Devotional for Saturday, June 25, 2016
“Trust Is a Must”
trust is a must
by Dona Hake
Proverbs 3:5-12 (MSG)
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”


We live in an age of information and it is readily at our finger tips.    It amazes me that within seconds I can ask Siri almost anything on my iPhone, and I will be directed to the information within seconds.    While modern technology is a blessing it can be a distraction as well.   May we be as quick to open our Bibles to search for the answers to our questions and problems in this life.   Sometimes the more we feel we may know about something the more we can be tempted to pick and choose what we think is the right thing to do according to our head knowledge rather than the will and wisdom of our Lord.


Today we are focusing on living a life of trust for it is a must as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  As the scripture says we need to trust Him from the bottom of our hearts and stop trying to figure everything out. Many times God has a totally different route He desires to take us and we need to be willing to walk in the direction He has chosen.  Sometimes His paths that He is establishing for us are ones we may feel uncomfortable with.   If so, let us trust Him, and walk quietly and closely by His side as He leads and directs our paths.



I think there is a key word that God wants us to keep before us and that is the word HUMILITY.   This translation says, “don’t assume you know it all…”    As we stay humble, we can  be thankful for the knowledge, gifts and talents He has blessed us with but we can trust that He will help us to keep them in their proper place. As we remain humble, we will always be looking to acknowledge His ways in everything that we do. He can indeed teach us to trust Him with all of our hearts and He will make those places that have seem crooked and confusing completely straight. Let us purpose to trust Him in all of our ways, and praise Him in the sweet paths He has prepared for us to echo His Name!


Devotional for Friday, June 24, 2016
“It’s That Simple…”
by Dona Hake
It is quite common that people do not like things around them to change too much.  I have heard it said that sixty-seven percent of our population hates change.   Maybe you are in that sixty-seven percent, and even if you are, you can rest assured that our Lord never changes!!!
David in the Psalms in Chapter twenty-three wrote that He leads us by still waters, and causes us to lie down in green pastures.    Let us take one day at a time as we serve Him knowing that He promised to take care of our every need. Today I want to encourage your heart to remember that Jesus never, ever changes, and He can always be depended upon.  We need not fear change, for our God will be with us.
Aren’t you thankful that Jesus never changes?   His love never changes for us. No matter how bad we mess up He still loves us. If we fall, He promises to reach out His loving hand and pick us up…but let us remember that we must reach out and ask for His help.  His mercies are new every morning, His faithfulness endures, His forgiveness is always there.   Just a few beautiful things about our Lord that never changes.

I am glad that He never changes positions… He is always by our side and we can count on that. His ear is always towards us when we pray, He has never failed to be there for us with a listening ear. In His Word it says that He NEVER fails, that fact will never change. On and on I could go but it’s just that simple… Jesus never changes. He is not capable of it!


I hope this stirs you to think about the concrete fact that He is faithful and there is no changing in Him. The world may change and we all well know that it does. There may be things that are changing and it is beyond our control to make it the way it was. But take comfort in the fact that the God of the Universe NEVER changes…it’s that simple.

Hebrews 13:8   (TLB)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “


Devotional for Thursday, June 23, 2016
“The Power of a Spoken Word”
death and life
by Dona Hake
Have you ever seen someone appear to fall apart as a result of someone being unkind to them or a word spoken that was hurtful. Many times people may not realize that the careless word they just spoke could potentially put a hurting person in a very bad place. If a person is walking in a place of despair and discouragement and they feel there is no way out, they need lifted up. Oh Lord, help us to see with Your eyes the hurting people around us.
There is a cliche I have heard often. “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back!” Usually this is said when someone just seems they cannot go on and they throw up their hands and just give up. The idiom the straw that broke the camel’s back is from an Arabic proverb about how a camel is loaded beyond its capacity to move or stand. Many times people become paralyzed by fear of failing again or they just feel they can not go on any longer.
Proverbs 18:21 (GNT)

“What you say can preserve life or destroy it;

so you must accept the consequences of your words.”


The truth is our words carry power that not only affects us but it has the power to affect others. On a positive note I love to think of the power of one encouraging word. Have you ever been there?…you are about to give up, and one person speaks one powerful encouraging word and out of no where you just feel that with God’s help YOU CAN!!!! There is power in our words. Never underestimate the power of death and life in our tongues.   May we guard our tongues that we speak words that bring health, healing, and joy to those around us.


