7.31.16

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, July 31, 2016
“Remain As a Child”

 

childlike faith 2

by Dona Hake

 

The Lord desires that our faith be as a child.  He loves when we run to Him with our concerns and every big or small detail of our lives.  Little children are a constant reminder to me of honesty, and their desire to please.  As I teach the preschoolers at church I cannot tell you how many times one of the children will run to me and show me their latest bump or boo-boo.  Sometimes their boo-boo is so small that I cannot see it, but believe me I try to show them that it matters!  Why?….because if it is important enough for them to bring it up,  I want to pay attention.

 

The children  also love to share with me their latest most exciting things that have happened.  I can remember one Sunday morning a  little girl tugged at my dress during worship , and I leaned down and she whispered to me something funny her Grandpa did on their vacation.  It made me giggle yet these things are reminders to me of how God wants us to be.   She just had to share it because it was important to her at that moment!

 

Luke 18:17 (ERV)
” The truth is, you must accept God’s kingdom

like a little child accepts things…”

 

Throughout your day I encourage you to take time to whisper prayers to Him about those things that concern you.  Let your heart be obedient to thank Him and praise Him for the good things that are happening to you.  As you remember His works and they thrill your heart, share your heart and tell Him.  He wants to hear about everything that is going on in your heart and mind for He truly cares about every detail of your life!

 

 



7.30.16

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, July 30, 2016
“The Treasure of Your Heart”
gods word our hidden treasure

 

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 6:19-21  (Darby)

“Don’t pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!”
 
 

 

There are so many things in this life that can serve to distract us from what is really the most important things in life.    Many may feel that if they only had more money  that everything would be better.  All you have to do is drive down the highway, and every other billboard calls out to you to glance at it.   They purpose to speak of what beauty and success can be.You could be the richest and most beautiful person in the world yet  have an empty and lonely heart.  The things in this world cannot compare to those things  that proceed from the windows of Heaven.  We need to remind ourselves to be in great gratitude and thanks to our Lord for how He has touched in our lives.

 

When we start to accumulate the beautiful treasures that only Heaven can birth in our hearts, we will know and understand that they cannot be taken from us.  His Word should be our greatest treasure and we need to guard it with all diligence.
 

 

Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified)

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
 

 

Today I encourage you to look up!  Look up and remind yourself of all the wonderful things that He has touched your heart with.  There are blessings all around you and He desires that you embrace a heart of thankfulness, and that you would never take any good thing for granted.  It is God that is the giver of all good things and today we can praise Him for that!



7.29.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, July 29, 2016
“As You Turn Your Heart To Him”
 

 

Heart towards God

by Dona Hake

 

 

We must know that we are  being completely honest with God about every area of our life.  In order to do this we must ALWAYS be honest with ourselves.    When one fails to be honest with themselves they enter into one of the most dangerous things ever and that is self deception.  The Devil has a hay day with this one!  If he can get you to think you are just fine when you really are not…his work is done.  He has convinced you that there is no need for you to humble yourself and get help and guidance from the Lord .
 
 
 
“Self” has a voice that will try to distract us at times, and we need to know when this is happening.  The Psalmist prayed in Psalm 119…
 
 

Psalm 119:36-40   (NIV)

“Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.”

 

This is a beautiful prayer that will keep you on track.  As you sincerely ask Him to keep your heart turned in His direction you will quickly recognize when fleshly desires are trying to get you off the right path.  He will faithfully  reveal to you the things in this life that are of no worth so you can look away from them before they grip your heart.  It is as we look to Him in this way that our life will be preserved blameless before Him.   Praise the living God today and purpose to keep the eyes of your heart toward Him!



7.28.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, July 28, 2016
“Love Conquers All!”

 

 

conquer through love

by Dona Hake

 

Love conquers all and God’s love covers all things. God desires that His conquering love flow through us yet there are times His love is not able to flow freely.  If we do not desire to look beyond our own little world how is He able to love through us to a lost and dying world?  There is a cost to loving like Jesus and it is a matter letting go of that which is holding us back.  In the book of Luke he wrote “If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them.”

 

“Love,

to be real,

It must cost –

it must hurt –

it must empty us of self.”

Mother Teresa

 

God is calling us to the high places of love.  A wonderful place to meditate is 1 Corinthians 13 because this  spells out what God’s love is and what it is not.

 

“Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious,

doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.

There’s no arrogance in love;  

it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—

it’s not self-absorbed.

Love isn’t easily upset.

Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice;

but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  

Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along;

it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.

Love will never become obsolete.”

 

Let us desire today that God’s true and real love flows through us in every way possible.  Lord help us to desire to pay the cost even when it hurts.  Cause us to see that which hinders us from loving like You and empty us of those things!  We are believing that You are well able to do above and beyond all we dare ask or think regarding Your love operating through us!



7.25.16

 
Devotional for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“Where Is Your Delight?”
 

tree planted by living waters

by Dona Hake

 
 
 
Today we will meditate upon delighting in our loving Heavenly Father!    Is your delight in Him?   Many times the delights and pleasures of this world can distract us from delighting in Him.   This is an area in which we must guard ourselves and and not permit our hearts to be deceived into thinking we are truly delighting in Him if we are not.  What does it mean to delight something?    It means that there is a high degree of pleasure and enjoyment, joy or rapture.
 
 
 

Psalm 1 :2-3  (TLB)

“…but they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.

 They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.”
 
 
God desires that we take great pleasure and enjoyment in doing what He wants us to do.  He desires that our hearts be full of joy as we follow Him so closely.  There is great reward for being diligent in embracing the Word of God.  As you daily follow Him and purpose to put His teachings first and foremost in your life, He has promised that your life would be prospered.  As we stand as trees along God’s riverbank we will begin to see things grow and develop within us.  Let us always be mindful that our fruit is not for us alone to survive in this life but rather to be a blessing to those around us.  Let us purpose to be used by Him and to be willing to bless those He puts in our path as we live and abide in Him.  As we proclaim His Word many will be blessed and nourished from the  fruit that our lives bear.

 

 

“The lips of the righteous nourish many…”

Proverbs 10:21 NIV

 

 

I’m feeling blessed today knowing that I am standing strong in His promises.  I love that He has promised that my life would bear fruit all the seasons of my life and all that I put my hand to shall prosper!    Watch over your heart diligently, and purpose to delight in Him today!

 



7.26.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
“The Merciful Shall Obtain Mercy”

 

show mercy

by Dona Hake

 

Matthew 5:7 (TLB)

“Happy are the kind and merciful,

for they shall be shown mercy.”

 

The Lord has so freely shown us His mercy.  Even before we knew Him, even before we realized we needed Him, He was desiring to forgive us and redeem us to Himself.  As we look to Him and behold how beautiful His love is, and how merciful His heart is , we will come to realize the power and  beauty of being merciful to others.

 

Micah 6:8 (GNV)

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord

requireth of thee: surely to do justly, and to love mercy,

and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God.

 

“Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”  Deep down we could all admit that we want to be treated fairly especially by our family and friends.  Yet we know there are times that people will mess up and do not treat us kindly.  I love this quote because it reminds me that there will be times that I will mess up and in those times I hope that those around me will forgive me, and I can be reconciled if I have hurt them.   It makes me think before I react to those around me if I feel they are wrong.  It reminds me that I need to be quick to forgive and forget.

 

Lord, help us all to be merciful and see those around us the way You see them.  Help us to realize that we cannot forgive in our own ability but only with Your help and strength.  Help us to walk humbly before You, do justly to those around us,  and to love your mercy.  Amen.

 

 



7.25.16

 

 

Devotional for Monday, July 25, 2016
“He Is Our Sun and Our Shield”

 

Lord gives grace

by Dona Hake
 
 

 

Psalm 84:11 (AKJV) 

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:

no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.”
 
 
 
 

As we walk uprightly before the Lord our God there should be expectation in our heart everyday we rise.  No matter what we face and how “dreary” our day may be, we can expect the Lord God to be our Sun and our Shield!

 

I am thanking Him today that He has promised that He will never withhold any good thing from us because all good and perfect gifts proceed from Him.   What “good thing” are you in need of from Him?   Is it peace?   Is it strength?   Maybe you need a touch of healing in your body.  He desires to pour upon us all that we need from Him for He is the only one that can satisfy our soul.

 
 
The Lord will NOT withhold from us. He will not refrain from giving or granting that which we need as long as we stay humble in our hearts before Him.   Let us live to yield our wills to Him that we may be vessels that draw upon His continual blessings.  Praise God that He is our Sun and our Shield, the God who is pouring out His grace and glory to all that walk uprightly before Him!


7.24.16

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, July 24, 2016
“He Refines and Purifies Our Hearts”

 

 

 

Jesus A Refiner

by Dona Hake
 
 
 

 

Proverbs 25:4 (ERV)

“Remove the worthless things from

silver to make it pure, and a worker

can make something beautiful.”

