Pausing During The Holidays

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 know we are coming to a busy week and a lot of you might be scurrying around thinking about what the week will be like, prepping for family, food and whatever else is on your list. I wanted to take a moment and pause with you. Because I’m doing the same thing- I’m running around trying to get things done and wrap everything up so we are ready to go. But I think it’s really easy to lose sight of the important things. I know we’ve all heard that before, but for me the purpose of these gratitude blogs is to be an encouragement and an intentional moment to pause. A time to take a breath, reset, and refocus. Because that’s what I try and want to do as well.

We are going to take a few minutes here and take a deep breath. I want to encourage you to think back on this week and ask, what is something from this past week that I can choose to be grateful for? What is something that amongst the busyness and chaos that I can choose gratitude in? There’s a big distinction in that because you may not be grateful for it, but you can be grateful in it.

I’ve been exhausted this past week, to be honest. And I think there’s a spiritual battle going on where I feel bombarded.  I’ve been having to fight to focus and stay in gratitude. God wants us to live in gratitude. So that’s been my focus the last few days. It’s a purpose, a frame of mind and a choice. I encourage you after you read this, pause and say “Lord, what can I choose to be grateful for?”

A big thing to be grateful for is God sending his son. What greater thing is there to be grateful for than that? And in this season, that’s what we get to remember and celebrate. I know that this year may be different, and our plans have changed. When it comes to Christmas season, we can easily get selfish. Not necessarily when it comes to gift giving but when something upsets my traditions or the things that I wanted to do. That also can be an indication or temptation to be selfish.

This year especially we’ve had everything routine or “normal” taken away. Holidays and birthdays and everything we thought was normal has been shifted and changed. But I believe that God is doing work beneath the surface and unearthing some things that needed to be unearthed or dealt with. This season can bring hurt and sadness because of past experiences, and this year is adding to that. OR this season can bring joy and tradition, but they will be different because of the circumstances surrounding our world.

No matter what, it’s important to keep the main thing- Jesus- the main thing. And being grateful that God sent Jesus to save this earth from ourselves and sins. I encourage you to pause and think about what you are grateful for in this season. And let that be a pillar for you as you celebrate this year. The posture of gratitude will help carry you through the next week. A helpful tool can be to set a time each day to pause and realign with what you are grateful for.

I want to share Psalms 138 with you. This is something I’ve been dwelling on the past week. And I’ve been songwriting around what this chapter has to say. It’s a great perspective shift and a way for us to lift our eyes to Him.

Psalm 138 TPT says…

I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart
I worship you in the presence of angels!
Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice
as I sing my loving praise to you.
I bow down before your divine presence
and bring you my deepest worship
as I experience your tender love and your living truth.
For the promises of your word and the fame of your name
have been magnified above all else!
At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me!
You strengthened me deep within my soul
and breathed fresh courage into me.
One day all the kings of the earth
will rise to give you thanks when they hear the living words
that I have heard you speak.
They too will sing of your wonderful ways,
for your ineffable glory is great!
For though you are lofty and exalted,
you stoop to embrace the lowly.
Yet you keep your distance from those filled with pride.
By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation
and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
Your power set me free from the hatred of my enemies.
You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me!
Since your love for me is constant and endless,
I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me!

I love where it says, “You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me.” Let that be our pillar. Let it be our focus this week. That God has kept every promise and He won’t stop now. He is faithful to complete it. Maybe you need to read this psalm and praise him for it. Speak the truth over your life and begin your week with Gratitude.

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