Marriages go through seasons. Some seasons can be challenging that can take a toll on emotional well-being, especially a sense of gratitude. At times, these hardships can either leave you stronger or weaker. It’s important to remain thankful when marriage is hard and do things that bring you joy.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Redirect Your Focus
When these hard times come, redirect your focus. Trying times in your relationship offers opportunities for reflection and a chance to improve the areas that need to grow in your character. Showing gratitude to God for how far He has led you in your marriage, you are able to redirect your focus from the problem to the One who can solve them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
When life, marriage, or family seems overwhelming, rather than slipping into despair, turn your thoughts to happy memories in your marriage and remain thankful in all seasons of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Here are four ways to remain thankful when marriage is hard.
4 Ways to Remain Thankful When Marriage is Hard
1. Write What You’re Thankful for Each Day
Write down five things that you’re grateful for that day. Then, speak it out loud in prayer. When you sense yourself slipping off into a sad or depressed mood, this exercise can help to bring you back to reality. The act of writing down and speaking out God’s daily blessings in your life is a way to change your mood from discouraged to thankful.
2. Share What You’re Thankful for with Others
Remembering God’s blessings in your life and sharing them with others has its way of stirring up gratitude in your heart. It leaves you with awe-filled memories to worship Him and helps to keep the complaining to a minimum.
3. Engage in Peaceful and Joyful Activities
Engage in healthy activities that bring you peace and joy. The goal is to take your mind off of the situation and enjoy what you are doing. These moments allow you to open up and move toward peace. The more active moments you engage in, the happier and more thankful you’ll become.
4. Study God’s Word on Being Thankful
While this is last on the list, it is certainly not least. Strengthen your faith with God’s word; meditate on scriptures regarding thankfulness and commit to them to memory. They will help you to always be grateful to God no matter the circumstances. Remember, without expressing thanks to God, it is difficult to lift your heart from despair to worship.
When marriage is difficult, your emotions can get out of control. Gratitude for as many things you can think of, including your spouse can not only ease your pain but give you hope that a better day is coming.
What are you grateful for?