“Oh That My Actions…”

oh that my actions
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Oh that we would consistently reflect the Lord’s ways!  The psalmist wrote this, and he spoke his heart’s desire to reflect all that was right and good that he could represent God according to the decrees he knew.   We too should desire this.   The Amplified version of this scripture shares the secret to doing this in four words.   We need to truly hear, receive, love, and obey His Word.
 

Psalm 119:5Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

“Oh, that my ways were directed and established

to observe Your statutes
[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]!”
 
 
Have you ever heard something, and it went in one ear and out the other?   We have all been guilty of that one.  Yet, God wants us to be cautious that we do not do that when we hear the living Word of His truth.    May we hear it, and take hold of it, and receive to be our very own revelation.   As we hold fast to it, love, and obey it, we will indeed reflect His decrees.   Let us be faithful to read and study His Word.   It is as we meditate and reflect upon the Word that it will grow within our hearts.
 
 
“I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.”
Psalms 119:15    NLT
 
 
Lord, we ask you to help us to remember that as we are here on this earth, you desire to live in and through us.   We are your vessels, and we long to radiate and reflect Your life, light, and love in all that we do.   Keep us humble Lord, and show us those things that would hinder us from reflecting You fully.  We thank you for Your great and awesome works that you plan to do through us.  Lord, “You are good and kind and do good; teach me Your statutes.”    Psalms 119:68  (Amp.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
“He Notices Everything!”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
For those of you that know me well you know that I love feeding my outdoor feathered friends, and of course my squirrels!  So many times I have learned little lessons from their behavior, and these lessons remind me of God’s love for me.   I have been thinking about how God watches us ever so closely and He notices everything about us.    There is a scripture that says that the hair on our heads is numbered and also a scripture that states that He will perfect all that concerns us.
 
Today, I am going to share some photographs that I have filed from the fourteen years of feeding and watching my bird’s and squirrel’s behavior.   One thing that I know is that my birds keep a close eye on me!   I have seen at times when am filling my empty ground feeders that they are sitting in the trees watching me fill them.   Not even a minute after I return, they are heading to the feeders to eat.
 
I have ~noticed~ my doves will literally sit and watch in my window when their favorite food is empty.   They wait patiently until I ~notice~ that they have a need.  These two beauties are sitting right outside of my kitchen window, again waiting patiently, until I ~notice~ them.   I am hoping you are noticing that I am trying to emphasize the word ~notice~ !!
 
Nature F
 
 
I love knowing that these precious creatures of the Lord know they can come to my deck, and their need to be fed is met.   I can remember one time during an extremely hot and humid day, I looked out the window and found this “regular” customer of mine finding some relief from the heat.   You see, he wanted to stay close to the food source, yet get cooled off at the same time by basking in the shade of the ground feeder!
 
Nature C
 
 
I have ~noticed~  how God has taught His creatures how to take care of their own.   It is so precious to see my cardinal dads bring their little ones to the feeder and feed them.   I think it is precious to watch them as they watch and soon they learn how to eat on their own.
 
Nature D
 
 
 
I know these feathered ones that have been my regulars depend on me, especially during snow storms.  I always keep a close watch on my feeders and if I ~notice~ them being empty, I attend to them.  So today I want to leave you with this scripture.   
 
 
 
Matthew 10:29 (TLB)

 

“Not one sparrow (What do they cost? Two for a penny?)

can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”
 
Nature B
 
 
 
Our loving God ~notices~ even the little sparrow and He has His eye on You at all times.   He desires so much that you totally depend upon Him for each and every need that you have.  He desires that in your time of need to patiently wait for Him, for He is faithful to supply your needs…if only you wait.   Remember He is watching over you and He takes ~notice~ to everything that pertains to your life.   He loves you and cares about you more than you would ever know!
 


“Let His Beauty Be Upon You”

beauty of the lord upon us
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 In Psalm 8 verse three, the Psalmist makes mention of how he considered and saw that the heavens were the work of God’s fingers. He then said “the moon and the stars, You ordained and established.”  We marvel at God’s magnificent creation, yet He promises to do great things in and through us as we serve Him in our life.

Acts 17:28   (CEV)

“…and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are.” 

 
 
 He enables us to live this life by His power. He helps us to be the person He desires us to be. Today I want to encourage your heart to just let Him do things through you today. I found one of the definitions for the word ~let~ to be interesting in light of the scripture I am going to share with you.

 

 
Let:  to grant the occupancy or use of
 
 
 
Now let us read this scripture from the Psalms.. 
“…And ~let~ the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.” Psalm 90:17  Amplified Version
 
 
 
May we LET or grant the occupancy of our total being to the Lord today, may we give Him total use of us of however He wishes to use us.  May we LET His beauty, delightfulness, and favor rest upon our lives that people would see Him and not us.   I believe that as we do this that all that we put our hand to will indeed prosper and He we be able to confirm and establish the work of our hands.
 
