“Blessed happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the victor’s crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
James 1:12 Amplified




Devotional for Tuesday, September 6, 2016
“Being a Sower of His Peace”
Harvest of righteousness
by Dona Hake
James 3:18    (AMP)



Today let us look at the word harvest .   This is my favorite time of the year!   Seeing the corn maturing and everyone’s gardens are overflowing with so much abundance that they have to give it away.   Let us look a bit closer at this word.   Two definitions I thought were good:

a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored:

as in a harvest of wheat.


the result or consequence of any act, process, or event
Now let us read this scripture from  James 3:18Amplified Bible:



“And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].”

This scripture is showing us that the result or consequence of meditating upon God’s peace, holding fast to that peace and sowing that peace where it is needed will bring us a harvest of righteousness.   This  is the conformity to God’s will in our thoughts and in our deeds.   In order to experience this harvest of righteousness we must be diligent to sow peace.  If our heart is in anxiety and our minds are full of care we are most definitely not carrying the seeds of His peace and sowing them.
Paul spoke of Christ’s peace being like an umpire or referee in our hearts. His peace will settle all unrest and arguments that go on in your mind. Our hearts and minds are the center of all conflict because this is where our feelings and desires clash, our hopes and fears meet , jealousy battles with love, etc… Ask Him to help you listen to the umpire of your heart. He will instruct you in a way that peace will rule and reign no matter what. It is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. Jesus indeed gives us peace that the world cannot give.  It is as we allow this peace to rule that we will indeed be sowing to those around us. 
Colossians 3:15-  Amplified version

“And let the peace soul harmony which comes from Christ

rule act as umpire continually in your hearts deciding

and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,

in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s

one body you were also called to live…”


Devotional for Monday, September 5, 2016
“The Determined and Persevering Heart”
by Dona Hake

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against

you until it seems as though you could

not hold on a minute longer, never

give up then, for that is just the time

and place that the tide

will turn.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

I love this quote. It makes me wonder how many times that I have given up on something or someone just when the tide was ready to turn. Determination is when you come to a decision or you fix yourself on a purpose, and nothing is going to hold you back.  

I cannot help but think of Peter as he stepped out of the boat upon the Lord’s command. “Come Peter!” I can only imagine what was going through Peter’s mind as he looked down and saw himself walking on the water. His faith was at work and he was defying the impossible. Yet when his mind became focused on the wind, waves and the turbulent storm, he began to sink. Jesus reached out His hand to Peter, took a firm hold and kept him above water. The thing that always hit me the hardest with this account was that Peter was only an arm’s reach away from Jesus. Peter was almost there but circumstances caused his heart to weaken in faith and determination.

How many times are we just an arm’s reach away from the finish line of success in that which we are setting ourselves. The tide may be about to turn and our heart loses courage.    May we learn from this.   We must apply faith, perseverance, and determination to all we set ourselves to do. As we fix our eyes on Jesus with determination and faith in our hearts, He will enable us to do the impossible. It is as we do this that we can share the testimony of what we learned in our accomplishment to those that need this same word of encouragement!




“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for

after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”

Galatians 6:9 TLB


Devotional for Sunday, September 4, 2016
“God’s Grace – Guiding Us In Our Walk”
grace one
by Dona Hake
In the scriptures (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) Paul spoke of calling out to God to help him. Paul had more than he felt he could bear as he was dealing with problems and he begged God that the those things would depart from him. God’s response…”My grace which is my favor, my lovingkindness, and my mercy are all that you need. My grace is sufficient against any danger and it enables you to bear this trouble manfully. My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves MOST effective in your weakness.”

Paul’s heart was totally toward God yet he was weakened by his trials and circumstances.    God was faithful to Paul and spoke to him of His powerful grace that would enable him to bear every trouble manfully.  One translation implies that we should allow God’s grace to rest as a tent pitched upon us. What an awesome way of looking at dwelling and drawing upon His wonderful grace.


