Devotional for Monday, November 7, 2016
“Give What’s Been Given To You”
give to others
by Dona Hake
God is so good to us. Day after day we rise and He faithfully meets us as we look to Him. We enjoy all of His benefits, and we must never forget one of them. Daily we should have a renewed appreciation of all that He has done for He has done great things!

Today I want you to think about the many times that He has been there for you since you have met Him.   Think about the times that you have sinned in your heart yet you turned your heart to Him and repented,  and He forgave you once again.    Oh that we should praise Him for His endless mercies and lovingkindness toward us. As we draw upon His mercy, love and all the wonderful things that He has blessed us with, we must be mindful  to share it with others. So how do we do this? I want you to look at Colossians 3:12 with me:
“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s
own chosen ones (His own picked
representatives), [who are] purified
and holy and well-beloved [by God
Himself, by putting on behavior marked by]
tenderhearted pity and mercy,
kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves,
gentle ways, [and] patience
[which is tireless and long-suffering,
and has the power to endure whatever
comes, with good temper].” (Amplified)
It can be easy to be so caught up in our outward appearance yet how much more should we be sure to be clothing our inner man appropriately with the beauty of our Lord.   As we are diligent to clothe ourselves by putting on behavior that is marked by being tenderhearted  and merciful, people will surely see us as a light in this world.   We  need to also be thinking about how we can live our lives prepared in our hearts and ready to help someone that may need God’s love, a word spoken in season, a listening ear,etc…  Today I want to encourage your heart to give to others that which the Lord has so graciously given to you.
As we have experienced God giving us answers to our prayers, and comfort in our time of need we need  to equip ourselves to be ready and share that same comfort and love with those in need. God does not bless us with all these wonderful and bountiful blessings for us to just talk about and keep to ourselves. He desires we pass them on and be a living testimony of His goodness!  The following scripture that I am sharing is addressing the giving of comfort to someone in need.   We need to be ready to bless those in need with the same comfort that we have been blessed with.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (VOICE)
“All praise goes to God, Father of our
Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is
the Father of compassion,
the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we
endure the pain and hardship of life
so that we may draw from His comfort
and share it with others in their own struggles.”
 Oh how He can use us as we lovingly  share the life giving testimonies  with those that may be  walking through a similar experience that we have endured!   As you share what God has done for your life, it will be  a testimony of His love and care.   I encourage you today to pray for opportunities to be used as a vessel of giving His life, love and comfort to those around you.   He watches for those that are willing and ready to be used.


Devotional for Sunday, November 6, 2016
“What Is Integrity?”
God our integrity
by Dona Hake
What does the word integrity mean?    Here is a definition I found for us to look at and ponder:
Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral  character; honesty.

The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished:


Today we will meditate upon how our integrity which comes from following the Lord will guide us.    First I would love for you to read this short quote as we think about our Lord guiding us in the ways and path of integrity.

“God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.”
William Shakespeare

If God is our hope, He is always ahead of us. No matter what is going on wrong or if discouragement seems to be bringing us down, may we look to Him as our hope for tomorrow.  If He is our stay, He is always all that we need in the present. He shall be the  loving Anchor of our soul, and we shall not be moved.  If He is our guide, He is all that we need while we are moving and if He is our lantern to our feet we will be moving in His divine  direction.  His light will go before us, and we will see that our path gets brighter and brighter as unto the noonday sun!
 As we practice  living, breathing  and moving  by the Spirit of the Living God we will be a people of integrity.  As integrity becomes our desire, every breath we take, and all we do will be to glorify Him and only Him.   From the depths of our being there will  be a natural desire to please Him and  do the right thing.  Oh the beauty of walking in the integrity of our God!
I am going to share two versions of scripture from Proverbs 11:3:

New Life Version
“The honor of good people will lead them, but those who hurt others will be
destroyed by their own false ways.”

Amplified Bible
” The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and
crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.”


We thank you Lord that Your integrity shall guide us, and that integrity will also draw people to You!  We praise You for being our Hope, our Stay, and the Lantern to our feet that we may exhibit integrity in our lives.



