But, God

 Celebrate God all day, every day.
 I mean, revel in him! 
Make it as clear as you can to all you meet 
that you’re on their side, 
working with them 
and not against them. 
Help them see that the Master is about to arrive.
 He could show up any minute!
Philippians 4:6-8

I have been carrying this verse around in my heart and head all week.
Is is any surprise that I have come under extreme enemy attack?
Surrounded by such beauty, in stark contrast to the ugliness that parades itself 
and exalts itself against Him in this world.
I am staying close to Him but it has been challenging.
When the enemy closes in with his cronies, he brings
discouragement, accusation, distraction and ambush.

But, God…
 also works together on our side. 
Surrounding us with great beauty and reminders of His love and faithfulness. 

Don’t fret or worry. 
Instead of worrying, pray.
 Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, 
letting God know your concerns.
 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, 
everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. 
It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry 
at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; 
the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse…

 Do that, and God, 
who makes everything work together, 
will work you into his most 
excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:6-9 
(The Message)

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