Monday, October 18, 2010

Ain't Love Grand

How many husbands would mute a sports program so their wife can read without interruption?  Personally, I don't know many who would even stop to think about it.  Yet that's exactly what my husband did for me on Saturday as I finished reading (or should I say devouring) "The Preacher's Bride" by Jody Hedlund.  I paused to reflect on his sweet thoughtfulness and came back with one word "blessed."

My husband and I can't afford grand expensive gestures, but even if we could, I can't imagine any flashy gift that would mean more to me.  If I receive a gift from the man I love, I don't expect jewelry or bouquets of roses.  Often times when my husband is looking to surprise me, it'll be with a cd or book because he knows me well.  That alone is a special gift.  It's the simple acts of love that put a smile on my face and warm my heart.

I pray that my boys grow to be men like their father and that their future wives will appreciate the simple loving gestures as much as I do.   While I want a great many blessings for my children, this one is towards the top of the list....  True compassionate considerate and whole hearted love to be given and shared with one special person.

If the money is gone, when the wrinkles and gray hair have appeared, or when life hands you more lemons than you can hold...  what do you have?  Do you have love?  Real love?  A kind considerate heart by your side?  A faithful hand to hold?  If you do, count yourself blessed.  Are your heart, eyes, and mouth smiling because someone loves you and you love them back?  Tell them or show them today with a simple loving gesture.  Ain't love grand?

“A life without love is no life at all.”
“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more; that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”


  1. What a beautiful gift your husband gave you, Melinda. There's nothing like consideration, is there. It trumps flowers and chocolates any day.

    I hear you on The Preacher's Bride being a captivating read. I, too, devoured it, turning pages as quickly as possible.

  2. Keli- I've seen the other side of consideration in my life (not by my husband) so I appreciate it so very much. I really hope Jody sees success with her first book and can't imagine anyone not loving the story.

  3. Aw... sounds like you have a special relationship most couples yearn for! Consider yourself blessed. =)

  4. This made my heart tug. I agree, the sweetest gestures don't cost a thing.

  5. Oh Mindy!! Wow! I'm so touched to hear your story of your hubby muting his sports game so that you could read--eek, my book! :-) I know what a sacrifice that is to a man! My hubby loves a few sports teams and I know that would be an extreme sacrifice for him too. :-)

    And I'm very sure your boys will grow up to be very loving husbands. Sounds like they have a wonderful model!

  6. Oh, he's a keeper! What a sweet gesture.