10.23.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, October 23, 2016
“The Precious Possession of Diligence”
 
 
Diligence is a Precious Possession
 
 
by Dona Hake 
 
 
 

Proverbs 12:27b Amplified Bible (AMP)

“…But the precious possession of a [wise] man is diligence

[because he recognizes opportunities and seizes them].”
 
 
 I love this scripture for it shows us that if one seeks to be diligent he is developing something that is a precious possession.   Oh that we would ask our Lord to help us recognize opportunities coupled with strategies to seize them!     The diligent hand proceeds from the heart that desires to live productively in everything.     It is so rewarding to experience the fruit of accomplishment after we have done what we know we should be doing.
 
 
 
I feel one very important thing in developing diligence is respecting the time you have been given every day.   We cannot afford to waste time but must seek to use it wisely. A farmer or a person that does vegetable gardening  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 that plentiful harvest comes it must be frozen or canned.   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 your planning and diligent, hard working hands!
 
 
 
I have a lovely little hour glass and as the sand flows through it, there is a measure of time that passes. This little hour glass 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 that they are living in.   We have all been blessed with twenty four hours in a day, and each of us has a special assignment in this life.   May we be good stewards over our time, use it wisely, and be diligent to seize opportunities for His glory.      Just as harvest comes and it calls for our diligence in a specific time of planning, 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!
 
 
Proverbs 21:5 Amplified Bible
“The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent
tend only to plenteousness…”


10.22.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, October  22, 2016
“No, There Is Not One Thing Too Hard For Him!”
 
nothing is too hard
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Let us meditate on how we see our Heavenly Father.   I love to think of Him as my loving Father that is watching over me carefully and He also desires that I have my eye on Him.   Today I want you to ponder in your heart the wonderful truth that there is not ONE thing too hard for Him, NO not ONE thing!!   Sometimes we just need to step back and remind ourselves that no matter what we face in this life, God is greater and His power within is more than enough to carry us through the demands of our day or any difficulties.
 
Jeremiah 32:17 (VOICE) “Eternal Lord, with Your
outstretched arm and Your enormous power You
created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too difficult for You.”
 
It is important that we recognize that we live in a day where our wonderful Living God is being discredited. There are those that are trying to convince us that God does not exist, and they are trying to explain away the wondrous things He created with His hands and the power of His spoken word.  If they can convince themselves that God does not exist, they can live by their own standards and decide what is right and wrong for themselves.
 
We must not permit these evil mindsets to discourage our hearts because He is ready to do wonderful things through us like never before!   He is the living God with big plans for us.   Everyday as I pray for His provision in my life I call to my remembrance how He gave the children of of Israel manna from heaven to meet the need and sustain them.    Let us look up to Him to meet our daily needs as we trust in Him too! 
 
 
His Words says in Psalm 138:8 (KJV) “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me,,,” Let us trust Him with our day and our lives. Remind yourself that there is NOTHING too hard for Him and He is well able to perfect ANYTHING in your life that is concerning  you. Look to the God of all creation, the one who spoke words that created everything around you knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him as you place your life in His hands!


10.21.16

 
 
Devotional for Friday, October 21, 2016
“Work With All Your Heart”
 
 
whatever may be your task
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I absolutely hate if I am trying to do something, and I just know that my heart is not in it. When we are trying to do our job or whatever is at hand, and our heart is not connected it simply feels like we are going through the motions.   Oh that the Lord would reveal to us that we need a heart adjustment in order to do all that we do with every bit of our energy and heart.   May He show us  the necessary adjustments that we may do all that we do with our whole heart!
 
 

Colossians 3:23 (AMP)
” Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul),

as [something done] for the Lord and not for men…”

 

 

In this scripture we can see that as we do anything, our focus needs to stay on the Lord. We need to work as if we are doing it for Him.  Another translation says, in ALL the work you are given, do the best you can. I think that is a great attitude to carry with us as we face each day’s demands whether if be at home, school or on our jobs. No matter what it is that is our responsibility we simply need do the best we can, and do it as if we are doing it for Him. As we pursue to make this a habit of our heart, I guarantee you that He will prosper all that you put your hand to.

 
 
 
Lord, we ask You today to help us stay sensitive and aware that we are doing all that we do with all of our heart, and with a good attitude.   Each day we believe that
Your grace will flow to us that we will be able to do all that is required of us.
We thank you for your strength and wisdom as we serve You each day, in Jesus Name, Amen!
 


