Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, May 16, 2017
“Walk As Jesus Walked”
 
by Dona Hake
 
I am feeling to share about being an imitator of Christ today.     I was inspired the other evening while I was working in my backyard to bring you this devotional to encourage and stir your heart.  It was so beautiful to just enjoy the setting sun, a calm breeze and seeing nature all around me looking so beautiful.   As I was working I noticed some beautiful songs from what seemed to be so many different song birds. I stopped, and listened and it sounded as if there were 15 birds taking turns one at a time patiently waiting for their turn to singing their very own song. Once again a cute little Mockingbird really fooled me with it’s accuracy as it perfectly mimicked so many different birds.    To me this is so amazing that God created this little creature to do such a thing.    It simply repeats what it hears, and it is quite entertaining.   This little story will serve as an analogy of a truth in God’s Word for us.     It is found in 1 John Chapter 2…If you say you have accepted Jesus then it is our moral obligation to walk the talk.  
 
 As we study God’s Word diligently, and seek to hear and know His voice, you can be sure that your words and actions will begin to be more and more as Jesus’ words and actions were.   He said that we would do even greater works.   So friend, I encourage you today to keep your heart challenged to walk as He walked, talk as He talked for this is the will of our Lord for every believer’s life.
 
Father, we ask this day that You be our Helper and our Guide.   Help us to know the way in which we are to walk that we are representing Your life, light, and love for we are earthen vessels that desire to be used for Your purposes.  In Jesus Name, amen!
1 John 2:6  AMP version
“Whoever says he lives in Christ [that is, whoever says he has
accepted Him as God and Savior] ought [as a moral obligation]
to walk and conduct himself just as He walked and conducted Himself.”
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, May 15, 2017

 

 

 
Devotional for Monday, May 15, 2017
“Making the Most of Our Time”

 

seize opportunities

by Dona Hake

 

Every day that we have been given is a gift to us from the Lord.  Let us thank Him for that and let us be mindful to be wise with our time.

 

Psalm 90:12 (CEV)

“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.”
 

 God knows I need all the little reminder notes and to-do lists that I write to myself  because it just keeps me on schedule and I feel like I am getting the most out of my day.  Many times our schedules may be interrupted with wonderful opportunities to help someone.  It depends how we view it.  For me it always seems that if I keep my heart right that those type interruptions turn out to be a great blessing.  Nothing so wonderful as to know in your heart that the Lord is using us to bless another’s day!  I can say that in those times of divine interruptions that it almost seems like my time becomes multiplied.  I heard it once said…”If you are about God’s business, He’ll take care of your business!”

 

Ephesians 5:16-17
 (AMP)

“Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity]…”

 

 I love this scripture because it makes me feel like our time given to us is so very valuable.  We should treasure it as we do our money.  Use it wisely, plan your time wisely, and think about how you can buy some opportunities to bless someone and be used by Him!I encourage you to seek Him on how to make the most out of every day that you have been given.  Love every minute of your life, but remember to let the Lord lead and guide you in the use of your time. 

 

 



Sunday, May 14, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, May 14, 2017
“Overflowing Grace In You”

 

 

god is able 2 26 14

by Dona Hake

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (HCSB) 

“And God is able to make every grace overflow

to you, so that in every way, always having

everything you need, you may excel in every good work.”

 

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.  As we lift our hands to heaven may we experience such an abundance of His grace that we cannot contain it.   It flows in abundance in order that we are equipped to do His perfect will in our life!

 

I made this  devotional a bit different today.  I am going to give you some “D” words to get the truth of His overflowing grace sticking in your mind and heart!

 

DESIRE

to be living examples of excellence in all you put your hands to.  

 

DRAW

upon His grace that He will shower it upon you as you believe Him for it.   It is as you do this that He will cause His grace to overflow in you that you may

 

DEMONSTRATE

that He is the God that is more than enough!

 

 

I encourage you to praise the Living God that is able to open the windows of Heaven and pour it upon your life.  Open your hands and heart to Him today and expect Him to do wondrous things through you for you are as a  tree that is planted by streams of the waters from Heaven, and all that you do will indeed prosper.

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.”


Saturday, May 13, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, May 13, 2017
“His Word – Our Shield”

 

word a shield

by Dona Hake
 
 
He is:
 
OUR COUNSELOR
OUR SANCTUARY
OUR LIGHT
HE IS WONDERFUL!
OUR ROCK
OUR UNDERSTANDING
HE IS MIGHTY
 
We continue in our meditations of who our Loving God is and the many words that define Him and His character.  Today we will look at the power of the spoken and written words of our Living God.
 
 
THE WORD IS  OUR SHIELD.

 Proverbs 30:5 Expanded Bible

“Every word of God ·is true [passes the test;  is refined;

·He guards those [ They are a shield to those] who come to

him for ·safety [refuge].

 

God’s Word to us is flawless.  We need not try to analyze it,  we need only to believe that His Word is true.  He promises that His Word  is a shield to those that place their trust in Him.  In your day of battle you are promised that His Word will shield you and keep you.  It is in those times when the fiery darts of the enemy come to penetrate your soul that the Word of God that you believe and speak will be a protection, a refuge, and you will walk in victory.   Jesus stressed the importance and the blessing of living by the truth.

 

John 8:31-32 (PHILLIPS)

“If you are faithful to what I have said,

you are truly my disciples. And you will

know the truth and the truth will set you free!”

 

Oh that we would be diligent to know His Word that we may be free in every area of our lives.  Let us never add or subtract from His Word either.  
 

Proverbs 30:6

  “Add thou not anything to the words of him, and thou be reproved, and be found a liar. (Do not thou add anything to his words, lest thou be rebuked, and be found a liar.)”
 
 

 

Today I encourage you to  rejoice in the simplicity that God has laid out for us in His Word.  Love His Word and live by it.  He promises that as we do this, we will be free indeed!!!



Friday, May 12, 2017

 

 

 

 Devotional for Friday, May 12, 2017
“The Prince of All Peace”

 

Jesus Prince of Peace

by Dona Hake
 
OUR LORD!
We have meditated on the following precious words that
define the God we serve…
 
OUR COUNSELOR
OUR SANCTUARY
OUR LIGHT
HE IS WONDERFUL!
OUR ROCK
OUR UNDERSTANDING
HE IS MIGHTY
 
Today we will look at how He is the PRINCE OF PEACE!
 

 

I thank God for the peace that His Son Jesus Christ has brought to my heart. I cannot imagine living life without it. In a world full of changes, trouble and turmoil, He promised that He would leave us His peace. He said it would not be peace like the world gives so we know that His peace is not affected by anything we have to walk through. There is no valley to deep or storm so great that His peace cannot endure.

 

Jesus, the Prince of Peace desires that His peace rule and reign in your heart. He desires that you walk in His peace for His peace passes all human comprehension. When all is falling apart around us, His peace can calm our heart and bring it to rest.

 

 

I encourage you today to think about that precious gift of peace that is always there for you. All you have to do is allow it to rule and reign in your heart.

 

 

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes)
from Christ rule (act as umpire continually)
in your hearts [deciding and settling with
finality all questions that arise in your minds…”
Colossians 3:15



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

 
Devotional for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
“He Is Mighty!”
 

Jesus Name is Mighty

by Dona Hake

 

 
Who is Jesus to you?    What does His Name mean?   Within the Name and character of our Living God is an abundance of words that explains who He is and what He has done!   Today we will continue with names and words that explain the God that we serve.   I have been reviewing each day for you the names and words that tell us about our loving God.   So far we have meditated up Him being:
 
OUR COUNSELOR
OUR SANCTUARY
OUR LIGHT 
HE IS WONDERFUL
OUR ROCK
OUR UNDERSTANDING
 
Today we will ponder within our hearts how our Lord is mighty!

 

 

Psalm 150:2  KJV

“Praise him for his mighty acts: praise

him according to his excellent greatness.”

 

Let us ever be reminded of how great and mighty that our Living God is!!   When doubts and fears try to make us shrink back in our faith, let us call to mind that with man it may seem impossible but with God ALL things are possible for He is able and mighty!  The Hand that created and called into existence the Heaven and Earth waits for you to turn to Him in your time of trouble.  He desires to do mighty acts on your behalf  according to His excellent greatness!

 

Psalm 77:12

 “I will meditate also upon all Your

works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.”

 

I encourage you to reflect on the times that He has done a mighty work in your life.  His Name is called mighty and there is nothing too big for Him.  
 
Ephesians 3:20  Easy to Read Version
“With God’s power working in us, he can do much,
much more than anything we can ask or think of.”
 
 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 

 

 Devotional for Tuesday, May 9, 2017
“Jesus Our Understanding”

 

jesus is understanding

by Dona Hake

 

Proverbs 8:14 (ESV)
“I have counsel and sound wisdom;

I have insight; I have strength.”
 
Jesus is so many things to us.  I will review the many words that I have been bringing to you that tell of our wonderful Lord.   He is our Counselor, our Sanctuary, our Light, He is called Wonderful, and He is our Rock.   If you missed any of these devotionals covering these, I encourage you to scroll down and read them.
 
