“The Pure Heart”

A Pure Heart Christian Bulletin
by Dona Hake
I can remember once thinking about how people use the phrase. “They do not want to talk about it because the whole thing was swept under the rug.”   In other words they are acting like it never happened, and as long as people cannot see it, they are okay with that.    I remember when one day I was tidying up in my family room I grabbed my broom to sweep right inside my door which is the entrance to our backyard. It is one of those areas I could clean three times a day and there is always dirt because our German Shepherd has these four paws that are always tracking dirt in to the house. I swept this neat little pile dirt and grass and it was by the rug and for some reason I stood there and just glanced at the pile of dirt beside my throw rug.  That idiom “it was just swept under the carpet.”  crossed my mind I began to think how lazy and kind of irresponsible  that would be to just lift the rug and brush it underneath.
This thought really triggered in me how so many times people really do practice this in their hearts.
It is a very sad thing when one just tries to hide a problem or keep a problem secret instead of dealing with it. Let us just say that it is not healthy to pretend like a problem is not there or act as if it is going to go away on its own. Let’s read this scripture in light of what I just shared:

Psalm 51:9-10 (The Voice )
“Cover Your face so You will not see my sins,
and erase my guilt from the record.
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
restore within me a sense of being brand new.”

I love this scripture because it seems that David was so humiliated by his sin that he did not even want God to see what he did. I believe that it is of utmost importance that we desire first and foremost that our hearts be pure before God. It is when you sin and it does not bother you anymore that you are really in a dangerous place. Thank God for conviction! When we are honest and humble before Him, we just ask God to cleanse us of our sin, and the sin is simply washed away to be seen no more.
If you begin to practice the habit of ignoring your faults and shortcomings you will sadly master being a pretender and you will not be walking close with God like you think you may be. We should all desire that our hearts are totally clean and we should purpose to maintain a pure heart and sense of being brand new. All we have to do is continue to stay in His presence and humble ourselves when we make
mistakes. I love how the Lord keeps things so simple for us so we can walk with Him in this sometimes complicated life. I pray you walk close to Him today. Keep your heart clean and allow Him to
speak to you about every area of your life. We serve a merciful and loving God!

“For Such A Time As This”

for such a time as this
by Dona Hake
One of the first things our God did in creation was to not only create but to separate. and He separated the light from the dark. As we live our lives as victorious believers we too must keep our
hearts, soul, and mind separate from the ways of darkness. I think sometimes when people read such a statement that I just shared the first inclination is to think of not doing bad things. We do not just up and do bad things, it begins with small thoughts that evolve into walking a wrong path, making a decision contrary to the truth, or not holding fast to His Word in our life.

We are living in a time where spiritual darkness is on the increase. My heart is extremely grieved to see when believers refuse to acknowledge this. It is not that they do not see it but they go about their business just trying to stay happy, keep busy and maintain a comfort zone. As we continue to walk in His Word I believe that in the midst of this deep darkness that is covering our earth with deception, that something very wonderful is going to transpire in Spirit like never before.  
In order for God to sweep this earth and bring many to Him, we MUST 
remain strong, upright and diligent to walk in His truth.
Psalm 112:4 The Voice
“When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly— those
who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.”

I believe many weaken  and do not persist in their faith solely because they are afraid of the condition of the world. We as believers need to be aware of what is going on in the world so that we can be diligent to pray. As we persist in His Word and proclaim it as we live uprightly, HE HAS PROMISED that light will shine for us in the midst of darkness. We cannot stick our heads in the sand, and pretend it is not happening. I do not sit and watch the news 24/7 but I find it important to find a good news source, and follow to the degree of being aware. Let our hearts be strengthened in knowing that…

We do not have
to be
for such a time as this we are here.

Jesus addressed fear in the book of Matthew and we need to refer to this scripture today in light of what I am sharing:
Matthew 24:5-7 Amplified Bible
 “For many will come in (on the strength of) My name appropriating the
name which belongs to Me, saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will
lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you
are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not
yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there
will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;”

Continue to shine for Jesus and hold fast to His promises. God is calling us in such a time as this to be beacons of light to a world that is looking for answers to their fears and they  the hope we can bring to them.

“Where Does Your Help Come From?”

my help comes from the lord above
by Dona Hake
Isaiah 41:10 (The Voice)
” So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you; don’t be
dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you. I am here with
My right hand to make right and to hold you up.”

The King James Version says, “Fear not, do not look anxiously about you for I
AM your God…”
Looking anxiously about  implies that one would be uneasy, fearful or panicking. It is good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is there for us in those times to come under us and lift us up and hold us closely. He will sit us on the solid rock where we will not be moved and He is able to keep us.

