Do you think there is a difference between thanks and praise? I suspect there is.
Thanks - "Thank you, Lord, for protecting me on the roads today as I drove to and from the grocery store."
Praise - "You are wonderful, God! You are strong and offer protection to your children as they travel the busy roads."
For me, the first type of prayer is easier to say, both out loud and in private prayers. David wrote many hymns of thanks and praise and he didn't seem to have any issues praising God. Maybe with time, it will become easier.
For this week's memory text, I'm going to add the verse following the one I learned last week. I think it will be great to learn an entire passage.
for praise is comely for the upright.
Praise the LORD with harp:
sing unto him with the psaltery
and an instrument of ten strings.