“The Voice of Wisdom”

 
Wisdom seek early
 
by Dona Hake
 
Wisdom is one of the most powerful things we can embrace. It is the ability to know exactly what to do in a situation. It will bless your heart because you know the word you just spoke to a friend in need was exactly what they needed to hear. It is knowing in your heart that you have a peace to step out in a specific direction or new path because you feel it is the voice of wisdom speaking to you. When things seem confusing and without answer, God desires to shed His wisdom to help you walk through whatever it is you are dealing with.  Yesterday I shared with you about hearing His voiceand the blessing of knowing that He is setting your course.    Today we will meditate onHis voice being filled with divine wisdom from above.
 
 
 

One thing the Bible clearly states throughout Proverbs about wisdom is that it is to be sought after and held as valuable as a jewel. One can embrace wisdom and yet be fooled by people’s opinions or the voice of circumstance and turn from wisdom’s way. Over and over Proverbs emphasizes the need to embrace wisdom. Don’t let it go! Clearly God understands our human nature that we can tend to look to doing things our own way or we are moved by what we see and not what He sees.

 
 
 
 
Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)

“I love those who love me;

And those who diligently seek me will find me.”

Wisdom desires to be loved and embraced. Wisdom desires to be sought after with one’s whole heart. I would like to share a handful of translations of how wisdom desires to be sought after.

(NLV) “…those who look for me with much desire will find me.”

(VOICE) “… those who search hard for me will find me.”

(WYC) “…and they who wake up early to seek me, shall find me.”

(YLT)”… And those seeking me earnestly do find me.”

 

Let us look straight to the Lord for His wisdom for our lives each and everyday!



“When You Don’t Know…”

direction
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Recently my sister and niece and I went to an Apple Harvest Festival. The crowd was so overwhelming, and we were trying to find one of our favorite places to eat. We ask for help at the information booth, yet the directions we got really did not help us out at all. We had a map of the whole place, but we just had the worst time finding what we were looking for. The map was hard to figure out, and we just gave up at one point and ate at a different place. Things such as this can really be frustrating. When I used to shoot weddings I depended greatly on my GPS to guide me where I was going. A few times it would tell me to make turns onto one way streets, and I would have been going the wrong way!   These are the times where all you want is someone or something to get you where you want to be!
 
 
 
 
I am so thankful that God’s direction in our lives need not be vague but rather clear and decisive. When we come to “forks” in the road, we need to simply be ever conscious that He desires to point us in the exact direction that we are to go. He does not want to see any time wasted in our lives so He promises to stay with us, leading and guiding us to our destinations.
 
 
 
 

Isaiah 30:21 (Douay-Rheims American translation)

“And thy ears shall hear the word of one admonishing thee behind thy back:

 
This is the way, walk ye in it: and go not aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”
 
 
 
 

I was drawn to this translation over all the others simply because it used the word *admonishing*. He understands how our human nature can be at  times when we make decisions based on the “easy way” rather than His way. Today I encourage you to listen for that quiet voice that desires to be your Compass in life!   In those times that you to not know what to do or where to turn…know this…. God will always get you the right answers and direction that you need.   Praise God for that!

 
 
 


“It’s Just That Simple!”

 
pray simply
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
There is so much power in simplicity. I believe this truth can be applied to every area of our life, especially prayer. Many times we can seem to think that because our problem is so complicated that the problem must be prayed with complicated wording and thoughts. Let us consider the prayer of a child.    They speak with honesty and simplicity, and usually the prayers are quite short.   They just have this sweet childlike faith that should challenge our hearts  God sees our heart and that is the most important thing of all. He desires that we keep our hearts clean, and humble before Him in order that we may serve Him without inward distractions.  He also loves when our hearts and faith are like that of a a child.
 

I would like to share a precious prayer that I found in a book of prayers  that I have. I want you to take note of how simple yet profound it really is.

 
 
“Help me to live this day quietly and easily,

To lean upon Thy great strength trustfully and restfully,

To wait for the unfolding of thy will patiently and serenely,

To meet others peacefully, and joyfully,

And to face tomorrow confidently and courageously.”

Anonymous

 

The beginning of the prayer  asking God for help to live the day quietly and easily. I love this. I do not see this as a request for the easy way but rather that one’s heart would remain quiet in the midst of any confusion or difficulties that may be encountered. How beautiful it is to wait patiently as His hand directs His will in our life and on that path we can seek to be at peace and maintain joy as we live and work with those around us. How powerful this simple prayer is yet it will help us see our tomorrow with confidence and courage rather than dread and fear. Remember to simply pray and pray simply. It’s just that simple!    God bless you!



“Anything”

Be not anxious
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Philippians 4:6 exhorts us to not be anxious or worried about anything. Today I want to put emphasis on the word ~anything~. I have been sitting here during my prayer time reading this scripture, and this is the word that stands out to me in the scripture. Think about it, Paul is exhorting us to think about ~anything~  within us or  around us that may be causing us anxiety or worry.    Is there ~anything~  troubling your heart today?   The word ~anything~  encompasses the big and the small, and I I am sure Paul understood that the smallest of cares are significant enough to hinder our walk in the Lord.
 
