Giving Thanks First

Giving thanks first is a simple thing that can change everything. It changes your outlook and your attitude. It invites God in to do a miracle.

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.

‭‭John‬ ‭6:11 ‭NLT‬‬

Instead of looking at the enormity of what He needed, Jesus gave thanks first for the little that had been provided.

Jesus did that a lot. He gave thanks first.

It is a game changer because it has nothing to do with what you actually have in your hands but in what God can do with it.

It is how you take what little you have and ask God to bless it, multiply it and use it to bless others.

Don’t wait to give thanks until you have everything you need, give thanks for what you have now, no matter how small it seems. God can use it to do more than you could possible imagine.

May your day be filled with moments of giving thanks before you have what you need, life transforming hope in what God can do with it and heaven sent resources to do what God has called you to do.

What are you giving thanks first for today?

Fear Buster


Today, I choose joy.

I choose to trust God.

I choose to open my eyes to the miracles around me and open my heart to the blessings waiting to be discovered.

I choose to fill my heart with worship instead of worry and fill my mind with faith instead of fear.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬

I know it is not easy. When your heart is overwhlemed with anxiety choosing anything feels impossible, but God has given you the ulitimat “DIY” Fear Buster:  with thanksgiving.

The power of giving thanks can break the mighty grip of fear and shatter the foundation of anxiety.

Give thanks for anything then move into everything and keep going. Spend as much time as you need, there is no limit.

When you choose thanksgiving, you are choosing joy.

Give thanks. Then, when you are done, begin again and re-joice.

Rejoice in all the things, all the people and all the blessings you already have as you lay what you need before your faithful Father in Heaven.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.

The Lord is near.”

Phillipians 4:4-5 (NIV)

Got fear?  God is near. 

Give thanks and let God care of the fear.