“Be Patient With Yourself” Devotional for Sunday, June 22, 2014

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by Dona Hake


“Be Patient With Yourself”  (a shared archive of December 13, 2013)


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 you 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.

“For It Is Not Wise To Ask…”

eye on the goal

by Dona Hake


No matter how old you are you will always have those “Remember when?…” moments. The other day my husband and I were talking about how prices are so different from when we were little. I was sharing special memories of a little corner store down the street from me. It was owned by this sweet old Jewish man, and I just loved him and he would always make me giggle! I would buy three TastyKake Cupcakes that were wrapped in a wax wrap and they were less than fifteen cents. May I add that TastyKakes today are no where near as delicious as they used to be? Two mint juleps for one penny and all kinds of other yummy candy for a penny a piece. Up the street from me, I can still recall the the gas station that we would walk to on hot summer days to buy a popsicle and the price per gallon at this gas station was 25 cents a gallon. Amazing how things have changed.


We could play out in the dark at night and we enjoyed ourselves with simple, fun and creative things. I could go on and on and I am sure you could share some memories as well. Today I want to share a scripture that I never knew was in the book of Ecclesiastes. I found it quite interesting and it caused my heart to ponder.


Ecclesiastes 7:10  (NIV)

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”

For it is not wise to ask such questions.


We can all reach into our past of sweet memories and enjoy them but we need to be careful to remember that things are continually changing around us. No matter how hard we try it would be impossible for us to freeze our past. If people do this, they will become very unhappy and possibly bitter people. They will find themselves lacking strength and vision because they dwell too much on how things used to be. As the popular saying goes, “It is what it is!” God desires that we look forward, have goals and give it our all to achieve them. With His courage, grace and strength we can run the race set before us and know in our hearts that we can enjoy the day in which we live and in the end, we win!!!!


“…but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—

to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. ”

Philippians 3:13 The Message



“Loving, Growing, and Releasing”

life  loving growing releasing


by Dona Hake


I can still remember the day I stood at my deck door watching my two little next door neighbor girls playing in their backyard. A few tears streamed down my face as I began to reminisce when my sons were that little. The “empty nest” thing was trying to get me down. One of my sons was now married and the other was serving our country. It seemed like yesterday that they were only little boys and people would walk up to me in a store and say “Enjoy them, because they grow up all too fast!” Wow! was that ever true.


I can also remember the day that God helped me see that we all have chapters in our life, and as one chapter ends another exciting one begins if we dare walk into it with joy in our hearts. The joy that filled my heart once I realized this made me determined that the “empty nest” syndrome was having no place in my heart or mind! As for myself I can say life is about first of all loving and serving God. He desires that we enjoy each moment, love those around us, and also release them to be all that God wants them to be. I am so thankful for the young men that I proudly call my sons!


When we realize that God has a plan for us and all those that we love, we can rest and enjoy our lives as He intended. It is so awesome to know that God has a special and unique plan for each of us. He is not finished until we take our last breath either. Yes, life has it’s pain that we all have to walk through, yet He has promised to be there and keep us strong if we trust in Him. Let us think about how we can love, grow and continue to release in this life. God is ever preparing us for growth and new chapters.


Philippians 1:6 (TLB)
“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will

keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within

you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.”



“Guarding My Heart, Mind, and Tongue”

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by Dona Hake




“A Guarded Heart, Mind and Tongue” Posted in devotions Thursday, June 19, 2014

In this day and age we seem to be more and more aware of the importance of guarding all kinds of things. We put virus protection on our computers, and to feel even more secure we do external back up so we do not lose important documents and images. We have all kinds of new companies rising up to keep our homes safe. We do our best to keep our identity safe. Like never before people are trying to exercise and eat very healthy because they desire to guard their health and well being. In the midst of guarding all these things I constantly am reminding myself to never lose sight of the importance of keeping my heart guarded. I try to stay conscious that my thoughts are acceptable to Him and the words I speak are helping and edifying to myself and those around me.I just want to encourage you today to make sure you are making a diligent effort to guard your heart for from it flow the issues of life.



