Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians. 5:18)
December 2016 was difficult for a few families that I have come to know. Within three weeks of each other four separate and sudden deaths left homes motherless and fatherless for Christmas. As I received the news of each new death, the more thankful I became for each new day with my own family. It also made me realize how much time we waste being annoyed and fighting over the stupid little things in life.
One night as I was attempting to sleep, my husband lying beside me began to snore. Now I, like any wonderful wife, normally greet this sound with a sudden elbow and “help” him turn over away from me. All with a great attitude, mind you!
But this night was different. As he snored, I began to smile. I wrapped his arms around me and snuggled in closer and began to thank the Lord; thank You for this man, snoring in my ear. Thank you that you have given us another day together. May I never take for granted the time you’ve given us.
I began to realize that the things that annoyed or frustrated me are things that someone somewhere is praying for or aching for. I remember when a person close to my age lost her husband, she said something I will not soon forget; she said, “I read/hear people complaining about their husband’s underwear on the floor and I wish I had to pick some up, at least he’d still be here.”
My challenge to wives/mothers especially is to realize how blessed we are. Our husbands and kids aren’t perfect and there are struggles, but at the end of the day they are still here. I am guilty of picking battles that really aren’t worth fighting. Does it truly matter if things aren’t done exactly the way I prefer? Are there some things that I can let go of that will bring more harmony to my home so we can truly enjoy each other instead of fighting over preferences?
As parents, there are obviously things that are right and wrong and must be enforced. It’s our job to train up our children, but I do think sometimes we get caught up in doing things a certain way and choose battles that really aren’t worth it. We do the same thing with our husbands. Sometimes it’s not the things we choose but the tone. GUILTY!
I’m determined to take this verse and pray it over whatever is annoying me. “Thank you Lord for this child’s boots in the middle of the floor that I am tripping over, bless him today and help him be the young man you desire him to be.” “Thank you Lord for this wonderful daughter I have that is taking FOREVER to get ready and making us late, help me to guide her to become all that she is called to be.”
While I’m sure many of these prayers will be prayed with aggravation at first, I’m hoping it’s a good step to obeying the Lord in giving thanks in all circumstances and realizing how blessed I am.
Father, thank you for the many blessing in our lives. May we truly embrace each new day with a thankful heart for those closest to us. May we treat them with love and honor and find ways to bless them with even in correction. Amen.