“The God Of Peace Is With Us”

 
may the god of peace be with you
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
I originally had a devotional set to send you, and in my heart I felt to change it up, and break it into several devotionals.   My heart has been stirred over the past week as I have been meditating upon maintaining peace and a clear mind.  I believe there is so much power in possessing a mind that is free of distraction and a mind that truly possesses the peace of Christ.
 
  
 
 Today I want to cause you to think about how our Lord is there for us at all times.  Think about it….the God of ALL peace is with us!    He is never too busy, He is never distracted by world affairs, and He is ready to impart to you exactly what you need, especially His peace!   We are the apple of His eye and He desires that we love Him with all of our hearts.  During the Christmas season our minds can be tempted to race so fast for all of it’s demands can cause us to feel there is not enough time in the day.The Lord desires that we listen to Him with minds and hearts that are not distracted by the cares, planning or worries  of this life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
May we purpose that we are keeping our priorities as the Lord is directing us, and let us not permit our goals and priorities to be according to what the world says we are to do. Many times during the  holiday season we may find ourselves neglecting our proper time with the Lord, and our stressed minds can cloud our focus and we may fail in being sensitive to those around us. A mind that is clear and at peace will make right decisions that proceed from His wisdom. Many times our insensitivity to those around us may proceed from having too much on our minds, and we simply do not think before we act and speak. What is sad too is that many times we may be acting insensitively, and not even realize it.
 
 
 
Over the next few days, I am feeling led to share on holding fast to His peace and enjoying the beauty of a heart and mind that is ruled by that peace…that peace that passes all human understanding.   I am going to touch on maintaining our sensitivity with God as well as those around us.
 
 
 
 
Lord we thank You this day that Your peace can touch our hearts and minds in the midst of whatever is going on around us.   We can be anywhere, and if confusion tries to rob our peace, we can trust You to make those “winds” be still in our life!   We praise You for that wonderful peace, in Jesus Name! Amen.
 
 
 
 
 
Philippians 4:7  (Amplified)
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
 
 
 
 


“Real Love Will Cost Us…”

lord enlighten our hearts to love
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
 

Can we ever meditate upon the love of God too much? Absolutely not! Let us continue to seek the depths of His love for there is no end to it … .the depths of His love are beyond our comprehension. His love is unfathomable. 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. 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. ”   I love the following quote by Mother Teresa, and it fits perfectly with our devotional today …

 

 

 

“Love,

to be real,

must cost –

it must hurt –

                                 us must empty it of self.”       Mother Teresa
 
 
 
 
 
 
God is calling us to the high places of His love. He is calling us to the deeper places of His love, and yes … if you desire to go to those places, there will be a cost. I leave you with a wonderful portion of scriptures to meditate upon regarding the love of God. These scriptures show us what His love is and what it is not.
 
 
 
 

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (DARBY)

4 “Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up,

5 does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil,

6 does not rejoice at iniquity but rejoices with the truth,

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails … “
 
 
 
 
 

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!  In Jesus Name we desire this, amen!

 


“His Eyes Are Still Looking”

creation Oct 2014
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have mentioned to you before about the photography group that I am a part of.    This group has members from all over the world, and I have been truly amazed at some of the images that are submitted everyday.   I have one friend that recently submitted some images of the moon.   I was so amazing because I could actually see the craters on the surface of the moon.     I feel overwhelmed and so blessed to see such awesomeness, because it reminds me of how great and wonderful our God is!

 

 

 

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 think about how we are amazed by what we see in creation, yet God is telling us what He is looking to see!     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 today that His eyes are looking and watching for the one who will listen and hear what He is speaking.    Every time you marvel about something about His beautiful creation and you exclaim praise, just think about what His eyes are looking for!   Know that He is waiting and watching for someone that He can use for His purposes. Think about it…He made it all and in all it’s grand beauty He is still watching for those of a humble and contrite spirit. I encourage you today to think about how He desires to use you as you purpose to remain humble and reverent to His Word.