 

 You are so valuable and He loves you so much.  As we read this scripture we can see that there is a process that we are all walking through as we grow in Him.  There is a refining and purification that is taking place in our hearts as we deeply humble ourselves to His Mighty life changing Word.   Another version of Proverbs 25:4 is translated like this:

 

 

“Remove the impurities from the silver,
and the smith has material to make a vessel.”
 
 
 

 

The Lord our Refiner desires to  bring us to a refined or a pure state; free from impurities.  As our Purifier He will cause us to be free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates our hearts.  God wants every bit of us so He can use us in wonderful ways to glorify Him on this earth.
 
 
 

 

In the forty three years that I have known the Lord I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard people share from the depths of their hearts as they walked through a difficult trial.  Many at the end of the trial admit that they experienced  God removing things from them that positioned them to be used in a greater way.  Many times those difficult situations can actually cause us to do the soul searching we need to do, and God is able to work in ways that exceed our comprehension.  As we keep our hearts humble before Him I believe He will continue to refine and purify us that we can serve and be used by Him in greater ways.  Praise be to the God who is the Refiner and Purifier!



7.23.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, July 23, 2016
“Jesus Our Hope, Jesus Our Anchor”

 

 

Jesus Our Hope

 

by Dona Hake

 

Hebrews 6:18-20  (ERV)

 

“These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when

he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath.

So these two things are a great help to us who have come to

God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that

is ours. This hope is like an anchor for us. “
 
 
 

 

What a firm foundation we have in Jesus Christ.  He is total truth and nothing but the truth!  It is wonderful to know that all the words that proceed from God are truth and when He says He will do something, He will always keep His Word.    Today let us meditate upon the fact that our hope in Jesus is the anchor of our soul.

 

Where do you look to when you want answers?  When you are feeling like you are standing on shaky ground, how do you make your feet sure again?   It is only the Word of God and our hope in Him that can establish our foot steps and make them sure and solid.We must always look to where we know the truth is, for His truth is what we can build upon. Our foundation will be strong and immovable when we build and anchor our hearts upon the Word of God.  Today I encourage you to look to the Lord of all hope and the One that has promised to anchor our souls.



7.22.16

 
 
Devotional for Friday, July 22, 2016
“A God That Only Sees Possibilities”
 
 
moving mountains
by Dona Hake
 
 
In this life we will all face those times of things that just seem impossible.   Our reasoning minds immediately conclude that something cannot be done and that is the end of it.   There are things that ARE impossible and there are things that SEEM impossible.  As I have worked with small children for so many years I have heard that cry of frustration one too many times “I can’t do it!”   I have seen this in the realm of working with children artistically.   Many times it is not that the child can not do it, it is just that they need help walking through the steps of getting to the end result.  I had something happen the other day with  my oldest Granddaughter.   She was trying to balance herself on one foot.   She kept losing her balance and then getting frustrated.    I told her to simply find an object in the room, and fix her eyes on it and I assured her that as she focused on it that it will help her.    She was amazed how much that helped her balance and the length of time that she could stand on one foot alone.   I caught her one time trying it and she stood so long and she looked so pleased with herself!    What seemed impossible to do now seemed a bit believable.
 
 
God sees those things that frustrate us in this life yet He calls upon us to trust Him alone, and He will instruct us in the way that may seem impossible to us.   Many times those impossible moments can be met with His gentle wisdom and instruction if we only calm down and listen to His voice.    I want to share a little story  with you that came with a little Bumblebee charm I bought for my one Granddaughter.   I found it to be inspiring…
 
 
The Bumblebee Cannot Fly
 
“According to the law 
of aerodynamics 
the bumblebee cannot fly;
its body is too heavy for its wings
and that’s the simply reason why.
 
But the bumblebee does not know this fact,
and so it flies anyway for all to see.
Remember this when you’re losing hope
God’s proof of the impossible can be.”
 
A.S. Waldrop
 
 
I love that one of God’s smallest  creatures that He created is here to remind us that it is rising above the realm of impossible every time it flies.   Now every time I see a little Bumblebee in my garden I am reminded that this little creature simply should not be able to fly yet it flies anyway!    The little Bumblebee never read about the law of aerodynamics, he is just doing what God created him to do!    Today let us remember that wonderful possibilities can be birthed from impossibilities  because we serve a God that says nothing is impossible to Him.



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!