Monday, April 24, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, April 24, 2017
“His Thoughts About Us Cannot Be Numbered”
 

Gods thoughts are as many as the sand

by Dona Hake

 

 

Yesterday I sat in front of my pre-school class at church, and purposed to bring one truth to them, and that was God created so many wonderful things.   My teaching to them was based on Psalm 89:11 and I will share it with you from the Easy to Read Version…

“Everything in heaven and earth belongs to you.

    You made the world and everything in it.”
 
At one point we talked about how God was so magnificent.   I began to focus on He made so many sea creatures and the big beautiful sea.   One by one the little ones were naming off the great sea creatures that they wanted to talk about.   Then I began to share with them about how God just knew how to make boundaries around the ocean.     I ask them, “What is right beside the sea?”   “It’s the sand!!!!”, they anxiously responded.    Immediately God began to minister to my heart about how counting the grains of sand is impossible, , and how God’s thoughts and plans for me would also be impossible to count.  In the midst of the excitement of little ones talking about how they like to play in the sand my heart quietly went in a different direction in my thoughts and in my heart.

 

 

Psalm 139:17-18

“Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me,

O God! I cherish each and every one of them!

 How grand in scope! How many in number!

If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all
the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!”
 
 
 The God of heaven and earth also knows each one of us down to the smallest of details.  He observes our coming and our going, He watches over us as we sleep and He is there when we rise in the morning.  He knows what we are going to say long before we say it because He knows our every thought.  What an amazing feeling we should all have knowing how deeply He loves us and knows us inside and out.  It really is beyond comprehension!

 

As I read this Psalm and think about the sands of the ocean it causes me to realize that I really cannot fathom how many thoughts the God of heaven has thought about me.  In saying that it reminds me as well that His thoughts are different than mine because He sees us through His pure love, and His thoughts and ways will always be higher than how my mind thinks. 

Isaiah 55:9 (ASV)

 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways

higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

He sees our future through His eyes and He desires that our faith rest in Him.  I am thankful that I serve such a loving God that loves me so much!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, April 23, 2017
“We Are His Workmanship”

 

God's Workmanship Religious Bulletin

by Dona Hake

 

Ephesians 2:10   (AMP)

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

 

This scripture should cause us to  anticipate the great Workman at work in our life.  Each one of us is a work in progress!  This should encourage our heart  that the God that created the heavens and earth is molding us and preparing us for another day.  Each day our feet hit the floor we should be anticipating how He is going to use us.  Let us be mindful though that we do it with His strength and ability.  Let our steps and plans be directed by Him.

 

Philippians 2:13   (AMP)

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [a]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and [b]delight.”

 

He delights in using our ears to listen to those around us.  As we speak words, let them be words of edification to the one that may need a word of encouragement in their life.  May our hands be those that work heartily unto Him!   Today I am looking forward to what He is going to do in my life today as His loving hands continue to mold and make me for His purposes!  I hope you are too!  May we purpose in our hearts to take those paths that He prepared ahead of time, and walk in them!



Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, April 22, 2017
“His Bread-Our Nourishment”
 
 

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 6:11 (CEB)

“Give us the bread we need for today.”
 
 
 
 
Our Lord instructed us in the Word as to how we are to pray, and this is one of the things He included in that prayer.  We need to believe for Him to give us the nourishment our spirit man needs to thrive and grow.   May we desire the Bread from heaven for it will truly be our sustenance.  
 

Physical hunger will always prompt us to eat, and we need to feed our bodies that we be healthy and have energy for this life.   Today we will meditate upon keeping our spirit man strong and healthy.   What do we need to do to keep it strong and in faith?   I know we all know the answer to this question yet how many times we can be neglecting taking care of keeping our spirit man nourished.    Oh that we not be deceived to think that we can live yesterday’s faith and testimonies.      We all are dealing with different things and different demands, therefore we need to be diligent to read His Word and meditate upon it daily in order that our spirit, soul and mind are thriving on the Bread of Life.

 

God’s Word is our sustenance, and as we ask for Him to give us our daily bread we will certainly receive from Him.  His bread is our means of sustaining life and nourishment.  I encourage you today to seek Him for that which you need.  Is it a specific answer or need for direction?  Is there emptiness in your heart and pain?  Anything you need God is well able to give to you and He will give you nothing less than what you need to be sustained this day.

