Saturday, February 11, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, February 11, 2017
“Look Toward Heaven and Praise Him For His Mercies”
 

Morning He Meets Us

By Dona Hake
 
 
I hear it said so much, “Time just flies!”   “My life is so very busy!”   I know for myself I cannot believe that we are almost into the middle of February.   Where does time go anyway?    From the time I awake till I go to sleep there is always something that needs attention or a place to go.   I love my “to do” lists for they keep me mindful of how I am budgeting every minute of my day.    I find this to be a good discipline although I have to remind myself that I need to stop and make sure my heart and soul are always at peace.   I try to always keep mindful that sometimes the Lord may just desire to interrupt my day and place a divine appointment before me!  As we stay refreshed in His presence and keen to His voice our days will be filled with joy in living.
 
 
I shared with you yesterday the importance of being restored by our Lord.   Today I want us to meditate upon how we wake in the morning.   When we awake with our face turned to Heaven thanking God for His mercies we will indeed walk in the fullness of His joy throughout our day!
 

 Let us thank and praise Him that everyday is a new day as we serve Him.  What happened yesterday is left behind.  If we are to remember and reflect upon what happened yesterday, let it be the joys that were in it and the wisdom we may have attained from  a learning experience.  God desires to meet us each morning reminding us to have faith in Him and be blessed and overwhelmed by His great love that He has for us.

Psalm 143:8  KJV

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;

for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein

I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

 

Let us  praise God that He is so merciful to us as we venture to do His will because so many times we fall short because of our human nature.  Let us remember to look to His mercies and His forgiveness at all times and as we lift our soul to Him we can live with joyful hearts!  Lord cause us to hear Your lovingkindness and be mindful of Your tender mercies each new day.   Cause us to know the ways in which to walk for we lift our soul to You! In Jesus Name, amen.

 

Psalm 90:14  Names of God Bible

” Satisfy us every morning with your mercy

so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days.”

 



Friday, February 10, 2017

 

Devotional for Friday, February 10, 2017
“Jesus the Restorer”

 

Restorer

by Dona Hake

 
Today let us meditate on the truth that  Jesus IS the Restorer of our soul.  Even in the doing of His will our souls can grow weary.   This is why we are cautioned in    Galatians 6:9   “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in…”   Today I want to encourage your heart that reaping time is coming, so let us walk as the restored and refreshed in the Lord!
 
 
You see, many times even in the doing of good things we can tire ourselves trying to keep up with the demands of life, and  we may forget to draw upon His strength and seek His restoration.   Praise the living God that He is able to keep us fresh, strong and built up by the power of His restoration.   In  Psalm 23  David wrote, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures and He leads me beside the still waters…”  I love the ~makes~ because sometimes that is exactly how it is.   Because we push ourselves our Lord may give us that gentle tug at our hearts and cause us to see that we just need to rest at His feet.

 

In order for us to regenerate our bodies one of the most important things is proper rest for our physical bodies.  And so it is in our soul…we must have rest there in order to have strong and healthy souls.   There may be those that you know that their heart is weary and may even be broken, and they feel they cannot go on….maybe it is you that feels as if you feel unable to go on because of weariness.   Know that the Lord is able to restore and heal your broken heart, and He is able to restore your soul.   He is able to strengthen anyone that feels they have no reason to go on.   Today we praise our Living God for He is able to lift us up and we can be restored!
 

 

Psalm 23:3 (AMP)

He refreshes and restores my life (my self)


Thursday, February 9, 2017

 

 

 
Devotional for Thursday, February 9, 2017
 
“Don’t Let It Get Inside You…”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
It is in my heart to go back over a quote that I shared with you last Monday and Tuesday. My heart has been stirred as I have meditated upon this from time to time since I have shared it. Let us read it together again:
 
“Ships do not sink because of the water around them;
ships sink because of the water that gets in them.
Do not let what is happening around you
get inside you and weigh you down.”
 
First I would like to share with you from the book of First Kings.  
 
1 Kings 18:21  Living Bible (TLB)
“…How long are you going to waver between two opinions?” he asked the people. “If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!”
 
I encourage you to go to 1 Kings Chapter 18 and read the whole story for yourself.   What I want to focus on is the question he asked the people.   “How long are you going to waver between two opinions?”    Many times we may wonder why it is that people are not strong in faith or perhaps you too may be struggling in your faith. I would like you to ponder a thought as we look at this  scripture. Many times the fact of the matter is we are trying to serve two masters or we choose to be indecisive rather than standing firm in the that which we know to be true.    I believe the devil has deceived many in this area and this deception serves to weaken our faith.    It is so wrong to think we can embrace truth one minute and then be changing our mind according to circumstance.  God wants our hearts to be wholly toward Him in all things and all times.
 