Today as I was meditating on this scripture I recalled an incident with my parrot that is a great analogy of this scripture. One morning while I  was preparing for the devotional, I had my coffee sitting at my sofa and my parrot was having her “freedom time” roaming about the outside of her cage.   She enjoys sitting on top of her little world and watching me.   She usually climbs around her cage exploring. It is kind of cute because she has this “I’m big stuff” attitude as she is enjoying her freedom.
On this particular day she got a little bit daring and decided to try to go from her cage over to a
cupboard that sits about one foot away from her cage. She was trying to be ever so cautious before she went from her cage to the cupboard.  Her confidence got her into a bit of trouble. Her mistake was that she did not have proper footing and she slipped. She frantically started to flap her wings but could not fly because I just had her wings clipped. She went from frantic to  panic.  She was so upset as she sat on the floor looking up at me.   I calmly walked toward her and spoke softly saying, “It’s ok JJ, I’ll help you.” It was amazing how I could see the fear in her little eyes. I gently reached my finger out and under her feet.   As she stepped up, she stopped the panic, rested on my hand, and she immediately calmed down.  
You see, as she felt my hand she felt safe again. As she sat there resting she looked at me with such a thankful look and I put her back on her cage where she felt safe again.

It reminded me how sometimes we can get ourselves in trouble and we lose our “footing.” You know…those times when you get a little over confident and you get into your own ability and from there you got yourself in trouble. There are also those times that you are stepping out on faith and you really have yourself out on the “limb” and it can cause fear to grip your heart. It is very easy to
panic, get in anxiety, and be fearful. Isn’t it good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is right there ready to hold out His mighty right hand, calm us with His loving voice and lift us up to that safe place.
Psalm 91:4 (The Voice)
Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, will
protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you,
a rock-solid wall to protect you.

I pray that you will see Him today as the One that is always nearby you and only an arm’s reach away to rescue you in your time of need or trouble. Only He can calm our hearts when we are in anxiety and fear. We serve a loving and caring God. He is so good. I pray you will have a day that is prosperous and blessed!

“You Are God’s Light”

you are gods light
by Dona Hake
 I would like to share this quote with you because I love it and it
is so true…
”To reach a great height a person needs
to have great depth.”

I think it is important that we as believers have a hope within us that we will continue to grow deeper and deeper in Him. Refuse to stand still and be stagnant. We must desire to walk in the deep waters of the Holy Spirit 
and grow by them.   May we see the roots of our spiritual life growing consistently, and  deeply.
The evil of this world is moving at a swift pace and we need to continue to prepare ourselves to be used by Him to give God’s Word where ever our assignment is. As we hear God’s Word today  I pray that you will receive all that you are expecting from Him. Remember we must walk into His green pastures with expectation in our hearts. Rest in  the peace and fellowship of fellow believers, and hear His Word with gladness and a receptivity.
If you are weary, expect to be refreshed. If you are dealing with a difficult circumstance, expect the Lord to speak through your Pastor. The Lord Jesus desires that we continue to go deeper and deeper in our knowledge of Him that we would be fruitful in every good work. As we grow in Him we will have an abundance within us that is spilling over to a lost and dying world. The world needs what we
have and we must be ready to share it with them. 
Matthew 5:15 Common English Bible 
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of
a lamp stand, and it shines on all who are in the house.”
As you enter your job this week expect your light to shine on ALL that are around you. Expect opportunities to share, to listen, and just do whatever He asks you to do! I am going to wrap this devotional up with the following  scripture as a prayer just for you!
Ephesians 3:17-19 Easy-to-Read Version

“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray
that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.  And I
pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to
understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how
high, and how deep that love is.  Christ’s love is greater than
anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that
love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.”


“New Every Morning”

 new every morning
by Dona Hake

This morning while having my coffee I heard a gentleman on the news sharing his take on a particular court case, and since he was an attorney, everyone was interested in his opinion. They were all talking about a Federal judge being misled in a case by the one attorney that was appointed to the case. He said, “This is really bad, I mean I would rather anger God than a Federal judge. You know God is forgiving, a Federal judge is NOT!!!”  Honestly, it made me chuckle!




I began to think how any human’s mercy has boundaries and an end but thank God the Lord’s mercies and forgiveness have no limits. After David had sinned with Bathsheba, and sought to repent before the Lord, this was his prayer…

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions.”

