“Those Times That He Carries Us”

footprints in the sand Nov2014
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today I am going to share this precious poem with you that serves to remind us that the Lord has promised to walk with us, and if need be He will carry you in your weariness.
 
 
Footprints in the Sand
 
“One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
Author Anonymous
 
 
There are many times in my life that I can testify of that I simply do not know how I would have made it a part from Him carrying me. Many times when I see people walk through things without Jesus I feel sorry for them because I know it must be so horrible to feel so alone and weak and no one to turn to because they have not allowed Him to be Lord of their life. When one decides that they have no need for God they surely have a rough road ahead of them.
 
Let us reflect on times in our lives where we felt there was no more strength yet somehow you carried on and you just knew it was a supernatural strength. God is so good and so faithful. Let us praise Him for the wonderful works of His mighty hands in our lives.


“The Heavenly Fruits of His Wisdom”

 
 
 
 
 
heavenly wisdom centers
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
James 3:17 (The Voice)
“Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy,
and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy.”
 
 
God’ wisdom will always rest on these fruits.   Wisdom’s fruits are pure, peaceful,  and gentle.  It is  be respectful  and merciful.   It will never be touched with hypocrisy for it is pure, real, and it has been tested.   God’s wisdom or ways do not up and change due to circumstance because it is not consistent with His character.    
 
When we ask God for His wisdom He desires to bless us with His pure thoughts and how He sees to do something. He desires to bless us with His good judgments.  I encourage you today to seek wisdom before every task.   Get God’s mind in all you put your hand to.  As you ask God for His precious wisdom, believe by faith that it is going to flow into you and flow forth from you as pure fresh living water.   When people ask you for an opinion on something, stop and purpose to  seek His wisdom before you speak.  This is what people need, and this is what we need in our personal life…not our opinions, not our experiences, but rather the pure wisdom that comes from above.  
 
 


“The Closer I Walk With Him”

hold his hand
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Today I want to share about walking with Him and holding his hand. This requires our effort because many times we desire that He walk with us yet we break the hold and run off like a little child because something in this life has distracted us.   Aren’t you glad to know that the God of Heaven and Earth desires to walk with you and hold your hand?
 
 
 
Even though we may feel we are all grown up in this world in which we live, we must remind ourselves that we do not always see the dangers ahead as our Lord foresees. It is of utmost importance that we purpose to hold the loving hand that desires to embrace ours. There may also be times that He too may see need to speak firmly to His by His Word because you are wanting to go your own way.
I once passed by a sign that a church keeps a little quote to provoke a spiritual truth.  It said:
 
 

“The closer I walk with Him,
there’s less of a chance
that anything come between us.”

 
 
 
Today I encourage you to hold His hand tightly and allow no distance between you and Him. Know that there are many things in this world that are trying to take your attention from Him. These things tend to tempt us and will ultimately weaken your relationship with Him.   Be vigilant to watch over your soul and hold His hand and keep your eyes on Him because He never takes His eyes off of you! 


“Thankful For His Provision”

the lord is good
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Look at the lilies! They don’t toil and spin, and yet Solomon in all his glory was not robed as well as they are. And if God provides clothing for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose that he will provide clothing for you, you doubters?”
 
 
 
This scripture reminds us of God’s loving care and how He watches over us. He is there to provide for us all that we need in any particular time. This is the time of the year that we are pondering how our hearts should be giving thanks. As Thanksgiving approaches I encourage you to ponder the blessings in your life. Think about how He has so faithfully provided for you every day. Maybe it is not in ways you expected, but we can count on it….He is faithful and He will provide!
 
 
 

Think about it…. When you need wisdom…The Lord will provide. When you need strength…The Lord will provide. When you need direction…The Lord will provide. Think about all you may need and then begin to become strong in your faith that the Lord will provide! God is good all the time…all the time God is good, and He knows all that you need!



“His Mercies…New Every Morning!”

new mercies everyday
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

Lamentations 3:22-23 (TLB)

 

“His compassion never ends.  It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness;  His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.”

