Saturday, November 25, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, November 25, 2017
“Yes…God Is At Work In You!”

 

god at work in your

by Dona Hake
 
Back in the day before digital cameras there was quite a process to receiving prints from a roll of film from your camera. My very first job was working in a photo lab, and I loved it! Such an experience of learning and appreciated the art of photography. I was blessed with the opportunity of getting to work almost every station within this photo lab. I got to see the whole process of what it took to give the customer a quality end result.
 
I went from sorting film, to splicing and cutting negatives, printing color and black and white negatives, using the darkroom, and inspecting pictures. I can remember being an inspector and it was somewhat of a nerve racking job. If you passed a print as satisfactory, and the customer did not like it, you would sometimes be called down on it. I learned to really examine each image very critically. Was the color off, too light, too dark, or dirt on the image? Whatever it was, there was a process till the end result was satisfactory. As a printer I learned to read a negative very closely and determine the exact amount of light to give it so it was printed perfectly. I especially loved when I got to do this part of the processing within the plant.
 
We as believers are also in the process of our loving Heavenly Father working in our lives. As we hear His Word we need to remain in a place of humility in which we can hear His Word and permit Him to discipline our hearts for this part of our growth process in Him. He knows exactly what Words of light and life to shine within our hearts as He works in us. He desires that we walk before Him with perfect hearts that we may glorify Him on this earth. Today I encourage you to be patient with yourself as God works in you.
 
 God is in the process of working on our hearts for His glory, and helping us grow and mature in Him. Many times there are parts of our growth process that we may tend to just be comfortable with. It is those times that the Lord is moving us out of our comfort zones, and that may upset us. It is important that we obediently move forward in the direction He desires to take us.
 
If we desire to see Him work His will in us we need to cooperate with the process He chooses for us. It is equally important that we patiently wait for Him in those times that we simply do not understand. Yes there will be times that we may be tempted to throw up our hands because it seems like we are not growing, yet all the while God is at work in our hearts in ways we could ever imagine. God is good and His plans are those of precision and He well knows what He is doing. Praise the Lord today for His work in your life for He is good!
 

Philippians 2:13 (ERV)

“Yes, it is God who is working in you.

He helps you want to do what pleases him,

and he gives you the power to do it.”

 

 



Friday, November 24, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Friday, November 24, 2017
“He Will Set Me On A High Rock”

 

hidden

by Dona Hake

 

 

Psalm 27:5 (TLB)

” There I’ll be when troubles come.
He will hide me.

He will set me on a high rock”
 
 
If anxious thoughts and unrest visits your soul, it is an assuring  thing to know that we have a God that has a plan of escape for you.     As He hides us under His wings we can be assured that He is well able to get us through any battle in this life.   He will take us through!
 
Today I encourage you to reflect on His wonderful peace as you dwell in that  place of refuge that He has provided just for you. His peace exceeds all your thoughts about any matter.   No matter how much you think you have something figured out or what you have been told about your situation, the Living God has a plan just for you, and He always will go above and beyond all that we dare ask, think or dream.
 
 

Philippians 4:7 (CEB)

“Then the peace of God that exceeds

all understanding will keep your

hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
“Renewed Hope”

 

God has not given us the spirit of fear

by Dona Hake

 

~Isaiah 41:10 (CJB)

” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you;
don’t be distressed, for I am your God.
I give you strength, I give you help,

I support you with my victorious right hand.”

 

One translation says “Fear not, for I am with you, do not look anxiously about you.”     Fear has the ability to grip our hearts, and send our souls into a tail spin of confusion and anxiety.     Today let us meditate upon the God that is able to calm any storm, and bring renewed hope to our hearts.
 

Psalm 94:19   (TLB)

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart

is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”
 

I can remember the Lord speaking so sweetly at one point in my walk with Him. His words softly and sweetly spoken to my heart were…”Return to My Peace.” These three words impacted my heart, and powerfully reminded me that He is well able to calm my heart and bring my mind to a place of peace as I make a decision to abide in Him no matter what is going on around me.

 
 
Today I encourage you to give thanks to Him for the place of refuge He has provided for us.   In our day of trouble let us rest patiently upon Him, and draw upon His grace.   Praise God that He is able to bring renewed hope and cheer to us!   Praise the Living God for He is so good!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, November 21, 2017
“God Is Light – Pure Light”
 

Jesus the light

by Dona Hake
 
 
 

Psalm 36:9   (CEV)

“The life-giving fountain
belongs to you,

and your light gives light
to each of us.”

