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Give Thanks to God - Bible Verses of Thanksgiving

Updated on August 29, 2013

Bible Verses of Thanks

Giving thanks is not just a for holidays with parades and turkeys. Giving thanks is stopping every day to take inventory on all the blessings God has bestowed on you.

Living a grateful life will help you to life a happy life. We cannot take for granted all that is around us.

Many will remember to say grace over their meal. Many will even list things that they are grateful for. But we must also remember WHO we are thankful to. Don't just say you are "grateful for", say you are "grateful to God for".

Give thanks to God throughout your day!

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Scripture Verses of Thanksgiving in the Old Testament

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:35

Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise."

1 Chronicles 29:13

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Daniel 2:23

"I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king."

Jonah 2:9

But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."

Ceremony of Thanksgiving - Verses of Thanks

For Church Services, Bible Studies, or Family Devotions

Print each of these verses out, and cut them so that each verse is on its own little slip of paper. Place the slips into a bowl, plate, or bag.

With your group in a circle, pass the bowl around so everyone can chose a verse. Then go around having each person read their verse and then share with the group one thing they are grateful to God for.

This could also be incorporated into the worship service. Attach one verse to each person's worship bulletin. During the service, the leader can randomly call on someone in the church to share what they are thankful for. They can stand, tell something they are thankful for, and then read there verse. Intermingle choruses about thanks for a memorable and meaningful service.

Songs of Thanksgiving

Give praise to God in song. Music is so powerful. These beautiful songs are all about thanking God for all His many blessings.

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Thanksgiving Verses in the Book of Psalm

Psalms of Thanksgiving (NIV)

Psalm 7:17

I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 30:12

that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 35:18

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.

Psalm 75:1

We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 118:19

Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

Psalm 118:21

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

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Keep A Gratitude Journal - A Personal Log of Thanksgivings

One way to deepen your relationship with God, and give yourself a happier life, is to keep a journal of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for. Taking the time to write down your blessings is a great way to show yourself the reasons to be happy, and it gives you something to look back on in times of sadness or weariness so that you may see that even when you feel lonely, God is with you.

Thanksgiving Devotionals

Take a few moments each day to be thankful.

The Music of Gratitude - Songs of Thanksgiving

Gratitude allows a person to recognize all the wonderful things that God has given them, and an attitude of gratitude often bubbles over into inspiration. There are so many beautiful songs of thanksgiving!

Preview these songs of gratitude, and click the Buy MP3 button to download the full song (legally!).

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Photo by David Woo used under CC 2.0.

Verses of Thanksgiving in the New Testament

(New International Version - NIV)

Mark 6:41

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.

Romans 1:8

[Paul's Longing to Visit Rome] First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

1 Corinthians 1:4

[Thanksgiving] I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:57

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

2 Corinthians 2:14

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Ephesians 5:20

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:17

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.

1 Thessalonians 1:2

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.

1 Thessalonians 2:13

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

1 Timothy 1:12

[The Lord's Grace to Paul] I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

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Attitudes of Gratitude

Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life
Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life

"Gratitude", says M. J. Ryan, "is the mother of joy. As we focus on what we're thankful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort". In this inspiring book, Ryan shows readers how to nurture this attitude every day of their lives. Short, easy-to-digest essays explain why gratitude chases away negative emotions -- and how gratitude possible even in times of pain and hardship. Attitudes of Gratitude, written in the style of Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, will be required reading for people everywhere who want to make their lives sing with a sense of hope, joy, and possibility.

 

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      TigerJoo 3 years ago

      Awesome lens! I emphasize "gratitude" to God in a small book I wrote very recently. I would be honored if you check out my lens and see. I did a thorough analysis of E=mc² and discovered some fascinating facts about us and the universe. Thank you so much for this extraordinary lens. I can tell a lot of thought went into it.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! When I saw the title of it, I immediately thought of Psalm 100. God is truly the source of all things which are good and beneficial, and it would be wrong for us to not be extremely grateful.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Praise God from whom all blessings flow! *Angel Blessed*

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      Senora M 4 years ago

      Cool lens. I've been putting a Thanksgiving verse on my facebook every day this month. This lens definitely comes in handy!

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      Great lens, Thank God for all that you have, because without him, you would not have it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank God with a cheerful heart! - As Thanksgiving draws near again, I count my blessings even more, because I have so much to truly be thankful for, because of a loving God, family, and friends. - God Bless!

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      tamjo5 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. Giving thanks before I even get out of bed makes my day better and I am more aware all day that God is with me. The GREAT thing is that even if I am not aware of the fact that God is there, HE IS. The Nancy Leigh DeMoss book you listed above is a great book, all her books are. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      first you believe god then you pray anything it will happen step by step as per you trust ( about god) with god if you believe 100% it will happen 100% , if you believe 10% it wiil same

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      bornagain16 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for creating this lens.

