When You Want to Pray with Thankfulness and Praise

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Do you want to pray and live with thankfulness and praise even when busyness and frustrations get in the way and distract you? This will help you. #Prayer #Thanksgiving #Gratitude #CountingMyBlessings #WWGGG

It’s so easy to get caught up in the dailiness of life.

I get busy just doing and living and somehow forget to fill moments with thankfulness and praise.

Oh, I can be convincing when I talk about it in this space but the doing it, the consistently offering an attitude of thankfulness and praise . . . yeah, that can get pushed aside by the more pressing and noisy. And I don’t know about you, but based on what I read on social media, I think there are many of us who are struggling to bubble over with gratitude this year.

But this week, I am pausing to remember how 13 years God gave us a miracle and spared Rev’s life. So, I’m pausing to ignore the negativity of 2020 and praise God for the blessing He gave us in 2017. I’m thanking Him for 4,750 plus bonus days and for the many people who left handprints on our hearts through an extremely difficult season.

And I want to continue to remember that even when the year is challenging, God is with me in countless ways using people to touch my life with His grace, mercy, and love.

So, today I am praying with intentional thankfulness and praise. I’ve found 5 verses that I want to hold close and pray often. And I hope and pray they bless you as well.

Verses to Pray with Thankfulness and Praise

Do you want to pray and live with thankfulness and praise even when busyness and frustrations get in the way and distract you? This will help you. #Prayer #Thanksgiving #Gratitude #CountingMyBlessings #WWGGG


I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds. 

Father, I am so sorry. I’m ashamed at how easily I can fail to remember Your goodness and grace as I focus on what I believe is wrong or lacking. I am sorry that I allow busyness to distract and overwhelm me. Please forgive me. I want my life to be filled with thankfulness and praise. I want to humbly focus on all the things You have done for me and on all the ways You have worked in my life. My heart’s desire is to tell of all the wonderful ways You bless us. By Your grace, fill me with Your Spirit and with a heartful of thanks. Amen.

PSALM 106:1

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 

Father, I want to thank you for all You do but most of all I want to praise You for who You are. You are good! You are love. You are all I need now and forever.

Thank you for giving us Your Holy Spirit to whisper reminders of Your promises to my heart and mind. By Your grace, help me stay connected to You through Your Word and prayer. And when I am distracted or I begin to wander help me remember that You keep every promise You have ever made and faithfully meet my every need. Thank you, Lord!

PSALM 118:21–24

I will give you thanks, for You answered me;
    You have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad. 

Jesus, My greatest need in life is the gift of salvation You give. Thank you for living the perfect life that I fall short of every single day. Thank you for suffering my punishment and dying for my sins. Thank you for giving me hope along with a full and satisfying life. (John 10:10) And thank you for the resurrection that gives me the promise of a beautiful perfect life with You in heaven forever. Whatever is going on in my life – You are forever more than enough! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Father, thank you for the victory You have given me in and through Jesus. Victory over today’s problems and Satan’s lies. You give me all I need to overcome any problem or challenge. (Romans 8) And by the power of Your Spirit, I have the gift of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and love. (Galatians 5) An arsenal that helps me live with courage and strength. Thank you! Your grace and the victory I have through Jesus is all I need.

Do you want to pray and live with thankfulness and praise even when busyness and frustrations get in the way and distract you? This will help you. #Prayer #Thanksgiving #Gratitude #CountingMyBlessings #WWGGG


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Father, living with thankfulness and praise is living for You and for Your glory. May every word I speak and thing I do — come from a grateful heart. Help me remember that as Your child every word I speak and every thing I do become the thoughts and opinions people have about who You are. Forgive me. Help me. You are my everything and I am so full of gratitude. May I live each day to bring honor and glory to Your name.


I thank my God every time I remember you. 

Father, thank you for the community of friends who gather here in this place. I am so very thankful for each of them. They bless and encourage me. Father, bless them and hold them close. Please meet every need and bless them as they do their best to live for Your glory. Give them joy as they serve You and fill them with thankfulness and praise. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

And in thankfulness and praise…

I am so thankful for you, my friends!

May you be filled with joy, may you celebrate many bonus days, and may the Lord pour His blessings over every part of your life.

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  1. Patricia Sherman says:

    Romans 15:13– May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of His Holy Spirit.

    This verse has a couple of powerful reminders to me about when and how I can have hope: WHILE I trust in Him (only really need to “trust” when things aren’t going my way) I can have joy and peace. And the source of my hope is the power of His Holy Spirit—not positive self-talk or attitude.

    1. I can remember when I doubted God’s ability to give me His hard to understand peace but then He proved His faithfulness through several extremely difficult and painful times and I learned He is always true to His promises. It is the power of His Spirit and I will be forever thankful! God bless you, Patricia.

  2. How I love praying along with you, Deb! Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us who visit here – we are so much better because of your encouraging words.

    1. Oh, thank you, Martha! I am also blessed to know how God is able to use what He knows I need. He is so faithful and gracious in continuing to work on my heart. God bless you!

  3. Judy Fussell says:

    I love all of your posts. You have a way of expressing things in a way that is easy to read and comprehend. It is a blessing to me and I always pass it along to the ladies in my church.
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you so very much, Judy! Your kind encouragement is truly a blessing. Thank you for passing my posts along as well. Blessings to you and your friends!

  4. Thank you for this reminder today. A lot of us are today, busy, stress, some overworked and others just busy with everyday life. You reminded me to show God grace, love and faithfulness to those around us, because no matter what’s wrong in and around our lives God is right.

    1. Thank you for visiting, Wavey, and for joining the conversation. I agree. It’s so easy to get caught up with life and forget to simply pause and praise God for the gift of today. I am so thankful for His unfailing love. God bless you!

  5. Thank You Deb , ????Your post are Very inspiring And SEEM to Come to at the “ Right Time “ I need To read it!!And It’s SUCH A BLESSING to be able to print your things and BEAUTIFUL verses Out!!!????????♥️ Thank You ????and G-d♥️Bless

  6. Kathy Francescon says:

    First Deb, I am so thankful that God spared Rev’s life and you still have him with you this day!! And secondly, every prayer and every scripture jumped right off the page into my heart! I could feel your joy, your thankfulness, your commitment!! It was glorious and uplifting and my heart wanted to shout with you!! This is def another post I will print off and reread many times! It recharged my energy to be more thankful and praise God all the more for the glory of knowing Him! I pray for all those who don’t even know about God and will never get to experience the true joy that every heart sooo needs and desires.

    1. Thank you, Kathy! Me too!!!! I sure do appreciate your encouragement. The joy He gives is amazing, isn’t it?!