Today's topic for At the Well is "Thankfulness In Marriage". The discussion question is
What are some things that you can publicly thank God for, in relation to your husband?
When I first met my husband, I was a teenager who was running with the wrong crowd, making the wrong choices and now years later, reflecting back, I can see that the choices I was making would lead to a life of heartache and pain. John 10:10 tells us these words from Jesus: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." This rings so true in my life. As a teenager, my family life was affected by things such as substance abuse, infidelity, the separation of my parents and it seemed like my choices were taking me down the same path.
My husband rode the school bus with me and took an interest in me. He was more of a country boy, not like the boys I was usually interested in. We began spending time with one another and he really grew on me! My time was spent more with him and less with the bad influence of my friends.. I was very young when we met - 14 and was not allowed to date until I was 16. He was faithful to come to my house for us to spend time together and he waited for 2 years before taking me on a real date - what great patience!
We dated a few more years and when marriage plans came into place we began attending church with his family. The year before we were married, on the same night, we both accepted the Lord's salvation, we admitted we were sinners, believing that Jesus gave His life for our sins and confessed Jesus as Lord of our lives and committed to live for Him.
The thing that I am most thankful for is how the Lord worked in my life to rescue me from destruction, and giving me salvation and an abundant life in Him and my husband was a key player in this process. I am thankful that we began our marriage as Christians with the sole purpose to glorify the Lord in our newly established home and to raise our future family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord - breaking free from the strongholds from my childhood.
My heart rejoices in the husband the Lord gave me and through the years through the good and bad circumstances I am thankful for the godly leader of our home and the godly father that he is. He is a man of integrity, faithful, honest, hardworking, loving and thoughtful. There is not much more that I could ask for and when reflecting on our beginnings, I am still in awe of the gift the Lord gave to me through this man.
As a wife, I often fall short of being kind, thoughtful and loving. But it is the Lord's grace and love working through me that helps me to continually strive to be the wife he deserves.