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      mommysue lm 4 years ago

      We are created to honor our Creator. Thank you for this great resource.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions for devotionals. I have the "Attitudes and Gratitude" book.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      These are lovely. Blessed and linked to my own lens: 2012 A Year of Gratitude as a Related lens. Have wonderful holidays!

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      BibleVersesToSh 5 years ago

      Keeping a Gratitude Journal is a great idea! It's amazing how much more something becomes a part of you and important to you when you write it down instead of just thinking it. Excellent!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      So pleased to be able to bless a lens dedicated to what Thanksgiving should be about.

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      biginternetsecret 5 years ago

      Attitude of gratitude! Everyone needs it! Going to add your lens to my lens, Online Bible Study Lessons! Love it! God Bless!!

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      WhiteKnight7770 5 years ago

      Yes we should always give thanks for God blessing to us. Great Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for spreading the Word Pastor Kay!

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      Very nice! Adding your lens to my new lens, "How To Feel Better." :)

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      We surely need to give thanks to God all the times. Great len and useful resources for all your visitors.A "like" from me.

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      tomaztt 5 years ago

      Great is the Lord and thank You for everything you are doing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good job

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like this lens, because without God where would we be? Always thank God.

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      eclecticgeek 5 years ago

      A great reminder to give thanks to the Lord!

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      NeverTooLate2012 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Good scriptures.

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      We really have to give thanks to God all the times and your bible quotes really help. great len and God bless you. A "like" from me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very beautiful lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I'm one for simplicity, so the ones that aren't too grandiose are the best to me. Just a simple thanks to God for the joys and things you appreciate in life.

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      davidangel 5 years ago

      PSALM 9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

      Thank you for compiling these verses, very nicely arranged. I especially like what you wrote in the introduction, about WHO to be grateful for. Many are those who seek the gifts of God, blessed are those who seek the Giver Himself.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you for the scriptures. It's always good to see the Word of the Lord.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Inspiring lens! Thanking God for every Good & Bad thing in our lives is supposed to be a part of my life, says my Mother. I do thank Him every day! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I came over to congratulate you on front page honors and see my like and blessing are showing but I must have forgotten to comment when I was here a couple weeks back. May we enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts....thanks for the inspiration done well!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Good reminders. Thanks for sharing, from one pastor to another. http://www.squidoo.com/leahjsongs. Grace, Mercy & Peace!

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      asktoddmiller 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share. God bless!

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      It's really important to give thanks to God, every day, and I need to remind myself to do just that because I'm not very good at it. Thank you for an informative lens, which I can also bookmark.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you Lord for those who share your grace and love openly.

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      DimitriPreacher 5 years ago

      Thank you and God Bless :)

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      MrWFS49 5 years ago

      Is the entire Bible the âWord of Godâ? To see my thoughts on this question, I have written an article âIs The Bible Godâs Wordâ on http://www.squidoo.com/answers-to-spiritual-questi... . I would like your opinions on it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thgank the Lord for His mercy endureth forever. I thank Him for I'm created in His image and in His likeness

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      Writing4Joy 5 years ago

      I am Thankful that I am created in God's Image!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Love the Bible!

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      I am bookmarking this!

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      caketech 5 years ago

      Squid angel blessings to you on this Thanksgiving day! This lens reflects my feelings of gratefulness to be with family and for the many blessings God bestows...all because He loves us more than we can ever imagine!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens

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      sans300 5 years ago

      Very Nice. I think you must have spent some time in collecting this info

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      God's Word speaks so much of the attitude of our hearts and if we are grateful or if we are spoiled, selfish and demanding. Even our supplications are to be accompanied by thankfulness. Good collection of verses.

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      carolbrusegar 5 years ago

      Love this lens! For those of us who feel like so many things overshadow the real meaning and opportunity of Thanksgiving, this provides lots of ideas to include in this year's celebration!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great resource for working on a Bible study of Thanksgiving or a great reference for family scripture memory. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Thanks for all the great verses!

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      GottaGreenBuzz 5 years ago

      I love this lens, and love that Squidoo is a place to write freely. I'm writing a few of these down for the upcoming holidays. We all have much to be thankful for, including this lens! Have a good day.

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      VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful list of Thanksgiving scriptures and thoughts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great scriptures, for all occasions.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      Thanking God for all things and in all circumstances brings peace to life :) Great lens; Thank you!

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      WoeIsMe 6 years ago

      I needed this reminder about the importance of being grateful and thankful. Well done.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I think we so often to be thankful. Great lens, great topic! Blessed!

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      bechand 6 years ago

      nice - all year round !

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Great Job! I'm adding this to my list of Thanksgiving lenses on my Thanksgiving page. Thanks for sharing.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's always good to give thanks and there are so many things to thank God for. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      I am really thankful to you for such a wonderful lens thank God.

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      SunnyDaze LM 6 years ago

      God is great. I am so thankful for all He does in my life. I could fill up 10 journals with awe inspiring stories of how He works in my daily life. Super lens. May God Bless you abundantly in all areas of your life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @rlivermore: THank you So much With your Verses ohh LOrd..now, i know that we have to Thanks to you because you're my Bestfriend of my Life... I Love You Jesus.....We Thnks to You Alwys....