Devotional for Wednesday, June 22, 2016
“Our Hiding Place Is In Him”
you are my hiding place
by Dona Hake
I shared this little story about my German Shepherd before, and I want to share again today!   I hate when dogs get ear infections.   It is so painful to watch them suffer for they are so tormented.  Once when our Aasha was diagnosed with an ear infection she took it very hard for she hated when I would go to clean her ears and put the drops in.    As smart as she is, she began to figure out the time of the day that it was going to happen.    Her countenance would change, fear would come over her face, and she would just get all beside herself.    I would feel so bad but she had to have the medicine put in.   There were times that my husband found her making plans to hide from me.   The one evening she was attempting to go inside our one shower.   The next evening she crawled in and hid behind the shower curtain.  It was kind of funny yet the poor thing was trying to find a hiding place from that which she feared.    She certainly must of thought that if I could not find her she would escape the ear drops!  We too in this life are faced with things that cause our hearts to dread and be fearful.
When we are afraid, we too need a hiding place.  Today we will praise Him because we can run to Him when we need to be hidden. We can always run to His place of safety and He has promised to keep us safe in the storms we will face. Sometimes this life can tempt our hearts to be troubled and afraid. In those times of trouble you can know that He will hide you under His wings and keep you safe in the storm. 

Psalm 32:7

You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord,

preserve me from trouble, You surround

me with songs and shouts of deliverance.

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
I love this scripture! It causes me to visualize the Lord’s strong arm of protection in the worst of storms and even while the storm is trying to rob my peace I can believe that songs and shouts of deliverance are round about me. He knows the outcome and He well understands that He is able to cause us to be victorious!

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.

As we look at Jesus being our hiding place in the storm, let us also look at Him as being the hope of our soul. He will always keep us anchored in our faith as we continue to hope and abide in His Word. To Him be the glory!!!


Devotional for Tuesday, June 21, 2016
“He Counts the Stars”
he counts the stars
by Dona Hake

Psalm 147:3-5 (TLB)


“He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.

He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
How great he is! His power is absolute! His understanding is unlimited.”


I love these verses and I love thinking about how God knows all the specifics about everything. He knows everything about everything that He created. He created you and the stars and there is no limit to what He knows! This is a powerful thought isn’t it?
This scripture should cause us to ponder His greatness and along with such greatness the psalmist proclaims that He heals the broken in heart.  Today I want to encourage those of you that He that has given every single star a name knows and understands you inside and out.    Today if you have suffered a broken heart, know that He is able to heal the pain of your heart. Whether it be that you have lost a loved one to death, divorce or there is broken fellowship with someone special to you, He is able to bring you comfort. He is able to come close to you and touch your heart and bring His touch of healing to it. Our Lord is great. Nothing is impossible with His overwhelming power. He is loving, compassionate, and wise beyond all measure. God bless you.


Devotional for Monday, June 20, 2016
“Oh That Our Life Would Reflect Him”
oh that my actions
by Dona Hake
Psalm 119:5 (AMP)

“Oh, that my ways were directed and established

to observe Your statutes
[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]!”
Oh that we would consistently reflect the Lord’s ways!  The psalmist wrote this, and he spoke his heart’s desire to reflect all that was right and good that he could represent God according to the decrees he knew.   As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, this  too should be our desire .   The Amplified version of this scripture shares the secret to doing this in four words.   We need to truly hear, receive, love, and obey His Word.
Have you ever heard something, and it went in one ear and out the other?   We have all been guilty of that one.  Yet, God wants us to be cautious that we do not do that when we hear the living Word of His truth.    May we hear it, and take hold of it, and receive it to be our very own revelation.   As we hold fast to it, love, and obey it, we will indeed reflect His decrees.   Let us be faithful to read and study His Word.   It is as we meditate and reflect upon the Word that it will grow within our hearts.  I love the thought of knowing that God is desiring to use us to reflect His ways and everything about Him to this very dark world in which we live.
“I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.”
Psalms 119:15    NLT
Lord, we ask you to help us to remember that as we are here on this earth, you desire to live in and through us.   We are your vessels, and we long to radiate and reflect Your life, light, and love in all that we do.   Keep us humble Lord, and show us those things that would hinder us from reflecting You fully.  We thank you for Your great and awesome works that you plan to do through us.  Lord, “You are good and kind and do good; teach me Your statutes.”    Psalms 119:68  (Amp.)


Devotional for Sunday, June 19, 2016
“The Spirit of Self Control”
only with the help of god
by Dona Hake
I can remember a particular weight loss commercial that literally made me cringe every time I heard it.  It was all about a weight loss pill that would make you lose weight.  I am sure it probably did but here’s the part that bothered me….”Lose weight without any lifestyle changes…”    Every time I heard those few words within the commercial I could not help but to think that in about five years we will be hearing a commercial that says, “If you have taken this weight loss pill and have the following complications…”   I am probably right for I no longer even hear commercials for this pill.   So sad isn’t it?
There will be things in this life that will take the fruit and disciplines of self control.  Some things are easier than others, and some things take patience and time.   I will never forget hearing a man’s testimony of extreme weight loss.  He weighed over 600 lbs. and over a period of time was able to lose 400 of those pounds.   It was amazing to see his before and after images of himself.   His story was touching and inspiring!
 Before he lost the weight, he  had basically given up and just stayed at home.   He did play online video games and ended up becoming friends with  a woman on the other side of the world.   They interacted on line playing video games together, and he shared his life of hopelessness because of his weight problem.      One day in the course of their conversation she spoke words to him that challenged and changed his life forever…”You are throwing your life away…”    He made some real decisions and it was a slow but sure victory.     There are certain challenges in this life that we have no control over, yet there are some situations that require of us making solid decisions for change to come.    As we face anything in this life that is bigger than us we must know that we can turn to the One that sees not one thing as impossible.   He will give us the spirit of an overcomer!
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
God has made it possible that we tap into the power of self control and discipline.  Also, it is wonderful to know  that God is able to inspire us in disciplines through His Spirit, and those around us.  He is also able to help us accomplish our goals as we purpose our hearts to be disciplined for Him in every area of our life.   God is able to help us do above and beyond all we dare ask or think!   By His power,  we can do that which may seem impossible, for we serve a God of wonderful possibilities!


