6.15.16

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, June 15, 2016“The Closer I Walk With Him”
 
 
hold his hand
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Today I want to share about walking with Jesus and holding His hand tightly. This requires our effort because many times we desire that He walk with us yet we break away due to the distractions of this life, and run off like a little child.   I can remember a few times as a little girl walking with my Daddy on the streets of the city in which we lived.   I thought I was a big girl and did not feel I needed to hold his hand.   The rule was I walked beside me and I held on to his little finger.   The other rule was that he was closest to the street, and I walked on the other side of him.    I wanted to feel grown up like he did not have to hold my hand but I willingly held tight to his one finger.   You see I could of been disobedient and ran from him and possibly been hurt but he did trust me that I would obey him and stay by his side.   I especially understand this now as our Granddaughters are getting bigger and they want the feeling of being trusted as we walk through parking lots or across streets.   I constantly speak to them about the dangers of streets and parking lots and the need to be watchful.   They clearly understand that they must follow those rules because of the dangers.
 
 
 
Even though we may feel we are all grown up in our spiritual walk, we must remind ourselves that we do not always see the dangers ahead as our Lord foresees. It is of utmost importance that we purpose to hold the loving hand that desires to embrace ours. There may also be times that He too may see need to speak firmly to His by His Word because we are wanting to go our own way.   I can remember seeing this little quote once, and it really ministered to my heart…
 
 

 

 

“The closer I walk with Him,
there’s less of a chance
that anything come between us.”

 
 
 
Today I encourage you to hold His hand tightly and allow no distance between you and Him. Know that there are many things in this world that are trying to take your attention from Him. These things tend to tempt us and will ultimately weaken your relationship with Him.   Be vigilant to watch over your soul and hold His hand and keep your eyes on Him because He never takes His eyes off of you! 


6.14.16

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, June 14, 2016
“I Can! Because He Is My Strength”
 
 
FindYourStrengthInGod
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
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.”  Today I want to encourage you to seek daily to find your strength in God.  As you seek and find your strength in Him, you will be able to proclaim, “I can do all things through His power who gives me great strength!”    In preparing for this particular devotional my original focus on scripture was John 10:10:
 
 
 
John 10:10 (AMP) “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill

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 reach the goal of being overcomers in this life. 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 if only we keep our eyes on Him.   Paul spoke of when he was his weakest was when he truly experienced  God’s strength.  As we look to live in His strength we can know that no matter how things are going in the natural, He is with us, and He will make Himself strong on our behalf!   Today let us proclaim that His life flows in us in great abundance.   Let us draw upon His strength and grace that we can boldly say…
“I can do all things!”


6.13.16

 
 
Devotional for Monday, June 13, 2016
“Our Caring Heavenly Father”
 
 
the lord is good
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 

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27 “Think about how the wildflowers grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.

 

28 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? That’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!

 
29 “So don’t always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about it.
 
Luke 12:27-29 ERV
 
 
 
 
 
This scripture reminds us of God’s loving care, and how He watches over us.   God is so good isn’t He??  He is there to provide for us all that we need in any particular time.   Today, I encourage you to ponder the blessings in your life. Think about how He has so faithfully provides for you every day. Maybe it is not in ways you expected, but we can count on it….He is faithful and He will provide!
 
 
 
 
 

He is our Good Shepherd and as we trust Him for all of our needs in our life, He will see to it that we will have no lack.   Psalm 23:1 says as we look to Him as our Shepherd, we shall not want.   Think about it…. When you need wisdom…The Lord will provide. When you need strength…The Lord will provide. When you need direction…The Lord will provide. Think about all you may need and then begin to become strong in your faith that the Lord will provide! God is good all the time…all the time God is good, and He knows all that you need!



6.12.16

 
Devotional for Sunday, June 12, 2016
“Stick To His Path and Be Safe”
 
 
his word our warning
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
I can remember when our youngest Granddaughter fell and broke her front tooth.   Oh the pain this poor thing was in.    She liked to run as fast as her little legs could take her but sometimes it would get her into trouble!    After that happened she began to heed the “slow down!!!” that I would yell at her when she would run on my sidewalk.    I was glad when she finally slowed up  and heeded to the voice of wisdom. A word of warning is only helpful to the degree it is heeded to.
 
 
 
 
Proverbs 4:26 (TLB)
“Watch your step. Stick to the path and be safe.”
 
 

Today, I want to share with you about those times that God calls out to us through His Word, His Spirit, or speaks through people in our lives. I know we can all relate to those times in which we feel we are being warned. We must always be careful to judge the warnings that come our way to make sure they are truly of Him, and not fear motivated. God’s Word clearly has accounts where men and women of God were admonished by the Lord.

