The Cloud Lifts

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clouds gently disperse

exposing the brilliant sun’s

extravagant light

I had a cloud hanging over me this week.  I got up one morning and didn’t feel like doing anything.  Tired, and lacking energy, I felt like staying in bed all day.  My husband made up a wonderful word to describe my “funk”-  moopy… a lovely combination of mopey and moody…If I had let my thoughts stay there, it most definitely would have been a less than stellar day.   But I got up, went through the normal morning routine, and prayed.  I prayed a lot.  Honestly, I didn’t really even feel like doing that, either.

Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out- Romans 12:2 

Even though a cloud was hanging over me, I knew His light was shining bright behind it.  I have to remember to hold tight to Him and not be lead by my emotions.

Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it- Romans 12:2

What does He want from me?  Obedience.

To keep pressing on.

To trust Him completely- even when I don’t see the light.

To take everything I routinely do and offer it to Him as an act of worship.

And you know what happened?  I got more done that day than I had in a long time!  And before I knew it, the cloud went away and He was shining brighter than ever.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  
Romans 12:1-2  The Message

Lord, I am grateful for an extra dose of Your grace and the strength on those days when I am not “feeling” it.  Help me to focus on You- in spite of my circumstances, and to praise You at all times.  May my eyes look up to You, and may everything I do bring You glory!

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

19 thoughts on “The Cloud Lifts

    1. Thank you for your encouragement 🙂 His joy is always present! And I thank Him for those “down” days because He never fails to lift me up and He always puts a new song on my heart! Blessings to you!

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