Regardless of circumstances and life situations we have so much to BE thankful about. Don't wait to be thankful until you feel thankful. It doesn't work like that. Feeling thankful results from being thankful. It's an intentional act of the will that, in turn, affects your emotions. Emotions follow thought patterns. Find the silver linings in every dark cloud and you'll find that the silver is a reminder that "there is sunshine on the other side of those clouds" (as my best once said). Being thankful in harsh circumstances is one of the greatest acts of faith we can display. That faith pleases and glorifies God... and it renews your mind... and that transforms your life. I'm so glad we have a day set aside to focus on the profound importance of being thankful. It's not only a great way to live one day each year, it's a great way to live everyday of the year! And, it just so happens to be God's will for your life. As my pastor once said, "God takes complaining personally." I think God also takes the act of giving thanks personally. In that moment you make God's heart rejoice!
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18