 
 
Colossians 1:28 ( Amp.)
“Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).”
 
 
 
 

Today I encourage your heart to respect the voice of the Lord as He speaks to you through His Word, the inward witness, and those God given people that have been placed in your life. May we all continue to grow deeper in the comprehensive insight in His ways and purposes.

 
 


6.11.16

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, June 11, 2016
“Let Our Praise Never Cease!”
 
Psalm 145 November 4
by Dona Hake

Psalm 145:1-3

“I will lift my praise above everything to You, my God and King! I will continually bless Your name forever and always. My praise will never cease— I will praise You every day; I will lift up Your name forever. The Eternal is great and deserves endless praise; His greatness knows no limit, recognizes no boundary. No one can measure or comprehend His magnificence.”

 

 

 
It is so easy to take things and people for granted. We must be purpose that we live with hearts that are full of thanks especially to our loving God and the loved ones and friends in our life.Today I am encouraging you to think about how wonderful and good the Lord has been to you. Day in and day out He faithfully meets us as we open our eyes each morning. He is always there for us throughout our day. Even when we fall and mess up, again He is faithful. As the psalmist writes in verse three, God is much greater than anyone can understand!
 
 
 
Have you ever tried to figure out the word “eternity.” I have pondered this word, and it never ceases to leave me speechless and in awe. This is just one of the many wondrous things about God that are far above and beyond our comprehension. Have you pondered how great His love is toward you today? Is it not the most wonderful thing to know that He loved you enough to send His Son to die for you? Have you stopped and thanked Him today for His forgiveness and paused to try to figure out the depth of His compassion that forgiveness brings to you? I marvel as I think about how He not only forgives us but He totally washes us clean and restores our souls.
 
 
 

Let us think about more of His divine attributes…His grace and mercy recognizes no boundaries and they are new each morning as we face new challenges. No, we will never be able to totally comprehend His greatness, but we can always continue to offer thanks and worship to Him for all that He is to us! Give thanks to the Lord for there is no measure of His magnificence!

 
 


6.10.16

 
 
Devotional for Friday, June 10, 2016
“Living By the Truth of the Living God”
 
 
living by truth
by Dona Hake
 
 
We live in a day and age in which standing and living by the truth is weakening.   It seems that some feel they can create their own standards, and by them they live.   If they wake up the next morning they maintain the freedom within their own hearts to change the standards they live by.   I can remember hearing a woman  condoning and encouraging that it is okay when people tell little “white lies.” She exclaimed that some types of lies are just simply a polite way of dealing with people.   I personally feel this is absolutely wrong, and I stand firm that proclaiming that any kind of lie, no matter how small or white is absolutely wrong. I can remember thinking as a teenager that is was okay to lie about certain things. I can remember as well how troubled it would make me feel inside. I did it because my friends did it and I assumed it was okay. May I add that I can remember the day that the Lord totally liberated me to His truth
and I was able to live with a clear conscience!
 

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So what is a white lie? This is what the definition of it is… a minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness.    Let us as believers be careful to guard our hearts and mouths that we do not proclaim lies to avoid dealing in God’s truth in a matter. 

 

I have heard it said before that the thing about telling lies is that you better remember exactly how you told it or you will get caught. There is so much freedom in being truthful to others and most importantly being true to yourself. One of my most favorite quotes that I feel is an excellent one to live by was by William Shakespeare.

 
 

“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

 
 

Today I encourage you to embrace truth in your heart. You know…God in heaven has promised to keep His Word and He never lies. He never changes and He is dependable. TRUTH is such a liberating way to live! Let us look to Him to teach us to walk in truth in every area of our life.

“The Lord will keep all His promises (is faithful/true in all His words.” Psalm 145:13

 


6.9.16

 
Devotional for Thursday, June 9, 2016
“Purposing To Maintain a Renewed Mind”
 
renew the mind
by Dona Hake
 
 
 

I can remember hearing a US Senator being interviewed on the news. The subject was on the mud slinging of the recent campaigns and truth that was being twisted. As this Senator was being interviewed the subject of people just needing to just be honest and real. The Senator exclaimed at one point, “Don’t fit in…just be you!!!” I just loved this because there is so much truth in this statement. God made us all very special and unique. We are called for a specific purpose, yet we can fall prey to what the world and others say we should be or what we should be doing.  May we seek to keep our minds renewed to the truth of who we really are in Christ!

