Devotional for Saturday, July 16, 2016
“Let Us Declare…”We Can!”

without God I can do nothing


by Dona Hake
Today I want to share a simple thought and truth with you.   Without God we can do nothing, yet with Him we can do everything!   Of course that word ~everything~ must line up with His will.   The scripture that I am about to share is a favorite to many!


Philippians 4:13 (CEB)

” I can endure all these things through

the power of the one who gives me strength.”



What a blessing it is to know that we have all that we need for anything that we face.  Let us look at this verse and as you read it emphasize the first two words, “I can.”   Many times when we are faced with adversity or we are feeling weak, the first words that we may be tempted to entertain in our minds are “I can’t do this.”  The devil would love for us to be quitters especially when he sees the great exploits that our Lord desires for us to do.    Now let us look at this scripture along with these meditations.





John 10:10 (AMP)

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill

and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy

life, and have it in abundance

(to the full, till it overflows).”


In this life we all face the thief, and he is the devil himself,   He diligently seeks to steal and rob from us.  He will try to kill our dreams, weaken our faith, and more than anything try to convince us that “we cannot” be overcomers.   He seems to sometimes have the mysterious ability to make the smallest of things look gigantic, yet we serve the one that can bring all problems down to size it only we keep our eyes on Him.


Let us look to One that came that we might win in this life.  Let us look to Jesus, the One that has given us all the sufficient strength, wisdom, and everything that we need.  It is Him that desires that we enjoy life and live it to the full till it overflows and spills out to those around us!


Devotional for Friday, July 15, 2016
“Leading Our Thoughts By the Power of God”
take every thought captive dec 2014
by Dona Hake

2 Corinthians 10:5 (AMP)


For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
Each day as we set out to serve our Lord we must be mindful that He has equipped us to live this life in victory.   Even though we live in the flesh He desires that we pick up and masterfully use the spiritual weapons only He can give that we may wage war the way He intends it to be.    We cannot fight fire with fire nor can we fight fleshly things with our human understanding and our own ability.  God has given us spiritual weapons with preciseness and they are powerful.   These weapons guarantee to overthrow the destruction of the strongholds that purpose to hold us down from living victoriously.
I can only imagine how grieved the heart of God is as people believe so quickly the vain philosophies and wrong thinking that swirls around us.   Yet if we do not keep our hearts anchored in the Word of God, we will ultimately be targets of living the doubleminded and unbelieving life.  The lies of the devil will come to you and so many ways, and if God’s Word is not anchored in your soul, you will will pulled and led by it’s persuasiveness.  
God desires that we lead every thought and take it captive if it is one that serves to destroy.   This makes me think of my German Shepherd today.   When I take her in her backyard, it is fenced in, and she has free roam of the yard so she can do as she pleases. I would like to say she stays out of trouble but I remember the evening she encountered  a furry black and white animal that desired to give her a new smell.   She knew she had gotten into a tangle with the wrong thing that evening.   That little skunk changed our lives and the inside air of our home for a few days!   When I take her in her front yard, there is no fence so she must be on a leash, and I must lead her and command her as to what she is permitted to do.   There is a road and if she were not on the leash, she could get hit by a car.   There are so many bunnies and God only knows where she would end up if she was left to chase them.
There will be times in which you need to leash up and guide your thoughts as to where they are to be.   If they are good and holy we are free to meditate upon them.   If they are setting you up to question God’s Word and  lead you astray then you need to take hold of them,  get them on a spiritual leash and lead them where they need to be.  It is as we make this a practice in our walk with the Lord that we will live victoriously.   We will have a mind that is saturated with power and we will enjoy the beauty of a sound mind. 




Devotional for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“When Expectations Meet Reality”



