[…] To those suffering, look again at the Philippians passage.  It states, “….with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.  All to often, we focus on what we don’t have, instead of on what we already have.  Thanksgiving allows us to appreciate and acknowledge what we do have!  Most requests we make to God through prayer are not needs, but rather desires.  The more desires you have, the more suffering you will endure.  This concept is very Buddhist-like, but it is a truth. When you give thanks for what you have been given in life, your focus shifts from desire to appreciation, and a certain calming peace can be felt.  You will also focus more on the right things.  Appreciate What You Have and It Will Appreciate. […]