Thursday, February 22, 2018

Devotional for Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Walking In Purpose”
 by Dona Hake
Ephesians 5:15-17
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

Paul was exhorting in this scripture that as believers we need to watch our walk in the Lord carefully not being an unwise or witless people. He proceeds to say we should live purposefully, worthily and accurately. As we seek God and purpose to walk upright before Him, we will do all that we do in word or in deed as onto Him, and it will be pleasing. Our walk before Him will be in purpose, worth, and accuracy.
My heart is drawn to this translation for I love its emphasis on living purposefully, worthily and accurately. It drives home to my heart the importance of knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that I are doing exactly what the Lord wants me to do. Verse 17 states that we should firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. One of the definitions that I found for the word ~grasp~ is to seize upon and hold firmly. One of the greatest tools the enemy can use is to cause us to become indecisive and double minded. May we be ever so cautious and watchful over our faith being hindered by falling into being double minded. Today let us be mindful of the tactics of the devil for he must seek ways to devour us, but know this…the greater one lives in us, and He is able to give us all wisdom to living with purpose, worthiness, and accuracy.
In those times in which you are needing wisdom because you are unsure if you are walking with purpose and exactness, I encourage you to call upon Him for that wisdom and instruction that is needed just for you.
James 1:5-8   Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

” If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.

 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,

 [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

Devotional for February 21, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, February 21, 2018
“Live In Such a Way…”
by Dona Hake
This morning, Reverend Billy Graham, a precious man of God left this earth. I can only imagine what it must’ve been like when he stood before the Lord Jesus. I can envision  the multitudes of people that are in heaven, and going to heaven because of his passionate and devoted life  that he lived as he preached the gospel message. He kept the Word simple, and his words were able to pierce the hardest of hearts .
As I watched the news this morning my heart was touched as I heard different people sharing their memories of Billy Graham. So many mentioned that they just knew the first words he heard as he stepped into glory and stood before the Lord were, “Well done good and faithful servant.“   One gentleman exclaimed how he encountered Rev. Graham once, and all he could say was that he felt he was standing in the presence and power of God.  One person in particular made a comment about him and I can’t stop thinking about that comment. He said, Billy walked in such conviction,faith, and example of godliness. He lived in such a way that made people want to believe.“ I do not know about you but these words really challenged my heart. Let us look at the scripture in 1 John 2:6 (AMPC version)
“Whoever says he abides in Him ought
[as a personal debt] to walk and conduct
himself in the same way in which He walked
and conducted Himself.”
Today Billy Graham‘s work is completed on this earth yet his life‘s work and preaching will continue to speak to hearts all over the world for generations to come. Let us thank God for this man’s life, and rejoice with him that he is free as he stands in the presence of the Lord Jesus, and the saints that have gone before us. Today let us look at his life and works and be challenged in our hearts to live in such a way that it will make people want to believe.
Acts 17:28
“…for in him we live and move and have our being…”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Devotional for Tuesday, February 20, 2018
“…and He said, Peace Be Still”
by Dona Hake
“A word from the Lord stilled the raging sea and
a glance from Him to you, and from you to Him,
will do the same for you.”
Francois De Fenelon
Mark 4:38-40 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
“Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went and woke him. They said, “Teacher, don’t you care about us? We are going to drown!”
Jesus stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm.
 He said to his followers, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
 I absolutely love this portion of scripture!   While I could testify of the many times my Lord has calmed my heart with His peace, I am feeling led to share my thoughts on this scripture a bit differently today.
As our Lord resides within us, He longs to speak through us in so many ways, and He desires that we would be vessels that bring all that He is to those around us in need.  Today, I want us to look at possibilities and opportunities of how we may be the one chosen to speak an inspired word to someone’s “raging sea.”
I have had it happen, and I bet you have too. You speak an encouraging word or many words, and the response from the person you’re speaking to may have been, “Thank you, I really needed to hear that.“     It may have seemed so small to you but it meant the world to the listener.   I especially love when I feel prompted to share certain words with someone, but my mind is giving me fits because the words seem so out of the blue.   There is no outward appearance that the person I am speaking with is  even walking through a trial yet they exclaim that the word that was spoken was exactly what was needed to calm their heart. I love those times in which I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is divinely moving upon my heart giving me the exact words to calm someone else’s “raging sea” that is rocking their world.
You see the raging seas of this life come in different ways. They may be anxious thoughts, sickness, or trials that come to  blindside us. Needless to say, our hearts can be tested.  Any one of these can bring confusion, rob peace, and quickly cause us to see things apart from how God sees them.   As believers we have a choice to look to Him or be crushed under the pressure of the rising waters and high winds of our trial.
Praise the Lord that we can be comforted knowing He is always with us, and same way that you have been comforted in your storms be ready to do the same for the one that needs comfort.   Never underestimate the Word of God that proceeds from your mouth to those around you. His Word never returns void and accomplishes many things beyond what we can even see with our natural eyes.  So let us praise our loving Lord that lives within us for He desires to stand up and calm the storms within us, and He also desires to use us as that special messenger to bring words of peace and strength to those in need.  We all have  God given assignments and  divine appointments that He has planned for us when we least expect it.  Stay ready my friend, you never know when the Lord is going to use you as His mouthpiece to bring peace to someone’s storm.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Devotional for Tuesday, February 13, 2018
“We Can Depend On Him!”
deep in my heart
by Dona Hake
 Lamentations 3:24 (CEV)
Deep in my heart I say,
“The Lord is all I need;
I can depend on him!”