10.20.16

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, October 20, 2016
“Craving and Holding Fast To God’s Peace”
 
be still
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I adore working with and teaching small children.   Nothing so refreshing as watching a child’s eyes light up when you share a spiritual truth with them, and you can see that it is hitting them and they understand it.  I have learned and I continue to learn how to bring spiritual truths to little ones by way of parables.   Jesus was our example in this for many times His disciples and those listening just did not get the heavy truth He was bringing to them.   He would wisely then begin to share a earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
 
 
 
 
I can remember once when my oldest Granddaughter was sitting beside me on her sofa staring into my eyes as I was doing my best explaining how God wants us to make sure we hold fast to His peace.   Children are like a fresh canvas or  little sponges and they are ready to soak it all in.   As we sat quietly talking about His peace, I began to share how God wants us to hold on to it so tightly, and not let it go.   I started to think about helium balloons flying away if not held on to tightly enough.   I said to her, “You know if it was your birthday, and you had a bunch of pretty balloons, you would want to hold onto them wouldn’t  you?”  Of course she nodded her little head, her eyes sparkled, and she had the sweetest little grin on her face.   I said then, “If you went outside, and you were careless not to hold them tightly, what would happen if you let them go?”   Immediately I could see she took hold of this little earthly story and brought a heavenly truth to her.  I proceeded to explain how God wants us to hold tightly to His peace as well.   The same way we would not let  our special balloons get away from us, we should not allow our peace to get away either.
 
 
 
 
Today I encourage you to hold fast to His peace, seek it, crave it,  and determine yourself that you will not let it go!
 
 
 
Psalm 34:14b  Amplified Bible
“… seek, inquire for, and crave peace and
pursue (go after) it!”


10.19.16

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, October 19, 2016
“The God That Always Listens”
 
he loved me enough
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 Today let us meditate upon the fact that we serve a living and loving God that always listens, and hears our prayer as we go to Him with humble hearts.   I would like to share 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!”
 

You see this psalmist understood he had no where to turn for death was staring him in the face, and I am sure his heart was tempted to fear.   I am sure that what the writer went through was terrifying yet he stops and reminds himself of who and what his God is 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 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.   May this remind us in times of anxiety to call our souls to return to God’s rest that He has provided for us.  Praise the God that has wiped our tears, steadied our feet and delivered us from death!  

 

Lord, we thank You that Your ear is ever open to listen to our heart’s cry no matter how big or small it may seem.   We thank You for Your faithfulness and lovingkindness toward us, and You empower us to walk before You in the land of the living!



10.18.16

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, October 18, 2016
“Lord, You Are All Around Me!”
 
 
you are around me
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

Lord, you have tested me,
so you know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts from far away.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
Lord, you know what I want to say,
even before the words leave my mouth.
You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
I feel your hand on my shoulder.
I am amazed at what you know;
it is too much for me to understand.”

Psalm 139:1-6 Easy-to-Read Version

 

His precious love surrounds us and He knows every little detail about us. What a thought! We should marvel and be amazed at what our Lord knows about us shouldn’t we?    What blessed assurance we can hold fast to in knowing that we can serve a God that totally understands us inside and out. Even before words leave our mouth He knows what we are going to say.  He goes before us yet He stands behind us!   There is no escaping His loving knowledge about us.

 
The Amplified version says in verse three “You sift and search out my path.” I love this because it gave me the visual of using a sifter to catch that which you do not want in the mix. As we remain humble before Him there is freedom in knowing that He desires to set our feet firm on good paths that we walk before Him.  As we humbly seek Him, He will reveal to us that which we are to separate ourselves from that we may serve  Him with a pure heart.
 
 
As we start our day let us remind ourselves to allow Him to search our hearts and speak to us.   I encourage you to ponder His greatness as you begin your time in prayer today.    Oh magnify His Holy Name and praise Him for the mighty things He has done and the many things He desires to do in you!    Today, enjoy the presence of the Lord for He is all around us, in front of us, and behind us!!!  May we feel His strong hand on our shoulder and His grace infusing us with all that we need in Jesus Name! 


10.17.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, October 17, 2016
“What Is God Looking For?”
 
 
my hand made all these things
 
by Dona Hake
 
“My hand made all these things and
brought them into being, says the Lord.
But here is where I will look:
to the humble and contrite in spirit,
those who tremble at my word.”
Isaiah 66:2
 
Each morning in my prayer time the first thing I do is acknowledge His greatness, and honor His holy Name.   I purposely look all around me and thank Him for all the beautiful things He created and formed with His loving hands.   As we look at this scripture in Isaiah 66:2 we see that He brought all things into being by the work of His mighty hands.  As He proclaims what He did with the work of His hands He goes on to say, “But here is where I look: to the humble and contrite in spirit, those who tremble at my word.”
 
 
 
I do not know about you but I want to know what God is looking for. After all the beauty and wonder of His creation He is still looking? I love this because it is reminding us that God’s eyes are moving to and fro watching for the one that will ALWAYS put Him and His Word first and reverently respond to what He says. He is looking for those that even when they mess up they will admit they are wrong, and receive His forgiveness. He is watching for the man and woman that desires to be humble and respect His Word above their own opinions and thoughts. 
 
 
 
Lord, help us be mindful of how awesome You are, and how the work of Your hands is beyond what we can comprehend.     You created the heavens and the earth.   You created us, and before we were even born, you knew every one of our days.   As we look at all the beautiful things that You have created, our hearts are in awe, yet you see something even more awesome than what Your hands have created, and that is the man or woman that respects your Word, and is humble and contrite in spirit.  Help us this day to be in pursuit of maintaining a humble heart before you, and a determination to love and respect your Word.   In Jesus Name!!!


