“…and He Shall Strengthen Your Heart”

and He shall strengthen my heart
by Dona Hake
Let us continue to give thanks to the Lord for the many things that He does for us.   Have you  ever been weary?  I think we can all acknowledge that some time in our lives we have experienced being weary and have been tempted to lose heart in a matter.  Our God is the faithful one that says, “I SHALL strengthen your heart!”   What a beautiful promise to rejoice and be thankful for!
Psalm 27:14(KJV)

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,

and he shall

strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”


Let us ponder the three words  “AND HE SHALL”.  The scripture does not say “wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and it is likely he will strengthen your heart.” Nor did it say “wait on the the Lord: be of good courage and perhaps he will strengthen your heart.” NO! it says, “He shall.” If He said He shall, then He will!   Today let us meditate of having hearts that are determined to wait and be of good courage because the faithful One has promised to strengthen us.


“Speak Of His Wonderful Works”

speak of his wonderful works
by Dona Hake
I am continuing to focus of having a heart of thanks and proclamation of God’s goodness in our lives.  Today let us look at announcing His wonderful and powerful deeds.
It seems like only yesterday that I burned my left hand and was diagnosed with third degree burns.   It was pain like I have ever experienced.  Both my Granddaughters were with me, and my oldest sat with me on the sofa immediately after it happened.   I was about half out of it because of the pain,  it hurt so badly, I could not hold back my tears.    I was so stunned, and disoriented from that pain that I just did not even know what to do as far as caring for it. A soft Quietly my Granddaughter said, “Grandma, I want to go to the Doctor with you. Can I?”
My husband came home and prayed for me immediately.   I had decided to go to a Patient Care because I wanted to know how to care for the burn properly.   The attending physician was shocked to see how bad it was and proceeded to immediately get my ring off because my circulation was being cut off.  She had told me that it would take at least three weeks for the burn to heal, and she prescribed a heavy duty pain killer just so I could sleep. She carefully bandaged it and sent me home.
I will try to make this somewhat long story short.   My progress was absolutely phenomenal.   The first night’s sleep was without any pain, and I used NO pain medication at all.   I was using my hand almost immediately with no pain or hindrance from the burn.   I just could not believe it.  Within a five day period, the blisters came off, and there was absolutely no scaring at all.
I can remember my Granddaughter’s face when she saw how Tuesday of that week, my hands were with pure white blisters and on Thursday the blisters were gone and my hand was totally normal.  Her little jaw dropped and she inquired how it happened.   She could not understand how the blisters were gone and my hand looked normal again.   I said, “Honey, Jesus healed Grandma’s hand!”
“Each generation will announce
to the next
your wonderful
and powerful deeds.
I will keep thinking about
your marvelous glory
and your mighty miracles.”
Psalm 145: 4-5
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Granddaughter will never forget sitting with me as I cried in pain when my hand was burned.  She still tells me how she remembers how I screamed in pain when it happened.  I also know that she will never forget seeing my hand totally whole and healed!   Let us proclaim to our children and our children’s children the wonderful works of the Lord.   Give thanks to the loving, living God!   Our testimonies will surely point people to look to Jesus Christ.

“No One Can Comprehend His Magnificence”

Psalm 145 November 4
by Dona Hake
Throughout the month of November I intend to focus on giving thanks to our God.  Today’s devotional is from Psalm 145:1-3.


Psalm 145:1-3

“I will lift my praise above everything to You, my God and King!
    I will continually bless Your name forever and always.
 My praise will never cease—
    I will praise You every day;
    I will lift up Your name forever.
 The Eternal is great and deserves endless praise;
    His greatness knows no limit, recognizes no boundary.
    No one can measure or comprehend His magnificence.”
It is so easy to take things and people for granted, and we must be mindful that we live with hearts that are full of thanks especially to our loving God and the loved ones and friends in our life.  Today I am encouraging you to think about how wonderful and good the Lord has been to you.   Day in and day out He faithfully meets us as we open our eyes each morning.   He is always there for us throughout our day.   Even when we fall and mess up, again He is faithful.  As the psalmist writes in verse three, God is much greater than anyone can understand!  
Have you ever tried to figure out the word “eternity.”     I have, and it never ceases to leave me speechless and in awe. This is just one of the many wondrous things about God that are far above and beyond our comprehension.  Have you pondered how great His love is toward you today?   Is it not the most wonderful thing to know that He loved you enough to send His Son to die for you?  Have you stopped and thanked Him today for His forgiveness and paused to try to figure out the depth of His compassion that forgiveness brings to you?  I marvel as I think about how He not only forgives us but He totally washes us clean and restores our souls.  
Let us think about more of His divine attributes…His grace and mercy  recognizes no boundaries and they are new each morning as we face new challenges.   No, we will never be able to totally comprehend His greatness, but we can always continue to offer thanks and worship to Him for all that He is to us!  Give thanks to the Lord for there is no measure of His magnificence!