 
 

Sometimes people can feel frustrated because they really do not know who they are or what their purpose it. As believers, our identity absolutely needs to be in the Lord Jesus Christ. May we ever be reminded that all that we are and all that we do is only by the grace of God in our lives. It is Him that has begun a wonderful work in us, and as we remain humble He will mold and make us vessels that are wonderfully used by Him.

 

God has a perfect will for each of us and He treasures when we seek to know it. I believe He loves when we seek Him in the little details as well as the big ones. I wonder if we could ever comprehend how much it delights God’s heart when we seek Him in all things that pertain to life and godliness.

 

It is a wonderful thing to have direction in our life but even more important we need to know that we are always renewing our minds to the Word and will of our Lord, therefore being transformed! Today I encourage you to seek to be transformed and renewed in your mind on a daily basis. The world has such a strong current that serves to pull and tug at our hearts. The devil loves nothing more than to see us being side tracked or walking on the proverbial fence. God desires that our lives are proving out what the His perfect will is for us. Let us make it a practice to renew our minds and be refreshed by the Word of God. It is then that we will walk in that which is good and acceptable unto Him.

 
 
Romans 12:2 (AMP)
 
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
 


6.8.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, June 8, 2016
 
 “God’s Mercy Never Runs Out!”
 
streams of mercy
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Maybe you are reading this first thing n the morning or maybe you started your day many hours ago. Regardless of when you are reading this, I want to bring to your heart a reminder of God’s wonderful mercies in your life. No matter how busy your day is, and no matter how good or bad it seems to be going, I encourage you to ponder this…

Lamentations 3:22-23
New American Bible (Revised Edition)
“The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted,
his compassion is not spent;
They are renewed each morning—
great is your faithfulness!”

As we look to Him at the start of our day we can stand believing for bountiful blessings flowing from His hand into our life. We can know that everything we will need to sustain us is there, and all we have to do is ask Him for it. I love knowing that I serve a God that is FULL of mercy and He promises that it never runs out nor can it be exhausted! As you meditate upon this, I encourage you to set your gaze upon Him and allow your spirit to receive all that He has for you today. We can look to Him in prayer and believe that His fullness will be upon us as we trust in Him.

Psalm 90:17
“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
and direct thou the work of our hands upon us…”

I believe as we allow His beauty or His grace to be upon us, He will direct the work of our hands. He will begin to deal with how we view everything. He is well able to put us in alignment with His will as we stay humble to Him. He will in turn cause all that we set our hand to to be blessed and prosperous.  Praise Him today for His wonderful mercies that never run out!!!!
 


6.7.16

 
Devotional for Tuesday, June 7, 2016
“Lord, Give Us Each Day…”
 
 
seeking God
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
The Word of God tells us that if we seek we will find. Our loving God loves when we seek Him. Even though He knows EXACTLY what we need, He desires that our hearts exhibit our need of asking Him.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and one of the things to ask for was His daily bread.   This is the bread and sustenance that comes only from above! Let us look at two translations that I felt were excellent.

 

 

Matthew 6:11 (DRA)
“Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.”

Matthew 6:11 (VOICE)
” Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—”
 
 
 
 
The Lord knows our needs before we are even aware of them. He also knows the areas in our hearts that are weak and needy. It can be so tempting to concern ourselves with things that we do not yet have to deal with. When we believe that He is faithful to give us exactly what we need, our hearts and minds will be at peace.
 
 
 
Today I encourage you to meditate upon the fact that God is faithful to give us the “bread” we need to get us through one day at a time. That bread will sustain us, and keep us nourished in our spirits. Thank you Lord for daily bread …no more, no less….we thank You that Your bread that You sustain us with  is alive and living and all so powerful!


6.6.16

Devotional for Monday, June 6, 2016
“The Living Water That Only He Can Give”
 
 
but the water
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
This world can try to pull and tug at our hearts. The devil tries to deceive us and tempt us that we would seek after worldly pleasure rather than the life of the living God.    If we do not keep our eyes on Jesus we can be lured into seeking our satisfaction in things other than Him. Let us also be ever so careful for If we are not careful we can get our eyes too much on our blessings. and forget the One that gave them in the first place. 
Only Jesus can satisfy the thirst of our souls. Jesus explained to the woman at the well the meaning of the true spring of water that only He gives.

John 4:13-14
Amplified Bible

“Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”

 
When you feel life problems and this world draining you of your strength and peace, stop and drink of His water that will strengthen and refresh your soul. Know that it will continue to nourish your soul and it has no end. As this scripture translation says, His water “shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling, continually…” This gives such a beautiful image of His living water within us. It truly is the life flow from which we can draw upon whenever we meet uncertainty and overwhelming problems. God is gracious and He ever lives to pour forth that living water onto us!
 



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!