“Equipped By Our Lord”

 
 
 
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by Dona Hake
 
 
I want to apologize for not getting a devotional to you yesterday.   I had some things come up, and time did not permit me to create a devotional for you.  Today I want to share about being equipped by our Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
Have you ever reached for your car keys when you are ready to leave to go somewhere and you cannot find them?   This is always frustrating to me especially if I have a place that I am to be, and I must leave at a specific time.   I absolutely hate being late, and not keeping my word!  What I am sharing today  is such a spiritual analogy that we can learn from.    Just think about it…your car is sitting out front of your home.   This is what you need to get you where you need to go, yet if you cannot find your keys, it is not moving anywhere.   You cannot take your house key and put it in the ignition for it would not work.   It must be a specific key to cause it to start.   So it is with spiritual things!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Have you ever felt that way spiritually? You feel like you have done all you know to do yet you feel like something is missing or misplaced. Many times it may be one little thing, and we just have to find it.
Today I want to encourage you in the fact that the Lord has given us every thing that we need to do that which He has assigned us to do. Good news isn’t it? No matter what the task, the responsibility, or ministry, God has exactly what we need.    If we seek to make things work by our own ability and our own ways, it is the same as trying to make a wrong key fit.

 

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If you ever feel tempted to be anxious about how you are going to do what you need to do for Him, just think about this wonderful scripture. You see, God enables us to walk in His great power as we trust in Him.    When we trust and rely on His grace, the spirit of timidity will have not place in us.  He has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind to do all that He asks. For every door you need to walk through, He has the key to enable us to do so. Trust in Him for He is  able.

 
 
Lord, we ask you today to show us all that we need to accomplish Your will.    May we seek You diligently for those specific keys that are connected to Your enabling us to do Your will.   In the face of not knowing what to do, Lord we choose not to receive a spirit of timidity, but rather a spirit of 
power, love and of self discipline.  In Jesus Name! Amen


“All the Time…God IS Good!!!”

the lord is good
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving to you!   I hope that you have thought about the abundance of blessings in your life for we have much to be thankful for!   Since the beginning of November I have tried to bring you something each day to meditate upon relative to maintaining a thankful heart.   It really is endless when you think about how God is so rich in His blessings toward us.   I love that His eyes miss nothing in my life.   He is concerned about the smallest of details.   Yet my human nature rises up at times when my mind is not renewed with His Word, and I may be tempted to carry care about a problem.   Oh that we would stay mindful that He is able to take care of us.
 
 
 
Matthew 6:27-29 (AMP)
And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing],  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these.”
 
 
 

This scripture reminds us of God’s loving care and how He watches over us. He is there to provide for us all that we need in any particular time.   Think about it…. When you need wisdom…The Lord will provide. When you need strength…The Lord will provide. When you need direction…The Lord will provide.  On this Thanksgiving Day, let us praise the living God for His awesome works and how He has shown Himself to be the Shepherd that takes care of everything, therefore we shall not want.    God is good all the time…all the time God is good!

 
 
 


“What Reasons Do You Have To Praise Him?”

new beginnings
 
 
 
 
 
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.”
 
 
 
Today let us be thankful that as we greet Him in the morning we can lay it all before Him.   That means, our plans, our problems, our uncertainties, all that concerns our hearts.   We can give it all to Him, and then wait expectantly. 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
Now as I read this scripture in Psalm 145:2 my heart is stirred as I think that each day holds new reasons to bless Him affectionately and with a grateful heart.    We need to purpose our hearts to take time as individuals and reflect on His goodness in our lives.   There are so many ways He touches our lives each day.   May we not overlook one of His blessings.   Can you think of new reasons to bless and thank Him today ?   I am sure you can, and when you do, please take time to offer up the thanks that is due Him.
 
 
 
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. We all have much to be thankful for. 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!


“Everything Serves His Plans”

everything serves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Yesterday, we looked at the awesomeness of our loving God, and how we need never be separated from His wonderful love! Whether you believe in God or not…HE IS faithful. Whether you believe He can help you or you feel He can not…you thoughts on the matter do not change what He is able to do. His faithfulness is not dictated by what we do or do not do,  HE WILL ALWAYS BE A FAITHFUL GOD!    We took Him out of our schools, but HE IS still faithful to the heart that is only permitted to silently pray to Him. In a time where we seem to have to be politically correct on ridiculous things about Him…let us remember that HE ALWAYS WAS AND HE STILL REMAINS, for He is faithful!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I can remember a coach being interviewed.    He was a believer and he stated, “I’m not interested in being politically correct, I’m interested in being spiritually correct!” Later in the interview it was mentioned that someone twittered the following comment relative to this, “It is no wonder our youth have no moral compass.” It is a very troubling time in which we live in  isn’t it?

