Marriage and Family

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“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” Philippians 1:3

Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Rolls, Dessert….. Happy Thanksgiving!

Maybe your heart is full this Thanksgiving and you feel as though you have much to be thankful for. But, what if it’s not?

As good as life can be, life can be really hard! When life is hard, it’s hard to be thankful! And yet, it is in the midst of some very hard circumstances that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians. He was in prison and he starts off his letter with telling the Philippians how thankful he is for them.

Let’s be people that choose to be thankful no matter what life feels like today. Let’s start with the family that lives in our house, then the family that lives nearby, then the family that is farther off.

All too often, we can spend time being thankful for others to the neglect of our family.

My encouragement for us this week: Make sure your family knows how thankful you are for them!

What if we struggle being thankful for the people in our life? Practice the steps below.

5 Steps to Help You be Thankful for People

  1. Remember the good about the person
  2. If you can’t think of the good about the person, think of what Jesus did for you on the cross and then remember that He died for that person too. (John 3:16)
  3. Make your mind dwell on the good, REFUSE to dwell on the negative (Philippians 4:8)
  4. Pray for the person along with asking God to grow your heart for the person
  5. Say ‘Thank You’
    1. Use your words face to face
    2. Send them a Card
    3. Text them Thank You
    4. Email them Thank You

Helpful Tip: Don’t use social media for thanking a person until you have done it personally first. Broadcasting to the world does more for you than it does for the person you are thanking.

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33