Monday, April 23, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, April 23, 2018
“The Word Fitly Spoken”
 
a word fitly spoken feb 2015
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Our words are like pieces to a grand puzzle. Many times we may  feel that the words we are desiring to express will fit so well in our response yet when we speak them they turn out all wrong.   You may walk away from a conversation feeling uneasy in your heart wondering if your words were received or misunderstood.  
 
I can remember years ago buying  my Granddaughter a kitten jigsaw puzzle, and she could not wait to try to put it together.   Some of the pieces were a bit challenging for they looked so similar visually yet the shape did not fit.  At one point she  thought one piece just had to fit, and she began to force and try to squeeze certain pieces in.  Interesting analogy isn’t it?….we can feel our words are fitting and  right, and we begin to force them on someone or squeeze them in the conversation.  We can even convince ourselves that because what we have to say is true that it just has to be spoken at that time.   Sometimes words may seem to be of  good intent yet they are not to be spoken.   Oh that we would heed to the Holy Spirit before we open our mouths. God desires that our words bless, encourage, and produce, and very importantly, He desires that our words be fitting and proper.   
 

 

 
  (All translations of Proverbs 25:11) 
 

“Saying the right thing at the right time is like a golden apple in a silver setting.” ERV

 
“An idea well-expressed is like a design of gold, set in silver.”GNT
 
“Timely advice is as lovely as gold apples in a silver basket.” TLB
 
“A well-spoken word at just the right moment
is like golden apples in settings of silver.” VOICE
 
 
 Today let us be reminded that God’s timing has it’s perfect place when it comes to words.  Sometimes silence may be God’s plan in some situations, so do not feel you are doing wrong when you are feeling prompted to just be silent even in those times you feel you have the answer.   The Lord has a reason in all that He leads us to do or not do.  Let us live by the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all our words and deeds.  May our words bless and be as apples of gold in settings of silver!
 

 



Saturday, April 21, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, April 21, 2018
“Which Do You Choose?”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Luke 12:22-32 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 Jesus said to His disciples, “For this reason I tell you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; or about your body, as to what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the crop]; they have no storehouse or barn, and yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add one hour to his life’s span? 26 So if you are not even able to do a very little thing [such as that], why are you worried about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies and wildflowers, how they grow [in the open field]. They neither labor nor spin [wool to make clothing]; yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. 28 But if this is how God clothes the grass which is in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You of little faith! 29 So as for you, do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink; nor have an anxious and unsettled mind. 30 For all the [pagan] nations of the world greedily seek these things; and your [heavenly] Father [already] knows that you need them. 31 But [strive for and actively] seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 
Jesus spoke to His disciples about guarding themselves against worry and not picking care regarding their body and clothing. He shared with them that life is more important than thinking about such things. If Jesus were walking among us He would speak to us the same thing. Can’t you hear Him right now…”Child, why are you worrying about tomorrow. Your tomorrow is in My hand alone to hold, so trust in me for I promise to take care of every one of your needs.” May we reverence and fear the God of the known.
“Don’t fear the unknown
Fear the God of the known…
Remember? Today is the
Tomorrow that yesterday you:
Feared?
Worried about?
or
Believed God for?
(which did you choose?)”
Arthur Burt
Do you remember when you laid your head on the pillow last evening? If the thought of your tomorrow entered your mind, did you fear it,? worry about it? or believe God for it? I love this challenging thought to end my day. This is another precious quote from Arthur Burt that I has blessed me as I have been reading over my notes when we visited him in North Wales. He spoke words that spoke depth and caused my heart to be greatly challenged. So today let us ponder these words.
 
The more we determine ourselves to live by faith, and trust the God of the known for the smallest of things we will see worry and fear begin to shrink in the face of our faith. Today let us meditate how He will clothe us and His provision will be made available to us upon our every need. He has us covered as we trust in Him!
 
