[guest host – Rebecca Casey]

Well good morning beautiful. Welcome to Wednesday, May 2nd its a brand new day of life and we are never going to get this day again so thank you for meeting me here – I think this is the perfect way to start a new day.

In case you didn’t detect the different voice this morning, my name is Rebecca and I am proud to be your guest host for today’s Good Morning beautiful devotional. For those of you who don’t know me I am on the Leadership Team of BIG Life mentoring with Pamela and I haven’t had a chance to guest host since we started the podcast. Oh I am thrilled to be in the studio this morning with Pamela.

Today I want to share one of my most favorite verses with you.

I John 4:4
Greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world.

That’s my GO TO when the going gets tough. When things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine, when the struggle is real… you know what I mean.

When life gets overwhelming, we tend to forget the blessings in our life. With the kid’s ten different extracurricular activities, marriage or relationship problems, and juggling our finances it can be difficult to not be incredibly stressed out. The last thing on our minds is feeling blessed when we have 5 minutes to get to our next meeting.

However, when we let this stress rule over our lives we forget to appreciate the small things. We might forget to say thank you to a coworker who went above and beyond, or drop the ball on communication in our relationship with God. Over time, we lose the gratitude and appreciation we have for the blessings in our life.

The smallest things in our life are usually the most important. When we don’t waste our time complaining and being stressed over trivial things, we are able to better connect with God and see His many blessings. There is no reason to stress out, because the blessings the Lord has given you triumph over them. Did you hear that? The blessings triumph over the things that stress you out and so does He. He is greater.

Don’t let your gratefulness diminish any further.

Today take a minute and remember the blessings. Take a minute and say thank you. Take the time to smile at the cashier. You might be the only one who does that. Maybe your morning has started off crappy. Maybe yesterday was rough. How can you take the time to do something else to stop and say thank you, to stop and smile, to stop and count your blessings?

Because our God is bigger than all the little stuff, bigger than the big stuff, bigger than the jerks, bigger than the sickness, bigger than that thing you are thinking of right now and I tell you we can do this today because of him.