I can do all things through . . .

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This week has been hectic deluxe. When this morning showed up I was just overwhelmed at how little week was left and how much there still was to do. I came to my office and just told the Lord that I didn’t have enough to get it all done. I opened up my bible to Psalms, my usual place for solace. But it didn’t click. I switched over to Isaiah and found myself in chapter 40 and at the very end of the chapter there was my solace.

“Yet those who wait (hope) for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not get weary.” (v.31)

God’s Word revealed the true nature of my heart — that I am still determined to do all things on my own, instead of through Christ. Weeks like this one push me to the place where I just feel like I can’t do more and when in final desperation I talk to the Lord about it He calms my heart and points out that my problem is my self-reliance. My hope was in my efforts, not the Lord.

How true is His word when it says, “Revive me O Lord, according to They word.” (Ps. 119:107)



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This I KNOW . . .

. . . That regardless of the events of my life God is aware of them. He knows of them and plans to use them for my good — whether that is in this life or the next, His good is better than my best!

. . . That any event can be used by God to draw attention to Him and give him fame and glory.

. . . That God is deserving of ALL fame and glory, not for all that He has done but simply because of who He is!

. . . That He extends grace sufficient for the moment that will carry me in any circumstance.

. . . That my choices make a difference. Although I may not see the ripples of my choices or know who encounters them, they go out from the moment of decision and can not be taken back or undone.

. . . that God makes beauty from ashes, good from bad, awe from awful.

. . . That God is so good to me and even when the difficulties of the day seem to much to carry He stands with me, carrying my burden for me when I give Him permission to. He is So VERY VERY good to me.

. . . That I can never thank Him enough. I am humbled by His goodness.

God’s grace at work in my life!


It has been a great season of spiritual growth in my life as of late. I can’t explain it all, I don’t understand it that well. I can’t point to any one thing. Instead I think it is the cumulative effect of lots of things going on in life that play on my sin nature and the fears that constantly try to overwhelm me coupled with my time in the Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

The result has been peace. Overwhelming peace in the midst of circumstances that just a few weeks ago would have totally sapped away my vitality for ministry, family and life in general. My gratitude for God’s grace is unspeakable. I’m overjoyed at what God is doing in my heart and mind.

“Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.”
Psalm 119:49-50

Psalm 46: Personal paraphrase

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I have been reading and thinking through Psalm 46 this morning. Sometimes it helps me to rewrite a passage in my own words. This is what I came away with for this Psalm.

“I can hide in God and He will be my strength. He is always there to help in times of trouble. Because I can hide in Him and He is my strength and is there to help me, I won’t be afraid, no matter what. Even if the ground falls away from beneath my feet!

God lives among a city, His city – the city of God. He is in this city and sustains it. It will never fall. At the crack of dawn He is there to sustain it. Meanwhile, nations are in turmoil with each other. Some fall, others rise. But God merely lifts His voice and all fall silent. They melt away before Him.

This same God is with us. This God, who goes back to Jacob, He is our fortress where we can be safe.

Take a minute and see the works, all the things God has done. He brings desolation to the Earth. He makes wars end. He destroys the weapons of war so they can’t be used again.

He calls us, tells us to take all this in. Be still. Know that I am God. Every nation will take note of me. All the Earth will know of Me and my work.

God Almighty, this ageless, timeless God is with us. He protects us!”

What keeps you out of the palace? Abiding: Day 1

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“Who would, after seeking the King’s palace, be content to stand in the door, when he is invited in to dwell in the King’s presence, and share with Him in all the glory of His roayal life? Oh, let us enter in and abide, and enjoy to the full all the rich supply His wondrous love has prepared for us!” (pg 13)

Why do so many live outside the palace instead of living in it? Why have I done this so many times? I am sure the reasons are different for every person. For me, I think my pride keeps me from admiting my sin and failure. I hate coming to a holy God and telling him again that I have failed. It’s no suprise to Him. He knows of my failures. So it’s not that I hate disclosing my sin to God. I hate admiting it. I hate my own failure and having to address it. And thus, I choose to live outside the palace instead of go inside and have to face Him and admit my sin again.

How silly. How frail. Lord, help me to come to grips with my fear of failure.

What keeps you out of the palace?

My Jesus is too human

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I have been reading from and about Psalms 23. Perhaps one of the classic works on this psalm is Philip Keller’s “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.” My mentor of over 30 years gave me a copy of this book back in the 80’s — I started to read it today. (embarassing!) But I don’t think this book could ever be more important to my walk with Lord than it is right now. I have been struggling with some questions as of late that I have never deeply dealt with before.

God has been faithful to meet me in His Word or through others saints who have tread similar paths and lived to write about it. I haven’t gotten the answers I need yet, but I feel God is leading me toward them.

Part of that journey included coming across this excerpt of Keller’s book,

When He was God incarnate amongst men, He declared emphatically, “I am the good Shepherd.”

But who was this Christ?

Our view of Him is often too small — too cramped — too provincial — too human. And becasue it is we feel unwilling to allow Him to have authority or control — much less ourtight ownership of our lives.”

Is your view of Christ too small, too cramped, too provincial, too human? Talk to me. Walk with me.

His hope is realized

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“But hope that is seen is not hope at all; for who hopes for what he already sees?” — Romans 8:24

My father-in-law, Joseph Ducanis, Sr., now sees his Hope. He no longer waits for it. It is not unseen any more. He no longer has hope because his hope has been realized. Paul says it is not hope if you see it. Dad Ducanis now sees, he stares and worships what was once hope but is now reality. He is with his Savior, Christ Jesus.

As I have been thinking about our study of hope and Dad’s passing, heaven has become more real to me. Jake, BJ’s 22 year old nephew, was waiting for Dad Ducanis when he arrived. They are not hopeful people any longer. They have no need to be. They are with Jesus.

I love the thought of Jake being with his granddad. The two of them waiting on the rest of us. Those of us who are left . . . still hoping.

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