 

Matthew 7:7-10(ERV)

“Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.  Yes, whoever continues to ask will receive. Whoever continues to look will find. And whoever continues to

knock will have the door opened for them.

“Do any of you have a son? If he asked for bread, would you give him a rock?  Or if he asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? Of course not!”



Friday, April 21, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, April 21, 2017
“Love Covers and Love Conquers!”
 

conquer through love

by Dona Hake

 

God’s love conquers all and God’s love coverall things. God desires that His conquering love flow through us yet there are times His love is not able to flow freely.  If we do not desire to look beyond our own little world how is He able to love through us that the world may see the true answer?   He is everything they need, and we are His vessels that He desires to live and move through.   There is a cost to loving like Jesus and it is a matter letting go of that which is holding us back.  In the book of Luke he wrote “If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them.”

   

“Love,

to be real,

must cost –

it must hurt –

it must empty us of self.”

Mother Teresa

 

God is calling us to the high places of love.  A wonderful place to meditate is 1 Corinthians 13 because this simply spells out what God’s love is and what it is not.

 

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious,

doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.

There’s no arrogance in love;  

it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—

it’s not self-absorbed.

Love isn’t easily upset.

Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice;

but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  

Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along;

it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.

Love will never become obsolete.

 

Let us desire today that God’s true and real love flows through us in every way possible.  Lord help us to desire to pay the cost even when it hurts.  Cause us to see that which hinders us from loving like Him and may He help us empty us from such things!  Lord, we are believing that You are well able to do above and beyond all we dare ask or think regarding Your love operating through us!  In Jesus Name, amen!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, April 20, 2017
“Be Thou My Vision”

 

be thou my vision
by Dona Hake

 

“Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light”

(A portion of lyrics from “Be Thou My Vision”)

 

Just a few verses from the beautiful hymn “Be Thou My Vision.”  I believe the more we purpose to keep our eyes steadfast on Him, the more we will see clearly and see as He sees.  Waking or sleeping, His sweet presence can be our Light.  As we take hold of His commands we can begin to walk with more courage and confidence.  Many times if things seem foggy and unclear to us we can fear making one step in front of the other.  Yet the more we have clear understanding we know by His Word that He will broaden our path and we can run the race with joy and purpose in our hearts!

 

Psalm 119:32 (CEB)

” I run the same path as your commandments
because you give my heart insight.”

 

Today my prayer for you is from Ephesians 1:18…

 

Ephesians 1:18 (CEV)

“My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God’s people.”



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, April 19, 2017
“Prospering In All We Do”
 

tree planted by living waters

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 1 :2-3  (TLB)

“…but they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.

 They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.”

 

There is great reward for being diligent in embracing the Word of God.  As you daily follow Him and purpose to put His teachings first and foremost in your life, He has promised that your life would be prospered.  As we stand as trees along God’s riverbank we will begin to see things grow and develop within us.  Let us always be mindful that our fruit is not for us alone to survive in this life but rather to be a blessing to those around us.  Let us purpose to be used by Him and to be willing to bless those He puts in our path as we live and abide in Him.  As we proclaim His Word many will be blessed and nourished from the  fruit that our lives bear.

 

 

Proverbs 10:21 (NIV)

 “The lips of the righteous nourish many…”

 

 

I’m feeling blessed today knowing that I am standing strong in His promises.  I love that He has promised that my life would bear fruit all the seasons of my life and all that I put my hand to shall prosper!  I encourage you today to look for ways that you can follow Him more closely.  We are able to be His people that prosper in all that we do!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
“May We Walk As He Walked”

 

given us all things

by Dona Hake

 

Oh the power of the cross!    He finished the work, and He desires that we walk as He walked.  It is only by the power of God that any of us can remain strong for He has promised to give us ALL things that we need that pertain to this life and living godly.  When God says ALL He means ALL.  Not just a high percentage but ALL, and that means He will cause us to lack in no good thing as we ask Him.

 

2 Peter 1:3-4 (PHILLIPS)

“He has by his own action given us everything that is necessary for living the truly good life, in allowing us to know the one who has called us to him, through his own glorious goodness. It is through him that God’s greatest and most precious promises have become available to us men, making it possible for you to escape the inevitable disintegration that lust produces in the world and to share in God’s essential nature.”

