Still

Still

  • 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):

4 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].

8 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: 
Still, 
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.

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Five Minute Friday: Deep

According to Wikipedia, the deepest natural point in the world is the Mariana Trench, also known as the Marianas Trench. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean and its maximum known depth is 36,070 ft (10,994 meters).

To give us an idea of how deep 36,070 feet is, Wikipedia informs us that if Mount Everest, which is  29,029 feet (8,848 meters) is dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would be 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) below the surface of the Marianas Trench.  Now that is deep; however, as deep as the Trench is, it has a limit because the Pacific Ocean has a floor. Our Father’s love, on the contrary, is limitless. There is no end to His love as reiterated throughout the Bible and stated powerfully in the song, “O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus.”*

Here is the first verse: 
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above 

My favorite rendition of this beautiful song is by the group, Selah, and it is shared below. Mark Ladd and Samuel T. Francis are the songwriters and the full lyrics of “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” can be found here.


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Five Minute Friday: Value

Value – The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.

What is your value? What are you worth? Not much, according tothe world’s standards, if you lack wealth, accomplishments, popularity, physical beauty, possessions, intellect, power, status, and the like.

What is your value? What is your worth?

You were worth Jesus to God. “For God so loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His[One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This, dear one, is your true value. This is your true worth.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Value.” The definition of “Value” used in the post is from oxforddictionaries.com.

Five Minute Friday: One

David craved one thing from God and sought one thing above all else. He craved and sought after this one thing: the privilege of living with God every moment in God’s house, finding the sweet loveliness of God’s face, filled with awe, delighting in God’s glory and grace. To live his life so close to God that God took pleasure in his every prayer” (Psalm 27:4, TPT). He craved and sought after one thing.

Paul had accomplished much for the cause of Christ. But he made it clear that he had a singular goal and everything he would do was to accomplish this goal. He stated, “Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that or which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14, AMP).

I read the words of David and Paul and wonder, “What is my one thing? What is the one thing I crave from God?* What is the one thing I am seeking after above all things? What is the one thing under which all my strivings and my longings can be subsumed? And, I hope you do not think me rude for asking, dear reader, “What is yours?”

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Five Minute Friday: Burden

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I heard a story once of a man who was carrying a heavy load while walking. A passerby in a cart offered him a ride. He accepted the ride but continued to carry his load, while seated in the cart. The driver of the cart invited him to place his burden on the floor of the cart. The man refused. He did not want to add to the burden of the animal pulling the cart.
We shake our heads at his misguided effort to lessen the burden of the animal, knowing that from the minute he stepped into the cart, the animal was already carrying him and his burden. God is already carrying you. Give that burden you are carrying to Him.FMF
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Five Minute Friday: Repeat

Repeat

Sometimes I ask, “Can you repeat that?” because I did not hear what was said or did not hear clearly what was said. But sometimes when I ask, “Can you repeat that?” it is because what was said filled me with joy and wonder and I want to hear it again and again and again. The repetition causes the truth to take up residence deep within.

Such is the case with the truth that God is with me, with you, and will not forsake us ever. And He repeats it in Scripture in the Old and New Testaments. To a nation. To individuals. Here are some examples. In a time of transition, He said to Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One  who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

And to Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5). 

In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 

And in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Let us develop the habit of repeating only His words to ourselves.  “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

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I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Saturday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Repeat.” The definition of “repeat” is from merriam-webster.com. All Scripture references are from the New King James Version.  

Sustenance from the archives+ & FMF: Moment

Sustenance from the archives+ (31)

 

A moment, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a minute portion or point of time.”

“A minute portion.” Small. Tiny.

But what a difference a moment can make.

A momentary glace away can cause an accident.

A word thoughtlessly spoken in a moment can inflict a wound that takes years to heal.

A decision made on the “spur-of-the-moment” can result in consequences that last a life time.

Taking a moment to encourage someone can make the difference between someone giving up or continuing to press forward.

Taking a moment to notice God’s goodness and give thanks can transform the mundane into the sacred.

A moment.

A minute portion or point of time.

But what a difference a moment can make.


Today’s post is for Five Minute Friday (FMF) and Day 16 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Moment.”  To read the post for Day 25 of the series, please click on the link below. To learn about Five Minute Friday (FMF), click here.

Day 25: Capture