10.16.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, October 15, 2016
“Your Faith In Action”
 
Faith and Doubt have voices
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Do we really believe what we say we believe?   I have heard it said that when the pressure is on that this is when we find out what we are truly made of.   Sometimes the circumstances of life will tempt us to look away from our faith and be tempted to doubt, therefore we are set up to be double minded.   When one is double minded their faith will not work.    Let us look at a wonderful scripture in James that will encourage our hearts in the importance of being anchored in our faith!
 
 
 
James 1:6-8 (The Voice)
“The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded
commitment to God. Those who depend only on their own judgment are like
those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind.
Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue
them or bring them anything. The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your
compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.”
 
 
 

When we are single minded toward God we will react in faith in any given situation. If we are not single-minded it is because we are more than likely depending on our own wisdom, and we need to get knowledge of what God’s Word has to say about our situation.   Another way one falls to being double minded is pride.  If one fails to totally submit themselves to the Word of God they will always be tempted to rely on their knowledge or experience.
 
 

I really love how this translation brings an even greater insight in the very last sentence of this portion of scripture in James 1:8… “The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your compass and leaves you dizzy
and confused.”
 
 
 
The danger of not being single minded can cause severe consequences. Just as a compass keeps you on track, being single-minded with all that God has for you will also keep you wise, discerning and very sensitive to the voice of the Lord in the midst of trouble. Your spiritual “compass” will keep you right on target and you will remain strong, steady, and focused in the midst of a storm. This “compass” is vital because if you are in a problem, the last thing you need is to feel spiritually dizzy, confused, and not knowing which direction to turn.
 
 
Keep your spiritual ears tuned to the Spirit of God and keep your faith strong in Him. Give no place to the voice of doubt. Allow it no room in your thoughts. I pray that this devotional has been a blessing to you today!
 


 
Doubt sees the obstacle, faith sees the way;
Doubt sees the darkest night, faith sees the day;
Doubt dreads to take a step, faith soars on high;
Doubt questions, “Who believes?”
FAITH answers “I”
(Anonymous)
 
 
 
 
 


10.15.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, October 15, 2016
“Above All That You Guard…”
 
are you guarding your heart
 
by Dona Hake
 
In this day and age there are some of the greatest home security systems being invented.   They are wireless and simply amazing.   The parent that has to work later and cannot be home for their children at the end of the day can watch from their cell phone as their children come through the door safely.   You can turn lights on  and off, lock or unlock the door, and  regulate your heating all remotely from  your phone.   All of this is designed to help us feel more secure and it is wonderful.    May we be as watchful and careful over our minds and hearts that we may be aware of all that is going on inside of us at all times.   May we seek that same pursuit of diligence that our hearts are guarded and our minds are controlled by the Word of God.
 
 

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)

“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and

above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”
 
 
We see from this scripture that our heart is able to contain springs of life from which we can draw.   God wants our hearts to be full of Him and His life giving presence.   I can remember once becoming overly preoccupied with something on my mind that was troubling me. The Lord ministered to my heart so sweetly yet firmly that because I was so preoccupied and troubled that my heart was unguarded.     He challenged me  to examine my diligence in the  guarding of my heart so my heart would not be  left vulnerable to the works of the enemy that would rob my peace,  joy, and strength in the Lord.
 
In the book of Philippians Paul wrote how we can keep the peace of God guarded in our hearts.   This was his advice…
 
 

Philippians 4:6-9Easy-to-Read Version

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.  And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.

 Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. 9 And do what you learned and received from me—what I told you and what you saw me do. 
And the God who gives peace will be with you.”
 
 
 
 When we purpose to think on good things we are being proactive in guarding our hearts, and holding fast to  the peace of God.    I know for myself that when my heart is full and I mean FULL of God’s peace and faith, I face the problems of this life in His strength.   Today I encourage you to watch over your heart and your thoughts.   Make sure you are not walking about your day with a heart that is unguarded, for God desires to keep it with His loving peace.♥


10.14.16

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, October 14, 2016
“His Grace Will Bring Breakthrough”
 
 
and God is able
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today I want to share with you about breakthrough.    A breakthrough is when there is an instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction.   Can you think of a time that you have needed a breakthrough because your problem or trial seemed unsolvable.   Today I want to encourage your heart to look to the Lord for the grace that you need for your breakthrough.   It is His grace that is sufficient for all that you need, and His grace will cause you to breakthrough whatever seems to pose a hindrance in your walk with Him.     God’s grace will cause you to have all that you need, and you will excel in the good fight and in the good work.

 

 
 

“And God is able to make every grace overflow

 to you, so that in every way, always having

everything you need, you may excel in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8  (HCSB)
 

 

This scripture just really blesses me. I love meditating on the fact that God is desiring to shower us with His all sufficient grace as we set ourselves to do His will.   He desires that we draw upon that grace that is well able to break through the clouds and darkness that this life brings at times.

 
 
 
Today, look to Him with great desire to be a living example of excellence in all that you put your hands to.  Draw upon His great grace, and just watch  how He showers it upon you.  It is as we do this that we will demonstrate that He is the God that is more than enough!
 

 

Psalm 1:3 (ESV)

“He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”




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!