Monday, July 17th, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, July 17th, 2017
“The Understanding of Our Lord”
 
 
 
counsel is mine
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Think about all that God is to us.   We can look to Him as being the love of our life, He is Light, He is our Healer, He is our Provider…     I could share so many things that He is to us but today I want today we are going to meditate upon the truth that  He is our Understanding.   When all seems dark or something may seem confusing I want to encourage your heart today to look to Him as the one that is able to give you the understanding that you need for the moment you are in.
 
 
The understanding of God is a wonderful thing but we must always be mindful that we are fearing and reverencing  His Name.     The fear and reverence for God  is the beginning of His wisdom and understanding to be  given to us.   As we follow His guiding principles we will have good sense and be decisive.    We will know exactly what to do in every given situation just because we know that He totally understands, and He is able impart that understanding into our hearts and minds.   I would like to share a scripture with you from Psalm 111:10.   The one translation from the Extended Bible says it simply, and that is “Those who obey and do his orders have good understanding.”  I love the way this is worded simply because it calls God’s Word or His commands “his orders”.   Are there times that you feel you can pick and choose from His Word?     God’s Word is not like a box of chocolates in which you pick our your favorites or you bite into one, and dislike it and throw it away.  God desires that we embrace all of His truth and make it ours to obey that we may live a blessed life.    Today, let us reverence the Lord in every way possible.    Let us readily hear from our Lord the orders for our day!
 
Lord, help us to be humble as we hear  and read Your Word.   May we draw close to You that we may hear Your tender voice as You desire to instruct us in the way.   You are good, and may we see all of Your commands as  good and profitable in our walk with You that we may grow thereby.   In Jesus Name, amen!
 
Psalm 111:10  The Living Bible
How can men be wise? The only way to begin is by reverence for God. For growth in wisdom comes from obeying his laws. Praise his name forever.
 


Saturday, July 15, 2016

 
 
 
 
Saturday, July 15, 2017
“Discerning His Voice”
 
 
my sheep
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
There are times we can all identify where we are reading the Word or hearing the Word of God, and our spirit has been pricked by it’s power.    We just know it was God specifically dealing with our heart yet there may be times that we walk away and do not take heed.    There may also be those times in which we hear the Word from our Pastor and proclaim how rich it was,  yet we do not take heed to it, and apply it to our life. This is selective hearing and therefore we are not being a  doer of the Word.   We need to be very careful and cautious over our hearts that we are not guilty of this.  God desires that we look to listen to Him when He speaks to us.    He desires that we know His voice and give respect to it.    I found several translations of John 10:27 enlightening so I will share them with you for your meditation.
 
 
 

 

 

“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening

to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.” (AMP)
 
My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are.
They follow me…” (GW)
 
” My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them,
and they follow me.” (TLB)
 

“My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately,

and they follow Me.” (The Voice)

 
 

The word know  defined is to be able to distinguish, as one from another. The Lord desires that we KNOW Him and KNOW His voice!   He desires that we are seeking to discern the voices of this world, the voice of our mind, our enemy’s voice, but most importantly He desires that we discern His voice.  When we hear the Word of our Lord, and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt it is Him, let us expect Him to lead us by that precious Word!

 

 Today I ask you… are you listening to hear if He is calling your name?   Have you felt a gentle tug on your heart, and you are  wondering  if it is His voice?   Let us learn to listen and recognize His precious voice and leading in our lives.  Today I desire to encourage your heart to be listening closely for Him. Many times His voice is loud and clear and many times it is a mere whisper. Be quick to recognize it and respond. God truly desires this intimacy with us as we heed to His Words and walk willingly along side of Him as He gently leads us.



Friday, July 14, 2016

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, July 14, 2017
“Whatsoever Things…”
 
good thoughts 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

Psalm 19:14 (TLB)

“May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts

be pleasing even to you,

O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.”
 

Oh what a beautiful and wonderful prayer that was prayed and recorded here in the Psalms. It would be a good thing that we would ask the Lord more often, “Is what I just said okay Lord?” or “Lord is my heart right in this matter?”   I think the Lord  would be delighted if we would check in with Him more often, and inquire of Him on these things. I think Jesus wants us to view Him as our best friend and we should be allowing our best friend to challenge our heart and bring accountability in our lives. I value the times when I feel a tug at my heart or a check in my spirit in those times that my thoughts or words are not pleasing to Him. When He is Lord of our life, we will truly welcome these disciplines.

