The Abundant Life, Part 3

We’re now on the third installment of The Abundant Life series, about overcoming a scarcity mindset. Today, we will discuss how praise is an abundant antidote in our “not enough” thinking patterns.

How often do you praise God for who he is, compared to how often you think “not-enough” thoughts?

That question isn’t meant to shame you. It’s meant to help you replacing your “not-enough” thoughts with praise.

Last week we talked about using gratitude to reorient our perspective. Praise is another way we can shed the scarcity mindset.

Here, I’ll show you how I plug praise into the “not-enough” list I used last week. Please read over it slowly, applying it to your life situations.

Practical Needs

Time  = I praise you as the Lord of time, because you created a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) You have created abundant time for me.

Money = I praise you as the Lord over all, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10) You will not leave me destitute, because You provide abundantly.

Clothing = I praise you for clothing the flowers of the field more beautifully than King Solomon. (Matthew 6:29) You will clothe me beautifully and abundantly as well.

Food = I praise you for caring so lovingly for common sparrows, and feeding them year after year. (Matthew 6:26) Because you care for them, you will ever more abundantly care for me.

Savings = I praise you for giving me a heavenly inheritance that will never pass away, and is stored up in abundance for me. (1 Peter 1:4)

Protection = Lord, I praise you as my rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, shield, stronghold, and refuge. (Psalm 18) I find abundant safety in your arms.

Social Needs

Connections = Jesus, I praise you for calling me your friend. (John 15:14) Your friendship gives me abundant satisfaction.

Social influence = Lord, I praise you for choosing me to spread the knowledge of you in my circles, whether they are small or large. (2 Corinthians 2:14) You give me abundant opportunities.

Spiritual Needs

Patience = God, I praise you for giving me examples of patience through your Word. (James 5:10) You give me abundant lessons for living.

Faith = I praise you for giving me faith to believe you, which unlocks the riches of your love. (Ephesians 3:16-18) I can have abundant faith because of you.

Prayer = I praise you, Father, for granting me your great power through prayer. (Matthew 21:21-22) My prayers will work abundant good in your world.

Perseverance = I praise you for giving me reason to persevere, that my faith would be mature and abundant. (James 1:2-4) You provide me with abundant encouragement.

Performance = I praise you, Jesus, for reminding me of my worth. I don’t need to work to prove my worth to you. (Matthew 10:31) I find abundant affirmation in your presence.

Love = Father in heaven, I praise you for choosing me to be your precious child. (1 John 3:1) Your love is abundant, and I am filled up when I draw near to you.

Only God in his abundance can help me overcome my scarcity mindset. When I focus on his abundance, I feel his peace steal over me.

While writing that last section, my spirit was elevated in praise. Friend, I hope that reading this today has granted you extra peace as well. I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Join me next week as we discuss one final way to live the abundant life with God’s help. Then get ready for a new holiday series with a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway beginning November 2!

Feeling like there's never enough? God's abundance can transform your thinking.
Questions for you:
      • What attribute of God do you find most comforting? Why?
      • Which verse inspired you the most today?
      • How will you use praise to fight your scarcity mindset, next time a “not-enough” thought enters your mind?
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45 thoughts on “The Abundant Life, Part 3

  1. Sarah, wonderful post. I am finding that as I seek God, in response to my need, He provides more of Himself and He is always enough. Thank you for encouraging me this morning!

  2. So good, Sarah! I like this whole list, but the first “Time = I praise you as the Lord of time, because you created a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) You have created abundant time for me.” That’s awesome!

    1. Thank you Kelly! I’m glad this one resonated with you. Having several freelance articles due today, this verse applies directly to my situation as well! Blessings to you.

  3. I love this so much, Sarah. I just prayed these beautiful words right along with you! I have to say I connected right away with your first prayer about abundant time, and a season for everything. That’s really something I can get into a scarcity mindset about. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  4. Sarah, I LOVE this extensive list of all the reasons HE IS COMPLETELY PRAISE WORTHY! I don’t think I could pick one area but Provider is the attribute I find most comfort in. This is a great resource!

  5. “Only God has abundance…” ~ amen, Sarah. Great post. Loved seeing your list and soaking it in. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Sarah, this is so good! I’m printing this out and putting it in the praise section of my prayer notebook so I can read and repeat these truths. He is so good to give us the abundant life and I truly needed this reminder this morning. Thank you!!!

    1. Wow, you just made my day, friend! I will try and make a Praise printout for my library–thanks for inspiring me!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this post! You have put together an amazing collection of verses and truths for today’s women. God is in control and can take care of every little thing! Thank you for sharing your heart and I can not wait to share this with others!

    1. Hi sweet friend! Thank you for sharing, and I’m so glad it blessed you. I love reading your blog often 🙂

    1. Hi Cindy! What an honor to be nominated! Thank you very much. I’m hopping over to read about it now. Blessings to you!

  8. These are great tools Sarah! We discussed prayer in specifics last night in small group. I’m going to pass this along and I’m tweeting now 🙂

  9. Praise and worship is a beautiful antidote to negativity and a scarcity mindset. I appreciate your wisdom and provision of all these scriptures to support the praise. Blessings on your day and week.

  10. This is fantastic, Sarah! I love how the Bible verses you selected address the different areas where we might feel lacking and show us God’s promises to provide abundantly. Thanks for this encouragement!

  11. What a great list to help us focus more on praise and thanksgiving. This is a subject my husband and I have been talking a lot about lately. I know it’s an area that I need to work on. It’s so easy to fall into complaining and not even realize it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Donna! You are so right…complaint is a common trap around my home. I have to sidestep it many times with praise.

  12. Sarah, I think I might have commented a few weeks ago that this series is right up my alley because God has also been speaking to me on abundance vs. scarcity! In fact day before yesterday I did a 10 minute free write on it and my post on my blog on this topic. Psalm 31:? is what sparked me: “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you…” I love your praises here! Great ideas.

  13. Such good application to our daily concerns. Your post is a reminder that God’s Word is abundantly practical and can meet us right where we are when we learn to just apply what we read! Thanks!

  14. Unfortunately I keep a scarcity mindset when it comes to time. 🙁 So this is good for me: “Only God in his abundance can help me overcome my scarcity mindset. When I focus on his abundance, I feel his peace steal over me.” May I focus more on his abundance today instead of my scarcity. Thanks, Sarah.

  15. Sarah,
    I think the attribute I love most about God is His abundant lovingkindness….I’m a big fan of this word. It kind of sums up God. Like you, I am working on counteracting those “not enough” feelings by praising Him for what I DO have. It’s amazing how gratitude will chase away a case of the grumpies! Lovely post!
    Bev xo

    1. Hi Bev! So glad to see your face here this morning, before I write the final post in the series. I have a case of the grumpies right now, and God will help me chase them away while I’m writing. I’m sure it’s the same way for you too. Writing is so healing!

  16. Awesome post, Sarah! “I praise you Lord….” puts life into perspective. Wonderful tips and ways to practically use praise to reverse our “not enough” thoughts. And I find comfort in God’s goodness. I’ve been parked here for a while and bathing in the awe and wonder of how good the Lord is. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m honored that you like this, because your posts help me take wonder in God’s goodness too. Blessings to you, friend!

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