Psalm 51:1 (Amplified)
I encourage you today to meditate upon the Lord’s mercies and His lovingkindness that is ever coming in your direction. This is probably the very first thing I speak to Him each morning because I know I can not live without His mercy toward me, and I am so thankful for His forgiveness. May we never take for granted the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for us that we may be free from our sin. If you need your heart cleaned up, do not hesitate to humble yourself, but rather seek Him and ask Him to wash you clean through His shed blood, and have your soul restored unto Him.

“He Makes Me Whole”

he makes me whole
by Dona Hake
Psalm 23:3 (VOICE)
“He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths
to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.”


He lovingly steers us away from worn, hard paths, yet how many times do we
return to them. Those worn, hard paths could be habits and patterns in our lives
that have ultimately gotten us in trouble. These worn paths are those that have
developed because we seem to keep doing the same thing over and over again.
God is calling us to allow Him to step in and guide us on the paths of His desire for us.
Maybe you have walked the path of a habitual worrier. Maybe your worn, hard
path has been one of constantly walking in fear and anxiety over your
future. Regardless of what it is we can make the choice to walk on the path that
is guided by His hand. His hand deals only in truth and right things. His path
does not make provision for us to walk in our own ability but rather draw upon His.
Have you ever been in a place where there is some sort of fragrance.  It 
may be flowers or it may be someone’s perfume.  Someone carried that fragrance into
the room whether they were holding or carrying it.   The fragrance was echoing a smell!
I personally love the smell of vanilla, and I can immediately recognize it when that
smell is in the air.   Vanilla is a comforting and soothing smell.   Think about people that walk in
much anxiety, worry or fear.   Think about those that are constantly thinking and speaking negative things.   They too are bringing something into a room, and it is not conducive to a peaceful and joyful atmosphere.   Now, think about how this Psalm is saying that as we are steered 
away from those worn, hard paths what our lives will begin to echo truth and righteousness.
 People around you will begin to notice that your life, your words, decisions, etc…are a reflection
of a very good thing, and they will be drawn to you, and desire that same truth that 
your heart embraces.
Today I want to encourage your heart to first of all look at your “spiritual feet” and
ask Him if you are on the right path or maybe you have been traveling on your own
paths with has caused you to feel worn and weary.   He desires to make you whole
each and everyday, and as He does, your life will echo the fact that He is walking
along side of you and you are beholding His paths and direction in your life!
~~~~~~   ♥  ~~~~~~

“The Heart of the Diligent”

Diligence is a Precious Possession
by Dona Hake 
 The diligent hand proceeds from the heart that desires to live productively in everything they put their hand to. We can all relate to that feeling of purposing to be diligent even when we are tired or do not feel like doing something. It is so wonderful though to experience the fruit of accomplishment after we have done what we know we should be doing.
Many times people want to blame others because things are not going well or as planned, and it is simply a lack of their own diligence and foresight. In Ecclesiastes it speaks of everything having a time and a season. I believe we need to know exactly what “season” we are in and do things in their proper time.  
A farmer or a person that loves to do vegetable gardening totally understands the importance of diligence to maintain a healthy and thriving garden.  After of summer of diligently weeding and tending a garden or crop, the harvest is going to come.   Once it comes you may desire to freeze or can.   Whatever the choice of preserving it, it must be done, and there is  no time to waste.   It is such a blessing to pull a vegetable out of your freezer or a canned veggie or fruit in the cold of winter.   Oh the joy of enjoying the fruit of your diligent, hard working hands!
I have a little hour glass and as the sand flows through it, there is a measure of time that passes. This little hour glass reminds me that once that sand flows through it that a particular “time” has passed and I can not get it back. Many times people fail to realize the time they are living and they are missing
opportunities because they are doing something else. The time goes and so has the opportunity. Just as harvest comes and it calls for our diligence in a specific time there are also other things in life that require our diligence in order that we sow, reap, and enjoy blessings.
I encourage you today to desire the heart and hands of the diligent and be blessed. Guard you time and spend it wisely. Diligence is a good thing and it leads to abundant blessing!
Proverbs 21:5 Amplified Bible
“The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent
tend only to plenteousness…”

“Nothing Is Too Difficult For Him”

 nothing is too hard
by Dona Hake
Today I want to share with you about your perspective of God as you live your life. How do you see Him?  Is He in your daily routines? I love to think of Him as my loving Father that is watching over me carefully and He also desires that I have my eye on Him. Sometimes we just need to step back and remind ourselves that no matter what we face in this life, God is greater and His power within is more than enough to carry us through the demands of our day or any difficulties.
Jeremiah 32:17 (VOICE) “Eternal Lord, with Your outstretched arm and Your enormous power You created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too difficult for You.”