 
 
 
 


“Choose Instruction, Knowledge, and Wisdom”

choose my instruction
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
We are to value God’s instruction, knowledge and wisdom above the jewels listed here in the scripture taken from Proverbs 8:10-11.   God’s instruction will show us what to do, where to go, and how to get there.   It will correct our course, and warn us that we stay out of trouble.  His knowledge will show us how to do life the right way.  His knowledge will help us be discerning so that we can make decisions based upon that which we know to be His truth. His wisdom will show us how to use the knowledge we have.  James 3:17 tells us that the fruits of wisdom are pure, peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.   It is full of mercy and good deeds.  It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.     God’s instruction, knowledge, and wisdom are to be valued and held precious in our hearts.

 

Proverbs 8:10-11 (NIV)

“Choose my instruction instead of silver,

knowledge rather than choice gold,

for wisdom is more precious than rubies,

and nothing you desire can compare with her.”

 

In this scripture God is showing us that even the jewels that we could ever possess that are incredibly expensive will never measure in value to His instruction, His wisdom and knowledge. Think about it…NOTHING we could ever desire no matter how wonderful can compare to the worth of His great riches !!   

 
Today I encourage you to guard your heart with God’s very precious jewels that are part of who He is, for nothing can compare to the beauty of His instruction, knowledge, and wisdom!
 


“Rooted Deep In Him”

rooted deep in him
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.
Anonymous
 
 
May we stay aware that the roots of our heart must continue to grow deep in Him. This is a continual process of feeding and maintaining our strength through God and all the good things that He has provided us. This does not happen just by going to church once a week, it is a lifestyle of living and drawing upon the Almighty God. We have a vital part in the process of our growth in Him. Yes, we live by grace but we must do our part of staying spiritually strong and staying obedient to Him. If it is your heart’s desire to be used greatly by Him then the roots of your heart must go deeper and deeper. If this is your heart’s desire, God is ready to take you there as you apply your heart to His commands!
 
 

Jeremiah 17:7-9

Amplified Bible (AMP)

“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies

on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads

out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when

heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious

and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”
 
 
This tree that Jeremiah speaks of is the man who has totally trusted on the Lord God above. This tree thrives on the waters it is planted by. Notice the scripture does say that THE HEAT WILL COME and SO WILL THE YEAR OF THE DROUGHT. In our lives we too will face times where the heat is on yet we can know that because our roots of faith are strong, we need not fear nor grow weary. In the year of drought we can be free from care for we will NOT stop yielding fruit. Praise the living God that has promised to sustain us!
 
 
 

Proverbs 12:3

“…but the roots of the righteous can’t be disturbed.”



“As We Press On”

As WE press on
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
His mercies are new every morning ,
His grace is sufficient,
His joy is our strength,
His love keeps our hearts,
His patience promises us a heart of longsuffering,
Our youth is renewed as the eagles as we wait upon Him,
He promises to never leave us,
and in His presence is abounding joy.
From the windows of Heaven comes an abundance
so big that we cannot even begin to contain it.
Any sin, no matter how big or small is forgiven
when we take it to Him with a repentant heart.
 
 
 
 
Is there anything too hard for our God?  He is great and greatly we should praise Him each and everyday!   Do you feel at times that your life, and  it’s problems are too hard for God?   Maybe you feel there are times that you are such a mess that maybe He sits and scratches His head wondering what to do with you.  Again, the answer is NO He does not!    When problems and issues get out of hand in our lives we can certainly feel overwhelmed by them, but let us return to what will build and encourage our faith and our hearts.   No matter how difficult your life seems God is able.  Paul spoke with confidence in Philippians.
 
 
 
Philippians 1:6 (JUB) 

 

“…being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun

a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
 
 
God is not a God that starts things and leaves them unfinished. He is NOT a procrastinator, He is the one with diligent and mighty hands that are well able to continue the great work He began in you. All we have to do is keep our hearts and eyes on Him, and trust Him with all of our being.
 


“Carry It All To Him”

carry all concerns to him
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Jesus Christ loved us so much that He went to the cross for us.   He bore every pain, sickness, disease on the day He died for us.   He also took upon Him any burden that would serve to rob us of our joy.   Sometimes it can be tempting to carry the “little” burdens on our own. I think the more we get into the habit of taking it all to the Lord the better off we will be. The more we take it ALL the more we will grow in seeking to do everything by His strength and wisdom. It is those little things, those little cares that we carry that will soon having us trying to figure things out in our own ability.
 
 

~~~

Corrie ten Boom put it this way…

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer

is too small to be made into a burden.”

