Sunday, October 1, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, October 1, 2017
“The Sweetness of a Friend’s Counsel”
 
in the same way
 
by  Dona Hake
 
 
 
Proverbs 27:17 (The Voice)
” In the same way that iron sharpens iron,
a person sharpens the character
of his friend.”
 
 
Oh how we need to value the sweet fellowship of our friends in Christ.   Today I want us to meditate of being a friend that offers sweet counsel and receiving sweet counsel from the Word of God.   First of all in any relationship whether it be family or friend we need to be  loyal to the truth, and live uncompromisingly according to His precepts that He has laid out in His Word for us.  I love the scripture from Proverbs 27:17, and I love the challenge it brings. I am sure everyone reading this has a friend or maybe you have many friends. A true friend will keep their eye on you, and they will come to know your heart in a special way. They will be able to observe by a mere, slight change on your face that something is troubling you. In the event you fail or make a mistake, a true friend will never leave you. A true friendship withstands any hardship, and will continue to grow in the midst of any trial. In fact we will see that the trials will actually make us stronger, if we handle them in God’s wisdom and His ways. An individual that loves and cherishes their friend dearly will also desire to share in the exchange of their strengths.   A true friendship never competes but will thrive and grow stronger with time.
 
 
May we be ever mindful to be grateful to our Lord for the faithful friends that He has put in our lives. Thank God for those friends that have not walked away from us when they saw our faults and made the choice to love us and pray for us.  We should be so thankful for those friends that love us enough to speak God’s Word even when we do not want to hear it. Many times our mind and emotions may not want to hear the truth but our hearts should be rejoicing at the voice of godly counsel in our time of weakness and need.  We must value it, and allow it to minister to us that we can be sharpened by it both in character and in countenance.

 

Proverbs 27:9
“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:
so doth the sweetness of a man’s
friend by hearty counsel.”
 
Today I encourage your heart to seek Him, and ask Him to help you be the best friend you can be to those that He has divinely placed in your life. I pray that you will recognize the God given strengths in your friends . As iron sharpens iron, let us be willing to be used to sharpen as well as be sharpened!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, September 30, 2017
“Embracing the Sweetest Silence”
 
Quiet heart
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“God
speaks in the silence
of the heart.
Listening is the
beginning of prayer.”
Mother Teresa 
 
 
Today I would like for us to meditate upon the importance of our hearts being a place of stillness, peace, calm, and silence.    I particularly want us to look at the word ~silence~.   Silence is the absence of any sound or noise, it is a place of stillness.  Is your heart still today or is it troubled?   If your heart is troubled I encourage you to permit the same Jesus that stilled the wind and waves to still your heart that He may speak to you throughout your day.
 
Psalm 42:11  CEV
“Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you!
And I will praise you again because you help me,
and you are my God.”
 
Three different times in the Psalms the psalmist spoke to his soul and questioned it asking…”why are you so disquieted?”    Sometimes we just need to give ourselves pep talks from the Word of our Lord.  Quieting our hearts is so vital.   It can only be done as we stop and recognize that our hearts are troubled that we would pray and ask Him to help us.     It is sad to say that many people live with constant “noise” between their ears and in their heart, and it just becomes a normal thing and they accept it to be something they have to live with.  The mistake anyone can make is trying to substitute the beauty of His stillness with the things this world has to offer.    
 
 
Our heart is the place that our Lord dwells and I believe it should always be a place of stillness and silence.   The Word tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence for from it flows the issues of life.   May our hearts and minds be a guarded place.   May we learn to arrest those thoughts that come from out of nowhere to rob us of our peace.   
 
I encourage you to take inventory of your thoughts on a regular basis.  Ask yourself if each and every  thought is worthy of remaining in your mind.   If it is not worthy it will end up robbing  you of the precious peace you desire.  Today I encourage you to yearn for your heart to be a place of silence and refuge.   May it be a place so quiet that you can hear your Lord speak to you in prayer.   May it be that place where the still small Voice is heard.   Silence in the heart is truly the sweetest silence to know!


