Sunday, July 23, 2017

Devotional for Sunday, July 23, 2017
“Guard Your Heart”
are you guarding your heart
by Dona Hake
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, and there is the devil who roams about seeking ways he can set us up to fall and devour us.    Our enemy  watches for our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.No, we do not live in fear of the tactics of the devil, for we know by the Spirit of the Living God that He is the greater One and He lives within us!    What a wonderful truth we have to hold fast to yet  we must be wise and very diligent to make sure we are guarding our hearts at all times. We must be ever so careful to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are keeping our hearts guarded with our diligent input of God’s Word and prayer.

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and

above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”

We see from this scripture that our heart is able to contain springs of life from which we can draw. God wants our hearts to be full of Him and His life giving presence.    Sometimes I find my mind being preoccupied with things that are beyond my control, and oh how they can rob my peace. I can remember how the Lord once  ministered to my heart so sweetly yet firmly that because I was preoccupied with the cares of this world  that my heart was being left unguarded. I began to think about how diligent we are to make sure our doors to our homes are locked. We have passwords for our logins on different sites that we visit on our computers, and we are encouraged to make them so difficult in order that we are not hacked. We have become so knowledgeable in the realms of taking care of our bodies that we be healthy, and we try to follow a disciplined lifestyle.     I ask you today, “Are you guarding your heart with that same diligence?”    May we grow in our conviction of remaining diligent in keeping our heart guarded against that evil one that desires to pull us away from God’s perfect will.
Let us meditate on the advice from Paul in the book  of Philippians.   In this letter he wrote how we can keep the peace of God guarded in our hearts. This was his advice…
Philippians 4:6-9 Easy-to-Read Version
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask
God for everything you need, always giving thanks
for what you have. And because you belong to
Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over
all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do
this far better than our human minds.
Brothers and sisters, continue to think about
what is good and worthy of praise.
Think about what is true and honorable
and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
9 And do what you learned and received from me—
what I told you and what you saw me do.
And the God who gives peace will be with you.”

When we purpose to think on good things we are being proactive in guarding our hearts, and keeping them in the peace of God. I know for myself that when my heart is full and I mean FULL of God’s peace, faith,  and pure things I can  face the problems of this life in His strength. Today I encourage you to watch over your heart and your thoughts. Make sure you are not walking about your day with a heart that is unguarded, for God desires to keep it with His loving peace.♥


Friday, July 21, 2017

Devotional for Friday, July 21, 2017
“Faith For the Moment”
fresh faith for today
by Dona Hake
  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 faith in our walk be as natural as breathing. He desires that we live this life in Him just as we depend upon Him for our next breath. We need not labor to live for Him 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 today.
I want to share a quote with you written by Francois deFellelon…
“The comfort you find in a moment of faith will 
be completely inadequate for the next.”
It is our human nature to get caught up in moments isn’t it?   Some moments are so wonderful and just unforgettable.   In this life we will be blessed to experience joys that are beyond our belief.   There will also be those  times in which we release our faith, and we just know heaven and earth has been moved for us.   Oh the joy of those sweet victories!!  But know this my friend, we cannot live off of the fumes of yesterday’s faith and victories.
Today I encourage you to reflect on the wonderful victories 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 hinder or stop you.   Look to Him with faith, new strength and grace for this day, and live and move in Him by faith as you serve Him fresh today!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Devotional for Thursday, July 20, 2017
“By Your Light We Make This Journey”
by the light of your face
by Dona Hake
Psalm 89:15 The Voice translation
“How happy are those who have learned how to praise You;
those who journey through life by the light of Your face.”

Yesterday we meditated upon our Lord’s righteousness going before us.   As we let Him order our steps our ways will be established in all that we do.   Today we are going to meditate upon the light of our Lord.   Life on this earth is a journey, and by His light we make this journey as we live to follow Him.    Some days the journey is smooth and some days the journey is just full unexpected things that try to hinder or distract us in our walk with Him. The important thing about the journey is knowing that He has promised to be right there beside us, and He would never leave us.   Today let us think upon His righteousness goes before us, and the light of His wonderful face will enlighten our hearts!

