Make up a Word That Means “Grateful” & Win an Amazon Gift Card
Written by Lynn Hare on August 30, 2016
Facebook Post: To the thief who stole my wallet at Pioneer Courthouse Square today: I pray that God hunts you down and tackles you with His irrational, reckless, relentless grace. I pray that you get arrested by His presence and become a victim of His plan of redemption.
Earlier this month, I prayed with a group that meets Saturday mornings at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the very heart of Portland, Oregon. Following our prayer, I helped James Autry of Serving Our Neighbors set up tents for the International Praise Festival in the square. I set down a bag with a book in it. Without thinking, I threw in my wallet and set the bag on a low brick wall that doubled as a bus stop ledge. When I returned from a restroom break, it was gone.
Men and women sang, clapped, and stomped up praises to God on the main stage. I felt anything but praise. Actually, I felt sick to my stomach. I smacked my hand to my forehead. Why did I leave the bag in plain sight? I was mad at the thief, but even angrier with myself. “How stupid!” I mumbled over and over.
I prayed. I posted the update on Facebook that appears at the beginning of this post (see above).
A couple of weeks later, I heard the Lord say, “There’s a small opening overhead the city, the size of the eye of a needle. It’s a portal to heaven. The broader and more expansive your praise, the wider the portal will become.”
I thought, “Wow! How cool! I want a huge portal! I want all of heaven to open up above me! How can I express how thankful I am?”
I did a mental sweep. Thankful. Grateful. Praising. Blessing. Terrific words, but I’ve used them tens of thousands of times. Yikes! I need a fresh word!
My friend, I invite you to invent a word that means “thankful.” Think sparklehood and twinkletivity that opens up all of heaven. Get creative. Opportunity is knocking at the door!
What’s a new word that means thankful? Enter it as a comment below by midnight Sunday September 4, 2016 for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card.
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