5.19.16

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, May 19, 2016
“Saturated In the Dry Lands”
 
 
you will be like a spring
by Dona Hake
 
 

Yesterday I shared with you the importance of stopping and resting.   We need to recognize those times in which we must stop and lean upon Him for His strength.   It is in those times of weariness that we need to know for sure that we are reaching upward and drawing upon the grace of our Loving God before we try to proceed any further.    Many times people try to make decisions when they are at a point of physical or mental exhaustion.  This is one of the biggest mistakes one can make.   Today let us meditate on understanding that when we are in the “dry lands” of our spiritual walk that the Lord can still cause us to flourish.

 
 
Isaiah 58:11 (ERV)

“The Lord will always lead you and satisfy your needs in dry lands.

He will give strength to your bones.

You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring that never goes dry.”

 
 
There is such beauty in this scripture. Just think about the times in which you feel as if life has made you feel like you are in a dry land and your bones are weary. If you have lived on this earth for much time at all you well know and understand what I am referring to. The trials and tests of this life can drain us but bless God!!!….He has promised we can remain as a garden that has plenty of water. We can be as a spring that never runs dry!
 

Let us look closer at this  word  saturate.   The origin of the word saturate  is to be full or well-fed. One of it’s definitions is to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely. I am thinking how one could saturate a sponge with water and just lay it down. If one returns and squeezes it, the water will begin to fall. That which was within the depths of the sponge is now seen through the pressure of the squeeze.

Today I encourage you to dwell upon the fact that the Lord desires to lead you and satisfy your needs if you are walking through “dry times.” It is as life puts the squeeze on us that the Lord can release His living water from deep within our souls. He has promised to us that He would give us a river that was incapable of running dry. I would like you to also see yourself as a refreshment to those around you that may be walking through times of need and weariness. Let us be used as a blessing of the Lord where ever we can!


5.18.16

 
Devotional for Wednesday, May 18, 2016
“Stop, Lean, and Rest Upon the Lord”
 
Trust in the Lord Ministry Bulletin
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Proverbs 3:5 (AMP)
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”
 
 

It is as we try to trust God yet still embrace our own insights and understanding that our faith will lack strength.   In the book of James he warns in his letter to guard against being double minded.  Some days it can be tempting to just see things as we are perceiving them to be. We can tend to view things from the “glasses” of our formed opinions and thoughts, and we can fall short of seeing things as God sees them. If we are leaning on our own understanding we are seeing things as we have concluded them to be. We need to remember that God is always seeing the bigger picture and He sees how all is working together for the good if we trust in Him.

 
 
 

Now let us look at totally trusting our Lord.   If we are leaning on God and trusting in Him with all of our hearts and minds, it is truly a wonderful thing. Leaning upon God will bring rest to our souls. Sometimes in the midst of life’s hard blows it can cause us to be weary and tired. Let us meditate upon this refreshing scripture…

 
 
 

Psalm 37:7
Amplified Bible

“Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him…”

 
 
Have you ever been so tired and you stopped to just lean against something, and once you felt strength to go again you then proceeded. The psalmist was encouraging the reader to stop and lean on God and do it with patience. Wow!!! There’s that word
patience
 again!!!!    Today I encourage you that if you are needing rest and refreshment in your soul to STOP, BE STILL, AND PATIENTLY LEAN YOURSELF UPON HIM! Wait patiently and as you do so, expect for Him to refresh you and cause new strength to rise up from within you. God is good!


5.17.16

Devotional for Tuesday, May 17, 2016
“Jesus Is Always True To His Word”
 
true to your word
by Dona Hake
 
 

Jesus is true to His Word, and when He says He will restore our soul, then  He will for He is eternally faithful in all of His ways.   Jesus told us that in this world there would be times of trouble. I am quite amazed when people try to live in an ideal place that pain and trouble should never cross their path. Even as we are under the tender, loving and faithful care of our Shepherd, there will be times in which our soul needs restored.  Every one of us will encounter those times in which weariness is within our soul yet our Lord promises to lift us up, strengthen, and restore us.   He knows exactly how to bring us back to a place of being energized in spirit in order that we may go on another day.   I love how The Message translation brings to light “He restores my soul.”
 
 

Psalm 23:3 (The Message)
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

 
 
 
I would like to share with you a bit more regarding becoming weary in our souls.   There are times in life in which we have all experienced one thing hitting us right after the other. Many times we can become weary in what this life throws at us, and we can feel that there is no rest for us in sight. Sometimes life can feel like ocean waves knocking us down one right after the other.     There will be those times that we  just know that if we are able to stand long enough we will be able catch our breath again. Sometimes life can make us feel this way. Today let this scripture remind us that the restoring and refreshing touch from our Lord will help us catch our breath and invigorate our souls.

 
 

Let us take hold of the truth that He is able to lift us back up no matter how long we have been down. His tender touch is able to wipe away the tears from our hurt, pain and sorrow. He is able to renew to us the strength we have seemed to have lost as our soul has grown weary. No matter what we have walked through and whether anyone understands, it matters not. Jesus understands any and all things we have walked through, and He will restore our souls as we ask Him to.
 
