“The Blessing of Hope”

 

hopes blessing
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
I love stories that people share that encourage my faith and hope!   I once heard a precious woman share how she was told during the early stages of her pregnancy that her  baby had absolutely no chance of being born.. The doctor emphasized that there was a 100% chance of this child’s survival in the womb. The devastation that this couple experienced must have been unreal. They began to share how their faith caused them to rise to a place of hope. Against hope they believed in hope! They pressed in and moved forward in their  seemingly hopeless situation, and they were blessed to be able to find a  doctor that decided to work with them . The doctor dared to do a particular procedure that sustained the baby, and she was born. This little one has some obstacles to face but I am sure this couple’s faith will continue in this little one’s journey of being an overcomer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I think the thing that really touched my heart is how awesome it was that God used a willing vessel  like this doctor to step into their life at time when there looked like no hope was in the future for them. Many times it may look like a hopeless situation, but with God all things are possible!   In this situation God had a plan for this couple as they purposed to look beyond the opinion of the medical field.    I too have been there. and  I remember being told that I more than likely would lose my first son. I had begun to miscarry and had lost so much blood, and even though they saw the heart beating, they refused to give me an ultrasound picture. They felt very sure that in the next week I would miscarry him.  I thank God for those that stepped in, and persevered in prayer with me. I thank God to this day for my son that is now thirty two years of age. Because of the faith and hope of many, I was able to take hold of hope that appeared very dim at one point.

 

 
 
 
 
Today, I encourage you to never underestimate the power of your prayers and words of encouragement in the life of someone that may be losing hope. God is faithful to take His words and cause faith and hope to spark where one is growing weak.

 

 
 

Romans 15:13 (AMP)
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”


“Trust Him For the Next Step”

bunting 2
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Proverbs 3:5-10
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

 

“Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Don’t trust in your own wisdom, but fear and respect the Lord and stay away from evil. If you do this, it will be like a refreshing drink and medicine for your body.”

 

 

Think about times in your life in which there was change taking place, and you really did not know if you were doing the right thing . Even as you read this there may be change about to take place with your job, and you fear the uncertainties. Maybe you need confirmation regarding a decision you have to make. Some decisions almost seem like you are forced to make them in the dark. So let us read the one verse from Proverbs Chapter Three again…”With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.” He promises as we trust Him that He will take hold of our hand and steer us in the right direction.

 
 

 

I love when the Lord uses His own little creatures that He created to teach us about depending upon Him. Today I shared an image of an Indigo Bunting.  When I shot this image, I decided to research information on this sweet little bird.   I read the most fascinating fact about how they migrate. Did you know that they migrate at night? They start flying south for winter around September, using the stars to guide them along their way. The first thing I thought was how amazing it is that God’s smallest of creatures just do what He created them to do. These precious blue beauties fly, and allow the stars to guide them to their destination. I am sure they would never endeavor to do their migration flight during the day because they cannot see the stars for their direction. Interesting isn’t it?

 
 

 

Next time you feel like you are in the dark about a decision and it seems impossible to know the right way to go, just think about the Indigo Bunting. We have the light of God’s Word to lead and guide us. He is our bright and shining star in any darkness that we may need to take flight in. The voice of the Holy Spirit will faithfully speak to us, and He will show us with every step how to go the right way! Just trust in Him with all of your heart and lean not upon your own understanding.



“A Word Fitly Spoken”

a word fitly spoken
by Dona Hake

What do you think of when you hear ~~ a word fitly spoken ~~?? When I think of a word fitly spoken, I think of expressing words from my heart to someone, and you just know in your heart of hearts that you have spoken exactly what they needed to hear. Yet, those same words spoken at the wrong time could possibly not be good. Just because you know something to be true does not mean it is the moment to speak it. Today let us ponder and meditate on desiring that our words are spoken in due season. James also had some excellent advice about listening, speaking, and handling offense…
James 1:19 (AMP)

“Understand [this], my beloved brethren.
Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener],
slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”

I think of how many arguments would be avoided if this simple and profound verse was mastered.  If one does not give their full attention to the one speaking to them, there will more than likely words that are spoken which could be inappropriate or hurtful. This verse has a wealth of wisdom in it for us. I think it is just as important to listen to another’s heart as well as the words that proceed from their mouth. After you have listened, then think thoroughly before you open your mouth. Many times you may feel that you have the right answer for someone’s problem yet it is not the appropriate time for that word to be spoken.

Let us ask the Lord to have sensitive hearts that we will listen more sensitively to those around us. Many times we may indeed know what that individual may need but we need to ask the Lord for the proper season to share it. I would also venture to say that the one that has mastered being a good listener also understands the value of giving their full attention and making eye contact with the one speaking.

Proverbs 25:11 (AMP)
“A word fitly spoken and in due season is like

apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Listening to someone may be the greatest gift you could give them. Choice words are even a greater gift to one that is in need. After you have listened carefully you will find they will be much more apt to hear your heartfelt and choice response. I believe the Lord can help us to guard our tongues that our words will be as choice silver and gold, and spoken at the proper time.



“The Quiet Heart”

Quiet heart
by Dona Hake
Sometimes we need to command our hearts to be quiet, and get our peace back! In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I encourage you to hold fast to the precious peace that the Lord has given us to live by.    If we do not purpose to keep our hearts quiet and at peace, we will surely be open to anxious thoughts.   Once during the Christmas season I can  remember hearing on the news someone quote a person saying “Just knowing I am going to be with my family over the holidays makes me feel like I am gonna have an anxiety attack.” Sad isn’t it? Yet, there are a lot of people that feel this way especially over the holidays. Then there are those that wish they could sit with their loved ones during the holidays but they are no longer here.   Anxiety is such a robber of the soul.

I recently had a gentleman sitting behind me at a stop light, and he was in a convertible.   He was angered because I did not make a left on a yellow light.   Since this is a dangerous intersection, I decided to wait for the next light.  He yelled nasty things at me and sat there and mumbled under his breath till the light changed.   It was so sad to me to see someone that allowed such a small thing make him so angry.   Yet anyone of us could fall prey to such a thing if we do not make a decision to hold fast to the peace of God, and maintain a quieted heart.

I don’t know about you but I am bound and determined to embrace peace in my heart and allow nothing or no one to snatch it away from me.


Proverbs 14:30 Amplified Bible
“A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life

and health of the body…”

I pray that you too will think about pursuing living one moment at a time and enjoy the stillness of His perfect peace each and every day.



“What God Will Not Give”

for god has not given
by Dona Hake

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of
craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit]
of power and of love and of calm
and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

Many times my heart cringes when I hear people think that when bad things are going on in their life that it is sent from God. It is as though God has some split personality, and we are on the end of whatever mood He may be in. This is not true for our God is the giver of ONLY good gifts, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Today I want to declare to you that there is something that God will NEVER give to you, and that is fear!  The truth is  that He is not the author of fear, but instead He has given us the spirit of power, love, and a calm well balanced mind. We can keep our mind focused, disciplined and have self control with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Let us be reminded today to stay focused on all that He has given us through His love for this very special journey on earth. It is Him that can help us to remain disciplined and self controlled for the God given work He has for us. I want to leave you with this precious quote:

“If the Lord be with us,
we have no cause to fear,
His eye is upon us,
His arm over us,
His ear open to our prayer.”
Andrew Murray



“God Sees the Big Picture”

BIG PICTURE Second
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I have always admired the patience of those that like to put jigsaw puzzles together. Especially the ones with hundreds of pieces. I see the jigsaw puzzle as a great analogy of our life being put together day by day by the loving hand of God. There are times we can get so focused on a particular area just having to fit because in our minds we just want to see that part of our life worked out. Yet God is wanting to work on some other area of the “puzzle” or tapestry of His will for us.
 
 

Today I am hoping that we be reminded to allow God to search the “pieces” of His specific will for our life that He may work through us. As we live each day may we remain humble and allow Him to work and fit the pieces together that are in His plan, not our custom made ideas. It is a comfort to know that God is the Master Planner and within His plan will always be perfect timing. Young or old, we can all get a bit impatient with God’s timing, and we need to be cautious of this. I always love when my Granddaughters ask how long something may take and if I say it will be in about five minutes, and I get this…”Grandma, that will be forever!” Makes me grin every time. How many times do we react to God the same way.

 
 

God wants you to know that He has a plan for your life and He works in your life as you permit Him to. As we stay humble, He will work out all things according to His plans and purposes.

Romans 8:28 (DRA)
“And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good…”



“God Is Able”

god is able to make all grace abound
by Dona Hake

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (HCSB)

“And God is able to make every grace overflow

to you, so that in every way, always having

everything you need, you may excel in every good work.”
 
 
 
 
This scripture just really blesses me. I love meditating on the fact that God is desiring to shower us with His all sufficient grace as we set out to do His will. I want to share three words that may help you in your meditations about grace. Desire, draw and demonstrate.
 
 
 
 
Let us DESIRE to be living examples of excellence in all we put our hands to, and may we always recognize that we need His grace to do anything in this life. Let us pray each day in faith and DRAW upon that grace which is sufficient for all that we need and do. It is as we do this that we will DEMONSTRATE that He is the God that is more than enough.
 