Devotional for Saturday, November 5, 2016
“Entrusting Our Lives To Him”
entrust your life to him
by Dona Hake
Today let us meditate upon entrusting our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.  He desires that we commit our lives into His care.   Let us commit our lives to Him with total trust. Psalm 23:1  David stated, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”    As we look to Him for all our needs and concerns, we will lack for nothing.  As we entrust ourselves to Him, He promises to be our all whether all is well or all is falling apart.   He is our strength when we are weak, and He is our guide when we cannot see because of the trial we are walking through.  Paul understood a perfect strength in his time of weakness and this is what he had to say about it…
2 Corinthians 12:10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s
sake: for when I am weak, then am I
Paul experienced a strength that did not proceed from his human strength but by the power of the Living God!    Have you ever had a time where your human strength and emotions had come to a place of weakness, and suddenly God infused you with fresh strength in your inner man, and you received direction and strong focus?   It is such an awesome and supernatural thing!  Yesterday I spoke of God’s drenching, permeating peace that is well able to surpass our understanding.   May we entrust our everything to Him that His strength, wisdom, and focus can permeate us!  
I encourage your heart today to know this…as you entrust yourself to Him, you are in a perfect place!   As we abide and dwell in that place of trusting in Him  we will experience great and wonderful things that are truly a testimony of God’s wonderful work within us.   Serving God is so exciting isn’t it?  Praise Him today as the Lord your Shepherd for He promises that you will lack not one thing!


Devotional for Friday, November 4, 2016
“Drenched and Permeated In His Peace”
are you permeated in his peace
by Dona Hake
Have you ever gotten caught in the rain without an umbrella?   I can remember a few times that I was  drenched from head to toe.   Today I want us to meditate upon the power of being drenched and permeated in the peace of our Lord.    Are you drenched and permeated in His peace?   These two words bring the idea of being soaked with His peace and then it penetrates our soul and your mind.   I believe it would do us good to keep a very close watch on that peace that promises to guard our hearts and minds.    I think of  those days that one thing after another seems to try and rob us of our precious peace that we possess in Jesus.  Sometimes our peace can be threatened even with the everyday dealings and responsibilities a day can bring.  Today we are going to meditate on growing in this…. no matter what or how many things we encounter …we are NOT going to permit our peace to be weakened by anything.   Let us hold fast and  stay drenched and permeated in His wonderful peace.


Let me start out with sharing about the power of being permeated. This word “permeate” is one I love to use because it gives me a visual every time I say it. It means to pass into or through every part of something to be diffused through, pervade or saturate.

Quite honestly I do not understand how anyone can live without God’s peace permeating their heart and mind. I see at times when believers just kind of get used to flying by the seat of their pants with their own composure and strength. That may get us through occasionally but  it will never sustain us like God’s peace can. God wants to give us His ALL because He gave His ALL when He gave His only Son for us.    He does not want to see us short changed in any way spiritually .  He desires us to posses His peace!
I encourage you to ask Him for His peace, and then hold fast to it!   Think about how precious that peace is that passes, pervades, and saturates our total being.   God is so good. 
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3


Devotional for Thursday, November 3, 2016
“Guarding Our Hearts From Envy”
gods love does not envy
by Dona Hake
God desires that we guard our hearts with all diligence for this is the place in which He dwells.   Proverbs 4:23 speaks to us and tells us why:
“Keep and guard your heart with
all vigilance and above
all that you guard, for out of
it flow the springs of life.”
God desires that we allow no room in our heart for anything that could poison it, and cause it destruction.  He understands that it only takes a little bit of something bad that could become very big and destructive to our love walk and His will for our life.  Today we are looking at the sin of envy, and we will see it’s power and how it could poison our soul.  Envy denotes a longing to possess something that someone else has. Here is a quote that will make it even clearer for us:
“Envy is the art of counting the
other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”
Harold Coffin
First of all I want to say that anyone of us can fall prey to this sin apart from the help of God. The devil can trick us into thinking it is okay to feel certain feelings such as envy . He will try to convince us that it is okay to feel envious as long as we don’t talk about it. You know…just keep it hidden. He cleverly understands the whole concept of hiding things from others and putting on a front of looking spiritual or good while the inside of you is being eaten up by a poison and weakening in your walk with the Lord.  Remember this for the Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14 “…Satan himself poses as a messenger of heavenly light…”
Satan may try to deceive us, and cause us to be comfortable with any sin such as the sin of envy, but let us be sober and vigilant for he seeks to devour us with such deception.   As we purpose to grow in the love of God, we will be grounded in the fact that love simply is NOT envious!
Lord, help us this day to be vigilant and very cautious over our hearts.   Help us to recognize such sins as envy that we can quickly weed it out of our soul and be free to serve You in greater ways.   Continue to remind us of all that Your love is and all that it is not, and we know that Your love is not envious.  We thank you for Your Word as it leads, guides and protects our hearts everyday! 


