“Worry About Nothing But Instead Trust Him”

instead pray
by Dona Hake
The Word is telling us in Philippians to worry about NOTHING. Not the littlest of a problem should tempt us to worry, but oh how hard this can be at times. Sometimes our minds can become nervous as anxious thoughts wander through our mind, and may ultimately affect us physically.

I can remember all so well how my stomach would go into physical knots and the “butterflies” would take over right before I was to shoot a wedding.   Anxious thoughts and worries about doing my best would work on me usually till I got to the reception.    It was then I felt I could relax somewhat and just have fun with the guests as they would dance and celebrate the joy of the bride and groom.    I would have people say, “I cannot believe you still get nervous after all the years you have done this!”    
Yes, my friends, I shot weddings for seven years, and the one thing I learned was each one was different, and each one had it’s unique challenges and joys.   It brought me to a wonderful place of having to always keep my faith out to meet the unexpected situations that usually would arise.   These unexpected things ALWAYS affect the photographer, and I learned I had to keep my peace no matter what I was facing in my day of shooting.   It taught me the wonderful lesson that I had to keep my eyes fixed on Him, and when I did that the peace followed and kept me no matter how tense the moments were at times.

When we keep our hearts and minds in a place of realizing we need our God to help us, we will keep humble hearts, and He will take the humble heart and make it a brave heart!   When we come to realize our inadequacy without Him, it is then that He is able to show Himself big on our behalf. He desires that we look up to Him anytime we have a need and just ask Him and thank Him for His answers!

Philippians 4:6-14 (TLB)

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your
needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. “

Today I encourage you to give your anxious thoughts and worries to Him and expect Him to move on your behalf. Do not ponder how you think it should all work out, but watch and wait expectantly as He unfolds the answers in your life. Most importantly, do not forget to praise our wonderful God that is faithful to answer our prayers. God bless!


“Delighting God With Our Transformed Minds”

Devotional for Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
by Dona Hake
“Don’t fit in,  just be you!”  I can remember when I heard a political figure say this a few years ago.    Many times with politics people may say or do that which they feel will win them popularity.   This particular politician was making this statement relative to living the truth.   When we strive to stay in the truth and be who we are as a result of knowing who we are in Christ, we will be real and genuine. God desires that He is able to live through us in an uninhibited way.   If we pretend to be someone or do things that are not really who we are, how may I ask can Jesus flow through us as He wills?
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 His heart is delighted 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.    Oh how it must delight His heart as well when we purpose to transform our minds with His Word!
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) | In Context | Whole Chapter
“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].”

“Wherever Your Treasure Is”

where heart is
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 important in life. Many may feel that if they only had more money or if they had a better job that everything would be better. You could be the richest and most beautiful, popular 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 can never  be taken from us. Today let us focus on embracing His Word as  our greatest treasure, and we need to guard it with all diligence as we plant it in our hearts.

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 yet we live for those things that are eternal.  Praise God from whom all eternal blessings flow!

“Prayer Is So Simple”

prayer matters
by Dona Hake
I am going to paraphrase Thessalonians 5:16-18.   It tells us to hold fast to our joy and continue to maintain a heart that prays and gives thanks in all circumstances.   Whether circumstances are sweet and lovely or not so good and pleasing to our hearts, we are to maintain joy and a thankful heart.   We are to do this and make it a lifestyle for this is God’s will for us as we live our lives for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us not over complicate the thought of having a heart that seeks to continually pray.   Of course we can not sit and pray all the time for we have jobs and responsibilities that would not permit that.      There will be those times in which we may have opportunity to sit quietly and pray with no interruptions.   Then again there may be days in which those blocks of time may be more challenging.  
I like to meditate on the fact that Jesus is my best friend, and He has promised to never leave nor forsake me.    I know  that His presence is felt throughout my day no matter what I am doing for this is my Friend that sticks by me at all times!    I like to speak to Him about the simplest of things as well as the things that may be troubling my heart.        Let us keep prayer as a priority in our hearts, and may we learn how to walk and talk with Him throughout our day for He is always with us and eager and ready to hear our voice!    I leave you with this precious anonymous writing that fits perfectly with our devotion today.





Prayer is so simple.
It is like quietly opening a door and slipping into
the very presence of God
there, in the stillness,
to listen for His voice,
perhaps in petition
or only to listen,
it matters not,
just to be there,
in His presence
Is prayer.


