1.9.17

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, January 9, 2017
“The Friend We Can Trust”
 

Trust Nov 13

by Dona Hake

 

It is a wonderful thing to have a friend that you can trust.    It is  precious to have someone that you can bear your heart to and know that your words will go no farther.  A true friend will be there for you through thick and thin.  The friend that can be trusted sees your every side, your ups and downs, your strengths and weaknesses, and they simply accept you for who you are.   These are the qualities that will help you to trust.  These are the qualities of a true friendship that will endure through the storms of life.  A friend you can trust in is one that you can rely upon their integrity and strength.  Simply put you can have confidence in them because they have earned your trust.  The Lord wants us to trust Him as a good Friend too.

 Jeremiah 17:7 (AMP)

 “Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.”

   As we see Him as our good  Friend, He will give us every reason to put our total trust in Him.  As we trust Him with our all, we will see and be able to testify that He is with us in every thing we walk through.  When we walk through the tests and trials of this world  we will remain strong and vibrant in our faith, for He has promised to never leave our side.     Let us read our scripture from Jeremiah from the Message translation:

 Jeremiah 17:7-8 (MSG)

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,

    the woman who sticks with God.

They’re like trees replanted in Eden,

    putting down roots near the rivers—

Never a worry through the hottest of summers,

    never dropping a leaf,

Serene and calm through droughts,

 bearing fresh fruit every season.”

 

Enduring trust brings enduring fruit.  I like the idea of remaining serene and calm when everything around me seems to be destitute.  Let us rejoice in our Lord for He will cause us to put down our roots near rivers that never run dry.   We will endure and we will flourish as we bear fruit in every season! As we continue to trust, He WILL show Himself faithful!



1.8.17

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, January 8, 2017
“…and Nothing  Makes Them Stumble”

 

peace keeps you from stumbling

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 119:165 (HCSB)

“Abundant peace belongs to those

who love Your instruction;

 nothing makes them stumble.”

 

It is one thing to possess peace that permeates our heart and mind, but abundant peace or great peace is what our awesome God promises as we love His Word.  As we stay full of God’s Word it seems there is no place for anything but His wonderful peace.   In those times that we do not stay in fellowship with our Lord and the reading of His Word is when souls begin to weaken.   We may feel we can get away with lacking diligence in attending to our hearts, but know it to be a truth…our thoughts and feelings soon follow if we are not staying strong in the Word of the Lord.   When we permit ourselves to weaken, the slightest of things will begin to bother and offend us.  May we never forget that the devil loves to see us get off track.   We can even get away from His Word just by being too busy, and many times it is trying to do good things.  I found this recent quote and I found it to fit perfectly with this devotional.
 
“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.”
Corrie ten Boom
 
 May we know that our good works are directly a result of us obeying His voice.   May we not fall into the trap of just being busy people.  Let us be obedient to seize only the opportunities that the Lord is putting before us.  Our time is precious and so is our abundant peace.  
 
How precious are those times where we feel saturated in His peace because we are saturated in His Word, and we feel unmovable.  It is when we are in that place of His refuge that we will simply be unmovable.  Paul spoke of the peace that passes all understanding.  That peace will keep and guard our mind and that peace will also surpass our understanding.    Let us strive to live in His abundant peace that we may abide in His place of refuge.  Have a wonderful day and God bless you!


1.7.17

 

 

 

Wait, Rest, Receive Christian Background

by Dona Hake

 

 We are blessed to live in such a time as this for we are blessed with so many appliances that help ease our workload.   As computer technology continues to advance it amazes me how everything around us is changing at such a rapid pace.   As we are blessed though with such things I also see a big downside to such blessings.   We have come to a place where we think everything needs to be done or received lightning fast.    We go through the drive through window and we no sooner hand our money, our bag of food is being handed to us (sometimes even thrown at us!). Short and simple…we are way too used to reaching for something and we do not have to wait for it. Modern conveniences can spoil us in a way that we forget the  importance of patiently waiting, and resting in the time of waiting.
 
I think this has sadly spilled over into our attitude toward our loving God and how we see Him dealing with us.  We pray a prayer and we can be tempted to become impatient if it does not happen immediately.  If it does not happen in the timing we projected in our mind we are tempted to think that God did not hear our prayer.Maybe He answers our prayer and it was not how we imagined and we may be tempted to be disappointed with how He decided to solve our problem.  Oh that we would stop and ponder that God’s ways and means are higher than we could ever comprehend.
 

