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! 


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!!!


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”


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.♥


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.”


Devotional for Thursday, October 13, 2016
“May We Never Forget”
may we nev er forget
by Dona Hake
May we never forget the day that we surrendered it all to Him.   I can remember my stubborn heart before I surrendered.    Can you remember how you felt in your heart and mind before you said “yes” to Him?  I can remember going to a week of revival meetings with my best friend.   I sat in the pew with my hardened heart rejecting the evangelist’s call to salvation each and every night until the very last night.   He said one last sentence, and what he said made me think, “This guy really believes what he is preaching.”   He said, “If I do not ever see you again here on this earth, if you know Him, I will see you in Heaven.”    I thought to myself…  “This guy really believes this stuff!”  
My best friend was kneeling at the altar praying and weeping for me.   I slowly and nervously walked up and knelt beside her, and gave my heart to Jesus.     I can still remember how I felt and it was as if the weight of the world was lifted from my heart, and for the first time in my life I felt free.  I leaned over and whispered in her ear, “I did it!”    She was so ecstatic for she had been diligently praying that I would come to know Him.   I was overwhelmed with my sin and how my life was, and it was time to give up and surrender.


 Psalm 65:3 (NCV)

 “Our guilt overwhelms us,
but you forgive our sins.”

Today I want to encourage you to never forget the day you gave up and surrendered your life to Him. Maybe you were very young when you accepted Him as your personal Savior.   Praise God that you were spared from having to walk through the consequences and pain of sin.     What is important is that we stir praise in our hearts for all that He has done for us everyday.  We are so blessed to live another day on this earth free from the bondage and guilt that sin brings.    Think about it, where would you be today without Him?    Day by day let us rejoice in our salvation!

Psalm 103:1-5    (NASB)


“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His (B)holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”


Devotional for Wednesday, October 12, 2016
“His Loyal Love”
His loyal love
by Dona Hake
It is such a blessing to see the life of a loyal person.   How sweet it is to have a loyal friend and it is especially sweet when a marriage is bonded by love and the beauty of loyalty.   There is nothing so heartbreaking to hear when a marriage ends by divorce or a friendship is broken by a disagreement.  When loyalty bonds a relationship it will stand up to great pressure.  Loyalty is characterized by faithfulness to commitments and obligations.  When love and loyalty are not strong this will always be the doorway for the devil to enter and work his evil maneuvers to destroy.    There is One that we can trust to ever be faithful and loyal to us always.
Today let us look up and praise our Lord for being loyal to us.  God has promised to be loyal to us with His love, forgiveness, help, …oh my!…there are so many things that He promises to be to us.  In the midst of a storm He is faithful to calm us by His peace and stand by us with His loyalty.   When others walk away, Jesus has promised that He would stay.  Jesus said in His Word that He would NEVER leave us or forsake us.   I praise Him for I know He is true and loyal to His Word and He is ever present with me at all times.


 Thank God for His love and loyalty to us for we have fresh starts each day and we can learn from our yesterdays. He is there to help us to keep working out those things that we are trying to get right in our lives. Thank God that our mess ups are forgiven and wiped away with the blood of Jesus.   We serve a God that is ever so loyal!

Lamentations 3:22-23

“How enduring is God’s loyal

love; the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion.”




















Devotional for Tuesday, October 11, 2016
“The Comfort Only the Holy Spirit Can Bring”
bringing comfort to those that need it
by Dona Hake
I can remember a particular young woman that I encountered while shopping over the Christmas holidays a few years ago.   She worked in one of my favorite stores so we would talk often.  I inquired how she had been doing. She dropped her head and said, “Not well at all. I am really having a hard time getting through this…” I immediately knew what she was referring to for I knew from previous conversations that she had lost someone very special in her life. She began to share that it has been five years and she has done well for the past five Christmas holidays yet this year she could not figure out why this one was so hard. The depression that enveloped her touched me in my heart. I began to try to console her for I too know what it is like to lose someone over the holidays. Sometimes words seem so inadequate yet I know they do more than what we realize at times. I walked out the door and prayed that God would comfort her heart.
  We need to be cautious that we are not missing opportunities to comfort those around  us that have broken hearts.   Many times especially during the holidays we can be tempted to live in our own little world in the midst of the busy preparations.    We can become oblivious to the pain of those that may be reaching into the sentimental memories of their past and they are hurting and feeling low because of it. It may not even be a loss by death, but a broken relationship that has caused division in their family.    Pain and hurt is in this world, and sometimes people try to hide it, and their soul is weak and torn.
Today may I encourage your heart to ask the Lord to give you an awareness of those that may be hurting?  We never know from day to day who the Lord will put into our paths.  May we stay sensitive to the pain and needs  around us.  Maybe you are reading this and you are walking through the pain of remembering someone you love and have lost or you are enduring a trial that has robbed you of the joy of life. I pray that God’s comfort would permeate you and keep your heart and that His joy would well up within you. I pray also that great strength would arise within you that you may in turn share that same comfort with someone else. God bless you.


