(Learning to Let God Lead….. One Day at a Time)
-A Woman Redeemed
It is the week of Thanksgiving so to go along with the mood of the week, we are going to focus on thankfulness in marriage. This is actually an extremely important devotion as most of us our keenly aware, being thankful for you spouse during times of adversity can be EXTREMELY hard.
Last week, we zoned in on 2 being better than 1 and how with you and your spouse both immersed in the will of God.... you can move mountains in your marriage. We talked about the three cord stand not being easily broken, as the strand is you, your spouse and God. This truly sums up the true direction God desires your marriage to take. A marriage without a strong foundation is a marriage easily shaken.
This week, we are going to talk about one of the HARDEST commands God gives us through scripture... which is being thankful in ALL circumstances. Now, I will be the first to admit, this has been and often still is a huge struggle for me. I believe that is one of the main reasons God laid it upon my heart. During these last few years, I have found myself often, bitter, angry, resentful and anything but thankful for my spouse. I am not saying that there were not instances in which my feelings were valid, as there was a lot of hurt and pain thrown around and I often struggled with handling my emotions in an honoring way.
Have you ever experienced a time in your marriage when you found it to be extremely difficult to thankful for your spouse? Maybe your are in that season right now. Let us grow in this together, as I need this devotion just as much as anyone!
Please read these two scriptures and answer the following questions!
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
1. Paul states that we are not to repay evil for evil. What does he mean by this and have you struggled with doing this in your marriage?
2. Paul then goes on to state we are to always seek to do good. This can be extremely difficult when you have been hurt by your spouse? How can we find strength to do good when our heart is hurting?
3.The next line tells us to rejoice always and pray without ceasing! Yes, you read correctly... REJOICE ALWAYS!! How are we to do this during times of adversity and pain? Praying without ceasing.... what does without ceasing mean to you and how can NOT doing this effect your marriage negatively?
4.Lastly, give thanks in ALL circumstances!!! ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! One more time... ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, for this is the will of Christ Jesus! Oh my word... this is a hard one. I don't even want you to think about the amount of times you have failed at this..... let us move forward and discuss how we can train our hearts to give thanks even when we may want to give a punch! Discuss how you can do this in your own marriage! And talk about what the negative consequences could be for NOT doing this?
SO! Start out your Thanksgiving week by giving thanks for one another! Maybe start a special tradition. for your marriage the week of Thanksgiving such as; each day of Thanksgiving week doing something or buying something small for your spouse to show them your thankfulness, writing a sweet note each day telling your spouse things you are thankful for dedicating the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving to a date night with you and your spouse annually, or have a quiet night at home after the kids go to bed to exchange a gift and pray together.... whatever God lays on your heart!!! We will share with you what we decide to do when God gives us a thought!
Peace and Blessings
Missy and Garrick