In just one month from today, Bruce Barbour and I will celebrate being married for two happy years.  Here, on day 698 of that event, I thought I’d share a blog from Ryan and Selena Frederick  that Bruce sent to me several months ago. For all of you who are married, see if this one resonates with you.     I adapted their work a bit to say this:

Most marriages start with the words, “I do”, but sustaining marriage means we have to say “I do” nearly every day. When we truly love, we choose “I do” in the day-to-day interactions of our life together. We say…

I do…make you a priority.
I do…speak to you kindly.
I do…practice integrity when you’re not around.
I do…honor you.
I do…make time for you.
I do…stop and listen to you.
I do…forgive you.
I do…choose to never give up.
I do…choose to put my phone down and have a real conversation with you.

I do…love you more than words can say.

I do…thank God every day that He brought you into my life.

I do…seek God’ guidance to be a better spouse.

I do…look for little ways to bring you joy and make you smile.

I do…realize how precious our love is.

I do…take care of myself for both of our sakes.

This list could go on forever.

Feelings of love are great, and words expressing love are romantic. But as much as possible, let your feelings and words of love be punctuated by actions that bring joy.

Say “I do” every day to the people you love!