 
The Lord has promised to help us with all things that pertain to life and godliness so be encouraged that it is His heart to help you walk victoriously. Paul wrote in Philippians how to keep our thoughts in line with truth. If we just purpose to think on good things…
 
Philippians 4:8-9  Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
“Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable
and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed
by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome,
whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute;
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise
, think continually on these things [center your mind on them,
and implant them in your heart].  The things which you have
learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice
these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source]
of peace and well-being will be with you.”
 
 
As we practice thinking on good things, our spoken words and unspoken thoughts will be kept and guarded by the peace of God. I encourage you today to think upon all the good things that Paul instructed us in Philippians. It is as we do this,  our thoughts, words, and actions will always line up with the will and ways of our Lord.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, July 13, 2017
“Just As You See Your Own Face”
 
reflection in water 2
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Proverbs 27:19 (ERV)
“Just as you can see your
own face reflected in water,
so your heart reflects the
kind of person you are.”
 
This portion of scripture stirs my heart  to think about the true spiritual condition of my heart.   If I were to stand over a crystal clear pond and look in, my reflection would answer back at me or in other words I would see myself in the reflection of the water.I would see myself for exactly what I am because the reflection does not lie. When you stand in front of a mirror you can not stand there and say, “this is not me!” or “I do not look like that!” Our reflections are speaking to us and telling us exactly what we look like. So it is when we look into God’s Word, He will reveal to us our need for Him and all that He wants us to be.    If we permit Him, He will show us the kind of person we are, and also the condition of our heart.

 

James 1:22-25
Amplified Bible (AMP)

“”But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it,

betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it

and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully

at his [own] natural face in a mirror;

For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes

off and promptly forgets what he was like.

But he who looks carefully into the faultless law,
the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres
in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets
but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed
in his doing (his life of obedience).”
 
There will be those times in which we hear the Word and we may feel a bit convicted and we need to give heed, and be an active doer as this scripture tells us to do. This tugging at our heart is the Holy Spirit speaking to us to make changes, and this kind of change really is a good thing. This scripture is clear that we need to give heed to the Word we hear and read, and the living water of the Word will truly reveal to us the condition of our heart if we permit it to. The Lord is loving, and He will help us to make the adjustments we need to be molded into His image. Let us look carefully at ourselves in light of God’s Word and allow Him to work in us.
 
 
 
 
 
Lord, we ask You this day to show us the true condition of our hearts.   Help us to be reminded of the importance of remaining humble before You that You will have free reign in our hearts.   Help us to be doers and not just hearers of Your Word.  We thank You that You are able to do a wonderful and transforming work within us.   Help us also to be patient and persevering as we walk through times of change that You are desiring to work within us.   In Jesus Name we ask, amen!
 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, July 12, 2017
“Lord, Help Us To Be Examples For You”
 
 
 
be an example for the lord
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
I can remember once standing in the grocery line loading my groceries on to the belt for the young lady to ring me up. I heard her sharing with the customer before me how an individual took a $10 bill, and made the number one on the bill into a five, it was done so artistically and strategically that the sales clerk passed it for a $50 bill. When I stepped up to talk to this young lady I commented to her how it is so sad that people can be so deceitful. This young lady began to share how she saw someone steal someone’s coupons one day.   In less than a minute this young lady shared out of the abundance of her heart.   She said, “You know, you reap what you sow…”   In that split second we were both on a roll sharing truths with each other, and it was beautifully evident that  she was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Many times we do not need to say many words, it is that light that  proceeds from our countenance.
 
This young lady began to share something with me that really touched my heart. She said,  “You know there are those people out there that have been saved their whole life, they’ve never done drugs, they have never done anything really all that wrong, I think that is really neat because they are examples. But you know what I want?   I want someone out there that is older than me to just be an example for me to follow.”
 
As I walked away from her I thought about how her  words and they really touched me.   It made me realize that there are many young believers just looking for someone to be there to call their friend, to mentor them, and just be a shining example of living life and God’s wisdom and purpose.   I can remember as a young believer having that same desire, and the Lord provided that for me.    As I began walking away from this young lady after I paid for my bill I said to her, “Thank you for sharing your refreshing words with me, and being a blessing to me today.”   She got a big smile across her face, and then proceeded to ask me my name, and then she introduced herself to me.    We are both  hoping we would cross each other’s path at this grocery store and we would be able to build each other up once again.
 
