Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

“Have You Given Any Flowers Lately?”

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     Have you ever heard the saying, “Give people their flowers while they can smell them?”  I interpret this two ways. First, this statement can mean exactly what it says.  Think about someone who you love or appreciate and give them flowers while they are alive to smell them.   Second, take the time to tell people how much you love and appreciate the things that they do.  You can do this without spending a lot of money by writing a love letter or sending a card to express your love and appreciation for someone. Often times people wait until they are attending a person’s funeral to express their love and appreciation.  The problem with this is that,  the person can not hear or smell the flowers given.

     On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a 70th Birthday Celebration for my mother-in-law.  Just about everyone who attended stood up to verbally express their love and appreciation for this special lady.  It was amazing that one person could be so much and do so much for so many people.  From the youngest children attending to the adults, everyone was able to share how this special lady has blessed and impacted their lives in such a positive way.  She has given birth to seven children and has many grand children.   Some how, she makes it her business to share her love, time and service to each one. Although many live a few hours away from her, she makes her rounds to visit and to serve in whatever way that she can.  It was beautiful to see family and friends giving her flowers while she can smell them.

     This week I want to encourage you to be intentional about giving flowers to your loved ones and the people who have done things that you really appreciate. Since February is often considered the “Love” month, let’s be intentional all month. Take time to send a letter, a card or actually purchase some flowers to express your love and appreciation for something that they have done, is doing or for simply being.  Think about the person who has blessed you in some way or impacted your life in a great way.  Maybe they gave you their time, commitment or encouragement at just the right time.  Now is the time to say: “thank you, I love you, I appreciate you and express how you really feel.”  Perhaps your life or your situation would be totally different if this person would not have impacted your life in such positive way.  Sometimes people don’t realize that they have been a blessing to you.  This is why, you must tell them, show them and express your appreciation. Give them their flowers while they can smell them.   Don’t delay!

Until next week . . .

Carolyn

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