“Because Of Jesus We Have Peace”

by Dona Hake
It is hard to believe that the blessed celebration of Easter is only weeks away. I think that  we should always ponder in our hearts what Jesus did on the cross, but this is a time of the year where we will think more about it and reflect upon that great work.  I have been thinking a lot lately about the precious gift of peace that we have been given by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is vitally important that this precious peace be guarded with all diligence. No one can guard your heart for you, only you can do that.   A soul that is at rest is a soul that is guarded. 
Have you ever seen someone receive a gift, and you can tell they really do not appreciate it as they should or they might not understand it’s value? I believe that many times we can be guilty of forgetting with Jesus did for us. Our hearts can easily forget or take fore-granted the freedom that was purchased for us.  As we purpose in our hearts to remember and thank Him each day for the price He paid in His death we will continue to value within us all that was purchased by His blood.   
We thank You today Lord for going to the cross.  You were punished for us, and the work of Your blood is precious to our hearts.    May we be mindful that you were crushed because of our guilt and You took the punishment that we deserved.  You brought us the blessed gift of salvation,forgiveness, healing, and  and peace that surpasses our human understanding.   In Jesus Name, we thank You for that. Amen.

Isaiah 53:5 (EXB)
But he was wounded for ·the wrong we did (our transgressions) ;he was crushed for ·the evil we did (our iniquities.)The punishment, which ·made us well brought us wholeness/peace, was given to him,and we are healed because of his ·wounds lacerations;  stripes; .


“Pressing In To Our Destination”

run race
by Dona Hake
 It is the desire of my heart that these devotionals are encouraging those that take time to read them each day.   I want these few words I share to build up your heart, and give you words to ponder throughout your day.   There are times in which I hear stories, testimonies, or simply things that cause  my ears to listen more closely.   Many times it is those things that bring inspiration to me for my devotionals that I create for you.    Listening to people share their heart can truly inspire us to press in and try harder to do our very best at whatever we are putting our hands and hearts to.  It is a blessing to pass on to you the things that I am pondering in my heart.
This morning as I was preparing my breakfast I heard a gentleman sharing in an interview how he found his passion at a very young age. He was gifted in discovering musical talent, developing it, and has made quite a few people famous. I appreciated the words that he shared and he also reflected and shared the words of wisdom of his mother.    It seemed the one thing he really was strong in was purposing to live a life of determination.
These words he spoke stood out to me…”I do not look at obstacles, I focus on my destination and I charge toward it.”   I was impressed with his winning attitude.   He was not denying that obstacles can arise, but the strong one does not permit the eyes of his soul to be distracted by such things.   At the end of his interview he said, “My mom used to tell me that when I walk into  a room the room is a better room because you are in it.”  What encouraging words!
Today I encourage you to charge toward the destination that the Lord has set before you.   When obstacles position themselves in your path, determine in your heart that they will not stop you from reaching your destination for Him.   We have a race to run, and if we run it with diligence and determination, we know we shall live victoriously!   Do not quit, and know that God wants to use you to make a difference and change the world around you!

Hebrews 12:1-3    (ERV)

We Also Should Follow Jesus’ Example

“We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. 2 We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. 3 Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying.”

“But What Is God Looking For?”

creation Oct 2014
by Dona Hake
Isaiah 66:2 (AMP)
“For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands.”
As God in Heaven proclaims what He did with the work of His hands He goes on to say, “but here is where I look…” I do not know about you but I want to know what God is looking for. After all the beauty and wonder of His creation He is still looking? I love this because it is reminding us that God’s eyes are moving to and fro watching for the one that will ALWAYS put Him and His Word first and reverently respond to what He says. He is looking for those that even when they mess up they admit they are wrong and receive His forgiveness. He is watching for the man and woman that desires to be humble and respect His Word above their own opinions and thoughts. He is watching you and your heart.
Let us be reminded that God is well pleased with the humble heart.    Know that He is waiting to use that humble heart for His special purposes to bring forth His glory. Think about it…He made it all and in all it’s grand beauty He is still watching for those who desire to be willing and obedient above all else. I encourage you today to think about how He desires to use you as you purpose to remain humble and reverent to His Word.

“Fresh Faith For Today!”

fresh faith for today
by Dona Hake
 Yesterday I shared the scripture with you from Acts 17:28,    “It is through him that we are able to live, to do what we do, and to be who we are..”    May I ask if you have to make a conscious effort to take your next breath or does it just happen?   The Lord desires that we live this life in Him just as we depend upon Him for our next breath.   We need not labor to live for Him but rather we should press in to  live and move and flow from His heavenly abundance, grace and strength.  Let us continue to build our faith and be mindful that our dependency must be upon Him for every moment we live.   The strength we received yesterday was for yesterday’s needs.  Tomorrow is a new day, and we must look to Him for new strength and provision for the needs of today.
I want to share a quote with you written by Francois deFellelon…
“The comfort you find in a moment of faith will 
be completely inadequate for the next.”
It is our human nature to get caught up in moments isn’t it?   Some moments are so wonderful and just unforgettable.   In this life we will be blessed to experience joys that are beyond our belief.   There will also be times in which we release our faith, and we just know heaven and earth has been moved for us.   Oh the joy of those sweet victories.   But know this my friend, we cannot live off of the fumes of yesterday’s faith and victories.
Today I encourage you to reflect on the wonderful victories the Lord has blessed you with but remember that today is a new day with new demands, circumstances, and sometimes obstacles that are going to try to stop you.   Look to Him with faith, new strength and grace for this day, and live and move in Him by faith as you serve Him fresh today!

