My wife bought me a Christmas ornament that says "2018: Best Year Ever!" We both got a good, long belly laugh out of that. Without going into too much detail, we both agree that 2018 has been the hardest year we've ever had. But Psalm 146 describes what we've tried to keep as our perspective throughout the hardships of the last 12 months.
First, "Praise the Lord!" No condition is given for praising the Lord only when things are good. We're simply told the psalmist will "praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." Even when sickness comes. Even when jobs are lost. Even when families are shattered. "Praise the Lord, O my soul!"
Second, our main focus through our struggles is that God is to be trusted. When we feel like we've been hanging on by a thread, God tells us that he "lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous." In this rough year, it's been a great encouragement that our hope is in the Lord because we'd be completely lost without Him. Even when I don't feel it, especially when I don't feel it, the prayer that has continually been on my lips of late is "Father, help us to trust you!" I pray that 2019 will be better, but I know 2018 has taught me some hard lessons that I'm thankful for.