Friday, January 11, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Friday, January 11, 2019
“Careful to Obey”
 
 
 
 
 
Luke 1:6 “Zachariah and Elizabeth were righteous
in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the
Lords Commandments and regulations.”
 
As I read this portion of scripture my eyes were fixed on three words, “…careful to obey.“
When one is careful about something they are cautious in their actions, they are exact and thorough. Now think of that in light of our obedience in all that we do in accordance to the Word of God.
 
Oh that we would be so careful to obey, and consider God’s Word in our lives at all times. Upon every word, every decision, and every manner of behavior.  Oh that we hold this as our highest priority to know that we are pleasing God in everything.
 
Today I encourage you to be careful to obey His Word in thought, words, and your actions. It is then that your life will echo His Name as you walk in His paths of righteousness. This world desperately needs to see believers in the Lord Jesus Christ holding fast and carefully obeying His Word, and being a testimony of all that He is.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 12, 2019
“Looking Closer…”
 
 
 
My heart continues to reflect upon the devotional I shared the other day entitled “What’s In Your Cup?“ As I to continued to meditate upon this article I began to think about how pride can seriously affect what we carry in spirit. Pride will affect us in spirit,  God hates pride, and He desires that we deal with it. I am going to share the  article again  to refresh your memory of it.
 
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☕️ You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shaking your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? 🤔 “Well because someone bumped into me, of course!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would’ve spilled tea.
*Whatever is inside the cup, will spill out.*
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?” When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility?
Or, anger, bitterness, harsh words, and reactions?
You choose.💯

Today lets work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness, and love for others. “ CHOOSE joy, SPEAK life, and KEEP MARCHING!” 💜
 
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So today let us look at the sin of pride.  Pride will cleverly talk us into thinking that we can cover up our sin. Pride will suggest to us that it is OK to keep things bottled up and fake it. Some can even become masters of looking happy and even peaceful on the outside, yet on the inside they are falling apart and not doing well at all. Acting like we are doing good on the outside, or how this article says “faking it” is a sure way to become ensnared in the trap of living life in our own ability. This is how one begins to overlook sins and live in making excuses for themselves.
 
Pride, my friend, is disguised in so many ways. Let us ask the Lord for a discerning heart that we watch over that which we are carrying in spirit. When the bumps, troubles, and storms blindside us may we spill over that which is pure.     Let us be super quick to confess anything that will hinder the pure water within us.  May we carry hearts that are at peace and are pure before Him all the days of our lives.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, January 5, 2019
 
“OUR HEART-THE LOVINGLY TENDED GARDEN”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
“The Eternal One will never leave you; He will lead you in the way that you should go. When you feel dried up and worthless, God will nourish you and give you strength. And you will grow like a garden lovingly tended; you will be like a spring whose water never runs out.”Isaiah 58:11 The Voice Translation
 
 

When we do our part,  He will be faithful to do His. Our part is simply to be obedient, love Him with all of our hearts,  and remain humble as we abide under His wonderful shadow.  My friend, we are “the cared for”. Because He takes care of us we will be that well watered and nurtured garden that Isaiah spoke of. Keep an awareness in your heart of His watchful eye over you. Turn your face towards Him as much as you possibly can today. He seeks to show you His love, and whisper His gentle words and ways in your ear. He will speak to your spirit in ways you could ever dream of!

 
 

If the soil of your heart is a bit dry today, look to Him to saturate you with all that He is. Receive His immeasurable grace for your day for it is sufficient for everything you will be facing.


Friday, January 4, 2019

 
Devotional for Friday, January 4, 2019
“What’s In Your Cup?”
 
 
 
 
Yesterday one of my friends on Facebook shared this wonderful post. I just felt to pass this on to you today to bless you, and exhort your heart!
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“You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shaking your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? “Well because someone bumped into me, of course!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would’ve spilled tea.
*Whatever is inside the cup, will spill out.*
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?” When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility?
Or, anger, bitterness, harsh words, and reactions?
You choose.
Today lets work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness, and love for others. “ CHOOSE joy, SPEAK life, and KEEP MARCHING!”

