Thanks, I Appreciate That!

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What things—errands, chores, and the like—does your spouse do daily that you can express your gratitude for?

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:28, NIV

We all want appreciation. I (David) forget that sometimes.

When I come home from a long day at work, I am often preoccupied with my own concerns and worries, and I may overlook what Teresa has done that day. She's kept the Ferguson family running smoothly for over thirty-five years, but there are days when I hardly notice. I take it for granted that my shirts will always "magically appear" neatly pressed in my closet. I barely notice that the kitchen is always clean and the bills are in the mail on time. There are days when I don't even give a cursory thanks for the dinner she cooks or the coffee she brings.

I know there have been too many times when I have missed the hurt and disappointment in her eyes when I failed to express my appreciation for what she does.

The flip side can be pretty powerful, though. On the days when I really let Teresa know that I not only notice but greatly appreciate all she has done, her spirits lift, her step quickens, and the smile returns. It only takes a few seconds to express gratitude for the errands she runs with, "Sweetheart, thank you so much for getting my license tags renewed. I know it was a hassle to do and very time-consuming. I know your time is valuable, and I appreciate your help." It only costs two minutes of time to send her a note that says, "Thank you, Teresa, for taking our grandkids to the zoo and making dinner for our guests—all in one day! Your ability to get it all done with grace and style is amazing."

God has definitely given me a woman who is worthy to be praised. I need to be reminded to rise up and call her blessed.

What things—errands, chores, and the like—does your spouse do daily that you can express your gratitude for?

Lord, give me extra sensitivity to my spouse's efforts. Help me praise him or her daily.

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