“God Will Fill Our Hands”

god fills our hands
by Dona Hake

God has blessed us with hearts to seek and look to Him everyday.   May we seek to bless Him and bless those around us with our love, faith, and godly deeds.  Today we will look at the heart of a woman that was a widow. She had very little to live on yet her heart was toward God in her giving. In this portion of scripture we will see that Jesus perceived her heart as he observed the others’ giving.
Luke 21:1-4 (AMP)
” Looking up, [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their gifts into the
And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins).
And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of
For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has
contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on
which to live.”

As I pondered this scripture from this particular version my eyes were drawn to how Jesus observed how there were some that gave out of the abundance or their surplus. Surplus is something that remains above what is used or needed. Many times people may be guilty of giving only the required amount of what they feel is expected of them whether it be their money, their time or their talents.
Jesus perceived this as grievous because  this type of giving is really not from the heart, it is merely being done out of obligation. As Jesus observed this precious widow’s giving He determined her gift to be greater than the sum of all that gave out of surplus.

Let us remember that anything we have been blessed with whether it be our talent, money, good job, etc…is a gift from God, and we need to live in a place of giving our very best.  Giving our best is an attitude of the heart that the Lord desires that we embrace. As the widow placed all that she had she knew very well what she was doing. She was purposing in her heart to give all because she understood she would be blessed.
As believers we need to know that we  are deliberate in giving our very best. We need to constantly be checking our hearts that we are not being guilty of giving God or others merely what is left over.
God may call upon you to do something, and when you look at your time it seems impossible to accomplish. Know this…if you believe in your heart that it is the will of God, He will provide time. If God is speaking to you to give money, and it is hard to imagine how you can do it…believe Him and He will fill your hands with that offering or gift for you to give. God provides. Plain and simple. When
you believe, God will fill your hands with that which you need!


“Giving Him Your Thanks”

tell of his goodness
by Dona Hake
Psalm 145:7 (AMP)
They shall pour forth [like a fountain] the fame of Your great and abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your rightness and justice.

I love this scripture for it reminds me that daily I should be like a fountain pouring forth to all around me proclaiming that I am blessed, and I serve a God of abundant blessing!   Today I am thinking about being genuine in my words that I speak about the blessings in my life.   May my life show that I am blessed going in and blessed coming out!    Let us not only speak of blessings when all is going well but let us speak of His blessings no matter what is going on in our lives.   

Today I just want to put the challenge out that we always humbly return to Him the thanks and praise that He deserves, and live in a place that our eyes are always on  Him from whom all blessings flow. The greatest blessing that we can give thanks for today is that His life is flowing like a mighty river within us.   Dear friend, it is not there for us alone, but that abounding life of all that God is, is there for those around us.   We are to become springs of His life that flow and bubble over continually.

John 4:14
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!    Let us remember to give thanks to Him often!!!

“Let Us Also Forgive”

let us also forgive
by Dona Hake
The love of our Heavenly Father is always available to us. All we have to do is just stay in His presence and walk with Him.   As we continue to grow our reactions to being wronged will be a godly reaction because we are knowing and understanding the depths of His unending love.  We are so blessed as we have been given so much unconditional love. He is the God of a second chance. Yesterday I shared about God’s amazing grace.  I am sure we can all share a time in our lives where after we came to know Him we were given a second chance at something.  Over and over we continue to receive His amazing grace that is shed toward us!

Today I want to share with you to be mindful of giving second chances to others in your life. The giving of forgiveness is that second chance. When someone offends us, it is us that has a decision to make. We can let it go and forgive or  hold something against the individual. If we fail to forgive, we become a prisoner to our own decision to hold on to the offense.    When we are obedient to forgive, we are then free from the effects of an unforgiving heart.  It is only by the power of God’s love at work within us that we can give someone a second chance by releasing them of the offense they have caused you. 
One day the subject of forgiveness came up between the Lord and His disciples and Peter popped a question  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. God’s love has no limitations. Today I encourage you to draw upon the love of the God that has no limitations.    Maybe you will get through your day, and have no opportunities in which you are required to forgive. Know that if opportunities require you to forgive  that God desires you to draw upon His heart of love.   That precious love will give you all that you need, and it will empower  you to 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 given you.

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

“God’s Amazing Grace”

amazing grace May 2015
by Dona Hake

I want you to visualize with me what it must have been like to be present during the crucifixion of our Lord. I cannot even imagine the pain and sorrow of those that followed Him. It must have be so horrible for those that loved Him to stand by and have to watch the one they loved agonizing in His death. There were those that heard what was spoken from His cross. As one point while Jesus was agonizing in his torture, and suffering He looked down and said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Amazing, isn’t it? I think of the horrible pain and suffering His body was experiencing, and He still found it in His heart to speak that which was pleasing to His Heavenly Father.

Two criminals hung on each side of Jesus dying a death they both deserved, and this was their conversation:    One of the criminals who were hanging to one side of Jesus was hurling abuse at Him,
saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are  under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has
done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 (NASB)
Amazing isn’t it??….that a man was being crucified for his crime, and up until his last breath he found enough strength to mock the Living Son of God ? The other one that was dying on his cross looked in Jesus’ direction, and saw his need for deliverance, and believed He was indeed the Son of God. One of this man’s last words was a question to Jesus. “Will you remember me?” He believed that Jesus was who He claimed that He was, and this man’s last hope and prayer was for Jesus to remember him. Amazing isn’t it???  that Jesus assured this man by giving him a second chance.  A second chance that he did not deserve in light of his crime.
This criminal was breathing his last painful breaths yet he was asking a question that would change his life forever. This would not be a second chance to do his life over again but rather he would have the  chance to live eternally in Paradise with our Lord. The grace brought to us by the Lord is amazing isn’t it?    
He gives us all second chances in this life every time He forgives us. When we humble ourselves to
Him in our sin He simply forgives us, and wipes the slate of our heart clean. Amazing isn’t it?…He gives us something so precious, and we do not have to work for it because His Son did it all at the cross. The man on the cross did not deserve a second chance in the eyes of man, and the cross was his punishment. You see, this man’s heart was truly repentant, therefore he was with Jesus after he breathed his last breath.

Maybe you feel you have done some things, and you do not deserve a second chance.   I want to proclaim today to you that we serve a God of second chances!   Today may I stir your heart to think about what Jesus did on the cross for any sin you have ever done. There is no sin that His love and forgiveness will not cover. If you need a second chance I encourage you to look in His direction and ask Him for your heart to be cleansed and be made right with Him.. He is faithful to forgive and bless us with new  beginnings. Amazing isn’t it?

“Guard the Moment”

guarding the moment in which we are living
by Dona Hake
I am recalling a day that had extra demands, and my to do list seemed too long.   I can tend to be hard on myself and loose my peace if I feel I am not keeping up with things.  I was driving my car and I can remember right in the middle of all my anxious thoughts the Lord impressed my heart with something He wanted me to learn.   I  could not stop thinking about it because it ministered to my heart so deeply,  and I wanted to make sure I wrote it down. Since I was driving  I had to wait till I had a red light so I could jot it down but the only thing I could find to write on was a napkin.  I was happy to write it quickly on the only thing I could find for I did not want these words to slip my memory.  Those words were

“Guard the moment in which you are living.”

As I pondered these words I could see that the Lord was admonishing me to guard the peace of my heart that was available to me in which every moment I live. He spoke to  me about how I needed to just live by faith in the  moment I am presently in, and be careful to guard all that is in each moment He blesses me with.     
Have you ever found yourself thinking too far ahead, and not enjoying the blessings of the Lord and His presence? How precious it would be if we just took one moment at a time entrusting it all to Him.
How many days do we awaken with our minds burdened with care and worries?  Many times we permit our hearts to become anxious over things that have not even happened.    Worries many times originate from our fears of the future and the unknown.  There is no grace from Him for worrying about the future or trying to figure out how things are going to happen.  
Oh how sweet and blessed it would be if we lived in the peace of  the moment in which our Lord has so graciously blessed us with.   As we live by faith in the confines of the moment we can remain quiet in our souls and hear His sweet whispers and His gentle direction that we need.   I love this thought of living in the moment with Jesus. 
Today I encourage you to first of all just live one moment at a time, and partake of His grace in everything you put your hand to. Guard your heart with all diligence for from it flows all the issues of this life.   There are testimonies in your life that are milestones  of His great works…remind yourself of them when you walk through trials. These testimonies serve to encourage our hearts of God’s work and greatness toward us.  These are the moments that live on in our memories and serve to remind us that we serve a good God and we have been blessed with a good life.  Be blessed as you go about your day treasuring every moment in Him!

“May We Never Forget”

we will never forget
by Dona Hake
A few days ago I heard  a young man being interviewed, and he said such a powerful thing.  He was talking about going into the fight to destroy the enemy that is presently in a relentless pursuit of  terrorizing, torturing, and many are dying as martyrs for the name of our Lord by this group.  The woman interviewing this young man said, “Aren’t you afraid of being captured?”   His response was powerful, and convicting to my heart…He said, “When you do not fear death, you do not fear being captured.   If we are captured we are willing to die for the cause.”    I still am touched thinking about his response.   
Today I want to encourage you to remember those in the many wars in the past that also embraced that attitude.   To remember something is to keep it retained in the heart and mind.   It is when one purposes to remain aware of something.   In the past there have been men and women that  went into the battle determined to fight for the cause of our freedom.   Only thing is they never returned to enjoy the freedom they went to fight for.    Today let us think often in our hearts, and be thankful for the many freedoms you enjoy today.  