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I encourage you to think about what is in your cup today.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 3, 2019
 
 
“Under His Shadow I Shall Live”
 
 
 
The other morning I was immediately drawn to meditate upon Psalm 91. Thinking about how important it is to remain close to my God. Thinking about His shadow, and if I desire to remain within His shadow  I MUST  walk right beside him and stay beside Him at all times. We must always remind ourselves how easy it is to step off of His perfect path and do our own thing. It is then that we are not abiding under His shadow and perfect guidance. His wondrous Light provides His Almighty Shadow!
 
As we just celebrated the birth of Christ, let us reflect upon His Name being called Emmanuel which means “God with us.”     He is with us and He promises to never leave nor forsake us!
 
“A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be Immanuel (which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”.  Matthew 1:23 – The VOICE
 
Today I encourage you to think about walking close to your God. He is light and in Him there is no darkness. Under the shadow of the Almighty God lies security and the promise that He will keep us. I leave these scriptures with you to meditate upon as you ponder walking closely to Him.

“He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.”Psalm 91:1 – The Voice

“Your strong love, O True God, is precious. All people run for shelter under the shadow of Your wings.”Psalm 36:7 – The VOICE
“The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”Psalm 121:5-8 -NLT


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 2, 2019
“Do You Know What Weighs You Down?”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
I wanted to share this testimonial of a gentleman  of his amazing weight loss. I heard this a few years ago, and I thought it would be good to meditate upon in light of entering a new year.   This gentleman shared his story of his plan to confront his temptations of overeating …it  was effective and I found it interesting. He had lost eighty pounds and he never felt better in his life.   Okay, here is what he learned from his victory.   Did he rid of all his food temptations just because he lost weight and attained the victory he pursued? Absolutely not! He said there were many times he would walk into the kitchen and he would be hit with the  temptation to eat wrong and not remain on course . He understood that he was winning, and to give in to these temptations would set him back in his victory. His solution…he laid eight ten pound bowling balls on the floor in the kitchen. Whenever tempted he would walk over and begin to pick a few up and walk around. He felt how they weighted him down, and that extra weight made him feel exhausted. These bowling balls served as a reminder to him of the weight that he no longer carried around. This is the scripture I immediately thought of when I heard this man’s story…
 
 
Hebrews 12:1
“So we must get rid of everything that slows us down,
especially the sin that just won’t let go.
And we must be determined to run
the race that is ahead of us.”
 
We are all in the race, and it is called God’s will and purposes for our life.    Each of us have our own battles and weaknesses that we need to purpose to overcome. No matter what the weakness is, it will ultimately slow us down doing what we are here to do. It is a good thing to remember that God desires that we identify our weaknesses, and sins that weigh us down so that He can walk hand in hand with us toward victory. Let us take hold of His help to bring down anything that weights us down or hinders our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the will of God set before us!


Sunday, January 30, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, January 30, 2018
“His Hands… Full Of Good Things”
 
 
let us receive
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

“You open Your hand and they are filled with good things.”

Psalm 104:28b
 
 

Let our hearts be as a small child and open and hearts and hands to receive all that God desires for us without any inhibition.   Today, are you expecting from Him to touch your life in ways it has never been touched before?  Is your heart being kept full, strengthened and maintained by the power of the Holy Spirit? He desires to open His hand and touch you for His hands are filled with an abundance of good things!    Many times we may be walking in lack simply because we are not drawing from the provision  of our loving Heavenly Father. 

 

 
I shared in our last devotional how the Lord desires that we depend on grace just as the air we breathe.   May we look at every provision of our Heavenly Father in the same light.  May we be full of His love, His peace, His strength…all that He is!   Oh that we do not accustom ourselves to living in lack.    It can be so easy to fall into endeavoring to do things in our own ability and strength.  When we stop trusting God for the littlest of things, it eventually snowballs into every area of our life. God desires to fill us that we bubble over with hope as we trust in Him. As He fills us there will be new strength. Our youth will be renewed as the eagle. I encourage you to receive from His hand today. God is so good, trust in Him!!!
 

Romans 15:13 ERV “I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 


Saturday, December 29, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, December 29, 2018
“You Aren’t Equipped For Life Until…”
by Dona Hake
 
“You aren’t equipped for life until you realize you aren’t equipped for life. You aren’t equipped for life until you’re in need of grace.
 
