Monday, March 20, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, March 20, 2017

“His Command To Save Us”

castle and hiding place

 

by Dona Hake

 

I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to visit North Wales two different times.    It was such a sweet memorable time in my life.   I can remember the day that I knew in my heart that I was to go on this trip yet I had such a fear of flying.     This fear almost kept me from doing God’s perfect will in my life.   What a joy it was to get on that plane to fly with absolutely no fear in my heart.   This was such a victory for me.  May we always reflect on testimonies in our life in which the Lord delivered us from fears or anything that would hold us back from doing His will.  God desires that we are totally free to serve Him, and that there is nothing on this earth to keep us from doing His will and accomplishing His purposes.

 

There was one thing in particular that I really looked forward to when we arrived in North Wales and that was getting the opportunity to visit the beautiful old castles.   As I walked through these medieval buildings I wondered about the lives that were protected when battles were fought behind those walls.  They were strong and mighty walls that were built with the purpose of protection.  

   

 

We too have a Strong Tower and a Fortress to run to when we face our day of battle.  Our Lord promises us a place to run and hide when the battle starts to rage around us.  I believe He desires that we hide in His place of safety even when the battle is not on.  He desires that we live under the shadow of His wings.  Yet when the heat of life is turned up we are promised that  His great strength and mighty wisdom  will instruct us in our battles.  We must remember to stay under His shadow though.  We cannot throw up our hands and give up for He goes before us and He promises to win the battle.  Praise Him for He is our place of hiding and because of that we can have courage to live this life!  
 
Lord, we thank You and praise You oh Lord, our salvation!   We proclaim that You are our Rock and our Fortress.   You are a very present help in our time of need, and for that we thank You.   In Jesus Name, amen.

 

Psalm 71:3 (ESV)
“Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.”


Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

 
Devotional for Sunday, March 19, 2017
“A Simple Rule of Thumb”
 

do onto others

by Dona Hake
 
It seems our world is growing colder all the time.   Actions and words can be so insensitive at times, and we as believers need to guard our hearts and minds that we know we are keeping ourselves in the love walk that the Lord has commanded for us.   I find it so sad at times the insensitivity of the words and actions of people. Words can hurt and bruise deeply and actions many times convey unspoken words and attitudes. Many times people will try to justify themselves for they feel they are just speaking the truth bu it does not matter, if our words do not proceed from a heart of love, they will not be right. Jesus had something important to say about this. I have heard these words of His spoken many times over…”Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.” I love the Message’s translation because it sums it up simply.
 
 

Matthew 7:12 (MSG)

“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior:
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you,
then grab the initiative and do it for them.”
 
 

I love how this says to “grab the initiative and do it for them.” It is so easy to think about how we feel we should be treated yet do we take hold of the initiative to be thinking about the feelings of others around us? May this remind us to stop and take initiative to do the right thing when we see what the right thing is!

 

With the help of God’s love, He can show us the needs of people around us. Many times we just need to stay aware of what God is seeing, and be aware of many times our lives can sadly become self-centered.   May we be sensitive and aware of the needs around us. I think it would be a good habit to ponder our words before we speak them, and think about our actions. Think to yourself, “Is this how I would want to be spoken to or is this how I would want someone to act in my presence.” 

May we make this scripture a prayer over our lives.   Also, it you have someone in your life that has mistreated you or hurting you with words, these are powerful words to pray for them in order that their eyes would be open to their behavior. I believe these words spoken by Jesus are those of power and they are meant for us to live by!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, March 18,2017
“He Hears Our Prayer”

 

Prayer God hears

by Dona Hake

 

Today I am sharing  from Psalm 116.  The psalmist begins the chapter by exclaiming, “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice…”   He proceeded to say that he knew God’s ear was toward him and then he said, “I will call on Him as long as I live!”     I love how the psalmist exclaims that he just knew that God heard his voice.    Many times people experience the struggle of believing God  hears their  voice simply because they are not seeing the results to what they are praying about.   Oh that we would believe that our Lord hears us, and my we learn to wait upon Him, and know that His ways and timing are perfect!