When the journey gets rough we must purpose to keep our perspective. These are the days you may not feel like praising Him, and you have to command your soul to rise up from hopelessness and be encouraged. When you do this, you begin to praise Him regardless of what is going on around you. Therefore you are truly content and happy because you have learned how to praise Him even when circumstances are not conducive to singing.
We serve a God that is absolute light, life and love. As we stay in His presence there will be a fullness of joy. As we walk closely beside Him we can have absolute confidence that even though this world is dark, our journey will be illuminated by the light of His face as He goes before us. I love this awesome quote that reminds me to stick real close to Jesus at all times!
“The closer you walk with God,
the less anything can get
between you and Him.”

May we meditate today on how we need to stay close beside Him at all times. May we recognize immediately anything that would come to distract us, and take our eyes off of Him. Allow the light of His countenance to illuminate your journey, and walk in expectancy of all the good things He desires to do for you today!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Devotional for Wednesday, July 19, 2017
“Righteousness Shall Go Before Us”
righteousness will go before Him
by Dona Hake

Psalm 85:11-13 BRG Bible

” Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.  Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”

May we continue to grow in truth  every day that we serve Him.   I love how this translation says, “Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”   As I meditated on this I began to think of a small child on the sands of a beach finding some big footsteps of an adult.   Walking along, the child carefully places her feet inside the big footprint.   So it is with us as we desire to cling to our Lord and follow Him closely.   His footprints are established in truth and righteousness.  They are rock solid, and as we purpose to walk within His footprints which is His perfect will  we will always be within the borders of His will for our lives.  There is great strength in knowing that His righteousness goes before us!
Lord, we thank You this day in which we can set our hearts to live for You and serve You.   May we be mindful that we are living for Your truth and righteousness.   Help us to be mindful of keeping ourselves in the way of Your steps and not our own.   Even in those times that Your way may not make sense to us, help us to be mindful that Your ways are higher than our ways, and You understand the big picture of the work in our life.   In Jesus Name, amen!

Tuesday, July 19, 2017

Devotional for Tuesday, July 19, 2017
“Let Our Eyes Be Fixed On Him”
by Dona Hake
I want to share a story that I have shared with you before, but it is a good one to bring you the truth of keeping your eyes on Him.  I can remember a particular weekend over a year ago that I was taking care of my son’s two puppy dogs.   It just so happens that they are with me again this week, so it was fun for me to remember this story once again!
It was a Sunday morning and I had to be get to church a bit early so  I switched things up a bit to make things go faster, and save time.  I strategically tried to feed three doggies, one parrot, and forty some beautiful fish. Well, I thought I had totally accomplished all the feedings, or maybe I thought wrong?
I was finally sitting down to eat my oatmeal and coffee, and our German Shepherd quietly laid on the chair and just kept her gaze on me. I thought it strange because she would usually head into our bedroom to sleep right after she had her run in the yard. I finished eating, and was cleaning up, and I turned around to find her positioning herself that I could not walk around her. She sat there and lovingly stared into my eyes. She was determined not to get out of my way until I got her quiet message. I said, “Aasha what’s wrong?” Her sad and concerned eyes spoke loud and clear! “You forgot to feed me!” Oh my gosh…here she was trying to tell me something, and I was not getting it. I felt so bad when I realized that I had fed everyone but her. The poor thing was not going to give up, and her strategy was to stay in my presence, and stare me down till I realized she had not eaten yet!
How many times do we have needs, and we get impatient with the Lord, and just walk away from His presence, and get into our own ability. Oh how important it is that we just stay in the Lord’s presence, and keep our eyes fixed on Him because He is our provision, and all of our needs are met by Him.  My puppy dog knows where her food comes from, and she was not moving till I got the message!!  Thank God He never forgets us! Today I encourage you to set your gaze upon Him, and do not look to anything but Him for each and every need you have.

“O God, my heart is fixed (steadfast, in the confidence of faith)…”

