Sunday, September 3, 2017

Devotional for Sunday, September 3, 2017
“Oh To Remain In His Presence”
in his presence
by Dona Hake
Psalm 16:11 (CJB)
“You make me know the path of life;
in your presence is unbounded joy,
in your right hand eternal delight.”
I will share this story again about an experience I had while purchasing some fresh flowers at a flower shop.  I picked out some real beauties, and one was very unique.   As the florist was carefully wrapping them for me she asked me a question before one last step in wrapping them.   “How long will it be till you will be home with these, for this particular unique flower cannot be out of water for more than thirty minutes”   Since I was not sure she decided to do what is called a water wrap.   She gently wrapped a sort of thin sheet of sponge around the stem and soaked it in water and carefully placed in a plastic bag.    This special wrapping kept  the flower nourished with enough water supply till I got it  home in a vase of water.   
Many times everyday experiences such as these make me think a lot about spiritual truths.  Jesus taught in parables a lot because it brought spiritual truths  alive through the earthly stories He would share with those that He was teaching.   I began to think about how I valued these flowers and how pretty they were.   I also realized that because they were so different that they required special care to keep their beauty and life preserved for as long as possible.   It caused me to think about the importance of being mindful that I too am unique in the eyes of my God and He cares for me with His love and tender care and provision.   I cannot afford to be out of God’s presence, not for one minute.  The life He has given me is so special, and it must be guarded as well.  Because He loves me so much, and created me so uniquely for a purpose, I need to value and heed to the truth that He desires that I remain in His presence that my spirit remained nourished and strengthened by Him.
As I ponder staying in God’s presence I bring to you this truth again… Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us.    You see it is our choice that we must make to value staying in His presence, and doing whatever it takes to make that a lifestyle.   I love how this translation is written.   In God’s presence there is unbounded joy!    Think about it,   joy that has no limits, borders, or bounds.   It is unrestrained, and uncontrolled.   Let us also remember the scripture that says the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Lord, help us to be mindful that we are remaining and abiding wholeheartedly in Your presence.    What a joy and blessing it is to know that You are with us always, and Your presence provides us a refuge and place of nourishment and refreshment at all times!   We thank You for that, in Jesus Name! Amen.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Devotional for Saturday, September 2, 2017
“Absolutely Nothing Can Get Between Us”
as deep as the sea
by Dona Hake
“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. ”
Romans 8:39 (The Message)
I love this   “…Absolutely NOTHING can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:39  Let us never forget that from the time we  awaken till when we  lay our head down to sleep that we should simply praise His Name and enjoy His love.    Even in the daily duties and demands of our day our Lord can be ever present to minister His love, wisdom and strength if we permit Him to.   Oh that we would purpose to remain in the presence of the One that eternally embraces us in His love!  
Sometimes we can be guilty of permitting  the distractions and difficulties  to distort our focus on Him.    It is in those times in which we are tempted to be distracted that we need to purpose to  keep a conscientiousness that He has promised to never leave or forsake us.   The Lord desires that there is an offering of praise proceeding from our hearts no matter what is going on around us.   As we keep a heart of praise that does not cease, we will maintain an awareness that nothing can get between us and the Lord.


Psalm 42:8 (CEB)
“By day the Lord commands his faithful love;
by night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

Devotional for Friday, September 1, 2017
“His Grace Upon the Works of Your Hands”
and God is able
by Dona Hake
2 Corinthians 9:8 (CEB)
 God has the power to provide you with
more than enough
of every kind of grace.
That way,
you will have everything you need always
and in everything to
provide more than enough
for every kind of good work.



I loved this translation of 2 Corinthians 9:8 but I also love how the word abound is used in other translations.   This particular translation really sums up what the word abound means.   Look closely at the specific words that I have underlined.    To have more than enough…you’ll have everything you need ALWAYS for every kind of good work.  He wants to bless and provide His grace for MANY KINDS of good works!  This scripture just really blesses me. I love meditating on the fact that God is desiring to shower us with His all sufficient grace as we set out to do His will.   He is watching over the MANY KINDS of good works that we have purposed to put our hands to.   He wants to shower our works that are done according to His will with great grace!

Today, look let us look to Him with great desire to be a living example of excellence in all that we put our hands to.  Draw upon His great grace, and wait expectantly for Him to shower it upon you.  It is as we do this that we will demonstrate that He is the God that is more than enough!  We shall be testimonies of being living trees planted by water, yielding fruit, and prospering in every good work!!


Psalm 1:3 (ESV)