 
Lord, help us all to realize that You desire to use us to touch the lives of people around us.   We ask that You would help us to see the seriousness of the day in which we live because there is much to be done.   There are people out there that need us.   They need the light of Your Word, they need Your love, and there are those that are looking for guidance, wisdom and counsel.   Help us to be mindful to walk uprightly and in the integrity of Your Word that we may be good examples to those that are looking for help and guidance.  In Jesus Name we ask, amen!
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, July 11, 2017
“Seek and You Will Find Him”
 
 
Pray and learn
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Psalm 105:4 (AMP)

“Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and

His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation);

seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore.”
 
 
 
Along with this scripture I would like to share with you a quote to stir your heart relative to prayer and seeking the Lord.
 
 
No man ever prayed without learning something.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
As we ponder the scripture from Psalm 105:4 along with  this quote we  can see that as we truly seek the Lord in prayer, reading, and the hearing of His Word that there is much to be found. Even if you have read a scripture many times over, there is always freshness and newness of life that  can be brought to your heart, mind and soul.   The truths to be found in our Lord have endless depths, and as we pray and seek Him, He will take us into deeper revelation of the truths in His Word.
 
Today I want to stir your heart to think about your desire to seek Him?   May we never seek a comfort zone in our walk with Him.    Of course our rest and contentment is Him, but just as our bodies crave food and water each day, so our desire to draw upon Him must also be.  
 
 Today I encourage you to crave Him and His strength. Think about those things you love to eat. Sometimes it will hit me and I will start craving a particular food because I love it so much. So it should be with our love for our Lord and everything about Him! The more we seek Him the more we will find ourselves needing to seek Him more. The more you experience HIS strength and HIS ability, the more you will crave to turn your face to Him and receive all that He is! Remember that all that He is, and all that He does is brand new everyday. He desires to teach you continually and answer all the questions of your heart. Crave Him, step into His presence, and prepare yourself to learn and receive His portion for you today. God is good!
 
 
 

Jeremiah 33:3 (CJB)

“Call out to me,
and I will answer you —
I will tell you great things,
hidden things of which you are unaware.”



Monday, July 10, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Monday, July 10, 2017
“Let God’s Word Stir Your Heart!”
 
 
 
power of words
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
I love the Word of God and I love having encouraging and inspirational words displayed in my home.   Any words that inspire my heart are a good thing and I love being surrounding with reminders of God’s Word. I have a journal/notebook with the following words on it, and honestly I bought the book just because of these words.   They were:
 
 
 

In the happy moments

PRAISE GOD

 
In the difficult moments
 
SEEK GOD
 
In the quiet moments
 
TRUST GOD
 
In every moment 
 
THANK GOD
 
 
 
 I would like to share some thoughts and scripture with you relative to these words.  I believe they will encourage and stir your heart as they did mine.
 
 
 
IN THE HAPPY MOMENTS…
 

let us give Him praise.

 

Let us ever be mindful that all good things are from Him and when we are happy and rejoicing, let us praise His Name.

Psalm 9:2 (AMP)

“I will rejoice in You and be in high spirits; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High!”
 
 
IN THE DIFFICULT MOMENTS …

 

let us seek God.
 
When we are walking through troubles we need to be mindful of
making sure we are drawing close to Him.   Let us never  run away
from His presence or seek refuge in worldly pleasure.
 
 

Psalm 27:5-8 (AMP)
“For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter;

in the secret place of His tent will He hide me;

He will set me high upon a rock.
And now shall my head be lifted up above my

enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer

sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes,

I will sing praises to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be

gracious to me and answer me!

You have said, SEEK My face [inquire for and require
My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You,
Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for,
and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].”
 
 
 
IN THE QUIET MOMENTS 
let us trust God.
 
It is so awesome to know that no matter how busy things get or the noise of this world tries to trouble our hearts, our rest and quiet is in Him. It is all so common if one is troubled that their sleep can be hindered by the anxieties of their mind tormenting them. It is in the quietness that He gives that we can calmly trust in Him.
 
Psalm 4:8 
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
 
 
 
         IN EVERY MOMENT            
 
 let us thank God.

 

Oh that we would remind ourselves to stay in His presence every moment we breathe. It is in His presence that there is fullness of joy.

Psalm 30:12 

“To the end that my tongue and my heart and

everything glorious within me may sing praise

to You and not be silent. O Lord my God,

I will give thanks to You forever.”