2 Corinthians 1:3 (The Message)
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”


Devotional for Monday, October 11, 2016
“Your Life Can Make a Difference”
your life can make a difference
by Dona Hake
Psalm 139:14 CJB version
“I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders —
I know this very well.”
No matter how young or old we are, we must have ears to hear.  God’s Word tells us that we are awesomely made!   He made us wonderfully for wonderful works!   Today we can make a difference in this world, today we could make a difference in someone’s life.   This is a brand new day, and the Lord has fresh opportunities for each of us.   Let us ask ourselves, “Will we be obedient in that which He asks us to do?”  He may have us stop and pray for someone in need or He may have a word for us to speak to someone that needs their heart uplifted.  Never underestimate the power of one encouraging word you speak or a deed that you do for someone.     
Many times people can be discouraged and depressed about their lives simply because they are comparing themselves to what they see others doing around them.   If you feel you have not succeeded in something, then take hold of God, and ask Him for strength to stand up and try again.  May I encourage you today to look at yourself and know that God made you in such a special way for special reasons and purposes.   
In Psalm 139 the psalmist was proclaiming how awesomely made he was.   Oh that we can do the same, and see ourselves as awesomely made and fashioned by the Master’s hand.   As He made us, He had special things in mind, and it is up to us to believe how special we are, and seek how He desires to use us in this life.     Trust Him to fulfill those plans and  purposes.   Seek to express all those God given qualities that may be at rest within your soul.   Do not permit fear of failure to hold you back.    I want to leave you with one of my favorite motivational quotes.   This quote challenges my heart every time I read it.
“Creativity has been built into every one of us;
it is part of our design.
Each of us lives less of the life God intended for us when we
choose not to live out the creative powers we possess.”
Ted Engstrom
Remember you are uniquely made and within us there may be something that needs awakened for His plan in your life!  Trust Him with all of your heart to fulfill His plan in your life  for you are fearfully and wonderfully made! 


Devotional for Sunday,  October 9, 2016
“A Word Fitly Spoken”
a word fitly spoken
by Dona Hake
 When I think of a word fitly spoken, I think of expressing words from my heart to someone, and I just know in my heart  that what I have spoken is exactly what they needed to hear.Yet, those same words spoken at the wrong time could possibly be wrong. Just because you know something to be true does not mean it is the moment to speak it.    Today let us ponder and meditate on desiring that our words are spoken in due season.    James also had some excellent advice about listening, speaking, and handling offense relative to  speaking too quickly before thinking your words through…

James 1:19  (AMP)


“Understand [this], my beloved brethren.

Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener],
slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”
 I think of how many arguments would be avoided if this simple and profound verse was mastered by us. If one does not give their full attention to the one speaking to them, there will more than likely words that are spoken which could be inappropriate or hurtful. This verse has a wealth of wisdom in it for us. I think it is just as important to listen to another’s heart as well as the words that proceed from their mouth. After you have listened, then think thoroughly before you open your mouth. Many times you may feel that you have the right answer for someone’s problem yet it is not the appropriate time for that word to be spoken.
Let us ask the Lord to have sensitive hearts that we will listen more sensitively to those around us. Many times we may indeed know what that individual may need but we need to ask the Lord for the proper season to share it. I would also venture to say that the one that has mastered being a good listener also understands the value of giving their full attention and making eye contact with the one speaking.


Proverbs 25:11 (AMP)
“A word fitly spoken and in due season is like

apples of gold in settings of silver.”



Listening to someone may be the greatest gift you could give them. Choice words are even a greater gift to one that is in need. After you have listened carefully you will find they will be much more apt to hear your heartfelt and choice response. I believe the Lord can help us to guard our tongues that our words will be as choice silver and gold, and spoken at the proper time.

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!