Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 

 

 

 Devotional for Tuesday, June 6, 2017
“The Virtue of Patience”

 

patience and forgiveness

by Dona Hake
 
 
I think children really have a tough time being patient with waiting especially for special events.   I can remember our youngest son when he was little, and in the midst of his impatience, I would say, “You must be patient for patience is a virtue!”   Kids always respond to statements like this with that “ugh” look on their face.   Even though my son was just learning to pronounce certain words, he would try his best.  One day he had an opportunity to determine himself to be patient, and I overheard him saying…”Patience will hurt you!”    I quickly said, “Oh my!  that’s not true.  Patience is a good thing.”  He said, “But Mommy, you said patience will hurt you!”   I had to giggle for he was hearing the word virtue to be hurt you!
 
Little memories like this are fun but interesting enough it seems that sometimes people do look at patience as a painful thing rather than a time of good waiting and growth in the soul!    When I see people exhibit patience in trying and tough situations it always strikes me as such a wonderful strength.   Sometimes it seems that there are those that are just strong in their patience because it is part of their makeup and personality.  Know this though…we all have our limits in how much we can take. Only the patience that comes from above and developed within our soul is the patience that will help us forbear tough situations.

 

Proverbs 19:11 (ERV) 

 “Experience makes you more patient, and you

are most patient when you ignore insults.”

 

I especially like this translation of Proverbs 19:11 because I think the more we go on in life and we walk through experiences we begin to understand things more deeply. In any trying situation IF we allow the Lord to teach we, we will walk away with more wisdom under our belt.  I leave you with this scripture to meditate upon, and you think upon His patience developing in you!

 

Proverbs 19:11 (MSG) 

“Smart people know how to hold their tongue;

their grandeur is to forgive and forget.”

 



Monday, June 5, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, June 5, 2017
“My Help Comes From the Lord!”
 

my help

by Dona Hake

 

 “My help comes from the Lord,

the Creator of heaven and earth!”

 

Psalm 121:2  New English Translation

 

I look at all the beautiful things around me, and daily I praise Him for His wonderful and beautiful works.   We serve a breathtaking and amazing God.  Now let us meditate upon  how the Creator of Heaven and Earth sent His Son to die that we might be set free.   Our Lord has promised to never leave us, and He desires that we call upon Him for the help we need.  Our help that we need should always come the Creator of heaven and earth.

 

I think about how Jesus has promised to stay by our sides and be our  help.  The question I am pondering now as I write this is do I only ask Him to be my helper  in the difficult and impossible things.  I can only imagine that our God really wants to help us more than we would ever realize at times no matter how big or small our needs are.  When someone offers to help you they are desiring to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need.  Face it…all too often we really do not know what to do or which way to turn and God, and the maker of heaven and earth knows exactly how to handle our problems along with the simplest of matters.   I love seeking His wisdom in ordinary things!  His loving hand can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary!

 

 Lord, today we ask invite You to be our Helper in all that we put our hand to.   We thank You for Your great wisdom and direction, and submit to Your will and Your ways. In Jesus Name, amen.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, June 3, 2017
“Following the Lord’s Perfect Path”

 

Lead me in paths of righteousness

by Dona Hake

 

Yesterday I shared from Psalm 23, and we focused on His goodness and mercy following us all the days of our life.    What a wonderful meditation knowing the Lord is following us around with these two beautiful aspects of who He is.   Today we will focus on us following Him.   Where He leads we MUST follow that we can know that we are in His perfect will.
 
God desires that we be consumed with Him and doing His will yet  He knows our frame and our weaknesses.  As we embrace His will for our lives we will without a doubt have a desire to do that which is right in His eyes.   Yes, there will be days that we mess up but He well knows that we are human and we will make mistakes.   We must remind ourselves that His forgiveness is there for us and He promises to walk along side of us and show us the right way.  Not only does He show us the way, but He enables us to walk the path.

 

Psalm 23:3 (VOICE)
“He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths

to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.”

 

David wrote this Psalm with his sheep in mind.  He understood that sheep have a tendency to want to walk the same paths to the point they are in ruts.   Because a sheep stays in a favored spot, they wear it down, and it becomes barren.  These type areas can tend to become infested with parasites which are very dangerous to the health of sheep.  We too can tend as humans to desire a comfort zone.  We can tend to fall into ruts with our thinking and behavior.  These things can keep us from walking in the freshness of His will for our life.

 

Today, let us remind ourselves to look to Him for direction in every area of our life.  As we do, our lives will be a testimony as it echoes and honors His Name!



Friday, June 2, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Friday, June 2, 2017
“Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Us!”

 

goodness and mercy follow me

by Dona Hake
 
Psalm 23:6

“SURELY goodness and mercy SHALL follow me all the days of my life.”

 
Sometimes when I am meditating on a scripture to share with you there may be one word that stands out to me.   As we look at this scripture I think this one word will deepen your love and appreciation for the Psalmist’s words.   That word is surely which means:  firmly; unerringly; without missing or slipping,
 
 
Because He is so good, we can most assuredly say “only goodness and mercy WILL follow me.”  These beautiful qualities of our Lord WILL follow us firmly, unerringly, without missing or slipping!!!!   If you have lived any length of time on this earth you can testify to the fact that there will be tests and there will be trials.  Nevertheless, our Shepherd has promised to follow us around with His goodness and His mercy.  Many times trials can test our confidence in Christ, but we must remember that He will never give up on us.  Even though we fall, He has promised to lift us back up and restore us again.

 

His goodness and mercy should not only follow us but we should have it flowing through us as we abide in Him.   I believe that we can be vessels of His goodness and mercy even to those that you may feel are undeserving of it.   Remember…we can do nothing to feel that we are deserving of all that He has lavished us with for it is not by works that we are saved.  

 

I leave you with two questions to ask yourself and ponder…How do you deposit the blessings you have received into the lives of others? And can others see that you are  being followed by His goodness and mercy?  I find these two questions very challenging and I want to think about them on a regular basis in order to keep my heart challenged…how about you?



Thursday, June 1, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, June 1, 2017
“Dwelling Forever In the Lord’s House”

 

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

by Dona Hake

 

“…I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:6
 

Today we are meditating upon where we are dwelling.  To dwell in a place means to  live or continue in a given condition or state.  God desires that His children never  leave the beauty of His presence.  He desires we never stray or entertain thoughts of the “grass being greener on the other side.”    As He follows us all the days of our lives, He so longs for our love.  He longs that we give Him everything.  He longs that we stay close to Him and dwell in Him forever.

 

Oh that we would remind ourselves as much as possible of the abundance of blessings we possess in Him.  Let us declare that we belong to Him and live to please Him in every way we can today.  We should delight to give testimony of what He has or is doing in our life. 

 I encourage you to look for opportunities to share the wonderful things He has done for you as you dwell in Him all the days of your life!

 

 

 

Psalm 73:28 Amplified

 

“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have

put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my

refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

 

 

 Devotional for Wednesday, May 31, 2017
“God IS Good All the Time!”
 

God is Good

By Dona Hake

 
The other morning I was looking at my emails, weather, and my Facebook posts while eating my oatmeal and enjoying my coffee.    Honestly there are times that social media really disturbs me yet there are many things posted that are inspirational and encourages hearts.   I sat there and as I was reading I felt prompted to share on my Facebook timeline…
 
 
 
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
 
ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!
 
 
Just twelve words posted, and I was amazed how much attention was given to these simple yet powerful words.      Interesting isn’t it?   We just never know how our words may be hitting those that are seeking answers,  and need to know that our God is indeed good.      Yes…God is good!  This is a beautiful and solid truth yet I think sometimes it has just become a cliche. May our words that we speak about God always cause joy to rise in our hearts as we speak them. He is indeed a good God, and a wonderful God. There are not enough words to express everything that He is to those that love Him.

 

 

 One day I can remember that  I was trying to sort through my different Bibles and favorite books, and  I pulled out a slip of paper from one of my Bibles, and on it I had written the following scripture:

Psalm 42:8 (AMP)

“Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness

in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be

with me, a prayer to the God of my life.”

 

Sometimes when I am reading there are words that just come alive and jump off the pages and I love writing them down and reading over them again. When I write scriptures down it was because something very special stood out to me and spoke to my heart.

 

 As I found this paper it reminded that God is good and He speaks to me through His Word. It is important to remind ourselves of  the truth that God IS good and this truth can be fresh and new every morning. At the end of a day He has a song for your heart. Even though there may be things in your day that you encountered and they seemed to rob you of your joy, He brings a song to your heart as your lie down to sleep.     Today I encourage you to think about the goodness of your God!

 



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, May 30, 2017
“Everything He Does Is Marvelous”

 

fearfully made

by Dona Hake
 
 

 

 We are soon entering into the season  of summer here, and I am enjoying planting all kinds of different flowers.   Their colors and differences are so pretty to see.   While I am slowly starting to appreciate this season, my favorite season is still winter.   I love snow so much!   Snow always reminds me of how unique I am, and how He created me, and never made another like me.   I love knowing that there are no two snowflakes that are the same, and I think that is pretty awesome.  
 
Think about it…there is only one you, and your fingerprint is like no other.We too have that same uniqueness for when we were created, God’s gentle hand was weaving and creating us for special and great opportunities in this life. It is your special time to live and express who He made you to be.
 
I find it so sad that we are so bombarded through the fashion industry of what is the “look.” We are constantly being told what is cool, and what you should never say or do. Whether you realize it or not the pressure of this sort will try to squash you into a mold made by someone else. This mold will create a pressure within you to constantly change and dictate what to do.  Let us look to the Word of God as the mold that we live by, not the dictates of this world.
 
Psalm 139:13-15Contemporary English Version
“You are the one
who put me together
inside my mother’s body,
and I praise you
because of
the wonderful way
you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.”

 

 

Oh that we can see ourselves free to be who God has made us to be. Can we dare to just be ourselves and permit Him to mold and make us for His purposes. God desires that we be comfortable with who we are and not try to be someone else. I was particularly inspired for today’s devotional by the following quote:

 

 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make

you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

God help us to see more clearly how we are to live and move in You that we may be free to be who You created us to be!



Sunday, May 29, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, May 29, 2017
“Lord You Are Amazing!”

 

All around me

by Dona Hake

 

 

Psalm 139:1-6    Easy-to-Read Version

“Lord, you have tested me,
so you know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts from far away.
 You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
 Lord, you know what I want to say,
even before the words leave my mouth.
 You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
I feel your hand on my shoulder.
I am amazed at what you know;
it is too much for me to understand.”

 

 

His precious love  surrounds us, and He knows every detail about us.  The God of Heaven and Earth formed you in the womb, and He knows all about you.   He knows your heart, your soul, and the deepest of your emotions.  How precious and wonderful is this to ponder in our hearts!  What blessed assurance we can hold fast to in knowing that we can serve a God that totally understands us inside and out.  Even before words leave our mouth He knows what we are going to say.    There is no escaping His loving knowledge about us.

 

The Amplified version says in verse three “You sift and search out my path.”   He knows every minute of our life and every breath we will take, and the path we walk is “sifted” and seen with His loving eyes.    As we remain humble before Him there is freedom in knowing that He who sees all will direct our path.    There is sweet peace and protection in knowing that He sees everything before us and behind us.

 

As we start our day let us remind ourselves to allow Him to search our hearts and speak to us.  We should be amazed as we meditate upon how awesome He is.    This is a thought that should keep us humble before Him in every area of our life.  As we do this, we will live in peace and freedom in Christ!



Saturday, May 27, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, May 27, 2017
“Our Words Seasoned With His Grace”

 

 

WORDS SEASONED WITH GRACE

by Dona Hake

 

Our words can build people up or our words can tear people down.  One word has the power to encourage, yet an unkind word has the power to tear a heart down.  When I think of people that always seem to speak words with grace I think of those individuals that seem to know how to speak exactly the right thing .  They seem to know not only the perfect words but their timing is just as proper.  As I looked at  Colossians 4:6 ,  I found two translations very thought provoking.

 

 “Be gracious in your speech.

The goal is to bring out the best in others

in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

Colossians 4:6  The Message

 

 “Everything you say should be kind and

well thought out so that you know

how to answer everyone.”

Colossians 4:6 GOD’S WORD Translation

 

Today let us look at setting a goal  of our words being that of bringing out the best in people.   There will be times that we will encounter people that  do not feel good about themselves.  Sometimes this is because of things they might be enduring, they may be feeling low, and not feeling self worth.  As we exercise observation of people while we are in conversation we may be surprised how the Lord may provide an opportunity for us to build them up.

 

 

Sometimes I see this as I have taught children to draw.  Once there was a child in my class at church that was not doing as well as the rest of the class.   I could see she was becoming quite troubled, but one thing really stood out to me and that was that  she was really trying to do the best she knew how.  When class dismissed I made a point of getting down to her level, and making sure she was looking me square in the eye.  I began to praise her for her job well done, and her little eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.  She was so focused on what she felt she could not do.  But what was so interesting was that a few encouraging words changed her whole countenance.

 

 I believe as we purpose to think through and observe people carefully before we speak, we may be surprised how the Lord desires to use our words to build them up.    As we couple that with seeing others through God’s eyes we too will see them in a different light as well.  Let our words be encouraging, full of His grace that our words are instruments for a good thing!

Proverbs 18:4 (TLB)

“A wise man’s words express deep streams of thought.”



Friday, May 26, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, May 26, 2017
“The Process of His Work In Us”
 

god at work in your

by Dona Hake

 

I can remember as a little girl thinking how everything took too long. Small children almost seem to think that waiting for anything can be an eternity. Many times it is just hard for them to accept the whole concept of how every thing has a process and takes time.

 

One day when our oldest granddaughter was about three years old, I was teaching her to make banana bread. She thought it was the neatest thing ever to walk through every part of the process. She saw me crack an egg and she wanted to crack an egg. Apprehensively I handed her the egg hoping it would be a good experience. She managed to crack it properly and did rather well. With each step she grew more and more in love with the whole process of preparing the bread batter. She kept stirring and stirring and eventually it was time to pour in the pans an pop in the oven.

 

I could see that the baking process was hard for my Granddaughter because she did not understand why she could not just keep it in the bowl, and just keep stirring it.     She was so proud of that bread batter in her mixing bowl, and she did not want to part with it!  She was a bit unhappy with me when I finally took the bowl from her and poured it into the pans.    Eventually she began to understand  as she would peek into the oven and see and smell the bread rising as it was baking.  It all seemed to click for her then.
 
So it is that we too  need to be patient with our God as He is in the process of working on our hearts, 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 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 on 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.
 

Today I encourage you to think about growing in Him.   Praise Him for all the things He has brought you through, and seek to know what He is purposing to do in your life.   God is good as He works out His will in each of us!

 

 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.”

 




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!