 

 

Praise God His light gives light to each of us!   I  remember when my life seemed to be empty and without hope.  My days as a teenager seemed dark and without purpose.  But oh how I will never forget the evening that  I surrendered my all to Him.    As I dropped to my knees I can remember feeling the weight of the world dropping  off of me.  My heart was flooded with light, warmth, and joy!  I was set free from the bondage of sin, and it seemed like all of the sudden I just saw everything differently.    Jesus the Light came into my heart and from that day forward He has illuminated

my every step as I have walked with Him!

 
 
 
 
My heart is thankful for those that the Lord put
in my dark path, and showed me that
there was more to this life than what I was living for. Oh give thanks to Him that He has brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light!   
May we never cease to be thankful for those that prayed on our
behalf especially is we looked hopeless,
and did not want to hear the truth of His Word.
 
 
 Today we ask You Lord that Your  Light, Your pure light
 
shine in our life,  and bring Your  life to all those You place in our path.  May we shine as a bring light in this dark world in Jesus Name!
 

 

 

 1 John 1:5 (The Message)

“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ

and are passing on to you:

God is light, pure light;

there’s not a trace of darkness in him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Monday, November 20, 2017

 
 
 
“When You’ve Done All…YOU STAND”
 
Devotional for Monday, November 20, 2017
 
 
what love is PATIENCE
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
James 1:2-4  (TLB)
“Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations?
Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience
has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to
squirm out of your problems. For when your patience
is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for
anything, strong in character, full and complete.”
 
 
 
When we face the challenges of this life we must do all that we know to do and then….WE STAND.  Today we are meditating on the power of patience, and the part it has to play in our walk of faith, and how it will strengthen us as we refuse to be moved in the midst of a trial.
 
 
Ephesians 6:13 AMP Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].
 
I don’t know about you but sometimes the “not squirming” part can be very hard to resist!  The impatient man will always squirm when they want out of a situation as quickly as possible.   James clearly understood the  soulish tendencies of man, and how one thinks when his or her faith is being tested. We see from this scripture that in those times that circumstances seem to be stretching us to uncomfortable positions in our soul that God is doing a wonderful work within us…if we permit Him to do so..   When we are looking to God in the midst of any trying circumstance , we can  be assured that He is at work in us no matter how trying it may be.  I believe the Lord desire that we seek to attain all the wisdom we can get in the midst of any storm, and He desires that we be perfected in our patience.
 
 Think about an area of your life that you seem a bit challenged in the realm of patience. We all have an area or two that we can identify where our patience needs some growing. I once again encourage you  to take that area to God, and ask Him with a humble heart to help you. As you take that particular thing to the Lord admit that you are weak, and you need His help. Determine yourself that with God’s help you will get through whatever trial you may be facing, and at the end of the day you will be a stronger person, stronger in  character, full and complete!
 
Philippians 2:13 (TLB)
“For God is at work within you, helping you obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.”
 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, November 19, 2017
 
“Believe and Do Not Doubt”
 
but when you ask
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The words that I want to cause you to ponder today are believe and do not doubt.    When we pray, God desires we follow specific steps in receiving.     Hebrews tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.   Now let us read from the book of James chapter one…
 
 
James 1:6-8 (NIV)
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind. That person
should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
 
 
 
Doubt is nothing to take lightly especially if we find ourselves doubting the faithful character of our Lord.   What does it mean to doubt?  It is when one experiences a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.   God knows our frame well and He knows our needs and desires, and as we pray for them we need to be in total faith and not waver.
 
James likens a doubter to a wave that is blown and tossed by the wind. You see, when you ask in faith and determine yourself to resist doubt, and  you can expect the desired outcome.   But what about the waves in the storm that we face in the midst of a trial you may ask?  James never said that when you ask in faith that all would be smooth sailing did he? It is more than likely that we will encounter challenges and detours as we determine to stand in faith for something. No matter what we see, feel or experience our hearts must be resolute to believe God’s Word.
 
 
 
Today I encourage you to be single-minded and steadfast in your faith.   Determine yourself to grow stronger  in your faith in the Living God that you serve.  With God’s help you can, and you will stand strong in that place of great expectation from Whom all blessings flow!
 
 


Friday, November 17, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, November 17, 2017
 
 “God’s Mercy Never Runs Out!”
 
 
streams of mercy
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Lamentations 3:22-23 NAS
“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 our Lord at the start of our day we can stand believing for bountiful blessings flowing from His hand into our life.   Look up and know that His acts of His tender mercies are never exhausted nor is His love ever spent.   Every morning my friend that we awaken we can go forward knowing we serve a gracious and faithful God.  We can know that everything we will need to sustain us is in His hands, 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 His faithfulness is so great.  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 before Him. He will in turn cause all that we set our hand to to be blessed and prosperous.  Praise Him today for His wonderful mercies that never run out!!!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 16, 2017
“Are You Rooted and Grounded?”
 