 
Have you ever had something that you did not quite understand, and it bothered you for you really wanted to feel to know what was going on in a particular situation.   Maybe there is a scripture that bothers you because you do not feel you are totally receiving the depth of it’s meaning.   There have been times in my life in which confusion came as a result of not understanding something.   I believe that lack of understanding can be a tool of the enemy.   It is probably his greatest opportunity to come as an angel of light making good look bad or bad look good.   Our Lord desires to help us understand, and He will come along side of us and minister to our hearts the clarity that we need.    When we seek to know more, and we ask Him to help us understand, He is faithful to help us.  As we search His Word He will help us understand it and apply it to our lives.

 

In those times where things may seem to appear  dark, cloudy, and difficult…know that He is well able to unfold to you what you need to know.  He is able to bring to you the clarity that you need.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:16 (AMP)

” For who has known or understood the mind

(the counsels and purposes)

of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and

give Him knowledge? But we have the mind

of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts

(feelings and purposes) of His heart.”

 

Praise Him today that as we draw upon His understanding we are walking in deeper realms holding the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart!



Monday, May 8, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Monday, May 8, 2017
“The Lord Our Rock”
 

Jesus the Rock

by Dona Hake

 

 The past four days we have been meditating on the many names the Lord is to us.  He is our Counselor , our Sanctuary, our Light, and yesterday we looked at how wonderful He is.   Today our meditation will be on the Lord being our Rock.

 

Psalm 18:2 (ERV)

“The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety.
He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection.
He is my shield; by his power I am saved.

He is my hiding place high in the hills.”

 

As  believers we can  know Him as our Rock.  He IS the Rock on which we stand, and we know that as we stand upon that Rock we shall not be moved.  We can never remind ourselves enough about what He did for us at Calvary.

 

Before I knew Him as a teenager I can still remember whispering a prayer before my eyes went shut each night.  “God…there just has to be more to this life than this…”   I just could not believe within my heart that there wasn’t more.  Tormented in my soul I would keep uttering this prayer and then I met Him face to face at the last closing moments of a week long crusade I had attended.  Each night my heart struggled as I fought to surrender my all to Him.  What a fool I was to think that my ways were better and higher than His.  I praise God that in that time in which my heart was overwhelmed that He led me to the Rock that was higher than my ways of trying to live my life.   Praise Him today that you are able to stand strong and firm on the Rock that is unmovable!

 

 

Psalm 61:2 (KJ21) 

 

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee

when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to

the rock that is higher than I.”



Sunday, May 7, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, May 7, 2017
“Our God Is Wonderful!”
 

Jesus Wonderful

by Dona Hake

 

Isaiah 9:6

 

“…and his name shall be called Wonderful…”

 

Another name of our Lord…Wonderful!   For the past three days we have meditated on some of the names of our wonderful loving God!   He is our Counsellor, He is our Sanctuary,  He is our light.   So today we will focus on Him being wonderful.   He is wonderful isn’t He?  Let’s look at words synonymous to wonderful… awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal.  This is the God that we serve.  As believers we can testify of the many wonderful things He has done in our lives, and we should never lose sight of those things.  May we be ready to speak of our wonderful God that never ceases to shower us with His lovingkindness and tender mercies.

 

I encourage you today to  tell of His wonderful works when people ask why you  carry such joy.  I encourage you to ponder the many testimonies that you have witnessed in your life, and just take time to give thanks to God !

Psalm 40:5 (ERV)

“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.”


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Devotional for Saturday, May 6, 2017
“Jesus Our Light” 

 

 

 

Jesus the light

by Dona Hake

 

I am enjoying looking at words that define and explain who Jesus is to us.   We have meditated upon Jesus being our Sanctuary,  and our Counsellor.  Today we will think about Jesus being our light.  When things seem dark and dim, HE IS the Light.  When you do not seem to understand the whole picture ask Him for light on the matter, for HE IS Light.
 

I  remember very well when my life seemed to be empty and without hope.  On that day that I surrendered my all I can remember feeling the weight of the world drop off of me.  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 path!

 

Psalm 36:9   

(CEV)

“The life-giving fountain
belongs to you,
and your light gives light

to each of us.”

 

I am so thankful that His light abides within me. Today let us think about how our life, words and actions show forth the Light which is our loving Savior Jesus Christ!  My friends, God desires that we be a light to this world that we may bring hope to the hopeless.   Look for opportunities today to live and speak from that well within you 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.”




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!