Above my desire for comfort, success or good health, I want to be a joy to God. What does that look like? To me, it's like pleasing a parent and making them proud. But, in this case, it's the ultimate perfect, loving parent.
So I seek His will when something is happening. Then I feel like whether it rains or it's a perfect day, it is what He wanted. Gosh, how would we feel if our children were like that with us.
God loves praise. Not because He is insecure or egotistical, but because He knows it brings the needed realism for us to be closer to Him. I think of God and something He has done in my life and my heart overflows with gratitude. And then there is praise when things are going wrong. That is even more important because it brings Him into the mix and I can sit back and see what He does. Just like a child who wants his parent to take care of things.