Devotional for Wednesday, November 23, 2016
“Godliness With Contentment”
but godliness with contentment is great gain
by Dona Hake
I can remember sharing with a friend of mine about being content in our home.   We shared with each other how we love being in our home, and enjoy God’s peace and joy in the midst of where we dwell.    We discussed how it is so sad that some people just seem like they have a hard time being content with the simple little things in this life so they fill the void  with things that seemingly make them happy and content.   Don’t get me wrong…doing things and going places are nice, and can be joyful but it is not where godly contentment is found.   May we learn to enjoy the sweet and simple things of this life and the blessings that God has so richly and abundantly poured our way.    The Lord has called us to be examples in this world to live life in Him.   As we live in godly contentment, I believe that our life will speak to people in ways we would never imagine.  The Lord is looking for us to be at peace and contented no matter what is going on around us, for our fullness of joy is found in Him!
1 Timothy 6:6  (VOICE)
“This is ironic because
godliness, along with contentment, does put us ahead but
NOT in the ways some imagine.”
Lord, we ask you today to remind us by Your Holy Spirit to seek first heavenly things.     Help us to sort through what is important and what is not.    Cause us to see godliness with contentment to be  great gain.    We seek to be examples of living life in total contentment and peace.   We thank You that as we do this people will be drawn to You.


devotional for tuesday, november 1, 2016
your future is in the hands of god”
its a new day
by Dona Hake
Philippians 3:13-14
“…but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Yesterday has past, today is here and tomorrow is coming. What happened yesterday is behind us.  May we thank Him for walking with us yesterday, look to Him today expecting good things!   Sometimes the memories of our failures, experiences or hurts from yesterday can try to hinder the present moment…but only if we permit them to.  I believe God is calling us to live in the moment, in His presence, and in faith toward Him.  If our yesterday has brought pain to us we need to  ask the Lord to bring healing to our heart, and ask Him for the wisdom we need to walk forward. It is important to remember that when we do walk through hardships that we should seek to embrace and pass on that wisdom that we have attained.    Never underestimate the power of sharing your testimony of what you learned as the Lord helped you through something.    Remember…we are His light and His mouth piece to speak to those hurting and in need.
God desires that we look forward into our future with faith in our hearts. It is a very bad mistake to live and dwell in our past. It is like trying to drive a car with our gaze continually in the rear view mirror. Yes, there are times we need to glance in our rear view mirrors so we can proceed cautiously. Those glances serve us  to proceed with caution that we do not make mistakes or put ourselves in danger.   May we be continually looking forward as the Lord walks beside us, and leads us and guides us in His paths that echo His Name.
I love this quote by John Mason.   I encourage you to allow it to challenge your heart.
“The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.”
John Mason
Many times our minds may try to haunt us with reminders of our mistakes or failures from our pasts.  Know this…As we take our failures and mistakes to God, He will teach us from them, and we can actually grow stronger.  God does not want us to be fearful of our future but rather we need to rejoice in the days to come knowing that He is ready to use us as He wills as we give Him our all!   I leave you with this powerful quote…


Devotional for Monday, October 31, 2016
“Don’t Run But Stand Firm”
your faith will blossom
by Dona Hake
James 1:2-4 (The Voice)
“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and
sisters. As difficult as they are, you will
ultimately find joy in them; if you
embrace them, your faith will blossom
under pressure and teach you true
patience as you endure. And true patience
brought on by endurance will equip
you to complete the long journey and
cross the finish line—mature, complete,
and wanting nothing.”
It can be so tempting to try to ignore or run away from the pressures of this life.   Some run to places, some turn to alcohol and drugs, some go shopping, etc…    No matter who we are, and no matter how strong we may be we will face pressures in this life, and with those pressures come the decision of how we are going to handle them.    To be quite honest this scripture in James used to kind of baffle me, and I would think I can not understand why James would say to count it as joy when you are going through a bad time. The more of life that I have experienced the more I understand this scripture.  If our hearts and minds are open, hardships have the ability to bring new perspective, and greater appreciation for everything and everyone around you.
I can not tell you how many times I have heard people express a thankful heart for the hardship they walked through because with the help of God they came out stronger and embraced a wealth of wisdom from their experience.
We need to come to a place where we embrace hardships and tests with a right attitude.  It seems that our  human nature just wants to live in a place where there is no conflict but we well know that on this earth that is not going to happen. I find it troubling when Christians want to get angry with God, and turn their eyes away from Him when things are not going their way.   The truth is, we live in a fallen world where stressful days and unfortunate things can happen to anyone but we serve a risen Savior that is well able to bring victory in every thing we face!
Jesus tells us in the Word that we will have trials and troubles and He tells us how to handle them.
John 16:33 (AMP)
” I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”    Isn’t it interesting that Jesus mentions that in the midst of tribulation, trials, distress and frustration that we are to be of good cheer or as James said it,  “Count it all joy…”
May we continue to grow in our faith as we live everyday for Him.    May we keep our eyes toward Him when all is well, and may we ever keep our gaze on Him when we have hardships.   God has promised that He would equip us in this journey.   May we rest in that promise no matter what.   God is good all the time, all the time…God is Good!