 
 
 
 
 
If your heart is weary and aching from pain, just ask Him. He is faithful and loving and ever ready to touch those that look to Him for true restoration! Remember, He is true to His Word and willing to accomplish it in your life.


5.16.16

 
Devotional for Monday, May 16, 2016
“Patience At Work In You”
 
Patience let it have its perfect work
by Dona Hake
 
 
It is vital that we continue to walk patiently with those we live with and work with. There is also the whole realm of patiently waiting for circumstances to change in our life.   Today  I am reminded of patience as I think of a particular area I travel through almost every day. It has been road work in progress for years now. At times the work these workers are doing will bring work hour traffic to a halt, and if you do not plan for this, it may make you late. It seems they are working diligently on this, but honestly at times it seems like there is little progress. I simply do not understand all that goes into such an undertaking so I would never totally understand all the details and working of such a great project. I have come to understand that regardless if I understand what is going on or not this area commands my patience.    I see this to be somewhat of an analogy of our lives in progress as the Lord works in us.
 
 
 
 
Today I want to encourage you in the fact that the Lord has a great work to do in you. It requires of you that you stay submissive to His loving hand. We need to permit God the time that He needs for His timing is perfect timing! This great work requires that you be humble in times that the Holy Spirit corrects you to keep you on the right path. It also requires you to be patient with yourself as the Lord is working on your heart and on your life. You see, so many times we desire to see things happen quicker than what they do. Let us be patient with the work that the Lord is doing in our lives.
 
 
 
 
As we pursue to grow in God’s love and in His Word sometimes we focus too much on what we are NOT rather that how far He has brought us. With any work that needs done in us there needs to be a time of waiting for His loving hand to work. I guess there are all times we wished He would work a bit faster, but His wisdom encompasses more than we will ever understand. As He works, He promises that the transformation will indeed happen, but remember sometimes we can tend to be impatient in that which we have to wait for.
 
 
 
 
Be encouraged today that as you are applying yourself to do that which is right and good in His sight that His loving hand is at work in your life. Guard yourself from focusing on your weaknesses but rather the gifts, the strengths and abilities He has blessed you with. As we keep our hearts humble and open to Him, He will be faithful to show us the areas in which we need to give attention. He will lead and guide us into ALL truth in every area of our lives! God bless you.


5.15.16

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, May 15, 2016
“There Is Nothing Too Hard For God”

wisdom nothing too hard for Him
by Dona Hake

Oh the beauty of our Lord’s wisdom that He has for us! It causes us to use knowledge rightly and direct every path that we walk on or pursue. It keeps us from moving forward when it is time to stand still yet it prompts us to step out when the time is right. God’s wisdom is amazing. Is there anything that can come our way that is too complicated for our God to take care of? His wisdom and ways are above our understanding. May we trust Him with the smallest of our cares!
 
 
 
Proverbs 3:19 (TLB)
“The Lord’s wisdom founded the earth;
his understanding established all the universe and space.”
 
 
 
 
 
Isn’t it awesome to ponder that the God in heaven desires to give you wisdom when you need it? If He was able to establish all that we see on this beautiful earth, surely He can make our feet firm and our direction sure! Why would we go anywhere but God for the wisdom we must have in our time of need? Surely the wisdom you need is there for you as you ask Him for it.
 
 
 
Jeremiah 32:17 NIV
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens

and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.

Nothing is too hard for you.”

 


5.14.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, May 14, 2016
“Yearning For God’s Truth”
 
truth you long to entrone in my heart
by Dona Hake
 

“But still, You long to enthrone truth throughout my being;

in unseen places deep within me, You show me wisdom.”
Psalm 51:6 (The Voice)

 

 

 

Do you yearn for the truth of the Living God in your innermost being?   Do you know there is truth that has not yet touched your soul?   No matter how old of a Christian you may be, there is still  something that you have not yet learned about Him.   Even the truths of God’s Word that you do know have no depths therefore we need to go deeper into the depths of learning His wonderful truths!

 
 
 
 
 
I can remember many years ago reading a book by Watchman Nee, and I will never forget a statement he made. He shared that there are virgin caverns within your soul that God has not yet touched with His light. He was likening the caverns of our soul as veins in which God’s light and life are flowing. The virgin caverns are those that have not yet been discovered by the light of His truth.

 

 

 

 

These words could serve us with some real enlightenment regarding the truth that is within us. Every time I think about this statement it reminds me that there is truth that I still need deeper understanding of, and there is truth that God has not yet touched my soul with yet. Lord, help me to remain humble that I may receive ALL that you desire for me to know regarding your truth!  God desires that we cry out for the wisdom and truth that the unseen places of our soul have not yet experienced. He desires that the truth we know of to have a place in our heart that is protected and honored. In Psalms 51:6 the psalmist is saying,


“But still, You long to enthrone
truth throughout my being…”


Let us be reminded that the truth that we know should be guarded and NOT compromised by what we feel or do not feel like doing. Truth must reign above our feelings, emotions, and it is not moved by what is going on around us. Let us ask Him today for His wisdom on how to keep the truth we have embraced enthroned within us.

