“Thank God for Everything!”
Do you have a fairy tale marriage? We were having a Newlywed Fellowship in our home this weekend and this question came up in conversation. I immediately answered no because everything isn’t quite the way that I would like for it to be. However, my husband answered yes and explained why. After listening to his response, I had to say thank you to God for everything!
My husband shared how God has gone beyond, beyond everything that he could ever hope for in his life and his marriage. You see he didn’t know if he could be married and remain faithful to one woman for 17 years, but God. He never thought he would have a beautiful home, wife and kids, but God. So even though everything isn’t perfect, he could honestly say that God has given him a fairy tale marriage. My husband says his marriage is better than he could have ever dreamed.
After listening to my husband testify, I had to agree and thank God for everything. I thank Him for all of His blessings and the challenges. The challenges have helped me to grow and to know God like I would have never known Him. It’s a trick of the enemy to get us so focused on what’s not perfect in our mate, marriage or family. Focusing on the imperfections can create a spirit of ungratefulness. Ephesians 5:20 says, “always giving thanks to God the Father for EVERYTHING in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
Everything means every thing! So no matter what you may be going through right now, give thanks! Your spouse may not be acting right but give God thanks. Thank God that you even have a spouse. If your spouse is acting right, give God thanks. Thank God for the ups, downs, disappointments, challenges and the problems. When you give God thanks in spite of how you may feel, He will give you joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength. So no matter what, remember that God is with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. As you go through each day, thank God for everything!