“It Is Through Him We Live!”

It is through Him that we are able
by Dona Hake
My youngest Granddaughter is still trying to master putting on winter gloves so she can go out and through ball to my German Shepherd.  “Grandma….this is complicated!!!” she says to me.   You see, I still have to help her because she ends up getting two fingers stuck in one of the fingers of the glove.   We laugh as we look at the glove for there is one of the fingers of the glove that is motionless because there is no finger in it.   I always say, “Okay, let’s try this again…”   She opens her little hand and tries to guide each finger where it belongs.   Then I hear, “There!!!! I got it Grandma, now let’s go!!!”
We too are like that glove that really can not move perfectly apart from Him filling each and  every aspect of our being.   He desires to live and flow through us in every area of our walk.   This is His perfect will for us!   Today I want you to remember that you are His very special vessel and He wants you to submit yourself to Him that He can breathe His life into every word you speak, every deed you do, and every circumstance you face today.    He wants to move through you and make you a vessel of honor for Him.   Let us live and move and have our total being in Him!
Acts 17:28 (East To Read version)

 “It is through him that we are able to live, to do
what we do, and to be who we are…”

“Waiting With Expectancy”

new beginnings
I want to encourage your heart in the realm of expectancy from God today.   When we greet Him in prayer, He desires that we couple with our faith an expectation from Him as we wait before Him.  Let us go about our day after we begin in prayer and walk in anticipation of what He is going to do throughout our day!  Do you watch for His hand upon the happenings of your day?    Do you expect Him to show up in unlikely ways?     I hope these questions cause your heart to think about this in a fresh new way today.
Psalm 5:3 (CEB)
” Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.
In the morning I lay it all out before you.
Then I wait expectantly.”
I thank God that His mercies are new every morning and we can wake with the expectancy of a new day with fresh opportunities.
Psalm 145:2 (AMP)
Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You
[affectionately and gratefully praise You];
yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Today I encourage you to draw upon His strength and see your day as a fresh canvas. There may be things that you are facing that tempt your heart to be burdened but be encouraged that God is a God that never grows weary. Lift your eyes toward heaven, and lay your heart open to Him and wait expectantly for Him to guide you throughout your day. All of us have reasons to bless His Name and be thankful. No, maybe everything is not perfect, but take time to call out the blessings that you possess because of the goodness of God.  Today, with it’s new beginning, praise and bless His Name for all the good things you embrace because of His goodness in your life!


“Being Transformed By the Living God”

seek God from the depths of our heart
by Dona Hake
Today I want to share how truth can define who are as  you seek it wholeheartedly.   May we seek His truth from the greatest depths of our hearts like never before! The world is looking for truth, and we must live in such a way that we are living witnesses of the one true and living God. In addition to living truth before a world of those that do not know Him, we need to be living examples among those younger than us in the faith. Therefore, we as believers need to commit ourselves to know that we are walking in the truth that we know that we can be a living testimony of His Word.
Romans 12:1-2  Easy-to-Read Version 

“So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives[a] as a living sacrifice to him—an offering that is only for God and pleasing to him. Considering what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way.  Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.”

The world is putting such a pressure and demand  on all of us but especially our young people. It is trying to mold their minds to adapt to the world’s ways, thoughts, etc. Our billboards give visuals  to us of what beauty and success are, causing us to be tempted to endeavor to measure up to such unreality. How sad it is that these things have so much power that one tries to define themselves by such demands.
If we allow anything or anyone else to define us we lose our ability to grow genuinely and discover what the Lord has for us as an individual.  Confusion will run through our minds over the simplest of problems and decision making. We will be tossed about with every wind of change or newest thing which presents itself as an answer rather than turning our eyes and hearts to the wisdom of God. We need to make the decision to let God define who we are according to His Word and His standards.
It is as we seek His truth with every fiber of our being that we will walk in total freedom from the dictates of this world. What freedom to know we are allowing Him to mold us into what He sees as a success, and not what the world defines as success.    When we continue in His Word, and we receive greater revelation, God will begin to challenge our hearts to change, and this is a good and wonderful thing. There is no need to fret because God will work in you, and it is His good pleasure to work in you, and bring His will to pass in your life.
Philippians 2:13 (AMP)
“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [a]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 [b]delight.”
We can rest assured that as God is at work in us, and He will energize within us the desire to do what it takes to make any changes needed. I encourage you today to look to God’s truth wholeheartedly in everything you put your hand to. He is faithful and well able to cause your hand to prosper, and you will live transformed in the freedom of being who God created you to be! God bless you.