Devotional for Sunday, October 30, 2016
“The Love That Bears All Things”
gods love bears all things
by Dona Hake


Today we will meditate upon the fact that God’s love bears all things.   I would like to share two different translations that I found to be very helpful in bring an even greater revelation to our hearts.

1 Corinthians 13:7   (AMP)

 “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…”

1 Corinthians 13:7-10 (PHILLIPS)
“Love knows no limit to its endurance…”

The love of God  does not give up, and it never weakens. Here is another great scripture that I love that reminds me of what the love chapter is saying about the endurance of our God, and it is found in the book of Isaiah.



 Isaiah 40:28-31 (The Voice)
“Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Eternal, the Everlasting God, The Creator of the whole world, never gets tired or weary. His wisdom is beyond understanding. God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.”
Isn’t it good to know that even in times of weariness that as we look to Him, He will enable us to regain the strength that we need to go on because God never tires in any situation. Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” We serve a God that will help us to bear down and draw on new strength when we just feel like giving up.
I can remember a particular time in my life where I was growing weary as I was  believing for the salvation of my father.   He was in a nursing home and I would visit each day, as I was also teaching school.   I felt like my days were not long enough, and I was growing physically weak, and unable to focus.  One evening while I was in prayer the Lord showed me in my spirit an image of a candle that was burning so long that the wick was ready to go out because the wax was so deep and it was extinguishing the wick.   It seemed that the candle was a reflection of me losing hope and burning out.   As I pondered this, I can remember asking the Lord for His strength and just one moment of clarity with my father that I might be able to pray with him.    I rejoiced as that moment came within a day before he died.   I was assured he gave his life to the Lord, and I will never forget the strength that only God could give for I had none in my own ability!    Praise God that we serve a God that never weakens nor gives up but presses in until the desired result is accomplished.  The love of God bears up under anything, and He is able to help us endure even when we are at our weakest.   Praise God!


Devotional for Saturday, October 29, 2016
“He Stands At the Door and Knocks”
How is Your Heart
by Dona Hake
Jesus knows the condition of our hearts in a way that is beyond our human comprehension.   He knows our hurts,  He knows how it beats inconsistently for Him at times, and He well knows that there are times our heart is not strong. He sees the pain of our heart, and He  understands why our heart may be scared from past experiences. He well understands our heart’s history.
 Once in one of my husband’s sermons he shared how Jesus stands at the door of our hearts. He spoke of Jesus being the complete gentleman, and He will not push Himself on us.   Know that He is not trying to sell anything, He is trying to just give all that He is to us. I began to think about the famous painting of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. As a little girl that painting always struck me as mysterious for some reason. Most of the paintings of this particular image of Jesus at the door shows one very significant thing missing and that is the door knob.
This famous pictures shows Him standing quietly and patiently at the door of a man’s heart.   He gently knocks and waits for a response.   Remember this…as Jesus knocks on the door of man’s heart He knows exactly what is going on inside.    He knows the pain, loneliness, fears and all the hurts one has every experienced.   He also knows that He is the answer…He is the only way!   But we must open the door and permit Him to enter in.    You see if there were a door knob He would be able to turn it and just walk in. From the beginning He created us with a choice and that is to choose right from wrong. He will not push,and He will not shove Himself upon us.
The portrait of Jesus standing at the door depicts His desire to be in fellowship with every man,woman, and child. He desires to shed all of His great mercies in the direction of anyone who wants Him. He desires to wash away all sin and forget it all. Allow Him to come in, be your best Friend and fellowship with you every moment that you can. He desires to examine your heart and speak to you in a special way. God is a God of all good things and He desires to open the windows of Heaven and just pour it in your direction. Blessings to you this day!

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!