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If there were no clouds…

on February 10, 2015
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Our church at sunset…

 if there were no clouds

we’d never see the beauty

revealed when they move

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From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised- Psalm 113:3

 For the last few weeks I have felt clouds looming overhead- obstructing my view. But I am learning to trust Him. He always works things out. Every single time.

 This past weekend, my laptop went crazy.  Just fyi- a blank screen with a flashing question mark on your laptop is never a good sign…

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As soon as I realized that this problem was beyond my limited expertise, I started praying. I really needed this laptop to work. I had an assignment due for an online class I am taking, and all my passwords were on it.  I kept praying, and trusting that somehow He was going to work it out for me.

I couldn’t take it anywhere until the next afternoon, and every time I started to get anxious thinking about this computer issue, I prayed.

 I stood in line the next day at the “computer hospital” and prayed some more.  Continuously.  I stepped up to the counter and they told me it would be 12 to 18 days to have it fixed.  They gave me a couple of ideas of what could be wrong with it.  I kept on praying.

“I really need this tonight.” I told them.

“Well, since we are slow right now, we’ll run some more diagnostics on it.”

I stood there and prayed.  And I didn’t stop. I knew that even if it didn’t get fixed that night, that He would guide me in what do to next, but I couldn’t stop hoping.

They took my laptop to the back room for further testing. I felt like I was in a doctor’s waiting room. After what seemed like forever, he came out from the back room.

“I’ve got good news for you. We can fix it. We just received a shipment of the exact part you need this morning and I can have it fixed in the next hour.”

Praise the Lord! 

As I look back on this, and other things that have been a distraction to me lately, I see how He is using these little challenges to draw me closer to Him. He’s working on me-to trust Him more, to have joy in the midst of any circumstance, and to pray continuously- for everything!

When the clouds come my way- Lord, help me to have faith that You’re gonna use them paint a magnificent sunset!

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Philippians 1:6

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23 responses to “If there were no clouds…

  1. lorriebowden says:

    Thank you Julie <3. Yes…we must believe and we must pray…always!!! I have also had clouds in my view and I have been praying so much. Sometimes the answers are obvious and appear immediately. ..other times not so much. But I have faith that everything is happening exactly the way it is supposed to…and the answers may not be what I THOUGHT they SHOULD be…but He knows better…doesn't He??

    Your photos are so lovely and they ring such truth with your words 🙂 I'm so happy they were able to fix your computer 😉 Much love to you ❤ ❤

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you, Lorrie! I am praying for your clouds to move 🙂 I am thankful that His ways are always best! I just have to make sure I am always doing what He asks of me… I was so thankful to have it fixed, and that I was able to turn in my assignment on time! His timing is always perfect 🙂 Much love right back at you!

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  2. atimetoshare says:

    Good reminder to pray for all things. The God of the universe will answer. Great post.

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  3. Trini Lind says:

    I love those magnificent clouds!! 🙂 They are gorgeous!! Lat night I fell asleep watching the changing colors of the moon and today there was a feather rain! 🙂 The Angels are so lovely! 🙂 I am so so happy that your laptop got fixed! Yaaay for faith!! 🙂 ❤

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you so much, Trini!! I hope you write about the moon and the feather rain!! I will be anxiously awaiting your poetry 🙂 I was sooo happy to have my laptop fixed!! Hope your day has been wonderful!!

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for your story and reminder that, “Yes, God works out all things for His glory.”

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  5. Julie, I just love your posts! Thank you for writing and for loving Him like you do.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Oh, Charlotte- thank you so much for your encouragement 🙂 You have made my day! There’s always so much to praise Him for! My father-in-law has a great saying- “Give God the glory, even when you think He doesn’t deserve it- because He does!!” Blessings to you!!

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  6. paulfg says:

    Charlotte says it all! Thank you both!!

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  7. popswally says:

    Such an AWESOME testimony to HIS faithfulness! You remained vigilant to hope and pray, believing that HE would work it out and GOD being every faithful to HIS unchanging word, honored your prayer and belief. I’m love how you stated that even if they couldn’t fix your computer, you KNEW that He would show you what to do next! “…that He would guide me in what do to next, but I couldn’t stop hoping”. Faith in action, prayers are faith in action! Thank you for sharing this with everyone! ~R

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  8. popswally says:

    Reblogged this on Journey With Jesus and commented:
    “I knew that even if it didn’t get fixed that night, that He would guide me in what do to next, but I couldn’t stop hoping”. Faith in action!!!

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  9. Such a powerful and beautiful thought… thanks for this!

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  10. Kathleen Wright says:

    Julie, what an awesome testimony of God working in your life. I am confident there is a song in you about this. Love you

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  11. Beautiful photos & a great message. I hope you are doing well my friend 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks so much, Chris! Doing great- but busy. I am taking two ministry classes right now… and getting ready for the Easter season at church! Hope you are doing well, too!

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      • Doing well also, my little one turned 9 this last weekend. Time is flying & I’m trying to find the balance with everything going on. I had to slow down on some things to make sure I didn’t wear myself down & go crazy!

        2 classes & Easter? You’re going to be very busy for a while I’d guess 🙂

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