Tuesday, October 2, 2012

From the scrap basket and the fourth 'A' - Appreciation

This just fell together when I was mixing and matching scraps - I have that sometimes. Couldn't find any challenge that matched it (usually its the other way round :)) so posting it anyway. Thanks to Sue (Suzz) for the scraps of paper she sent me a while ago - the background panel was from her and I believe she had used gesso on it?

The fourth 'A', which is very late in coming is APPRECIATE!
Now and again I get reminded that my marriage needs more attention than I am giving it.

The last 'A' was how having an attitude to adapt, as a service to the Lord, can have an astounding effect in your marriage. A man has the DNA of being a leader and the woman as being a helper. If these two can fuse together, in their God given roles, a harmonious marriage can result which in turn brings fruit to the Church and society. A good functioning couple brings harmony in the lives of their children too!

Here is Marabel... Quote

"As you grow older you'll find that the one thing to treasure most in life is loyalty and the worst and hardest thing to accept is ingratitude"... were words I heard recently. I pondered over these words... Ingratitude is almost the antithesis of loyalty.
"Maybe it's the age we are living in; but everybody seems so unappreciative and my wife heads the pack"... was another thing I recently heard.

There is no joy in giving, if the receiver is ungrateful. An ungrateful wife is no joy to her husband. They have forgotten those simple words 'thank you".
Appreciation involves two parts - internal and external. First of all, a wife cannot be grateful if she's grasping for her rights. If she feels she has the right to everything, she will not express sincere gratitude. Only if she yields this right to her Creator is she able to fully appreciate her privileges.

Secondly, appreciation from within must be communicated outwardly, by words, attitude, or action. A heart of gratitude must express itself. A thankful person cannot keep quiet.

Don't let your 'rights' keep you from being grateful!

Are you appreciative of the basics your husband knocks himself out to provide to support the family? What about when he brings you a gift.... even if you don't like it? His only reward is seeing how pleased you are. Be very sensitive how you react by telling him how thoughtful he is for thinking of you. You don't have to be insincere about it if you don't like what he bought, but your attitude is so important! A sincere "Thank you honey" will satisfy any husband whether it be for a mink stole or a bag of popcorn! The Biblical admonition "It is more blessed to give than to receive' is so true. Don't keep your husband from being blessed!


Well, I believe this was the simplest one of the four, but still important, not to take what our husbands do for granted and to show our appreciation in word and deed to them. I know it encourages my husband when I say thank you for all the things he does -it seems to uplift his spirit and gives him a sense of well being.

I have been very guilty in the past of not showing my appreciation for the gifts my DH brought home. If he brought flowers I would complain that I would have rather had a plant, because then I could enjoy it more by putting it in the garden... only thinking in the practical sense of 'more value for our money'. He has always reacted very hurt to this way of 'practical' thinking and hasn't felt encouraged to bring me home flowers on impulse! I have put a damper on him wanting to surprise me because he was scared I wouldn't like anything of his choice, whether it be clothing or jewelry and that has remained for many years. Now, I don't care what he brings home, I just accept it and thank him for it in a sincere way - it isn't important what it is, it's the thought and the warm heart behind it that I love!

For those interested, I hope it was just a little reminder for us!


  1. Beautiful scrapped card! It always amazes me how you take your scraps and turn them into a wonderful creation. Appreciation is a good lesson and one I fail at regularly so a good reminder for me!

  2. Stunning card, I love how it is put together. Gorgeous colour scheme.

  3. Wonderful reminder today, it takes so little effort to show appreciation but it means so much.
    Gorgeous card; I would love to watch you assemble one of these beauties! Now that would be a valuable lesson.

  4. You are amazing, Jacquline. This is a beautiful card. So Well put together.

  5. I absolutely lovvve this gorgeous collage Jacqueline and always appreciate your wonderful quotes and words of wisdom.

  6. I absolutely lovvve this gorgeous collage Jacqueline and always appreciate your wonderful quotes and words of wisdom.

  7. fabulous card Jacqueline. All your scraps look stunning together. Your post is very thoughtful too

  8. What a super beautiful card in beautiful colors ... so fine with stamps and buttons.
    Have a nice day

  9. Beautiful card .. Isn't it strange how some of the best creations come together from scraps...

  10. This collage card is absolutely lovely, Jacqueline! Thank you for sharing the words of wisdom. Very encouraging! Blessings to you!

  11. beautiful as always Jacqueline !
    Chris richards


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