Psalm 108:1

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.”
Psalm 112:7


Monday, July 17th, 2017

Devotional for Monday, July 17th, 2017
“The Understanding of Our Lord”
counsel is mine
by Dona Hake
Think about all that God is to us.   We can look to Him as being the love of our life, He is Light, He is our Healer, He is our Provider…     I could share so many things that He is to us but today I want today we are going to meditate upon the truth that  He is our Understanding.   When all seems dark or something may seem confusing I want to encourage your heart today to look to Him as the one that is able to give you the understanding that you need for the moment you are in.
The understanding of God is a wonderful thing but we must always be mindful that we are fearing and reverencing  His Name.     The fear and reverence for God  is the beginning of His wisdom and understanding to be  given to us.   As we follow His guiding principles we will have good sense and be decisive.    We will know exactly what to do in every given situation just because we know that He totally understands, and He is able impart that understanding into our hearts and minds.   I would like to share a scripture with you from Psalm 111:10.   The one translation from the Extended Bible says it simply, and that is “Those who obey and do his orders have good understanding.”  I love the way this is worded simply because it calls God’s Word or His commands “his orders”.   Are there times that you feel you can pick and choose from His Word?     God’s Word is not like a box of chocolates in which you pick our your favorites or you bite into one, and dislike it and throw it away.  God desires that we embrace all of His truth and make it ours to obey that we may live a blessed life.    Today, let us reverence the Lord in every way possible.    Let us readily hear from our Lord the orders for our day!
Lord, help us to be humble as we hear  and read Your Word.   May we draw close to You that we may hear Your tender voice as You desire to instruct us in the way.   You are good, and may we see all of Your commands as  good and profitable in our walk with You that we may grow thereby.   In Jesus Name, amen!
Psalm 111:10  The Living Bible
How can men be wise? The only way to begin is by reverence for God. For growth in wisdom comes from obeying his laws. Praise his name forever.

Saturday, July 15, 2016

Saturday, July 15, 2017
“Discerning His Voice”
my sheep
by Dona Hake
There are times we can all identify where we are reading the Word or hearing the Word of God, and our spirit has been pricked by it’s power.    We just know it was God specifically dealing with our heart yet there may be times that we walk away and do not take heed.    There may also be those times in which we hear the Word from our Pastor and proclaim how rich it was,  yet we do not take heed to it, and apply it to our life. This is selective hearing and therefore we are not being a  doer of the Word.   We need to be very careful and cautious over our hearts that we are not guilty of this.  God desires that we look to listen to Him when He speaks to us.    He desires that we know His voice and give respect to it.    I found several translations of John 10:27 enlightening so I will share them with you for your meditation.



“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening

to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.” (AMP)
My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are.
They follow me…” (GW)
” My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them,
and they follow me.” (TLB)

“My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately,

and they follow Me.” (The Voice)


The word know  defined is to be able to distinguish, as one from another. The Lord desires that we KNOW Him and KNOW His voice!   He desires that we are seeking to discern the voices of this world, the voice of our mind, our enemy’s voice, but most importantly He desires that we discern His voice.  When we hear the Word of our Lord, and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt it is Him, let us expect Him to lead us by that precious Word!


 Today I ask you… are you listening to hear if He is calling your name?   Have you felt a gentle tug on your heart, and you are  wondering  if it is His voice?   Let us learn to listen and recognize His precious voice and leading in our lives.  Today I desire to encourage your heart to be listening closely for Him. Many times His voice is loud and clear and many times it is a mere whisper. Be quick to recognize it and respond. God truly desires this intimacy with us as we heed to His Words and walk willingly along side of Him as He gently leads us.

Friday, July 14, 2016

Devotional for Friday, July 14, 2017
“Whatsoever Things…”
good thoughts 
by Dona Hake

Psalm 19:14 (TLB)

“May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts

be pleasing even to you,

O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Oh what a beautiful and wonderful prayer that was prayed and recorded here in the Psalms. It would be a good thing that we would ask the Lord more often, “Is what I just said okay Lord?” or “Lord is my heart right in this matter?”   I think the Lord  would be delighted if we would check in with Him more often, and inquire of Him on these things. I think Jesus wants us to view Him as our best friend and we should be allowing our best friend to challenge our heart and bring accountability in our lives. I value the times when I feel a tug at my heart or a check in my spirit in those times that my thoughts or words are not pleasing to Him. When He is Lord of our life, we will truly welcome these disciplines.

