spring in my garden
(from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience--at times, blind obedience. To people who don't know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.
Ephesians 5:20; Psalm 118:1;
Addendum: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
In most translations I have looked up (KJV, NKJV and NIV) the verse says to give thanks 'in' all circumstances/everything, not 'for' everything. My thoughts are that this 'in', not 'for', is more accurate (and achievable). Just saying...)