President Abraham Lincoln referred to one dying for his country as the full measure of devotion.   The valor of men and women that never came back from war made possible our freedoms, our values, and our very existence.


Did you know that a few years ago Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act. It asked Americans to pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. local time and think about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  

It may seem like a small gesture, but it’s a way to, however briefly, keep faith with those heroes and maintain a tradition worth keeping.
Romans 13:7 (AMP)

“… respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.”


“Let Us Praise Him For His Loving Works”

let us praise Him for his loving works
by Dona Hake
I love thinking about all that the Lord has done in my life, and  I can testify of the many wonderful works in my life since I became a child of His.  His hands work in so many ways. Some days you may see His hand as He has guided you in a tough decision. There will be times that you can exclaim that you have seen His hand of protection upon your life. There may also be times that you know that His loving hand reached out, and stopped you before you made a decision that could have caused you severe consequences. As we look to God and submit to Him we will experience the work of His hands in so many ways.   His ways are way above and beyond whatever we could dream!
Psalm 92:4
Amplified Bible
“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of
Your hands I joyfully sing.”
The word hands in this scripture is translated as a hand that is open, and it indicates power, and a means of direction. I love this because I know that God desires that His hand be moving in our lives. He desires as He walks with us through our day that we acknowledge our need to be looking to hold it.   Sometimes little ones do not understand the importance of holding tightly to their parent’s hand in a potentially dangerous situation.  A child may resist because he or she may  want to do things their way,  and therefore they could endanger themselves. We too at times think we may not need to hold the Lord’s hand because we think we can do things in our own ability. May I say that this is only pride that one could think they are able to walk any day in this life without holding tightly to the Lord’s hand?

God’s loving hand desires to lead, guide and be a means of direction every day of our life. Those same hands that direct us are there to comfort us in our times of pain. Let us receive all of His loving comfort, and do not seek it in other things that this world has to offer. The same hands that offer guidance and comfort will at times offer warning to us.
Let us remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves.   He knows what our weaknesses are, and He knows the wisdom and grace we need. Today I encourage you to think about the works of God’s hands in your life, and give praise to Him!

“We Walk By Faith”

we walk by faith and not by sight
by Dona Hake
For the past few days I have been sharing about Peter stepping out of the boat, and walking on the water to meet up with Jesus. As I said yesterday we need to remember that out of all the disciples, Peter was the only one that ventured to release his faith, and step out of the boat.Today let us continue to meditate upon  how vital it is to stay focused on God, and His Word when we step out of the “boat” and walk in faith in an area of our life.
The lesson we can learn from Peter is that in a split second his focus and faith was hindered . You see, when he initially stepped out of the boat, there were wind and the waves, and his faith caused him to rise above anything he saw or heard.   Although he stepped out in faith, the wind and the waves began to distract him, and fear entered his heart.  Broken focus can do so much harm to one’s walk of faith.   

As I was meditating upon keeping focus I started to think about blinders, and their use on horses. There is  definite purpose, and benefits to do such a thing, and that is for the focus and protection of both the horse and the rider. I would like to share some things that I found regarding using blinders on the horse, and I hope they will serve us as an interesting analogy, and give us greater understanding in the realm of focus, and teach us to rise above distractions.
The blinders cover the rear vision of the horse, forcing it to look only in a forward direction, and keeping it on track. Farming horses can be predisposed to distractions, and if they are pulling a plow or a wagon they might need blinders to stop them from losing concentration on the direction they are supposed to be headed. Race horses also need blinders to stay focused that they can run a race, stay on course, and not be taken by distraction.

In light of sharing about horses and blinders I want to refer to scripture that is all about our faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 is basically summed up in a few words…We walk by faith and not by sight. Many times it is the very things that we see that seem so sure and secure, yet those are the things that will hinder us the most from believing God to do the unbelievable. There are those times that we will need to purpose ourselves to look past everything in the natural, and see into the Spirit in order that we can stay focused and stay in faith.
God’s Word is total light and life,and His Word will  keep us focused and on track in the fight, and in our walk. Let us be reminded that whenever we step out that God is there walking along
side of us. As we look to His Word and refuse to be moved by what we see in the natural we will begin to see Him moving in our lives in ways we never have imagined. “…now unto Him who is ABLE to above and beyond all we dare ask or  think.” Ephesians 3:20

“Walking On the Water By Faith”

stepping out on the water
by Dona Hake
Yesterday I shared about the story in the Bible where Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the water to walk to Jesus. I want to emphasize again for you to just think about the courage it must of taken him to get out of the boat. His question to the Lord was, “If that’s you, tell me to come.” and Jesus proclaimed that yes indeed it was Him. Many times we will ask the same question when we fear stepping out in something bigger than us in this life. God may be speaking to your heart to do something and your prayer has been “Lord if this is you, I will do it.”