Devotional for Saturday, June 18, 2016
“Your Life Is a Gift”
your life is a gift jan 2015
by Dona Hake
Did you know that your life is  a gift from God and you are a gift to people around you?  God saw a plan for your life before you were even born.   When He created you within the womb of your mother, He saw purpose, He saw a future for you, and He has wonderful plans for you to fulfill.

Psalm 139:14 (GW)

“I will give thanks to you

because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.

Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.”
Now I want to add to this thought for you to ponder….stop and look around at all the gifts the Lord has placed in your life.   They are those precious family members, friends, and co-workers in the faith.   Let us thank our loving God for those that are assigned to  walk along side of us in this life.  He has put people in our life to help us to do His will, and encourage our hearts.   Let us keep an awareness that the real gifts in this life are not those that come in boxes with beautiful bows but those precious people that He has called along side of us to do His will, and help us when we need help!
Today I encourage you to stop and give thanks for the life and breath that He has given you.   You are a gift and your life is to be given as a gift to those around you.   May we live our life in a manner of giving and pouring our to those around us.    If you do not know you purpose, then simply ask Him.   He is faithful to bring us answers as well as direction and instruction.   Also,  stop and think about all the special people that are in your life…now give thanks to God for them.♥


Devotional for Friday, June 17, 2016
“Facing Our Fears With God’s Courage”
Be Strong and Courageous Ministry Bulletin Cover
by Dona Hake
I can remember this one Hallmark movie I watched a few years ago, and I loved it so much….especially one particular part.     There was a  young lady in the movie that had never ridden a horse before yet she desired to do so.    You see, deep down she was scared to ride a horse, yet she still desired to ride one.  She shared her fear with the young man with her, and he assured her that he totally understood.   He said he too at a young age shared that same fear but his Daddy helped him overcome it.   He said, “My Daddy sat me on his lap and said courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway!”    I just loved this because it was an inspiration of how to face fear with a true heart of courage.
Psalm 27:14
“… Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you!
Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.”
Maybe you could testify of a time  that fear has gripped your heart and rendered you unable to move forward.    How terrible it is to be held back by a fear.   Fear has the capability of robbing one’s dreams, but God desires to release us into our dreams.    He understands our every fear and the things that intimidate us, yet He promises to help us overcome any fear that would hold us back.   His Word says that the righteous will be bold as a lion!
Sometimes in life we just simply have to “saddle up and face our fears” believing that He will give us the courage and strength that we need for that moment and situation.   His grace will always be sufficient and complete no matter what we face!


Devotional for Thursday, June 16, 2016
“Our Future Is In His Hands!”
my future in gods hands
by Dona Hake
“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Today is here and tomorrow is coming. What happened yesterday is in the past.  Did good things happen to you yesterday? I hope you can say yes, but if you cannot you must make a choice to see this day as a new day with new beginnings. If your yesterday  brought pain to you, then ask the Lord to bring healing to your heart, and ask Him for the wisdom you need to walk forward. It important to remember that when we do walk through hardships that we should seek to embrace whatever wisdom we can attain from the situation, and learn from it.   Many times the Lord will call upon us to share the lessons and wisdom that we have attained as we have walked through trials in our life.   I have found that many times people seem to be very open to those that may be walking through similar hardships. What a blessing it is to share with someone that is hurting. You may be the only light they have in their dark situation.
God desires that we look forward into our future with faith in our hearts. It is a very bad mistake to live in our past. It is like trying to drive a car with your gaze continually in the rear view mirror. Yes, there are times we need to glance in our rear view mirrors so we can proceed cautiously but we must go back to looking where we are going.Those glances into the rear view mirror of life will serve us in a good way to proceed with caution that we do not make mistakes or put ourselves in danger. Just beware that our dwelling place is not living in the past for it is  harmful for our growth as a Christian.
“The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.”
John Mason
God does not want us to be fearful of our future but rather we need to rejoice in the days to come knowing that He is ready to use us as He wills as we give Him our all! I read a really awesome but powerful quote and it went like this…



“My unknown future is in the hands of an all knowing God.”
 I will leave you with that thought today!   We can all have our plans and expectations for our future and that is good but praise God that He is all knowing and He can cause our paths to be blessed and prosperous all the days of our lives. God bless you richly as you serve Him this day.

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!