As we’re approaching the holiday season I want to take the month of November to highlight thankfulness. God blesses us abundantly in numerous ways. Last week I wrote on the gift of salvation which is what I’m most thankful for. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away I’m thinking about the people in my life that mean the most to me. For this particular post, however, I’m focusing on “my husband.” That being said, you will be able to relate and be thankful for your husband’s too. We will both be grateful when I list the 10 real ways to be thankful for your husband.
Now, not only is Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, but November 15th is also my husband Mike’s birthday. Wanna know a little secret…He’s turning the BIG 50! Shhh, don’t let him know I let the cat out of the bag. Lol. All joking aside Mike is such a tender-hearted loving husband. He supports me in ways that I do not deserve. As a matter of fact, at times I feel like I don’t measure up to be his wife. Now I realize this is silly on my part to think this. It’s just old insecurities that I’m working on slowly and surely. I’m incredibly blessed to have Mike in my life. This post is going to be a dedication to him specifically and a gift straight from my heart to his.
10 Real Ways To Be Thankful For Your Husband
To start with I believe it’s important to share the Biblical role of our husbands according to God’s word. Ephesians 5:25, says, Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. This scripture sums it up, doesn’t it? Mike and I have a solid marriage because we put God first as the foundation of our marriage. When we first got together Mike wasn’t Christian but came to know Jesus as savior and Lord in 2012. I had fallen away from God at this point in my life. That being said God knows who and what we need in our lives better than we do.
After a fifteen-year abusive marriage, I was rather skittish to start over again but Mike is supportive, gentle, loving, and caring, and handled interactions with me slowly. I’m so grateful for that. Another key point I’d like to go further on is the characteristics to be thankful for your husband. Naturally, I’m referring to my own husband but hopefully, you will find the following characteristics in your husband as well.
17 Characteristics to Be Thankful for Your Husband
- Man of Faith
- Loving Father
Ways I’m Thankful for my Husband
Man of Faith and Follower of Christ
Being a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ means more to me than anything else. When Mike uses God and His word to direct his steps and actions he’s putting what and who should come first. As long as he continues to do this he can never ever go wrong in my opinion.
Supports My Ministry (RHL Blog)
When you work a full-time job most husbands would expect you to come home and give them your 100% undivided attention the remainder of the evening. Mike understands how important my blog is to me. He also knows the main time I have to work on it is in the evenings when I get off work and/or the weekends. It takes a lot of work to keep all the areas dealing with my blog and social networking going.
In all honesty, I feel extremely guilty at times spending the amount of time I do working on my blog instead of spending the time with him. That being said he looks at the bigger picture of eternity. I’m using my blog to lift high the name of Jesus so others will come to know Jesus Christ via the internet. Also, I use my experience in abuse and loss to help those going through similar issues. Yet Mike always shows me his support and unconditional love and encouragement.
Wonderful Stepdad and Pap
In my opinion, some of the BEST Dad’s out isn’t blood-related. It takes much more to be a Dad that a sperm donor. I don’t mean this in a judgemental or critical way it’s just truth. Mike doesn’t have any children of his own so when he and I got together my children and I came as a package deal. Jokingly his family was thrilled when we got together because they wanted to repay him for all of the noisy toys he got for the nieces and nephews. Much to their dismay, I nipped that one in the bud because I had a hysterectomy when I was twenty-four years old. So they found ways to still joke with him saying he bypassed the kids and went straight to the grandchildren. Mike says simply “That’s right!” He’s an awesome Pap and all the grandchildren love him to pieces!Husbands are one of our greatest blessings from God. Our spouse's love is a gift that we can open every day. Click To Tweet
Never Disrespects or Harms Me
As was previously stated, I was in an abusive first marriage that broke me and made me feel less than for far too long. In all seriousness, abuse is not love. One of the things I’m most thankful for is I know without a shadow of a doubt Mike would NEVER harm me. He can’t stand it when he witness’s someone doing this towards a woman. As a matter of fact, he’s gone as far as to tell them they need to “knock it off!” I can never say enough about how thankful I am to be with a man who “respects” me. In marriage, if you don’t have respect in a relationship it will most likely not survive.
Abundantly Provides for Our Family
Additionally, it’s equally important to share how Mike provides for our family. He is the kind of man who will do anything for anyone. He’d go as far as to give you the shirt off his back if he felt you needed it. Furthermore, I know for a fact that he helps others even when it puts us in a position of becoming short-handed ourselves. He has the mentality that God will always provide. Not many men would be willing to go out of their way to help someone when it’s not really his place to do so. Not only this he gives with an open heart of generosity because that’s who he is. Thankfulness is putting it mildly stating how much he does for others!
