“For I Am Convinced…”

Nothing Can Separate Romans 8-39 Bulletin Cover
by Dona Hake
NOTHING can separate us. He is NEVER distant, and He will NEVER leave or forsake us. We just need to believe this at all times. Whether things are going great or it seems like everything is going wrong…NOTHING can separate us from Him and His love when we know Him personally.


Romans 8:39 ERV
“….nothing in the whole created world—
will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown
us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Our lives are full of things. We purpose to set time aside to eat, sleep, work and play. Let us be ever so diligent to carve out moments during the day and dedicate them to sit in His presence and acknowledge Him. Talk with Him about how you feel and what you fear. Ask Him about everything that concerns you. He is bound to you by His love! Do not go by feelings and do not go by what you see. He is ALWAYS with you and nothing can separate you from Him. Praise Him because of His inseparable love for you!!

“Do You Know Your Purpose?”

by Dona Hake

I loved the quote I once heard regarding our purpose in life.  
“If you have a WHY  for your existence, you will have a WHAT and a WHERE as well.”
When we understand why we are here it will always bring purpose to our hearts. When we understand why we are doing what we are doing, we will be able to set goals for our future. Many a hearts are depressed and despondent today simply because they do not understand their purpose in this life.

I know I have shared this many times but it has deep meaning to me personally. When I was a teenager I can remember feeling so empty and life seemed so meaningless. About two years before I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, I can remember laying on my bed before falling asleep and asking God…”Is there more to life than this? If it is please help me understand it.” God was faithful to me in my seeking, and the answers became more clear. It was after I knew Him that my “WHAT do I do? and WHERE do I go from here?” was answered. He still faithfully answers my prayers to this day, and for that I am thankful.


Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
“Many plans are in a man’s mind,
but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.”

We can all have our own plans but only the Lord’s purposes succeed, and be established. May I encourage you today that if you do not understand your purpose in this life to just simply ask Him.
He loves you where you are at, and He has a plan for your life!

“Your Word – Our Light”

Your word is like a lamp
by Dona Hake
I recently went to light a little flashlight to find the batteries were completely dead, therefore it could not give me the light that I needed. Aren’t you glad that when you need spiritual light that you can always depend upon God to give it to you! I thank God today that no matter what I face in this life, God’s light will never let me down. He is faithful and therefore every spoken Word in the scriptures will continue to shine before me to lead, and light my path.


There will be times in which we know we are trusting Him yet our way may seem unclear. Human nature desires a place called a “comfort zone”. We like to feel like we know what is ahead in order that we can plan for it. This is just not reality. Let us always be reminded that sometimes the “not seeing” is very much a part of the trusting. It is indeed part of releasing our faith as we believe without seeing. I love this quote I just came across.

“We don’t need to see the way
when we stay close to the One who does.”

Ephesians 1:16-18 (AMP)
“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)”


I hope this has encouraged your heart in the knowing that if you serve the living God, you serve a God that is able to flood the eyes of your heart with His glorious light. We need to be ever so diligent to hold His Word close to our hearts and meditate upon it with all diligence for it is the Light for every path we walk!

“A Word Fitly Spoken”

a word fitly spoken feb 2015
by Dona Hake
To be quite honest I have always thought the jigsaw puzzles with one thousand pieces would be more of a headache to do rather than therapeutic! I commend anyone that loves to sit and put such grand puzzles together. Actually my speed is the kind my oldest granddaughter has…you know, the ones with twenty four pieces. It is so interesting to observe even in the smaller puzzles that some pieces look like they absolutely have to fit yet they do not.
Our words are like pieces to a grand puzzle. Sometimes we can feel that the words we are desiring to express will fit so well, yet when we speak them, it all seems wrong. I can remember a time in particular with my Granddaughter that she thought for sure a particular puzzle piece just had to fit, and she began to force it. Interesting analogy isn’t it?….we can feel we are right, and we begin to force our opinions and words.
God desires that our words bless, encourage, and produce. Today I want to share with you about how important it is that our words are to be spoken and fitting for the moment. You see, even a right word spoken in a wrong attitude or wrong time just does not fit nor does it help the hearer. I was studying over many translations of this scripture , and I found them all to be so enlightening.

