7.21.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, July 21, 2016
“Jesus – The Restorer of My Soul”

 

Restorer

by Dona Hake

 

Jesus wants to be so many things to us. He is the Great Potter that works with His loving hands to mold and make us that we can serve Him and do His will.   Unfortunately this life can bring hurt and devastation to our souls,  and it can seem as if our life is broken into many pieces.    Today, we will reflect upon the fact that He desires to restore our soul.  He desires to take the broken pieces of our life and lovingly heal and bring our soul back to being whole again.
 
 
 
In order for us to regenerate our bodies one of the most important things is proper rest. So it is in our soul…we must have rest there in order to have strong and healthy souls. Many times in this life we may walk through circumstances that just seem to tear our hearts apart. These things can leave our hearts broken, and in a state of unrest. What a helpless feeling it can be when you feel as if you do not even know how to pick up the pieces and start over again.   When you are tired and weary in your body it is so hard to focus upon that which you are to do.   So it is with our souls.  A tired weary soul will not flourish in faith but will rather be a life of struggle.  May we lie down in His green pastures and permit Him to restore our souls that we may once again flourish.
 
 
 
 

Know this, Jesus is able to restore our soul. He is able to strengthen our heart, and heal the hurts that we may bear. Today, if you feel as if your heart is broken and your life is in a shambles, look to Him…Jesus, the One who is able to be the Restorer of your soul.

 

Psalm 23:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)
“He refreshes and restores my life (my self)”



7.20.16

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“Release Your Cares and He Will Sustain You”

cast your burden on the Lord

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it]

and He will sustain you; He will never allow the

[consistently] righteous to be moved

(made to slip, fall, or fail).”

 

Release and cast your burdens, and He promises to sustain you.  If we choose to hold on to our cares and burdens, how shall He help us?    How shall He give us the grace and sustenance  in our moment of need?   How shall He bless us with the answers that we need if we choose to try to figure out our problems on our own?  Our human nature will try  to tempt us to think that we are able to do things in our own ability yet once we experience His strength and provision that we need, it exposes how we need Him desperately.   Remember…He wants to be in every detail of our life, no matter how big or small.  Oh how our Lord desires that we permit Him to let Him be all that we need.

 

 

Today I want to encourage your heart to take anything that is a weight to you and just surrender it to Him.  Hold it up to Him and He promises He will sustain you which means that He will support, hold, or bear up from below.  He will bear the weight of whatever you are trying to manage yourself.  No matter how big or how small, take it to Him in prayer!  Corrie ten Boom said it beautifully:

 
 
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer
is to small to be made into a burden.”
 
 
Lord, today we ask that You would speak to our hearts, and help us to see those areas in which we still try to manage in our own ability.   Help us to see that every detail whether it be big or small is to be met with Your divine wisdom, strength and direction.   We thank You for sustaining us as we truly come to that place that we cast our cares to You and You alone! In Jesus Name! amen.


7.19.16

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, July 19, 2016
“The Paths That Echo His Name”

 

he steers me

by Dona Hake

 

 

Psalm 23:3 (VOICE)
“He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths
to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.”

 

 
He lovingly steers us away from worn, hard paths yet how many times do we return to them. Those worn, hard paths could be habits and patterns in our lives that have ultimately gotten us in trouble. These worn paths are those have developed because of doing the same thing over and over again. God is calling us to allow Him to step in and guide us on the paths of His desire for us.
 
 
 
 
 
Maybe you have walked the path of a habitual worrier. Maybe your worn, hard path has been one of constantly walking in fear and anxiety over your future. Regardless of what it is we can make the choice to walk on the path that is guided by His hand. His hand deals only in truth and right things. His path does not make provision for us to walk in our own ability but rather draw upon His.
 
 
 

 

There is a world around us looking for hope and answers. I love thinking that my walk in the Lord would echo His truth and righteousness!  May our lives lift up the Name of Jesus that we may draw men to Him!



7.18.16

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, July 18, 2016
“Walking In Consistency By the Power of God’s Word”

 

Wisdom March 16 2014

by Dona Hake
 
 
 
What does it mean to be consistent?  I loved the one definition that I found, and I am sure this will bless you too.  Let us look at this definition in light of us walking in the wisdom and truth of our Lord.
 
 
 
Consistency:  
 
steadfast adherence to
the same principles, course, form, etc.
 
 
 
 
Today I want us to meditate upon our words being full of God’s wisdom and the importance of being steadfast to what we believe.   Let us go to the book of James.

 

“Beasts, birds, reptiles and all kinds of sea-creatures can be, and in fact are, tamed by man, but no one can tame the human tongue. It is an evil always liable to break out, and the poison it spreads is deadly. We use the tongue to bless our Father, God, and we use the same tongue to curse our fellow-men, who are all created in God’s likeness.

Blessing and curses come out of the same mouth—surely, my brothers, this is the sort of thing that never ought to happen! Have you ever known a spring to give sweet and bitter water simultaneously? Have you ever seen a fig-tree with a crop of olives, or seen figs growing on a vine? It is just as impossible for a spring to give fresh and salt water at the same time.”

 

Words spoken apart from God’s wisdom can cut deep into the soul.  Words that proceed from an angry heart can be mean and spiteful. God desires that our words and actions are the fruit of all that He is.  Wisdom is knowing what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to what action to take.

 

I believe that James was addressing the importance that we take seriously that we are being consistent with our words and actions.  “Blessing and curses come out of the same mouth- surely, my brothers, this is the sort of thing that never out to happen!”  These are strong words that James spoke but yet they are true.  I believe James was strongly admonishing those he was speaking to that they keep an eye on the fruit that they are bearing.

 

As we purpose to keep our words in line with what we believe, we will be examples of consistency in God’s ways.  Our judgments will be pure and we will have discerning hearts. Let us walk in the blessing of exhibiting discerning hearts and the power of consistency!



7.17.16

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Sunday, July 17,2016
“Returning To His Peace”

 

God has not given us the spirit of fear

by Dona Hake

 

~Isaiah 41:10 (CJB)

” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you;
don’t be distressed, for I am your God.
I give you strength, I give you help,
I support you with my victorious right hand.”

 

One translation says “Fear not, for I am with you, do not look anxiously about you.”  Many times when fear grips our heart our mind goes into a tail spin and it seems like confusion is well able to permeate our soul.  It is in those times that we may wander away from His precious dwelling place where there is perfect peace.

 

Psalm 94:19   (TLB)

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart

is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

 

I can remember not too long ago when the Lord was  quietly speaking to me in my heart a particular thing.  It is only a few simple words yet they are full of power and comfort, and they were  “Return to your peace.”   These few sweet words stirred my heart to make sure my dwelling place was in His presence and that is where I will always find the peace I need along with anything else my heart desires.

 

Many times we can get too caught up in  the daily routine of our lives and God’s peace and strength  can slip away because we have allowed it to.  When we are confronted with fears, we must make a real effort to look toward Him knowing that His mighty hand is well able to support us.  I encourage you to return to His peace whenever you feel that you are being brought down by the anxieties of your mind.  Know that in turmoil He is able to quiet your soul and renew it with hope to go on!



7.16.16

 

 

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!



7.15.16

 
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


7.14.16

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“When Expectations Meet Reality”

 

IDEALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

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!


7.12.16

 
 
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.”


7.11.16

 
 
 
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!



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!