It is important that we recognize that we live in a day where our wonderful Living God is being discredited. People are trying to convince us that God does not exist, and they are trying to explain away the wondrous things He created with His hands. Much of people trying to discredit God is because they do not want to live their lives accountable to anyone let alone God. If they can convince themselves that God does not exist, they can live by their own standards and decide what is right and wrong for themselves.
We must not permit these evil mindsets to discourage our hearts because He is ready to do wonderful things through us like never before! We live in a time where God is ready to move us forward into a great harvest and we cannot be moved by what seems to look impossible. Sometimes I think it is actually better when it seems impossible to accomplish something He commands because it forces us to totally depend upon Him and not rely on our own ability.
If the devil can render you ineffective by keeping you preoccupied with your own inabilities or personal problems, you will find it hard to be used by Him to reach people. We have all encountered difficult situations, difficult people, difficult decisions, etc…, let us be mindful that nothing is too difficult for Him. I encourage you to take whatever concerns you to Him.
His Words says in Psalm 138:8 (KJV) “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me,,,” Let us trust Him with our day and our lives. Remind yourself that there is NOTHING to hard for Him and He is well able to perfect ANYTHING in your life that is concerning to you. Look to the God of all creation, the one who spoke words that created everything around knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him as you place your life in His hands!

“Get Wisdom”

get wisdom
by Dona Hake
As a mother I can remember many times encouraging my sons to love and  to seek God’s wisdom.  Wisdom is a precious thing, and here in Proverbs, Solomon was sharing how his father shared with him to seek wisdom and become wise.   This encouragement may have prompted Solomon to ask God for a discerning heart above everything else.
Proverbs 4:5-6
“Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.”
Oh how important it is that when we hear the Word of God, and we know that wisdom has come to us that we do not forget it.    When one forgets wisdom they have  ceased or failed to remember it or unable to recall it when they needed it most.    I think one of the biggest area where we can all relate to forgetting wisdom  is failing to remember it in our speech and conversations.   Did you ever say something, and then think “oh my…I knew better than to say that!”    It is times like this that we need to acknowledge that we have failed to permit wisdom to have control of of words, and seek the Lord’s forgiveness.
I find it all so very sad though when people just forsake wisdom.    Somewhere along their way they just seem to give up and quit on wisdom and some leave it entirely.   I love how this scripture so beautifully speaks of wisdom when one embraces her.   Solomon tells how his father said that it would protect him, and as he loved wisdom, she would watch over him.   Oh that we would hold wisdom to be priceless and precious in our walk with the Lord.
Today I encourage you to seek the wisdom of the Lord in every area of your life.   When you know you have it, hold fast to it and do not turn away from it.   Know that as you remain faithful to God and His precious wisdom that it will keep you protected and it will watch over the affairs of your life.

“In His Presence”

in his presence
by Dona Hake
Psalm 16:11 (CJB)
“You make me know the path of life;
in your presence is unbounded joy,
in your right hand eternal delight.”
The other evening I stopped by the flower shop to pick up some unique stems of flowers for a photography project I was working on.    As the clerk was wrapping them she asked me how long it would be till I would get home with them.  She said, “These cannot be out of water any longer than thirty minutes.”  Although I felt I would make it home on time, I asked her to do a water wrap on them just in case I hit bad traffic.
Many times everyday experiences make me think a lot about spiritual truths.  Jesus taught in parables a lot because it brought spiritual truths  alive through the earthly stories He would share.   I began to think about how I valued these flowers and how pretty they were.   I also realized that because they were so different that they required special care.   It caused me to think about the importance of being mindful that I cannot afford to be out of God’s presence, not even thirty minutes.  The life He has given me is so special, and it must be guarded as well.  Because He loves me so much, and created me so uniquely for a purpose, I need to value and heed to the truth that He desires that I remain in His presence that my spirit remained nourished by Him.
As I ponder staying in God’s presence I am also thinking about how Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us.    You see it is our choice that we must make to value staying in His presence, and doing whatever it takes to make that a lifestyle.   I love how this translation is written.   God presence is unbounded joy!    Think about it,   joy that has no limits, borders, or bounds.   It is unrestrained, and uncontrolled.   Let us also remember the scripture that says the joy of the Lord is our strength.
I encourage you today to think about staying in the presence of your Lord.   Think about how He desires that you remain there.   Even in the midst of our jobs and daily responsibilities, God desires that we acknowledge His presence, and He wants us to bask in it!    The same way that my flowers needed to be drawing on the life giving qualities of the water, we too need to stay in His presence that we draw upon His life continually.

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!