There was a time in my marriage that I was angry with God. I felt entitled to a miracle that didn’t seem to be coming my way. Drowning in hopelessness and fantasizing about life after divorce consumed my days. I was angry at God for not stepping in on my time. The seed of anger planted roots in my heart and from it grew unthankfulness. Without being thankful for anything I lost joy and happiness. Depression sank in even more.
During that dark time in my life I avoided God. I justified my anger towards Him, somehow blaming Him for the circumstances in my marriage. With my continuing negative attitude and unthankful heart, my husband found it difficult to enjoy himself around me. He encouraged me often, trying to get me to smile more and find genuine joy. My fake smiles never quite masked my true feelings, and my husband grew weary of my rebellious heart.
There was a point in our marriage when things did start turning around for us, but it wasn’t until after I set my pride aside, apologized to God for my anger, and submitted myself to Him. Once I did that I began seeing things in a different light, and I found things that I was thankful for. As my heart grew appreciative for all that I had, I praised God, making known to Him my thankfulness. That is when I experienced true joy, amidst the pain that I endured in my marriage.
With thankfulness leading my life, I sought after God more consistently, and God was able to reveal things to me, including the miracle I was waiting for.
It is so important that wives have a heart of thankfulness, where they can experience true joy in life. With a thankful heart, problems, issues, trials, and hardships do not seem so burdening, and marriage will be more of a delight.
Find time today to be thankful and make known your thankfulness to God. No matter how BIG and especially no matter how small, thank God today… and thank your husband too!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
“We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;
people tell of your wonderful deeds.”