Once a year we celebrate Thanksgiving … which to many means football, butterballs, and holiday shopping. The giving thanks part has been relegated to a minor position. This holiday was founded by people who gave thanks to God on a daily basis, and now, as a nation, we struggle to focus on thankfulness for one day a year.
“Thanks” and “Giving” are both important aspects of marriage. I think it is important in building your relationship that you regularly give thanks to your spouse for all the good things he or she is giving to you and your family. Paul was thankful for the special people God brought into his life … “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus … I have not stopped giving thanks for you …”
So … make it your project this week to identify things about your spouse that you are thankful for … and for which you can give praise and appreciation. If your relationship hasn’t been going too well … this exercise can help get you back onto a better path. Look for an opportunity every day to genuinely thank your spouse for something positive you see in him or her.
To help you get started here is a list of some things spouses were thankful for:
Gives unconditional love: Doesn’t hold grudges Puts God first Is patient Is trustworthy Is committed to our marriage Listens Has overcome a sinful habit Models leadership cares for others Is thoughtful Has a servant-heart Is a peacemaker Believes in the God of second chances Lets me dream Great Provider Is dependable Is a great mom or dad Knows and loves Jesus Christ Manages our home well Gives encouragement Is fun to be with Prays with and for me Covers my weaknesses Depends on God Gives me grace Holds me accountable Empowers me Has a teachable spirit Is Selfless humble:
Would you like to give your spouse an amazing gift for Thanksgiving? One that will be cherished for years to come? Why not write down a list of things in a card or letter that you appreciate most about your spouse and share it on Thanksgiving Day?
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