Love one another and you will be happy.
It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
Showing love goes far beyond saying “I love you.” Actions speak much, much, much louder than words.
You can show deep love through simple actions—lending a hand, lending an ear, sharing a smile, sharing a sorrow, sharing time, washing feet…
To your husband
- Don’t criticize—replace criticism with gratitude. Let him know he is your hero and that you appreciate him.
- Smile—you share a connection nobody else has; connect with a smile that makes him go weak in the knees, that whispers love.
- Dress it up—dress for your husband just as you did in the early days of your marriage.
- Thoughtful service—perform small acts of service to show your husband you are thinking of him and value him.
- Feed your man—the way to a man’s heart is still through his stomach, but don’t neglect his stomach once you have his heart.
- The power of touch—claim him with a kiss, yes, right there in front of the kids. They’ll groan, but inwardly they’ll feel secure knowing their parents love each other.
- Listen—give your husband your undivided attention, eyes, ears, mind. Share his interests and his life.
To your children
- Smile even more—let them see their value reflected in your face every time they walk into a room.
- Hugs and kisses—hug your children, especially when they don’t deserve affection, because that is when they need it most.
- Play and laugh—get on your child’s level and play and laugh; laugh while you play, laugh while you work, just laugh.
- Read aloud—hold hands and jump into the pages of a book for shared adventures and memories, teaching moments and snuggle time.
- Teach your children—give your children the gift of your time and experience; teach them to keep a home, work hard, think, defend their faith, say they’re sorry, forgive, be a friend, and love.
- Cut the criticism—encourage, praise, build up, correct, guide, cherish, and respect. When it is time for criticism, serve with a heaping helping of love.
- Listen and look—listen with your eyes, mind, body, and heart without trying to fix or teach or correct. Just listen.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.