Be More Than An “I Love You”

What does it mean to love someone or to be loved by someone?  Maybe it is the security of knowing that we occupy a place in someone else’s heart or the significance we hold in someone’s life.

Maybe it means that in spite of our silly oddities, our looks, and our imperfections someone can see us for who we are and they love us anyway.

We are someone who matters to somebody else.

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Singing softly in my ear

Once in a while the words “I love you” can be just that ~ words.  Over the years I have learned (sometimes the hard way) about love and relationships.  Not just in the romantic sense like the love I share with my spouse, but also the love I share with all my children and grandchildren, my BFF, and my extended family. The most important thing I have learned is: It is the ACTION taken that can create the strength, emotion, and significance of those three simple words.

For example:

  • Supporting each other is essential in any relationship ~ marriage, parenting, friendships.  Have each other’s back.  Celebrate successes and comfort disappointments.
  • Respect one another because you each deserve the other’s respect.  Treat each other the way you wish to be treated as you express opinions, thoughts, dreams and desires ~ make these matter as much to you as it does to the other.
  • Be a safety net and refuge from the outside world.  A person you can always trust.  Strive to create an environment that is a welcoming place of comfort, joy and peace.
  • Commitment takes work, commitment is not easy, and commitment must become a priority. Become the “something that you want to last forever” every single day.
  • Forgive the forgotten item at the grocery store and forgive the forgotten birthday present. Forgive when the other lashes out because they are tired after working hard all day. Forgive the other for not knowing what you needed when you really thought they would or should know. Forgive the other when they fall short even when you know they are trying their best. Forgive because no one is perfect.

Be More Than An “I Love You”

11 thoughts on “Be More Than An “I Love You”

  1. Reblogged this on Witty Mummy and commented:
    “Respect one another because you each deserve the other’s respect. Treat each other the way you wish to be treated as you express opinions, thoughts, dreams and desires ~ make these matter as much to you as it does to the other.”

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  2. “Become the “something that you want to last forever” every single day.” Beautifully said. And I really appreciate the idea of savoring the blessing of being 60. Not there yet but close. Thank for such a positive place to land on the internet!

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  3. I have the love of a good man, a wonderful daughter and lovely young granddaughter and this makes life GREAT. This is such a nice post. You have a fantastic marriage of sharing and caring and that is perfect! 🙂

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  4. This post brings me tears. I have personally grown so much in the past 9 years of our marriage. Learning to understand deep love and commitment beyond the butterflies that my husband brings me. To forgive him when he needs to be forgiven, to support him and to continuously pray for him as we both seek to honor God daily.

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