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Real love is more than a feeling

April 6, 2011
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A Great Idea…

“In real life, love is much more than a feeling. It is a long series of decisions to be together and give to one another, a commitment to work together to build a shared life, a day-to-day involvement that changes who we are as people.” (Blaine J. Fowers in his book, Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness p. 10)

 

In Other Words…

Love is not just a feeling that takes over our hearts and makes us feel warm and devoted. Feelings will come and go. Love is a choice. We choose to love our partners in many ways. We choose love when we emphasize their good qualities. We choose love when we look for solutions rather than blame. In thousands of ways we choose love. When we consistently CHOOSE love, then the feelings come.

 

How this Applies to You…

What are the ways you already are choosing to love your partner? What additional choices can you make to strengthen your relationship further? What can you choose to do today to increase the love in your relationship?

 

To Find Out More…

For an excellent program on marriage, see The Marriage Garden at Arkansas Families.

For an excellent book focused on marriage, read Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness by Blaine J. Fowers or The Marriage Garden by H. Wallace Goddard and James P. Marshall.

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