by Dona Hake
We can probably all share of the times in our lives that we had high expectations, and in the end your heart was left down for it did not go as you planned.   How we react to those disappointments will either upset us or just make us a bit stronger inside.   Maybe you are an achieving personality and you have the to do lists and you plan your day well, but at the end of the day your expectations did not happen.   Children too can build things up as they look forward to them, and their little hearts can be so disappointed if their dreams are not fulfilled.
I will share a little story about our parrot JJ.    She watches everything so closely in our home, and she looks forward to certain things.    She knows our schedule, and pretty well understands more than what we can imagine.   Such a smart little thing she is!   I was told by a very wise woman that raises and understands parrots that to never get them too used to a routine, because if they like it too much and you break it…well let’s just say they are not the happy feathered campers. This is why I NEVER feed her at the same time everyday.
JJ  knows my routine in the morning and one morning it was totally different. A bit more rushing and I quickly began to leave for an appointment and I walked over to her cage to say goodbye and she snapped the side of her cage in anger rather than her usual affectionate little goodbyes that I get. She just did not want me to leave her.   My parting words with her were “That was not very nice JJ!” Out the door I went and even when I came home I am usually greeted with little happy whistles and her jumping around. I walked over to her cage and she just kept her back turned and would not even look at me. You see, she had an expectation based on what “she thought” should happen. She was indeed a disappointed and mad little parrot that day.
We can all relate to having expectations on how we think something should go. Maybe you experienced this over past holidays or vacation time.   Regardless if you did or not, I am sure it has happened to you some other time in your life. Sometimes when our expectations that are based on the ideal meet up with the real it can be a very big disappointment.
There is one fact we must all face and that is …disappointments will happen. It is what we do with our disappointments that makes all the difference. It is so important to just move on and not permit anything to hinder or rob our joy. It is of great consolation that our Lord well understands our disappointments and as we take them to Him, He will help us walk through them.     May we live in the presence and joy of the Lord seeking His strength no matter what is going on around us.   Oh that we would grow in the knowledge of Him, and our the expectation of our hearts rest in the hope that He has for us.   God is good and worthy of all praise!


Devotional for Tuesday, July 12, 2016
“This Is What Peace Is Not”
Peace is not
by Dona Hake 
“Peace is not the absence
of trouble. Peace is the
presence of God.”
Many times people think they have peace in their hearts just because all seems to be going their way.  One can also think that if they just go to a place where it is quiet, and they leave their problems behind, that this is peace. The truth is that you could run to the quietest place in the world, but if there is turmoil and frustration in your heart and mind, you will take it with you. Not only does it go with you, but it continues to rage on in your heart. We will find the only true peace is in the presence of our loving God.  Along with His presence, He has promised us the ultimate peace. Let us look at the following scripture, and I encourage you to read this translation slowly, and let it touch your heart.
John 14:27 (AMP)
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”
I love how it says, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves…” It sounds to me like we have some effort to be made on our part doesn’t it? Today I encourage you to discipline your heart and mind to look and purpose yourself to stay in the presence of your Lord and Savior Jesus.  Today may we meditate on what peace is not.   It is not the absence of problems, turmoil, and bad circumstances, it is living in the presence of God.

Psalm 16:11 (CEB)

” You teach me the way of life.
In your presence is total celebration.

Beautiful things are always in your right hand.”


Devotional for Monday, July 11, 2016
“What Do You Do With Your Abundance?”
give and it shall be given
by Dona Hake
As a believer you have been blessed beyond measure, and He wants you to use it for His glory and pass it on. Each of us are blessed in different ways and He desires to flow through us to those around us. I have heard people over the years exclaim that for some reason or another that they feel they have nothing to give. Sometimes people limit themselves to giving because they think of it being only monetarily. There is more to giving than just the giving of money. God can use us in so many ways to touch lives in extra special ways everyday. There are those that need your listening ear or a word of encouragement or wisdom. In those times that the Lord lays an individual on your heart, I encourage you to stop and pray, for your obedience could make a difference in their life in that moment in time.
I am going to share two quotes with you that are the words of Mother Teresa. I admire the life that this precious woman lived.   She was a gracious and humble woman of God. Read and take heed.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

Mother Teresa




“God doesn’t look at how much we do,

but WITH how much love we do it.”
Mother Teresa
As we are obedient to the voice of the Lord to give what we have, He will surely bless it. Along with obedience in our giving let us do it with a heart of love. The scripture I am want to share with you now is from Luke 6:38 (ERV)
“Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”
Now I want to emphasize that your giving should never be for the sake of what you get back. When God gives back to you, it is solely for the purpose of your hands being filled to the full that you can continue to give out, and be a blessing to those in need. I encourage you today to open your hands to those around and obediently give that which the Lord has so graciously blessed you with!


