It’s that time of year. Thanksgiving! We can’t wait to see our family, friends, loved ones and, of course, eat Turkey, with all the trimmings. But for me, the Thanksgiving holiday is so much more. Unlike the other holidays, Thanksgiving is something every single person alive can celebrate. We all have things we are thankful for. We all have a special someone or “someones” who have touched our hearts or impacted our lives in a phenomenal way. Thanksgiving truly represents the one day when each of us can stop and actually focus on all the things and people for which we are thankful.
My marriage is at the top of the list of things for which I’m thankful. If you too have a thriving marriage, you know firsthand the incredible gift marriage is. The unconditional love, support and encouragement embodied in this vital institution is unparalleled here on earth. Thank you God for my marriage! Yes, marriage has its ups and downs, but there’s just something about knowing you’re in it together. There’s just something about knowing that there’s a person who has your back always and is willing to do what it takes to figure things out, together. Frankly, there really are no words to capture just how incredible and profound this is. Talk about being thankful. I’m overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude just writing these words.
Sadly, there are married couples that can’t say this. There are married couples who have lost their way and don’t know how to get back on track. There are married couples that need help. If your marriage is struggling, take heart. You can see a brighter day. Every marriage has storms. EVERY SINGLE ONE. But it’s a choice to overcome them and couples are choosing to do so every day. I’m not suggesting it’s easy, but I know for a fact that if you and your spouse want your marriage, you can have it and it can thrive.
Sometimes, having a daily support system is what you need to help jump start the process. Marriage Rocks is an online vehicle that allows couples from around the world to share their proven tips for marital success, and support and encourage each other. Over the past week, so many couples shared on the Marriage Rocks Facebook and Twitter pages the things that have enabled their marriages to overcome obstacles; the things in their marriage that they are so thankful and grateful for. In the rest of this post, I want to share just a few of my favorite quotes with those of you experiencing a valley in your marriage. May these words bless and encourage you. May they show you that you can make it through your storm. May they embolden you and your spouse to take a step forward in your marriage.
Even though it's not all sunshine, I'm glad I have someone special to share my umbrella through the storm. I'm thankful that even on the worst of days he can always find a way to make me laugh. I'm thankful because I never thought I'd find a love like this before, a love in which we love each other flaws & all! It's so beautiful & I cherish every moment! ~ Stephanie L
I am thankful for my wife for always being there for me and not giving up on us when we had our down fall…~ Michael R
I’m thankful for my husband being an amazing husband, my best friend, an awesome father to our two children. But, I’m tremendously thankful for his unconditional love he shows us each and every day.” ~ Dalila B
The covenant between God, Tommie & I is what my marriage means. In this last year, we have had our ups and downs but we honored our vows & commitment along with prayer! It brought us through. Thank you Tommie for being so supportive in all that I do & for working so hard for our family. I love you and am blessed to be your wife. ~ Tara M
I love how my wife covers me and prays over me and my life and also how she has been there for me even when I fall and make mistakes. Love you Destini. ~ Brandon O
I’d choose my amazing husband Jake if I had to do it all over again because he showed me that unconditional love exists other than just from God or from the love we give our children. ~ Athena M
I am thankful that my husband is a forgiving person. ~ Tina C
I am thankful for my husband’s ability to pick me up when I am down. I have personally had a rough time this year and he is my rock and my soft place. I adore him more every day. ~ Jennifer M
I’m thankful that he loves me the way I need to be loved and not just the way he was taught to love. ~ Laura M
Wayne, you still amaze me with your intelligence and challenge me with your wit…You are my best friend, my soul mate, the yin to my yang, my missing piece…I love you more today than yesterday and I will love your more tomorrow. I choose you, my love, every day and every day I am blown away that you choose me. ~ Allison D
He loves me at my worst. Even when I don’t. Hery I loves you! ~ Rosa S
I’m thankful that my husband has such a sweet, understanding heart…He never judges another person and has a way of seeing the ‘human’ instead of the situation. When I see him doing things to help others I feel so proud of him. He’s opened my eyes in so many ways. He’s changed my heart in ways I didn’t even know needed changing. Thank you for everything you do baby. I love you so much. ~ Ashley H.
I am eternally thankful that my husband Teon is beyond supportive of all my dreams. ~ Dacia W
I am thankful today and everyday for my husband Rodney. Our kids (4) and I are so lucky to have such a hard working and caring man in our life…We’ve been through so much good and bad. We’ve climbed hurdles and recently a mountain!!! But as long as we’re climbing together we will over come anything. J…~ Eleanor M
If you haven’t, take a minute to let your spouse know just how thankful you are that he or she is in your life. Thank your spouse for all he or she does for you and your family. Even if you're going through a rough patch, there are so many things to be thankful for. Peace and blessings to you all. Happy Thanksgiving.