Friday, September 29, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, September 29, 2017
“A Humble Heart Receives Correction”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
When the Lord speaks to me in my quiet time or during a time of hearing the Word I love to write it down and read it many times over. My special notebook has various scriptures, thoughts, and unique quotes.   It is a good thing to journal such things to look back on, reflect and deepen our revelations that we receive from Him.
 
This morning during my time of prayer I was re-reading over some notes that I had written a while back and I wanted to share them with you today.
 
“God may need to correct or rebuke us to get us back on track. Life is full of corrections on our course. Lord, you are my Shepherd, lead me! He always leads us into truth. What am I living by? Is it the truth? His Word keeps my life on course. One needs to keep their heart humbled that the Lord can do a work in their heart.”
 
In the silence before Him this morning, He once again reminded me that He loves me, and because He loves me I should desire His loving correction. Most importantly I must keep my heart humble.   Oh that we would be ever so mindful of staying humble before Him at all times for it is then that He can speak to our hearts at any given time.    Thank you Lord for keeping us standing firm and able to walk and go forward in Your will.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, September 28, 2017
“The Honor of Good People”
 
God our integrity
 
by Dona Hake
 
Today we are meditating God being our integrity.   The honor of good and godly people is to walk in their Lord’s integrity.  First I would love for you to read this short quote as we think about our Lord guiding us in the ways and path of integrity.
 
“God shall be my hope, My stay,
my guide and lantern to my feet.”
William Shakespeare
 
If God is our hope, we have established in our hearts that He is going ahead of us. Our eyes are fixed on Him with great confidence and expectation.   When we see Him as our stay, He is always all that we need in the present. He shall be the loving Anchor of our soul, and we shall not be moved.   When He is our guide, He is the ultimate compass that moves in the greatest of accuracy.    As He is our lantern to our feet we will be moving in His divine direction with great illumination all around us.  This is the walk of a godly man or woman.  This is the walk and life of showing forth His integrity.
 
Now let us look closely at what the word integrity means:

It means to adhere to a moral or ethical principle.   
It is the soundness of moral character, honesty. 
 Integrity is the state of being whole, entire or undiminished.   
 
 
As we practice living, breathing and moving by the Spirit of the Living God, we will be a people of great honor and integrity.  From the depths of our being there will  be a passionate desire to please Him and do the right thing.  We will adhere to His precepts, and we will walk in God’s character which is sound and moral remaining whole, entire and undiminished.  Oh the beauty of walking in the integrity of our God!
 
Proverbs 11:3
New Life Version
“The honor of good people will lead them…”
 

We thank you Lord that Your integrity shall guide us, and that Your integrity in us will  draw people to You! We praise You for being our Hope, our Stay, and the Lantern to our feet that we may exhibit integrity in our lives.

 
 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“Righteousness Walks Before God”
 
 
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by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Psalm 85:10-13 (CEB)
Faithful love and truth have met;righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth springs up from the ground;righteousness gazes down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord gives what is good,and our land yields its produce.
Righteousness walks before God, making a road for his steps.
 
 
God desires that we live and walk by His truth and His truth alone. Our walk with Him must be led by the light of His righteousness. Many times the way of the Lord will be narrow, and sometimes even unpopular. I remember a quote that I used to have hanging on a poster in my high school classroom. It said:
 
“What is popular is not always
right, what is right is not
always popular.”  
 
Many time popular trends can lead, pull and tug at our hearts.   May we determine that the way of the world will not dictate the paths that we choose to walk on.   Also, may we seek Him for the courage and strength to walk on right paths that are not popular in the world’s eyes.   God blesses the paths that He desires that we walk in.  As we seek His righteousness He WILL make a place for us to stand, He’ll make a road for our steps to walk upon firmly!
 