 
 
 
I thank God today that I am what I am by the grace of God. I want to encourage your heart to look to Him with great expectations of the work of grace in your life. May our hope be in knowing that as His grace overflows to us that we will have all that we need that we can excel in every good work He has assigned to us!
 
 
 
 

Ephesians 1:2 (Amplified)

May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 


“Wisdom From Above”

Wisdom from above
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
James 3:17 (The Voice)

“Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy, and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy.”
 

 

God’ wisdom will always be full of  these fruits. Wisdom’s fruits are pure, peaceful, and gentle.God’s wisdom will always be respectful and merciful. It will never be touched with hypocrisy for it is pure, real, and it has been tested. God’s wisdom or ways do  change due to circumstance because it is not consistent with His character.

 
 

 

When we ask God for His wisdom He desires to bless us with His pure thoughts and how He sees to do  a task or speak a word to someone. He desires to bless us with His good judgments. I encourage you today to seek wisdom before every task. Get God’s mind in all you put your hand to. As you ask God for His precious wisdom, believe by faith that it is going to flow into you, and flow forth from you as pure fresh living water.

 
 
 
When people ask you for an opinion on something, stop and purpose to seek His wisdom before you speak. This is what people need, and this is what we need in our personal life…not our opinions, not our experiences, but rather the pure wisdom that comes from God above.
 


“Iron Sharpens Iron”

Iron Sharpens Iron Image
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 

As I was driving the other morning my heart was inspired by hearing a gentleman share how he wanted to continue contributing to his country after he returned from serving our country in battle.    I want to share his story with you, and what it spoke to my heart.

 
 
 
 
This young man served in Afghanistan, and lost both of his legs. He spent 60 months at Walter Reed Hospital.    One of the things he shared was that one of his greatest inspirations was watching other brothers and sisters that came back from combat that had injuries such as his. Some lost both legs, some lost both legs in both arms, and  some were blind,  etc.     His desire is to carry on his fight for the cause, and run for Congressman now. This is such a story of courage and perseverance. This is all about refusing to quit  but rather looking into the future with a purpose no matter what is trying to hold you back.  
 
 
 
Today I want to share how this story hit me.   You know you can hear about someone’s trials, and if you permit the Lord to do so, He can cause your heart to be enlarged by them.    He can cause you to see something totally different than before because now you have a new perspective.    The scripture I want to share with you is from Proverbs.
 
 
 
Proverbs 27:17
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance
of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose].
 
 
 
This scripture is so fitting.   You see, life can bring us circumstances, and those circumstances bring us a choice…be bitter or be better.   This gentleman made the choice to be better, and go forth in his life continuing the fight for his country.  His brothers and sisters in combat that he was inspired by were those that also chose to keep fighting and not quit.  They understood that they were home from a battle in another country but still another battle continues in their bodies and in their minds.
 
 
 
 
If one has unfortunate things and tragedy come into their life  such as this young man did, one can give up.   What is even more sad is when an individual like this would chooses to surround himself with people that are hopeless, angry, and possibly show rage from within their hearts in some way or another.
 
 
 
 
 

 As we love and stay in fellowship with one another, we will surely grow as we watch one another grow in our faith.  We must make a decision that no matter what we walk through that we are going to continue to fight the good fight.   Look forward to hearing the testimonies from your brothers and sisters in Christ that are fighting  the good fight, and you will be sharpened by their victory.  Today let us look forward with courage in  our hearts, purpose and be deliberate in continuing to serve our Lord with great determination that we can inspire others to live a life of worthy purpose.

 


“The Water Only He Can Give”

but the water
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
This world can try to pull and tug at our hearts. The devil tries to deceive us and tempt us, but we must purpose to live with guarded hearts. If we do not keep our eyes on Jesus we can be lured into seeking our satisfaction in things other than Him.  Remember….the devil will come in the form of light and good things.  When we are not drawing upon the grace of God and seeking Him with our whole heart, we can be deceived.    Even our blessings can become a distraction, so let us beware that as our soul thirsts that we are going to Him for every need.
 
 

Only Jesus can satisfy the thirst of our souls. Jesus explained to the woman at the well the meaning of the true spring of water that only He gives.

John 4:13-14
Amplified Bible

“Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”

When you feel life problems and this world draining you of your strength and peace, stop and drink of His water that will strengthen and refresh your soul. Know that it will continue to nourish you,and it has no end. As this scripture translation says, His water “shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling, continually…” This gives such a beautiful image of His living water within us. It truly is the life flow from which we can draw upon whenever we meet uncertainty and overwhelming problems. God is gracious and He ever lives to pour forth that living water onto 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!