 
 
 
 
 
 

I just want to encourage you to hold fast, do not be moved, for if you are a believer, you serve a God that is faithful. This faithfulness was extended from the moment His hand created the sun and the moon. As He placed the stars in the sky, and created every beautiful thing you enjoy today, let this be a reminder to you of His wonderful faithfulness.  In the present moment that you are living, He is ever so faithful and desires to be a part of your world. Nothing ever changes with God.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Psalm 119:90-91 Living Bible
“Your faithfulness extends to every generation,
like the earth you created;
it endures by your decree,
for everything serves your plans.”

 
 
 
 
 
Ecclesiastes 3:14 (CEV)
“Everything God has done will last forever;
nothing he does can ever be changed. God has done all this,
so that we will worship him.”


“Thanking God for His Inseparable Love”

 
nothing can separate
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.   He is NEVER distant, and He will NEVER leave or forsake us.  We just need to believe this at all times.  Whether things are going great or it seems like everything is going wrong…NOTHING can separate us from Him and His love when we know and understand the depths of His love.
 
 
 
 
 
Romans 8:39 ERV
“….nothing in the whole created world—
will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown
us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
 
 
 
 
Our lives are full of things. We purpose to set time aside to eat, sleep, work and play. Let us be ever so diligent to carve out moments during the day and dedicate them to sit in His presence and acknowledge Him. Talk with Him about how you feel and what you fear. Ask Him about everything that concerns you. He is bound to you by His love! Do not go by feelings and do not go by what you see. He is ALWAYS with you and nothing can separate you from Him. Praise Him because of His inseparable love for you!!
 
 
 
 
Father, today we give thanks to You for Your inseparable love!   Your love is incapable of parting from us. We give thanks for Your faithfulness that is brand new every morning.   Throughout our day we can come to You and You will faithfully listen to our cry.   Today we give thanks to  You for that inseparable love! 


“Our God, the Potter”

work of potters hands
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Everyone of us are still under the molding and workmanship of the Master’s hands. His hands are loving and they work with purpose. Some days we might not feel all that great on the outside and things may be a bit stormy on the inside but know this…God’s loving hand is at work in our life.  Today we thank Him that every day is a new day, and He continues to work by His grace in our life!
 
 
 

Isaiah 64:8 (the Voice translation)

“Still, Eternal One, You are our Father.

We are just clay, and You are the potter.

We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.”

 
 
 
 

Next time you feel tempted to question your own worth I encourage you to refer to this scripture.  In those times discouragement tries to rob your soul because you may be not be where you wish you were spiritually, remember…God is at work in you.   He has a perfect plan, and He works in His perfect timing.    God is not done with you yet!!!    YOU ARE the work of His hand! God bless you.



“Being Thankful For His Kindness In You!”

kindness given
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Earlier this week in my devotionals we were looking at being thankful for God given opportunities.   We looked another day at being thankful for His grace at work in us.   Yesterday I had shared about being thankful for where He has placed us, therefore, we will bloom where we are planted!   Today we will look at being thankful for opportunities in which He can channel His kindness through us.   I don’t know about you, but I feel quite honored to know that the Lord desires to use me everyday, and I am thankful for that!
 
 
 
 
 
I can remember  a particular time in which I was on the receiving end of several acts of kindnesses.  I praised God for those that decided to be obedient to His voice, and touch me in a kind way.  Those kindnesses came to me and blessed me greatly  in the midst of some obstacles.   I felt like those acts of kindnesses in the midst of adversity was like the hand of God reaching down and blessing me and refreshing my soul.    Are you positioning yourself each day to possibly be called upon to be a vessel of His love and kindness?
 
 
 
 
 
Today I am pondering in my heart how I can be used to be kind to those around me. I want to seek out those opportunities so I can lift someone up. The interesting fact about kind deeds and words is that they cost us not one penny to give. Yes, it may cost our time and energy  as we give, but the Lord is faithful to bless us abundantly. I leave you with this most beautiful quote from a woman that I greatly admire and esteem. Mother Teresa was truly an example of being a vessel of God’s love and kindnesses.
 

 

 

 

Let no one ever come to you without leaving

better and happier. Be the living expression of

God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness

in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

— Mother Teresa

 
 
 
Lord, we ask you today to help us seek You about our time and how we use it.   We desire to position ourselves that You are able to call upon us to be a vessel of kindness and love to that needy one in my path.   Help me to see the one in need, and give me the words or show me the deed that You desire me to do.   We give thanks to you for those divine opportunities, and we are grateful for how You choose to use us today!  In Jesus Name, Amen!
 
 



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!