Session 11

We have much to be thankful for

From The Overflowing Life: A 14-Day Devotional

Temper tantrums are never pretty. The screaming, crying, and flailing on the ground happens because children want something they can’t have.

They want the doll in the toy bin at home, instead of the one in their hand. They want the grapes that ran out yesterday, rather than the Goldfish in mom’s purse. Provision is all around them, but they fix on what they don’t have.

We don’t lay out in the toy aisle at Target, but we’ve all had meltdowns with God. We pray for something specific, but when our heavenly Father answers in an unexpected way, we get angry. We cry, complain, and even accuse Him of not loving us.

It’s easy to forget all the ways God provides for us — the air we breathe, the clothes on our backs, and the roof over our heads. When we focus only on what we lack, we give way to discontentment, anger, and bitterness.

In Jesus, we have all that we need and more. That’s the promise of 2 Corinthians 9:8. God is generous, meeting our needs so we can do the same for others.

Just like a toddler, we have to change our perspective. We must look up to the Father rather than compare with our siblings. From this vantage point, we see what we have rather than what we’re missing.

“God is holding out on us” is the message of the enemy. Our heavenly Father loves us, provides for us, and gives us everything we need.

As we live with Jesus, our understanding of His character deepens, our faith grows, and our hearts overflow with thankfulness. It’s the only natural response to how much He’s done (2 Corinthians 4:15).


  • Are you angry with God? Take a few minutes and be honest about any doubts or disappointments that might make it difficult to be sincerely grateful.
  • What are five things you can thank God for today?
  • How does starting the day in thankfulness to God affect your attitude heading into the day?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

What it looks like to be filled and overflowing

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Session 2

This is a story of overflowing love

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Session 3

Are you becoming more like your Dad?

Advertising teaches that change happens from the outside in. Imitate this person’s style or actions, and you’ll be loved, beautiful, at p...

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Session 4

Will you trust God to provide?

Who do we trust when life is difficult? Where do we turn when the bills pile up, a relationship is struggling, or a friend is in pain?Mos...

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Session 5

What if you already have what you need?

“Once I pay off my student loan and get a better job, I’ll start being generous.”“When I have a bigger house, I will lead a group.”“I jus...

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Session 6

Your little bit matters more than you think

Perhaps trying to be funny, Andrew suggests feeding over 5,000 people with a little boy’s lunch. Imagine his surprise when Jesus says, “h...

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Session 7

What motivates you to give?

It’s easy to share when we have lots to give. But how generous are we when there’s one brownie left in the pan? You know it’s love when y...

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Session 8

Pain can be the path to an overflowing life

Rarely do we record the hard parts of a journey. Often we rush through the valleys in favor of the mountain tops.In the same way, we like...

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Session 9

Holding on to what you have holds you back

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Session 10

Servants see what happens behind the scenes

Jesus’ mother came to Him with a problem. Mary knew her son was no ordinary man. He was God’s Son, the divine living among them (Luke 2:2...

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Session 11

We have much to be thankful for

Temper tantrums are never pretty. The screaming, crying, and flailing on the ground happens because children want something they can’t ha...

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Session 12

What motivates someone to give Jesus everything?

Mary didn’t light up the room with a candle or sing a beautiful song. She broke open a container of perfume, and the fragrance filled the...

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Session 13

An overflowing life is a rich life

Generosity moves us to be generous. When someone does something kind for you, you want to do something kind in return. Even if the person...

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Session 14

It’s normal to be awestruck by how good God is

How wild is it that we get to call God “ours”? He is our God. Psalm 118:28 says, “God, You are my God, and I will give you thanks.”None o...

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