Welcome to Real Life . It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving. I was young, only married a year, when my first husband left. When I told my mother, she cradled my hands in her own and said, “Peggi, we’re supposed to thank God in all things.” Then, she prayed and thanked God. Definitely not the reaction I expected! God had prepared my mother's heart. She had been reading a book on praise and thanksgiving.  I felt immense relief at her reaction. Even a bit hopeful. And I sure did love my mom in that moment. She taught me the power of giving thanks . . . in all circumstances . Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NLT A thankful person is conscious of a benefit received.  Everything we have—life, breath, strength—are God’s gifts.  Let’s recognize them and be grateful. It’s easy to give thanks for good things—sunshine, friends, weekends.