We are at all times held in the love of God. At any given moment, you will almost always find that things in your life are really pretty good. It is important to daily practice the awareness of being in the moment and realizing that - right now; in this moment - all is well. Focusing on this fact daily opens us spiritually to the awareness that God is in us and in all of our circumstances all of the time. So when some seemingly overwhelming problem does occur, we can say with the writer Eric Butterworth, "No matter what this day will bring to me, there is that in me that is great enough to meet it, overcome it and be blessed by it." That which is in you and great enough to meet and overcome any condition is the loving creator and sustainer of all life. I recommend starting each period of prayer or meditation with - Thank you God for all that I have, all that I am and all that I am here to be. Daily begin by counting the ways in which your life is already effective, harmonious and blessed.
I can tell you that I have been in circumstances that seemed really terrible, even catastrophic. I believed things in my life were falling apart. Nonetheless, I was able to find peace in such circumstances and maintain faith in a positive outcome. Continual spiritual practice of expressing faith in the fact that we are at all times held in the love of God and all is well in this moment, was the single thing that enabled me to be at peace and hold a positive outlook during the most dire of times. Day by day I was able to live with joy in my heart knowing that by turning my situation over to the Divine within, I would find that seed of something wonderful the adversity had come to reveal.
I have been told by others facing equally dire life situations that giving thanks in a time of apparent disaster is simply naive or worse a refusal to face reality. I have been told one has to face the world and accept the way it works. This is of course exactly my point. The way the world works is that your thoughts create your life. No one is a victim of circumstance. We are victims of our own negative thinking; victims of our own lack of gratitude for what we have in each moment. Therefore practice expressing thoughts of gratitude every day. In all circumstances give thanks. You will come to the understanding that the way most people around you will tell you the world works, isn't the way it works at all. And more importantly you will come to understand it is the path to inner peace.
Gene Ford Runnels