Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

Are You Thankful for Your Spouse?

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.  Proverbs 18:22 

When was the last time you thanked God for your spouse? Has it been a day? A week? A month? Have you ever told God you were thankful for your spouse? It may sound like an obvious task. You may even think, “God knows I am thankful for my spouse.” God wants to hear this. There will be days when your spouse is causing you frustration, but even on those challenging days, you can still be thankful for your spouse.

When was the last time you told your spouse you were thankful for them? You may think they should know how grateful you are for them because you stood for marriage restoration, but have you told them recently?

Have you ever determined your spouse’s love language? Even if their primary love language isn’t words of affirmation, everyone likes to hear words of encouragement and how thankful a person is for them. Whether it be a boss telling you that you did a good job or your son or daughter saying, “Thank you, you’re the best parent ever.” These words bring us life and joy like few other things can. How special would it be to hear that from your spouse? The person you are closest to in this whole world. How often do you tell them what you are thankful for about them?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Scripture commands us time and time again to give thanks to God. He deserves all the praise we can give Him, and He finds joy in knowing we see Him working and that we are thankful for the many things He has provided us.

Start by talking to God about how thankful you are for your spouse. If you tell God what you are grateful for, you will be more likely to tell your spouse what you appreciate about them too. Become a person who overflows with thanksgiving to God and your spouse.

Marriage is one of the most selfless relationships a person can have. Strive to be a person who is constantly improving in their marriage. There are many ways to do that, like showing love more intentionally, listening more carefully, and thinking more before you say something. Your spouse will likely recognize your efforts.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:8-9 

You will also find it difficult to complain about your spouse when you are grateful for them. You cannot grumble and show gratitude at the same time. If you commit to showing your spouse gratitude and thanking God for them, you will see your behavior and view of them shift, and out of that will come a healthier, more God-honoring marriage.

God bless,

 

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