Pastor Phil Ayres from Kingdom City joins Mel and Jeziel in the studio to share wisdom on marriage and relationships. Phil has a passion for growing strong families, and is a goldmine of knowledge and advice. Phil says his passion stems from enduring many difficult years of marriage. After weathering the storm, his marriage is now stronger than ever, and he loves to share his expertise on gratitude.
Given May is Thankfulness Month, it’s perfect timing for Phil to discuss thankfulness in marriage. It may seem obvious, but gratitude is an integral and often forgotten part of marriage. So how do you build a culture of gratitude in your marriage?
To ensure gratitude is present in your relationship, you need to focus on three key areas:
ATTITUDES: You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse – Philippians 4:8
WORDS: Kind words heal and help, cutting words wound and maim – Proverbs 15:4
ACTIONS: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body and be thankful – Colossians 3:15
Easy enough, but what are some of the benefits of gratitude in marriage?
- Gratitude creates a positive environment for growth
- It improves physical health
- Plus, it improves psychological health
- It enhances empathy and reduces aggression
- Your self esteem will improve
- It improves mental strength
- It’ll even help you sleep better!
To hear all of Phil’s great tips and more, check out the podcast below: