Monday, February 18, 2019

 
Devotional for Monday, February 18, 2019
“If We Hold Grudges”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“When you hold grudges your hands
are not free to catch blessings“
 
A grudge is a  feeling of ill will or resentment. It is a result of not wanting to forgive even the smallest of an offense. It is so sad when I hear someone that refuses to forgive and let go of hurt and offense. It it is extremely sad when it comes out of the mouth of a believer. When we refuse to let go of hurt and pain that someone has done to us we are tying a ball and chain around us in spirit . This will only serve to hinder our walk with the Lord and slow us down in the race that is set before us.
 
God has made provision through the blood of His Son to forgive our sins. Therefore, we in turn can give that same forgiveness from our hearts to another. I encourage anyone that may be holding a grudge to ask God to be your Helper. First, be obedient and simply forgive. Then, ask God to help heal your heart and mind of the hurt that you are experiencing. I promise He will help you, and your heart and mind will be free again to open your hands and catch the blessings!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, February 12, 2019
“The Bible That Did Not Burn”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The Word of God has been given to us to work in our lives in wondrous ways, and it happens through a divine process that the Lord God above has ordained.One thing for sure… It never fails! It always works, it produces, and it will stand forever!

It is written in the book of Isaiah about the process of His Word.
“Rain and snow fall from the sky and don’t return until they have watered the ground. Then the ground causes the plants to sprout and grow, and they produce seeds for the farmer and food for people to eat. In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.”   Isaiah 55:10-11 ERV
 
 
The King James version says God’s Word will accomplish what His hand is pleased to do.
”… but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” KJV
 
Today I want you to think about, and give thanks to God for the written Word of God…our Lord’s hand is upon it!!    Praise God that we can read it, meditate upon it’s life giving words, speak them, and stand upon them.    God’s eyes on on His Word!   Let me share a precious story I just heard about God’s hand upon His written word.
 
A Veteran recently lost his home to a tragic fire. It was so heartbreaking to watch this on the news yet something very unique and miraculous happened. One of the firemen came out of the house weeping as he carried a big Bible.  Everything inside was completely burned to ashes yet the Bible had not been touched by the fiery flames that totally destroyed his home. I don’t know about you, but these testimonies touch my heart deeply, and speak to me once again that God is so real, and His hand will cause people to stop and take notice of His miracle working power for this pleases His heart. I believe He loves to challenge the realm of our comprehension with such miraculous works.
 
Praise Him for His Word stands forever. God‘s Word puts us in a place where we can be unmovable. Whether we think upon God’s Word, stand upon God‘s Word, or as we pray God‘s Word, IT WILL cause us to to stand in the midst of the fiery trials of this life!


Friday, February 8, 2019

 
Devotional for Friday, February 8, 2019
“Freedom From Anxiety!”
 
 
 
 

 “Fear not, do not look anxiously about you for I AM your God…”
Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Looking anxiously about gives implication of fear, panic or uneasiness in one’s heart and soul. Anxiety can be such a tormenting thing to our soul, and our Lord desires that when we are tempted to be anxious about anything to turn our backs on anxious thoughts and look  upon Him.  It is good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is there for us in those times to  lift us up and hold us closely.   He is the One that can calm our anxious thoughts.  He will sit us on the solid rock where we will not be moved and He is able to keep us.
So here is a little memory of mine of  an experience I had with my parrot one day. It is a great little story and analogy to help you see our God coming to our rescue when we are in trouble. My parrot  was roaming about on the outside of her cage. I permit her to do this at times, I have to  watch her closely.   She loves to explore and that can get her in trouble. She usually is very happy just to sit on top of her “little world” and watch me and my husband. One day she decided she was going to try to get on the pie safe which is about six inches from her cage. I happened to be watching her, and I was curious what she was going to do. As she went to carefully go from her cage to the piece of furniture she slipped on the slippery finish of the wood and began to panic, squawk loudly, and flutter her wings really fast, and she landed on the floor.    I calmly walked over to her and spoke softly and put my hand under her so she could rest in the palm of my hand and feel safe again. She was so sweet as she looked at me with such a sense of safety and relief. After I felt she calmed down, I put her back on her cage.
This reminded me how sometimes we can get ourselves in trouble and we lose our  “footing.” You know…those times when we get a little over confident and  get into our own ability, and from there we get ourselves in trouble. There are also those times that we are stepping out on faith and we realize we are really out on the “limb” and it can cause fear to grip our heart. In this life there are many opportunities to panic, get in anxiety, and be fearful.
Isn’t it good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is right there ready to hold out His mighty right hand to calm us, and His loving voice speaks to our heart and we feel safe again.
 
