6.28.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, June 28, 2016
“His Conquering Love”
 
lord enlighten our hearts to 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.   You know…we can hinder our Lord from loving through us?   Walking in the love of our Lord is not always the easiest thing to do.  If we do not desire to look beyond our own little world, how is He able to love through us and touch 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.” 
 
 We all have a measure of love and patience, but there is an end to that measure.   God’s love is different.   It goes beyond our human understanding, and it will surpass our emotions.   God’s love will cause us to do things that only He can enable us to do.   In order to walk in God’s love, we must empty ourselves of all hindrances.   Mother Teresa profoundly said:
 
 
 

“Love,

to be real,

must cost –

it must hurt –

it must empty us of self.”

 

God is calling us to the high places of love. A wonderful place to meditate is 1 Corinthians 13 because this simply 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!



6.27.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, June 27, 2016
“Your Life Was Meant To Make A Difference”
 
your life can make a difference
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
God has appointed each of us an assignment while we live here on this earth.   Some of us may have assignments that are longer than others.    Let us never compare how our Lord desires to use us with how He chooses to use someone else.   You see, the most important thing His eyes are searching for are the man and woman that looks to Him, and seeks to have a pure and humble heart.  
 
 
The man or woman that desires the pure heart will not dare to permit sin to hinder their walk.   They will quickly run to their Lord for the forgiveness, and as they make the choice to humble themselves He will quickly lift them back up.    This is the beautiful heart that He so desires to work His life through!  You are here to make a difference, and I think that is an exciting thought!
 
 
 
 
No matter how young or old you are, I want you to listen.  Today you can make a difference in someone’s life.  This is a brand new day, it is as a clean slate, and God has a “to do” list for you.   He has loving words He desires you to speak, godly actions to do, prayers to pray, etc.   He desires that our lives be busy, fervent, and excited about His will for us.  
 
 
Many times people can be discouraged and depressed about their lives simply because they are comparing themselves to everyone around them.   If you feel you have not succeeded in something, then take hold of God, and ask Him for strength to stand up and try again.  May I encourage you today to look at yourself, and know that God made you in such a special way for special reasons and purposes.   
 
 
Psalm 139:14 CJB version
 
“I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders —
I know this very well.”
 
 
 
The psalmist is proclaiming how awesomely he was formed by the hand of a loving God.   Oh that we would do the same, and see ourselves as awesomely made and fashioned by the Master’s hand.   As He made you, He had special things in mind, and it is up to you to believe how special you are, and seek how He desires to use you in this life.     Trust Him to fulfill those plans and  purposes.   Seek to express all those God given qualities that may be at rest within your soul.   Do not permit fear of failure to hold you back.    I want to leave you with one of my favorite motivational quotes.   This quote challenges my heart every time I read it.
 
 
 
“Creativity has been built into every one of us;
it is part of our design.
Each of us lives less of the life God intended for us when we
choose not to live out the creative powers we possess.” Ted Engstrom
 
 
 
 


6.26.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, June 26, 2016
“God’s Grace Brings Breakthrough”
 
and God is able
 
by Dona Hake
 
 Today I want to share with you about breakthrough. There is so much power in this word. A breakthrough is when there is an instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction. Can you think of a time that you have needed a breakthrough because your problem or trial seemed unsolvable. Today I want to encourage your heart to look to the Lord for the grace that you need. It is His grace that is sufficient for all that you need, and His grace will cause you to breakthrough whatever seems to pose a hindrance in your walk with Him. God’s grace will cause you to have all that you need, and you will excel in the good fight and in the good work.
 

 

 
 
“And God is able to make every grace overflow

 to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need,

you may excel in every good work.”

 

 

This scripture just really blesses me. I love meditating on the fact that God is desiring to shower us with His all sufficient grace as we set out to do His will.   He desires that we draw upon that grace that is well able to break through the clouds and darkness that this life brings at times.

 
 
 
Today, look let us look to Him with great desire to be a living example of excellence in all that we put our hands to.  Draw upon His great grace, and wait expectantly for Him to shower it upon you.  It is as we do this that we will demonstrate that He is the God that is more than enough!  We shall be testimonies of being living trees planted by water, yielding fruit, and prospering in every good work!!
 

 

Psalm 1:3 (ESV)

“He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”



6.25.16

 
 
 
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!



6.24.16

 
 
Devotional for Friday, June 24, 2016
“It’s That Simple…”
 
 
 
JESUS NEVER CHANGES
 
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. “



6.23.16

 
 
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.



6.22.16

 
 
 
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!!!



6.21.16

 
 
 
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.


6.20.16

 
 
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.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


6.19.16

 
 
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!
 
 



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!