Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages spoke at our church yesterday on the two essentials for successful relationships. It was really good.
My sis-in-law went with us and since she's My Guy's sister, knows him well. She's always commented on how busy he is. My Guy cleans more than Mr. Clean! He loves a polished, granite kitchen counter. He loves being on top of the laundry. He mops that kitchen floor like nobody's business. And I don't. Those "acts of service" do not make me tick. What does? Words of affirmation. (You can take the quiz right here.)
And that is how I love others - by "wording." I am an encourager and a cheerleader. It's the way God made me. Oh, since God made My Guy too, I see! He's made uniquely. So, in order to live together well, it would help to speak the language of our spouse.
Mondays are my day off and I treasure them. We've been out of town a bit and had company for a bit; so it is time for a bit of peace. All I want to do today is curl up and read, putz around the house. It is my day off for goodness sake. But! My Guy enters the house around 5 pm and [I've always known] he appreciates dinner on the table and a spiffy home.
I better get going and do something around here - acts of service ya know. Goodness, I've only got an hour, 15...