Oh we may insist that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and soul, yet may I share this challenging thought today?      I believe that there may be times that there are things in this world that tug at our hearts more than we realize. When we find ourselves thinking about certain things more than we do our loving God we need to stop and evaluate where our heart is at.  May we ask our self if that thing has a grip on our hearts more than we realize.    God wants us to want all of Him and only Him.
 
God created each of us to make choices.  He will not make our choices for us but He desires greatly that we choose Him above any thing this world has to offer.His greatest desire is that we choose Him and love Him with all of our heart. As we love Him with our whole heart and I repeat our whole heart, we will be single minded and wavering will not even be a thought.   Now let us look at the book of James.
 
James 1:6-8
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a
wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
 
The man or woman with a wavering faith is surely a candidate for a ship capable of being affected by the storms of this life.   It is the weakening and wavering in our faith that could cause our ship to begin to fill up with water and no longer float with the ease the Lord desires it to. Our Lord desires that we rise up and not be brought down by the winds of the sea or the pressures of this life.
 
Today my encouragement to you is to think about and purpose yourself to serve the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your mind, and all of your soul.  May we ever live to guard our hearts and minds that we do not waver and be tossed around by the wind and waves.    I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to be discerning over your heart and your thoughts. May we serve our living God with everything that is in our being!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, February 7, 2017
“He Withholds No Good Thing”
 

Lord gives grace

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 84:11 (AKJV) 

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:
 
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

 

As we walk uprightly before the Lord our God there should be expectation in our heart each morning that we wake.   Oh to praise Him for His never ending mercies for great is His faithfulness!       As I look out my office window as I am typing this today it is rainy and cold.   So even though it is a bit dreary outside, I can praise the Lord for He is my Sun and Shield!

 

I am thanking Him today that He has promised that He will never withhold any good thing from me because all good and perfect gifts proceed from Him.   He will not refrain from giving me that which I need to get through my day.

 

The scripture I share with you today speaks to our hearts that He will not withhold no good thing.   I found it interesting that the antonym for withhold is the word *advance*.  Interesting thought isn’t it? Interesting thought isn’t it?  The more we walk with the Lord we begin to understand  that He always knows exactly what we need and what we are going to face.    Our loving Heavenly Father desires that we advance in His kingdom. Therefore His grace is always sufficient and right there for us when we need to draw upon it.  Praise God that He is our Sun and our Shield, and He desires that we advance and move forward in His will.    Let us live victoriously as He pours out His grace and glory on us as we  walk uprightly before Him!



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, February 8, 2017
“He Is Our Sanctuary”
 

Jesus Our Sanctuary

by Dona Hake

 

When I think about a sanctuary, I think about a place of refuge.    I think of a place that is respected where one goes to regain peace and inner strength.     From days of old a  sanctuary was referred to as a  “building set apart for holy worship,”    Today let us meditate upon the fact that the Living God has come to dwell within us and He is able to make our hearts rested and secure.    Yet when our hearts our troubled and afraid may we be quick to turn to Him for He is our Sanctuary, He is the rest and strength that will restore our souls.  
 
Have you ever had times where there may be confusion and stress all about you and you wish you could just run away and escape it? I know we have all been in those situations yet as a believer we should never desire to run other than to run to Him.   We can humbly bow our hearts in prayer no matter where we are, and escape to that place that He has prepared for us to abide in.  We do not have to run away from problems, we can be in the midst of them and maintain complete peace.

 

Many times people wait until they are so stressed out and their body has become worn down physically before they decide to seek God’s direction and comfort. I believe that God desires  that we live in a constant state of peace and serenity.

 

Throughout your day I encourage you to stay aware of His precious presence …He is your Sanctuary!  I believe that the place He has provided for us is a place of perfect peace and no matter what goes on about you that peace need not be disrupted.

Isaiah 8:14 (KJ21)

“And He shall be for you a sanctuary…”

 

 



February 6, 2017

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, February 6, 2017
“…and His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful”

 

Jesus Wonderful

by Dona Hake

 

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called Wonderful…”

 

 When I have my quiet time I always start out meditating upon how great and wonderful my God is.     I ponder His great works around me, and meditate upon the many great things He has done in my life.    He is worthy of all my praise and I can not thank Him enough every day that I live for how wonderful He is. Let’s look at words synonymous to wonderful… awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal.  This is the Jesus that we serve.  As believers let us testify of the many wonderful things He has done in our lives, and may we never lose sight of those things.  Today I want to stir your heart to think about how wonderful He has been to you.  It is as we maintain grateful hearts to Him for all that He is that we will desire to pass on those blessings to those around us.