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Devotional for Thursday, August 31, 2017
“We Are God’s Light”
you are gods light
by Dona Hake
”To reach a great height a person needs
to have great depth.”
Today let us meditate upon the light that we shine.  We are His vessels, and He desires that we shine like beacons in this world.   This quote causes us to think about how high and deep we go in our spiritual journey.   I am pondering that the deeper I go in Him, the brighter my light will shine!  I think it is important that we as believers have a hope within us that we will continue to grow deeper and deeper in Him. Refuse to stand still and be stagnant.   Refuse to let your God given light to grow dim and ineffective.  We must desire to walk in the deep waters of the Holy Spirit and grow by them. May we see the roots of our spiritual life growing consistently, and deeper in our Lord.
The evil of this world is moving at a swift pace, and we need to continue to prepare ourselves to be used by Him to give His Word wherever our assignment may be.  As we hear God’s Word today I pray that you will receive all that you are expecting from Him. Remember we must walk into His green pastures with expectation in our hearts. Rest in His peace and be faithful to prayer and fellowship with believers, and hear His Word with gladness and a receptivity.  It is as we do this that the Light of our Lord within us will continue to grow brighter and brighter.
I have observed in my life that many times those that go through very difficult circumstances proclaim how that hardship caused them to go deeper in their faith.   They walked away with greater wisdom and strength.     I have been following closely the floods and devastation  in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey.   I have watched over and over many that are being rescued, and they are proclaiming their thankfulness just to be alive.   Even though they are walking away empty handed…they are still thankful.   I am sure those believers that choose to remain thankful and drawing upon the strength of the Lord will indeed be lights to the needy in this tragedy.  
If you are dealing with a difficult circumstance, get before the Lord in prayer with great expectation of how He will work on your behalf.    If we permit Him to work as He wills in the midst of difficulties we will find that we come out even stronger, and our roots will go deeper in Him.   The Lord Jesus desires that we continue to go deeper and deeper in our knowledge of Him that we would be fruitful in every good work. As we grow in Him we will have an abundance within us that is spilling over to a lost and dying world. The world needs what we have and we must be ready to share it with them.   May we declare by our actions and words that we are God’s light!
Matthew 5:15 Common English Bible

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lamp stand, and it shines on all who are in the house.”

As you enter your job this week, expect your light to shine on ALL that are around you. Expect opportunities to share, to listen, and just do whatever He asks you to do!

Ephesians 3:17-19 Easy-to-Read Version

“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray
that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I
pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to
understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how
high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than
anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that
love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Devotional for Tuesday, August 29, 2017
“His Hands… Full Of Good Things”
let us receive
by Dona Hake

“You open Your hand and they are filled with good things.”

Psalm 104:28b

Is your heart being kept full, strengthened and maintained by the power of the Holy Spirit? He desires to open His hand and touch you with many good things for His hands are filled with an abundance of good things!    Many times we may be walking in lack simply because we are not drawing from the provision  of our loving Heavenly Father.  I know I say this often but it means so much to me, and that is Jesus desires to be our closest friend, and He desires that we stay in the moment with Him.   It is then that we will begin to fully trust, and habitually receive from His loving hands.


As for the truth that He is our closest Friend let us ponder this deeper.  We all know that our closest friend knows us all so well, and this good friend will be the first to recognize if you are hurting, troubled, etc…    A good friend will always be there to help you, and most certainly they will point out to you what they are observing so they can be of help.      Because Jesus is  truly our Best Friend, may we honor Him with humble ears and hearts at all times for He desires to fill our lives with His good things and keep us strong in every area of our being!

Let us be watchful that we do not become deficient in things that He desires
we be filled with.      It can be so easy to fall into endeavoring to do things in our own ability and strength.  When we stop trusting God for the littlest of things, it eventually snowballs into every area of our life. God desires to fill us that we bubble over with hope as we trust in Him. As He fills us there will be new strength. Our youth will be renewed as the eagle. I encourage you to receive from His hand today. God is so good, trust in Him!!!

Romans 15:13 ERV “I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Devotional for Monday, August 28,2017
“Fix Your Eyes On Your Lord the Rock!”
by Dona Hake
Our Lord and His Word are our forever Rock!    He and His Word will NEVER change.   Today we are meditating on our sure foundation and hope, our God our Rock.  The demands of this life can weaken our focus if we permit it.   Oh how the cares of this world can so craftily come to rob our hearts of  the Word of God.  As we grow in the revelation of keeping our gaze and focus on Him, we will surely walk in a greater revelation of casting our care upon Him.  May we diligently tend to our hearts and guard our minds that we can stay focused on our Rock the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are at that place that your focus has been too much  on your problems and your heart is heavy and burdened, here is  a scripture for you to meditate upon.

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all of you who are tired
and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.”

The Lord understands our frame and how we can heed to the temptation of trying to do things in our inability.   It is no wonder that we experience weariness in our souls at times.  I am so thankful that the  God we serve  is forgiving and understanding, and He gently reminds us that He desires to carry our load and bring strength and restoration to our souls.    He is calling for those that are trying to carry the load of life in their own ability. He promises that if one lays the heavy burdens and  load at His feet, He will deal with each and every one.  He will give our heart,soul and our mind the rest that we need. He will bring strength to our heart  in  place of the weariness that we may be experiencing from trying to deal with problems in our ability. Today we praise the Living God for He is our Forever Rock and He is our Burden Bearer!


Isaiah 26:4

“Trust the Lord
always. Trust the Lord
because he is our rock forever.”

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Devotional for Sunday, April 10, 2016
“The New Beginnings Each Day Brings”
 new beginnings
by Dona Hake
 Psalm 5:3 (CEB) 
“Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.
In the morning I lay it all out before you.
Then I wait expectantly.”


I thank God that His mercies are new every morning and we can wake with the expectancy of a new day with fresh opportunities.  Let us look up to Him today, lay all our cares and concerns before Him, and then wait with great expectancy.

 Psalm 145:2 (AMP)
Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You
[affectionately and gratefully praise You];
yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.


Today I encourage you to draw upon His strength and see your day as a fresh canvas. There may be things that you are facing that tempt your heart to be burdened but be encouraged that God is a God that never grows weary. Lift your eyes toward heaven and lay your heart open to Him and wait expectantly for Him to guide you throughout your day.


All of us have reasons to bless His Name and be thankful. Take time to call out the blessings that you possess because of the goodness of God that flows toward you.  Today, with it’s new beginning, praise and bless His Name for all the good things you embrace because of His goodness in your life!

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!

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!