 We must always remind ourselves that He has His timing, His wisdom and His understanding of exactly how to deal with us and the issues in life that we face. I thank God for the times that God seemed to delay answering certain prayers because along the journey of my wait He was working out other issues in my life. Many times He used those waiting times to bring my eyes to focus on areas of my life that needed His divine attention in order that He may help me in another area that I was not aware of.    Today I pray that your heart be encouraged when you pray… remember to wait, rest, and you will receive!



1.7.17

 

 

Devotional for Friday, January 6, 2017
“Reflecting His Light, Reflecting His Love”

 

reflecting the light and love of Jesus

by Dona Hake

 

 I can remember a few years ago in which we lost our electricity in the evening.    No storm, no wind…it just did not make sense. The reason for it happening did not matter, I just needed to move toward where I knew the light was. I knew exactly where our two emergency lanterns were and I carefully made my way to them. Just a little bit of light from those lanterns illuminated my darkness to help me find everything I needed until the electric came back on.

 Life is like this at times. Everything seems to be going fine and out of no where a storm hits and it takes you off guard. It is important to always hold fast to peace and move toward what you know is the good and right thing to do. What a blessing it is as we go to His Word and receive insight and understanding which brings light to our situation.

 As we stay full of His Word we will be presented with opportunities to be a light for someone else’s darkness. Many times we may not even realize that we are reflecting the light of God’s Word for someone else that needs help. They may be going through a dark time and just hearing you express words of life will give them the light they need to know what their next step is.

 

 Matthew 5:15-16 (TLB)

“Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all;

let your good deeds glow for all to see,

so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”

 

Let us purpose to live in His light that we may be reflecting it to those around us.  Allow Him to glow through you that others may see that there are answers and victory for them in this world.  Let that light shine that all can see your good works glow as you live to glorify the Lord Jesus every day!



1.5.17

 
Philippians 4:8 Expanded Bible 
“ Finally; In conclusion; or Now then] Brothers and sisters, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] things that are true and honorable and ·right [just] and pure and ·beautiful [lovely] and ·respected [commendable]. If there is anything that is ·good [morally excellent] and worthy of praise, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] these things.”


1.4.17

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, January 4, 2017
“Too Wonderful!  Too Glorious!”

too glorious too wonderful to believe

by Dona Hake

Have you ever had something happen to you that was above and beyond what you ever dreamed?  These are experiences that serve to bless you with a special memory for a lifetime!    Sometimes experiences such as these are hard to articulate as you try to share them with others.  Today let us read Psalm 139:1-6 and the look closely at the last words which are   “…too glorious, too wonderful to believe…”   These words explain the acts and nature of our loving Heavenly Father.

 

Psalm 139:1-6  Living Bible

 ” O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought.  You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it.  You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.  This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe!”

 

What an awesome thought to ponder.  God examines and knows our hearts. Our God IS the greatest heart doctor and Physician that exists!  He completely understands how we think and He knows our whereabouts at all times.  We are all on a path and He knows the footsteps of each of us.  He was there when you succeeded and He stayed by your side when your failed.   His loving hand holds tightly and faithfully remains your Friend in spite  of how you view yourself.   He also  walks ahead of you to guide you.   This is just way to glorious and wonderful to believe.  These are thoughts that should help us all to trust Him more and know His loving Hand is upon us.  God bless you.
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,
 

 



1.3.17

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, January 3, 2017
“His Footsteps – Our Righteousness”
 
righteousness will go before Him
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
I love knowing I am going the right direction especially when I am driving alone to a new destination.  My GPS has been faithful to me and I rely upon it many times.   It is always comforting seeing that pretty path on my map that is colored in magenta.  If I get off course due to a wrong turn it quickly turns red, and it is not long that I hear “Recalculating!!!!”   This little device has saved me much grief, and helped me find many weddings that were depending upon me to photograph!!
 
 
I like to think of the Holy Spirit going before us just like this.   He wants us to pay close attention to His voice as we go about the business of our day.   That peace inside of us assures us that we are on the right course yet if He decides to course correct us we can experience that knowing within our heart. The disappearance  of peace and assurance within us should never be ignored for it is a sure sign of a warning and we need to seek Him and heed to His instruction.
 
Psalm 85:13BRG
 
Righteousness shall go before him;
and shall set us in the way of his steps.
 
