“He Is Able”

he is able to make our crooked paths straight
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I would like to continue with sharing about the precious peace of our Lord.   It is so wonderful that we can be saturated, permeated, and filled to the full with God’s peace. I find it interesting that the Lord has so many blessings that can surpass our understanding. In other words they can not be figured out. With faith He wants us to just believe and not be moved by what we see nor should we be moved by what we do not see. It always comes back to the fact that we have to keep our mind, will and emotions out of the picture. We need to keep  all of our being submitted to Him and continue to
allow Him to transform us.
 
 

Today I want to share about Him straightening  your paths. Many times in our lives we may encounter feeling like we do not know what direction to go or we feeling like we are on a crooked and bumpy road. You may feel you are in a place that you have never been before and it could potentially bring apprehension or fear to your heart, which in turn could rob us of our peace.
 
 

My GPS has always taught me little analogies of trusting in God especially when I  feel like I am clueless about what to do in a situation.   I can remember once that my GPS took me totally off course from a very busy, high traffic means of travel to a beautiful and scenic way.  I had absolutely no clue where I was yet I totally trusted that the GPS was keeping me on course…it was just a different course.
Because this device has shown me it is faithful and accurate, I just sat back and enjoyed the journey to my destination.
 
 
 
As I was pondering this devotion and the following scripture I began to think how many times in life we just do not know nor do we understand what we are to do and we just need to simply trust Him and keep our mind, our smarts, and our opinion out of the equation.
 
 
 
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 ” Trust in the Lord with all your
heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge
Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
 
 

I encourage you today to trust Him with all of your heart.   One way that we can rest and trust is to stop  over thinking how we  feel God is going to work.   Allow Him to take us places in the Spirit that we have never been before and enjoy the journey. Many times He takes us places just so He can show more of Himself to us. He wants to surprise us with so many things as we just let go and believe Him to make our paths straight. 


“Are You Permeated In His Peace?”

are you permeated in his peace
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Are you permeated in His peace?   Should we be asking ourselves this question everyday?   I am thinking “yes!”   In fact, I am thinking it would be a good idea to ask ourselves  this question many times a day.   I think of  those days that one thing after another seems to slyly come, and tries to rob us of our precious peace that we possess in Jesus.  Sometimes our lives and it’s dealings can cause “our plates to be full” with things to do, maintain, and it can all be so overwhelming.   Today we are going to meditate on growing in this…. no matter what or how much tries to sneak in and rob us…we are NOT going to permit our peace to be weakened by anything.   Let us hold fast and  stay permeated and saturated in His wonderful peace.
 
 
 

 

Let me start out with talking about God’s peace that permeates us. This word “permeate” is one I love to use because it gives me a visual every time I say it. I usually proclaim “be saturated in His peace” when I am praying for someone that needs peace. What does the word permeate mean? It means to pass into or through every part of something to be diffused through, pervade or saturate.

 
 
 
 

Quite honestly I do not understand how anyone can live without God’s peace permeating their heart and mind. I see sometimes that even His children just kind of get used to flying by the seat of their pants with their own composure and strength. That may get you into your day but I will say this, it will never sustain you like God’s peace can. God wants to give us His ALL because He gave His ALL when He gave His only Son for us. He does not want to see us short changed in any way spiritually .
 
 
 
I encourage you to ask Him for His peace, and then hold fast to it!   Think about how precious that peace is that passes, pervades, and saturates our total being.   God is so good. 

 
 
 
 
 
 “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3
 


“Search and Know My Heart”

search me oh god and know my heart april 2015
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Psalm 139:23-24 (NRSV)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if
there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I believe a very good prayer to ask the Lord on a regular basis is asking Him to search our hearts and expose anything that would hinder our walk with Him. To me it is so liberating to know that our God knows us inside and out, and may we ever stay humble in His sight.  It is as we remain humble that we can receive from Him what He sees in us and any steps of correction we need to make. It is only as we grow in humility that He can stop us and correct us if we are asking Him for something that is not good for us or we are asking with wrong motives.
 
 
 

I am going to give you an example to help you connect with this thought. Did you ever have your child ask you for something they realllllllllllly want. Let’s say they ask you for a piece of candy about an hour before bedtime. If they are of age to understand you may begin to explain to them why they cannot have the candy. Let’s say their reaction to your wise explanation is one of those “pretty please” looks that come over their cute little face, and they proceed to try to convince you that they should have it. If you are a wise parent that is not being moved by cuteness,  you will put your foot down and say “no!”.
 
 
 
 

I can remember talking to my one son when he was younger after he asked a question, and he did not understand the answer I gave him. I said, “Sometimes you are not going to understand answers to your questions because you are too young to understand, but I ask you just trust me as your mother. You don’t always need to understand before you agree. You need to trust me that I am telling you the truth, and giving you the wisdom that you need for this matter” I would proceed to explain that submission to authority will make you want to obey whether you agree or understand. Likewise we are to submit to God because He loves us and we can trust Him.
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes this is how the Lord deals with us. He simply desires that we obey, and do what He asks or asks us not to do and as  time goes by the understanding will come to us by the Holy Spirit. As we stay conscious of God, and let Him be our friend we will become more aware of His presence. When we stay aware of His presence, we will become even more diligent to seek Him in every matter of our lives.  Today let us meditate upon seeking Him with our WHOLE heart that He may lead us in the way everlasting!
 
 
 


“The Deeper the Valley…”

the deeper the valley
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
Sometimes we will walk through things that make us stop and realize how we cannot live life without Him. Oh that we stop and remind ourselves of this fact even when all is going well. It is only the Lord that can get us through any problem or devastating circumstance, and it is Him that all blessings flow from!
 
 
 
I can remember a very morning I woke up and it was a dreary day. I sat on the edge of my bed with my hands over my eyes shaking my head wondering how I would make it through the day ahead of me. I just felt so sad and down in my heart because we had to break the news to my mother that she was dying. It was one of times in my life that seemed surreal but I knew I could walk through it with the help of the Lord. I can remember God gently speaking to my heart…
 
 
 
 
“The deeper the valley, the deeper the strength.”
 
 
 
 
I immediately could see the deepest depths of darkness and sorrow all around me. It was so deep and dark yet I could see and feel God’s loving hand of strength lifting my soul up above the depths of sorrow, and His light to illuminate to guide me along with my family. There are still days that my heart returns to those words when I am facing things that may seem impossible to me. Those things that seem to have no answer or good outcome.
 
 
 
We can be comforted in our souls knowing that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. No matter how weary or sad our soul is, the love of God will cause us to rise above any situation. The Word says nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
 
 
 
Romans 8:35
(The Voice) ” So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love
of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty,
danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing.”
 
 
 
I share with you a beautiful quote by Corey Ten Boom, “There is no pit that deep that the love of Jesus is not deeper still.” Many times I think of our frailty, and how we worry about how we will handle things that are bigger than us. There are days that we dread our tomorrows, and this is not how we as Christians are to live this life. I can remember when the Lord showed me that dread is another form of fear. Sometimes when you dread something it is merely because you feel you cannot do it or walk through it, and that in and of itself can cause fear to invade our hearts. God gives us all the grace and sufficient strength that we need for everything we face in this life.
 
 
 
Corey Ten Boom also said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. ” We need to stay permeated in His strength for IT IS sufficient. Guard your heart that you are not emptying today of the strength He has blessed you with.
 
 
 
 

I encourage you today to appreciate those precious family and friends in your life. Love and appreciate them whether they agree with you on everything or not. Do not live in regrets. Purpose to give as much of the love of Christ to all those around you. This is why we are here…to live, love and serve Him.



“Entrust Your Life To Him”

entrust your life to him
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
I want to share with you about how powerful it is for us to totally entrust ourselves to God.   He desires that we commit our lives into His care.   Psalm 23:1  David stated, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”    As we look to Him for all our needs and concerns, we will lack for nothing.  As we entrust ourselves to Him, He promises to be our all whether all is well or all is falling apart.   He is our strength when we are weak, and He is our guide when we cannot see because of the trial we are walking through.  Paul understood a perfect strength in his time of weakness and this is what he had to say about it…
 
 
 
 
2 Corinthians 12:10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I
strong.”
 
 
 
 
Paul experienced a strength that did not proceed from his human strength but by the power of the Living God!    Have you ever had a time where your human strength and emotions had come to a place of weakness, and suddenly God infused you with fresh strength in your inner man, and you received direction and strong focus.   Just as God’s peace is able to surpass our understanding, there will be times that His strength, wisdom, and focus can permeate us, and it is totally beyond what we have ever known.  It is above and beyond what we expected as we trusted in His loving care!
 
