We know we can't be joyful all the time, but when hope is running thin, you need to start praising God. The apostle Paul knew this was a hard assignment in life. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Scripture acknowledges that trials are not positive, but they can produce fruit and it can increase endurance which leads to hope. The choice to rejoice often must go deliberately against how we feel. When we go through heartaches, we are faced with a decision to either rejoice in the Lord or rebel against Him. "This joy in the Lord which we must aim for is not a superficial happiness based on circumstances or on the absence of trials, but rather is a solid, abiding contentment and hope that is as steady," wrote pastor Steven J. Cole of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship. If nothing else, being thankful will help you to see that you're really blessed and this cultivates hope.