A virtuous woman is thoughtful. She remembers to thank those who are helpful or considerate. Two simple words: Thank You. How easy they are to say and yet they are not said enough! Marriages could be changed, friendships could be formed, and relationships could be healed if only we remembered to always say thank you.
Take the time to notice the small things your husband, family, and friends do to make your life easier. How many times has your husband run an errand for you and you did not thank him? How many times has a friend or neighbor helped you when you were in need?
There are many ways to say thank you. Husbands appreciate hearing the words with a bright smile and a tight hug. A nice back rub or an extra special meal is always appreciated, too. Friends will glow if you drop a note in the mail to show your appreciation. Bake a batch of cookies or other goodies to take to a neighbor. Write a special letter to a loved one who is hurting expressing your thanks for all that she has done for you throughout the years. Moms and dads will benefit from this as well. Often their sacrifices go unnoticed.
Saying a sincere, warm thank you will always be appreciated and encourage continued kindness from friends, family, and neighbors. The next time your husband or a friend does something even ordinary, show the love you have for Christ by acknowledging their thoughtful deeds.
Melissa Ringstaff is the Director of A Virtuous Woman, a non-profit ministry for women based on the Scriptures of Proverbs 31. You can reach her at www.avirtuouswoman.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.