Sunday, July 2, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, July 2, 2017
“When We Call For His Help,
and He Answers With His Grace”
 
 
 
grace is sufficient
 
by Dona Hake
 
Sometimes we can walk through things in this life that leave us feeling like we are weak and broken. Whether our heart has been broken or we are walking through a tough time, we can be tempted to feel we do not have the strength to go on.   Today, let us remember His grace is enough! There may be pieces of our life that are broken and seem beyond repair, but today I want you to meditate upon this…When we call out for His help, He WILL answer us with His wonderful grace!    Let us read from 2 Corinthians 12:8-9…


2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him]
about this and begged that it might depart from me;But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy)
is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables
you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power
are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves
most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the
more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities,
that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah)
may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”
 
 
 In a nutshell Paul finally saw what God desired for him to see. All Paul needed was to trust Him to be more than enough for His situation. Paul understood that he had hit rock bottom, and he no longer had his own strength to depend on.    Now Paul was in the perfect place where God could totally empower him. He also realized that God was all that He needed, and that in his weakness the power of Christ would rest upon him mightily.
 
 
Maybe you are reading this and thinking all is well and you have no need to ponder this.   It is human nature at times to neglect to continue to strengthen our inner man especially if all is going well.  May I share with you that we can never get rock solid enough in this revelation. This is what I desire to think about and get it rooted so deep in me…God’s grace is sufficient for me to live, and He grace is more than  enough. Read this awesome definition I found of the word enough.
 
 ENOUGH:- in a quantity or degree that answers a
                              purpose or satisfies a need or desire…

When we call upon God , He will always answer us with the empowering grace that we need for the situation we are in. I think this is a powerful thought… your need or weakness is calling out, and as you call out to Him, He answers that need with grace that is sufficient to deal with it. Praise the Living God that is MORE than enough for every one of our needs!!!
 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, July 1, 2017
“Being Used By the Lord”
 
 
let us praise Him for his loving works
by Dona Hake
 
 
In yesterday’s devotional I had shared with you about how the little deeds and kindnesses can mean so much to people around us.   Many times we do not realize that such small things can touch another’s heart in a way we may never know.   Today I would like to share with you a personal testimony of mine in which the Lord presented to a me an opportunity to stop and take a few minutes with a complete stranger yet it made her day extra special.
 
I love when God shows up in my day and shows himself so sweetly when I least expect  it.   It  was during a trip to  the grocery store.   I was walking my cart full of groceries  toward my car, I noticed a woman walking through the lot.  She had a cart full of groceries, and she looked at me and giggled a bit and said, “Did you ever lose your car in the parking lot? I said,”Oh my, yes I have had times that has happened to me.”  We began to share with each other funny things that we have done that made us giggle at ourselves.  I began to share with her that sometimes when I find myself forgetful it is because of lack of rest.   Little did I know that she was going to begin sharing her heart with me.
 
She began to share  that she had brain surgery, and  she also dealt with epilepsy. She felt ever since her surgery that she has dealt with forgetfulness, and she felt it was relative to the surgery, and the scar tissue on her brain. I told her I was not going to leave her until I helped her find her car. So we walked around the parking lot and finally we located her car.  We chatted for a few minutes, and she said “I want to give you a hug!”  We embraced and as we did, I prayed over her and she thanked me and exclaimed that she too knew Jesus!   We began to share our testimonies of coming to the Lord, our times in prayer, and our life as a result of serving Him, and then we parted.  
 
I was just overjoyed at how the Lord moved in such a sweet and simple way in the middle of the grocery store parking lot, on behalf of another believer that was in need.     I just want to encourage your heart today to look for Him in the every day things, and permit Him to take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary.  
 
 
Psalm 40:4 (Easy to Read Version)
“Lord my God, you have done many amazing things!
You have made great plans for us—too many to list.
I could talk on and on about them,
because there are too many to count.”
 
 


Friday, June 30, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, June 30, 2017
“Sometimes It’s the Little Things”
 
 
sometimes its the little things
 
by Dona Hake
 
Yesterday I shared with you about our Lord being the one that we can always depend upon. At the end of that devotional I encouraged you to pray for opportunities to show His goodness and faithfulness to someone that does not know Him.    Today I will share about how sometimes it is those little things that we do from a heart of love that may speak louder than words.
 
Sometimes it really is the little things that may count to be something really big in another’s life. It is also true that sometimes the things we are called upon to do may even be inconvenient,  yet if God is asking us to do it, we need to be obedient no matter  how small of a thing it may seem to us.
 

There was a time ordained by the Lord in which He had me visiting two special ladies in a nursing home.   They had shared a room in the home, and their days were long so they loved to have visitors.   Some days I would take my little dog, and it was so precious to see all the resident’s eyes light up when they got to pet and love on that little dog.   Sometimes I would sit by the bed side of these women and read devotions from the scriptures for them.   Other days I would try to decorate their room according to seasons and holidays or I would try to show up with some fresh brewed coffee for them.   Such small things meant so much for their world was now confined to four walls, and limited activity.   Honestly, there were days that fitting this in my schedule really did make for a long day for me, but I knew I needed to be obedient to what the Lord had instructed me to do.    He filled my heart with total joy as I was able to bless them with my time, help and love.

 
 

Today I encourage you to find ways to bring joy to those that cannot repay you. As I drive by the street on which this nursing home is I often think that I would give anything to pick up some hot coffee, and walk through those doors and see their precious faces. They have gone on to be with the Lord and that time is gone and precious memories of their love for me is all I have to remember.   I learned once again in my life that life is so frail, and there are those that need us desperately   May we obediently show the love of Jesus no matter how small the deed may seem to us. 

“Never get tired of doing little things for others.

Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest

parts of their hearts.”

Author unknown

 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, June 29, 2017
“Upon Him We CAN Depend!”
 
 
deep in my heart
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 Lamentations 3:24 (CEV)
Deep in my heart I say,
“The Lord is all I need;
I can depend on him!”
 

 

 Today we will ponder that we serve a God that promises to keep His Word and we can depend on Him!   Our God never changes and He has promised to walk beside us.   He is our great Friend in which we can always count on!  Praise Him for that today!

 
The God in which we depend desires to do  a great work in our midst, and I believe that we are going to continue to see and hear wonderful testimonies of His works in the lives of believers.  Let us always be mindful though, and I know I say this often but it needs repeated…the blessings and good things we walk in are not for us alone.   There is a lost an dying world around us.   Those that live in darkness do not know what it is to have a true friend in which they can depend.  The greatest Friend one can ever have is Jesus and they need to know Him.
 
 I encourage you today to pray for those around you that do not know Him.   Pray that the Lord of the harvest would grant you opportunities to share His goodness and faithfulness.   Be ready to share about the Jesus in which you can always depend!
 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, June 27, 2017
“But God Selects…”
 
 
fools for christ
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish
things of the world to shame the wise
[revealing their ignorance], and God
has selected [for His purpose] the weak
things of the world to shame the things
which are strong [revealing their frailty]. ”
 
1 Corinthians 1:27 Amp
 
 
When I read this scripture I am reminded once again that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and they are above figuring out.   Many times we may think that God is going to use what we perceive to be our strengths, yet He may chose to touch our heart and ask us to step out in an area in which we  feel totally inadequate.  Many times if the Lord asks us to step out in something that we do not feel adequate in we can reason it away or fear of failing will grip our heart.
 
 
I can remember a specific time in which the Lord was tugging at my heart to step out in something, and I did not feel that I was qualified to do what He was asking.   I resisted for a while, and after I finally gave in I experienced His grace flowing toward me filling me with all I needed for the task that He asked me to do.   I was able to testify of  His strength flowing into my life, and enabling me to look away from my inabilities and draw upon His ability.
 
Many times God will call upon those that may not have an ability or they may even be weak or uneducated in the eyes of the world.    The Lord knows exactly which vessels He desires to use, and I am thankful that He is not interested in how smart we are or our endless abilities but rather He is looking for the humble in heart.   When we remain humble He can take our strengths and abilities and use them for His glory.   Sometimes He will pick those that you would least expect.    Sometimes He will call upon us to do things that people around us may seem odd but let us settle in our hearts that our Lord knows exactly what He is doing.   Today I leave you with a quote by the late Justice Scalia.  May it touch your heart as it did mine….
 
 
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the
world would view Christians as fools…and He has
not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined
to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are
fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for
courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world.
If I have brought any message today, it is this:
Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded
as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage
to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
    Supreme Court Justice
    Antonin Scalia   1936-2016
 


Monday, June 26, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, June 26, 2017
“God’s Overcoming Love”
 
 
Gods love is able
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I can remember hearing a very powerful testimony of God’s powerful love.   This is an extraordinary testimony of our Lord taking that which may have seemed impossible to man, and turned it inside out for His glory.       I had heard this on a Christian radio station. This gentleman had shared that within a  refugee camp for Iraq refugees there was a person that was a part of ISIS  that disguised  himself to be a refugee, and he got into the camp.  I am sure his motives and plans were to take the life of the innocent.  For those of you that follow the news you are quite aware how hateful and evil that ISIS is.   They have done horrific things to precious, innocent people.   Let us read on about the powerful work of our Lord’s love that was able to overcome this horrible evil that had a grip on this young man’s heart.
 
 
The wonderful testimony of God’s love was that after this young man disguised himself as a refugee he began to observe God’s love which he had never witnessed.  He was so overwhelmed and taken by the love and joy of Jesus that these refugees exhibited that he totally surrendered his heart to  the Lord Jesus Christ, and changed his way of thinking which had been that of  extreme hatred and everything that ISIS represents.  He was so ecstatic of his new found faith and freedom that he could hardly contain himself.
 
 
 
 
Let us be reminded that God’s  love is able to conquer ALL,  His love IS ABLE  to conquer anything….even the worst hatred that we could ever imagine.   After hearing this testimony my heart was so blessed, and hope for that which seemed hopeless was birthed in my heart.    As I hear the despicable and evil acts of this group, one could think their hearts are hardened and closed.   Let us remember,  the love and freedom of Christ is available to anyone.   God’s overcoming love is there  for those that seem hopeless and those that do not  deserve it.   Really…when you think about it, none of us really deserve the love and mercy of God.   At the foot of the cross He sees us all the same.  God’s love truly has no limits, and I hope you are rejoicing in this young man’s salvation!   Hate and deception could not keep his heart from being touched by the  love of God!
 
 
Romans 8:39 AMP
“…nor height, nor depth,
nor any other created thing, will be able
to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Sunday, June 25, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, June 25, 2017
“You ARE the Light of the World”
 
 
Shining Light Verse from Matthew
 
by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 5:14-16  ( Amplified )
 

 “You are the light of the world.

A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do men light a lamp and put it under

a peck measure, but on a lampstand,

and it gives light to all in the house.

Let your light so shine before men that
they may see your moral excellence and
your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds
and recognize and honor and praise and
glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
 
 In this scripture our Lord proclaimed who we are…we ARE the light of this dark world.   A lamp is not for the well lit room it is for the room that is full of darkness.   A lamp’s purpose is to bring light that one can see and not stumble around in the darkness.   We ARE the light that gives light to all of this world!   So today I encourage you to let your light shine.   As your light shines even those that are in darkness are going to notice something different.   God is preparing us for such a time as this.  Remember my friend, He uses each of us differently so let us not compare ourselves to others. It is in those times that we measure our grace in comparison to others that we are not permitting our Lord to shine through us as He desires.    This is not a competition, it is command….we are lights and we are to shine!  
 
Today I encourage you to shine for Him through every word and deed you do.   As He continues to mold and make you into His image He will be faithful to show Himself through you that others may see how awesome He is.  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, June 24, 2017
“Awaken To His Lovingkindness”
 
Cause me to hear
 
 
By Dona Hake
 

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.”

 

Today let us trust to hear His voice about His will for our life, and the instruction of our day.   Each new day is a fresh canvas in our life, and only we as individuals can make the decision to look to Him first thing in the morning.    Do you look to Him first thing in the morning?      Many times we can go to bed with the burdens and cares of our life on our mind.   I encourage you to cast all your cares on Him especially before you lay your head down to sleep.   If you do not, more than likely you will awaken with those things on your mind. 

 
May we be mindful to be ever leaning and trusting on Him for everything that we do.  Let us remember to lean on Him not only for His strength and wisdom but for the balance and direction that He can bring to our lives. Thank Him as He unfolds His plan for our day yet be willing to allow Him to interrupt it if He has other plans.
 
Lift up your soul to Him and allow Him to touch you because He loves you so.  Lift up your inner self to Him and allow Him to do great things in your life today!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, Jun e 22, 2017
“This Is When He Is Carrying You”
 
footprints in the sand Nov2014
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today I am going to share this precious poem with you that serves to remind us that the Lord has promised to walk with us, and if need be He will carry us in  our weariness.
 
 
Footprints in the Sand
 
“One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
Author Anonymous
 
 
There are many times in my life that I can testify of that I simply do not know how I would have made it a part from Him carrying me. Many times when I see people walk through things without Jesus I feel sorry for them because I know it must be so horrible to feel so alone and weak and no one to turn to because they have not allowed Him to be Lord of their life. When one decides that they have no need for God they surely have a rough road ahead of them.
 
Let us reflect on times in our lives where we felt there was no more strength yet somehow we carried on and we just knew it was a supernatural strength as a result of His working in your life. God is so good and so faithful. Let us praise Him for the wonderful works of His mighty hands in our lives.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, June 21, 2017
“Refusing To Doubt”
 
but when you ask
 
by Dona Hake
 
Today our devotional will be from James Chapter One, and we are looking at the word ~expect~.    I want to share a story with you that I have shared before but it goes along with the thoughts that I am sharing today.    A while back I went to the drug store to pick up a few items.   I paid for all my items, and headed for the exit door, and the shop lifter alarm went off.     Oh my…I hate when this happens!!!!  I turned and looked at the young lady that just helped me at the register, and said “What do I do now?”    She knew what I meant because I paid for all that was in my bag.   I ~expected~ her to deal with this and help me because I knew I paid for it,  and she knew I paid for it.   She said, “Don’t worry about it, just ignore the alarm and go.”     You see, when I walked into the store, I decided what I wanted to buy but in order to walk out the door, it must be paid for first.  I knew that I did exactly what was expected of me as a customer.   We all know that you do not pick something up and  just walk out the door with it without paying for it first.  The rule is that you pay first, and then that product is your possession.   Today we are looking at rules or guidelines that the Lord has laid out in His Word regarding receiving from Him.   
 
 
 
When we pray, God desires we follow specific steps in receiving.   We cannot decide to make up our own rules about such things, so why is it at times  people think they can create their own rules  regarding spiritual things and still~expect~ God to come through for them?    Keep that thought in mind and read this scripture:
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
God knows our needs and desires, and as we pray for them we need to be in total faith and not waver.   James lays it out here that we MUST believe and no doubting is allowed.   He likens a doubter to a wave that is blown and tossed by the wind.    You see, when you ask in faith and determine to resist doubt you can expect the desired outcome.  James never said that when you asked in faith there will 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 “alarms” go off around us, we are able to stand in faith, because we  know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have followed the precepts that the Lord has asked of us.   
 
 
Today I encourage you to be single-minded and stable in all that you do.   With God’s help you can, and you will stand in that place of great expectation from Whom all blessings flow!



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!