 
 
 
As I have been meditating on this, it makes me realize the importance of having my mind totally clear and free of any anxious thoughts or worries, for it is then that I can totally think upon my Lord, and experience the peace that only He can bring. The Word tells us  that it is  the little foxes that spoil the vines, and so it is true. Paul goes on to say in Philippians to make our requests known or in other words,  ask God for  ~anything~ and everything you need.
 
 
 
 
Today, I encourage your heart to think about this, what do you need from God? If you do not know what you need, ask Him to show you. Many times we are sensing within our hearts and in our minds that something is wrong or we feel that we are spiritually void of something.     It is frustrating when we are  having a hard time putting our finger on what the problem is. Know this…God is well able to show you exactly what you need. Many times the small things that hinder us may also be cares that we are not even aware that we are  carrying. The Word exhorts us to cast all our care upon Him for He cares for us. Many times there are things in life that we may have absolutely no control over, and we simply need to take that care and give it to Him as we pray.    It is as we do all these things that we will experience the wonderful peace of our Lord that surpasses our understanding.
 
 

Philippians 4:7
And God’s peace, which ·is so great we cannot understand it transcends/surpasses all comprehension, will ·keep guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
 
 


“Great Blessings Belong To the Merciful”

 
 
 
mercy
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
“Yesterday is gone,
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.”
 
Mother Theresa
 
 
 
I love how each day of our life is as a fresh canvas.   Our words, decisions, actions, etc…are what speak of our lives each day.    As we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, we can awake each morning knowing that it is indeed a new day.   On this new day we can start with fresh vision, and with His help and guidance we can release our faith that it is going to be a good day!   The beautiful quote by Mother Theresa is simple yet profound.   What happened yesterday is done.   Think about your yesterday…was it good? or was it a bad one?   Maybe it was just another day.   No matter what kind of day it was…if it was good, praise God!   If it was not, may I encourage your heart  that maybe you can learn from what happened in your day.   God can take our bad experiences, and turn them into stepping stones that enhance our wisdom and understanding.   No matter what, let us be grateful for His tender mercies that He brings to us each day.  So we are blessed to wake up to this new day…let us begin!!!
 
 
 
 
I am so  thankful for God’s mercy toward me. It reminds me  to be mindful about how I need to always be merciful to others as well. It is so easy at times to fall short of patience and mercy with those around us especially those we are closest to. After all, there is always the tempting thought that they love you so much that they will just put up with you no matter what. Let us desire to be reminded to be merciful to everyone around us just as our Lord is so faithfully merciful to us.
 
 

Matthew 5:7 (ERV)

“Great blessings belong to those who show mercy to others.

Mercy will be given to them.”

 
 

When those around us fall short of what we expect, let’s remind ourselves to show mercy to them. Maybe they are dealing with stress that you are not aware of, and it is causing them to behave in a wrong way. It is in those times that wrong words are spoken and wrong actions may be exhibited that  I am reminded of the one verse in 1 Corinthians 13 that says “Love believes the best…” Today, I encourage you to ponder the fruit of a heart that is merciful.  Be merciful for great blessings belong to those that show mercy.    



“When I Am Weak…”

when I am weak
by Dona Hake

2 Corinthians 12:8-10Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me.  But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me.  Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong.”
In the scriptures (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) Paul spoke of calling out to God to help him. Paul had enough of dealing with problems for he was in his own ability, and weariness was upon him. He begged God that the whole issue would depart from him. God’s response…”My grace which is my favor, my lovingkindness, and my mercy are all that you need. My grace is sufficient against any danger and it enables you to bear this trouble manfully. My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves MOST effective in your weakness.”
Paul’s heart was totally toward God, and he realized his need to just allow God’s strength to arise in his situation. Even though he was weak, the revelation came to him through this experience that in his weakness, God was able to show Himself strong and mighty. One translation of this portion of scripture implies to allow God’s grace to rest as a tent pitched upon us. What an awesome way of looking at dwelling and drawing upon His wonderful grace.
In another translation Paul said, “when I am weak in my own human strength, then I am truly strong, able and powerful in God’s strength.” Paul saw that God’s grace was all that he needed. He saw that it was sufficient. God’s grace is adequate for any purpose and it is always more than enough.

Today we ask you Lord to reveal to us areas in which we still try to live in our own strength. Cause us to see your grace and strength in everything we do no matter how big or small it may be. We praise you for your abundant grace that you have made available for us to draw upon. You are so good to us Lord!



“Do You Ask For His Grace?”

WHO IS IT THAT ASKS FOR HIS GRACE
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Who is it that asks for His grace? I will answer that question right here in the devotional. First, I will share with you again the definition of grace that I shared yesterday.

“Grace: the freely given, unmerited favor of God;
the Spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.”

Here is another definition that blessed me…

 
 
“God’s grace is immeasurable,
eternal, overflowing, perfect,
and lavish, yet free. Undeserved,
enlightening, incomprehensible,
glorious, and divine, yet available.
It is abounding and astounding.
God’s grace is amazing!

This is what John Newton said…
“I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be,
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am.”

