“Embracing God In Prayer and His Word”

 
 
 
where do I turn
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Which is the right decision in this circumstance?”    “Should I go or shouldn’t I?”     “What is my next step?”    Many times our hearts cry out with these words for we may be facing tough or not so tough decisions.   I don’t know about you but I value embracing that I know God is directing my decisions, and I have a knowing in my heart that I am doing the right thing.  
 
 
 
 
Everyday we have choices and decisions  before us.  Today I want to encourage your heart in simply meditating upon the truths and power of the written Word.   Every answer or direction is there for us. It is as we keep ourselves full of His Word and spend time in prayer with Him that our choices and decisions will be guided by Him.
 

Within the Word of God is a wealth of testimonies of those that have gone before us. Their lives can encourage us to be strong when fear and weakness are trying to overtake our hearts. The Psalms are full of words to encourage your heart every time you read them. Many of the Psalms were written by those that may have been depressed, weary or their lives were endangered yet they chose to call out to the Living God and praise His holy Name! Allow them to escort your heart to praise the living God in your time of questions and great need.     The Proverbs are so beautiful and profound and they can serve to bring wisdom to our heart as we may be facing a time of decision making. 

The Proverbs exhorts us to cherish His instruction and knowledge above anything. We are to value it above anything this world puts a price on.

 
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 do not 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 knowledge and instruction. Lord, help us to continue to grow in valuing your written Word.   We thank You that You desire to give us answers to our every question and prayer.   Help us to be discerning over our time that you have blessed us with that we may be diligent to keep our time with You and the reading of Your Word, for it is there that You will meet us and keep us in all our ways.   

 


“Anchored By Your Single-Mindedness”

 
 
 
singleminded
 
James 1:6-8 (The Voice)
“The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded
commitment to God. Those who depend only on their own judgment are like
those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind.
Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue
them or bring them anything. The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your
compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.”
 
 
 

I really love how this translation brings such great insight into the importance of being single minded. This scripture warns us of leaning on our own understanding and placing our wisdom above God’s. God desires that we be totally devoted in our hearts and minds to His wisdom only that we may be anchored with a single mind. Let us look closer to the one verse here in James…

 
 
 

“The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your
compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.”

 
 
 

May we press into our faith as we are loyal to God and His Word.   We shall not be dizzy and confused for we have set our course, and we will be able to decisively move forward in the plan and will of our Father.   Just as a compass leads us and keeps us on track, being single-minded with all that God has for us will also keep us wise, discerning and very sensitive to the voice of the Lord at all times. Our spiritual “compass” will keep us  centered in His will, and we will remain strong, steady, and focused in the midst of any storms that may come our way.  We thank You Lord that as we draw upon Your grace and seek Your face that You will help us to stay single minded in our commitment to You.



“Not Our Ability But His”

all things

by Dona Hake

 
 
Corrie ten Boom profoundly said it this way…

“It is not my ability, but my response

to God’s ability, that counts.”
 
 
 
 
Many times we are faced with things that God has asked us to do and we can discourage ourselves because we tend to try to accomplish them our own ability. We feel deep down we are to do something yet there may be times in which we lack the confidence we need because we are so focused on our inability or where we are lacking.
 
 
 
 

Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

 
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”
 
 
 
 

Today I encourage you to look up and draw from Him. Draw upon heavenly possibilities and God making you able through Him. If you are dealing with something that seems too big for you, set aside your thoughts and plans. Ask Him to infuse you with His strength and His thoughts on the matter. The Lord loves when we do things with our whole heart and soul yet we need to keep check that we are NOT drawing upon our own wisdom or how others say it is to be done. Remember, it is not your ability but responding to His ability!



“The Work of Worry”

worry quenches the work of grace in you
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Today I want to share about the path of faith that God desires that we keep our feet upon.   I am presently absorbed in a favorite devotional book entitled  “The Seeking Heart” by Francois de Fennelon.  I love his writings for they touch and convict me heart.   Here is part of his devotional I was reading that prompted this devotional.
 
 
“Don’t worry about the future–worry quenches the work of 
grace within you.   When God gives you comfort, enjoy it.
Look to Him continually.  Enjoy His provision day by day as the Israelites
received their manna.  Do not try to store anything.”

 

 
 
His exhortation is to live in the present moment and provision of our Lord.   Let us not try to store up the grace and provision of today for tomorrow or weeks ahead.   May we understand that worry is what water is to a fire.   If enough water is thrown  on to a fire, it will go out.   The Lord desires that we seek His face everyday, and He desires to provide us with the fresh bread of all that He is!  He desires that our heart is ablaze for Him as we serve Him wholeheartedly in faith.
 
