“You Taught Me How To Walk”

you taught me how to walk
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I have been sharing on loving truth and hating anything that is against the Word of God.   The more we embrace truth, and determine ourselves to live by it, we will quickly recognize any deception that would try to deceive us.    I love how the Lord is so interested in every thing that I do.   Over the past week or two He is impressed upon my heart some simple little things that were going to happen before they happened.   They were not bad things, they were simply little things that were going to change my schedule, and it helped me plan my time more efficiently.   I ponder how great it is that He cares about all things that pertain to life and godliness.   This serves to remind me that if He cares about the simple details, how much more He desires to help us, and keep us steadfast when things seem unsure in our life.
 
 
 
Today we will look at how He desires to keep our feet strong, focused and purposed as we walk in the light of His truth. Did you ever have the electricity go down in your home during a storm, and on your
way to the place where you have all your flashlights, candles, etc… you stub your toe because you cannot see two feet in front of you? The truth is that in this world, it is totally dark, and we need the Lord by our side at all times to teach us the way that we not stumble, and get ourselves in unnecessary trouble.
 
 

Psalm 18:36 The Voice
“You taught me how to walk with care
so my feet will not slip.”
 
 

My little Granddaughters love to feed the fish at my pond.  They totally understand that they are NEVER permitted to stand on the rocks around the pond unless I am holding them securely.  Sometimes they may get a little nervous about the rocks being shaky under their feet, but they know and believe that I am holding them firmly, and I would not let them fall.    Even though their feet are shaky, they seem to forget about it because my arms are wrapped securely around them.    
 

As we follow the Lord and walk with Him, there will be days where things seem shaky under our feet. As we trust Him and know that He is teaching us, and firmly securing us, we can rest knowing that our feet will not slip. I am going to leave you with a handful of translations of Psalm 18:36. They all bring a little different perspective of the same truth. God bless you!
 

Psalm 18:36 KJV
“Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.”
 

Psalm 18:36 Amplified Bible
“You have given plenty of room for my steps under me, that my feet would
not slip.”
 

Psalm 18:36 Easy-to-Read Version
“You cleared a path for my feet
so that I could walk without stumbling.”

 

 


“Love Truth and Hate That Which Is False”

love truth hate that which is false
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Yesterday I shared from Ecclesiates 3:8 and it says, “A time to love and a time to hate…”  There are times in which we are called upon to hate what God hates.   Every day of our life we will be presented with opportunities to make choices, and God wants us to choose His way, and His way is always truth.  Today I want to talk about lying and falsehood.   God desires that our hearts be sold out completely and committed to His Word.   May we never ever think that we can pick and choose when we are going to walk in truth.   May our hearts desire to know that we are saturated in His Word.  May we be determined to walk in a way in which we never waver but stay true to every precept He has given us to live by.
 
It is as we are with strong conviction about living His Word in our lives that we will take strong stands against falsehoods that would try to pull us down and weaken our convictions.  Falsehood is  lack of conformity to truth or fact.

 

Psalm 119:163  (CEB)
 “I hate, I absolutely despise, what is false,
but I’m in love with your Instruction.”

 

 

 
 
Psalm 119:163 Good News Translation

 

“I hate and detest all lies,
but I love your law.”

 
 
Today Lord we ask that You would give us discerning hearts for we well know that the devil can come as an Angel of Light.   He can try to confuse us in order that we walk away from our strong convictions.   We thank You Lord that Your grace is able to keep us strong and deliberate in our walk.   We ask that Your Word would grow deeper and deeper within us as we proclaim that we love Your law with all of our hearts. In Jesus Name! Amen.
 


“By the Light of Your Face”

by the light of your face
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Psalm 89:15 The Voice translation
“How happy are those who have learned how to praise You;
those who journey through life by the light of Your face.”
 
 

I just loved the translation of this particular scripture. It makes me think more about how my life here on this earth is a journey. Some days the journey is smooth and some days the journey is just full unexpected things that try to hinder me.   The important thing about the journey is knowing that He has promised to be right there beside us, and He would never leave us.
 
 

Sometimes when the journey gets rough we have to purpose to keep our perspective. These are the days you may not feel like praising Him, and you have to command your soul to rise up from hopelessness and be encouraged. When you do this, you begin to praise Him regardless of what is
going on around you. Therefore you are truly happy because you have learned how to praise Him even when circumstances are not conducive, and you would rather not fight the good fight.
 
 
 

We serve a God that is absolute light, life and love. As we stay in His presence there will be a fullness of joy. As we walk closely beside Him we can have absolute confidence that even though this world is dark, our journey will be illuminated by Him as He goes before us.  I love this awesome quote that reminds me to stick real close to Jesus at all times!
 