 
Today I encourage you to let God’s Word stir your heart to remembrance of all the wonderful things He has done and is going to do for you.   His Word is the provision by which we live.  Let us praise Him for that!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, July 9, 2017
 
“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, yet when we speak them, they turn out  wrong or they just do not have a timely fit in the conversation. I can remember years ago getting my Granddaughter a kitty cat 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 tried to force it.  Interesting analogy isn’t it?….we can feel our words are fitting and  right, and we begin to force them on someone.  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 our words even with good intent are not to be spoken, and 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.  Today I want to share with you about how important it is that our words are to be spoken and fitting for the moment. You see, even a right word spoken in a wrong attitude or wrong time just does not fit nor does it help or minister to the hearer.   The following are translations of Proverbs 25:11 that I want to share with you.  This particular scripture brings light to the importance of a word being spoken in it’s proper time.

 
 
(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 timing has it’s perfect place when it comes to words. Right timing which is God’s timing will prompt us when and how to speak. Silence also has it’s place, so do not feel you are doing wrong when you are feeling prompted to just be silent even in those times your heart is speaking that you have the answer. May our words bless and be as apples of gold in settings of silver!

 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, July 8, 2017
“Receiving From Our Father’s Hand”
 
 
 
 
let us receive
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 

“You open Your hand
and they are filled
with good things.”

Psalm 104:28b
 
 
 
 

Is your heart being kept full, strengthened and maintained by the power of the Holy Spirit? He desires to open His hands, and fill and touch us with many good things! Let us diligently watch over the gauge of our hearts and minds. Many times we are weakening simply because we are not drawing from the provision  of our loving Heavenly Father.  Pay attention to the warning signals. I know I say this often but it means so much to me, and that is Jesus desires to be our closest friend.   He desires to be our Good Shepherd and provide our every need.    His hands are full of good things for He desires that our life is lived in abundance!

 

We all know that our closest friend knows us all so well, and they will be the first to recognize if you are hurting, troubled, etc…    A good friend will always be there to help us, and most certainly they will point out to us what they are observing so they can help us.      Because Jesus is  truly our Best Friend, may we honor Him with humble ears and hearts at all times for He desires to fill our lives with His good things and keep us strong in every area of our being!

 
 
 
 
 
Let us be watchful that we do not become weak or deficient in things that He desires
we be filled with.  May we cautiously watch over the attitudes of our hearts.    It can be so easy to slip into a place of endeavoring to do things in our own ability and strength.  When we stop trusting God for the littlest of things, it eventually snowballs into every area of our life. God desires to fill us that we bubble over with hope as we trust in Him. As He fills us there will be new strength. Our youth will be renewed as the eagle. I encourage you to receive from His hand today. God is so good, trust in Him!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Romans 15:13 ERV
“I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much
joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more
and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
 


Friday, July 7, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, July 7, 2017
“The Lord’s Works Are Many and Varied!”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
God’s works are many and they are varied according to
 
Psalm 104:24 (Amplified)
 “O Lord, how many and varied are Your works!  In wisdom You have made them all.”  
 
Over the past few days I have shared with you about your purpose and how you were uniquely formed in your mother’s womb.   The Lord desires to express Himself through us in ways we could never imagine.  He desires to do great, many and varied works through us in such a time as this!
 
Today I am going to share a testimony that is so exciting and awesome.   I recently got to meet this minister at our Armada Landmark Convention, and he  shared this testimony with the Armada social network.     I felt this would be encouraging to your heart to read, and I appreciate him encouraging me to share.  I hope this blesses you as it did me and many others.
 
 
 
“I’ve been teaching all my congregation to do the work of the ministry.
Today I received a testimony from a man who installs furnaces for a
living that about blessed my socks off. He was working in the home
of a lady dying with cancer with no hope. He started praying in the
basement while he was working. She was totally healed with no sign
of the cancer. This is the third time in a year people with
cancer have been healed as he prayed in the basement. “Alan Adams
 
 
Isn’t this a wonderful testimony?   This gentleman is being powerfully and uniquely used by his Lord for the purposes of the Kingdom of God.   Today I encourage you to look for those opportunities for the Lord to use you in special ways in Jesus Name!
 
 
 
Ephesians 3:20Amplified Bible 
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and]
do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or
think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams],
according to His power that is at work within us,”



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!