 
 
May we remember that the faith, comfort, peace, etc… we may have walked in yesterday  are completely inadequate for the moment you are now in.   Let us live in the present moment with our Lord as we live and move and have our being in Him!


“The Power of Forgiveness”

forgiveness July 2014
by Dona Hake
I just read the most heartbreaking story of someone losing their father to medical error.   My heart was breaking for this person.   They stated the anger in their hurt, and honestly I understand.   Yet, I know and understand that the greater truth we possess as believers is that we MUST forgive.   When someone hurts or offends us, we can let it go or hold on to it.   It is only by the power of God’s love at work within us that we can give someone our forgiveness by releasing them of the offense or hurt they have caused us.

One day the subject of forgiveness came up between the Lord and His disciples and Peter popped a question. I guess in Peter’s mind maybe he was willing to give even more than a second chance but a seventh chance. I am sure Peter was taken back by the Jesus’ answer to his question.

 

Matthew 18:21-22
The Voice
Peter:” Lord, when someone has sinned against me, how many times ought I
forgive him? Once? Twice? As many as seven times?”
Jesus: “You must forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven.”


Many times we are just like Peter. We want to feel as if we are so full of love, but you see our love has limitations. We all have our limits. God’s love has NO limitations. Today I encourage you to draw upon the love of the God in the midst of your day. Know that God desires you to draw upon His heart that you can freely forgive as many times as you have to. Continue to draw on and grow in God’s love that you may be able to freely give that which He has freely given you.

 