“Jesus Never Changes”

Jesus the same yesterday today forever
by Dona Hake
I have heard it said that 67% of people hate change. I kind of feel that holds
true. I really can not say where I stand on this thought because some days I like
to see things a bit unpredictable yet there are other days I hate the kind of
changes that can come in this life. I am sure you too could agree.
Sometimes people change. If it is for the good, that is wonderful but what about
when people change and it is not so good. There may be people that you felt
you knew them so well and now they have changed and your friendship no
longer seems to be the same. When things change in this life and it brings
pain to us it can make you feel unsettled and insecure.
I am so thankful that Jesus never changes. His love never changes for me. No
matter how bad I mess up, He still loves me. I am glad that He never changes
where He is at. He is always by my side. I am so glad that I can count on
that. His ear is always towards me when I pray. I am glad that He did not
change on this matter because it would be upsetting to know that He decided not
to listen to my heart today. On and on I could go but it’s just that simple…
Jesus never changes.
I hope this stirs you to think about the concrete fact that He is faithful and there
is no changing. The world may change and we all well know that it is. There
may be things that are changing and it is beyond your control to make it the way
it was. But take comfort in the fact that the God of the Universe NEVER
changes…it’s that simple.

“Jesus the Anointed One is always the same: yesterday, today, and forever.”


“His Lovingkindness Is Toward Us”

Lovingkindess and Song of the Lord
by Dona Hake
I know it to be true that if you go to bed with much on your mind that this is how you wake up. The Lord does not want us to greet our day with the thoughts of yesterday nor the worries about our tomorrows. I love how the Psalmist asks the Lord to cause Him to hear of his Lord’s lovingkindness first thing in the morning.

Psalm 143:8 (AMP)

“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning,

for on You do I lean and in You do I trust.

Cause me to know the way wherein

I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.”

The Psalmist shares in Chapter 42 verse 8 that the Lord commands His lovingkindess toward us in the daytime and at night His song shall be with us!  Let us trust to experience His lovingkindness as we awaken and hear His song at the end of the day. Let us remember to lean on Him not only for His strength and wisdom but for the balance He can bring to our lives. Thank Him as He unfolds His plan for your day.   Lift up your soul to Him and allow Him to touch you because He loves you so much!


“Hold Fast To Good”

good thoughts good words
by Dona Hake
“Lord, are my thoughts and words acceptable to you?” This would probably be a very good question and prayer that should cross our minds often. I believe if we kept our heart’s challenged with this question that we would be kept from some situations that could easily be avoided. Many times we are quick to think things or form opinions based on our first impression. Maybe you are thinking things and speaking things based on what you have seen in the past. As a result of not asking the Lord for how you are to respond in word and in thought, you could get yourself in a difficult situation or offend someone.

Psalm 19:14 (AMP)
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my

[firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.”


It is only God that knows you all too well. He understands how you tend to think and react. He knows every hurt and pain that is still in the healing process within you. He is well able to help you hold your tongue and alter your thought process. It is He that can help us to be rock solid in every area of our life because He is the Rock! Look to Him as often as you need to be your Helper today that you may think thoughts and speak words that are pleasing to Him.  Let us do as it is written in I Corinthians and speak words taught to us by the Spirit of the living God.   As we do this, we can be assured that we are speaking God’s truth and not our opinions or our own wisdom.


1 Corinthians 2:13 (ERV)

“… we don’t use words taught to us by human wisdom.

We use words taught to us by the Spirit.” 

