Title: Grace-filled Gratefulness
Bible Reference(s): Psalm 143:10 – “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Expecting a husband to satisfy all of your desires and needs will create a huge gap in your marriage. No one person can fulfill all of your wants and needs. It’s a surefire road to discontentment. If you are looking to marriage to bring missing peace, happiness, and contentment, all you’ll be left with is an even greater gap between you and your expectations. When we have expectations in order to fill ME, and our husband falls shorts of our desires, the result will be a deficit in WE.
On the other hand, when we are thankful for every kind gesture and thoughtful word, we will soon find our hearts overflowing with love and grace and gratefulness. What you allow to permeate your thoughts and actions will take over and rule you.
We control what settles in our hearts, and it all begins with self-talk and the attitude we use as we approach each new day. When we go to God for our needs, security, and peace, HE will fill us to the point of overflow.
It’s important to be firmly grounded on the truths of God’s Word and focus on surrendering your life to God; it’s only then that you will be able to yield and be subject to another person. We will find wholeness and satisfaction when God supplies us with our contentment, and from this supply, we unselfishly give putting the other person first.
Continual thankfulness will cure our longing, expecting heart for more and for ME. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
How do we do this?
First, never allow the extraordinary to become ordinary. Coming to know Jesus Christ, finding your husband, walking in grace daily—all of these things are extraordinary! Moreover, reason for celebration. Don’t allow what’s extraordinary to become common, dispassionate, aloof—ordinary to you.
And, fill your heart with thankfulness. Thank you, God, for men’s dirty socks—dirty socks mean a man is in my house. Thank you, God, for whiskers in the sink, which mean a well-groomed husband. Thank you, God, for a man who comes home late—because he came home. Thank you, God, for life and sight and breath.
Discontentment cannot grow in a grateful, thankful heart.
So what? Begin each day with words, thoughts, and prayers of thankfulness. Like the old hymn goes… Count your blessings; name them one by one. Count your blessings; see what God has done!
Dear God, help me to look for and see the blessings of each day, and especially help me to seek out and ruminate on the many good qualities my husband possesses.