The Lord has promised to help us with all things that pertain to life and godliness so be encouraged that it is His heart to help you walk victoriously. Paul wrote in Philippians how to keep our thoughts in line with truth. If we just purpose to think on good things…
Philippians 4:8-9  Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable
and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed
by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome,
whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute;
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise
, think continually on these things [center your mind on them,
and implant them in your heart].  The things which you have
learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice
these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source]
of peace and well-being will be with you.”
As we practice thinking on good things, our spoken words and unspoken thoughts will be kept and guarded by the peace of God. I encourage you today to think upon all the good things that Paul instructed us in Philippians. It is as we do this,  our thoughts, words, and actions will always line up with the will and ways of our Lord.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Devotional for Thursday, July 13, 2017
“Just As You See Your Own Face”
reflection in water 2
by Dona Hake
Proverbs 27:19 (ERV) “Just as you can see your own face reflected in water, so your heart reflects the
kind of person you are.”
This portion of scripture stirs my heart  to think about the true spiritual condition of my heart.   If I were to stand over a crystal clear pond and look in, my reflection would answer back at me or in other words I would see myself in the reflection of the water.I would see myself for exactly what I am because the reflection does not lie. When you stand in front of a mirror you can not stand there and say, “this is not me!” or “I do not look like that!” Our reflections are speaking to us and telling us exactly what we look like. So it is when we look into God’s Word, He will reveal to us our need for Him and all that He wants us to be.    If we permit Him, He will show us the kind of person we are, and also the condition of our heart.


James 1:22-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“”But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it,

betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it

and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully

at his [own] natural face in a mirror;

For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes

off and promptly forgets what he was like.

But he who looks carefully into the faultless law,
the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres
in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets
but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed
in his doing (his life of obedience).”
There will be those times in which we hear the Word and we may feel a bit convicted and we need to give heed, and be an active doer as this scripture tells us to do. This tugging at our heart is the Holy Spirit speaking to us to make changes, and this kind of change really is a good thing. This scripture is clear that we need to give heed to the Word we hear and read, and the living water of the Word will truly reveal to us the condition of our heart if we permit it to. The Lord is loving, and He will help us to make the adjustments we need to be molded into His image. Let us look carefully at ourselves in light of God’s Word and allow Him to work in us.
Lord, we ask You this day to show us the true condition of our hearts.   Help us to be reminded of the importance of remaining humble before You that You will have free reign in our hearts.   Help us to be doers and not just hearers of Your Word.  We thank You that You are able to do a wonderful and transforming work within us.   Help us also to be patient and persevering as we walk through times of change that You are desiring to work within us.   In Jesus Name we ask, amen!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Devotional for Wednesday, July 12, 2017
“Lord, Help Us To Be Examples For You”
be an example for the lord
by Dona Hake
I can remember once standing in the grocery line loading my groceries on to the belt for the young lady to ring me up. I heard her sharing with the customer before me how an individual took a $10 bill, and made the number one on the bill into a five, it was done so artistically and strategically that the sales clerk passed it for a $50 bill. When I stepped up to talk to this young lady I commented to her how it is so sad that people can be so deceitful. This young lady began to share how she saw someone steal someone’s coupons one day.   In less than a minute this young lady shared out of the abundance of her heart.   She said, “You know, you reap what you sow…”   In that split second we were both on a roll sharing truths with each other, and it was beautifully evident that  she was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Many times we do not need to say many words, it is that light that  proceeds from our countenance.
This young lady began to share something with me that really touched my heart. She said,  “You know there are those people out there that have been saved their whole life, they’ve never done drugs, they have never done anything really all that wrong, I think that is really neat because they are examples. But you know what I want?   I want someone out there that is older than me to just be an example for me to follow.”
As I walked away from her I thought about how her  words and they really touched me.   It made me realize that there are many young believers just looking for someone to be there to call their friend, to mentor them, and just be a shining example of living life and God’s wisdom and purpose.   I can remember as a young believer having that same desire, and the Lord provided that for me.    As I began walking away from this young lady after I paid for my bill I said to her, “Thank you for sharing your refreshing words with me, and being a blessing to me today.”   She got a big smile across her face, and then proceeded to ask me my name, and then she introduced herself to me.    We are both  hoping we would cross each other’s path at this grocery store and we would be able to build each other up once again.
Lord, help us all to realize that You desire to use us to touch the lives of people around us.   We ask that You would help us to see the seriousness of the day in which we live because there is much to be done.   There are people out there that need us.   They need the light of Your Word, they need Your love, and there are those that are looking for guidance, wisdom and counsel.   Help us to be mindful to walk uprightly and in the integrity of Your Word that we may be good examples to those that are looking for help and guidance.  In Jesus Name we ask, amen!

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!