8.3.16

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, August 3, 2016
“He Gives Sound Judgement”
 

Praying Child Christian Stock Photo

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 111:10

“To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living;
all who carry out his precepts acquire good moral insight.
He will receive praise forever.”

 
 
In Proverbs 3:5-6 this Word admonishes us to trust in Him and lean NOT on our own understanding.  This is so hard to do at times.  We live in an age where information is so easy to get our hands on.  Any information that we need is at our finger tips as we google in our questions and problems on our computers.  Quite honestly, I have found the more I know about things sometimes it can actually hinder my faith.  The tendency to trust in what man says above what God says about a particular thing can keep us from totally trusting in Him.
 

 

Leaning on God for all that we need is so vital.  Sometimes we want so badly to understand things that we are walking through and there are times we put too much focus on figuring things out.  I have found that simply obeying Him and knowing that I can trust Him to be in charge of my life keeps it simple enough.  We must remind ourselves that our peace cannot come from merely understanding something inside and out.    It is in the realm of faith that much is happening by the hand of our Lord and it is beyond our understanding.

 
 

I can remember when one of our sons was a little boy.  There was a particular time he was having a very hard time trusting my judgement on a particular thing.  I can remember sharing with him that he just needed to respect my judgement and not try to figure it out.  I began to share with him that there will times in life that we will face things that we do not understand.  I was stressing to him to trust me as a loving mother and authority in his life.  He received that instruction with a humble heart and learned from that.  

 

As we entrust our lives into the loving care of the Lord, He will in His timing give us understanding and we will learn and grow from situations that we walk through.   We just need to trust and obey.  God is good all the time…ALL THE TIME God IS good!



8.2.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, August 2, 2016
“The Soul That Clings To Him”
 
 

soul clings

by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Psalm 63:8 (VOICE)
” My soul clings to You;
Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.”
 
 
Today let us ponder about the many times that we request that the Lord’s hand be upon us.  You know that as we live in that place of staying in His presence, we can rest assured that He will hold us up and sustain us at all times.  May we thank Him today for His wonderful ways and how He leads us and guides us whether we are walking in good times or bad.  May we expectantly meet Him each day knowing that His hand is upon our life.
 
 
So how does His loving hand work so mightily in our lives?  There are days that we may feel His loving hand give us the push we need and it is called courage.  Sometimes we may feel Him tugging at our heart because we are  about to miss something that is important mainly because we are  preoccupied with something else.  Sometimes we may feel His loving hand holding us back and keeping us from taking a step forward in the wrong direction.  I especially love when I can almost sense His hand across my mouth so I do not speak words that would offend or hurt others.  His loving and caring hand in our life is so sweet.
 
 
 

I hope you too are looking for His loving hand at work in your life!  Live in the expectancy of it and He will always meet you where you are and uphold you as you cling to Him.



8.1.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, August 1, 2016
“Clothe Yourself In Him”

 

 

clothe yourself

by Dona Hake

 

One of the very first things we do in the morning is dress  ourselves for the day according to the plan of your day.  I am one of those planners so there are many evenings before I go to bed I lay my clothes out for the next day so my morning goes a little smoother.  I believe the Lord desires that we are thinking about “clothing” ourselves in the many good things He desires.  As you awaken in the morning ask Him to clothe you with the good things so you can be an instrument for Him.

 

Colossians 3:12 (CJB)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people,

holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves

with feelings of compassion and with kindness,

humility, gentleness and patience.”

 

As we make a conscious effort to clothe ourselves in the fruits of who He is we will truly be blessed. Face it, it is so easy to be nice to those that are treating us right, but difficult people can cause us to really get off track with our love walk.   God’s way is always the higher way, and as we react out of His love and purpose to remain clothed in  His Spirit we will be blessed.

 

Proverbs 11:17 (TLB)
“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind;

it is destroyed when you are cruel.”