Understanding When I Don’t Feel Well
If you’ve read my post living with autoimmune disorders you’re aware of the numerous health issues I have. In all honesty, some days are really rough and I become tired easily. To put it another way, when I get home from work I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Cooking dinner some days is something I can’t muster up the energy to do. I don’t usually complain or say anything yet Mike can usually tell without me saying anything. He gets me and has me figured out. So what does he do? Suggests grabbing something somewhere or will bring it home. That’s Thankfulness!
Awesome Chef and Griller
Nothing compares to a man who’s good in the kitchen or when it comes to grilling. To be honest I’m a very picky eater. Allow me to share with you a funny story for the first time Mike cooked for me when we were dating. Bless him he had no idea what he was getting into. Lol. For starters, I hate mushrooms and he fixed chicken with mushroom gravy. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I didn’t like it. Secondly, I have never liked cheesy potatoes. Guess what he fixed? You guessed it. He’s a romantic at heart, however. When he pulled out my chair to sit down he had a long stem rose in my chair. Brownie points!
Handy Around the House
Nothing beats being married to a handyman right? Mike worked in maintenance for years. Not only this somehow whenever I placed a work order on my machine somehow he usually ended up being the one to come fix it. Possibly he had an ulterior motive. Lol. In all seriousness, I’m so incredibly thankful for a man who can fix things himself. It saves us tons of money. I’m definitely thankful for that!
Thankful for My Husband Because He’s a Good Listener
Keeping it real here in saying I’m the type of person who wants to “fix” everything. That’s not necessarily a bad thing however for me it can be when I allow it to take hold. I’m a fixer personality which I believe stems from my first marriage for the most part. Always trying to keep everyone happy to avoid confrontations. I carry a lot of weight on my shoulders that’s not meant to be mine to carry.
One, in particular, is I try my best not to bring home the burdens of my job. Don’t get me wrong I love my job but it can also be hard spiritually and mentally. As some of you may know, I work with oncology patients and it’s hard some days. However, I can home and share things to get them off my chest and Mike lovingly listens with a tender heart and attentive ears. Definitely grateful for this!
Thankfulness for Making Me Laugh
Marriage can often be hard to go through without having some sort of sense of humor. Mike makes me laugh more often than not. He’s the type that can make anyone laugh. Most of the time it’s with little effort on his part. Things just naturally fly from his lips in a joking way just by being in a one on one conversation. I’m guilty of asking him “How are you able to come up with things like this on the fly?” Try as hard as I might it doesn’t come easy for me. I’m thankful God has passed that gene onto the ones who are able to lift others up flawlessly and without having to try too hard.
Thankfulness for Your Husband Encouraging Thoughts
Husbands are one of our greatest blessings from God. Our spouse’s love is a gift that we can open every day.
The goal in marriage is not to think alike but to think together.
A good husband wipes our tears, But a great husband listens to the story of why we’re crying.
Be Thankful for our husbands because he’s forgiven our pasts and is accepting our present.
Showing Thankfulness for Your Husband as His Wife
I just wanted to tell you that I love you and I appreciate everything that you do for me and for our family.
Every day of my life is perfect because it starts and ends with loving you.
I have seen the best of you and the worst of you, and I choose both.
If I did anything right in my life it was when I gave my heart to you.
I cannot promise that I will be the perfect wife. But I can promise you that I will choose to love you every day.
When life seems full of problems, your love revives me and keeps me strong.
If I had my life to live all over again, I would find you sooner so that I could love you longer.
Times are hard, but sharing them with you makes everything easier. The most difficult of burdens are made simple when I am with you.
It’s not the vows that keep us together. It’s the immense love we have for each other that grows every single day.
God gave me my husband so we could weather the storms of life together.
In Conclusion on 10 Real Ways To Be Thankful For Your Husband
If you haven’t had the chance to read my first post on thankfulness please check out Thankfulness: The Free Gift of Salvation. I believe you’ll agree the greatest gift we will ever receive and be thankful for is Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives.
Secondly, there may be some reading this post on ways to be thankful for your husband and your marriage may not be where you hope it would be. If this is you please let me know how I may be able to pray for you specifically in this area. Trust me, sweet friend, I have been there myself. That being said, I am abundantly blessed with the greatest husband EVER and I am truly thankful for him.