Hey ladies! This morning in our small group at church we did the second lesson of The Five Love Languages study by Gary Chapman and discussed what it means to offer Words of Affirmation. I’ve mentioned this before to groups I speak to, but oh my goodness, words are powerful and you can use them for good or for harm, so we need to be intentional that we’re using them for good! So… I think this week’s challenge may “speak” for itself…
This week, be purposeful and intentional about the words you speak. If it helps, write down a few words you can use for both your husband and your children. Words that lift them up, encourage them, give them assurance. Words that let them know you love them no matter what. Also be intentional about the words you don’t use. No name calling, even in jest. At our house, and this has been this way since day 1 of our marriage, we don’t put each other down. We don’t call each other names. Period. We don’t point out flaws or faults – we focus on strengths and accomplishments.
I can’t wait to hear how your week goes!
By the way, I took the love language quiz online – you can too. I tied with a score of 9 for both Words of Affirmation and Acts of Service, which is slightly different from what I got the last time we took this class which was about 7 or 8 years ago, where Acts of Service was my #1 primary language. (And just for the record, even if you or your spouse’s primary love language isn’t Words of Affirmation – it’s still important to offer these to each other any way.)
To take the quiz and find out more about the 5 Love Languages, visit 5lovelanguages.com.