 


Friday, April 20, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Friday, April 20, 2018
“The Future Pearl In Your Life”
 
 
by Dona Hake 
 
 
God is at work in us! Praise Him today for this truth. May we be reminded of the truth that we serve a God that is not moved by circumstances, He is not moved by time, and He sees only victory as He moves forward with us.  He desires that we grow in the fruit of longsuffering…with people and in those circumstances that do not necessarily make us desire to  jump for joy.
 
There may be times in which we squirm when things are not moving as fast as we would like but let us remember …God is at work.   He is not moved by what He sees, and He sees the end of everything.   Maybe there are times that we wish the irritations and trials of this life would just go away but I encourage you today to stand strong and see those irritations in a different light.  Perhaps we can see those “uncomfortable to the flesh” circumstances as a time of learning and growing in the Lord.
 
I am sharing with you today a quote from notes that I took when I had the joy of visiting North Wales and sat under the precious fellowship and ministry of Brother Arthur Burt. He has since gone to be with Jesus but his words are so precious to my heart.  While this quote may be specific to dealing with irritations with people it can also be applied to anything in our lives that we face.
 
 
 
 
“The man – the one that rubs you the wrong way –, and tests your patience can enlarge you in your distress. The pearl – a real pearl – comes out of the grain of sand that is the irritation within the oyster. There are “grains of irritation” in your life God has permitted for the future pearl.”
Arthur Burt
 
James 1:2-4     (AMP)
“Consider it nothing but joy, my [a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials.  Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].  And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.”


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, April 18, 2018
 
“…For the Purpose of Prayer”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
In verse one and two of 1 Peter 4 Paul exhorts for us to arm ourselves with the same attitude Christ had as He suffered in His body. Jesus did not live His life for evil human desires but rather He lived for the will of God. In verse seven Paul goes on to exhort that we need to be clear minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer, and also that we love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
 
 
“…Therefore, be sound-minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer [staying balanced and focused on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.] Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].”
1 Peter 4:7
 
As we keep God and His Word the priority in our life, our decisions and actions will proceed from a heart that desires to please Him. As we are sound-minded and self-controlled as Paul spoke, of our lives will be pleasing to our Lord for we will pray and communicate as He desires us to.
 
Let us stay focused on what He says is the most important thing for us today. Let us purpose to live in His love that promises to never fail, and no matter what or who comes against us, that love will remind and cause us to forgive, and rise above any offense or circumstance. Thank God for that love that will always steer us to keep our heart clean, and our mind focused as we do His will.
 
 
 


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
 
“But You Lord…”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Lord, I have so many enemies. So many people have turned against me. They say to themselves, “God will not rescue him!” Selah But you, Lord, protect me. You bring me honor; you give me hope. I will pray to the Lord, and he will answer me from his holy mountain. Selah I can lie down to rest and know that I will wake up, because the Lord covers and protects me. So I will not be afraid of my enemies, even if thousands of them surround me.”
Psalm 3:1-6 easy to read version
 
 
It is interesting to note here that in David’s time of trouble a song rose up in his heart. He was not sitting on his throne in a place of power, but he was rather running for his life from his rebellious son Absalom, and a host of traders. David reminds us that God is always for us no matter what our circumstances look like. No matter what people say, we can look up and know that our God is with us and He surrounds us with His shield.  We can look up and say as David did, “But You Lord, protect me!”   Maybe we will declare “But You Lord are with me.”   “But You Lord are my provider.”   No matter what, we need to acknowledge the Lord is with us and declare who He is in the situation.
 
I have encountered people in the midst of a trial…and there is a statement that I have heard and it greatly troubles my heart.   One of the most grievous things I have ever heard a child of God say in the midst of a trial is “Where is God in all of this?“     Honestly, I cannot even explain how bad this hurts my heart to hear a child of God speak of the Lord in this manner. These words speak of one that really does not understand the loving and faithful character of God.  They really do not understand that Jesus meant what He said when He declared that He would never leave or forsake us.
 
