Married Mondays – Thankfulness

All over social media the past couple weeks, people have been posting days of thankfulness.  It’s this time of year that people are focusing on what they are thankful for.  It’s this time of year that we are spending more time in the next 45 days with family than many of us have all year.  But holidays aren’t what I’m talking about this week.  I truly hope that you aren’t only expressing your thankfulness for your spouse this time of year and just because your friends on Facebook are saying what they are thankful.

As life catches up with you, days, weeks, months may go by without you telling your spouse that you are thankful for them.  You probably tell them you love them every day, but are you saying this out of habit and are you just going through the motions of marriage.  It is easy over time to become complacent and accidentally start taking each other for granted.  We must daily and whole heartedly make sure that our spouses know how much we love them and how thankful we are for them.

Taking each day, making it special, and recognizing the good things that happen every day.  Even the worst days, have a bright moment.  That moment of thankfulness in the day might not come until you get back home, or until you get that phone call right at the perfect time.  No matter how bad you think that your day has been, there is always someone who has it worse.  We live in a nation of “First World Problems,” we live in a time that has forgotten how to be thankful.  We live in a time, that we easily get lost in wanting.

So this week, my challenge to you, is to take the time to stop and look around at what you have, who you have in your life, and reflect on your blessings.  Each day find at least one thing to be thankful for, and share it with your spouse.  Find something everyday that your loved one does that goes unnoticed and make sure that you recognize it.  Take time together to write down things that as a couple you are thankful for, write down what you are thankful for in your relationship, and remember each day that you have someone that loves you, and that is at least one thing to be thankful for.

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