Proverbs 25:11 (CJB)
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word appropriately spoken.

Proverbs 25:11 (ERV)
” Saying the right thing at the right time …”

Proverbs 25:11 (GNT) “An idea well-expressed…”

Proverbs 25:11 (TLB) “Timely advice is as lovely…”

Proverbs 25:11 (VOICE) “A well-spoken word at just the right moment…”

Today let us be reminded that timing has it’s perfect place when it comes to words. Right timing which is God’s timing will prompt us when and how to speak. Silence also has it’s place, so do not feel you are doing wrong when you are feeling prompted to just be silent even in those times your heart is speaking that you have the answer. May our words bless and be as apples of gold in settings of silver!


“Maintaining a Heart of Joy”

Heart of Joy
by Dona Hake
After I posted this image it is somewhat making my heart giggle.   I think the art is portraying that the heart is a flower yet it reminds me of a balloon filled with helium.   I am thinking of those days in which my “balloon of joy” is not flying very high!   I had one of those days yesterday.  Oh my, one thing right after another seemed to be going wrong, and then throw into that some interesting challenges, and by the end of the day I was exhausted.   I was tempted to think this thought a hand full of times…”I just wish I could do this day all over again.”
Now as I think back over my day, it was only my own fault that I was not recognizing my need to stay focused on the Lord and His presence for in His presence is FULLNESS of joy.  I have been sharing for the past few days also of the importance of drawing upon His grace.   How easy it is to permit the circumstances of this life to overshadow the truth that we know and need to be doing.
Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Today, I encourage you to stay mindful to do that which you know in your heart and that which is right in His sight.   They say “Hind sight is always 20/20 vision.”    This is true for I look back on my yesterday, and could see I could have done better if I would have drawn upon Him more, and not focused on the challenges.    Actually the more I thought upon all that went wrong, the more they seemed to grow bigger in my mind.  Thank God that He speaks to us even when we miss the mark.   God is so good, and His mercies are abundant!

“His Grace Abounds Toward Us”

god is able to make all grace abound
by Dona Hake

2 Corinthians 9:8   (AMP)


“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

I have been loving and thoroughly enjoying our meditations upon God’s grace!   Today will be my last day to share on grace and I would like us to meditate on the fact that our loving God is well able to make grace happen in our lives, and it is absolutely ours when we ask.   Not only will He cause it to flow toward us but it will be in abundance.    He has good reason for His abundant giving for He wants us to possess enough that we can do any good work for Him.    In the book of James he speaks of faith without works is dead so let us release our faith to do the good works that our Lord is asking us to do.     
Today I leave with you a very interesting quote I came across, and I found it to be appropriate for today.
“Grace is given not because we have done good works,
but in order that we may be able to do them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo
This quote reminds me once again that there is nothing we can do to earn His grace.  It is a free gift with the purpose  to help us, to aid us, and to strengthen us in the work for Him.   Remind us Lord that You are always able to cause your grace to flow toward us in our time of need in order that we may have abundance for every good work for You.

“When Grace Comes Into the Soul”

when grace comes into the soul
by Dona Hake
Today we continue to look at God’s grace!    The old hymn entitled “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” is so powerful and it’s words so  beautifully speak of how the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.  
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. “
This blessed gift of grace is from God, and it is ours, and all we have to do is ask Him for it.   Again I will remind you that it is free, and it will strengthen you to do His will and it will carry you when you feel you cannot go on any longer.   Our hearts must strive to remain humble for God resists the proud in heart.    This grace will regenerate you as this great strength proceeds from the Spirit of the living God.   
Today I want to share about when we ask for His grace that it is  by faith.    As we release our faith for God’s grace in our time of weakness or need, we need to know in our hearts that God is faithful to grant it to us.   
“The Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory;
no good thing will He withhold
from them that walk uprightly.”
Psalm 84:11
Lord, we lift our hearts to You and humbly ask for your grace today.   We are so blessed to serve a loving God that withholds no good thing as we purpose in our hearts to walk upright before You.   Your Word says in Proverbs 4:18 that the path of those who live right is like the early morning light. It gets brighter and brighter until the full light of day.  Thank you for blessing us with Your grace and Your glory as we keep the eyes of our hearts turned toward You.