You may be reading this and thinking to yourself that you know that your Lord is always with you and you would never ever speak “ Where is God in all of this?”   Well then I encourage you  to meditate upon this for it may help you share with one that needs to hear truth in this area.   Sometimes people just need to be reminded of the faithfulness of God. Sometimes they just need to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel but until they get to the end of that dark tunnel may they come to understand that  the true Light is right beside them.  
 
We as believers also carry that light and hope! We carry the answer within us and that is the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ. If God before us who can be against us?
 
“…So what should we say about this?
If God is for us, no one can stand against us.
And God is with us.”
Romans 8:31 – Easy to read version


Saturday, April 14, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, April 14, 2018
 
 
“God Is Completing His Work In You!”
 

patient with myself

by Dona Hake

 

 

 
“I’ve never met a man who has given me as
much trouble as myself.”

 

Interesting isn’t it…at times we can be our own worst enemy for there are those days that we focus too much on what and where we are NOT rather that how far God has brought us. With any work that needs done in us there needs to be a time of waiting for His loving hand to work, and mold us with His loving hands. I guess there are all times we wished He would work a bit faster, but His wisdom encompasses more than we will ever understand. As He works, and we continue to humble ourselves under the work of His hand He promises that the transformation will indeed happen.
 
Be encouraged today that as you are applying yourself to do that which is right and good in His sight that His loving hand is at work in you. Guard yourself from focusing on your weaknesses but rather look to the God of strength to continue to work in you. Give thanks to Him for the gifts, the strengths and abilities He has blessed you with. As we keep our hearts humble and open to Him, He will be faithful to show us the areas in which we need to give attention. He leads and guides us into ALL truth in every area of our lives! God bless you.
 
Philippians 1:6  Amplified Version
 
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”


Friday, April 13, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, April 13, 2018
“God’s Thoughts About You”
 
 

 

 
 

by Dona Hake

 

 

 If you have not read my post from yesterday entitled “Become Like Children”, I would encourage you to do so. That post flows with today’s! I shared that I was teaching my little preschoolers all about the magnificence of our Lord God. We were learning a scripture from Psalm 89:11. “Everything in heaven and earth belongs to you. You made the world and everything in it.”
 
The children and I discussed how the Lord made the great ocean and all of its sea creatures, and then we began to talk about sand ! Since children love to learn to count at this age I began to share with them that counting the grains of the sand would be impossible. From there I begin to share with them the next verse. Psalm 139:17–18. “Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, oh God! I cherish each and everyone of them! How grand in scope! How many in number! If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!” Today I will share with you what this scripture means to my heart.
The God of heaven and earth also knows each one of us down to the smallest of details. He observes our coming and our going, He watches over us as we sleep and He is there when we rise in the morning. He knows what we are going to say long before we say it because He knows our every thought. What an amazing feeling we should all have knowing how deeply He loves us and knows us inside and out. It really is beyond comprehension!
As I read this Psalm and think about the sands of the ocean it causes me to realize that I really cannot fathom how many thoughts the God of heaven has thought about me. In saying that it reminds me as well that His thoughts are different than mine because He sees us through His pure love, and His thoughts and ways will always be higher than how my mind thinks.
 

Isaiah 55:9 (ASV)

 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways

higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

He sees our future through His eyes and He desires that our faith rest in Him.  I am thankful that I serve such a loving God that loves me so much!



Thursday, April 12, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, April 12, 2018
“Become Like Children!”
 
 
 
 

 

by Dona Hake
 
 

 

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and set him before them, and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever [a]humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:1-4 Amplified Version
 
We should all desire to grow strong in our faith in the living God but oh that we would embrace remaining as a child in our hearts. A child will simply trust those that they believe in and love. Our Lord instructs us in this scripture that we need to rid of our old way of thinking. Honestly I do not know about you but sometimes some old ways of thinking hang can hang on more than we would ever admit.
 
