Monday marks the beginning of a 14-post series entitled Love in Action. This series encourages all of us to express love through simple actions that will work toward building strong families.
I first posted this series last February around Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to show a little mush on Valentine’s Day, but the kind of love we’re building extends beyond a one-day holiday. It’s the nitty-gritty, down-and-dirty, baby-puke-in-your-hair, morning-breath kind of love. It needs work, nurturing, and effort…more than once a year. It is for that reason that I have chosen to revisit the Love in Action series. (Plus I need a little kick in the pantaloons, myself.)
Love in Action: Building Strong Families Details
There will be 14 Love in Action tasks.
We will focus the first half of Love in Action on loving actions toward our husbands (or wives, for my male readers). The second set of Love in Action posts will focus on loving actions toward our children.
Now, please don’t do your loving action for the day and check it off your lifelong love list. Practice each day’s tip from the day you read about it throughout the rest of the Love in Action weeks. I’m sure your family won’t complain if you make these loving actions a habit for life. (I know. I’m a pest. I get that a lot. A lot a lot!)
Don’t be. These are simple, common sense (but unfortunately not common practice) ways to express love. You may well be doing all of them already. Me? Well, let’s just say I’ll be actively participating in all Love in Action tasks.
A simple home is a home where love is a priority. Let’s put building strong families back where it belongs–at the top of the to-do list.
Love in Action Series: Building Strong Families
For my spouse:
- Stop Criticizing
- Dress Up Challenge
- Feed Your Man
- Thoughtful Service
- The Power of Touch
For my children:
- Smile Some More
- Hugs and Kisses
- Play and Laugh
- Read Aloud
- Teach Your Children
- Cut the Criticism
- Listen and Look
And the closer, Love in Action: All Wrapped Up.
Will you join me for Love in Action: Building Strong Families?
Helpful tool: I received Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages from someone who had alienated most of his children and three ex-wives, so I read it only out of an I’m-afraid-you’re-going-to-call-me-and-see-if-I-read-that-book-yet sense of a duty.
Wow! The basic premise is that, essentially, if you parlez vous francais and your loved ones sprechen sie deutsche, you won’t understand each other, no matter how fervently you exclaim “Je t’aime!” or “Ich liebe dich!” Mr. Chapman does an excellent job of explaining the importance of learning how to say “I love you” in the language of our loved ones. Highly recommended!
Amazon Prime members can read The Five Love Languages free on Kindle.
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