 
He desires to perfect all things that concern us. As we turn our hearts toward Him I believe He will cause us to see and discern when we are not on the right path.  One of the secrets to knowing we are always walking in the Lord’s foot steps, is staying aware that we are not walking in our own ability nor thinking our own thoughts, but rather drawing upon the wisdom and grace that flows from above.  We must purpose to draw upon the mind of Christ in our prayers, our words, and our actions. I remember many years ago the popular saying “What would Jesus do?” It was popular to wear bracelets that had imprinted upon them WWJD, and they were worn as a constant reminder of this truth. I loved this because it really did make you stop and ask yourself that question…”What would my Lord do in this situation?”
 
Today may we look to Him for His loving guidance, and His loving kindness in our lives. May we release our faith that He will speak to us and cause others to see His love in our lives. Help us Lord to hear with expectant hope what You  desire to speak to our hearts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, September 26,, 2017
“Fresh Faith For Today”
 
fresh faith for today
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 Yesterday I shared the scripture with you from Acts 17:28,    “It is through Him that we are able to live, to do what we do, and to be who we are..”       The Lord desires that we live IN Him in this life, and He desires we live every moment of our life by faith.    He desires that we  trust in Him with all of our hearts, and that we live this life in Him just as we depend upon Him for our next breath.   We need not live by our own works but rather we should press in to  live and move and flow from His heavenly abundance, grace and strength.  Let us continue to build our faith and be mindful that our dependency must be upon Him for every moment we live.   The strength we received yesterday was for yesterday’s needs.  Tomorrow is a new day, and we must look to Him for new strength and provision for the needs of the day.
 
 “The comfort you find in
a moment of faith will 
be completely inadequate
for the next.”
 
Francois de Fenelon
 
 
It is our human nature to get caught up in special moments isn’t it?   Some moments are so wonderful and just unforgettable.   In this life we will be blessed to experience joyous moments  that are above and  beyond our belief.   But then there are moments in which we will experience trials and the sorrows of this life.   Jesus said those times would happen, and He has promised to be there for us when they do.     Oh the joy of those sweet victories of those situations that seemed so impossible.     May we rejoice in those victories, but know this my friend, we cannot live off of the fumes of yesterday’s faith and victories.  We must continually press in and grow in our faith. 
 
 
Today I encourage you to reflect on the wonderful victories and testimonies the Lord has blessed you with but remember that today is a new day with new demands, circumstances, and sometimes obstacles that are going to try to stop you.   Look to Him with fresh faith, new strength and grace for this day, and live and move in Him by faith as you serve Him fresh today!
 
 


Monday, September 25, 2017

 
Devotional for Monday, September 25, 2017
“It Is Through Him…”
 
 
It is through Him that we are able
 
by Dona Hake
 
I can remember a few years ago our youngest Granddaughter wanting to help me take our German Shepherd out in the backyard so she could run and play ball.    Since it was bitter cold she needed to put some gloves on to throw ball for Aasha.   I stood by her and gave her the opportunity to try and put the gloves on herself.   You can only imagine what I saw…first, two little fingers were shoved into one finger of the glove, and she ended up looking up at me with a frustrated look exclaiming, “Grandma…this is so complicated!”  We laughed together  as we looked at the glove on her little hand for  one of the fingers of the glove  was motionless because there was no finger in it.   I said, “Okay, let’s try this again…”   She opened her little hand and along with a little bit of my help she did her best to carefully place each finger in the appropriate finger of the glove.   Then I heard, “There!!!! I got it Grandma, now let’s go!!!”  It is little things like this that speak things to my heart, and the Lord uses them to enhance a spiritual truth to me.   This is what He showed me….
 
 
We too are just like that one finger left empty in the glove when we try so hard to do things apart from His help.   Without the Lord helping us and moving through us by His Spirit we can be left motionless and without use apart from Him filling each and  every aspect of our being.   He desires to live and flow through us in every area of our life.   This is His perfect will for us!   Today I want you to remember that you are His very special vessel and He wants you to submit yourself to Him that He can breathe His life into every word you speak, every deed you do, and every circumstance you face today.    Oh praise Him today for He wants to move through us and make us a vessel of honor for Him.   Let us live and move and have our total being in Him!
 