These are words from a truly humbled heart before God. So who is it that asks for His grace? It is the man or woman that seeks to have a humble heart, and resist any form of pride whatsoever. It is the heart that truly understands where all strength, ability, and power come from. It is the heart that totally understands where true change comes from.

When I read what John Newton wrote, I see a heart that is longing to be in the “present moment” with a loving God. I encourage you to read this again and ask God to reveal to your heart all that He has done in you, yet there is still so much more that needs accomplished. I encourage you to start your day by asking Him and thanking Him for His grace in your life!   Praise Him for who He has made you to be today, and where He has brought you from! Yet always keep in your focus the fact that God still has a great work He desires to do in you and it will only be brought about as you continue to ask for His grace.



“The Leading of the Lord”

the Lord will always lead you
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Isaiah 58:11   (ERV)
“The Lord will always lead you and satisfy your needs in dry lands.
He will give strength to your bones.
You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring that never goes dry.”

When I read this scripture I am reminded that in this world there will be times that we will have needs and in particular we will have need of strength. Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can look to Him with joyful expectation? We serve a living God that understands everything we need, and He knows our need before we even ask. In addition to taking care of our needs, He desires to flow through us as an endless spring to the needy around us. He wants to make you and I a place where His springs of life can flow freely.

 

Let us be thankful that the water He gives is the only water that will quench the thirst of the human soul. I love how this scripture in Isaiah says that we will be “like a garden that has plenty of water, a spring that never goes dry.” No matter how much we draw upon it, those waters will continue to flow toward us to meet our every need! The only requirement is that we continue to seek Him and draw upon that river of life that proceeds from Him.

 

God desires to see us active in doing good for others from a heart of faith and love.I encourage you to think about the abundance in your life, and how He would have you be a blessing today. Think about the many times He has rescued you from a problem that seemed unsolvable. Thank Him for those times that your anxiety tormented you and His peace permeated you beyond your understanding. We have so much to be thankful for and as we focus on those blessings, we will be in a position to refresh and bless those around us.



“Peace Is Not…”

Peace is not
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Peace is not the absence
of trouble.  Peace is the 
presence of God.”
Unknown
 
 
 
How tempting it can be for one to think that if all is going their way that this is what brings peace.   One can also think that if you just go to a place where it is quiet, and you leave your problems behind, that this is peace.  The truth is that you could run to the quietest place in the world, but if there is turmoil and frustration in your heart and mind, you will take that turmoil with you.   Not only does it go with you, but it continues to rage on in your heart. True peace can only be found in the presence of our loving God.
 
 
 
 
Today I am talking about how easy it is to just enjoy God and fellowship with Him as you go about your day.  He desires that we enjoy the joy and peace that His presence brings.   If Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us, then we should take Him at His Word.   That clearly means He is at our side at all times.   He is not just there when we  decide for Him to be…He has promised to stick by us and never leave.   He is like no other friend that you will ever have.    He does not grow tired of you or bored with you, He is the Faithful Friend!
 
 
 
 
Along with His presence, He has promised us the ultimate peace.  Let us look at the following scripture, and I encourage you to read this translation slowly, and let it touch your heart.
 
 
 
 

John 14:27 (AMP) | In Context | Whole Chapter

 

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”

 
 
 
I love how it says, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves…”    It sounds to me like we have some effort to be made on our part doesn’t it?  Today I encourage you to discipline your heart and mind to look and purpose yourself to stay aware that Jesus is always in your presence.   He is our Faithful Friend!
 
 

Psalm 16:11 (CEB)

 

” You teach me the way of life.
In your presence is total celebration.
Beautiful things are always in your right hand.”

 


“Peace Is Not…”

 
 
Peace is not
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“Peace is not the absence
of trouble. Peace is the
presence of God.”
Unknown
How tempting it can be for one to think that if all is going their way that this is what brings peace. One can also think that if you just go to a place where it is quiet, and you leave your problems behind, that this is peace. The truth is that you could run to the quietest place in the world, but if there is turmoil and frustration in your heart and mind, you will take that turmoil  with you. Not only does it go with you, but it continues to rage on in your heart.  We only find true peacein the presence of the living God!
 
 
 
Today I am talking about how easy it is to just enjoy God and fellowship with Him as you go about your day. He desires that we enjoy the joy and peace that His presence brings. If Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us, then we should take Him at His Word. That clearly means He is at our side at all times. He is not just there when we decide for Him to be…He has promised to stick by us and never leave. He is like no other friend that you will ever have. He does grow tired of you  nor will He grow bored with you, He is the Faithful Friend!
 
 
 

Along with His presence, He has promised us the ultimate peace. Let us look at the following scripture, and I encourage you to read this translation slowly, and let it touch your heart.

John 14:27 (AMP) | In Context | Whole Chapter

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”
 
 
 
 
I love how it says, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves…” It sounds to me like we have some effort to be made on our part doesn’t it? Today I encourage you to discipline your heart and mind to look and purpose yourself to stay aware that Jesus is always in your presence. He is our Faithful Friend!
 
 
 

Psalm 16:11 (CEB)

” You teach me the way of life.
In your presence is total celebration.
Beautiful things are always in your right hand.”




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!