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and
within the reach of every hand.”
Mother Teresa

~~~~~♥~~~~~



“With God…ALL Things Are Possible”

day 15 on my mind FB
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
I have shared with you before that I am part of a photography group in which a daily prompt is assigned.   Today’s prompt is ON MY MIND.   I felt to share my image I photographed and submitted.  The following is what I have shared with the image…
 
 
day 15
~ on my mind ~
 
“I am quite sure that those seeing me laying on the ground of the driveway to my church were wondering what was on my mind as I was photographing this thriving little flower. When I shared…”Bloom where you are planted!” they understood a bit better what I was seeing and what was on my mind.  You see, I have been observing these beautiful little marigolds that are blooming in concrete with no tending other than the sun and rain from the hand of the Lord.
 
 
 
Sometimes things like this just speak to my heart and mind for they are analogies of the life in which we live. These flowers make me think of those that make a decision to stand strong, persevere and bloom…even though the odds are against them. I am reminded as well of times when things should not have worked out for me but the Lord took an impossible circumstance and turned into into an opportunity of possibility. So this is what is on my mind!”
 
 
Mark 10:27
“…With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.”
 
 
Today I encourage you to bloom where you are planted.   Stand strong whether the storms of life are trying to bring you down, and discourage your heart.    May we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the hand of our Lord is upon us, and it is He that is well able to turn impossibilities into possibilities!
 
 
 
 


“When Peace Acts As An Umpire”

Peace Jesus' way
by Dona Hake

 

 
 
I would venture to say that maybe you have already had a good breakfast to get your day started, and it is because you know how important it is. There are certain things you purpose to eat and do to keep and maintain a healthy body. Like never before we see such a pursuit among people to stay healthy, look younger, and living stress free, etc… Goals toward good health are important to have because it causes you to discipline yourself and the end result is rewarding.
 
 
 
I bet if I asked a handful of people if they would love to have peace ruling in their heart, and in their minds, they would absolutely exclaim, “Yes!”    I love when I feel like my heart is full of His peace no matter what is going on around me. I have yet to meet anyone that says they would do any thing to keep turmoil, stress, and anxiety in their minds and bodies. God did not design us to live in worry, stress, and fears, therefore it is not good for us to allow these things to dwell within us. Doctors will tell you the harmful physical effects that fear and worry has on our body and emotional well being.    I just recently heard a doctor explaining how stress releases toxic hormones into our system.   How dangerous it is to permit worry and anxiety to become a way of life.    Let us look at what God’s Word has to say about peace…
 
 
 
 

Colossians 3:15-Amplified version

“And let the peace soul harmony which comes from Christ

rule act as umpire continually in your hearts deciding

and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,

in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s

one body you were also called to live…”
 
 
 
 

In this scripture Paul spoke of Christ’s peace being like an umpire or referee in our hearts. His peace will settle all unrest and arguments that go on in our minds. Our hearts and minds are the center of all conflict because this is where our feelings and desires clash, our hopes and fears meet , jealousy battles with love, etc… Ask Him to help you listen to that umpire of your heart. He will instruct you in a way that peace will rule and reign no matter what. It is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. Jesus indeed gives us peace that the world cannot give. Blessings to you this day!



“Jesus- Our Understanding”

 
 
jesus is understanding
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Proverbs 8:14 (ESV)
“I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.”
 
 
 
Consoling isn’t it…Jesus IS our understanding.   We all face times in which we may not understand something that is going on in our life or we are looking to understand His Word in greater depth.    When we seek to know more, and we ask Him to help us understand, He is faithful to help us. As we search His Word He will help us understand it and apply it to our lives.   In those times where things may seem to appear  cloudy and difficult…know that He is well able to unfold to you what you need to know. He is able to bring to you the clarity that you need.
 

 

1 Corinthians 2:16 (AMP)
” For who has known or understood the mind
(the counsels and purposes)
of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge?
But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah)
and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”
 
 
 
 
Praise Him today that as we draw upon His understanding we are walking in deeper realms of understanding  as we hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart!
 
 


“His Word Is Sharp”

gods word sharp
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
I can remember around this time last year when my German Shepherd thought it would be grand fun to chase down a skunk.   It was the end of a very long day for me and I was exhausted.   I enjoy walking around my yard on hot summer evenings because I find it peaceful except for the evening I am about to share with you.   Aasha was walking about the yard, and out of no where she tore off full speed, and I just knew it was bad news.  She dove head first into some bushes on our property, and I heard her do a weird sound, and I just knew something bad happened. I was holding my breath hoping she did not catch a rabbit. She ran toward me and sure enough she smelled like a skunk. I mean she SMELLED like a skunk.  My eyes were burning just to be near her.
 
 
 
 
 
My husband and I moved quickly and I created a solution to remove the odor. It took days for our house to be free from this odor, and Aasha smelled badly especially around her face for awhile.   It was a constant reminder of the whole ordeal.  The odor was so bad in our house we could not even get a good night’s sleep the first night.     The next morning I had certain things I needed to accomplish and due to the lack of sleep it really hindered me.
 
 
 
 
 
We all will face those days in which there are demands on our “plate” and it seems as if the strength or inspiration that we need is not there. In the midst of my being tired and lacking focus, God was faithful to minister to me in a fresh way. I began to read this scripture from Psalm 37:7
 
 
 
 
 
“Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him…”
 
 
 
 
 
Did you ever read a scripture over and over and all of a sudden you read it with God’s fresh breath and touch upon it, because it is shining on your present situation, and bringing you the strength that you need.  This caused me to meditate on how God meets us each day with the “daily bread” that we need. I realized that in my being tired and a bit weary that I needed to stop and just lean against Him and receive His strength. He is our Shepherd and even in the midst of exhaustion and need, WE SHALL NOT WANT! I began to ponder the scripture from Hebrews 4:12 (ERV)
 
 
 
 
 
“God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.”
 
 
 
 
 

Today I encourage you to allow Him to meet you with the “fresh bread” of His Word as you read it. His Word is fresh and alive! Whatever it is that you need He is well able to minister to you. His Word is able to cut deep into our souls and help us judge our thoughts and feelings. Praise God today for

His living Word that is able to accomplish great and wonderful things in our life!


“When We See Through the Eyes of Truth”

eye full of light
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Have you ever formed an opinion based on what you see, and then to find out that your opinion was not correct at all?    May I say that this can get us into a lot of trouble?    We must be very careful to never form opinions apart from the truth of what God has to say about it.      It is so alarming to me in this day and age how many standards and rules are based on how people “feel” about things.  Let us understand that all to often  our eyes and our feelings can deceive us. We can think we are perceiving things properly but truth is we are seeing things from the wrong perspective or improper thinking. There are many things that can cloud our eyes from seeing things how God sees them.
 
 
 
Here is an example of seeing things incorrectly. We have heard it said that worry casts a big shadow on small things. Really when you think about it worry has the ability to paint a picture about your situation that could be an exaggeration of what is really going on.    Worry has the ability to magnify things and distort the truth. When we face a problem, and we allow the light of His Word to shine on it, we will always be able to embrace an attitude of victory and not worry.  We will most importantly be able to lay hold of the truth and wisdom that God desires for us to walk in.
 
 
 

God desires that we see everything in proper perspective and the only way that will happen is if we see things through His eyes. I guarantee you that as we ask Him to help us see, our perspective on everything will be correct. Today I encourage you to ask Him to fill your eyes with light…His light.

 

Psalm 119:18 (VOICE)
“Let me see clearly so that I may take in
the amazing things coming from Your law.”
 
 
 
Matthew 6:22-23
(TLB)
“If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.”



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!