“God Brings Purpose To His People”

purpose aug 2014
by Dona Hake
“If you have a
why  for your existence, you will have a what  and a where
as well.”    I can remember when I first heard this spoken, and it really made me think.    When we understand why we are here it will always bring purpose to our hearts. When we understand why we are doing what we are doing, we will be able to set goals for our future. Many a hearts are depressed and despondent today simply because they do not understand their purpose in this life.
 As a young person before I surrendered my heart to Christ, I can remember feeling an emptiness inside yet I just knew there had to be more.    I had friends that talked to me about Jesus, and it seemed to be true but I saw those that supposedly were serving Him, and I saw a lot of hypocrisy.   This was such a turnoff to me for  I was looking for the real deal, and once I found it I was ready to give my everything to the Lord.   April 4, 1973, forty three years ago, I can remember the night I dropped to my knees and gave my heart to Him.    For the first time I felt I could see clearly, weights seemed to fall from my heart….finally I knew why I was here, and He began to fulfill my life with new hope, new plans, and a wonderful future!  I began to see the difference between the plans I thought were good, and the ones that He had assigned to my life.
Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
“Many plans are in a man’s mind,
but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.”

We can all have our own plans but only the Lord’s purposes succeed, and be established. May I encourage you today that if you do not understand your purpose in this life to just simply ask Him. He loves you where you are at, and He has a plan for your life!   Each day is a day of fresh beginnings, and His mercy and grace are there for us to succeed.    May the purposes of the Lord stand and prosper in each one of us!

“When God Looks Upon Our Hearts”

Heart He touches my
by  Dona Hake
I can remember an incident that happened to me a few years ago.   I was working with arranging some wicker baskets in my kitchen, and later on I felt as if there was a splinter in my finger.   As I looked at it I could not see a thing.   It was such a tiny splinter but I could not see it,  yet I could definitely feel it was there.   I went down to my office where I have a special light with a magnifying glass in front of it, and sure enough when I looked at my finger under this magnifying glass there was a teeny tiny splinter.    The thought of taking a sterile needle and digging it out made me cringe, yet to leave it there would just cause an even more painful problem. I decided to remove that splinter and even though it was painful, I was so glad it was out.

This reminds me of how many times the Word of God will expose things within us that are ever so tiny. Sometimes there are things in our hearts that we think are okay to leave alone.   He well understands that our problems start as a seed and if let go they have the potential to  gain momentum and cause us painful consequences.   We can choose to leave these “little things” alone and bear painful consequences or allow Him to deal with them. Sometimes the dealings of getting our hearts right isn’t always the most comfortable, but when it is taken care of, the healing will surely begin.

Hebrews 4: 12 – 13 (PHILLIPS)
” For the Word that God speaks is alive and active;

it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword:

it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet,

to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes

the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart.

No creature has any cover from the sight of God;

everything lies naked and exposed before the

eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

I am so thankful that His Word is able to cut right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of our heart. No one knows us better than the God that has made us! He loves us so much and desires to lovingly deal with our hearts that we may continue to go forward and grow in Him.  Today let us praise the living God whose Word is active and alive!

“He Teaches Us What To Choose”

Choose July 2014
by Dona Hake
Today we will look at a scripture from Proverbs 8.   Within this scripture the writer exclaims that we are to choose God’s teachings, His instruction, and His discipline.    He states that the value of these things are more precious than silver, and His knowledge is greater than fine gold.
Think about it…whatever you could ever desire can never be compared to  His precious gifts.

Proverbs 8:10-11 Expanded Bible (EXB)

“Choose [Take] my ·teachings [instructions; discipline] instead of silver, and knowledge rather than ·the finest [choice] gold. Wisdom is more precious than ·rubies [or pearls]. Nothing ·you could want is equal to [is more delightful than] it.”

There are many things in this life that are able to tempt us to lust.  Let us be discerning and guarding of our hearts and eyes for the devil seeks to devour us in this matter.    May we continue to be grateful for every blessing that we have, and may we remember that  it is only the eternal things that have the greatest of  value.  Let us value His Word above anything this world has to offer.  Let us purpose to choose His teachings and receive the discipline that His Word brings to us.  I desire to leave you with this thought…
We can read scriptures and fail to continue to keep a grateful heart that He has brought us out of darkness into the light of His kingdom.   Let the Word of God never become cliche to us, and may we never grow tired of hearing certain truths over and over again.    God’s Word is fresh, alive, and it is exactly what our spirits needs.  It is His Word that is the light that caused our blinded eyes to be open.   For this we need to be thankful and grateful to the Living God!

