There was a time when my marriage suffered a major trauma. The relationship I thought we had was over, and I was heartbroken. Any joy in my marriage was gone. I lived in fear that any minute could be the last minute of our official marriage. In fact, the voices that were the loudest were the ones questioning my faith. There was doubt and fear, but there was no more joy.
As weeks and months passed, I found myself in a pit emotionally. I had to persevere to simply get through the day. But over time, a change began to happen. As my marriage began to heal, I realized I was craving joy. I was looking for some semblance of wholeness after the months of extreme uncertainty. I remembered reading Ann Voskamp’s book, 1,000 Gifts, with the premise being that through gratitude we find joy.
How Gratitude Brought Joy in My Marriage
I’ve learned that to really appreciate a value or fruit of the Spirit, sometimes you have to understand the opposite of it. Because of the extent of our marital issues, I became well-acquainted with fear and doubt, so I knew just how far I was from joy.
I knew that it wouldn’t be an immediate change, but I was longing for something different. How do you will joy into your life when things seem bleak?
You don’t will it, you choose it.
Come join me at Tiffany’s blog this week, where I’m sharing in the 31 Ways to Reclaim Joy in a Christian Marriage series. I’m sharing how gratitude brought joy in my marriage!
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