Our emotions go up and down, Even within a single day, we may shift from joy to sorrow, from laughter to anger. Emotions are a normal and healthy part of being human, but we don’t need to let them rule our lives. Gratitude can be the steady thread that keeps us tied firmly to the kingdom of God, a reality that never changes. In the midst of each feeling we experience, a sense of thankfulness will keep us from shaking. At times we may struggle to feel thankful, but as we consciously practice our awareness of God’s presence, gratitude will become a habit that holds us steady through all our emotions.