Monday, November 19, 2012

Marriage Monday: Thank God for Your Husband {Link up}

Marriage Mondays

Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  Can you believe it is Monday again already??

I don't know about you, but I really don't know what happened to the summer or the fall! They both evaporated right before my eyes  . . . and here it is almost Thanksgiving!!!  

As we all turn our attention this week to counting our blessings and being thankful for all that we have and all that God has done for us, I wonder --- How long has it been since you've thanked God for your husband? 

Perhaps you're thinking:

  • How can I thank God for my husband when he isn't a believer, I disagree with his worldly lifestyle, and he makes my life miserable?
  • Or, how can I thank God for my husband when he is harsh with the children, distant from me, and I often cry myself to sleep at night from loneliness?
  • Or, how can I thank God for my husband when he has made poor business decisions and we are really suffering financially?
  • Or, how can I thank God for my husband when he refuses to take any spiritual leadership in our family and spends hours sitting in front of the TV?

These are just a few examples that popped into my head, but there are many, many more scenarios of why you might not be feeling very thankful for your husband at this point in your life. You may even be envious of your friends who seem to have loving, tender, involved, spiritually-minded husbands.

Here is the answer from God's Word for situations just like the ones mentioned above:

  • Ephesians 5:20 - giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
  • Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
  • Hebrews 13:15 - Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name.
  • Psalm 116:17 - I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD.

Have you ever wondered what those verses mean that talk about offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving or the sacrifice of praise?  They refer to praising and thanking God for a person, a circumstance, or a situation even when you don't feel like it!!!  

It is a sacrifice to praise God when we we feel like giving up and drowning in despair!  It is a sacrifice to thank God when we don't see any possible good in a situation!!!  It is then that we offer our praise and our thanksgiving by faith, trusting that God can redeem even the worst of situations and bring some good out of them!!

So, even if your marriage seems hopeless, your husband cold and distant, your relationship strained -- thank God for all of it!  Thank Him!  Praise Him!  Trust Him!  He may or may not change the circumstances -- but He will change You!!

Your Turn to Share:

Do you have a testimony of giving thanks to God in a difficult situation or for a difficult man?  If you have a testimony that will encourage other women in a difficult marriage, please share!

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Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!



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Marie said...

My husband and I just celebrated our 8th Anniversary this past week. It was such a great reminder of how much we have been through and all the wonderful things to come. I thank God everyday that He provided a strong head for our household. Thanks for your post and the Bible verses to refer to!

Laurel Thomas said...

My husband has been a blessing since the day we met. Like Marie, we just celebrated an anniversary. I need to go thank him for all his hard work!

busymomof10 said...

Happy Anniversary Marie and also to Laurel! Thanks to both of you for taking the time to leave a comment! :)

momstheword said...

What a joy to have such a big family. We were only blessed with two but I always wanted more.

Your post is great. It puts our focus on being intentionally and thanking God for what we have instead of dwelling on what we think we don't have.

Our enemy cannot work in an atmosphere of praise so this is why we need to be praising the Lord, especially when things are hard!

I think it's cool that our posts in some ways are very similar as they are about being thankful for our husbands and fighting for our marriages! Thanks so much for hosting today.

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