 

You see this psalmist understood that death was staring him in the face and he had no where to turn. I am sure that what he was going through was terrifying and he stopped, and reminded himself of who and what his God was all about.    This is what Psalm 116:7-9 says.
 

“Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord

in the land of the living.”

 

I believe this chapter in Psalms can serve to remind us that in any trying circumstances we absolutely must call on the Lord for our help, and we must purpose to remind ourselves of His love and care over us.  As he said, “Return to your rest, my soul for the Lord has been good to you…”   We too need to remind ourselves of these truths that our souls may be calmed.   As we walk before the Lord in the land of the living, let us rejoice in His mighty works He has done in our lives!



Friday, March 17, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, March 17, 2017
“He Gave Us a Different Way Peace”
 
by Dona Hake
 
Today I was reminded once again that my peace must be guarded and nothing is worth causing me to lose it.   I personally feel that social media is such a tool yet it can be abused by people.   I have found myself at times being aggravated by what I read at times but then I have seen so many wonderful things in the world of social media.    It is sad though for words can be published that can cause hurt, offense, and misunderstandings.     I have learned to wisely  “scroll on by” those posts that steer my soul in the wrong direction.     Everyday we are all faced with having to deal with situations or individuals that may tempt us to lose our peace whether it be while we are on our jobs, social media, etc….    The Lord told us there would be those days of trials and tribulations, but  we have been equipped to deal with all things that we may be faced with.
 
So this morning I was browsing my Facebook, and there it was again,  two different individuals posting disrespectful posts against my President.   Ugh.  Along with these troubling posts  were threads of rude and disrespectful reinforcing comments.    One thing I have purposed to do on social media is steer away from discussing politics although there have been times I have.   I tried to always use discretion.   I feel we need to show respect to those we disagree with and learn how to communicate best we can.   Yet sometimes if things are getting out of hand it is our responsibility to keep ourselves guarded.      So I did…I made the specific adjustments that these individuals posts will no longer show on my feed.    Sometimes simple adjustments do a world of good!!! Was it hard?… not really, because I wanted to do it before and I stopped myself.  All along it has been my hope that the individuals would not continue posting such disrespectful things .    Sometimes we need to illuminate anything that is  tempting our minds to be thinking about other’s opinions especially if they grate against the Word of God.
 
 
I walked away from making these adjustments, and great peace  flooded my soul.   Interesting… isn’t it?   For me things like this will usually trouble me for I will wonder if I did the right thing or not.  I never want to offend anyone but my desire to please the Lord means more to me than pleasing people. You see the cost of our peace  that was so freely given to us was paid with the great price of Jesus shedding His blood for us. Yet included in the cost we may be called upon to just walk away from things and associations so that we can guard that precious peace.   Please hear this correctly for I believe with all my heart that we should always seek reconciliation with people but this issue was not a matter of reconciliation.   Many would save themselves much grief in this world if they would learn to just walk away from agitations, and choose to hold fast to peace, love and maintain a heart of forgiveness.    I began to reflect on what was going on within my soul, and the Lord brought the scripture to my remembrance…
 

Proverbs 19:11

Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, And it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense without seeking revenge and harboring resentment.
 
 

Today I just want to challenge your heart with thinking about the importance of guarding your peace with all diligence.   Be careful what you permit your soul to see and hear.  Sometimes we just need to walk away from some things.   The Lord directs each of our steps, and I praise Him for His wonderful peace that His Son paid to obtain it for us!



Thursday, March 16, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, March 14, 2017
“Do You Hear His Voice?”
 
my sheep
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Have you ever heard when someone jokingly or not so jokingly says that an individual has selective hearing?     I can remember one of our little dogs that was getting up in age and he really was losing his hearing.   I found it sad yet it was amazing to me at times that there were certain things that he never missed.   One of his favorite snacks was a fresh carrot, and if  he heard us get the bag of carrots out or one of us bit into a carrot, he would high tail to wherever we were.    But then there were times that I also knew he heard but decided to ignore me (knowing he would get away with it) …I have to admit it was kind of funny seeing a little dog play tricks on me like that.
 
