"I love you" and "I appreciate you."
You can never overdo telling the person you truly care for what they mean to you. It's far too easy to fall into the trap of taking them for granted.
You love them and you know they love you, but those words will never offend ... just reaffirm. Even so, those pleasant words need actions as well. A helping hand. A comforting hand. A gentle hand. And a million ways to show you care.
God's Word tells us to be kind and tenderhearted to each other. How easy it is to say and do unkind things when we let our guard down. How easy to use sharp words instead of tender words. How easy for the "put-down" instead of "lifting up" our loved one.
Some would never speak to a stranger the way they speak to their wife/husband/friend. How sad.
In this New Year of 2015 we all need to take stock and honor and respect and be truly loving to our special person in every possible way. And don't forget forgiveness. A good marriage or friendship is based on two good forgivers. Remember the old saying "What goes round, comes round"? It's a truism in every way.
Rita Stella Galieh is an author of two published Australian Historical Romances, Fire in the Rock and Signed Sealed Delivered.
As runner-up in the Australian Caleb Awards, she is polishing the final edit of her manuscript, Miss Kate's Great Expectations, before presenting it to the publisher.
With her evangelist husband, she has just returned from a blessed month of ministry throughout Thailand. It was wonderful to share the Good News to many in schools, factories, and other places where they hadn't been exposed to God's Word.
May you this be blessed in this new year of possibilities.