Proverbs 4:20-25

“My son, pay attention to all the words I am telling you. Lean in closer so you can hear. Keep them before you; meditate on them; set them safely in your heart. For those who discover them, they are life. They bring wholeness and healing to their bodies. Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life. Do away with any talk that twists and distorts the truth; have nothing to do with any verbal trickery. Keep your head up, your eyes straight ahead, and your focus fixed on what is in front of you.”


Let us also be ever so mindful of how our words can build up or destroy.



Proverbs 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”



Proverbs 21:23

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues guard themselves from trouble.


“Faith Is The Assurance…”

faith is the evidence

by Dona Hake


Let’s just pretend today.  Let’s pretend that it is only five days till Christmas.  For all of you that do not love winter as much as I do, this may be hard, but let’s just pretend!!!!  Only a few days to go and there is something you have ask for as your Christmas gift and you begin to observe gifts that have your name on it.  They are beautifully wrapped with bright bows.  Now since we are all grown up, we would never think of picking gifts up and holding them or shaking them a bit…would we???   I am not going to ask for a show of hands, but I know I would!!!!


Many times we know what we have ask for from the Lord and we all know the importance of believing and waiting.  When we are in faith it is important that we not judge that things are not happening just because of what we see or do not see.    Many times the Lord is beginning to unfold answers to your prayers, but because of our preconceived ideas of how it is going to happen you may miss what He is trying to do in your life.  Sometimes the answers to our prayers simply come in a whole different “package” than we expected.


Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something

we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what

we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Hebrews 11:1 (VOICE)
Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for,

the absolute conviction that there

are realities you’ve never seen.


One thing that we can be assured of is that we need to know that God desires to bless our faith  yet He understands more than we will ever know that His timing and our waiting is so important.    It is also of great importance that our asking is in line with His will for our lives.   Today I encourage you that if you are believing Him for something to wait with an assurance in your heart that He will bless your faith.  



“Life Is A Journey”

Life Is a journey

by Dona Hake


“Life is a journey, not a destination”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always loved this quote because it ministers to my heart about how to view my time here on this earth. Today I was listening to someone as they shared their heart about a man that died and they esteemed this individual very highly. He was held in many’s eyes as a man of integrity and one who encouraged people to reach their potential. He began to share something he heard this gentleman say and it was relating to the quote I shared. 

This man that was also known for his words of wisdom made the following comment.regarding Ralph W. Emerson’s quote, “Yes it’s said that life is a journey, not a destination”…and if you do it right, you will never reach your destination. The reason being that until the day you die, you should never cease to learn and grow to your potential.” Learning, growing and giving should be life’s experience until you take your last breath.

I was so touched by this! I love hearing people share things like this because it causes me to be careful to never get comfortable with where I am and to keep trying harder. The gentleman sharing said that we all have someone or maybe more than one person that pushed us beyond where we would stop because of our limitations. Do you remember a person in your life that pushed you beyond what you thought you were capable of? Maybe it was that parent or teacher that seemed hard on you and you hated it at the moment but years later, you were glad they did. Today, I encourage you to think about and also be thankful for that individual that pushed you and helped you reach for the God given potential within you.

It is a wonderful thing to make a decision that you will continue to grow and learn everyday of your life no matter how old we are. So as we press in to reach our potential, let us be mindful to never give up because God has much for us to do while we live our life for Him.


“Bloom Where You Are Planted”


by Dona Hake


Bloom where you are planted.”


I can remember hearing this quote seventeen years ago.  An amazing gentleman from North Wales came to minister at our church.  His name was Arthur Burt, and I am forever grateful in my heart that I have the opportunity of knowing this man of such wisdom.    His little and big tidbits of wisdom always caused me to stop and ponder my own heart and challenge me to grow deeper in the Lord.


