Friday, August 25,2017

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, April 12, 2016
“Patience and Encouragement”
 
that hope comes from
by Dona Hake
 
Romans 15:4-5. ERV
“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us.  All patience and encouragement come from God.”
 
As believers we must always value and prioritize God’s Word and it’s place in our life. We have heard it said many times that so important that we commit ourselves to attending the church the Lord has called you to.   Fellowship with believers around the Bread of Life is needful to our growth.  God’s Word will bring  light and life, and will help us to know exactly what to do in this life. God’s Word is our Daily Bread and our Lord has promised that it will sustain us.
 
As this Scripture says, the Word of God brings us patience and encouragement. From this patience and encouragement we embrace our hope, and we are anchored by this blessed hope!   We can have hope that God will be with us every day. We can have hope that He truly is the answer.  He never changes for He is the same  yesterday today and forever. We can live this life with this blessed hope which empowers our hearts with courage to do the will of God.  Praise Him today for He is the One from whom all blessings flow!
 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, August 24, 2017
“God’s Divine Appointments!”
 

I will have everything I need
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Have you ever ended up in a divine appointment and experienced the Lord using you in a way that you never dreamed of?   Right now I am recalling in my heart one of my favorite scripture which is Ephesians 3:20.   I will share it from the Amplified version…
 
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,”
 
 
 
Now I will share a testimony that ties into being used by God in a superabundant way!  I have shared this testimony  before but it fits beautifully with today’s devotional.   This is a story of courage and victory, and my heart was so touched when I heard it reported.  It is about a coach and a young boy.   From the first day this young coach met this thirteen year old boy he could see great potential in him. 
 
It was time for their baseball practice and this young man was standing by his  coach. Suddenly the coach fell face down on the ground.   At first the thirteen year old boy  thought the coach was just carrying on but  he laid there for 30 seconds.   The coach was a fun guy, and he liked to make people laugh.   This time though this young man knew something was very wrong.  He grabbed the  coach’s cell  phone and called 911 and they walked him through CPR. The interviewer asked the young man,  “How did you stay calm and how did you not get upset that you could do such a thing as young as you are?”   He basically exclaimed that he realized he had to stay focused and not permit himself to get upset. It was such a joy seeing these two sitting side-by-side.  Because this young man was able to stay focused and calm, he was able to save his coach that was experiencing a heart attack.
 
This testimony really touched my heart. In the midst of the interview my favorite thing about it was when the coach said, “I believe that the Lord puts people in your life for a reason.” I look at this in another way as well and it goes along with the truth and scripture that I want to share with you today.
 

Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd.I will always
have everything I need.” ERV
 

The Lord desires to touch us in our time of need, and many times He will use others as vessels to manifest His help.     Don’t you just love hearing about divine appointments such as these?   I want to encourage you today to see the Lord as the Lord who takes care of you,  and as we place our trust in Him as the Great Shepherd, He gives us the provision in our time of need.  This young coach was given the Lord’s provision in the moment in which his life was at stake. This coach had in his presence a young man that dared to be courageous and pursue to save his life.

 
May we ponder our lives today and think about the times which the Lord’s provision was given to us exactly at the time we needed it. Whether it be something that is material or actually a person that was put in your path to speak the words that you needed to hear or perhaps your life had been spared because of another’s obedience at the right moment. Thank God we serve a God who takes care of all of our needs as we release our faith in Him every day !


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, August 23, 2017
 
“We Serve a God Without Bounds”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Oh praise the Lord today for He is the God that is able to surpass our highest hopes, our greatest dreams….beyond all we dare ask or think.    He is the One that is able to turn that which was meant for evil into good.   Our God is able to move the mountain that the world proclaims to be impossible and unmovable.   What a mighty God  who is without bounds, and how thankful we should be to call Him our Father!       God is great and all His works are to be greatly praised. From the time that He created the Heavens and Earth until  this very day, He continues to show Himself mighty and His wonders never cease. When I think of how great our God is, I realize that our understanding is limited because He is God, and everything about Him is beyond the bounds of our human comprehension!!   Today we look at our God that we serve, and how He is a God that is boundless!  I just want to share a few scriptures with you to meditate upon relative to this word ~boundless~.

Psalm 147:5
“Great is our Lord and of great power;
His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.”

~~~~~

Ephesians 6:10
“In conclusion, be strong in the Lord
[be empowered through your union with Him];
draw your strength from Him [that strength
which His boundless might provides].“

~~~~~

1 Peter 1:3
“Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)!
By His boundless mercy we have been born
again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
 
 

Today I encourage to allow Him to show you His boundless mercy, love, grace, and strength in your life.   How great is our God!



Tuesday, Auguat 22, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, August 22, 2017
“He Directs the Humble In Heart”
 
 
 
with justice
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Proverbs 25:9 (The Voice)
“With justice, He directs the humble

in ALL that is right and He shows them His way.”