7.31.16

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, July 31, 2016
“Remain As a Child”

 

childlike faith 2

by Dona Hake

 

The Lord desires that our faith be as a child.  He loves when we run to Him with our concerns and every big or small detail of our lives.  Little children are a constant reminder to me of honesty, and their desire to please.  As I teach the preschoolers at church I cannot tell you how many times one of the children will run to me and show me their latest bump or boo-boo.  Sometimes their boo-boo is so small that I cannot see it, but believe me I try to show them that it matters!  Why?….because if it is important enough for them to bring it up,  I want to pay attention.

 

The children  also love to share with me their latest most exciting things that have happened.  I can remember one Sunday morning a  little girl tugged at my dress during worship , and I leaned down and she whispered to me something funny her Grandpa did on their vacation.  It made me giggle yet these things are reminders to me of how God wants us to be.   She just had to share it because it was important to her at that moment!

 

Luke 18:17 (ERV)
” The truth is, you must accept God’s kingdom

like a little child accepts things…”

 

Throughout your day I encourage you to take time to whisper prayers to Him about those things that concern you.  Let your heart be obedient to thank Him and praise Him for the good things that are happening to you.  As you remember His works and they thrill your heart, share your heart and tell Him.  He wants to hear about everything that is going on in your heart and mind for He truly cares about every detail of your life!

 

 



7.30.16

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, July 30, 2016
“The Treasure of Your Heart”
gods word our hidden treasure

 

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 6:19-21  (Darby)

“Don’t pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!”
 
 

 

There are so many things in this life that can serve to distract us from what is really the most important things in life.    Many may feel that if they only had more money  that everything would be better.  All you have to do is drive down the highway, and every other billboard calls out to you to glance at it.   They purpose to speak of what beauty and success can be.You could be the richest and most beautiful person in the world yet  have an empty and lonely heart.  The things in this world cannot compare to those things  that proceed from the windows of Heaven.  We need to remind ourselves to be in great gratitude and thanks to our Lord for how He has touched in our lives.

 

When we start to accumulate the beautiful treasures that only Heaven can birth in our hearts, we will know and understand that they cannot be taken from us.  His Word should be our greatest treasure and we need to guard it with all diligence.
 

 

Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified)

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
 

 

Today I encourage you to look up!  Look up and remind yourself of all the wonderful things that He has touched your heart with.  There are blessings all around you and He desires that you embrace a heart of thankfulness, and that you would never take any good thing for granted.  It is God that is the giver of all good things and today we can praise Him for that!



7.29.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, July 29, 2016
“As You Turn Your Heart To Him”
 

 

Heart towards God

by Dona Hake

 

 

We must know that we are  being completely honest with God about every area of our life.  In order to do this we must ALWAYS be honest with ourselves.    When one fails to be honest with themselves they enter into one of the most dangerous things ever and that is self deception.  The Devil has a hay day with this one!  If he can get you to think you are just fine when you really are not…his work is done.  He has convinced you that there is no need for you to humble yourself and get help and guidance from the Lord .
 
 
 
“Self” has a voice that will try to distract us at times, and we need to know when this is happening.  The Psalmist prayed in Psalm 119…
 
 

Psalm 119:36-40   (NIV)

“Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.”

 

This is a beautiful prayer that will keep you on track.  As you sincerely ask Him to keep your heart turned in His direction you will quickly recognize when fleshly desires are trying to get you off the right path.  He will faithfully  reveal to you the things in this life that are of no worth so you can look away from them before they grip your heart.  It is as we look to Him in this way that our life will be preserved blameless before Him.   Praise the living God today and purpose to keep the eyes of your heart toward Him!



7.28.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, July 28, 2016
“Love Conquers All!”

 

 

conquer through love

by Dona Hake

 

Love conquers all and God’s love covers all things. God desires that His conquering love flow through us yet there are times His love is not able to flow freely.  If we do not desire to look beyond our own little world how is He able to love through us to a lost and dying world?  There is a cost to loving like Jesus and it is a matter letting go of that which is holding us back.  In the book of Luke he wrote “If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them.”

 

“Love,

to be real,

It must cost –

it must hurt –

it must empty us of self.”