May we humbly permit our Lord to continually examine our hearts that they remain pure and acceptable to Him. Jesus also encouraged those around Him to live a life that is changed and that they become like a child that is humble and willing to forgive.
 
I can remember teaching a group of preschoolers about the Bible verse found in Psalm 89:11 “Everything in heaven and earth belongs to you. You made the world and everything in it.” These little ones sat around me staring into my eyes with great anticipation as they waited to hear the teaching about what these words meant. At one point we talked about how God is just so magnificent! I began to focus on how He made so many sea creatures in the big beautiful sea. One my one the little ones were naming off the great sea creatures that they wanted to talk about. Once again their childlike excitement and joy over this truth stirred my heart, and I can see why Jesus advises us to remain as children. I began to share with them about how God is so great and full of wonderful wisdom, and He knew exactly how to make boundaries around the ocean. I said to them, “How does God make the ocean water only go so far, and then there is land? How does God separate the land from the sea?” Then I asked them, ” What is it that you walk on before you step into the ocean?” All their little hands were up in the air as they shouted, “It’s the sand!“ As they said this immediately my heart was impressed to bring to their hearts another truth,( I will share that one with you tomorrow!)
 
Today I encourage you to think about how everything in this heaven and earth belongs to your God, He made it and everything in it for us to enjoy and be blessed. Yet this truth should remind us how great our God is and His provision is great, so let us remain as trusting children, believing that He is able to do above and beyond all we dare ask or think in Jesus Name. His greatness should remind us to stay humble and trusting in His ability to take care of us.
 
 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 
 
 
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
“Be Thou My Vision”

 

be thou my vision
by Dona Hake

 

 
Proverbs 29:18 ( Amplified Bible, Classic Edition )
Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.
Without God‘s vision it does not go well for us. One is left unrestrained if he has lacks the vision and revelation of his God. But if the believer guards his heart,  guards God’s law, and obeys what he has been taught, this is the man or a woman that will be happy and blessed.  This is the man or woman that will run with a God given vision in their heart.  This is the life of living and being blessed according to His Word. Oh Lord of our heart, help us to press into your vision every day of our life.
 
“Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light“
 
This is a portion of the lyrics from “Be Thou My Vision”. I love the first line of the lyrics “… Oh Lord of my heart.“ When we have made Him the Lord over our hearts, we are asking Him to take all control, we will seek out His vision for our life, and His presence will illuminate , guard, and direct our paths.
 
Today let us look to run with his vision. God’s Word says in Isaiah 40:31 “We shall run and not be weary.”     Psalm 119:32 says “I run the same path as your commandments because you give my heart insight.” Hebrews 12:1 says  “Run with patience the race that before us, looking onto Jesus.”   These Scriptures should motivate and encourage our hearts to run with patience, run with insight, and run with strength as we run with His vision.


Monday, April 9, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Monday, April 9, 2018
 
“God Is Always True To His Word”
 
 
true to your word
 
by Dona Hake
 
Psalm 23:3 the Message version
“True to Your Word, you let me catch my breath 
and send me in the right direction. “.
 
 
 
Jesus our Shepherd, the restorer of our soul…what a loving caring God we serve. Yet there are times that we need to be made to lie down in His green pastures. Our loving Lord will gently lead us if we permit Him to for we need to walk away from our own efforts and abilities that can rob us of His rest. It is as we get into His presence that our soul will experience the peace of His still waters. He promises to restore our soul with His life giving words, and the ministry of His Spirit.
 
As we purpose to feed and ponder His Word, our minds will be renewed to the truth. Once again He shows us that His way will straighten any crooked paths, and we will see clearly the direction of His perfect will for us. Our God is true to His Word, and He wants to perform His Word in our life. His Word never returns void for it accomplishes what He desires as we continue to hold fast and stand firm in our faith.
 
 
“So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
Without accomplishing what I desire, And without
succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 – Amplified Version



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!