 God  promises to keep His Word and upon that truth we can depend!   Our God never changes and He has promised to walk beside us.   He is our great Friend in which we can always count on!  Let us ponder some beautiful and thought provoking quotes about our dependency upon our Lord.
“The whole question in relation to overcoming is:
are we trusting in ourselves, or are
we trusting in the Lord?”
Watchman Nee
“Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly
and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together,
and who are not too proud to accept the handout of
amazing grace. As we glance up, we are astonished
to find the eyes of Jesus open with wonder, deep

with understanding, and gentle with compassion.“

Brennan Manning
As I ponder these quotes my heart is reminded of the scripture in 2 Corinthians where Paul cried out in his frustration in his time of need and weariness.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (AMP)8 “Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; 9 but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”
Today I encourage you to be the believer that trusts and depends on the Lord for every need you have.  My friend, we can depend on Jesus to always be there, and  His grace is always sufficient.   Be that one that is  hungry and needy for Him in every area of your life.  May our pride never stand in our way that we resist His abundant and all sufficient hand out of grace.  Let us hold fast to Him, and depend upon Him  every minute of our day as we are enfolded with the power of Christ in our life.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Devotional for Monday, February 12, 2018
“Let the Wise Listen”
The book of Proverbs begins with a clear statement of its purpose. It is to impart wisdom for godly living.  Let us look at part of the first chapter of Proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1-7
“The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young, let the wise listen and add to their learning. And let the discerning get guidance, for understanding proverbs, and parables the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.“

Yesterday I had a precious time with my one granddaughter. We were talking about God‘s wisdom, and how He helps us to do right things. I was explaining to her how God‘s wisdom helps us to know how to do the right thing with the good knowledge of His Word in our heart. I shared about how wisdom helps us to always do what is right in the sight of our Lord. It shows us His perfect timing, and it teaches us how to speak right words and do kind actions.

It was precious seeing my granddaughter’s heart take hold of this truth, and learn from it. A precious measure of truth was added to her heart because she took time to listen. The one verse I want to look at more closely is Proverbs 1:5. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” There is a key word here in verse five and it is the word ~listen~ it is as we listen closely that we will add to our learning.

Whether it be a child learning a new truth in God’s Word or we as adults are sitting and hearing the Word of God in church or reading our Bibles. Let us listen, and listen closely,and let us hear that we may add to our learning. It is as we do this that we will have an abundance of God‘s wisdom for godly living in this life. Today I encourage you to look to your Lord, and His wisdom that you can continually add to the learning of your heart.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Devotional for Friday, February 9, 2018
“Jesus Said This About Us”
by Dona Hake

 Jesus boldly proclaimed over His followers what He desired them to be, and He desires the same for you and me. Let us look at the scripture in Matthew 5:14-16, and read what our Lord said we should be.


 “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand,

and it gives light to all in the house.  Let your light so shine before men that

 they may see your moral excellence and  your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds
 and recognize and honor and praise and  glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
In this scripture our Lord proclaimed who we are…we ARE the light of this dark world. A lamp’s purpose is to bring light that one can see and not stumble around in the darkness. We ARE the light that gives light to all of this world! So today I encourage you to let your light shine. As your light shines even those that are in darkness are going to notice something different. God is preparing and working deep within us for such a time as this.
Remember my friend, He uses each of us differently so let us not compare ourselves to others. It is in those times that we measure our grace in comparison to others that we are not permitting our Lord to shine through us as He desires. This is not a competition, it is command….we are lights and we are to shine!
Today I encourage you to shine for Him through every word and noble deed you do. As He continues to mold and make you into His image He will be faithful to show Himself through you that others may see how awesome He is.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Devotional for Thursday, February 8, 2018
“Recreated By the Hands of Our Lord!”
by Dona Hake
Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

Praise the Lord for He is the Great Workman, and His skilled hands work to form, shape and mold us to do great things for His Kingdom! Today let us meditate upon how our loving Lord recreated us in Him the day we said, “yes” in our hearts to His lordship in our lives. When we surrendered our hearts to Him we were born anew, and He is at work in us that we may do the works that He planned before hand for us.
Our hearts should be encouraged that the One that created the Heavens and the Earth is at work in our lives, we should be rejoicing in our hearts over the plans He has for us! I want to encourage your heart today in the fact that you are a work in progress. No matter how long you have known the Lord, whether it be a few years or many, He continues to work in you.
God sees our lives from the beginning to end, and He has perfect plans and opportunities unique to each of us in order to accomplish His will . Remember…there is only one YOU! He has a special and unique plan for you, and only YOU can do it as you look to Him and follow His specific direction. He is the faithful one that will continue to work by His Holy Spirit in our lives no matter what weaknesses or inabilities we may have.
Praise Him today for what He has done in your life. Praise Him for what you also expect Him to do, and remember to give Him all the glory as He dwells within you and uses you as He wills!