Psalm 91:4 (TheVoice) “Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.”
I pray that you will see Him today as the One that is always nearby you and only an arm’s reach away to rescue you in your time of need or trouble. Only He can calm your heart when you are in anxiety and fear. We serve a loving and caring God. He is so good. I pray you will have a day that is prosperous and blessed!


Saturday, February 2, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, February 2, 2019
“The Voice of Our Actions”
 
 
 
Actions louder than words
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

 “Actions speak louder than words.”    You hear this more times than not when poor behavior has been exhibited.   Many times our body language is  speaking at times even when we are not saying a word.  Our actions can exhibit things, and could be misinterpreted at times. Just as we know that we need to think before we speak, we also must make sure our reactions to things are not improper.

 
Let us remember that actions that proceed from a loving heart, and a heart that seeks to do the right thing will speak and produce good things. These are the actions that will minister grace to those around you. On the other hand if you are angry or disturbed with someone or a situation, your body language, and behavior may be exhibiting what you are trying so hard to hide.

 

Lord, help us to seek Your wisdom in our behavior whether it be in word, deed or actions.  May our words and actions speak of Your character especially Your love.    There are many people that need to see You as You live and dwell within us.   May our lives and our actions speak, and be a testimony that gives glory to You.   We thank you for Your help in this area of our life.   In Jesus Name we ask this!
 
 
 
James 3:13 (HCSB)
“Who is wise and has understanding
among you? He should show his works by good
conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.”


Friday, February 1, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, February 1, 2019
“The Lord Our Provision”
 
 
 
seeking God
 
by Dona Hake
The Word of God tells us that if we lean on our own riches and ability that we will surely fall.   God desires that we lean on  Him and trust Him for His provision, and His provision alone. Even though He knows every one of our needs He desires that we seek Him every day, and reach out to receive what we need that we would not be in want of anything. It is then that our lives will flourish and speak of our Lord’s wonderful care to all those around us. We will be testimonies of walking with a Good Shepherd that lovingly takes care of us…spirit, soul and body.
 
“He who leans on and trusts in and is confident
in his riches will fall, But the righteous
[who trust in God’s provision]
will flourish like a green leaf.”
Proverbs 11:28 – Amplified Version
 
Here in Matthew chapter 6 Jesus taught His disciples to pray about the bread or their provision for the day.

 

Matthew 6:11 (DRA) “Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.”

Matthew 6:11 (VOICE) ” Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—”
 
 
 
Today I encourage you to meditate upon the fact that God is faithful to give us the “bread” we need to get us through one day at a time. That bread will sustain us, and keep us nourished in our spirits. Thank you Lord for our daily bread …no more, no less….we thank You that Your bread that You sustain us with  is alive and living and all so powerful!  Lord, you ARE our Provision.


Devotional for Thursday, January 31, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 31, 2019
“Continuity In Our Walk With the Lord”

“Continuity is one of the essential elements of life.”
Andrew Murray
Powerful “isn’t it? Oh to remain continuous in our walk with the Lord! Now let us put it in reverse… Think about the power which will ultimately hurt and hinder, and that is distraction.    Distraction will rob us of clear thinking and it will position us to be indecisive.   It positions us to be  like that flickering light in a storm prior to the loss of electricity. When one is distracted it almost seems they have a hard time connecting. God desires that we stay connected and waiting on Him.   He desires that we live with determined purpose, and that we set ourselves to continue in His will…no matter what!
As we keep our eyes fixed on Him, Our Lord will speak to us along the way of our race.  He will be faithful to reveal to us those things which hinder our continuity.  Saying that we must be willing to humble ourselves and quickly obey Him that we can run with great endurance.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Evangelical Heritage Version
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, let us get rid of every burden
and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us
run with patient endurance the race that is laid
out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
who is the author of our faith and the one
who brings it to its goal. In view of the joy set
before him, he endured the cross, disregarding
its shame, and has taken his seat at the right
hand of God’s throne.”
 


Thursday, January 24, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 24, 2019
“Even the Little Things”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake

Today during my quiet time I returned to my notebook that I record words spoken by those that minister in our church, and things the Lord has ministered to me in my quiet time.   Pradeep Perera spoke these words almost four years ago in our worship service.
 
