Make up a Word That Means “Grateful” & Win an Amazon Gift Card

Written by 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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  1. Kenneth Apple   On   August 31, 2016 at 8:54 am

    “Breath” means thankful to me, because I take one every few seconds. It is natural, always present, only giving and never harmful except when it is not there. I and every living cell on the planet share it’s contents. No one can take it from me as it cannot be captured for ransom or ill gain. I cannot live without it. It is exhilarating, joyful, life-giving, life-sustaining, life-saving, it is free and costs me nothing.

  2. Charles   On   August 31, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Sad about the stolen wallet—hard to replace such things as IDs, credit cards, lost cash, family photos, and other important items. But what a great lesson on thankfulness. For me, the greatest definition for being thankful is knowing Christ. So my word is HIMful. On a side note, thank you for making it possible for me attend OCW summer conference.

  3. James humberd   On   September 1, 2016 at 7:00 am dictionary..
    Greatful not in dictionary.mispelled.. h umblized
    Appreciativeized and..wait for it…

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you, James! Great news – you won the drawing! I’m super-gratitudinous for your friendship and your love.

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