 
 
 
 
Acts 17:28 (East To Read version)
 “It is through him that we are able to live, to do
what we do, and to be who we are…”
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, September 24, 2017
“It Is Not Our Ability”
 
 
responding to His ability
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
“It is not my ability, but my response
to God’s ability, that counts.”
Corrie ten Boom
 
 We have all been faced with things we have had to do that seem impossible to do in our own ability.    It is in those times that our mind may give us fits but we need to stop and remind ourselves that we are in a perfect place, and that is when we are weak HE IS STRONG.   It is in these times that when we face the impossible that we stop and  remind ourselves  that we serve a God that is able to take our impossibilities and turn them into testimonies of His greatness!   
 
 
 
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 I encourage you to look up and draw from Him.   Draw upon His grace and all of those heavenly possibilities!   Know that God can make you able through Him.  If you are dealing with something that seems too big for you, set aside your thoughts and plans.  Ask Him to infuse you with His strength and His thoughts on the matter.    Remember, respond to His ability with faith in your heart and watch Him work mightily on your behalf!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, September 23, 2017
“Whatever May Be Your Task”
 

do with all your heart

by Dona Hake

 

 

Colossians 3:23 (AMP)

” Whatever may be your task, work at it
 
 
heartily (from the soul),
 

as [something done] for the Lord and not for men…”

 

In this scripture we can see that whatever our task may be, no matter how simple or complicated,  our focus needs to stay on the Lord   We need to be working wholeheartedly from our soul .    Whatever the task is may it be as unto  the Lord.    As I think about this I cannot help but to think about how our hearts would  be more willing diligently even if the job is not pleasant. Another translations says, in ALL the work you are given, do the best you can.   I think that is a great attitude to carry with us as we face each day’s demands whatever our job or  task may be.  No matter what it is  your responsibility  is to  simply do the best you can, with a heart of determination and love.  As we purpose to make this a habit of our heart,  He will prosper all that you put your hands to.
 
Lord, help us to keep our hearts and minds toward you this day.   We call upon you to remind us to work wholeheartedly  no matter what we put our hands to.   We thank you for blessing the work of our hands that we may bless You, and then be a light and blessing to those around us.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, September 21, 2017
“Do You Have Abundant Peace?”
 

peace in abundance

by Dona Hake
 
 
What does it mean to have abundant peace? This sounds like such a treasure doesn’t it? We may find those days in which disruptions try to rob the peace that we strive to hold fast to. I do not know about you but when I feel His peace in the midst of turmoil it is the most wonderful thing to know.   Sometimes it seems like all is going well, and suddenly the winds of this life pick up and we are confronted with a circumstance or some sort of trial.    It is only His peace that can minister to our heart and mind, and that very peace will keep us above any thing we may face.   So as we look and meditate on God’s peace,  let us ponder dwelling in an abundance of peace.   I love that thought…how about you?    The Psalmist speaks that if we love God’s instruction, we will have abundant peace that BELONGS to us.
 
Psalm 119:165 (HCSB)
“Abundant peace belongs to those
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble.”
 
 

I love this…when I am loving His instruction for my life, I will have an abundance of peace, and nothing that crosses my path will make me stumble.  Peace in abundance means that it is present in great quantity; more than adequate and over sufficient! I love the “more than adequate” because sometimes in stressful situations, we not only need peace for ourselves but extra to share with those around us. That peace that belongs to us not only keeps our hearts and minds  but it can spill out and minister to the troubled  hearts around us.

 

Today as we meditate on possessing peace in abundance may we keep our minds always renewed that the Lord desires that we love His Word.    I believe that loving His Word means to embrace it no matter what is going on around us. Loving His Word means looking daily to it for our instruction in the way that we are to walk. His Word is our instruction manual for life. As we love His Word and make a decision to do what it says, He promises that abundant peace belongs to us. I thank Him for that peace!




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!