Thankful Thursday ~ Marriage

Hubby & I went to have an early dinner Tuesday at one of the local “landmark” restaurants in town. I had wanted to get him out of the house for some fresh air since he had slept all of Monday away after his dental adventure.

Getting out of the house and bumping around town with no particular agenda helped both of us relax. It also helped us talk about something that we hadn’t talked about in a very long time …

The state of our marriage.

The president gives an annual state of the Union address, our governor gives a state of the state address, and my superintendent even gives a state of the district address on the first day of our contract year each year.

A dear friend of mine had told me that she and her husband used to set one day a year to evaluate the state of their marriage and to set marriage goals for the coming twelve months. I had thought it a good idea and hubby & I have done this a couple of times.

So we talked about our marriage over dinner. About my insane fear that our marriage will end because we’ve been married for over 20 years and many of our friends that celebrated their 20th anniversaries just a few years ago are now divorced. We talked about how to protect our marriage from the horrid “D” word. And we made a commitment to attend a “Weekend to Remember” during the next twelve months.

I’m thankful that my hubby was agreeable to talking about our marriage, our strengths, the areas where we can improve, and to set goals for the next twelve months.

I’m continually thankful for my assistant. She called last Thursday afternoon and asked if I wanted to go play Bunko with her group. I had a ball. All of the ladies were from her church and I had such a great time meeting new friends! One of my new friends said that her husband had given her a gift certificate for a spa day on Valentine’s Day that she hadn’t used yet but needed to before it expired. I looked at her and laughed because hubby had given me a gift certificate for a massage for Valentine’s Day that I hadn’t yet used. We both committed to redeeming our gift certificates before the end of this week.

I’m thankful for the blessings that the Lord showers on me daily: a loving and caring husband, a roof over my head, food in the ‘fridge, an air conditioner that works, and a job that I enjoy.

Even though it’s been going on almost non-stop for two months now, I’m even thankful for the rain. I know that some areas of the country are struggling with drought and they’d LOVE just a tiny bit of the rain we’ve been having.

There is so much more that I’m thankful for, but I really wanted to focus on marriage this week. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

If you would like to read more Thankful Thursday posts, you can stop in and visit Iris at Sting My Heart and click on the pages linked there.
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13 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday ~ Marriage

  1. So many great things to be thankful for in our marriages if we just take the time…thanks for sharing!
    Blessings

  2. What a great thankful! I agree that taking time to evaluate goals and dreams in your marriage is a good thing–we need to do it more often.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings~!

  3. Yeah for marriage! That’s awesome to set aside a day to evaluate. I guess that’s what we are doing over the next few days, celebrating and evaluating. What a wonderful committed husband you have. Praise God! πŸ™‚ Have a great Thursday! Stop by, I have pictures.

  4. That’s very encouraging that you set goals in your marriage. I just heard Beth Moore say that if we want great marriages, we must fight for them. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day.

  5. How great to have a husband committed to marriage! You are right…many people these days view marriage as “disposable.” So sad. Is that Basset hound in your side bar yours? I LOVE Bassets. I’ve had two over the years.

  6. What an important thing to commit to: Marriage! It’s so sad when people don’t take their vows seriously. Good for you two for taking the time to check where you are and where you’re going in your relationship. God bless you both.

    Reese

  7. What a great date! It is good to have an “intentional” marraige. We need to be intentional about making it work and be healthy and alive. Good for you!

  8. Oh, Lisa, what a wonderful idea to address your marriage and make plans for the next 12 months. I think we should do that as well. I will bring it up to my Sweetheart. You are right, we have been married almost 25 years and many marriages just end up in divorce – I don’t want that to happen…
    I also have a gift certificate for a spa from a dear on-line friend – I want to redeem it in September πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thankful list with us this week.

    Be blessed today and always.

  9. Ladies, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by for Thankful Thursday! You’ve blessed me with your presence and your comments. πŸ˜€

    Mariah: yes, the two poochies in the side bar are my terribly spoiled “fur” babies. “Panza” is my basset hound and “Quixote” is my Heinz ’57.

    I hope all of you have a wonderfully blessed weekend. πŸ˜€

  10. Glad you and the hubby are able to talk about things and continue working on the relationship after so many years. That’s a rare gift.

    Have a great weekend.

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