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A Look At The Past Year

about the author

Andrea Olson is a worship leader, recording artist, coach and founder of Overflow Worship, a ministry for Worship Leaders and entire teams.  Andrea (with family in tow) travels the Midwest  leading worship, training teams and equipping church leaders with practical tools to thrive in ministry. Andrea continues to release new songs for the church to sing and new resources on overflowresource.com, which she started in 2020, to help churches train their leaders and worship teams.

The Gratitude Series

This blog in the Gratitude Series was written from the heart of worship leader and Overflow Resource founder, Andrea Olson.

Gratitude is at the heart of Overflow Resource. Join us as we walk through life marked with gratitude for our Savior. Whether you are a worship leaders, worship team member, ministry volunteer, or simply love the Church, welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

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I’m grateful for family time.  I started this blog because the Lord put it on my heart to take time to reset and refocus. This is a time for me to refocus my heart on God and to prepare for what He wants me to do in the next week, while looking back and being grateful in the past week. My prayer is that these blogs help you refocus and take the time to reset your heart as well. 

I also want to be an encouragement to you. In these times we focus on gratitude because I believe that when we choose to live in gratitude things change. Our hearts change. Our perspective shifts. Does it change our circumstances? Probably not. But it gives us a healthy perspective in them.

I also believe it brings clarity and you can navigate your way through your challenges a little bit easier. If your heart and mind aren’t dwelling on the circumstance and the pit but instead, they are dwelling on what you do have access to, your perspective tends to be more positive.

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about this season and about the year of 2020. And I know I’ve heard it a lot and you’ve probably heard it a lot, but people are saying they cannot wait until the 2020 season is over.

In my heart I want to make sure that I’m not dwelling on the negative things that happened in 2020. Instead having a perspective of; God, what did you want to teach me in 2020? What did you take me through on my journey? We don’t have to be grateful for everything we went through, but we can be grateful in it. We can choose to take things with us into the next year, the next season, and we can choose to leave some things behind. We can leave them at the foot of the cross and shed those things we don’t need to carry. And the things that we’ve learned and things we don’t want to forget that we can take with us because it’s impacted our lives. Both of these categories are in 2020 and our task is to look through and choose what we do and don’t want to leave behind.

What I’m choosing to pull from this last week and give me a springboard and catalyst into this next week is the incredible amount of family time that we have gotten in 2020. My family homeschooled before the pandemic started, and we didn’t have that huge shift like so many other families did. Even so, because of the circumstances of 2020 had a ton of extra family time. And I’m grateful for it because we won’t get that time back.  I don’t want to get to next year, or even next month and look back and think ‘I blew it, I lost an opportunity to spend that extra time with my kids and the extra time to invest in them and spend time with my husband and invest in that relationship.’ I’m just so grateful for that in 2020. It’s helped us to begin some new things, and to be a catalyst for us to launch into the upcoming year.

If you are thinking about this last year or even this last week, what are some things you can choose to be grateful for and not forget? How can that impact you for the better moving forward?

Because that’s what gratitude does, it shifts our perspectives moving forward. I challenge and encourage you to write it down and keep a journal. We keep gratitude journals and it’s really powerful to look back and see all the things God has done and His faithfulness. And even in the darkest days, fighting for those things that I was grateful for was something that kept my head up.

That’s how I am choosing to jumpstart my weeks. I take time to be grateful and let that motivate me for the upcoming week. And even if this past week seemed hard and there isn’t something you can think of, let that motivate you for this week to find something to be grateful for. As we get busy and the week begins, we can push ourselves to move froward with intention and gratitude.

Living in gratitude doesn’t mean we brush the situation under the rug and not deal with it. Living in intention means facing the problem or situation and even so being grateful.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about light. It’s interesting because it’s been on my heart for God to shine his light on us and on truth. The verses I am reminded of are in Isaiah and Matthew about a light of the world and a city on a hill that will not be hidden.  I believe that we have the opportunity to be the light. This term can be overused some times, but really, it’s not so. This light is fresh and new and life giving. Matthew 5:16 says.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Going to the truth of the scriptures will light our way. We have an opportunity to let God’s light shine through us. Let it not be a cliché but let it refresh you. It will be challenging, but well worth it.

Let’s live in intention. Take a deep breath and write down some thing you want to take into the next week.

We may not be grateful for every situation, but we can be grateful in every situation.