It is very important to know that when we are purposing to do God’s will that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Him. Yet there can be those times  that it seems a bit sketchy or too big for us to grasp how it is going to fall together. Getting out of our “boats” in this life could mean different things to each of us. All of us are at different growth levels and the Lord is molding and making each of us in His timing and in His perfect way. It is always important that we remember that the Lord requires our our obedience to His Word and to His voice at all times.

Saying all that I have said, I want to remind you today that Jesus is the author and finisher of YOUR faith. He desires to perfect all that concerns you in this life. He is the one who gives you incentive for your faith and He is the one who completes your faith. He is your example and you must look to that example if you become weak in heart from the discouragement that may come to rob your soul of hope and purpose.
Hebrews 12:2 The Voice
“Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He
endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused
on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the
throne, a place of honor.”

Getting out of the boat for you may be God speaking to you about changing to a different job, going on a mission’s trip, sharing the Word of God with someone…etc. Sometimes getting out of the boat for someone may be the need for courage to face a confrontation. No matter what it is, Jesus is right there on the water with you. He has been there and done it, and He will complete that thing that you desire to set your faith upon.
Philippians 3:13 Easy-to-Read Version
“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is
one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach
the goal before me.”
Maybe today is the day that you are planning to step out of the boat in an area of your life, and do something that you have never done before. If you know that in your heart, then it is time to STEP OUT!!!!! I encourage you to look to Jesus, and stay focused upon Him. Do not dwell on the past when you tried, and you were moved by the “wind and the waves” of this life. Jesus is there, and He will walk with you. God bless you as you walk with Him today!

“When Jesus Calls You To Step Out”

when jesus calls you to step out of the boad
by Dona Hake
Today I want to share about doing things that seem impossible. We serve a God that wants to keep our hearts challenged to live by faith. We must dare to step out and serve Him even when it looks to us like we cannot do it. Today we will look at a wonderful account of Jesus doing the supernatural and inviting one of His disciples to join Him.
The disciples were in their boat and Jesus had told them to head to the other side because He planned to meet up with them later. Jesus was spending time in prayer as He desired to be alone with his Heavenly Father. Matthew’s account of the story is as follows:

Matthew 14:25-31 (Easy to Read Version)
“Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus’ followers were still in
the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water. When they saw
him walking on the water, it scared them. “It’s a ghost!” they said,
screaming in fear. But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry!
It’s me! Don’t be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to
come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the 
boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But while Peter was walking on the
water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into
the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!” Then Jesus caught Peter with his
hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”

I think there are so many lessons to learn from this portion of scripture. Peter always seems to be remembered for being the dear old soul that was always sticking his foot in his mouth. Isn’t it interest that it was  the disciples that were frightened as they saw someone on the water walking towards them, but it was Peter that stepped out in his heart first to find out what was going on. When he asked, “Lord, IF that’s you…tell me to come.” Peter was at least willing to get out of the boat. I made emphasize on the words “But while Peter was walking on the water…” Let us be reminded here that Peter was doing the exact same miracle that Jesus was.
So many read this and place emphasis that Peter was moved by the wind and the waves and he sunk. Let us focus on the fact that Peter WAS walking on the water. Even if it was only a few steps, I always think about the faith that was in his heart that caused him to try and reach the Lord by way of the impossible in the natural.   I find it interesting as well that he was that  close to Jesus when he began to sink, and all Jesus had to do was reach out and grab his hand.  Really, Peter was almost there.
Peter was walking in the miracle yet his reasoning made him begin to sink.  Think about it…Peter was on top of the water bypassing all laws of nature.   I can only imagine how wonderful and awesome those few seconds of his faith were.   Peter just simply permitted his reasoning to challenge and pull down his faith.  There may be times that we are only an arm’s reach away from victory and circumstances seem to weaken us.     Many times it is when we are closest to victory that the devil will try to distract us with anything that will tempt us to reason away the Word of God on which we are standing. Think about it…simple reasoning of what Peter’s eye’s saw and what his ear’s heard caused him to begin to go down.  I will leave you with this scripture:

Proverbs 3:5 (NASB)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.”

I want to challenge your heart with this story. Many times Jesus is calling us out of our “boats” and these “boats”  are actually our comfort zones. He is calling us to cry out for courage to get out of our comfort zone, and walk in a whole different realm. This realm or new task He may be calling us to walk in may challenge our faith like never before.

As we trust Him, He will give us all that we need to do that which He desires to accomplish in us. We serve a God that is always an arm’s reach away from us, so let us trust in Him and not be moved by what we see or hear!  Accept the challenges that the Lord sets before you to step out of your comfort zone, and walk toward Him with unwavering faith!

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!