In the moment of realizing your limitations, your shortcomings, you’re inescapable sins, all that you aren’t—-In that moment of surrendered lack, you’re given the gift you’d receive no other way: the gracious hand of an unlimited God. Repentance, turning around, is the only way to be ushered into grace.” 
excerpt from “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp
 
 
God‘s desire is that we live in a place of constant awareness of our need for His grace. He also desires we stay away of how we can do nothing without Him.  Yet with Him we can do the impossible!  But we must always beware… pride will try to pull and tug at our hearts at times. Sometimes it is so subtle that we miss pride’s work and it’s voice. Pride will try to trick us into thinking that we can live without grace. Pride will keep our hearts from living a life of repentance.  Pride will keep us in a place of depending on our own ability.
 
Oh that we come to the place of seeing His grace as needful as the air we breathe. Oh Lord, Your grace is one of the most  wonderful provisions you have provided for us that we may live this life for You. It will be sufficient for anything we deal with today, and we thank You for that.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, December 26, 2018
“God’s Word – Our Mirror”
 

Mirror Gods Word as a

by Dona Hake
 

 

 James 1:22-25 (Amplified)

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;

For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then

goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.

But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law]

of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking

into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an

active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing

(his life of obedience).”
 
There may have been a time that you have heard the Word of God, and your heart was encouraged and lifted up. There may also have been times in which the Word of the Lord has greeted your heart with an invitation to take a second glance for your soul may have need of extra attention. You see, as we hear the living Word of God, many times the Holy Spirit will speak to us in a more challenging way, and reveal things that we are unaware of. While this may be unpleasant to our souls, it is needful that we deal with this prompting of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we are aware of hindrances to our soul yet we become masters of covering up, and putting off dealing with it. As the scripture says…we would be…
“betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning
contrary to the Truth].”
 
We cannot afford to deceive ourselves and live contrary to God’s Word. Know that when the Lord brings something to our attention, He is also our provision of all the grace and help we need to change it. We must always keep in mind that it is our choice to let Him change us into His image.
 
If we do not act on the challenge of God’s Word, we can end up being a hearer and not a doer of the Word of our Lord. It is the same as seeing ourselves in a mirror, and observing the reflection of our spirit and soul, and walking away, therefore forgetting the condition of our soul. My friend we must never walk away and forget what we saw in God’s mirror.  Hearing the Word without obedience following will never help us change. Action by faith in Him must follow!
 
As we look into the glorious mirror of the living Word of God, and it reveals what we need, let us ask the Holy Spirit, our Helper for the wisdom, understanding and direction to deal with the change that our hearts need. He who has shown this great light of His Word will be faithful to accomplish the change we need, and we will be blessed and changed into His image as we obey Him.

 



Friday, December 21, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, December 21, 2018
“Seek and Inquire of the Lord”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Psalm 105:4 (AMP)

“Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and

His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation);

seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore.”
 
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
 
 
“No man ever prayed without learning something.”
 
 
As we ponder the scripture from Psalm 105:4 along with this quote we  can see that as we truly seek the Lord in prayer, reading, and the hearing of His Word that there is much to be found, and we will most assuredly learn in our time with Him. Even if you have read a scripture many times over, there is always freshness and newness of life that it can bring to our soul…if  we allow it to.  The truths to be found in our Lord have endless depths, and as we pray and seek Him, He will take us into deeper revelation of the truths in His Word.
 
 
Do you desire to go deeper and deeper in the things of God?   Today I encourage you to crave Him and His strength. Think about those things you love to eat. Sometimes it will hit me and I will start craving a particular food because I love it so much. So it should be with our love for our Lord and everything about Him! The more we seek Him the more we will find ourselves needing to seek Him more. The more you experience HIS strength and HIS ability, the more you will crave to turn your face to Him and receive all that He is! Remember that all that He is, and all that He does is brand new everyday. He desires to teach you continually and answer all the questions of your heart. Crave Him, step into His presence, and prepare yourself to learn and receive His portion for you today. God is good!

Jeremiah 33:3 (CJB)

“Call out to me, and I will answer you —

I will tell you great things, hidden things

of which you are unaware.”




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!