“Sowing Seeds of Strength In Others”

god our refuge and help
by Dona Hake
 Have you ever encountered someone going through a very big problem and you feel at loss for words? Undoubtedly, I am sure you have. Sometimes we can desire so badly to say the right thing and we end up saying something and wished we would have kept our mouth shut. It is times like these that we need to be careful listeners and allow the troubled person to share their heart. As you hear with your heart, God is always faithful to fill your mouth with His words of consolation and wisdom.
The scripture that I want to share with you today is one that is very dear to my heart.   It is
2 Corinthians 1:3 and it is from the Message translation.
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”
I want you to now think about the times that you have been on the side of the deep valley of trouble.  That place where there seemed to be no answers and hope.   As you set your face toward the Lord you experienced His sweet comfort, and He gently and lovingly led you to the mountaintop.   I know for myself that those particular times are bittersweet memories.  
I encourage you today that if you have experienced that powerful comfort that can only come from the hand of God, to be ready to share it with the one in need.    Think about it…you may be the one that God desires to bring alongside of someone who is going through hard times that you can be there for that person just as He was for you!

“Be Patient Because God Is At Work”

be patient God is at work in you
by Dona Hake
It is vital that we continue to walk patiently with those we live with and work with. There is also the whole realm of patiently waiting for circumstances to change in our life, but how many times do we think about being patient with ourselves?

As we pursue to grow in God’s love and in His Word sometimes we focus too much on what we are NOT rather that how far He has brought us. With any work that needs done in us there needs to be a time of waiting for His loving hand to work. I guess there are all times we wished He would work a bit faster, but His wisdom encompasses more than we will ever understand. As He works, He promises that the transformation will indeed happen, but remember sometimes we can tend to be impatient in that which we have to wait for.

Be encouraged today that as you are applying yourself to do that which is right and good in His sight that His loving hand is at work in your life. Guard yourself from focusing on your weaknesses but rather the gifts, the strengths and abilities He has blessed you with. As we keep our hearts humble and open to Him, He will be faithful to show us the areas in which we need to give attention. He leads and guides us into ALL truth in every area of our lives! God bless you.



Phillippians 1:6 AMP

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”

“The Mercies of God”

streams of mercy
by Dona Hake
Maybe you are reading this first thing n the morning or maybe you started your day many hours ago.   Regardless of when you are reading this, I want to bring to your heart a reminder of God’s wonderful mercies in your life.   No matter how busy your day is, and no matter how good or bad it seems to be going, I encourage you to ponder this…
Lamentations 3:22-23
New American Bible (Revised Edition)
 “The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted,
his compassion is not spent;
 They are renewed each morning—
great is your faithfulness!”
As we look to Him at the start of our day we can stand believing for bountiful blessings flowing from His hand into our life.   We can know that everything we will need to sustain us is there, and all we have to do is ask Him for it.  I love knowing that I serve a God that is FULL of mercy and He promises that it never runs out nor  can it be exhausted!   As you meditate upon this, I encourage you to set your gaze upon Him and allow your spirit to receive all that He has for you today.   We can look to Him in prayer and believe that His fullness will be upon us as we trust in Him.
Psalm 90:17
“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
and direct thou the work of our hands upon us…”
I believe as we allow His beauty or His grace to be upon us, He will direct the work of our hands. He will begin to deal with how we view everything. He is well able to put us in alignment with His will as we stay humble to Him. He will in turn cause all that we set our hand to to be blessed and prosperous.  

“Our Daily Bread – Exactly What We Need”

seeking God
by Dona Hake
The Word of God tells us that if we seek we will find.   Our loving God loves when we seek Him.   Even though He knows EXACTLY what we need, He desires that our hearts exhibit our need of asking Him.   Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and one of the things to ask for was daily bread.   Let us look at two translations that I felt were excellent.
Matthew 6:11 (DRA)


“Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.”

Matthew 6:11 (VOICE)


” Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—”

The Lord knows our needs before we are even aware of them.   He also knows the areas in our hearts that are weak and needy.  It can be so tempting to concern ourselves with things that we do not yet have to deal with.   When we believe that He is faithful to give us exactly what we need, our hearts and minds will be at peace.   Today I encourage you to meditate upon the fact that God is faithful to give us the “bread” we need to get us through one day at a time.   That bread will sustain us, and keep us nourished in our spirits.   Thank you Lord for daily bread that is alive and living and all so powerful!

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!