 

We no longer need to strive to live a life pleasing unto to Him but rather draw upon Him as we come to know Him more intimately.  It is as this becomes so real to us that the scripture in Philippians 4:13 will explode with power within us!

 

Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

 

Today may we meditate on seeing ourselves walking as our Lord walked.   Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be pleasing to Him.   Seek out divine opportunities to be a vessel of His love.    To God be the glory!!!!



Monday, April 17, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, April 17, 2017
“Be As a Child in His Kingdom”
 

 

by Dona Hake

 

 Little children are a constant reminder to me of honesty, and their desire to please.  The Lord desires that our faith be as a child.  He loves when we run to Him with our concerns and every big or small detail of our lives.     As I teach the preschoolers at church I cannot tell you how many times one of the children will run to me and show me their latest bump or boo-boo.  Sometimes their boo-boo is so small I cannot see it, but believe me I try to show them that it matters!  Why?….because if it is important enough for them to bring it up,  I want to pay attention…and our Lord loves when we turn to Him with the smallest of our worries and problems we are facing, and believe me He is paying attention to us!

 

Luke 18:17 (ERV)
” The truth is, you must accept God’s kingdom

like a little child accepts things…”

 

Throughout your day take time to whisper prayers to Him about those things that concern you.    May we seek to have the heart of the child that gets excited over the simple things as well.   Never stop expressing praise and gratitude for the beauty and fun things God has created for us to enjoy.    As you remember His works and they thrill your heart, share your heart and tell Him.  He wants to hear about everything that is going on in your heart and mind for He truly cares about every detail of your life!

 

 “Any concern too small to be turned into a

prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ..
Corrie ten Boom



Sunday, April 16, 2017

 

 

 

 
Devotional for Sunday, April 16, 2017
“There’s Power In the Blood!”

 

power in the blood

by Dona Hake

 

 “Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?

There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.”

 

Lyrics from “There’s Power In the Blood”

by Lewis E. Jones

 

I love this old hymn because it challenges my heart to remember that Jesus did what no one else could do for us.  Today I encourage you to remember that your heart can be whiter than snow because of what He did at the cross.  May we celebrate this day and every day that we were set free from the bondage of sin as He gave His life upon the cross for us.   Because He lives we can face our today and every tomorrow in the strength and power of all that He is!

 

Psalm 103:12 (CJB)
“He has removed our sins from us
as far as the east is from the west.”
 
Lord, we thank You that You have redeemed up with Your precious blood.  Oh that we would never lose sight that as You forgive our sins that You forget them.   May we ponder knowing that our sin stains are lost in the life giving flow as Your blood was shed for us.   May we also be mindful to freely give forgiveness to those that
may offend or hurt us in this life.   We thank You that by Your grace You empower us to live and walk as You walked. In Jesus Name, amen!

 

 



Saturday, April 15, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, April 15, 2017
“Life’s Journey In God”
 

Life Is a journey

by Dona Hake

 

“Life is a journey, not a destination”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always loved this quote because it ministers to my heart about how to view my time here on this earth.  I can remember several years ago a gentleman sharing  about a very special man that walked in  great integrity and he was highly esteemed.   He was remembered as one that encouraged people to reach their potential. He began to share something he heard this gentleman say and it relates  to the quote I shared. 

 

This gentleman being interviewed humbly quoted this gentleman that had passed…“Yes it’s said that life is a journey, not a destination”…and if you do it right, you will never reach your destination. The reason being that until the day you die, you should never cease to learn and grow to your potential.” Learning, growing and giving should be life’s experience until you take your last breath.

 

I was so touched by this! I love hearing people share things like this because it causes me to be careful to never get comfortable with where I am and to keep trying harder. The gentleman sharing said that we all have someone or maybe more than one person that pushed us beyond where we would stop because of our limitations.
 
Today I ask you this question.  Do you remember a person in your life that pushed you beyond what you thought you were capable of? Maybe it was that parent or teacher that seemed hard on you and you hated it at the moment but years later, you were glad they did.    I encourage you to think about and also be thankful for that individual that pushed you and helped you reach for the God given potential within you.

 

It is a wonderful thing to make a decision that you will continue to grow and learn everyday of your life no matter how old we are. So as we press in to reach our potential, let us be mindful to never give up because God has much for us to do while we live our life for 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!