Congratulations to Laura McClave, yesterday’s winner! Laura, please email me your mailing address and I’ll get your book in the mail!
I have been thinking about marriage a lot lately, probably because my youngest daughter just got married. God wants us to have strong and loving marriages and yet so often that is not the case. Divorce has become so common. I often hear people say, “But, I’m just not happy anymore.” Really? Well, no offense, but who cares? Your marriage was never a guarantee that you would be happy. Our marriages are to be more about “holiness than happiness”. God gave us the marriage relationship so that we might become more like Him – loving, giving and laying down our life for another. In every marriage there will be conflict and unmet expectations. Those times give us opportunities for growth in holiness.It’s too easy to criticize our mates.
When I find myself, looking at Steve, thinking, “Why isn’t he more……?” Or, “Why doesn’t he do…….more?” I know it’s time to get my praise on. I have learned when there is conflict in our marriage, (We’ve been married 34 years so we’ve had a few disagreements along the way:) I need to get a lone with God, grab a pen and my journal, and make a list of reasons why I am thankful for Steve. Gratitude quiets my inner critic!
My question for you today is, why are you thankful for your spouse? Let’s spend today praising God for our spouses. I’ll be giving away the book, What’s it Like to be Married to Me?” by my dear friend, Linda Dillow. So let’s get the comments rolling, friends! Why are you thankful for your spouse?