 
 
 
As you begin your day, do you remember to thank Him for His mercies?   Do you remind yourself that His mercies are specifically new just for you each morning?  Oh that we would remind ourselves of how He rescued us from a life a destruction.   I think at times and wonder where I would be without Him for I know that He rescued me from a life of confusion, wrong choices, and deception.   How about you?   
 
 
 
 
Today I want you to look at this scripture and really read it keeping in mind that you are on God’s mind continually, and He desires for you to understand how much He loves you, and His mercies are ever toward you.   I would like to share an interesting quote I found by John Bunyan.
 
 
 
“Since God has mercies to give, and He intends
to give them to us, those mercies are not broken
pieces or someone else’s leftovers….God has bags
that were never untied, never opened up, but set
aside through a thousand generations
for those who hope in His mercy.”
 
 
 
Let us meditate upon His mercies that are there for us now, and will be yours to find and hope for every day you live on this earth!
 
 
Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever:
with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.


“His Word Teaches and Admonishes Us”

his word our warning
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Yesterday I shared with you about my little Granddaughter trying to keep pace with my footsteps as I was walking a bit faster than usual.    After my Granddaughter and I arrived home from our breakfast yesterday she does her usual run as fast as she can thing to get into the house.   As she began to run on our sidewalk I yelled at her and warned her to slow up, and she immediately stopped, and changed her speed.   I just do not want to see her fall especially on cold concrete.  I am just glad she is learning to slow up and heed to the voice of wisdom.   A word of warning is only helpful to the degree it is heeded to.
 
 
Proverbs 4:26 (TLB)
“Watch your step. Stick to the path and be safe.”
 
 
Today, I want to share with you about those times that God calls out to us through His Word, His Spirit, or people in our lives.   I know we can all relate to those times in which we feel we are being warned.  We must always be careful to judge the warnings that come our way to make sure they are truly of Him, and not fear motivated.  God’s Word clearly has accounts where men and women of God were admonished by the Lord.  
 
 
Colossians 1:28 ( Amp.)
“Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).”
 
 
Today I encourage your heart to respect the voice of the Lord as He speaks to you through His Word, the inward witness, and those God given people that have been placed in your life.   May we all continue to grow deeper in the comprehensive insight in His ways and purposes.
 
 
 


“The Steps of a Good Man…”

steps of a good man are ordered of the lord
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Yesterday I was taking my little Granddaughter to breakfast, and it was bitterly cold and windy.   As we were walking from the car to the restaurant I found myself walking a bit faster than usual forgetting the little feet beside me were running to keep up with me.   I looked down and found her watching my feet, and trying her best to keep pace.  I realized I needed to slow down for her, but what stood out to me was that she was trying her best to walk like Grandma, and keep up!  After all she knew she was heading for her favorite breakfast restaurant!
 
 
 
 
Do you observe the pace that the Lord is desiring to walk?   Sometimes things can seem to be moving slowly, and then out of nowhere business picks up and the Lord is doing all kinds of things around you.  The most important thing is that we are diligently observing the footsteps of the Lord, as He has promised to walk beside us.
 
Psalm 37:23 (AMP)

 

“The steps of a [good] man are directed and

established by the Lord when He delights in his way
[and He busies Himself with his every step].”
 
 
 
 
 The Lord is very interested in the paths that we walk on. I love how the Amplified version say that He busies Himself with my every step! It is important that we know He is delighting in the path that we are walking. All too often we can get into our own ways and ability, and stray from the path He desires. Today I encourage you to look often at the path or ways you are choosing for God desires to walk with you, but most importantly He desires to walk in the way that He has chosen just for you! Be strong in the Lord and follow His steps.
 
 
Psalm 84:5
“Happy are those who are strong in the Lord,
who want above all else to follow your steps.”
 