 
“He pours out His grace on the little things.
He will breathe on the things you put your hand to.”

God loves touching every part and detail of our life.   It ALL matters to Him.  Today I encourage you to reach up often with a heart that desires to be filled with His grace. Even those little things we encounter matter to our big God! Oh how precious to meditate on knowing He desires to breathe His holy breath on us, and prosper all that we put our hands too.
 
“Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being]
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:3 – The Amplified Version


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
“I Will Bear Witness”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Yesterday in my prayer time, I began to reflect back on the evening when God broke through my stubborn heart, and I surrendered all to Him. In that moment I became a new creature in Christ, and the weight of my sin melted away, and I felt what true freedom really was. Isn’t it amazing what a miracle it was when our hearts were made clean and whole by the work of our Lord?  I can still remember leaning over and whispering in my friend’s ear during the alter call… “I did it, I asked Jesus in my heart!“ She had been praying for me for years, and together we rejoiced!
 
I encourage you to reflect often on that moment you were set free, and you became a new creature in Christ. You know, we can never forget this for this was when the prison doors of our hearts were unlocked by the living God!  It was then that our hearts were washed of our sin, and a fresh new life was made for us!
 
Today as we  serve the living God may we walk in an awareness that He walks beside us, He goes before us, and behind us is a forgotten and forgiven past. Now that which follows us is only goodness and mercy all the days of our life! We are truly blessed people!
 
 
Psalm 71:15-16 The Voice Translation
 
…I will bear witness to Your merciful acts;
throughout the day I will speak of all the ways You deliver,..”
 
“…I will come with stories of Your great acts, my Lord, the Eternal…”


Sunday, January 20, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, January 20, 2019
“You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup“
 
 
By Dona Hake
 
 
“Remember to take care of yourself,
You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
 
 
The Lord desires that we always be ready to give of ourselves. Oh to live a selfless and obedient  life for Him that when He calls upon us, we would quickly obey, and capture the divine opportunities He presents us with.
 
Today I want you to focus on yourself. I am hoping as you have read the first paragraph that your heart agreed with how you need to live in a readiness for His use.   This can only be done as we are full of our Lord.  But there is  much to be said about living full of Him. So full of Him that we are walking in overflow.  Sadly there may be times we have encountered feeling like we are dry and parched within because we have not been diligent to remain in His presence and in His Word.   The vitality of our spiritual health is dependent upon our obedience to Him in fellowshipping with Him and meditating upon His Word. No one else can do that for us.    
 
We must also be living in total trust in Him and His grace for without Him we can do nothing. We must be seeking His wisdom over the use of our time, and taking care of our bodies. Without these healthy bodies and minds kept at peace and full of godly wisdom , we will most certainly be hindered in our ability to be used by Him.

It would be a good thing for us to just stop ourselves, and ask if what we are doing is what the Lord is requiring, and speaking to us about. I think of the many times people just “do“ for fear of what people think if they “do not“. Many times we can put expectations on ourselves that rob us of our strength, peace, and soundness of mind. Basically this happens because that expectation was never God‘s will to begin with.

All this said, I believe with all my heart that as we seek Him first, and stay tuned to His voice throughout the day we will continue to grow in evaluating ourselves that we can be assured that we are on the right track. I desire and I know you do too to be a vessel for His use, therefore let us continue to seek Him first, and keep watch over the care of our spirit, soul, body and the time that He has entrusted us with.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 
 
 
DEVOTIONAL FOR FRIDAY, January 11,2019
“YOU ARE KNOWN “
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

Have you ever walked through a dark time or a time in which you felt confused… lacking direction and feeling all alone. Sadly there may even be those times that those that are  close to you were not able to discern that you were in need and  troubled.   We need to take hold of this my friend…our trust cannot be in family and  friend’s ability to pick up that we need them. Praise God for those people that are in your life that in the past that may have discerned your need but ultimately your trust must always be in God.
 
I encourage your heart today to know that you are known by the One that knows every detail about you. Remember, He was the one that so tenderly put you together in your mother’s womb. He knows your day of trouble, and He understand your struggles. Be comforted in knowing that He sees your pure desire to please Him in all that you purpose to do as you keep your heart right before Him. Every strand of your hair on your head is numbered… What a loving and a great God we serve!  He is more than enough and He is our faithful friend.

“As for you, every hair on your head has been counted.”
Matthew 10:30 – CJB VERSION



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!