Today's Verse: Be joyful and always thankful
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to be joyful, keep praying and always be thankful. I often wondered how this could be possible. How can someone always be joyful and thankful through all the ups and downs in life? But the Bible note helped to put this in perspective; it says, "We might wonder how someone can rejoice or be joyful all the time, especially during painful or difficult experiences. But unlike happiness, which is based on circumstances, joy is a positive and confident outlook on life, despite our circumstances. Knowing that God is in control and that his love surrounds us gives security and confidence. No matter what happens, we should delight in God and praise him for his goodness." That helped me. There is something in each and everyday that I can be thankful for and knowing God is in control and works all things for my good helps me to maintain a positive outlook.
Have you found that if you stay in contact with God through prayer and remember all of the blessings you have in your life, does this help you get through less than wonderful circumstances?