Devotional for Sunday, July 10, 2016
“The Strong Roots of a Righteous Man”
rooted deep in him
by Dona Hake


Yesterday I decided to transplant a particular plant in my garden that was seeming to be overshadowed by the flowers I had beside it.    It was doing beautifully but the color of this flower needed to be showcased.   The first thing I wanted to observe was it’s roots, and they looked healthy.    Already it looks to be thriving in it’s new location.   I take care to feed my flowers on a regular basis and I can see that they are so strong.   Proper light and watering of course are so important for any plant to flower and thrive.  So it is that we must maintain the garden of our hearts.    As we  tend to our hearts with the watering of the Word and fellowship with Him we will be rooted deep in Him.  This does not happen just by going to church once a week, it is a lifestyle of living and drawing upon the Almighty God. Yes, we live by grace but we must do our part of staying spiritually strong and staying obedient to Him. If it is your heart’s desire to be used greatly by Him then the roots of your heart must go deeper and deeper.     The depth of the roots of anything will determine it’s height and strength.


To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth. Anonymous

Jeremiah 17:7-9

Amplified Bible (AMP)

“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies

on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads

out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when

heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious

and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”
This tree that Jeremiah speaks of is the man who has totally trusted on the Lord God above. This tree thrives on the waters it is planted by. Notice the scripture does say that THE HEAT WILL COME and SO WILL THE YEAR OF THE DROUGHT. In our lives we too will face times where the heat is on yet we can know that because our roots of faith are strong, we need not fear nor grow weary. In the year of drought we can be free from care for we will NOT stop yielding fruit. Praise the living God that has promised to sustain us!  The man or woman with strong spiritual roots shall not be moved!
Proverbs 12:3

  “…but the roots of the righteous can’t be disturbed.”






Devotional for Saturday, July 9, 2016

“You Are Valuable To God”

god does not forget


by Dona Hake


Last evening I was taking my German Shepherd to the backyard and she immediately ran over to our  fence.   I could tell she found something and she was very occupied with it.  On the very bottom wrong of the fence sat a baby Robin.   The poor little thing sat there and did not move.    I was surprised that Aasha just gently nudged it with her nose, and never attempted to hurt it.   It was almost as if she understood it was helpless. I commanded her to walk away from it, and she went about playing with her ball.   I walked up to the little Robin and spoke softly to it, but it would not budge.  It looked up into my eyes and it seemed so scared.    I just could not figure out why it would sit there like that, and not fly away.   I kept wondering if it’s mother had been killed, and this little bird was orphaned.  I felt to just step back and kept an eye on it.    One by one, a handful of big robins came in the yard, but they paid no attention to this little one.   But then out of nowhere the mother Robin flew down and the little baby flew over beside it, and they stayed close to each other.      It was almost as if that momma Robin left that little one and told it, “I’ll be back, don’t move….and don’t talk to any strangers!”    That was just a fun thought that went through my mind after I saw them reunite!  I was so relieved to see it was back under the loving care of it’s mother.
 We have all encountered people that seem as if they do not have direction and their life is full of fear.  Sometimes people go through things, and you can hear it in their words that they feel they have been forgotten.  Maybe there has been a time that you were walking through some rough circumstances and you just wished someone would inquire how you were doing because you felt so alone.  


May we keep our minds renewed to how our loving Heavenly Father keeps His eyes on us, and He sees everything we walk through on this earth.  Never forget how much God loves us, and He is concerned about the smallest of details in our lives.  As we keep this fresh in our minds we will be strong in this truth as we walk through difficult or lonely times.

 May we keep our minds renewed to how our loving Heavenly Father keeps His eyes on us, and He sees everything we walk through on this earth. Never forget how much God loves you, and He is concerned about the smallest of details in your life.    All is good as we entrust ourselves to the loving  hands of God!



Psalm 138:8 (KJV)


“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy,

O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”


Devotional for Friday, July 8, 2016
“He Directs the Humble In Heart”
with justice
by Dona Hake
Proverbs 25:9 (The Voice)
“With justice, He directs the humble

in ALL that is right and He shows them His way.”

1 Peter 5:5 (Amplified)
“For God sets Himself against the proud
(the insolent, the overbearing, the
disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—
[and He opposes, frustrates, and
defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”

We can stand in knowing that He will direct us to walk in the right path and He will be faithful to cause us to walk in that path.  Wouldn’t it be a blessing and a good feeling to know that we are on the right track in everything we do?    It is so important that we are seeking daily that God has His hand on the affairs of our life, and that we are following the direction of His sweet Spirit.        The scripture I am sharing today from Proverbs 25:9 is very plain that God directs the humble in heart.    It not only says that He directs the humble but He directs them in ALL that is right.  Yesterday I had shared how magnificent the handiwork of our Lord was in the creation of the heavens and the earth, yet after He created it all, His eyes are still looking to and fro for the one that will serve Him with a humble and contrite spirit.  

