Today, we’re kicking off THANKS-O-RAMA 2020 here on GUWG, where from now through Thanksgiving Day we’ll be thanking God for all His amazing, astounding, astonishing blessings.

If I’m honest, most of my prayers go something like this:

(Something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(God answers my prayer. Then something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(God answers my prayer. Then something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(Repeat the above ad nauseam)

What’s missing? The THANKS! part.

Waaaaaay too often, I forget to express gratitude to God for all the wonderful answers to prayer He provides. It reminds me of the story we discussed yesterday when Jesus healed ten lepers and only one — a non-religious-y guy — came back to thank Him. Jesus’ response?

Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? (Luke 17:17-18)

Here are some THANK-full verses to keep in mind as we proceed this week:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything. (Ephesians 5:20)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Martin Luther called gratitude “the basic Christian attitude.” Gratefulness is even good for you — according to a slew of scientific studies, thankful people are less depressed, less stressed, more content,  sleep better and have better relationships.

Here’s your assignment: Stop right now and thank God for at least one thing for every year you’ve been alive. I apologize in advance to all you octogenarians out there.

Ready … GO!

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