Posts Tagged ‘appreciation’

Quote of the Day

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Demands sever the flow of love while requests coupled with appreciation increase it. –Ashley McIlwain

Demands

Quote of the Day

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Happiness doesn’t come from getting something we don’t have, but rather, by recognizing and appreciating what we do have. –Keonig

Happiness

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Share your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

Form an acrostic of things you appreciate about your spouse, family, and/or life with the word “THANKFUL”? Feel free to explain your word choices.

I’ll get us started …

T – Trustworthy: How thankful I am that I can trust my husband enough to be vulnerable with dreams, fears, thoughts, ideas, and emotions that I otherwise wouldn’t share with someone.

H – Health: What a blessing it is to have our health. So many are fighting for their lives out there, and it’s easy to take our health for granted.

A – Awesome: I have an awesome family that I can share with, talk to, laugh with, cry with, and count on to pray, support, and encourage me no matter what.

N – Noble: This is a word that describes my husband well. I am so thankful for the godly man that he is!

K – Kindhearted: I feel like this describes my husband and my family so well! I honestly have never met a kinder, more thoughtful, generous, and loving bunch than my loved ones, and I so admire that about them!

F – Fun: My husband, Steve, and I have the best time together! Whether it’s grocery shopping, watching a movie, traveling, and everything in between, we have a blast together, and I love that!

U – Understanding: I appreciate that I can go to my husband, family, and friends and find understanding there. There’s something about knowing they are listening and care that makes the burdens of life that much lighter.

L – Love: To love and be loved is simply one of the greatest joys of life.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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What are your favorite ways to say “thank you” to your spouse or significant other?

I’ll get us started …

One of my hubs’ primary love languages is words of affirmation, so this is something I’m always trying to make sure I keep in mind. When you stop to think about it, there are a lot of ways to let someone know you appreciate them, but one of my favorite ways is with a sweet love note. I will pick up some cheap cards at the store so I have a stash, and from time to time I will just write my husband a note to let him know how much I love and appreciate him. Once it’s all written out, I will leave it somewhere I know he will find it like on his pillow, in his car, by the bathroom mirror, etc. It’s a simple gesture that I know my husband appreciates.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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Are birthdays a big deal in your home?

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Yes, birthdays are a huge deal in our home!

Growing up my mom made sure that our birthdays were always incredibly special and fun. From pre-birthday to birthday linger, each year our special day morphed into an event that spanned several weeks at times. I always wanted to keep that tradition alive because there’s nothing like taking time to celebrate the treasure of someone’s precious life. To let them know that they are loved and appreciated. What an honor that is! My husband stepped right up to the plate and joined in on the birthday extravaganzas. He always goes above and beyond for my special day, and appreciates and loves that I do the same for him. We both take the opportunity to douse one another in love and memories on our birthdays, and it’s something that I absolutely cherish and appreciate!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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What are some of your favorite ways to show appreciation to your spouse or significant other?

I’ll get us started …

I have 3 “go to” ways of showing my hubs, Steve, that I appreciate him. One is post-it notes. They’re small, easy, cheap, and they stick anywhere. So, I usually write a little note of encouragement on there, and stick it somewhere fun (like on his shoe, in his wallet, on his steering wheel, etc.) for him to find. Secondly, I write him full blown cards letting him know how much I love and appreciate him. Sometimes I am a bit general, and other times I specifically list off things he’s done recently that I am thankful for. Thirdly, I tell him. If he does something I am grateful for, I thank him on the spot and in the moment. Most guys love hearing how great they are, so I try to make sure to tell my man as much as possible J Plus, it usually encourages him to want to do things around the house and for me because he knows it will get noticed and acknowledged. That’s a win – win.

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Noteworthy: Made For Me

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

When I first heard this song, I couldn’t stop the corners of my mouth from creeping upward into a smile. Not only did I find myself doing a little jig to it, but I enjoyed the playful nature of the song’s lyrics. Despite being jovial, this song also brings about an important message to the table … enjoying our spouse and celebrating our differences.

Before I reveal the song, I have a few questions for you to ponder. Do you enjoy your spouse? Do you take time to just laugh, talk, and be together? Do you stop to think about all of the wonderful things about your husband or wife?

It’s easy to forget that we married our spouse because we actually enjoy and like them. We get caught up in being an efficient team that we often miss each other completely and soon drift apart when the friendship dies. Part of having a great marriage is keeping that friendship strong and reminding one another of the companionship and enjoyment that comes from being together.

That’s why I loved, Toby Mac’s song Made For Me off of his new album Eye On It which just dropped the end of August. While I love the whole album, this song was one that warmed my heart and made me want to take a few moments to consider just how much I appreciate my husband, Steve. The lighthearted tone of the song can’t help but make you want to snag your special someone, and do something fun … maybe even some silly dancing to it in your living room. Hopefully when you hear it, your hearts will well up with gratitude for your spouse … so much so that it spills over into some affirmation and acts of love toward him/her.

Let me know what you think …

TobyMac – Made for Me (Official Lyric Video) from tobymac on GodTube.

 

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Share your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What are some of your favorite ways to express your love and appreciation to your spouse or significant other?

I’ll get us started …

I know that my husband loves being affirmed, so I try to find different ways to do just that. Probably the most frequent way I do so is by simply verbally expressing how much I love him and how much he means to me. When he does things for me whether big, small, ordinary, or extraordinary, I make sure to thank him and let him know how much it means to me.

The other way I like to most often affirm my husband is through notes. Whether it’s a little post-it note on the front door in the morning on his way to work or a romantic card, I feel like this is a simple and tangible way to dote on him.

I find that the smallest of expressions of love and appreciation can make a huge impact on your spouse and marriage. It just takes a little time and thought, but it’s well worth it to fill up your spouse’s love tank and put a smile on his/her face.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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I’m Thankful For …

Friday, November 25th, 2011

By Ashley McIlwain

The other day I was sitting down racking my brain for ways to express gratitude to my husband Steve. He is such an amazing man that inspires, encourages, and loves me. He does so much for me and everyone around him that I knew I needed to take the time to verbalize all these thoughts of admiration and gratitude I have for him. So, I came up with an idea that I wanted to share with you all.

Many of us tend to either get caught up in negativity or just neglect to convey our appreciation to those around us. Our spouse often takes the brunt of this lack of praise. Philippians 2:3 instructs us, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Are we doing that for our spouse? Are we holding him/her in higher esteem than ourselves? I’m going to take a wild guess and say that many of us struggle with that one.

It’s essential to “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). There is no one more deserving of our praise and encouragement than our spouse. While he or she may be imperfect, they are a treasure. You chose them and promised to love and cherish them through it all until your dying day. That’s a pretty significant promise that most of us need to work harder at upholding.

Knowing that I could always be better at affirming and building Steve up, I decided to come up with a list of twelve things about him that I am thankful for. Then, I whipped up some cute little note cards and wrote one of those things on each of them. Next, I placed those notecards in twelve different spots where he would unexpectedly find them throughout an entire day. At the end of the day I had a little gift waiting for him when he got home along with a card that more explained more in depth just how much I love and appreciate him. The goal was simply to bless him. To take time to convey all the love, appreciation, and respect I have for him. To let him know that he is cherished, admired, and adored. He deserves nothing less than that.

Hopefully each of you will try this out on your spouse because I think it would really bless and encourage them. You can download my template for the notecards here. Enjoy, and let me know how it goes!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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How do you show your spouse that he or she is appreciated and valued? What does your spouse do to make you feel cherished and loved?

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