Always Be Joyful!
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 NIV
Did you notice the sequence in this verse? First, it says to always be joyful. Next, never stop praying and THEN give thanks no matter what happens. Sometimes we feel that we can only be joyful when things are going well. However, when circumstances are grim, we should be joyful and give thanks. No matter what, always be joyful!