“Praise, Seek, Trust, and Thank Him”

in the happy moments
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I love the Word of God and I love having encouraging and inspirational words  displayed in my home.   Presently I updated my decorative chalkboard to say “Count your blessings!♥”   Every morning when I awaken and enter my kitchen, this is the first thing I see, and it immediately causes my mind to think on how blessed I am.   A few weeks ago I purchased a new notebook/journal.   On the front of it, it says:
 
 
In the happy moments
PRAISE GOD
In the difficult moments
SEEK GOD
In the quiet moments
TRUST GOD
In every moment 
THANK GOD
 
 
I just loved this so much that it has taken it place where once again, I see it often.  I would like to share some scripture with you relative to these words.
 
 
 
 
IN THE HAPPY MOMENTS let us give Him praise.  Let us ever be mindful that all good things are from Him and when we are happy and rejoicing, let us praise His Name.   
 
 
 
Psalm 9:2 (AMP)
“I will rejoice in You and be in high spirits; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High!”
 

IN THE DIFFICULT MOMENTS let us seek God.   It is when we are walking through troubles that our hearts need to draw near to Him, not run away or seek refuge in worldly pleasure.

 
 
 
Psalm 27:5-8  (AMP)
“For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, SEEK My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].”
 

IN THE QUIET MOMENTS let us trust God.  It is so awesome to know that no matter how busy things get or the noise of this world tries to trouble our hearts, our rest and quiet is in Him.  It is all so common if one is troubled that their sleep can be hindered by the anxieties of their mind tormenting them.   It is in the quietness that He gives that we can calmly trust in Him.

 
Psalm 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
IN EVERY MOMENT let us thank God.   Oh that we would remind ourselves to stay in His presence every moment we breathe.   It is in His presence that there is fullness of joy.
 
 

Psalm 30:12 “To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

 
 
 


“Good People May Fall But…”

good people fall
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Proverbs 24:16 (ERV)

 

“Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up.”

 
 
 
There will be times that we are weak, weary, and there are times in which are choices that set us back. Praise God for those times that even when we are at our worse, He promises to lift us back up. As we reach for His strength in our time of weakness He promises to meet us where we are at, and stand us back up on our feet again. As we seek to serve Him humbly, He promises to help us.
 
 

This life brings obstacles and difficulties that can stand in our way in the good fight of faith, IF we permit them to. I am going to say it again, things can stand in our way IF we permit them to. Along with difficulties and trials, we can become worn down in our hearts and minds. Many times during trials we can be tempted to focus so much on the problem that our thoughts become saturated with them. Let us meditate on the truth that God has commanded us to be diligent to guard our hearts and minds with His Word. He well knows the fight that we have before us, and He is well able to equip us to fight it!

 

I want to encourage you today as you run the good race, and set out to serve Him. Be diligent to do all that He requires of you and do it with all of your heart. God is looking for a people that are willing to give their all, He is not looking that we do everything perfectly for He knows we are human and that is impossible. He is looking for the pure and diligent heart that seeks to obey Him.
 
 
 
 
 


“Find Your Strength In God”

FindYourStrengthInGod
 
by Dona Hake
 

Philippians 4:13 (CEB)

” I can endure all these things through

the power of the one who gives me strength.”

 
What a blessing it is to know that we have all that we need for anything that we face. Let us look at this verse and as you read it emphasize the first two words, “I can.” Many times when we are faced with adversity or we are feeling weak, the first words that we may be tempted to entertain in our minds are “I can’t do this.”  Today I want to encourage you to seek daily to find your strength in God.
 
 

In preparing for this particular devotional my original focus on scripture was John 10:10:

John 10:10 (AMP)
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill

and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy

life, and have it in abundance

(to the full, till it overflows).”

 

In this life we all face the thief, and he is the devil himself, He diligently seeks to steal and rob from you. He will try to kill your dreams, weaken your faith, and more than anything try to convince you that “you can’t” be an overcomer. He seems to sometimes have the mysterious ability to make the smallest of things look gigantic, yet we serve the one that can bring all problems down to size it only we keep our eyes on Him.   Paul spoke of when he was his weakest is when he truly experienced

God’s strength.  As we look to live in His strength we can know that no matter how things are going in the natural, He is with us, and He will ever strong Him self strong on your behalf.



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!