“As We Praise Him For His Greatness…”

as we praise Him for his greatness
by Dona Hake
I am purposely and deliberately taking longer to share with you about God’s grace. I want you to be saturated with understanding how vital it is that we understand His grace. Today, I want to review the past four days of what I have shared.
We have looked at the question, “What is grace?”. We have learned the beautiful fact that it was here even before time began. Grace is freely given, none of us can work for it, nor do we deserve it. It is solely from the Spirit of God and it operates in us as it regenerates and strengthens our spirit. It is as we maintain a humble heart that we will always be vessels in which God’s grace can flow toward!
If one is proud they will not even consider their need for help from above. A proud person will not ask for grace from God. The proud in heart will always seek to do things their own way, and of course they will desire to take credit for all their accomplishments for these feeds the pride of anyone. I would like to share a scripture with you from 1 Peter 5:5. This is from the Amplified Bible…yes, it’s a bit wordy but read it slowly and allow it to minister to your heart. I promise you, it will!
1 Peter 5:5 Amplified Version
“Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”
Today I encourage you to “bundle up” in the garments of humility! It was 0 degrees this morning, and before I went out with my dog, I bundled up in layers. I dressed wisely for my own protection. I was trying to take a picture with my iPhone so I had to go without a glove on the hand I was holding the phone. I was not out even three minutes, and that hand began to burn from the freezing temperatures.

You see, you cannot play around with keeping yourself protected by using common sense and God given wisdom. So it is that we need to heed from all wisdom from above! Can we just think about how wise it is to “bundle up” in humility so that we can take a protective stand against any temptation that pride can bring? I do not know about you, but I want to be the vessel looking up at God’s greatness and be a recipient of His wonderful grace!


“God’s Grace Is Truly Amazing”

amazing grace
by Dona Hake
I have been so blessed as I have been meditating on the grace of God, and I am excited to share these reflections with you.   I want to refresh your memory with the words of John Newton that I shared yesterday.

“I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be,
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am.”
What a humble heart John Newton exhibited in his words.   These words tell me that he kept everything in proper perspective.   He understood that without God he was could do nothing yet he valued that all that was done in his life was because of the grace of God.   He speaks to us words here that set an example for us to live by.   He never forgot where he came from, and he understood that he needed grace to accomplish God’s perfect will.   It is no wonder that the Lord used John Newton to bring us this wonderful hymn that has been held precious in the hearts of many for such a long time.

“Amazing Grace”

John Newton (1725-1807)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall profess, within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.

“Who Is It That Asks For His Grace?”

by Dona Hake
Who is it that asks for His grace? I will answer that question right here in the devotional. First, I will share with you again the definition of grace that I shared yesterday.
“Grace:  the freely given, unmerited favor of God;
the Spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.”
Here is another definition that blessed me…
“God’s grace is immeasurable,
eternal, overflowing, perfect,
and lavish, yet free. Undeserved,
enlightening, incomprehensible,
glorious, and divine, yet available.
It is abounding and astounding.
God’s grace is amazing!
This is what John Newton said…
“I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be,
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am.”
These are words from a truly humbled heart before God. So who is it that asks for His grace? It is the man or woman that seeks to have a humble heart, and resist any form of pride whatsoever. It is the heart that truly understands where all strength, ability, and power come from. It is the heart that totally understands where true change comes from.

When I read what John Newton wrote, I see a heart that is longing to be in the “present moment” with a loving God. I encourage you to read this again and ask God to reveal to your heart all that He has done in you, yet there is still so much more that needs accomplished. Praise Him for who He has made you to be today, and where He has brought you from! Yet always keep in your focus the fact that God still has a great work He desires to do in you and it will only be brought about as you continue to ask for His grace.


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!