 

The other day I shared with you that we need not pray for opportunities to be used by Him but rather seize the many opportunities that are already right in front of us.   I encourage you today to share with someone about the wonderful God that you serve.  Think about how many times someone says to you, “How are you today?”   What an opportunity to  proclaim that you are blessed.    Recently at the grocery store I was checking out my groceries and the clerk ask me, “How are you?”   and I quickly exclaimed, “I am so blessed, how are you today?”   She immediately began to share with me how she liked what I said.    I was an opportunity to minister grace and encouragement  to the hearer of my words.  It is so easy to share the life of God with people around us!  
 
 Praise Him today for He desires to use you as a vessel to illuminate His light, life and love.   He desires to show a dark world how wonderful He is...through you.   Awesome thought isn’t it?
 
 

 

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.”


Sunday, February 5, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, February 5, 2017
“Our Lord Our Bread of This Life”

 

 

Jesus the Bread

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 6:11 (CEB)

“Give us the bread we need for today.”

 

We all understand that we need to eat and drink to keep ourselves healthy.  Proper nutrition is vital in order to feel good and have the energy we need to get us through each day.     It is equally important that we are staying aware of our spirit being fed and nourished by the Word of our Lord, and our fellowship with Him.    Each new day presents us with  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!



Saturday, February 4, 2017

 

Devotional for Saturday, February 4, 2017
“We Are God’s Handiwork”
 

 

 

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].”

 

How beautiful it is to meditate upon being made new in Christ Jesus!   The day we accepted Him all the old passed away and praise God ALL things became new.   Today let us praise our Lord for the work of His hand in our life and anticipate wonderful things to come!    Each one of us is a work in progress, and this should encourage our heart knowing that the God that created the heavens and earth is molding us and preparing us for another day.   Think about the work of His hand specific to your gifts and calling.     As we permit His hand to work in our life He will surely use us to show His glory in this world.  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.”

 

You may wonder how He desires to use you today.    I heard recently that we should not pray for opportunities to be used but we need to seize the many opportunities that are right before us for there are many.   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 be down in their heart.  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  as His loving hands continue to mold and make me for His purposes! How about you?



Friday, February 3, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, February 3, 2017
“The Thoughts of Our Lord”
 

Gods thoughts are as many as the sand

by Dona Hake

 

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 Psalmist speaks in this chapter of how God has explored his heart and knows exactly who he is.  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!  How precious are the thoughts of our Lord!

 

As I read this Psalm and think about the sands of the ocean it causes me to realize that I really cannot fathom the greatness of our Lord’s thoughts about us.   How would we ever even begin to count them?  In saying that it reminds me as well that His thoughts are different than ours because He sees us through His pure love, and His thoughts and ways will always be higher than how our 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.

 
Today let us meditate upon the fact that He sees our future through His eyes and He desires that our faith rest in Him.  May we desire and seek to see things through the eyes of our Lord.   Let us be ever so thankful that we serve such a loving God that loves us so tenderly.   How sweet it is to know He watches over our every move.…how great is our God!!!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

 

 

 
Devotional for Thursday, February 2, 2017
“When We Are Guided By the Spirit”
 

God our guidance

by Dona Hake

 

“I feel like I’m on track!”  Have you ever said that?  I love the feeling that I know I am doing the right thing and all is flowing smoothly.  God desires to lead and guide us all the days of our lives. He also desires that we seek Him first and that we purpose that His Spirit is leading us.   I shared with you recently the importance of knowing God as you move forward.    His Word will always lead and guide us into all truth, and He promises to give us all things that pertain to this life and godliness.

 

Galatians 5:16   CEV

“If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires.”

 

Many times we can fall to the weakness of following our own way or our own selfish desires.  We can also be guilty of knowing the Lord’s direction but trying to make things happen in our own ability.  As we trust Him for answers and direction He will always be faithful to direct us and keep us on track.

 

Have you ever heard the saying spoken when someone is needing to make a decision…”Maybe you just need to sleep on it.”  Never make the mistake of trying to make a decision when you are tired or upset emotionally.   We need to stop and rest in the Lord and also get the rest we need in our body.  I have had times where I have received answers to a particular need or leading in what I needed to do during the night while my body and mind were resting.  The Lord has a beautiful and tender way of quietly speaking in the quietness of the night.

 

Psalm 16:7 (ERV)
“I praise the Lord because he taught me well.

Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind.”

 

I praise God that He so tenderly desires to come along side of us in this life that we can know we are going the right direction!

 




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!