 
 
1 Peter 5:5 (Amplified)
“For God sets Himself against the proud
(the insolent, the overbearing, the
disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—
[and He opposes, frustrates, and
defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”
 
In each of these scriptures I want to draw your attention to the words I have underlined.   Oh how precious the Lord sees the humble heart!!!    When He sees our hearts are humble He promises to direct us in ALL THAT IS RIGHT.     I love when I know that I am doing exactly what is pleasing to my Lord.  Let us rejoice in the truth that a  humble heart receives grace, favor and abundant blessings.   What powerful scriptures for us to remind ourselves of the truth that we must seek to be humble at all times.
 
 
In 1 Peter  5:5 it was written that God actually sets Himself against the proud in heart. Whenever we exalt our opinions or experiences against God’s Word, we are positioning ourselves to have our hearts rooted in pride.  God hates pride, and He resists it.  God is totally unable to lead and guide the heart that is stubborn and proud.   The heart that cannot be led by God will ultimately end up on a wrong path.   The one that lacks in humility does not receive His wisdom and cannot walk in the ways of the Lord until true repentance comes to his or her heart.  Our God has equipped us with His Word to hide in our hearts.   This will help us guard our hearts  from permitting that which would cause us to be proud and exalt our opinion against His Holy Word and ways.
 
 

Lord, we ask You today to help us be mindful of the condition of our hearts and  our thoughts.   May our hearts be troubled  when we begin to think too highly of ourselves, and seek to put our opinions or experiences above what Your Word says.   Your Word is the highest truth, and we ask You remind us to stay in a place of humility.   We delight in knowing that You are drawn to the humble in heart.   Show us Your ways of humility, and cause us to grow in it.  In Jesus Name! Amen.


 
 


Monday, August 21, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Monday, August 21, 2017
“You Were Meant To Make A Difference”
 
your life can make a difference
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
God has appointed each of us with an assignment while we live here on this earth.      Let us never compare how our Lord desires to use us with how He chooses to use someone else.  His eyes are searching for are the man and woman that looks to Him, and seeks to have a pure and humble heart.  
 
 
The man or woman that desires the pure heart will not dare to permit sin to hinder their walk.   They desire with all of their heart to fulfill their God given assignment. They will quickly run to their Lord for the forgiveness, and as they make the choice to humble themselves He will quickly lift them back up.    This is the beautiful heart that He so desires to work His life through!  You are here to make a difference, and I think that is an exciting thought!
 
No matter how young or old you are, I want you to listen.  Today you can make a difference in someone’s life.  This is a brand new day, it is as a clean slate, and God has a “to do” list for you.   He has loving words He desires you to speak, godly actions to do, prayers to pray, etc.   He desires that our lives be busy, fervent, and excited about His will for us.  He desires that you be excited and zealous over the assignment He placed in your heart.
 
Many times people can be discouraged and depressed about their lives simply because they are comparing themselves to everyone around them.   If you feel you have not succeeded in something, then take hold of God, and ask Him for strength to stand up and try again.  May I encourage you today to look at yourself, and know that God made you in such a special way for special reasons and purposes.   
 
 
Psalm 139:14 CJB version
 
“I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders —
I know this very well.”
 
The psalmist is proclaiming how awesomely he was formed by the hand of a loving God.   Oh that we would do the same, and see ourselves as awesomely made and fashioned by the Master’s hand.   As He made you, He had special things in mind, and it is up to you to believe how special you are, and seek how He desires to use you in this life.     Trust Him to fulfill those plans and  purposes.   Seek to express all those God given qualities that may be at rest within your soul.   Do not permit fear of failure to hold you back.    I want to leave you with one of my favorite motivational quotes.   This quote challenges my heart every time I read it.
 
 
“Creativity has been built into every one of us;
it is part of our design.
Each of us lives less of the life God intended for us when we
choose not to live out the creative powers we possess.” Ted Engstrom
 
 
 


Thursday, August 17,2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, August 19, 2017
 
“His Lovingkindness Is Toward Us!”
 
 
 
Lovingkindess and Song of the Lord
 
By Dona Hake
 
Yesterday I exhorted you to never cease giving praise to  our Lord.   Today let us look at another wonderful thing to give Him praise for, and that is His tender lovingkindness.  I love this scripture from Psalm 42:8 that says our Lord commands His lovingkindess toward us in the daytime and in the night His song shall be with us!    Let us meditate upon how we end our long days.    Many times are days are so full of demands and activity.   We go from one task to another, and we need to always be mindful that we are in the moment with our Lord.   If things are going good…praise Him.   If things are not going good…again I say, praise Him!    Pray often and make it a habit to continually cast the smallest of cares at His feet.   If you do not, you will end your day weary and burdened.  
 
If you go to bed with a mind full of anxious thoughts and worries, you will most definitely awaken with those thoughts.   More than likely they will be even greater and magnified. The Lord does not want us to greet our day with the thoughts of yesterday nor the worries about our tomorrows.  It is not in His plan that we carry the burdens of life for His desire is to give us His rest.   He desires that we start each day afresh and new looking toward Heaven expecting new mercies and His wonderful grace.   We should awaken with great expectancy in our hearts of what He wants to do as we serve Him.   I love how the Psalmist asks the Lord to cause him to hear of his Lord’s lovingkindness first thing in the morning.   I will share with you this wonderful scripture which happens to be the first Bible verse I ever memorized.
 