Paul then said,   “when I am weak in my own human strength, then I am truly strong, able and powerful in God’s strength.” Paul saw that God’s grace was all that he needed. He saw that it was sufficient. God’s grace is adequate for any purpose and it is always more than enough. God’s grace is sufficient for us as well. 

Today let us  we draw upon it as we live this life, and may His grace rest as a tent pitched upon us in Jesus Name!
grace 2


Devotional for Saturday, September 3, 2016
“A Wisdom Untouched By Hypocrisy”
Heavenly wisdom
by Dona Hake
James 3:17 (The Voice)
“Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy,
and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy.”

Everyday that we live we are faced with decisions and choices.   Some can be decided upon by the simple common sense that the good Lord has blessed us with.   Let us look at the importance of knowing that our hearts are longing to know that the wisdom that we are walking in is the wisdom that flows from above.    The Word tells us to trust in Him with all of our heart and lean not upon our own understanding.   Many times it is as our own understanding, experience, and way of thinking that will cause us to create our own comfortable path to walk in.  Dangerously enough we begin to believe that our self made path is right, and  we pursue convincing those around us that we are doing what God wants us to be doing.  The path may appear to look good and right, and our own self deception may even cause us to feel a peace.   One can then think because they have a “peace” that it is surely God’s peace, and this is not a good thing for sure.  May the wisdom we walk in be His wisdom for His wisdom centers on many good fruits that cannot be touched with hypocrisy, and it will always keep us discerning over every area of our lives.

Today I am desiring to see the beauty  in  God’s wisdom that proceeds only from His heart.  His wisdom is pure and untainted.   God wants to bestow upon us His pure wisdom as we humbly desire and ask for it.    You know we really do need it for every area of our life.   When we ask God for His wisdom He desires to bless us with  pure thoughts and good judgement.  His wisdom is full of mercy, peace, and gentleness.  His ways and answers are not harsh or hypocritical.
There will be times in this life that people may come to you with questions that are simply difficult to give answers to.  As believers we can feel that we always have to have answers for people’s problems, and sometimes we can find ourselves at loss for words.    I have found in my life for it to be very freeing to my heart and mind to simply admit when  I do not know the answer to a particular question or problem.   In saying that I do not know the answer, I can say I KNOW the One who does have every answer I need,  and He is faithful to answer the prayer of a righteous man or woman.
As you ask God for His precious wisdom for those difficult situations, believe by faith that it is going to flow into you and flow forth from you as pure fresh living water. This is what we need and this is what people around us need…not our opinions, not our experiences, but rather the pure, life giving wisdom that comes only from above. I encourage you today to seek after, hold on, love and value the wisdom that only God can give you!


Devotional for Friday, September 2, 2016
“The Perfect Timing of Our Lord”
Gods timing
by Dona Hake
Sometimes we may be interpreting our prayers as unanswered when God really is at work.   Let us be reminded today that our Lord has perfect pace and perfect timing!  Our culture and all it’s new gadgets, etc…have trained us that everything must be instant and quickly received.     You ride through the drive through window to buy your lunch, and no sooner you pay there is a bag in your hand.    Many times I drive away and the things I specifically asked for are not there.   Missed all in the name of rushing to get the order out of the way.   I have literally had my salads all but upside down in my bag because they were thrown into the bag for speed sake.      Nothing like ordering a salad, and they worked so hard to get it to you so fast that they put no utensils in the bag.    In the name of *instant* and *I want it right now!* things can end up lacking.   Yet this is our new norm that seems to be accepted more and more.    It is sad to see that many no longer want to patiently  wait for the  good things that are in this life.
In the society of everything going quick and instant I find more impatience than ever.  On and on I could go about how our expectations of timing can be off in areas in which we just need to patiently wait for God to move in our lives as He wills.   May we never feel that everything we pray about has to arrive from Heaven instantly. The Lord has a perfect timing for everything under the sun and as we live to obey and respect His will, we also will learn to abide by His timing.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEB)


” There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens…”

I encourage you today to ask Him for continued enlightenment regarding His timing and His ways in your life.  Many times it is the waiting in our journey that we really do learn valuable lessons that never could have been learned without what we may be perceiving as delay.  God is good and He is all knowing about everything, and His timing is ALWAYS correct and it is surely perfect! 