 
 
 
I encourage your heart today to know this…as you entrust yourself to Him, you are in a perfect place!   As we abide and dwell in that place of trusting in Him that we will experience great and wonderful things that are truly a testimony of God’s wonderful work within us.   Serving God is so exciting isn’t it?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


“By the Grace of God”

by the grace of god
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The past few days the devotionals I have created are on the power of our words.   Are we helping to encourage people around us or our words slipping out before we pause and think before we speak?
 
 

Proverbs 21:23 (the Message)

“Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”
 
 
Have you ever had those times you say something and even as it is coming out of your mouth you are thinking, “oh no! …this is a big mistake, I should not be saying this.” I once heard someone say that just because you are thinking something does not mean you have to speak it. There will be times that you actually do have the right answer for the individual you are in a conversation with but it is not God’s timing for you to speak,nor is it time that they are able to handle the truth you desire to speak. Timing is everything! Many times especially in conflicts or disagreements God may ask us to be silent for that moment, and speak only to Him in prayer over the matter.
 
 
I can personally testify of times that I felt that someone just had to hear what I thought. You know that feeling when you feel you have the very answer that they need so why would they not want to hear it. When you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit silencing you, it would be wise for you to keep that individual in your heart in prayer. Ask Him for His timing that you are to deliver the words that you had on your heart. You know what?….He may not want you to be the person to speak at all. Sometimes the Lord has someone else assigned to bring a truth to that person in your life.
 
 

We must always look back and remember the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Pause and think about all the people that the Lord instrumentally used to bring you to the knowledge of Him. Even as we continue to grow it is wonderful to know that those that love us hold us up in prayer believing for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

Let us be diligent to ask Him to help us everyday to continue to grow in the knowledge of His Word and may we seek Him that we speak words that build people up.
 
 
 


“Do Your Words Build Others Up?”

do your words build others up
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
My inspiration for today’s devotional comes from James 1:19 (New English
Version)
 
 
“Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…”
 
 

 As I look at this scripture I not only think  about how valuable it is to careful to listen to a person’s words but we need to listen to their heart. Many times we are way too eager to speak words in response to someone making them feel that you did not even listen to them. 
 

Did you ever have times that you have walked away from a conversation and your mind kind of goes on rewind and you think about how you could of said something better. Maybe you could have been a better listener.    Maybe you have pondered what you spoke and you realize that you did not speak with wisdom.   It is so important that we realize how important and powerful our words are.  
 
 
 
In my life I can remember  as a child when unkind words were spoken to me. It always amazes me how words have such power to hold you back or create fear in your heart. I had negative things spoken to me even as an adult that hindered me for a long time. It caused me to be lacking in confidence and kept me from stepping out in things the Lord was desiring me to do. I am so thankful that God has helped me break through all those negative words that had me convinced that there were certain things I could not do. I am so thankful for the many times my husband has encouraged me to do things that I never thought I could do. I too am thankful for those family members and godly friends that encouraged me with positive words as well.
 
 

When we speak into an individual’s life with encouraging words we may never know how God is using us and causing a break through for them.
 
 
 
Colossians 4:6 (AMP)
” Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as
it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to
answer anyone [who puts a question to you.”
 
 
 
 
When we speak we should always be seeking His wisdom that we be kind, edifying and wise, then we can be able to speak or answer everyone the way God wants us to. Let us think about the words that
come out of our mouths in casual conversation. Do your words encourage people’s hearts and lift them up? Sometimes a kind word and smile to a stranger may be the only one they have received in a long time. I think about the importance of seasoning our speech as it were with salt. Salt is an enhancer, but it is also a preservative…something to ponder isn’t it?
 
 
 
 
I pray that your words that proceed from your mouth will bless and uplift those around you. I challenge you to really be a good listener, and remember to not only hear words but lean
your ear to the heart of the person speaking.    May we make a conscious effort to be building one another up with our words, our actions and our prayers.  
 