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.”
 
Our Lord desires that we cast each and every care upon Him for He cares for us.   I encourage your heart to hold fast to the fact that we were not made to worry and stress.   God created us to rest and rely upon Him for everything.   As you look to Him today, expect good things for His lovingkindess is toward you and in the evening His song shall be with you!
 

Let us trust to experience His lovingkindness as we awaken and hear His song minister peace and rest to us at the end of our 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!

 


Friday, August 18, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, August 18, 2017
“The Lord Our Provision”
 
 
 
seeking God
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Today let us meditate on our Lord, our Provision.   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 He said to ask for was His daily bread.   This is the bread and sustenance that comes only from above! 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—”
 
 
 
There is a Contemporary Christian song that I love and  the other day I listened to it a little bit closer than I have before.    A handful of the lyrics really stood out to me and really ministered to my heart for each moment with God is a fresh encounter.   He desires to speak freshly to us by many things around us.     The lyrics the young lady was singing went like this…   “He moves mountains that we did not know were even there…”   What an awesome thought!   I think of mountains that I have faced in my own life.   He helped me faced them.   He gave me His grace and strength to stand in faith till they came down and were leveled by His Word.   But that song really made me wonder how mountains has He moved before I even noticed them.  Our loving God knows our every need, and His Provision is more than enough.  He makes are crooked paths straight that we make walk firmly and not stumble!
 
 
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 …no more, no less….we thank You that Your bread that You sustain us with  is alive and living and all so powerful!  Lord, you ARE our Provision.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, August 16, 2017
 
“Let Our Praise Never Cease!”
 
Psalm 145 November 4
 
by Dona Hake

 

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.”

 

 

 
I love this portion of scriptures!   The Psalmist’s words shows us a heart that exhibits a love for God more than anything.   Oh that our praise for the Living God would never cease as we remember His greatness knows no limits and recognizes no boundaries.   May our thanks and praise to Him be fresh and new each day.  Let us never forget all that we are blessed with.  It is so easy to take the blessings of our Lord,  and people for granted. We must be purpose 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,  He is faithful as we turn and repent to Him.    He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us, and renew a right spirit within us.  
 

Let us think about His wonderful and  divine attributes…His grace and mercy recognizes no boundaries and they are new each morning as we face new challenges. He is a God of goodness and grace…oh praise Him for His wonderful greatness today!!!    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!

 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, August, 15, 2017
“…But a Word of Encouragement”
 
encouraging word
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Proverbs 12:25

“Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word

of encouragement does wonders!”
 
 
Today I want to encourage you to seek opportunities to lift up hearts that may be heavy.  As we ask the Lord for such opportunities He is sure to bring them in our path.  We live in a time where it is plain to see that many have anxious and heavy hearts.  I love those God given opportunities when I can lock my eyes with someone that looks grumpy or depressed, and try to get them talking.   People like this need our loving smiles and encouraging words.  My friends, this world needs desperately that which we possess by the Spirit of the Living God.
 
 
The Lord lifts us up and faithfully ministers His strength to us.  Day by day He pours forth an abundant supply of joy and strength.  Let us be ready to give it to those around us as He provides us opportunities.  God wants us to be givers not hoarders of all the blessings He has imparted to us.  His mercies are new every morning, let us live to bless and share His life from which all blessings flow.   Let us be vessels that water and bless the parched hearts of this world.  By watering others we water ourselves!
 
 
 

Proverbs 11:24  Living Bible
“It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.”



Monday, August 14, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, August 14, 2017
“Never To Be Separated From His Love”
 
 
nothing can separate
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Romans 8:39 ERV
“….nothing in the whole created world—
will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown
us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 
 
The Apostle Paul wrote some very powerful words  didn’t he?   Think about it.   There is not one thing in the whole created world that can separate us from His perfect love.   What a powerful truth to meditate upon!   Let us look at what the word  separate  means, and I think this will bring you an even deeper revelation  of this scripture.   To be separated is:
 
 
Separate: (defined)

to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space:

 
to put, bring, or force apart; part:
 
to set apart; disconnect; dissociate
 
 
 
Now let us look at how nothing can separate us from Him in light of some of these definitions.   No matter what we face or how hard the devil tries to discourage us we can not be kept apart from the presence of our Lord, and His life giving love.   There are no barriers strong enough to keep us from Him.   There are no forces great enough to overcome the power of His love!   We will not be set apart from Him!
 
 
May our hearts be dedicated to this inseparable  love.    Every day we purpose to set time aside to eat, sleep, work and play. Let us be ever so diligent to carve out moments during the day and dedicate them to sit in the presence of the One that promises that He will never leave or forsake us.    Talk with Him about how you feel and what you fear. Ask Him about everything that concerns you. He is bound to you by His love! Do not go by feelings and do not go by what you see. He is ALWAYS with you and nothing can separate you from Him. Praise Him because of His inseparable love for you!!



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!