 

“The closer you walk with God,
the less anything can get
between you and Him.”
 
 

May we meditate today on how we need to stay close beside Him at all times.    May we recognize immediately anything that would come to distract us, and take our eyes off of Him.  Allow the light of His countenance to illuminate your journey, and walk in expectancy of all the good things He desires to do for you today!!!

 

 


“You Are As Close To God…”

you are as close to god
 
by Dona Hake
 
A few years ago I can remember a church displaying a sign on their front lawn, and it was all so simple yet so very profound.  It said:
 

You are as close to
God as you choose to be”
 
 

I absolutely love things like this that really make one  stop and examine their heart. There is so much truth in this handful of words. These are “heart checkup” quotes that provoke one’s thinking. We live in a time where there are tests for this and tests for that  to maintain optimal health because we want to live long, healthy lives. This is a good thing, yet we need to do check ups on our spiritual health as well! The Lord desires that we live strong prosperous lives while we live here but we have choices and responsibilities to do so.
 
 
It all boils down to the fact that we have choices in this life. Today I am sharing about your choice in how closely you walk with Him.   I find it important that our friendships are ordained of the Lord, and we need to be careful who we associate with.   Some people are mere acquaintances, but there are those that you desire to be friends with and know them in a closer way. You touch base with them often, and you make sure you are communicating on a regular basis. You are as close to people as you choose to be.
 
 
So it is with the Lord Jesus Christ…you are as close to Him as you choose to be. If you know Jesus it should be important to you that you know His heart, and He wants you to know His thoughts. When He speaks to you through His Word or in prayer it is so precious because you are experiencing an intimacy with Him.   The closer we walk with Him, we will desire for that closeness to grow even stronger. Jesus desires to be our friend all the time, not just when problems arise. I love knowing that Jesus is always with me. We need to remind ourselves of this because He lives and dwells within us if we are a believer. I just know it probably thrills Him to know we are purposing to be conscious of His presence.
 
 
 
 
I am going to throw a thought out to you to ponder. If you were to invite a very important person into your home you may want to go to every extreme to make your home look nice inside and out. You may cook a very nice meal and go all out making them feel welcome. I am sure you  would also make every effort to treat them with kindness and courtesy. Your speech would be thought out before you spoke a word because you would not want to be offensive in any way. You would want them to feel welcome and received.
 
 
 
As believers the Lord Jesus should always be treated as a guest of great honor in our homes. When you are in your home you need to remember that He is present and in your midst. He should also be honored and respected as He dwells within you. Remember, you are the temple that He dwells within. As we live and move and have our being,we should be moving closer to Him. We need to make wise choices over our speech, our conduct, and every decision we make. Remember…you are as close to God as you choose to be.
 
 
 
Psalm 73:28
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord
God, that I may declare all thy works.
 
 

James 4:8 The Voice
Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you.


“Seek Him First”

seek first his kingdom
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Matthew 6:33
Easy-to-Read Version
“What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you
to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.”
 
 

In this portion of scripture Jesus is teaching that our priority as a believer is to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and all else will be taken care of.  He was teaching that heavenly things are always more important than anything else.  He well understands how things in this world can occupy our hearts and minds and cause us to lose site of the most important thing.
 
 

Prior to Him sharing this He spoke about worrying about being clothed. He spoke of the lilies of the field, and how they grow without care and they thrive. How much more will He take care of us? Yet we worry. In the life in which we live it always seems to be something to be tempted to pick up care about.
Jesus understands our weaknesses and our human nature, yet He commands us to cast our care, and wants us to do the most important thing, and that is to just seek Him first. Let us read some scriptures from the writings of Luke.
 
 
 
 
Luke 10:38-42
Easy-to-Read Version
“While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a
woman named Martha let him stay at her house. She had a sister named
Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. But her
sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went
in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the
work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and
upset about too many things.”
 
 
 

This story tells us once again that our Lord desires that we seek Him first.   Mary understood this well, but poor Martha in all her good intentions did not understand.   The cares of her duties were being placed before her doing the right thing.  I do not believe Martha was wrong for wanting to serve,  she went wrong in her serving by ending up carrying care, and then assuming that Mary needed to be doing the same.   Mary understood that time needed to stop and she needed to sit at the feet of the Lord.    Martha did not understand that she needed to set the work aside and sit before Jesus.
 
 
 
May we learn from this story of Mary and Martha.   Let us seize the opportunities in which the Lord is desiring us to stop and hear what He has to say. Remember in your walk with Him that there is ONLY ONE THING THAT IS IMPORTANT and that is to seek Him first!

 

 


“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
treasury.
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
them;
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!



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!