ORIGINAL ART & INSPIRATION BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©
The art in this post doesn’t really have to do with love, but I love it. Reminiscent of Northwest Coast art, and if you use your imagination, you can actually see a heart shape in there. My love for this man has endured for more than 53 years. It’s been a roller coaster ride at times. We’ve faced good and bad times, but we have a firm foundation. Partly because we have used the following words throughout our marriage. The post was written in 2015, but now that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I though it worth a repeat.
When it seems that you will never be able to overcome the turmoil of joining two lives into one – when the struggle between two separate identities must learn to bend, conform and submit to one another – when days bring difficulties, joys and loss and you can still see the light – then you have experienced love as it should be.
Love is patient.
When you’ve been hurt by a misunderstood word or intention, you can bury that hurt in the ground and forget it.
Love is kind.
When the one you love receives recognition or praise, you applaud him. When he/she compliments you, cherish the words. When you’ve accomplished something important, you don’t brag. Enjoy your individual successes as one.
Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Even though you feel you’re right, never discredit the one you love. Always place their needs before your own – holding them in the highest esteem. You hold and control your temper. You don’t go to bed angry, because you don’t want to hang on to past wrongs.
Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
You make a point of being honest about everything in your relationship. When you become united as one person, you cannot keep secrets from each other.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
If it means laying down your life for the one you love, you will do it willingly. You’ll never hesitate to come to their defense, to trust them implicitly, look for the best in each other and never give up on them.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
You will always want the best for each other – trust that the other has those interests at heart – make hope a persistent entity in your relationship, because without it, you can not reach your goals – be perseverant by keeping on keeping on. We can achieve great things individually. Think of what we can accomplish when two work as one.
Love never fails.
God showed us the greatest example of love ever, by sending His only begotten Son to die for our sins. He then came alive, just as we will rise when are eyes closed in death. Greater love has no man than that he lay down his life for another.