“Eternity Was Planted In Our Hearts”

god alone
by Dona Hake
Make no mistake…whatever God does, He has a plan and a purpose for it.   When God created man, He not only formed him and breathed life into him, He created a place in man’s heart in which His life would fit.   He created man with a need for his Creator.   I can remember two whole years of my life as a teenager in which every night I prayed a particular prayer before I went to sleep.   These were the two years before I gave my heart to Jesus Christ.   My heart was struggling against the living God.   I had two friends diligently praying for my salvation and I was so stubborn.   Every night for those two years before I closed my eyes I would say to God, “There has to be more to this life than this.”    I know now that my heart was implanted with a need for Him and He was the only one that could fulfill that need.   Because of prayer going forth for me, my heart was experiencing a lost and lacking feeling because of my need for the Living God.    My heart continued to grow curious and look for answers.   My friends, I exhort you to never grow weary in praying for those that look hopeless for I can remember how stubborn I was.   I thank God for those that did not give up and continued to pray for me!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
 God has planted eternity in every heart and mind that has ever lived.  But remember this…we  are born with the choice of whom we will look to to satisfy our every need. Within the heart of man is a longing that only God can satisfy yet man who chooses to fill his voids apart from Christ will never be fulfilled. I can remember someone saying that there is a whole in every man’s heart that only God can fill. Until one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord of their life, there will always be a yearning for more and an emptiness in the soul of that person.
 This is how the New Life Version of Ecclesiastes 3:11 is translated:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.”
I particularly want you to look at “man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.”   All of God’s ways and thoughts are above and beyond our comprehending, and the beauty of this fact is that this makes God who He is!  He is beyond us figuring Him out, He is awesome and we should not try to comprehend His ways. 
 Let us trust Him today with all of our hearts. Let us also rejoice that because we know Him, we can live in all of the beauty and abundance that He desires for us. I praise God that He did plant eternity in every man’s heart and mind. Lord, we askthat You lead us in our actions and words that we would be a testimony to those around us that have not yet made that choice for You. God, you have planted eternity within those hearts that are still empty….oh that they would see their need for a Savior!

“The Righteous Man Will Not Be Defeated”

good people fall
by Dona Hake
Proverbs 24:16  (The Expanded Bible)

“Even though ·good [righteous] people

may ·be bothered by trouble [fall] seven times,
they ·are never defeated [ get back up]”
I have been amazed at times at testimonies given by believers of  receiving great strength during some of the deepest trials of their lives.    What a testimony we can be in those times in which situations and circumstances could serve to weaken us yet as we stay focused and keep our hope on Him,  we continue to stand strong!   Yes there will be times that we are weak, weary, and there are times in in which our choices  may set us back. Praise God for those times that even when we are at our worse, He promises to lift us back up…IF we look to Him.     As we reach for His strength in our time of weakness He promises to meet us where we are at, and stand us back up on our feet again.
This life brings obstacles and difficulties that can stand in our way in the good fight of faith, IF we permit them to.  Let me say that again…. things can stand in our way IF we permit them to. Along with difficulties and trials, we can become worn down in our hearts and minds. Many times during trials we can be tempted to focus so much on the problem that our thoughts become saturated with them. Let us meditate on the truth that God has commanded us to be diligent to guard our hearts and minds with His Word. He well knows the fight that we have before us, and He is well able to equip us to fight it!

I want to encourage you today as you run the good race, and set out to serve Him to be diligent to do all that He requires of you and do it with all of your heart. God is looking for a people that are willing to give their all, He is not looking that we do everything perfectly for He knows we are human and that is impossible. He is looking for the pure and diligent heart that seeks to obey Him.


“Satisfied Seeking His Righteousness”

Blessed are they which thirst after righteousness
by Dona Hake
The other morning I found myself reading the beatitudes in the Amplified version and I was loving the wording in this translation.   God desires that we hunger for His righteousness so that He can fulfill that desire.   Let us look at Luke 6:21 in the Amplified:
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness]
are you who hunger now [for righteousness, actively
seeking right standing with God], for you will be [completely] satisfied.”
The words that stood out to me and ministered to my heart were ~blessed~ being defined as ~joyful, nourished by God’s goodness~     You know when we are hungry in the natural, we can reach for the wrong things, and they certainly to not nourish our bodies.   Yet if we are hungry we can reach for that thing that will bring healthy nourishment to our bodies.   I love though how His Word is showing us that as we hunger from deep within for His righteousness that we will be nourished by His goodness, and the blessing of joy will accompany that filling from Him.   
As we seek to walk in righteousness, we are desiring to walk in all that God is.   He is all good, He is all moral excellence, He is all virtue, and He is all pure!  May we actively hunger after His righteousness all the days of our lives for as we do, we will be satisfied and spiritually nourished in that desire.
Psalm 17:15 AMP
As for me, I shall see Your face in
righteousness; I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake
[to find myself] seeing Your likeness.

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!