APPRECIATION - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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I was in the kitchen alone, we had just finished dinner and I sent our boys off to bed because they needed enough rest before morning. They had end of session exams to prepare for, they would normally stay back to help clean up but I thought they should rest that night because we had a late dinner. But my husband was in the sitting room, iPad in hand and, what he was doing I did not even know.

I felt the anger welling up in me as I stomped in and out of the dinning, making angry noises hoping he would get the message and come to help me out (Now why didn’t I just ask?). I started talking to myself, asking myself to calm down and remember that I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT. But oh no, “myself” didn’t listen and I let the anger rise and rise.
After what seemed like a very long time to me, and I was almost done with cleaning up, my husband came into the kitchen.
I said in a calm but angry tone: “Don’t bother to help, go back to your iPad, I don’t need your help!”
I still had few things to pick from the dining table and I kept stomping in and out of the kitchen as I expressed my anger on how he just sat back and let me tire out. I complained of how he used to be helpful but had just stopped being helpful and that was where I hit him hard…
“Do you even appreciate the previous times I have helped?” He asked
“Of course I do! I defended “Even in the presence of so and so the other day, I told of how helpful you have been.”
“How about telling me, when it’s just you and me?!” He queried “You have only said it to people but never to me!”

I don’t remember exactly what I said at that point but I realized once again, that I had goofed. Why have I not thanked him to his face, between me and him? Believe me, I really did appreciate his efforts around the house, he is very helpful, especially since the paid help left. But I should have voiced it out, told him in words, and let him know that I knew he was helpful and that I appreciated it.
I apologized, though a little later as I took time to really think of what he had said. And from then on, I started dishing out many thank yous for as many things he does that I can remember. And I must say, he does more, I don’t know if he is spurred on by my change or he just does what he thinks he needs to do but I tell you he does much more now.
I am sort of grateful for the events of this day, because I may not have known I was in error and was hurting him too. I may have continued in this very serious negligence and ignored a very important ingredient in marriage and relationships- appreciation.
I love to be appreciated and every one does. So if you want it you should give it too, don’t you think?

Matthew 7:12 (AMP)
So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them…
It is easy to think that your spouse should know that you appreciate him/her, but you might be wrong, like I was. So we should open our hearts and mouths and let our spouses know that they are appreciated, for the “little” things and the “big” things too. Somebody once said, “What you appreciate, will appreciate towards you.” How true that is, I am a testimony and it can only get better from now on.
When God was speaking to the Colossians in Colossians Chapter 3, He was talking to them about relating with each other beginning from verse 12 and in verse 15 He ends by saying…
Colossians 3:15… and be ye thankful.
Be thankful to God and to the one He has blessed you with.
For what you sow you will reap, if you sow appreciation you too will be appreciated, and let’s face it, you love to be appreciated.
Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Appreciating your spouse may just be that lacking ingredient to make you marriage a great one.
Do you neglect appreciating your spouse? Do you forget? Or do you just assume that he/she should know?
Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • agman
    Posted at 23:33h, 17 July

    The reasons and ability to say thank you! are sometimes lost in our busy life’s But only misplaced! awaiting their time, please forgive us if we are slow to respond to your needs, after all we are only men who love you. be well

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 16:30h, 21 July

      We know this Agman, even though we get upset sometimes! However this post talks about the reverse. Thanks a lot.

  • Rebecca R.
    Posted at 22:26h, 16 July

    I was blessed by your post today!! This is me and my husband more often than I’d like to admit – what wonderful advice!!

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 22:32h, 16 July

      Thanks Rebecca, it is most every woman’s story. I am so glad that you were blessed, praise God! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a great week!

  • Cynthia Wilson
    Posted at 21:52h, 16 July

    Wow that is me most Sundays after dinner. I want the help but I don’t feel like I should ask. I get in my moods as I clean. Thank you for being me to a different place as I approach this Sundays dinner. Have a blessed day!

    • Ugochi
      Posted at 22:01h, 16 July

      Ha ha Cynthia!
      We should all learn to ask so we can receive, instead of all the assumptions. Peace is always better, and thank yous matter.
      I have to deal with my moods daily until I kill them completely, lol!
      Thanks for checking this out, I really appreciate!
      Have a great Sunday!