Philippians 2:13 (AMP)

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, February 7, 2018
“When He Answers With His Grace”
grace is sufficient
by Dona Hake
His grace is more than enough! When pieces of our life seem like an impossible jigsaw puzzle or our heart is broken and seems beyond repair…know this, our Loving God has the answer to every problem. He is the Healer of our hearts, He is the answer to all problems, and His grace is sufficient for us. When we call out for His help, He WILL answer us with His wonderful grace! Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 about his dilemma. He states how he cried out to God with a weary plea, and I wonder if Paul ever expected this answer from the Lord…

2 Corinthians 12:8-9   (AMP)
“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him]
about this and begged that it might depart from me;  But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy)
is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables
you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power
are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves
most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the
more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities,
that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah)
may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”
Many times we too are like Paul. Our hearts beg within that our problem would just go away. In a nutshell Paul finally saw what God desired for him to see. All Paul needed was to trust the Lord to be more than enough for His situation. Paul finally understood that he had hit rock bottom, and he no longer had his own strength to depend on. It was then that Paul was in the perfect place where God could totally empower him. He also realized that God was all that He needed, and that in his weakness the power of Christ would rest upon him mightily.
Maybe you are reading this and thinking all is well and you have no need to ponder this. It is human nature at times to neglect to continue to strengthen our inner man especially if all is going well. May I share with you that we can never get rock solid enough in this revelation. This is what I desire to think about and get it rooted so deep in me…God’s grace is sufficient for me to live, and He grace is more than enough. Read this awesome definition I found of the word ~~enough~.
ENOUGH:- in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire.
When we call upon God , He will always answer us with His empowering grace that we need for the situation we are in. I think this is a powerful thought… your need or weakness is calling out, and as you call out to Him, He answers that need with the grace that is more than enough and sufficient to deal with your situation. Praise the Living God that He and His grace is MORE than enough for every one of our needs!!!

Monday, February 6, 2018

Devotional for Tuesday, February 6, 2018
“Sometimes It’s the Little Things”
sometimes its the little things
by Dona Hake
Just recently I was walking down a grocery aisle, and I saw this sweet older woman, and she was looking up at the highest shelf desiring some toilet paper. She looked at me and said, “I am a bit vertically challenged, can you please reach up and get that toilet paper for me?” As we giggled together, I told her how I used to hate being so tall but sometimes it does come in handy for the moment! As I handed her what she wanted, she was so thankful. I said, “Bless you sweetie! Have a great day!” You would of thought I handed her a handful of one hundred dollar bills! A small act of helpful kindness, and a few words made that woman glow with the sweetest smile.
I walked away thinking how you just never know what people around us may have going on in their life. You know people learn how to wear a smile yet they are crying big tears, and their hearts are hurting. There are people out there that are lonely, needy, and maybe facing the biggest battle of their life. God knows, and He wants to fill their void with life giving acts and words…He wants to use us !! I encourage you to look for opportunities to be used to bless someone in your path today.
Sometimes it really is the little things that may count to be something really big in another’s life. It is also true that sometimes the things we are called upon to do may even be inconvenient, yet if God is asking us to do it, we need to be obedient no matter how small of a thing it may seem to us. May we obediently show the love of Jesus no matter how small the deed may seem to us.

“Never get tired of doing little things for others.

Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest

parts of their hearts.”

Author unknown

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Devotional for Saturday, February 3, 2018
“His Loyal Love”
by Dona Hake
Loyalty is characterized by faithfulness to commitments and obligations. God has promised to be loyal to us with His love, forgiveness, help, …oh my!…there are so many things that He promises to be to us. Jesus said in His Word that He would NEVER leave us or forsake us. Our Lord has promised to remain faithful, from one generation to the next. The loyalty of our Lord should be precious to us for He and His loyal love can always be depended upon.
 At the end of many days I may look back on my day and wished that I would have said or done things differently but praise God He faithfully forgives me, and He promises to help me do better as I lean upon Him for all wisdom and strength. Because of His loyalty and steadfast love, He promises to be there for me tomorrow, and give me the wisdom that I need to do better.
One of the first things I try to do each morning as I greet Him is remind myself and thank Him that His mercies are new every morning. I praise Him that my day is a fresh canvas, and I try to purpose myself to walk closer to Him than the day before, and seize the opportunities He prepares just for me. Today I encourage you to meditate on His loyal love!

 Lamentations 3:22-23

“How enduring is God’s loyal love; the
Eternal has inexhaustible compassion.”

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!