“The Light That Continues To Give Direction”

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by Dona Hake


They understood the timing, and they knew what to look for. They observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth, and they simply continued to move toward it. They moved toward the light in anticipation for this was the sign of the birth of one that would be King of the Jews.


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This big and beautiful star was giving the very direction that they needed. With vision and hope, they moved toward it until they arrived. Humbly they bowed before Him,gave gifts, and worshiped Him.


There are so many things that I read about in the Bible but there are certain things I read and wish I could have been there to witness. Only my imagination can help me visualize and understand what it would have been like to bow my knees before this child that would some day be the King that was sent from Heaven, and Savior of our souls.


Today we too need to keep our eyes on the Light from above.   Let it lead you.   Let it draw you into His loving presence.   That Light will give us all the direction we need and keep us moving forward. With determination and strength He enables us to do His will as we look to Him and His Light. Wise men really do still seek Him.   Let us humbly and continually bow

our hearts before Him.    Make room in your heart for Him to do the good works He has planned just for you!

“Courage Is…”

Be Strong and Courageous Ministry Bulletin Cover
by Dona Hake
I had a movie on recently, and I loved this one particular part.   This young lady had never ridden a horse before yet she desired to do so.    She shared her fear with the young man with her, and he assured her that he totally understood.   He said he too at a young age shared that same fear but his Daddy helped him overcome it.   He said, “My Daddy sat me on his lap and said courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway!”    I just loved this because it was an inspiration of how to face fear with a true heart of courage.
Psalm 27:14
“… Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you!
Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.”
Maybe you could testify of a time  that fear has gripped your heart and rendered you unable to move forward.    How terrible it is to be held back by a fear.   Fear has the capability of robbing one’s dreams, but God desires to release you into your dreams.    He understands our every fear and the things that intimidate us, yet He promises to help us overcome any fear that would hold us back.   His Word says that the righteous will be bold as a lion!
Sometimes in life we just simply have to “saddle up and face our fears” believing that He will give us the courage and strength that we need for that moment and situation.   His grace will always be sufficient and complete no matter what!

“Trusting Him In Everything”

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My poor puppy, Aasha had an unfortunate thing happen to her recently.  She was running in her backyard, and playing ball.     She lives to run and play in her backyard!  One day when I had her out, she yipped and cried two different times.  I could see something painful had happened but I could not figure out what was going on with her.   It puzzled me because she did not limp, and she came in the house and that was the end of it.   A few days later I had her out and when she came in she had left a trail of blood drops behind her.   Finally we saw that her one front nail had split right in half, and the wick or vein was exposed.  Evidently the day she exhibited pain was when the nail probably split, and a few days later it broke completely. With my husband’s help, I cut the nail off and bandaged her.  I was very nervous to do this but I knew it had to be done.
This morning when I went to re-bandage her she looked at me with a troubled look and cried because it was hurting her.    Under her breath she began to growl softly at me, and I spoke to her firmly, and  corrected her for growling.   She stopped and submitted to me because she knows I love her.    I understood she was trying to protect herself from further  pain, and she did not want to be messed with.  She looked at me as if she understood I was trying to help her yet I could see it all over her that she was in fear of more discomfort and pain.
I thought this to be a great analogy of us at times with the Lord as he deals with us in our times of needing His repair, correction, and mending.   The Lord knows that we have areas of our life that need dealt with or healed.   It is when He starts the process of working on us that we can feel a bit sensitive, and not want to be “touched” in our sensitive spots.    We can become uncomfortable with His manner of dealing with us, and we could even become resistant to His discipline, and maybe even “growl” at Him. (not a good thing to do!)
2 Timothy 3:16 (AMP)


“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), “

Let us put our trust in Him to help us especially in those times in which we need our course corrected that we can serve Him in an unhindered way.  God’s ways and wisdom are perfect and He knows exactly what we need.    He will perfect, and bring healing to every area of our life that  concerns us.

“Only With the Help of God”

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by Dona Hake
There is a particular weight loss commercial that literally makes me cringe every time I hear it.  It is all about a weight loss pill that will make you lose weight.  I am sure it probably does but here’s the part that bothers me….”Lose weight without any lifestyle changes…”    Every time I hear it I cannot help but think that in about five years we will be hearing a commercial that says, “If you have taken this weight loss pill and have the following complications…”
No matter what we need to change in this life, it will usually take discipline and self control.   Some things are easier than others, and some things taken patience and time.   I will never forget hearing a man’s testimony of extreme weight loss.  He weighed over 600 lbs. and over a period of time was able to lose 400 of those pounds.   It was amazing to see his before and after, and might I add that his story was so inspiring to me.   Before he lost the weight, he  had basically given up and just stayed at home.   He did play online video games and ended up friending a woman on the other side of his world and they played video games.   She came to know his weight situation as they chatted and this is all she said…”You are throwing your life away…”   Those words inspired, and challenged him!    He made some real decisions and it was a slow but sure victory.  I shared this scripture with you yesterday, but it fits wonderfully with this devotional.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
God has made it possible that we tap into the power of self control and discipline.  Also, it is wonderful to know  that God is able to inspire you in disciplines through His Spirit, and those around you.  He is also able to help you accomplish your goals as you purpose your heart to be disciplined for Him in every area of your life.   God is able to help you do above and beyond all you dare ask or think!   By His power,  we can do that which may seem impossible.


