Why is Love Important & 7 Simple Love Steps

What Is Love?

Why is it Important?

Have you ever considered those questions? What really is love? And why do we all desire it?

This coming Grandchild has me contemplating these very questions.

Have you ever paused to really consider love? If Love is just an emotion, why is it important?

But it’s an emotion that we all yearn to have, to feel, and to share.

Living without it is empty.

But why?

Could it be because we are hard wired to need love to be complete?

I think so.

Love From the Beginning of Time

Since the beginning of written history spiritual texts have discussed how an individual is only complete when they love. Love of God, oneself, and others.

Every sacred text talks about how we were created to love and be loved.

The following are some of my favorite written words, and they are about love.

1st Corinthians 13:1-13   It says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

What Does Love Really Do?

Love fills in the holes the world knocks in us. Scientifically love can lower blood pressure(1). It draws more blood to our nerve endings making them more sensitive (2).

I love my horses. They bring me peace.

Love, horses, family, God

Love these horses

My dogs, they bring me joy.

Love, God, horses, dogs, cats, emotions,

Deaf Brutus and Blind Pepper

My silly cats, they entertain me.

Kinesthetic communication, horses, dogs, cats, communication, emotions, happy, sad, Colorado, mountains, ranching, cowboy, cowgirl, horseback riding, rodeo

Lover

Love, God, cat, dogs, horses, family

Irrigating Cat

 

But my heart belongs to my loved ones. Many times they are my reason for continuing on.  I am so thankful God moved me closer to them. No matter what the world throws at me I can handle it because I am near my loved ones.

Love, God, family, horses, dogs, cats

My family doing what they love

Love is a treasured gift

It breaks my heart to see couples or families fighting, bickering of trivial things. We need to remember love bares all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

That is an incredibly powerful emotion. It can incite powerful emotions. We must cling to it no matter what.

I’m afraid love is often taken for granted. Therefore, I would like to start a list of simple, but important ways to keep love growing. I encourage your participation in this project. Let’s see how many we can come up with!

7 Simple Steps to Keep Love Alive and Growing

  • Tell your loved one(s) you love them. We need to hear it.
  • Show them you love them by doing simple kindnesses. Men, hold the door for you lady, open the car door for her, bring her flowers or a small gift, take out the garbage, keep the car filled up for her, and make sure it’s in good running condition.
  • Ladies, appreciate your man. Tell him how much you appreciate the little things he does for you like putting gas in the car, cleaning the gutters, mowing the grass, taking out the trash.
  • APPRECIATE EACH OTHER
  • Realize how lucky you are to have someone that loves you and that you love.
  • Be sure to smile at each other and practice a 30 second kiss every day. No peck as you pass kisses. But a real kiss. You never know when it may be the last kiss you give that person.
  • Even if you don’t think you are a hugger, you can become one. And there is nothing more wonderful than a real, loving hug from your loved one, because it’s usually followed by a great kiss!

So, that’s my starter list.  Can you all add to these?  I hope so!

Let’s see how many loving ideas we can come up with! Simply click in the comments section below. Don’t worry about giving me your email address, I will never sell it or give it to any one!

I love YOU!

I am blessed to have you here and in my life!

Thank you!

References:

(1) Gump, B.,State University of New York. Retrieved 8/28/14 from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117439
(2) Ortigue, S. http://www.syr.edu/news/articles/2010/ortigue-neuroimaging-of-love-10-10.html

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Comments

  1. James Conley August 31, 2014 #

    Hey Kristi Girl,

    Good to see your post today. Enjoyed hearing about the baby shower for Mika. I’m sure that future posts will place grandkids at the top of the list . . . followed closely by horses and dogs and cats. Have a very great Labor Day. We are heading to Ridgeway for the parade and rodeo. I know that you have some fond memories of that place on this weekend with your family.

    Love and Grace,

    • Kristi August 31, 2014 #

      Hi Pastor James!
      Thank you! I’m thrilled you are still reading them and commenting! Wow, it’s good to hear from you! Makes me get a lump in my throat.

      Yes, I’m sure you are correct. The blessed event could happen any day now! She is due the 13th but is walking like the baby could come any minute! I wish I was coming to Ridway and we could have a visit today. But I’m home, sick, in bed. 🙁 Horrible way to spend a holiday weekend!!! And yes, I love coming to that rodeo. It’s so beautiful and we always have a great time. I will never forget the time Mika was running barrels there and Chili turned so hard she ducked under her rein going into the second barrel. Mika was only 13 or 14 and you could see the panic on her face. I was up in the announcers stand and had had my tonsils removed only days before and could barely talk, but I yelled just “go on” just loud enough for her to hear. She ended up winning the round. It was pretty exciting! So yes, it is a favorite spot. So you guys will have to enjoy for me too, k?
      Love you all,
      Kristi

  2. willa August 31, 2014 #

    Thank you for posing the question, Kristi. This was really an ah-ha for me:)

    An important way to keep love growing is to allow the one that loves me to do things for me like open doors, bring me flowers, and take me to dinner. My independent, practical self has gotten in the way of allowing my husband to express his love for me in the way he finds meaningful.

  3. Kristi Ross August 31, 2014 #

    Thank you Willa! I appreciate your feedback more than you have any idea! I wondered how, or if, this subject would be accepted. But it has been strong on my heart for some time so I knew I needed to post it. Us independent ones have a hard time with that. But it truly can make a world of difference.
    God Bless you my wonderful friend!

  4. Dwayne September 1, 2014 #

    How wonderful it is that you share the grace and unsurpassed love that only God can offer. And you show where we can find and read His Word in any situation. That’s the love that God wishes us to share and practice. We are to love our brothers as ourselves and your website exemplifies that.

    Thank you for your love!

    • Kristi Ross September 1, 2014 #

      Thank you Dwayne! Your comment touches the deepest prat of my heart. To have you, who have been dedicated at sharing God’s love and His word for years speak that over me and this site is incredible. Thank you! God bless you and and your wonderful work my friend!
      Thank you!

  5. Dave Knob September 2, 2014 #

    This is the topic of all ages is it not. Love, what a wonderful word and the meaning behind the word is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us and God bless you and your family. I love the pics!

    • Kristi September 4, 2014 #

      Oh thank you Dave! I love your discription, “the topic of all ages”. That is so true. It really is. It’s one that there can never be enough said about. I love it that God built that desire into us form the very beginning. I’m glad you enjoy the photos. I can’t beleive after all these years I finally have a hobby! I love photography.
      Thank you, and God bless your sweet family as well!
      Take care, Kristi

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