 
 
rooted and grounded in the love of god
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Our lives speak and reveal what is rooted deep within our hearts.   If a child of God is grounded in the love of God, he or she will seek ways to be a blessing at every opportunity.  If an individual has any root of bitterness within their heart it will be hard for them to flow in His love and freedom that was bought for them by the blood of Jesus. 
 
The Lord instructs us to be diligent over our hearts, for from our hearts flow the issues of life.  As we tend to our hearts as our Lord commands, we will value the fruit of the deeply rooted good things He desires to work and produce in us.   It is as we guard our hearts like this that we will immediately discern if any roots of ungodly thinking that would try  to creep into our hearts and minds.
 
 
Today I want you to think about the love of God in your heart.   Are you rooted and grounded in His love?  Do you value tending and guarding your heart?   Can you see that you are growing in the love of God or are you at a standstill? Quite honestly no matter how old you are in the Lord, this is a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.  
 
We have heard the quote “Bloom where you are planted.” It is important to know in our heart that we are staying connected with the Living God, and permitting Him to prune us when He sees fit.    I was given a Poinsettia one year as a Christmas gift.  It is  still flourishing after  five years.   In order for this particular plant to grow and flourish there is a schedule in which I must prune it back.   I recently had to prune it back, and it was so hard for it was so bushy and beautiful.   In order for it to remain beautiful I did what I know was best for it’s health and maintaining it’s beauty, and so it is when our Lord prunes us.  Part of our strength and flourishing in our Lord is His time of pruning us, and we must welcome it.   He knows what needs to go, and He knows exactly the right time to do it.  
 
 
 
Today, I encourage you to have vision of being rooted and grounded in Him.   May your roots go down deep in the things of His Spirit.   Look to Him to grow in His wonderful love, and be filled up with Him!   I leave you with this scripture to meditate and pray it over your life.
 
Ephesians 3:17-20 The Living Bible

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living
within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of
God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all
God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his
love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so
great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.
And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to
do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely
beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
 
 
 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, November 15, 2017
“God Hears the Prayer of the Humble Heart”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
Psalm 51:17 ERV
 
“The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit.  
God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart
and is willing to obey you.”
 
The humble heart my friends…this is what our Lord is looking for.  We serve a mighty and living God that hears and listens intently to the cries of the man or woman with a humble heart.  God desires to move mountains on behalf of those that truly reverence His Name, and seek diligently to keep a humble heart before Him and man.  You may wonder who are those that truly reverence His Name.   It is the man or woman that consistently looks to Him every day to be the Lord of all things in their life.   It is the man or woman that calls upon Him for help whether it be a big or small thing.    God’s eyes look for those of a humble and dedicated heart, and  He is attentive to their cry.
 
 
Psalm 145:18-19 TLB
“He is close to all who call on him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust him; he
hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
 
 
Father, we thank You this day that You desire to move in great ways in our lives. We thank You that as we ask for all good things that come from You that You are able to place godly desires within us, and You will be faithful to fulfill those desires. Help us to grow in our understanding of true humility for we know that this is so pleasing to Your heart. As we encounter needs in our lives, we ask in Your Name to meet our needs for Your Word says that You desire to perfect all that concerns us. Today we rejoice in Your provision over our lives In Jesus Name, amen.
 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 14, 2017
“Truth and Laughter”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
I love watching the very old TV shows on television.   One of my favorites right now is “Father Knows Best.”   It was first aired on TV 63 years ago on CBS, and oh my so much has changed in all those years.   Almost without fail each episode brings a lesson of holding fast to good and moral values.   Last week I was cleaning and had one of these shows on, and the father of “Father Knows Best” responded to one of his children and spoke a  very interesting comment.  He said, “Laughter and truth are the most powerful weapons.”   I found this to be so interesting for in this day and age you would never hear such statements made on TV.    Most of current TV has very little moral values coming through the story line of a program.    There may be a few but they are few and far between.  
 
 Today I bring you some scriptures to meditate upon truth and laughter.   They really are powerful, and are weapons against the devil.  Think about how the devil loves nothing more than attempting to rob our joy, and keep us from walking in the truth.  I encourage your heart to hold fast the God’s truth, and take every opportunity you can to laugh, and enjoy your life in Christ!
 
 
 
John 8:32
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
 
Proverbs 12:17
“He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness…”
 
 
Proverbs 12:19
“The lip of truth shall be established for ever:
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
 
 
Proverbs 16:6
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:
and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.”
 
 
Psalm 126:2
“Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
and our tongue with singing: then said they
among the heathen, The Lord hath
done great things for them.”
 
Proverbs 17:22
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful
mind causes healing, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
 



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!