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.
This blog in the Gratitude Series was written from the heart of worship leader and Overflow Resource founder, Andrea Olson.
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I am a worship leader and a songwriter, but first I am a wife and momma. I love that role and am so grateful for my family. I am grateful to be a worship leader and to be in the presence of God and taking other people there too. I also love teaching. I love to encourage people in that way and bring them along into something new. I really believe that God has called me to be someone who gives people a chance who maybe wouldn’t have been given a chance. That is my heart’s cry and my heart for ministry. I wanted to start these blogs of gratitude, because it’s a way to connect with you and encourage you wherever you are at.
A huge piece of my journey has been thinking about life through the lens of gratitude and making a point and decision to choose gratitude. It’s been a huge piece of my marriage and now we are bringing our girls along in that as well. And really that is what my song “Monument” is all about. I strongly believe it is important for us to take pictures and snap shots of life and commit them to memory, whether we journal them or make a sign and hang it on the wall; it’s important to commemorate that moment of God’s faithfulness. I want to tuck those moments away and hide them in my heart, so I won’t forget. Then I can look back and see those monuments I’ve built, and it will remind and strengthen me for the hard times in the future. I want the same for you.
More than likely it won’t be a physical monument, like we read about with Israelites in the Old Testament, but it’s a monument that we’ve documented saying, “we want to remember this forever.” It gives us strength for the future to say, “I am going to face trials but God has been faithful, He won’t stop now.” And that is a key reminder throughout our entire lives.
One of the ways we’ve been living this out as a family, is at the dinner table we talk about what we are grateful for. And it ranges with the ages of our kids from the little thing like the food on the table, mommy, or my new shirt, all the way to really big and huge things. But I think it’s important to implement and make that a consistent routine in our lives.
What I wanted to do is take a moment and provide space to stop, take a breath and just think for a bit and process what has gone on in the past week.
To be honest with you, this past week was really hard for me. You would think it would be great and awesome because we were on vacation. And I am really grateful for that and we had a sweet time, but some things happened and came up back home that we had to deal with and process through that weren’t fun. But I am super grateful that we were in a different space and place. And I was praying that on vacation God would use that change of pace and scenery to change our perspective and give us new perspective and I really believe that He did. God knew these difficulties were going to come and he knew that we would be on vacation while it happened. And in this different place and environment we were able to have different perspective and thoughts.
There is something different that takes place when we purpose to change our environment and scenery. And if you were reading from the beginning of this series, I talked about a change of scenery plus a change of pace equals a change of perspective. Maybe you can’t physically change your place right now, but you can take this moment and this time to let this be your change of pace.
I look back and think about what I’m grateful for this past week- well I’m grateful that we were in a new space and have a different perspective to navigate through these challenges that we were dealing with. And I’m also really grateful that we have time together as a family even though vacations looked a little different. Something that has been really monumental for my family, has been the difference between grateful for and grateful in. I might not have been grateful for some of the things we had to deal with, but I can certainly choose to be grateful in them. There is a huge different in that subtle shift.
So I encourage you as you sit here, take a breath, exhale and ask the Lord to speak to you. To show you what are some of the things you can focus on that you’re grateful for from this past week. What are some of the things that God did that you can really commemorate? And maybe they aren’t huge life changing things, but what can you choose to be grateful for from this last week? I challenge you to write down and keep a gratitude journal, a tangible reminder to look at and remind yourself of God’s faithfulness.
Before the week starts, we can refocus from the last week and use that gratitude to spring and kickstart into the next week. Because when we begin in gratitude it changes everything! We don’t float around like ponies and unicorns all the time and think everything is perfect, because it isn’t, but if we can set our hearts and shift our perspective, we can thrive in this season.
Tuesday will come and go, and whatever happens is going to happen. There are going to be people happy and upset no matter what happens. And we have a choice to navigate through that with a perspective of gratitude and a perspective of maybe not happy about it but still grateful in it. And I’m still choosing to believe that God is good through this and that he is going to help us navigate through this.
It doesn’t change God’s faithfulness or who He is or the things we know are true about him. Nothing of that will change, because we know God is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. And so, I encourage you as you look to this week, refocus by remembering. Remember what He has done this past week, month and year. Use that as a springboard to refocus into the week ahead. How can you let this be your breath of fresh air and your perspective shift to walk into this next week? I’m going to walk into this next week with a renewed mind and heart that whatever I face and whatever the week brings I can walk through it and be grateful in it-with a renewed mind with joy and peace.
This is my encouragement for you. God is for you and not against you. A song I’ve been thinking about all day is “God I look to You”. This song can be an anthem as you navigate the coming days and weeks. The lyrics are “God I look to You; I won’t be overwhelmed Give me vision to see things like You do” I love that. That’s my prayer. Like the psalms say, I will not be overwhelmed because I know who you are, and I look to you. I want to take a minute and pray these over over you… I pray this is a blessing to you.
God, I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do
And I will love You Lord my strength
And I will love You Lord my shield
And I will love You Lord my rock
Forever all my days I will love You God
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Oh hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days Hallelujah
I pray this would be your hearts cry.
We may not be grateful for every situation, but we can be grateful in every situation.