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Great lens! I will lensroll it to my encouraging Bible verses lens.

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      mjane25 6 years ago

      Nice wonderful.

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      marketmasterpro 6 years ago

      Thank you for your site Pastor! I love Jesus!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      came back to your lens for it has been a blessing. give thanks always! cheers.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      giving thanks always, there's nothing better than to walk this earth daily with a grateful heart!

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      VivianAldana LM 6 years ago

      God is more awesome than we can ever imagine. If people only knew they would be giving thanks continuously. Thank you for putting the time into this lens.!

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      greenlife17 6 years ago

      I've started this thanksgiving journal-though not religiously-but I've started and it's good. God has been very good to me despite me being ungrateful. thank you and God bless!

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      seemowens 6 years ago

      Awesome lens of God's Word!!! Thank You!!! For Teaching and Promoting God's Word on Squidoo!

      "I delight to do Thy will, O my God; Thy Law is within my heart."

      PSALM 40:8

      God Bless!!!

      Mike

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      awesome lens! lensrolled!!

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      Patty1A 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I needed you to know that I am so encouraged, when I see other believers share the word. Your page is awesome and I thank you for your faithfulness.

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      Patty1A 6 years ago

      Hi there!

      I needed to let you know how much it encourages my heart when I see and hear other believers sharing the word. Your page is just awesome. I am new to squidoo and I am trying to do better. Thank you for your faithfulness!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations for being included on the Best of Lists, 75 Lenses You Shouldn't Miss This Thanksgiving by SquidTeam, and Happy Thanksgiving! - Kathy

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much for sharing! Great job. It's such a shame that we rush past Thanksgiving in order to get to Christmas. Lensrolling to www.squidoo.com/IAMTHANKFUL and thumbs up! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens,

      God Is Good -- All the Time & All the Time -- God Is Good!

      5 stars for a great lens, favoriting you, and lensrolling you to my "All Occasion Prayers" lens (also to my Mother's Day, Father's Day, Friends Are Angels In Disguise, & Mahalia Jackson lenses.

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      RuthieDenise 6 years ago

      Very good lens. I love the verses you chose. May we all be thankful.

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      WinWriter 6 years ago

      To God be the glory. and God Bless

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      GospelSmith 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens, and hope it';s contagious. Often I've found that when I needed more faith, God led me to start thanking Him. Instead of agonizing about the terrible needs I was facing, I would begin to notice th mercies He was dropping in my life day by day. Before long, my faith was alive again and mountains began to move. Thanks for a great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am so grateful to God that He has blessed me with the wisdom that tells me now that He is in me, He works in me, He provides in me, and now the best I can do is only to thank Him for everything. Isaiah 65:24 makes me prioritize gratitude more than asking because He knows already what I need and He shall provide.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      God is incredibly awesome! I am very thankful for all of His love. =D Thank you for sharing all of these verses and thoughts.

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      AdultAcneSystem 6 years ago

      Beautiful, just wonderful work, I really like this lens, I can see that you poured out your heart here, and thank you for your time and energy in building this lens.

      Praise to GOD, he truly is an inspiring GOD.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      The gratitude journal is a great idea!

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      James43302 6 years ago

      Your right the Thanksgiving this time of year is to be thankful to the living God who has given us life, salvation, provisons, and blessings of all kinds. Give thanks to Jesus who took the punishment and died on the cross for our sins. We really shouldn't be celebrating it with glutony (me included lol) great lens! Hope to see you around.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      jrivera1049 6 years ago

      great lens, beautiful psalms :)

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      wtipdus 7 years ago

      reat lens on an AWESOME subject....giving thanks to our father God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Thank you for reminding us to be thankful!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens on an AWESOME subject....giving thanks to our father God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Thank you for reminding us to be thankful!

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      bruno1432 7 years ago

      cool

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      bruno1432 7 years ago

      cool

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      bavafa 7 years ago

      mou for the great tips and lens. I certainly need to be reminded frequently

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      bavafa 7 years ago

      melbourne

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Lovely lens. Some of these verses are favorites of mine.

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      AmyHillis 7 years ago

      Thank you for the great tips and lens. I certainly need to be reminded frequently to give thanks to God.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens! At times we forget that there are so many things to be thankful for that is why it is necessary that we are constantly reminded. Coming up with this lens is one effective tool to remind people that we are blessed and we need not long for other things.

      5* for you! Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Christianity Headquarters: http://www.squidoo.com/groups/Christianity-religio...

      It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      James M Becher 7 years ago from South Florida

      Great lense. I'm lensrolling it to

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good lens. We all need to be reminded just how thankful we should be.

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      ideadesigns 8 years ago

      Love it, 5 stars!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'am so thankful, great lens. Please visit my lens and sign my guestbook. Have a great day.

      Debra