Words have creative power.
The universe was created with words.
In marriage and when life gets busier – kids, career commitments e.t.c – the small things tend to suffer first.
Affirming, building, creative words are usually forgotten, replaced by practical, ‘real’, unexciting often uncreative vocabulary.
Once exuberantly expressed and deeply felt, our creative powerful words lie unused.
I am a working progress in every area I’ve listed below and I think most of us are. (Please feel free to add to the list in the Comments section).
1. I need you
We first see vulnerability in our relationship with God. He says we must become as little children in order to inherit His kingdom.
Sweetness and intimacy in marriage is often found in brokenness. We must never stop needing each other. And showing each other that we need each other.
2. I am praying for you
Prayer is powerful. And most people appreciate being lifted up in prayer. When going through a rough patch, your spouse will feel affirmed and cared for. Letting your spouse know that you are praying for them deepens intimacy.
3. Please, Thank you
Joyce Meyer shares the story of this couple friend of theirs who were incredibly courteous with each other. The words ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ filled their every day vocabulary. It drove Joyce crazy.
“Who in that world does that any more, you are married for goodness sakes!” she thought.
Later on, she began to see and appreciate the value and beauty of a life filled with courtesy, gratitude and humility. Such words reflect our attitude of love, respect, appreciation, honor and awe.
4. I love you because…
I think most of us want to know why we are loved.
When my husband tells me that he loves the way I handled a particular situation or appreciates the way I made a certain meal, I am over the moon.
Being specific, (“I love you because…”) instead of being general, (“I love you”) often builds up our spouses in a deeper way.
5. You are beautiful/handsome
Your husband/wife needs to know that you still find them attractive.Life has a way of altering our physical landscape. We need to hear that we are beautiful in each others eyes.
6. I believe in you
I love hearing these words from Tommy. I feel affirmed and strengthened. I think most men agree that a wife who stands by them (through thick, thin and loony) is a treasure and a gift. We are made to be affirmed.
Marriages need boundaries. And it’s not just a matter of creating boundaries – the harder work is in observing them. I love it when Tommy puts his foot down. I am
pushy persuasive and sometimes the most loving thing Tommy can tell me is “No babe”
Most couples are opposites in terms of personality. We bring different strengths into the relationship and balance each other out.
8. I am sorry, forgive me
So often we say “am sorry” because we want a battle to end. Real repentance means acknowledging your faults and making a turn to become better. It means dealing with yourself first.
When you are open and honest and mean what you say, your spouse will often sense that. And your true repentance maybe the only thing needed to resolve whatever issue is on the table.
9. What do you think?
We need to involve each other in our decision making processes. Involving your spouse communicate that you value them, their thoughts and insights.
For women, it’s one of the ways they feel loved. It affirms your partnership and often helps manage expectations.
10. You are my hero
“Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.” Hoosier farmer
Your spouse may not act “heroic” all the time. But being a hero has nothing to do with perfection. It’s about the things that they do well (there must be something they do well since you married them).
The world already tells your spouse what they can’t do or can’t be. There’s so much pressure to perform and shine. Your spouse needs to refuel from your faucet of love. If you don’t refuel them, who will?