 
~~~
 
 
 
 
Philippians 4:6-7 (ERV)
 
 
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.”
 
 

When I read this scripture and I ponder what Corrie ten Boom said it reminds me of how tenderly the Lord desires to watch over me. It causes me to think more about how He knows what I need before I am even aware of the need. I think the deeper we understand this love the more we will run to Him with everything no matter how small it may be in our eyes. God is so good.

 
 


“His Loyal Love”

His loyal love
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Loyalty is characterized by faithfulness to commitments and obligations. God has promised to be loyal to us with His love, forgiveness, help, …oh my!…there are so many things that He promises to be to us. Jesus said in His Word that He would NEVER leave us or forsake us.
 
 

 

 

At the end of many days I may look back on my day and wished that I would have said or done things differently but praise God He faithfully forgives and He promises to help me do better as I lean upon Him for all wisdom and strength. One of the first things I try to do each morning as I greet Him is remind myself and thank Him that His mercies are new every morning. My day is a fresh canvas and I am hoping I will do His will with His help.

 
 

 

I have a decorative slate in my kitchen. Every so often I will write a thought or scripture on it and it reminds me of something I am meditating on. I can remember an evening that I was trying to do some different cursive handwriting with the chalk and I kept messing up. I was glad I could just erase it and start over and work at it till I had it exactly the way I wanted it. So it is with the Lord’s mercies, they are new and fresh each morning. Our day is new, and it is time to start afresh! 

 

 

 

Thank God we have fresh starts each day and we can learn from our yesterdays. He is there to help us to keep working out those things that we are trying to get right in our lives. Thank God that our mess ups are forgiven and wiped away with the blood of Jesus.   We serve a God that is ever so loyal!

 

 

 

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 “How enduring is God’s loyal

love; the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion.


“Bringing Comfort”

bringing comfort to those that need it
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I can remember a few years ago when I was out Christmas shopping.   I walked to the counter and laid my things down and a clerk that I speak with often began to ring me up. I asked her how she has been doing. She dropped her head and said, “Not well at all. I am really having a hard time getting through this…” I immediately knew what she was referring to for I knew from previous conversations that she had lost someone very special in her life. She began to share that it has been five years and she has done well for the past five Christmas holidays yet this year she could not figure out why this one was so hard. The depression that enveloped her touched me in my heart. I began to try to console her for I too know what it is like to lose someone over the holidays. Sometimes words seem so inadequate yet I know they do more than what we realize at times. I walked out the door and prayed that God would comfort her heart and He has continued to remind me to pray for her.
 
 
 

I know that I have shared this in the past  but it bothers me seeing how the hustle and bustle especially over  the holidays can pull us into our own little “worlds”. We can become oblivious to the pain of those that are reaching into the past and their memories have caused them to struggle.    Even after the holidays one can carry the pain of loss right into a fresh new year.  It may not even be a death, but a broken relationship that has caused division in an one’s family.

 
 
 

I encourage you to be sensitive to those around you. Ask the Lord to give you an awareness of those that may be hurting.  Maybe you are reading this and you are walking through the pain of remembering someone you love and have lost or you are enduring a trial that has robbed you of the joy of life. I pray that God’s comfort would permeate you and keep your heart and that His joy would well up within you. I pray also that great strength would arise within you that you may in turn share that same comfort with someone else. God bless you.

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:3 (The Message)
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”



“God Is…”

God is
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
A few years ago I was blessed to be able to take painting lessons from an extremely talented woman. Her paintings amazed me and I would sit in awe as she would skillfully paint in front of us for illustration sake. I can remember the times that she would show a different painting technique and she would sense my frustration as I was trying, and she would stand behind me and embrace my hand showing me how to angle my brush, etc. I loved this experience of learning especially the art of learning to work through struggles or what I perceived as inability.
 

I can remember once I had almost completed a painting and I made a big mistake. I mean everything was perfect, and I went and ruined the whole painting.   Well…in my eyes it was a big mistake, but in the teacher’s eyes it was an opportunity. She would always encourage us that these so called “mistakes” are our opportunities to create. She would tell us to have fun with it and see what comes of it. I was amazed that many of my paintings had my “mistakes” hidden under what only the eye could see. It was only me that knew that there was originally a mistake but it was turned around as a result of reaching into those creative abilities God blessed me with.

 
 

I learned from her also a life lesson. Many times people trash whatever they are trying to do because of a mistake. We need to see hindrances, hurdles, or mistakes as opportunities. It is in those times if we allow the Master Painter to work on the canvas of our heart that we may see some pretty amazing outcomes. Along with those amazing outcomes we can walk away with knowledge and wisdom for future application in our life.

 

Romans 8:28

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God “




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!