When you’re marching around the basement with a three-year-old you need a song. Not just any song . . . it needs to be good.
So, little mister turned to his grandpa, the music lover, not the music maker, to come up with a tune.
Without skipping a beat (pun intended), Rev started singing “You got it . . . ba-beh.”
And we marched and giggled and marched some more.
A few days later, back at home and riding in the car with his momma . . . little mister asked her to play the “You Got It . . . Babeh” song on the radio. She told him she didn’t think it was a real song, that grandpa had made it up.
He didn’t believe her. So, our phone rang with the big question and in a single moment, Rev became the best and most admired composer a special three-year-old knew.
Three years later, we still sing the “you got it . . . ba-beh” song.
It’s one of my favorites because it not only reminds me of a fun night with our little man . . . but because when Rev sings it he’s saying, “I love you!”
I’ve heard it said “I love you” loses some of its meaning if it’s said too often and I suppose that may be true if it’s just words without emotion or evidence.
We’re word people; so, we say “I love you” constantly . . . even in the middle of the night if we’re both awake at the same time.
But we are definitely not boring or repetitive. After decades together, we’ve added lots of fun “I love you” phrases to our day just because…
I’ll tell you the why later.
First, I want to tell you some of our favorite ways to say “I love you” every day.
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- I thank God for you.
- You’re my favorite blessing.
- You make me happy.
- You still take my breath away.
- You make me want to try harder and do better.
- I love the way we talk about things.
- I love sharing my life with you.
- I’m sorry. Please forgive me.
- Thank you for all you do for our family.
- I love the way you ___________.
- I love your laugh.
- You can do it, I believe in you.
- You’re a great kisser.
- I’m so glad you’re home.
- Forever . . . I promise.
- How was your day?
- You make my life more fun.
- I can’t believe I get to spend my life with you.
- We don’t need to do anything, I just love being with you.
- Let’s turn off the world for a little while and just hang out together.
- You bring me joy.
- All of me loves all of you.
- I’m praying for you.
- You’re awesome.
- I choose us.
- I miss you when you’re not here.
- What do you think about _________?
- I love you more every day.
- God is with you, you can do this.
- I said, “I do” on our wedding day and . . . I still do.
“Great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect, and a rock-solid commitment between a husband and a wife.” – Dave Willis
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
“Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature.” ~Rick Warren
11 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Husband
- You still make me all tingly.
- Thanks for being you.
- I’m proud of you.
- Our children are blessed to have you as their dad.
- Thank you for asking me to marry you.
- I trust your judgment.
- I hope our daughter marries someone just like you.
- Thank you for being strong especially on days when I feel weak.
- You handled that situation like a pro.
- You make me feel safe.
- I love you with my whole heart and the rest of me too.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10
“To know him fully, to love him unconditionally, to respect him always, to forgive him often, to embrace him closely, this is the gift of marriage.” – Jennifer Smith
11 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Wife
- You’re beautiful.
- Thank you for marrying me.
- I’m here for you.
- Let’s talk. Tell me about your day.
- How can I help?
- You’re precious to me.
- Your smile takes my breath away.
- I love spending time with you.
- Can I do that for you?
- What do you think about __________?
- I hope our daughter grows up to be just like you.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2
“True biblical love is a selfless commitment of one’s body, soul, and spirit to the betterment of the other person.” Jim George, A Husband After God’s Own Heart
Why should you say I love you often?
Because saying I love you…
- is like giving your spouse a gift. (Especially if their love language is words of affection.
- reminds you of your commitment to each other.
- strengthens your relationship.
- is a promise.
So, mix it up. Pick a few different “I love you” phrases and send a text, leave a note on the mirror, whisper quietly when you share a hug.
Or just for fun make up a song. Who knows, it may be a hit.
One more thing that’s really important…
If you’re all words with no follow-up, your words won’t mean much. So, make sure to make your love evident by what you do, too!
“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” – Mark 10:9
“It’s not the love that sustains the promise, it’s the promise that sustains the love.” – Jefferson Bethke
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