Devotional for Thursday, September 1, 2016
“May We Seek His Wisdom Early”
by Dona Hake
Wisdom is one of the most powerful things we can embrace. It is the ability to know exactly what to do in a situation. Wisdom will cause you to speak the perfect word to the one in need. It is knowing in your heart that you have a peace to step out in a specific direction or new path because you feel it is the voice of wisdom speaking to you.      Wisdom will cause peace to reign in your heart even if confusion and anxiety are trying to rock everything within you.   When things seem confusing and without answer, God desires to shed His wisdom to help you walk through whatever it is you are dealing with.  It is then that we know that even though we may be walking through a dark valley, it is He that is leading us through!



One thing the Bible clearly states throughout Proverbs about wisdom is that it is to be sought after, and held as valuable as a jewel. We should embrace wisdom but we must follow her ways or we could be deceived by people’s opinions or the voice of circumstance. Over and over Proverbs emphasizes the need to embrace wisdom. Don’t let it go! Clearly God understands our human nature that we can tend to look to doing things our own way or we are moved by what we see and not what He sees. 




Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)

“I love those who love me;

And those who diligently seek me will find me.”
Wisdom desires to be loved and embraced.     I would like to share a few more translations from Proverbs 8:17 of how wisdom desires to be sought after.

(VOICE) “… those who search hard for me will find me.

(WYC) “…and they who wake up early to seek me, shall find me.”

(YLT)”… And those seeking me earnestly do find me.

May we set our hearts to diligently seek for the wisdom of God each day that we live.   Know that we must seek it everyday for the wisdom that we walked in yesterday was for yesterday’s need.   God desires to meet us each day with His fresh provision of all that He is.   So let us seek Him this new day for that wisdom in Jesus Name!


Devotional for Wednesday, August 31, 2016
“Are Your Words Seasoned With Grace?”
by Dona Hake
There are two questions I want to pose to you for thought. Have you ever had the greatest of days, all was going well, and one person says a negative thing to you and all you do is focus on that one negative? OR… Have you ever been discouraged in your heart, feeling like giving up, and someone says the most encouraging word, and you feel like your world was turned right side up? I am sure everyone of you that just read these two questions can totally identify with where I am going today.

One word has the power the lift up or bring down. Isn’t it amazing to think that one word is able to carry so much influence on those around us?  Today I want to encourage your heart to let your words always be with grace and seasoned with the salt of the Living God!


Proverbs 12:25 (AMP)

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.”

The Voice translation of Proverbs 12:25…

“The weight of worry drags us down,

but a good word lightens our day.”


Today as you encounter people, pause before you speak. Think about how your words can lift them up and possibly change the way they are thinking about themselves. Kind thoughts and kind words cost not one penny yet the hearer may be receiving a wealth of encouragement that their money could never buy.


Proverbs 18:21 (Good News Translation)

“What you say can preserve life or destroy it.”




Devotional for Tuesday, August 30, 2016
“Living In the Center of His Will”
Pots and Potter
by Dona Hake
“We are just clay, and You are the potter. We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed …”  Isaiah 68:8 (the Voice) 
We are the clay that He has to work with. Let us remain pliable that He is able to work and form us. One of the very first things a potter will do with that clump of clay is center it on his wheel. For us to be worked and formed for His purposes we could look at it this way…See yourself as that clay on the Great Potter’s wheel.  Now let us allow Him to place us on the center of His wheel that we may live in the center of His will.
As I pondered this devotional my heart began to think about four things that will
position us that He can continue to mold us. I already stated the first and that is
to stay centered or focused on Him. The other things would be
* stay humble before God.
* stay humble before others.
* see yourself humbly for this will guard you from self deception, which is the worst of all deceptions. 
Let us humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord that He may continue to work
and form us for His purposes.   Your HUMILITY gives Him the ABILITY to mold and make you into the vessel He purposed you to be.

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!