"...Life change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change." - Ann Voskamp
This is a tough one. Life throws us things that we'd rather not go through, and yet, kicking and screaming we usually have no choice but to keep moving forward. Health problems, suffering, death, struggle... how can we receive it with thanks?
I'm coming to learn that there's more value in the process and the learning through the struggles than we could ever imagine. Like gold refined in the fire. It can feel though that somehow God has left the situation. Left us to fend for ourselves. After all, how can a good God allow bad things to happen? But, I believe that nothing separates us from the love of God. Even if our feelings tell us differently. Paul said "I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation" (2 Corinthians 7:4) That might seem strange but I think it's because he'd come to realise the value of the struggle and that it would produce growth and a closer relationship with God.
Maybe we were expecting that life would be smooth... that we have a right to a plain sailing life, the perfect family, full health and no troubles. I believe there's a bigger picture though, and that to remember that keeps us teachable, and changeable but also living a life of joy and peace despite our physical circumstances.
"...those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:5&6