“God Made You With A Special Purpose In Mind”

purpose do you know what it is
by Dona Hake
Yesterday we looked at the beauty of knowing that our Lord is molding us and making us for His plans and purposes.  You may say, “But, what is my purpose?”   God desires that we seek to know what His plans are for us for He most definitely has a special purpose in mind for your life.   You see, all your days are numbered, He knows every hair on your head, and He desires to perfect all that concerns you!
Many times individuals struggle with why they are here, and what are they to do with their life. As people begin to age they may look back on their lives, and they need to feel that they have made an impact on someone’s life or they desire to know that they have done great accomplishments. Only God can bring out of us all that He created us to be! It is so important to understand that God knew
you before your mother gave birth to you. Every stitch and fiber of our being was uniquely knitted together as He formed us in our mother’s womb. Within us He has placed gifts and talents that are an expression of Him.
Psalm 139:13-15 (AMP)
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s
I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the
awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self
knows right well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and]
intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in
the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].”

We need to confess and praise Him for how wonderfully He fashioned us for this life. Deep inside you there may be something that needs birthed. It may be a gift, calling, or some type of creativity that is waiting for it’s awakening. I love how verse fifteen says that we were curiously wrought as if embroidered with various colors. I have never embroidered but I have always felt it to look as if it
was a tedious craft. So it was with us as we were being formed within our mother’s womb. He gave great thought to every part of us and how He fashioned us for the work of our life.

Today I encourage you to think about how you are a gift from the hand of God and as you live for Him, confess that He leads and guides you into all truth and He will indeed accomplish much through you as you seek and serve Him.

“God, the Great Workman”

God's Workmanship Religious Bulletin
by Dona Hake

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

Praise the Lord for He is the Great Workman, and His skilled hands work to form, shape and mold us to do great things for His Kingdom!   Our hearts should be encouraged that the One that created the Heavens and the Earth is at work in our lives.   I shared with you yesterday that when we have needs, and we call out to Him for help,  He answers us with His grace.    His grace is always there to help us  to do His will.   His grace is at work in us to accomplish the great works and live in the realm of
His miraculous works that He desires to do.    
I want to encourage your heart today in the fact that you are a work in progress.   No matter how long you have known the Lord, whether it be a few years or many, He continues to work in your life.     God sees our lives from the beginning to end, and He has the perfect plans to accomplish His will for our lives.   He is the faithful one that will continue to work by His Holy Spirit in our lives no matter what weaknesses or inabilities we may have.  Praise Him today for what He has done in your life.   Praise Him for what you also expect Him to do, and remember to give Him all the glory as He dwells within you and uses you as He wills!

Philippians 2:13 (AMP)

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”


“God Answers Us With His Grace!”

grace is sufficient
by Dona Hake

Sometimes we can walk through things in this life that leave us feeling like we are weak and broken. Whether our heart has been broken or we are walking through a tough time, we can be tempted to feel we do not have the strength to go on.   Today, let us remember His grace is enough! There may be pieces of our life that are broken and seem beyond repair,  remember His grace is all you need! I am going to share a scripture where Paul was crying out to God in his weakness and despair…

2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;
But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”

In a nutshell Paul finally saw what God desired for him to see. All Paul needed was to trust Him to be more than enough for His situation. Paul understood that he had hit rock bottom, and he no longer had his own strength to depend on.    Now Paul was in the perfect place where God could totally empower him. He also realized that God was all that He needed, and that in his weakness the power of Christ would rest upon him mightily.

Maybe you are reading this and thinking all is well and you have no need to ponder this.   It is human nature at times to neglect to continue to strengthen our inner man especially if all is going well.  May I share with you that we can never get rock solid enough in this revelation. This is what I desire to think about and get it rooted so deep in me…God’s grace is sufficient for me to live, and He grace is more than  enough. Read this awesome definition I found of the word enough.

ENOUGH:- in a quantity or degree that answers a
purpose or satisfies a need or desire…

When we call upon God , He will always answer us with the empowering grace that we need for the situation we are in. I think this is a powerful thought… your need or weakness is calling out, and as you call out to Him, He answers that need with grace that is sufficient to deal with it. Praise the Living God that is MORE than enough for every one of our needs!!!

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!