This is one of those quotes that should encourage our heart to think about where we are and what we are doing while we are in that particular place.    When a flower is in bloom it is in a time of  flourishing, healthy condition.  It is the time or period of greatest beauty, and artistry.  


Today I encourage you to bloom where God has planted and positioned you.  Never underestimate the place He has put you to do His good work.  Also, we should never compare ourselves to others and the work the Lord is doing in them.  As we are faithful to remain and allow His loving hand to keep us, and take care of us, we will indeed bloom where we are planted!





“I Can Because He Said I Can”

 gods strength in you

by Dona Hake


Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me

[I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him

Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”


Today let us meditate on God being the God that can strengthen us to do anything that is in accordance to His Will. Again, as I shared yesterday, we must believe that He is well able to do what He says He can do.


Here is an interesting quote that goes along with what I am sharing:


“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Henry Ford


It is important that we do believe all that God says about us because if we do not, there is not way that we are going to see it our God given desires come to pass. There is nothing I hate more than hearing someone say in definite terms…”I can’t do this!” What really upsets me is when I know that the person declaring this has people in his or her life to help make it happen. How much more should we never say, “I can’t!” when we have the God of heaven and earth declaring His help to us. Oh that we would fully place our trust in Him for His help in all that we ever try to do.


Today I encourage you to allow Him to infuse you with great strength, and look to Him for all that you ever need to do the task before you!



“Living To Believe Him”



by faith we believe

by Dona Hake

The present and the future could cause one to worry and fear but the God we serve desires that we just believe. “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want…” Psalm 23:1 There is probably none of us that have not heard this, and I would venture to say that it is one of the most favorite Psalms of many. While He promises tender loving care and provision, we still need to believe that He is willing and able to do what He says.

I have returned to reading from one of my favorite authors. Francois deFenelon. I love the depth of revelation that He shares. He challenges my heart as well.


“Faith discerns God behind all the circumstances that try to hide Him.
Faith also holds you in a state of uncertainty.”

Many times we can find our hearts in unbelief simply because our eyes are too focused on our circumstances. The more we look at our circumstance the more real and powerful that circumstance seems. Behind the circumstance God is seeing an opportunity for His hand to graciously move in our lives. Also, our human nature will also hate to be in a place of uncertainty. We want to get through the trial and get it over with. Many times even in the midst of a trial, God is looking to work a new thing in your heart by His love and tender instruction.

The God that asks us to live by faith is so ready to perform that which He said He would do, all we need to do is believe!

“The Blessing of the Content Heart”

godliness with contentment is great gain

by Dona Hake


I can remember as a little girl when my Grandmother would take my sister and I to the York Fair. What a treasured memory I have of her. I can remember how she would put us on the Merry-go-round and stand and watch us. Each time we would pass her, we would wave and there would be joy all over her face as she would wave back at us. There was one thing though that I could remember , and that was the faster the Merry-go-round went I could no longer seem to find her in the crowd of so many faces watching. I was always glad when it finally slowed up and even though it was fun, I was glad to get off.

Sometimes I think life can be like a Merry-go-round. Sometimes things just get going so fast that we forget to slow down and get our bearings and footing back. God desires for us to enjoy our lives and the many blessings yet He does not want us to get so caught up in them that we forget to look for Him. Let us not make ourselves so busy that things swirl so fast that we can no longer find Him in the midst of the whirlwind that we have created. We have so many things to be thankful for and many are the materialistic blessings we enjoy yet He does not want them to hold our attention to the point that our focus is off of Him. We have all heard it said that there are things we have in this world that we love but we cannot take them with us when we die.


1 Timothy 6:6-7  (VOICE)
“…because godliness, along with contentment, does put us ahead but not in the ways some imagine. 7You see we came into this world with nothing, and nothing is going with us on the way out!”


Today I encourage you to desire a heart that is contented with Him.  He is all that we need as take this journey here in life.  Let us learn how to live our lives enjoying the blessings but not loving the blessings more than Him.





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!