousness that we be consistent with our words and actions.    Again let me mention the words of James….“Blessing and curses coming out of the same mouth- surely, my brothers, this is the sort of thing that never ought  to happen!”  These are strong words that James spoke but yet they are true. 

 

May we ponder the thought of the impossibility of bitter and sweet water flowing from a spring simultaneously.  Oh that the Lord would help us by the power of His Spirit to be careful to speak only truth and love filled words.   As we purpose to keep our words in line with what we believe, we will be examples of consistency in God’s ways.  Our judgments will be pure and we will have discerning hearts.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, September 12, 2017
“Release Your Care
That You Can Release Your Faith”
 

cast your burden on the Lord

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

 

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it]

 

and He will sustain you; He will never allow the

 

[consistently] righteous to be moved

 

(made to slip, fall, or fail).”
 

 

 
This translation brings an interesting take on this scripture.   Many times in this life we will walk through various trials and circumstances that are not pleasant.  Remember….Jesus said, “In this world you WILL have trials and temptations…”   He warned us didn’t He?     Just because you are facing something may not necessarily mean you are doing something wrong but rather something that may be beyond your control.  It is what we do when our heart begins to feel heavy that  is so important.   Here in this translation it brings to us the words “releasing the weight of it” or in other words as we hand over our problem to Jesus, He will relieve us of the pressure or the burden that is making our hearts and mind seem to feel heavy.   Trying to live with a heavy heart and anxious thoughts is a wearisome thing.   When we release our cares, He begins to work on our behalf, and we must believe that HE IS moving as we are not only releasing our care to Him but also releasing our faith.
 
Release and He promises to sustain.  If we choose to hold on to our cares and burdens, how shall He help us?    How shall He bless us with the answers that we need if we choose to try to figure out our problems on our own?  How shall our burden be lifted if we keep picking it up and trying to bear the weight of it?   Our human nature will sometimes tempt us to entertain thoughts  that we are able to do things in our own ability yet once we experience His strength and provision that we need, it exposes how we need Him desperately.   Remember…He wants to be in every detail of our life, no matter how big or small.
 
 
Today I want to encourage your heart to take anything that has weighted your heart down,  and just surrender it to Him.  He promises He will sustain you which means that He will support, hold, or bear  up from below.  He will bear the weight of whatever you are trying to manage yourself.  No matter how big or how small, take it to Him in prayer!  Today if care tries to grip your heart release it to Him and then release your faith in Jesus Name!
 
 
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer
is to small to be made into a burden.”
Corrie ten Boom
 
 

 



Monday, September 11, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, September 11, 2017
“Where Is Your Hope?”
 
 

hope is not a philosophy

by Dona Hake
 
 
Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. I find this truth to be so comforting in the world in which I live today. Everything around us is changing constantly. Some change is good and some change has proven to be bad and has hindered us. I thank God for the living HOPE and His Name is Jesus!
 
 
I can remember once seeing a group of youth being interviewed on TV.    He began to ask questions, and one young lady answered apprehensively.  It was so sad to hear  her share that anymore she feared sharing her views for fears of what would happen to her.  Our “politically correct” society is so sad isn’t it?    The gentleman interviewing asked for a show of hands. ”Who here has the hope that their future will be better than their parents? Very few hands went up for the majority did not believe that their future would be better.  I thought this to be so sad, and my heart was so grieved by this.
 
 
We need to keep our hearts full of expectation and faith but it can only be in God, not in how well things are going on around us.   Let us that desire to influence our youth exhibit to them that their hope must be in the Lord.   The condition of this world and it’s happenings cannot dictate our faith and hope.  I believe that we need to always keep our hearts in check with the truth of God’s Word. Where is your hope really resting? What are your expectations and are they realistic? There may be times that you can recall that your hopes have been shattered and you wondered how to go on. I want to share this wonderful scripture with you.
 
 
Psalm 62:5 (ERV) 
“I must calm down and turn to God;
he is my only hope.”
 
In those times that your heart may be void of hope and it is full of anxiety, know that there is a living hope and it is in Jesus. He is the one that has promised to give us a future and He is well able to breathe life back into your dreams.  Today I encourage you to quietly wait upon the Lord.   Let Him renew your strength throughout the day, and my your hope be upon Him.
 
 

Psalm 62:5 (AMP)
“My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him”



Sunday, September 10, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, September 10, 2017
“But Their Delight…”

 

tree planted by living waters

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 1 :2-3  (TLB)

“…but they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.

 They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.”

 

Oh that our true delight in this life would be to do all that our Father wants us to do.   This my friends is His will for our life here on earth.   There is great reward for being diligent in embracing the Word of God and being about His business for the Kingdom of God.  As you daily follow Him and purpose to put His teachings first and foremost in your life, He has promised that your life would be prospered.  It is then that we will  stand as trees along God’s riverbank seeing an abundant of growth and prosperity in our life. and  Let us always be mindful that our fruit is not for us alone to survive in this life but rather to be a blessing to those around us.  Let us purpose to be used by Him and to be willing to bless those He puts in our path as we live and abide in Him.  As we proclaim His Word many will be blessed and nourished from the  fruit that our lives bear.

 

 

Proverbs 10:21 (NIV)

  “The lips of the righteous nourish many…”

 

 May we purpose to meditate upon His Word continually and think about ways to follow our Lord more closely. Let us speak His Word and do His Word that we may nourish those that are needy in spirit.   I love that He has promised that our life would bear fruit all the seasons that we live,  and all that we put our hand to shall prosper!




6 Responses to “Devotional”

  1. Lisa Viands says:

    This is a good way of teaching the kids to forgive each other(Matt. 5:7). I like the power of this gentle scripture and lesson… Thanks!!

  2. Selena Neely says:

    Ralph &I are really enjoying your devotional together.

  3. Selena Neely says:

    Oh, what a wonderful reminder! I want to break the magnifing glass of worry and trust God for each step I take.

  4. Dona Hake says:

    It is interesting Selena how the more we worry the bigger and more magnified things get in our minds. Oh how important it is to trust our God for the smallest of things! Thank you for sharing!