 



5.13.16

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, May 13, 2016
“Equipped In Him”
 
god gave us a spirit of power
by Dona Hake
 
 

Have you ever prepared to travel and you want to make sure that you are packing everything you need.     I have always thought it to be wise to make plenty of lists of things to take so nothing is missed!   I want to flow as efficiently as possible in my time away from home. I am the kind of person that likes to be ready for anything so I probably over pack because of that. Needless to say, it is good to feel that you are properly equipped for your time away from home.
 
 
 
 

As we spend time on this earth serving the Lord we are on a journey. We must be assured that we are equipped for all that He has for us to do. It is wonderful to know that He has equipped us with everything we need. I love the image I shared today because it ministered to my heart relative to God giving me all that I need. First of all, His Word will keep me full of the knowledge of His will. Any door that I need to walk through whether difficult or not, He has the exact key and He also provides me with His perfect timing and I need to keep my eyes on His watch not my own. It is when we get our eyes off of all that He has provided that our hearts can be tempted to fear.

 

 

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)


“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.”
 
 
 
Let us be reminded today to stay focused on all that He has given us through His love for this very special journey on earth. We can live this life with spirits full of power, love, and calm well balance minds! It is Him that can help us to remain disciplined and self controlled for the God given work He has for us.
 
 
 


5.12.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, May 12, 2016
“Remember Where To Look!”
look up
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
We all need to be reminded of things. Sometimes even the most important things can be forgotten. We get too busy, our minds are full, and we just forget. Today I want to remind you to keep looking up. This is something you have to do, and no one else can do it for you. I want to share several scriptures that will stir your heart to continue to look in His direction.

 

 

 

Psalm 143:8
“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I LIFT UP MY INNER SELF TO YOU.”
 
 
 
 

Psalm 63:4

“So will I bless You while I live; I WILL LIFT UP MY HANDS in Your name…”

 

 

 

Psalm 121:1-3  Amplified Bible (AMP)
“I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES to the hills —From whence shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
 
 
 
 

I want you to take note that in all of these scriptures “I Will” proceeds the lifting up of our inner self, our hands, and our eyes. You see, it is an act of our will to look up and lift up. He promises that as we make a decision to look away from all that is trying to hold us back and hold us down that He WILL lift us up!!



5.11.16

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, May 11, 2016
“Encouragement vs. Discouragement”
 
 
discouragement
 
by Dona Hake
 
 


It is when we are full of God’s courage that we feel we are able to accomplish anything with His help.   Today we will look at two words  encouragement and discouragement.   We know that the opposite of courage is discouragement, and both of these are powerful forces.   Discouragement has the power to paralyze someone from moving forward. It has the power the keep you unmotivated,  and tempt you to wallow in the past. Today we will look at how we must guard our hearts against discouragement.

Abraham Lincoln wisely said,
 
 
“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”
 
 
Courage is that thing that empowers us to do what we may be afraid of. It helps us go forward into things we thought was too big for us to handle. Let us live with determined hearts and never allow discouragement to prey upon our hearts.
 
 
Many times discouragement will be birthed as a result of being preoccupied with cares in our life. We are commanded to cast all our care over to God. As the scripture says below, we need to keep our minds clear and alert because the devil is watching for those opportunities to pull us down.
 
 
 
1 Peter 57-9
Names of God Bible
“Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you. Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour. Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering.”
 
 
 
 

If your heart is in a place of discouragement, I want to encourage you today to look up and know that He is well able to pull you out of that place and bring courage back to your heart. Release your care and hold fast to His loving hands and you will be made courageous!

 
 


5.10.16

Devotional for Tuesday, May 10, 2016
“I Will Rest In God Alone”
 
i will rest in god alone
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him,”
Psalm 62:5 HCSB
 
 
We overwork our bodies at times and more than likely our minds are overworked on a regular basis. Daily responsibilities and cares can just take it out of us. Where do we run when this happens? Are we supposed to run somewhere when this happens?   Of course ! … God wants us to run to Him when we are in trouble. May I humbly submit to you that if you run from your problems that you are going the wrong direction.


God’s desire is for us  to stay in a place of rest for it is there that we are able to live refreshed and drawing upon Him. It is there that our hearts, minds and bodies are kept in check. It is there that there is strength and peace beyond any comprehension exists. If we are honest with ourselves we need to admit there are times when we are pushing the boundaries of our bodies and minds beyond what they are created to endure.   It is God’s plan and desire for us to live on this earth drawing upon His grace and strength and we purpose to do His will.  We need to return to His rest that He desires for us.




I am totally sold out in believing that God wants us to live in a place of rest that ONLY He provides.   How precious are the words that David wrote in Psalm 23…He makes me to lie down in green pastures and He restores our soul.  
 
 
 
So what is this rest? Here is one definition that I loved…relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.  Let us abide under the shadow of His wings and I mean abide…live there, hang out, stay there….God wants us to remain before Him. He does not desire we come and go as we please. He does not desire that we come to Him  only when problems come up, but He desires we stay put. It is as we rest in this place that we really do experience the power of His restoring strength to our soul!
 
 

 




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!