So exactly what is selective hearing?   Selective hearing is the capability to block out sounds and noise. It is the notion of ignoring certain things in one’s surrounding environment. Many times you can see this in small children. They may tend to hear only the fun and exciting things, but things such as “It’s time to clean up your toys, and get ready for your nap.” may not be one of those things that is eagerly heard.

 

 Today let us ask ourselves the question if there may be times that we practice selective hearing with the Lord, and we do not even realize we are doing this.  Sometimes bad habits such as this can happen quicker than what we would admit to ourselves.  There are times we can all identify where we are reading the Word or hearing the Word of God, and our spirit has been pricked by the power of the spoken Word of God. We just know it was God specifically dealing with our heart yet we walk away and do not take heed. We may go home from church and proclaim what a good word our Pastor shared yet not take heed to it, and apply it to our life. This is indeed a form of selective hearing and lack of being a doer of the Word.   We need to be very careful and cautious over our hearts that we are not guilty of this. I found several translations of John 10:27 enlightening so I will share them with you for your meditation.

 

“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice;
and I know them, and they follow Me.” (AMP)
 
My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me…” (GW)
 
” My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (TLB)
 

“My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me.” (The Voice)

 
The word *know* defined is to be able to distinguish, as one from another. The Lord wants that we KNOW Him and He desires we KNOW His voice!   Today I ask you are you listening to hear if He is calling your name?   Have you felt a gentle tug on your heart, and you wonder if it is Him?   Let us learn to listen and recognize His precious voice and leading in our lives.  Today I desire to encourage your heart to be listening closely for His voice. Many times His voice is loud and clear and many times it is a mere whisper. Be quick to recognize it and respond. God truly desires this intimacy with us as we heed to His Words and walk willingly along side of Him as He gently leads us.
 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 
 


Monday, March 13, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, March 13, 2017
 
“The Precious Possession of a Wise Man”
 
 
 
 
but the precious possession
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The diligent hand proceeds from the heart that desires to live productively in everything they put their hand to. It is so wonderful  to experience the fruit of our accomplishment after we have done what we know we have set our heart to do! 

 

A farmer or a person that loves to do vegetable gardening totally understands the importance of diligence to maintain a healthy and thriving garden. After of summer of diligently weeding and tending a garden or crop, the harvest is going to come. Once it comes one may desire to freeze or can the abundance of their fruits. Whatever the choice of preserving it, it must be done, and there is no time to waste. It is such a blessing to pull a vegetable out of your freezer or a canned veggie or fruit in the cold of winter. Oh the joy of enjoying the fruit of our diligent, hard working hands!

 
Our time is so valuable and precious, and we must purpose to never waste a minute of our day.  I have a three minute egg timer that is glass, and it is secured to an old antique bobbin. As the sand flows through it, there is a measure of time that passes.   Last evening I used it to keep track to something that needed to simmer for three minutes on my stove.  What hit me was how quickly three minutes flew by.   So it is with our time…it goes by so quickly, and we need to make sure we are using it ever to wisely. This little  glass timer also reminds me that once that sand flows through it that a particular “time” has passed and I can not get it back. Many times people fail to realize the time they are living and they are missing opportunities for some reason or other. The time goes and so has the opportunity. Just as opportunities come and they call for our diligence in a specific time, there are also other things in life that require our diligence in order that we sow, reap, and enjoy blessings.
 
 I encourage you today to desire the heart and hands of the diligent and be blessed. Guard you time and spend it wisely. Diligence is a good thing and it leads to abundant blessing!

 

 Proverbs 21:5 Amplified Bible

“The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent
tend only to plenteousness…


Sunday, March 12, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, March 12, 2017
“The New Beginnings Each Day Brings”
 
 
 
new beginnings
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Psalm 5:3 (CEB) 
” Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.
In the morning I lay it all out before you.
Then I wait expectantly.”