In 1 Peter  5:5 it was written that God actually sets Himself against the proud in heart.  I do not know about you, but I certainly do not want God to set Himself against me.   The truth is that when ever we exalt our opinions or experiences against God’s Word, we are positioning ourselves to have our hearts rooted in pride.  God hates pride, and He resists it.  God is totally unable to lead and guide the heart that is stubborn and proud.   The one that lacks in humility does not receive His wisdom and cannot walk in the ways of the Lord until true repentance comes to his or her heart.
Lord, we ask You today to help us be mindful of the condition of our hearts and the realm of our thoughts.   May the flags go up in our spirits when we begin to think too highly of ourselves, and seek to put our opinions or experiences above what Your Word says.   Your Word is the highest truth, and we ask You remind us to stay in a place of humility.   We delight in knowing that You are drawn to the humble in heart.   Show us Your ways of humility, and cause us to grow in it.  In Jesus Name! Amen.

In Jesus Name! Amen.



Devotional for Thursday, July 7, 2016
“Staying In the Presence of the Lord”
in his presence
by Dona Hake
Psalm 16:11 (CJB)
“You make me know the path of life;
in your presence is unbounded joy,
in your right hand eternal delight.”
I can remember stopping by a flower shop to pick up some flowers to bring home.   As the florist was carefully wrapping them for me she asked me a question before one last step in wrapping them.   “How long will it be till you will be home with these, for this particular unique flower cannot be out of water for more than thirty minutes”   Since I was not sure she decided to do what is called a water wrap.   It keeps the flowers nourished with enough water supply till you get them home in a vase of water.    I wanted these flowers to look beautiful, and it was important to me to keep them in water.  
Many times everyday experiences make me think a lot about spiritual truths.  Jesus taught in parables a lot because it brought spiritual truths  alive through the earthly stories He would share.   I began to think about how I valued these flowers and how pretty they were.   I also realized that because they were so different that they required special care.   It caused me to think about the importance of being mindful that I cannot afford to be out of God’s presence, not even thirty minutes.  The life He has given me is so special, and it must be guarded as well.  Because He loves me so much, and created me so uniquely for a purpose, I need to value and heed to the truth that He desires that I remain in His presence that my spirit remained nourished by Him.
As I ponder staying in God’s presence I am also thinking about how Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us.    You see it is our choice that we must make to value staying in His presence, and doing whatever it takes to make that a lifestyle.   I love how this translation is written.   God presence is unbounded joy!    Think about it,   joy that has no limits, borders, or bounds.   It is unrestrained, and uncontrolled.   Let us also remember the scripture that says the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Lord, help us to be mindful that we are remaining and abiding wholeheartedly in Your presence.    What a joy and blessing it is to know that You are with us always, and Your presence provides us a refuge and place of nourishment and refreshment at all times!   We thank You for that, in Jesus Name! Amen.





Devotional for Wednesday, July 6, 2016
“Lay Your Burdens Down”



by Dona Hake



 I can remember the evening that I surrendered and gave my burdens to the Lord.   The day I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior true peace and freedom entered my heart, and my life has never been the same.  I encourage you to think upon the day that you surrendered your heart to Jesus.   Do you remember what a sweet thing it was?   May we never forget nor take that freedom fore granted.    The Lord desires that we daily bring our burdens and cares to Him.      The Lord does not want us to try to carry any burdens.  He came to set us free from those things, and as we make the decision to turn them over to Him, He promises to help us with them.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee…”


I like the absoluteness of this scripture…”HE SHALL SUSTAIN THEE…”   Burdens will hold you down.  Burdens will keep you from moving forward into your dreams.  Burdens will  keep you from being free. God desires that you give Him every burden in order that He may anchor you in His hope, and He also promises that you will not be shaken or moved.



Matthew 11:29-30  (NLV)

“Follow My teachings and learn from Me.

I am gentle and do not have pride.

You will have rest for your souls.

For My way of carrying a load is easy and My load is not heavy.”


I just want to encourage you to make sure you are not carrying burdens.  Your help is from Him and all you have to do is ask Him to take that burden.  He promised He would and He is faithful to do that which He said in His Word.

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!