Gift Receiving

February 13, 2014

in the generous life

♥ ♥ ♥ Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

One of the kindest things you can do is receive with joy and warmth whatever people do and say to express their love. They are offering you their heart in the best way they know how.

Yes, sometimes that can look pretty wacky (you are talking to a gal who received a stuffed red orangutan that sang, “Wild thing, you make my heart sing!” I’ve also received more than my fair share of “artfully” designed … oh, geesh, I’m not sure what they were, but my kids made them and they are precious).

People speak different love languages, have different life experience and generally hear through a filter of their own unique understanding. What people offer you as an expression of love will reflect that mishmash of personal design, experience and understanding. Be careful not to judge that as “bad,” “stupid” or “worthless,” but rather “genuine,” “precious” and (their kind of) “thoughtful.”

Gracious acceptance is an art … Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.  Alexander McCall Smith

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Encourage Your Spouse: 51 Ways to Be the Reason Your Spouse Smiles Today I love lists like this because they show how simple and do-able it is to bless your sweetie. It’s the day in, day out simple expressions of love that will rock his world.

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Refine Us: Valentine’s Week Relationship Series: Gary Thomas More on the concept of day-to-day steady expression of loving.

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(in)courage: 5 Ways To Survive Love Season I love this proactive way of facing Valentine’s Day.

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Paul H. Byerly February 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Hey, you liked that monkey – or at least the way it made the teens cover their ears and run away. ;-)
Good times.

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