It is often obvious to us when we need to take care of our physical health. We are groomed (pun intended) from the time we are children to clean our bodies and to eat so that we can properly fuel it. When it comes to our emotional health, however, we are not as quick to recognize what we need to do to take care of ourselves.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. In fact, there are many times when our emotional health greatly affects it. This is why “laughter is the best medicine” or why we can be so physically exhausted when our minds have worked a lot.
What do you think the state of your spouse’s emotional health is? What do they feel it is? Is your spouse emotionally healthy? Do they have things that are weighing upon them? Do they have things that weigh upon them that you know but they do not see? Do they ignore problem signs about their emotional health or are they quick to seek help when they need it? Do they have a network of people to help them stay emotionally healthy or are they surrounded by people that chip away at that health? Are they positive or negative people by nature? Do they see the glass half full, half empty or ask you “what glass”? What steps do they take to heal when they do recognize that their emotional health is a problem? How do you contribute to their emotional health? What changes do you think they should make to become better at handling their emotional health?
Take the time to think about the answers to some (or all) of these questions. How would your spouse answer these questions about themselves?
This week, focus your prayers on your spouse and their emotional health.
Ask God to let your spouse know how special they are to Him.
Pray that God show your spouse the state of their emotional health.
Ask God to give them the wisdom to make choices that make them emotionally healthy.
Pray that God give them strength to deal with the things that weigh upon them.
Ask God to give your spouse a good network of people who will build them up emotionally.
Pray for God to give them the right attitude to deal with their emotional health.
Ask God to show you how you can positively contribute to their emotional health.
Ask God to show them how important their emotional health is.
Pray that God walk through their emotional struggles with them and that they feel His presence in tangible ways.
Ask God to take away any fears or doubts that your spouse has about their emotional well-being.
Pray for God to give your spouse the strength and encouragement to deal with the “negative” people who affect their emotional health.
Pray a blessing over your spouse and their emotional health.
Thank God for the blessings that your spouse has and the blessing that they are to you.