May we continue to grow in truth and righteousness this new year.   I love how this translation says, “Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”   As I meditated on this I began to think of a small child on the sands of a beach finding some big footsteps of an adult.   Walking along, the child carefully places her feet inside the big footprint.   So it is with us as we desire to cling to our Lord and follow Him closely.   His footprints are established in truth and righteousness.  They are rock solid, and as we purpose to walk within his footprints, we will always be within the borders of His will for our lives.
 
 
Lord, we thank You this day and the  New Year in which we can set our hearts to live for You and serve You.  May we be mindful that we are living for Your truth and righteousness.   Help us to be mindful of keeping ourselves in the way of Your steps and not our own.   Even in those times that Your way may not make sense to us, help us to be mindful that Your ways are higher than our ways, and You understand the big picture of the work in our life.   In Jesus Name, amen!
 
 
 


1.2.17

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, January 2, 2017
“God Hears the Prayer of the Humble Heart”
 
Prayer God hears
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
We serve a mighty and living God that hears and listens intently to the cries of the man or woman with a humble heart.    God desires to move mountains on behalf of those that truly reverence His Name.   You may wonder who are those that truly reverence His Name.   It is the man or woman that consistently looks to Him every day to be the Lord of all things in their life.   It is the man or woman that calls upon Him for help whether it be a big or small thing.    God’s eyes look for those of a humble and dedicated heart, and  He is attentive to their cry.
 
 
Psalm 145:18-19 TLB
“He is close to all who call on him sincerely.
He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust him; he
hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
 
Father, we thank You this day that You desire to move in great ways in our lives.   We thank You that You are able to place godly desires within us, and You will be faithful to fulfill those desires.     Help us to grow in our understanding of true humility for we know that this is so pleasing to Your heart.   As we encounter need in our lives, we ask in Your Name whether it be big or small for Your Word says that You desire to perfect all that concerns us.   Today we rejoice in Your provision over our lives  In Jesus Name, amen.
 
Psalm 51:17 ERV
 
“The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit.  
God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart
and is willing to obey you.”
 
 
 


1.1.17

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, January 1, 2017
“A Time For Everything”
 
time for everything
 
by Dona Hake
 
We are all given the same amount of time, and we must use it wisely.  I particularly feel that during the holidays it  does not seem to be enough time in the day to accomplish all that needs done.  Nevertheless, time is so precious and we must guard it.   The Word of God speaks to our hearts regarding this matter.   I have chosen this translation from the Amplified for I feel it speaks wonderfully regarding  what we do with our time, our days, and possible opportunities presented to us.
 
Ephesians 5:15-17   Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
 
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),  Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”
 
As we step into a fresh new year let us commit our lives to the Lord, and seek Him first in all that we do, and we will find His loving hand in every area of our life.   Let us use time wisely, and buy up every opportunity that God presents to us!   His Word proclaims that He will perfect ALL that concerns us so we need to be able to understand the time in which we live as individuals. I encourage you to seek Him today for His plan for you. Today is a new day, it is like no other, and He wants to use you like never before!  Do you know exactly how He desires you to use Your time today?   I am speaking about time apart from your job or other commitments.   Many times it is our free time that is wasted and not used properly, and I believe the Lord desires that we watch over that very carefully.   Time is a gift.
 
I shared about time being a gift, and now I want to talk about the timing of things.   There may be specific things that you know the Lord is desiring to do in you during your time here on earth, and they have not yet been totally fulfilled. Remember…even as you walk in His paths you are still a work in progress. Have you ever been tempted to be impatient with God’s timing as He works in and around you?   I think it is vital that we remind ourselves that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts.   Be very cautious and step back from those times in which you try to make things happen in your own ability.   We must never permit our impatience with God’s timing for it will hinder Him moving on our behalf.    Let us stop in those moments and seek His divine wisdom.   The first chapter of James says that if we lack wisdom, we need to ask Him for it, and then be patient in order that God’s perfect work be done in us.
 
 
 
Lord, we thank You that every day you give us is a blessing and the time within that day is a gift from You.  We ask that You help us use it wisely.   Help us to make the very most of it, not overlooking one opportunity in which we can glorify You.   We thank You for Your help as You help us to live purposely and accurately as we pursue to do You will!  We also ask that You help us to continue to understand and recognize Your perfect timing in our lives, for we know that Your timing is perfect timing!    In Jesus Name, Amen! 


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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!