God wants us to have grateful hearts in all things. However, “all things” was like a Thanksgiving Day spread where I was overwhelmed with what was put before me. I was overwhelmed with all the stuff. In fact, I couldn’t move forward even though I had an empty plate and a growling belly yelling for me to grab something.

However, satisfaction came when I learned to take everything in bite sizes. One moderate plate full of gratitude that has filled me in my speaking career is when I’ve given thanks over each gig, prep and audience He has provided.

Today, I’d like to share these three tidbits with you.

Gig gratitude comes from an answer to prayer. By praying for our speaking ministry to grow, we’re thrilled with each opportunity. The first year, praises pour from our lips as fast as fresh brewed coffee. Yet as time ticks away with gigs coming too slow or too fast, gratitude becomes as stale and sluggish as stagnant java. Praise per gig shows overflowing gratitude.

Prep gratitude comes from all the resources, experiences and skills God has given us over the years to spice up our speeches. Prep time is harvest time. For each presentation we go into our field of specialty and pick the best to serve our guests. As we dig, plant and weed, we learn in order to teach and feed those God calls to our table. When working in the fields with the Holy Spirit plowing up fertile rows of opportunity there’s overflowing gratitude.

Audience gratitude is the first gift to give those who come to hear us speak. When we thank them for inviting us to share our message, we show appreciation with openness. Having an audience of one or more is always reason for having overflowing gratitude.

May these three tidbits on gratitude be encouraging side dishes for you to feast upon all year round and not just this Thanksgiving holiday.

Uplifting blessing,


Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18