In April, Joel and I celebrated 27 years of marriage. So much has happened over the years in our lives as we've learned to grow together, but I have to say, our relationship is stronger now than it's ever been! That strength comes from the unconditional love we have chosen to give one another. We don't just love and support each other when things are good or just when we agree on everything. No, we are committed to loving each other no matter what; and every day, we make a conscious effort to communicate that love. Communicating love every single day is what creates a foundation for success in any relationship!
One way we communicate that love is through words. Words are so powerful, and it's so important to tell the people in our lives that we love them. We need to allow words of love to flow freely in our homes and create an atmosphere of acceptance and security. At the same time, we need to be comfortable hearing those words spoken to us. Sometimes we hear it and dismiss it. Sure, they are just three little words, but every time Joel says "I love you" to me, I allow those words to sink down deep into my heart. I know that when I embrace those words, they establish a treasure of security and trust in my heart and strengthen our relationship.
In the same way, we have to allow God's love for us to create a secure foundation in our hearts. We have to know that God loves us no matter what mistake we've made, no matter what setback we've encountered because when we are secure in His love, we are empowered to live better. We are strongest when we build our days on the foundation of His love. Remember, it's the key to successful relationships!
Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him… (Deuteronomy 33:12, NIV)