“Equipped By the Spirit of God”

by Dona Hake
I can not begin to tell you how many times that I have strategically planned to get myself ready in the morning to be somewhere at a specific time.   I am completely ready to walk out the door at the exact moment I need to leave to find that I cannot find my car keys.   Out front of my house is sitting my Jeep.  It is the one and only thing that is able and will get me to where I need to be, yet without the keys, it is not going to happen.  I will be honest that there are occasions that I get into anxiety when this happens because I hate being late!    That one and only little key is missing, and I must find it.  Usually when I do find it, it was put somewhere that it should not have been placed, and it was only because I wasn’t thinking at the moment.
Have you ever felt that way spiritually?   You feel like you have done all you know to do yet you feel like something is missing or misplaced.   Many times it may be one little thing, and we just have to find it.   
Today I want to encourage you in the fact that the Lord has given us every thing that we need to do that which He has assigned us to do.   Good news isn’t it?  No matter what the task, the responsibility, or ministry,  God has exactly what you need.   
If you ever feel tempted to be anxious about how you are going to do what you need to do for Him, just think about this wonderful scripture.  He has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind to do all that He asks.   For every door you need to walk through, He has the key to enable you to do so.   Trust in Him for He is always able.

“Wise Men Still Seek Him”

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by Dona Hake
Do you seek Him on a daily basis?   You know sometimes people may think of only seeking Him in the midst of a problem, but this is all so wrong.   God desires that we diligently seek Him while all is good as well.   He desires that we seek Him before any task because He desires to be in everything that concerns us in this life.  
Knowing God’s Word will bring rest and make you rock solid when the loud, distracting words of this world serve to bring us confusion and weaken our faith.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every 
good work. “
2 Timothy 3:16-17
I encourage you today to think about the importance of seeking Him with all of your heart.   When it appears that you cannot see clearly, know this, as you seek Him that His Word will lead and guide you to your destination.   Remember,  wise men still seek Him!

“Are You Passionate About His Word?”

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by Dona Hake
What does it meant to be passionate about something?    Here is one of the definitions that I found.
It is a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for something.    I want to share with you a portion of Psalm 119 in which the psalmist expresses his passion about the Word.
Psalm 119:130-142  The Voice


“When Your words are unveiled, light shines forth;
they bring understanding to the simple.
 My desire for Your commands
left me waiting, open-mouthed and panting.
 Acknowledge me and show me Your grace
as is Your habit toward all those who love Your name.
Guide my steps in the ways of Your word,
and do not let any sin control me.
Rescue me from the torment of my human oppressors
so that I may live according Your decrees.
 Let Your face shine upon Your servant,
and help me to learn what You require.
 My eyes shed rivers of tears
whenever people fail to keep Your teaching.

You are good and just, O Eternal One,
and Your rulings are right.
 You have set out Your decrees in justice,
and they can be trusted.
because my enemies have forgotten Your words.”

Do you have such a passion in your heart today for God’s Word?    Have you ever thought how you would live without it?    I remember the movie about the precious saint Corrie Ten Boom entitled “The Hiding Place.”     They had such love for the Word of God that they were determined to take the risk and sneak their little Bible  in with them to the concentration camp that they were being taken to.   It was amazing to see them pray before they hid it under her coat, and miraculously the beautiful little Bible made its way past the darkness and evil of that place.   You see, she and her sister were passionate about a loving God and His Word.  They well understood that all they needed would come from His love and provision.
I pray that today you too are even more passionate about His Word and  trusting Him to guide your steps.    What a blessing it is to live under the light and love of His Word that gives us everything that we need!   

“Oh That We Would Rise!”

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by Dona Hake
I was recently reading some facts about the eagle that brings this scripture to life.   Did you know that the eagle has a wingspan of up to seven feet?   It flies higher than almost any other bird and it flies up to 10,000 feet!   It can glide easily at up to 2,400 feet in altitude and moves up to 150 miles an hour.   It can also carry objects equal to its body weight.   Wow!   Pretty interesting isn’t it?
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”
I have always been fascinated with eagles, and for this reason I have always loved this scripture in the book of Isaiah.   This scripture encourages my heart that there is promise to those that truly wait and expect from Him.    In our time of weakness we can expect our strength to be renewed, and we can mount up as the eagle, and continue to soar with our God.   We may be tempted to be weary and faint, yet something supernatural happens inside when we trust.   I can testify from my own life in which I could have chosen to see a situation hopeless and draining yet I experienced His supernatural strength inside of me.   I encourage you today to wait upon Him no matter what is going on around you.    Whether there is a storm or not, draw upon His awesome strength,  run and not be weary,and walk and not faint!   

“For What Are You Thankful?”

by Dona Hake
I want to first of all wish all of you a very blessed Thanksgiving Day!    Today as you prepare to meet with family and friends I encourage you to be thankful for those around you.   
This past Sunday as I was teaching the little ones, I was sharing with them about the holiday Thanksgiving.   I began to encourage them to think about what they were thankful for.  I went around to each child and ask them what they were thankful for.   My heart was touched to hear that almost every one expressed that if was their family.    Their little faces were so sweet and confident as they expressed their hearts.    I began to share with them about the simple things that can so easily be taken for granted.    Food, clothing, warm homes, etc.   I went and got a fresh cup of water from the sink and held it up to them and began to share how easy it is to take for granted that we have clean, pure and safe water.    I shared that my husband goes into countries around the world, and he has seen that their water is not pure and safe to drink.   Their little faces were amazed, and I know it made them think.  
I ask you today,  for what are you thankful for?   Maybe you do not have a big family, and maybe you might not have any family at all.   You might consider your family to be those that have been true friends that have encouraged your heart and stood by you through thick and thin.     Today and everyday we need to remind ourselves of how blessed we are, and how great our Lord has been to us.   I pray that your day will be blessed and enriched as you fellowship with a thankful heart!   Let us always be mindful to declare each and every day the wonderful things the Lord has done for us.♥

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!