“What Is God’s Wisdom?”

gods wisdom what it is and what it is not
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
In James 3:13-18 it states the characteristics of worldly wisdom and God’s wisdom.     James said that if you are wise and understand the ways of our God that we should prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from His wisdom.   He goes on to say that if one has jealousy and there is selfish ambition in one’s heart that you should not cover it up with lying lips and boasting. I think this is an interesting thing to note because  when people exhibit lying and boasting you can count on it that there is more than likely the sin of jealousy and selfish ambition in their hearts.    This is not operating in God’s wisdom but rather the wisdom of our enemy, Satan.
 
 
One translation puts it this way and that where there is envy and strife THERE IS confusion and every evil work.    Sometimes  the trials that we walk through in this life unfortunately may  be conflicts with people. It may start out with a small problem, a disagreement, unforgiveness, etc…   It is very sad when this happens, and if people do not give such conflicts to the Lord, the outcome can  hurt and be painful. 
 
 
 
 
As we set our hearts on pursuing to live in God’s wisdom, we will handle everything His way.   The enemy will not be able to get a foothold in our affairs.     It is important that we can know within ourselves that we are really in God’s wisdom, and not our own thinking and planning.   
 
 
 
 
As I was meditating upon this devotional I began to think about how if one is allergic to certain foods or they are very conscientious about eating pure foods, they are diligent to read labels.   If there are ingredients that you know will harm you, you are deliberate and will not purchase.     As we understand what God’s wisdom is and is not, we too will quickly understand and be able to discern what wisdom we are walking in.   When the Holy Spirit tugs our heart that we are operating in worldly wisdom, we will be quick to understand, repent, and seek out to walk in His wisdom.   Today we will look at the attributes of His wisdom that we can be aware within our hearts that God’s wisdom is at work in us.
  
 

God’s wisdom is free of anything that could contaminate us. His wisdom is untainted by human thinking, and the philosophies of this world. God’s wisdom is not laced with our opinions or our past experience. It is straight from the heart of God. It is peace loving and gentle. Worldly wisdom will say that you have to continually speak your mind, be pushy and insist that you are right. When conflicts arise it should be in our heart to try to discuss the matter peaceably without arguing. In Proverbs 15:1 it says… “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
 
 
 
 
God’s wisdom  shows no favoritism and is always sincere. Worldly wisdom will tell you to take sides rather than viewing it objectively and from God’s perspective. We must always be loyal to God’s Word. If an individual is more loyal to a person than God, they will always compromise. One who is sincere is free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness and will be earnest. I love how James says then that those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and then reap a harvest of righteousness. He did not say maybe it will turn out good in the end, He said that we would reap a harvest of righteousness in our life.
 
 
James 3:18 (Amplified)
” And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and
deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make
peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord,
agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a
peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.”
 
 
 
I pray that this has blessed your heart today and I encourage you to meditate upon this.    May we be diligent to seek out His wisdom in every area of our lives.   It is in His wisdom that He is able to instruct us in His will and in His ways!
 
 


“Where To Turn? What to Do?

where to turn  what to do
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today we are going to continue meditating in the first book of James.  Let us look at James 1:5…
 
 
 
 
James 1:5 (The Voice)
“If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do
is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and
never scolds you for asking.”
 
 
 
 
 
Many times we could be tempted to run from a test or hardship because we simply do not know which way to turn. I have heard it said that 50% of a problem solved is understanding what it is.   Many times fear can come upon us simply because we do not understand what is going on.   Once you have the knowledge of a problem, then we need the know how to deal with it.  This is why it is so vitally important that we keep ourselves full of the Word of God, stay in prayer, and know that we are purposing to stay in His presence.   Confusion will always be easy for the devil to bring into a situation when we are not staying diligent.     Being full of God’s Word will enable us to rightly discern exactly what to do in any given situation.   Saying all this, we can trust God to speak to us, and give us the exact wisdom that we need for what we need answers for.
 
