• up to and including the present or the time mentioned
  • even now (or then) as formerly
  • yet
  • nevertheless
  • inspite of that
  • despite that  
  • notwithstanding

Still. Yet. Notwithstanding. Even now.

Habakkuk had heard news that caused him to tremble within and without. That caused his lips to quiver and “decay and rottenness” to enter his bones. And yet, still, notwithstanding, he made this declaration:

Though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fails
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock is cut off from the fold
And there are no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord;
I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation.

And, Abba Father, You remind me of Your instructions through the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4-8 (AMP):

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance,and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 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].

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

ABBA, hear my prayer: 
up to and including the present or the time mentioned,
even now (or then) as formerly, yet, nevertheless, inspite of that, despite that, nothwithstanding … 
Help me to remain faithful to You. Help me live a life of worship. Help me rejoice in You. Help me obey You. Still.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Sunday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Still.”�<

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