Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Who is in Control? - A Dose of Encouragement 6


Today I'm starting off with a question.

“What are the encouraging words you want to hear when you’re having a hard day?"

Sometimes things going on around us get us down and really that is only natural.  


One week I had heard about something that really disappointed me.  I was hurt and annoyed that when setting standards for choosing a group of people (in which I was not involved) it was obvious that good ethics had not been taken into consideration.
       
Although I told myself that everything works out for good because God says so in His Word it seems that I didn’t really believe this on that occasion.

          The next day this was still on my mind and then everything else I was doing was just not going as planned so basically I was having a "bad day".  While driving along in the car I decided to listen to a new CD to take my mind off everything. 

One of the tracks started and I thought that it was just horrible but maybe it would improve.  As a song it didn’t get much better but then the words really struck me.  

    Over and over it repeated

“God is in control, God is in control.” 

I played that track many, many times and still I could not say that I liked that song, but God certainly told me then, that He was in control.

There they were, the encouraging words I needed to hear that day.  They may not have been what I would have thought I wanted to hear because in all likelihood I would probably just have wanted someone to agree with me about my bad day - you know coffee and sympathy.
But God knows what we really need to hear even if we should already know it.

I am so thankful that God knows us better than we do and I am thankful that God was ready to use this song to to tell me what He wanted me to hear.

  
Do we sometimes need a nudge to remind us of what we already know? 

  Yes I believe we do; to help us really believe it at all times.


Well I still don’t like the song too much but then God doesn’t have to only use the things we like to speak to us, does He?


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38 comments:

  1. You've given me something to think about here - that we want people to agree about our mess - and that made me think about when I needed encouragement about one of my sons - I didn't want people to agree he was a mess - I wanted people to agree with God's plan - and so your post made me think that maybe I ought to look at the mess of my day - and have people agree it will fulfill God's plan - not confirm it's a mess - thanks opening my eyes here - and think outloud!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for dropping by and thinking about my words. I pray this will bless you.

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  2. Love your nudge with words of peace !

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words Sonya.

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  3. Hey there Sandra - God is most definitely in control over everything, and i've learned the hard way that if I allow Him the opportunity, He uses the pain, the disappointments in life for His glory. Just like Jesus on the cross, God hated the brutality His Son went through, but He knew it would bring glory to Him and His love for us would shine through the suffering. Im so glad that you stopped by my blog today. ((HUGS))

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    1. Amen Teresa, and I love it that we can encourage each other too.

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  4. I enjoyed your post today. Thanks so much for sharing it with me.

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    1. Thank you Judith, I so enjoy linking up with your blog hop and seeing what you are doing too.

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  5. A simple and timely message. I really enjoyed reading this post. It is funny how the song was there just in time for when you needed encouragement. God is in control. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That's right Mary, He is sooo in control to have everything ready for us just at the right time. It is nice to meet you and come back and join us for more encouragement each Wednesday.

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    2. Mary I just added you to my circles and had a quick look at your website. Love the bit where you said you would have your parents match you up with your husband and the other lovely things you said about him. Reminds me of what I think of mine.

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  6. Yes, this was encouraging and I needed the reminder as much as you did, even if it wasn't really what we wanted to hear. :) Thanks for sharing at Tell His Story.

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    1. Reminders are good for us, thanks for dropping in Jen

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  7. It's when we don't want God to be in control that He reminds us, any way He can use, that He indeed is. GREAT POST!

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  8. Thanks for linking up with us at #TellHisStory!

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    1. Enjoying trying to get round the links at #TellHisStory

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  9. Many times I have been driving down the road when just the right song comes on the Christian radio station and I am in tears...Love how he can speak to us through music.

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    1. Hi Mindy, so true He can really work through music

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  10. This wonderful post is one of three posts from the February Great Blog Train blog hop that received the most "clicks" & is being featured: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2014/02/february-2014-great-blog-train-results.html
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. I am thrilled to have been third the first time I've been on the Train, thank you for hosting it.

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  11. Congratulations on being featured on The Great Blog Train! My 'featured' post went live today! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Hi Marci, I am delighted to be featured. The idea of the train made me smile when I joined in but I never thought I'd be third. Thank you for hosting.

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  12. I have recently been having some health struggles and I need to remind myself CONSTANTLY, that God is in control. We may not feel it at the time, but that doesn't change the fact that HE is!

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    1. Hi again Anita, sorry to hear about your health. You are right we may not always feel it but it is the fact that counts.

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  13. Thanks for these encouraging words!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Hi again Mel, and thank you for the encouragement.

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  14. God controls everything. It should be put in our mind all of the time to remind ourselves that we belong to God and nothing possible for God to do. We are just a small tiny creature. Thank you for a wonderful reflection in Pintastic Piteresting Party.

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    1. Hi again Adelien, enjoying the Pintastic party

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  15. Great reminder: If only "THEY" would do it MY way." (Or what I consider to be God's way.) Then like your song that you don't like, we are reminded that God is in control. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

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  16. I love how God knows what we need to hear and I love the way you listen. What a difference it makes when we tune our ear to His voice, no? Lovely thoughts here, friend.

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  17. God is in control and when the reminder comes loud and clear as yours did it is time for us to let go and let God. Thank you for the encouragement. Coming to you today from Weekend Brew. Blessings, Mary!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your encouraging words at The Weekend Brew!

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  19. Great words here, Sandra. When I am having a rough day, the fact that God IS in control really does encouragement (and keeps me trusting Him.)

    Thanks for this important message and linking up with #EverydayJesus

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  20. Enjoyed your post! Thanks for sharing. God always finds a way to tell us exactly what we need to hear at the exact time :-) Excited to connect with you via the #BloggerCareGroup

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  21. Not everything is in top condition, I always pray that God, you are in control in my life.

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  22. Control is so such a hard thing to 'give up'.

    I struggled with that issue mightily until one day I just let go.

    It was such a relief.

    And this was a cool link to the letter C.

    Thank you for sharing it.

    A+

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