 
 
 
 I am sure you have experienced in the past a time that you  were walking through a trial or a tough decision and  well meaning people would  try to give you advice, and it was based solely upon their past experiences.   There may also be those that are truly giving you wisdom that needs to be heeded to.  We must be very careful  that we are being discerning and taking that advice and making sure it is godly wisdom and not human wisdom that proceeds from past experience. Wisdom does not come from old age and hard knocks. Yes, the older you get you do learn a few things but that is not how God desires that we develop it. It begins with knowing and depending on Him and allowing Him to speak into our heart about the direction of our life, our actions and our words.
 
 

It so important that we run to the Lord and cry out for His wisdom on a daily
basis.
 
 
Proverbs 8:17 (KJV) says “I love them that love me; and those that seek
me early shall find me.”
 
 
 
 
 
The “seek me early” is pertaining to asking Him for wisdom before EVERY TASK! He desires we make a conscious effort in our hearts and minds to be drawing upon His wisdom from the time our feet hit the
floor when you get out of bed till you lay down at night.   I am not talking about being over spiritual either. I really do not think that God cares what I wear or what flavor of coffee I drink but I do know that He cares about a lot about my plans and thoughts for my day. I think He really wants to be in our life more than we realize.   Yesterday I knew my day was going to be quite full, and I had much to be accomplished.   Every square inch of the minutes in my day were needed to reach a goal.    I simply asked God first thing in the morning to order my steps for each thing that needed to be done.   I asked Him to help me use every minute wisely, and He was faithful to cause me to reach my goal.
 
 
 
If you want God to lead you than you need to understand what His wisdom is on a matter. So I
encourage you today that if you do not know what to do, ask Him.   Ask Him what He thinks about your problem or whatever it is that you are dealing with. I warn you also to be patient and keep all questions in your heart before Him. He is faithful and He will answer. He knows exactly what the right thing is for us to do in our situation and we must simply trust Him.
 
 


“But Pray and Ask God…”

but pray and ask God
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Over the past few days we have been meditating upon counting it all joy when we go through various trials, and expecting our God to turn the hopeless into the hopeful.  Many times when we are in a trial we just can not see how any good could come out of it. It is those times when we are troubled and weary that we need to run to Him and lay it all before Him in prayer.   This is the very best way that we can keep ourselves guarded from our own emotions and thoughts that can surely work against us.  As He begins to minister to us  all that we need, we will be in a position to see more clearly. Many times He will begin to speak to us and show us His plan, and it is above and beyond all that we could ask or think.
 
 
 
 
When we take our cares to the Lord and pray we can expect Him to speak to us in our hearts, and instruct us in the way that we should handle our problems. We must always embrace the fact that no matter what we walk through Jesus has promised to never leave or forsake us. He sees from beginning to end, and as we trust Him we  can believe for Him to work on our behalf. I shared yesterday from  Ephesians 3:20  and I want to share it again…it says,
 
 
 
 
“Now unto Him that is able to do above and beyond all we dare ask
or think, above our highest hopes, prayers and dreams.”
 
 
 
 
I believe this scripture will help us  see that our prayer over a situation can be an amazing opportunity
for God to work on our behalf like we never dreamed. I like to look at it this way, think about a situation and what you could perceive as a good outcome, and then think how God can surpass  our expectations. I love when God turns a hopeless situation inside out, and uses it for His glory.
 
 
 
 
Again we must remember that in order for Him to work in such a way that we must be willing to give the situation to Him totally, exercise our faith, be enduring and patient. Within every trial and troublesome time there are the thoughts that we must deal with. Many times individuals just try to keep their mind occupied so they are not thinking about their troubles, and this is not God’s way to deal with our troubling thoughts and cares. This would be nothing more than just staying preoccupied, and we need to understand that God has a better way. It is necessary that we guard our hearts and minds from anxiety, and the secret is in the following scripture:
 
 

Philippians 4:6 (Easy-to-Read Version)
” Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need,
always giving thanks for what you have.”
 
 
 

Today I would like you to think about the times where the Lord answered a  prayer of yours, and it was not the way you expected. Many times I have found that potential problems ended in great opportunities to minister to people, and I was stronger than before. This is part of the work of the Lord in our lives as we stand strong in our faith, and endure no matter what. It is a good thing that we meditate and testify of the goodness of the Lord in our lives!
 



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!