 

 

I thank God that His mercies are new every morning and we can wake with the expectancy of a new day with fresh opportunities.

 
 
Psalm 145:2 (AMP)
Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You
[affectionately and gratefully praise You];
yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.

 

 

Yesterday I exhorted you in remembering to say “thank you” to your loving Lord.  Oh isn’t it wonderful to know that the windows of Heaven have been opened to us, and we are indeed a blessed people.   Today I encourage you to draw upon His strength and see your day as a fresh canvas. If you are facing something that may  tempt your heart to be burdened know that God is a God that never grows weary. Lift your eyes toward heaven and lay your heart open to Him and wait expectantly for Him to guide you throughout your day. 
 

All of us have reasons to bless His Name and be thankful. Take time to call out the blessings that you possess because of the goodness of God that flows toward you.  Today, with it’s new beginning, praise and bless His Name for all the good things you embrace because of His goodness in your life!



Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

 
Devotional for Saturday, March 11, 2017
“Do You Have a Heart That Gives Him Thanks?”
 
 
 
It had been a while since I had been able to take my granddaughters to breakfast since they were back in their new school year.   At last they had a day off school, and I was looking forward to spending the day with them. We pulled up to our favorite restaurant, and they excitedly jumped out of the car, and could not wait to get inside the restaurant.    They have a favorite waitress that loves to see them, and they were anxious to see her!   Before we got to the entrance I saw a sweet older gentleman waiting as he saw us approaching the restaurant.  He politely  opened the door as the girls  and I walked through. They had their mind set on running up to the waitress and giving her a hug but I stopped them and said , “Girls, you need to say thank you to the gentleman for opening the door for you.” They both looked up at him and smiled and exclaimed their thanks. As we walked away I commented to them that whenever a gentleman opens the door for them they need to always say thank you.  I love teachable moments like this!

 

Aren’t we the same though?   We get our minds on things or excitement may be flooding our hearts, and we forget sometimes the most important thing of the moment.  A lot of times when little things like this happen they seem to stick in my mind, and cause me to ponder spiritual truths. I began to think about how many times throughout our day that the Lord does precious things for us, He blesses us, and takes care of our needs. Many times He goes before us and “opens doors” before us as His wonderful grace flows in our direction.   It made me think about the many times God so graciously blesses me, and I may forget to thank him.
 
 
Today I just want to encourage your heart to thankfulness.  Thank him for the many things He has done in your life. Thank Him for the testimonies that your life bears as you serve Him. Today I encourage you to speak of His wonderful works to those around you, and thank Him every opportunity that you have. I leave you with the scripture to meditate upon.
 

Psalm 105:1-4

O give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;

Make known His deeds among the people.

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all

His wonderful acts and devoutly praise them.

Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek

and require the Lord as their most essential need rejoice.

Seek and deeply long for the Lord and His strength His power, His might;

Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, March 9, 2017
“Nourished As We Hunger For Him”
 
Blessed are they which thirst after righteousness
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Luke 6:21 Amplified
 
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness]
are you who hunger now [for righteousness, actively
seeking right standing with God], for you will be [completely] satisfied.”
 
I love how the word blessed  in this scripture is defined as joyful and nourished by the goodness of our Lord.   Think about the word nourish for a moment, and what that word means.   It means to  supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.  When we hunger for the righteousness and the good  things of God our spirit and soul will be nourished and filled with every blessing  that our Lord can give us.   Oh praise Him today for He is the Good Shepherd that will keep us and we will want for nothing!    He is the God that promises to supply all of our needs as we live to seek after His righteousness.
 
 
Everyday may we make it our pursuit to seek to walk deeper in His  righteousness, for as we do we are desiring to walk in all that God is.   He is all good, He is all moral excellence, He is all virtue, and He is all pure!  Oh that we would actively hunger after His righteousness all the days of our lives for as we do, we will be satisfied and spiritually nourished in that desire.
 
Psalm 17:15 AMP
As for me, I shall see Your face in
righteousness; I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake
[to find myself] seeing Your likeness.
 



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!