Mother Teresa

 

God is calling us to the high places of love.  A wonderful place to meditate is 1 Corinthians 13 because this  spells out what God’s love is and what it is not.

 

“Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious,

doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.

There’s no arrogance in love;  

it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—

it’s not self-absorbed.

Love isn’t easily upset.

Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice;

but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  

Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along;

it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.

Love will never become obsolete.”

 

Let us desire today that God’s true and real love flows through us in every way possible.  Lord help us to desire to pay the cost even when it hurts.  Cause us to see that which hinders us from loving like You and empty us of those things!  We are believing that You are well able to do above and beyond all we dare ask or think regarding Your love operating through us!



7.25.16

 
Devotional for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“Where Is Your Delight?”
 

tree planted by living waters

by Dona Hake

 
 
 
Today we will meditate upon delighting in our loving Heavenly Father!    Is your delight in Him?   Many times the delights and pleasures of this world can distract us from delighting in Him.   This is an area in which we must guard ourselves and and not permit our hearts to be deceived into thinking we are truly delighting in Him if we are not.  What does it mean to delight something?    It means that there is a high degree of pleasure and enjoyment, joy or rapture.
 
 
 

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.”
 
 
God desires that we take great pleasure and enjoyment in doing what He wants us to do.  He desires that our hearts be full of joy as we follow Him so closely.  There is great reward for being diligent in embracing the Word 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.  As we stand as trees along God’s riverbank we will begin to see things grow and develop within us.  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.

 

 

“The lips of the righteous nourish many…”

Proverbs 10:21 NIV

 

 

I’m feeling blessed today knowing that I am standing strong in His promises.  I love that He has promised that my life would bear fruit all the seasons of my life and all that I put my hand to shall prosper!    Watch over your heart diligently, and purpose to delight in Him today!

 



7.26.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
“The Merciful Shall Obtain Mercy”

 

show mercy

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 5:7 (TLB)

“Happy are the kind and merciful,

for they shall be shown mercy.”

 

The Lord has so freely shown us His mercy.  Even before we knew Him, even before we realized we needed Him, He was desiring to forgive us and redeem us to Himself.  As we look to Him and behold how beautiful His love is, and how merciful His heart is , we will come to realize the power and  beauty of being merciful to others.

 

Micah 6:8 (GNV)

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord

requireth of thee: surely to do justly, and to love mercy,

and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God.

 

“Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”  Deep down we could all admit that we want to be treated fairly especially by our family and friends.  Yet we know there are times that people will mess up and do not treat us kindly.  I love this quote because it reminds me that there will be times that I will mess up and in those times I hope that those around me will forgive me, and I can be reconciled if I have hurt them.   It makes me think before I react to those around me if I feel they are wrong.  It reminds me that I need to be quick to forgive and forget.

 

Lord, help us all to be merciful and see those around us the way You see them.  Help us to realize that we cannot forgive in our own ability but only with Your help and strength.  Help us to walk humbly before You, do justly to those around us,  and to love your mercy.  Amen.

 

 



7.25.16

 

 

Devotional for Monday, July 25, 2016
“He Is Our Sun and Our Shield”

 

Lord gives grace

by Dona Hake
 
 

 

Psalm 84:11 (AKJV) 

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:

no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.”
 
 
 
 

As we walk uprightly before the Lord our God there should be expectation in our heart everyday we rise.  No matter what we face and how “dreary” our day may be, we can expect the Lord God to be our Sun and our Shield!

 

I am thanking Him today that He has promised that He will never withhold any good thing from us because all good and perfect gifts proceed from Him.   What “good thing” are you in need of from Him?   Is it peace?   Is it strength?   Maybe you need a touch of healing in your body.  He desires to pour upon us all that we need from Him for He is the only one that can satisfy our soul.

 
 
The Lord will NOT withhold from us. He will not refrain from giving or granting that which we need as long as we stay humble in our hearts before Him.   Let us live to yield our wills to Him that we may be vessels that draw upon His continual blessings.  Praise God that He is our Sun and our Shield, the God who is pouring out His grace and glory to all that walk uprightly before Him!



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!