Top Ways to Express Thankfulness in Your Marriage
Looking for ways to express thankfulness in your marriage this Thanksgiving? Here are some tips to make your husband smile!
I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone! I love this time of year. Of course, I love the weather, the pumpkins, and all the delicious food, but I also love the thankful atmosphere that our family fosters during this time. We express our thankfulness to each other throughout the whole year, but Thanksgiving is a time where we actually slow down and truly think about all that God has blessed us with.
One of the things I am so very thankful for is my marriage. My husband is my rock, and I’m so blessed to have him in my life. I love being married to him and I’m always trying to figure out ways to show how thankful I am for him and all that he does for our little family. I love to make him feel special and pampered.
But how do you show just how much you’re thankful for your husband? You can express thankfulness in your marriage by doing things to show your love for him. How you treat your man tells SO much about your thankfulness towards him, and will impact your marriage drastically.
So, I’m giving you my tips to help you show your husband how thankful you are for him.
Tell him you are thankful for him.
I think sometimes we forget about how important it is to simply tell our husbands how thankful we are for them. Most men are straightforward creatures. They are short and to the point, and they tell you exactly what they mean. They don’t hint at things like most women do. Most times, they just want to hear it from your lips that you are thankful for them and all that they do. The majority of the time that will make them feel the most special, that you took the time to tell them how you feel.
Write him a letter
My husband and I used to write letters to each other all the time and I miss doing it! This is a wonderfully sweet way to express your thankfulness for your husband. This way you can sit down, gather your thoughts and take your time expressing everything you love about your husband. Take some time and make a list of what you’re thankful for in your marriage. Think of all the things your husband does for you and your family. Does he do chores that he knows you hate? Does he help you get the kids ready for bed? Does he warm up your car for you in the morning before work? Tell him all these things and express your gratitude. Even if it’s little things, write them down and thank him for it. Letters make a great keepsake as well! You can look back on these for years to come and when things get tough in your marriage, you can use these to remember all that your husband does for you.
Do a chore for him that he normally does (or that he hates doing)
This one is a big one for me. I love it when my husband does a chore that he knows I hate doing. It’s his way of saying, “Let me take this load off of you”. It’s his way of saying that he cares and appreciates everything I do. Doing a service for your spouse can be a great way of letting them know that you see and recognize all the hard work they do and you are grateful for it.
Tell him you are praying for him (and actually DO it!)
I’ll admit, I’m still working on this one. I’m definitely not a prayer warrior and I’m afraid to admit that most times I forget to pray for people when I say I will. I DON’T want this to be the case anymore. One of the BEST ways you can show your thankfulness for your husband is to pray for him. Thank God for giving him to you and ask Him to watch over your man. Ask God to take care of him and give him strength. Pray over your marriage and ask God to bless it.
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Plan a special date night for him
This is one of my favorite ways to show I’m thankful for my husband. I LOVE planning date nights for us to go on. They help us to relax and connect with each other and just spend quality time together. Planning a date is a great way to show your man you appreciate him because you put in the time to plan something special for you two to do together. With the holidays coming up, there are so many things for you to do in your local area AND at home! Even if you don’t have lots of money (or any at all) you can still plan fun and relaxing dates for you and your spouse. Have you ever been to a paint n pour? They are an absolute blast! I planned to do one at home for our anniversary, and decided to make a holiday theme for it! Check out my Snowman Paint ‘n Pour Date Night and snag your FREE party printables to go along with the date! This is such a fun and affordable date that you will remember for years to come.
Surprise him with a gift you know he loves
If the budget allows, treat him to his favorite gift. It can even be something as small as his favorite candy bar or a homemade treat. My husband LOVES Oreos. So whenever he is feeling down or I want to show my appreciation for all he does, I go to the store and grab him a pack of Oreos. When I get home, I pour him a glass of milk to dip them in. Then, I attach a little note telling him how much I love and appreciate him. It makes him so happy to see that I thought of him on such a difficult day!
Expressing your gratitude towards your husband doesn’t have to be difficult. Honestly, the small gestures are usually the most impactful! Anything you can do to make your husband smile will strengthen your marriage and foster more thankfulness in your relationship.
How do you show your appreciation for your husband? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Steven, I thought I would be the wife that had it all together. My house would be spotless, I’d whip up gourmet dinners every single night, and eventually become an exact copy of Lucy Ricardo. Little did I know, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be (or how I Love Lucy portrayed it to be)! Especially when life got hectic.