The Bible says to give thanks in every thing (I Thessalonians 5:18). It is easy to do this when things are going well in your life but it can be very difficult when they are not. Note that we are to give thanks in every thing, not for everything. Those of us who are Christians can, even in the worst of circumstances, be thankful in any circumstance because we know God is with us. He is in control. We may not understand sometimes why things happen the way they do but the Bible tells us to trust in God & lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
I am not going to bore you with a list of all the things I am thankful for but I will mention two very important ones which affect every aspect of my life today. First of all, I am thankful I have God in my life. I was not always a Christian but I always felt there was something missing in my life. Many years ago through a series of events God brought my husband & I together with a Christian couple. We had much in common & we became close friends. Although they did talk about biblical things now & again, they never preached or witnessed to us. However, I could see there was something different about their lives. Over the course of time I realized what it was. Since becoming a Christian my life has not always been easy, but it is so much better than it used to be because God is in my life.
Secondly, I am thankful for the growth I've experienced over the past year. Some of you know that my life has not been idyllic. It has, in fact, been downright brutal at times. Again I won't bore you with details but there came a time when I didn't even recognize myself anymore. It was like I was another person. The person I had always been was gone. However, I recently noticed that in some ways the old me is back but it's a "new & improved" version. My outlook on life has improved. The way I handle bad situations has improved. I can look at the past & see that through everything God was with me. He bought me through all of it. The lessons I've learned are worth their weight in gold. This is an example of His grace.
I wish all of you a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving!