Ok, I know the title, Love is Christmas Music and Nuts is kind of…nuts :), but I think it will make sense by the end of this post! As we approach Valentine's Day I wanted to focus a little bit on LOVE.
I would guess that most couples who have been married a while and have kids probably aren't living a whirlwind romance most days. Yes, you love each other….but sometimes it comes out in unusual ways! If you aren't looking you may even miss it! I am sharing this little story to remind you that love can show up in many forms! Love usually isn't like we see on the big screen!
I can hear someone tell me they love me all day, but I know that they love me when I see it in action. I really do believe that love is an action word. I know when I look at the Bible as a reference for love…I see the action of God's love all over the place!
Now I won't sit here and pretend that I am the most loving wife that ever walked the earth…I am not. I fail miserably at being a loving wife. BUT…I try…and I think that should gain me some points! 🙂 (right honey?)
So here are two little stories of love in action in my marriage.
During the Christmas season we had taken the kids out to look at Christmas lights. I turned the radio on to Christmas music…I got immediate negative feedback from some of the kids…they wanted me to turn the station. My husband who STRONGLY DISLIKES Christmas music (I know, what a Grinch :))….jumped in and said we were going to listen to it. One of my kids piped up and asked my husband, “Why do we have to listen to it? You don't even like Christmas music?” Here is where the LOVE IN ACTION really came through…my husband said the sweetest thing…he said, “Your mom loves Christmas music…and I love her…so we are going to listen to it!” It actually brought tears to my eyes…it was just so sweet and unselfish. It was a great example for our kids too. We can CHOOSE to do something we don't want to do for someone else JUST because we LOVE them!
Recently, I made some banana bread. My husband brought home a couple of bananas he had at work that were getting too ripe. He mentioned how nice banana bread sounded. So I set about making a loaf….now I don't like nuts in my breads or cookies…my husband does. I will be honest and say that I usually don't put nuts in things that I bake. But, as I looked at the ingredient list and was just about to skip over the walnuts….I thought about how much my husband would love to bite into a piece of banana bread that had nuts in it…and I dumped them into the batter!
These aren't mountain moving examples….you probably have much better examples. I guess the point of this post is that these small things can really keep a marriage going. Life is busy, marriage is hard…we don't always take the time to focus on our marriages like we should….but by putting our love in action a little more often…we are sending our spouse a big signal. We are saying that they are still the one we want to spend our life with! We are saying that they are worth a little sacrifice!
I would love to hear how you put your love in action in your marriage!