• Kimmy Durham

Worship Devo: I'll Give Thanks (Live) - Housefires

In the morning You sing over me I receive Your mercy Your faithfulness is clear to see It's like the sunrise Constant everyday

Every breath I breathe, an invitation To believe You are creating Something good

Though this season doesn't tell my story I know You'll move mountains for me You're just that good

So I'll give thanks to God When I don't have enough 'Cause He's more than enough And He knows what I need

In the silence, I choose to believe You're working in the waiting Though the future isn't clear to me I trust You anyway

Every breath I breathe, an invitation To believe You are creating Something good

Though this season doesn't tell my story I know You'll move mountains for me You're just that good

So I'll give thanks to God When I don't have enough 'Cause He's more than enough And He knows what I need

So why do I worry? Why do I worry? Why do I worry? God knows what I need So I'll give thanks to God When I don't have enough 'Cause He's more than enough And He knows what I need Oh, You know what I need Yes, You do You always know what I need


We can trust Him

We can trust Him


God's not worried

So why do I worry?



In times like this when the world is in chaos, our finances are running low, we can't work to provide for our families like we are used to, and sickness is lingering around every corner, it is easy for me to get swept up in what is lacking and forget to praise God for what is there.


Over the past few years, my husband and I have both learned that we are quick to say that we trust God to provide for us, but when it comes down to it, we only feel comfortable "trusting" God when we are able to be an active part of the solution.


I remember hearing the saying "God helps those who help themselves" when I was younger. I don't remember where I heard it first, I can't tell you who told it to me, or how old I was, but I can tell you that it shaped so much of my life. I developed a resentment towards people who were just waiting for God to set blessings in their lap when they weren't putting in the work to get there. I grew up assuming that this was a biblical principle and that if I wanted the blessings of God, I needed to put in the work.


Then, a few years ago, I realized that the phrase I had based so much of my life on was not found anywhere in the Bible. In fact, Jesus can be found saying quite the opposite in Matthew Chapter 6.


"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:26-27 NIV


If God is making sure that the birds are taken care of, why do I feel like I need to somehow earn the assistance of God? I realized that as much as I have studied and learned about God, my heart and head didn't fully grasp the idea of his unconditional love for me.


I had been so trained by our society that provisions are part of an exchange. My work pays me because I provided my time and hard work for them. If I stop working, they stop paying. I had been trained by toxic relationships that the minute I stop trying is the minute they will stop loving. If I look nice and give them the physical and emotional attention that they want, then they will spoil me with kind words and "love". The day that I forgot to put on makeup or was too needy, the "love" and affection from my partner stopped too.


My lack of trust for people translated into a lack of trust for God. Then when listening to this song one day while driving, a specific lyric stood out to me.


"I know You'll move mountains for me, You're just that good."


It broke me down to tears because I realized that the reason God had been providing for me for all of these years wasn't because of my work ethic or how good I was, it was because He is just simply that good. It is in God's nature to be good and loving to His children. That means providing for our needs when we aren't able to provide for ourselves. It also means not giving us the things we want sometimes because they aren't the things we actually need.


God doesn't just help those who help themselves, God helps those who can't help themselves. As the song reminds us, God knows what we need, so there is no reason to worry. If we trust that God is just that good and knows what we need, we can trust that He will fill in the gaps where we are not able to.


Now what I am not saying is that we don't ever have to lift a finger and, because God loves us, life will turn out fine. Any good and loving parent will tell you that at some point, you can't allow your child to freeload off of you and take advantage of your kindness. God gives us what we need, and sometimes what we need is to hit rock bottom due to our poor decision making so that we can learn how to be a good steward of the life and resources that God has given us.


Often, I need to be reminded that the things in life that scare me because they feel so out of control are perfectly within God's control. As hard as it can be to trust someone else to provide for my life, God has proven time and time again that He is worthy of that trust.


Sometimes God's provisions come in the form of a job offer that will cover those extra bills, and sometimes it comes in an unmarked check sitting in your mailbox with the exact amount that you need to make it through the month. I have had both happen, and they both were the exact solution that I needed at that moment in life.


I hope that while the world is in chaos, this song helps you find the peace that Paul talks about in Philippians chapter 4.


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 ESV


God knows what we need, He is worthy of our trust, and He is good to provide on His promises. Hold tight to that truth and be filled with the Peace in the chaos that only He can provide.

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