Thankfulness by Annie McGuire
Ten years ago I couldn’t have imagined the life I have now. Being a church planter’s wife wasn’t even on my radar. At that time, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell you what that was.
Joy and peace didn’t characterize my life. My marriage didn’t in any way resemble Ephesians 5 or glorify God. We threatened divorce in the heat of selfish arguments from unfulfilled expectations. Instead of partners with purpose, we acted more like enemies intent on tearing each other down.
Communication, trust, and loyalty were missing. And so was the foundation of Jesus Christ. We were attempting to live our lives outside of the will of God, trying to build a marriage on sinking sand.
We didn’t know how to love each other because we didn’t have the love of Christ within us.
We battled through addictions and apathy, discontentment and depression. We were simply unsatisfied and unhappy.
Then Christ stepped in and changed all of that.
I have so many things to be thankful for, but at the top of the list is the transforming power of the gospel.
It wasn’t until we had been married for about nine years that we both surrendered our lives to Christ. We believed the gospel and bowed our knees to the Lord, placing our souls, our marriage, and our lives in his hand to do with whatever he wished. And we have never been the same.
We began to get trained up in the word and learn how to trust each other and speak truth in love, to build each other up and be a blessing. Christ himself taught us through the pages of scripture how to be more like him and have compassion, meekness, and humility.
We both learned that in order for us to build a strong marriage that glorifies God we were going to have to submit to our roles and responsibilities. We had to lay down our pride, forget the past, forgive as we had been forgiven, and press on into the future God had prepared for us.
He purified our hearts and purged the dross.
There was a time when I thought things would never change, that we’d stay miserable in our marriage forever. I didn’t know what the future held.
But God knew. He had a plan for us all along. By his providence we came to the place we needed to be to get saved, sanctified, and prepared for service.
Only because of the transforming power of the gospel, I have a marriage that glorifies God, and four children who love Jesus. We’ve also had the privilege of sharing our story with others and teaching them the biblical principles that lead to a God honoring marriage.
Earlier this year my husband answered the call to pastor a new church plant. We moved from our home of 16 years, and followed Jesus on this new adventure. To use us in this capacity is such an overwhelming blessing and honor, considering where we were just ten years ago. I’m blown away by God’s awesomeness!
God truly can do anything, and his grace certainly is enough. Praising him for his love and mercy that endures forever, for his forgiveness and freedom through Christ, and his ability to take something so broken and make it beautiful. For this, my heart is overflowing with thankfulness.
~Psalm 126:3~ The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.