Being Purposeful in Loving

Practicing a protective, purposeful heart with

If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.” – F. Burton Howard

Today I want to encourage you to protect what you love. Life can be corroding and chaotic, breaking down beauty with its salt-like wind and billows.

Shield what you love. When we plant young sprouts we protect them; we carefully tie stakes to the tender shoots and we water when the sun would rather dry everything out.

Marriages, relationships, and walking with the Lord are precious items meant to be special and protected. Too much harm comes from growing careless, bored, and unimpressed with what makes life special.

Sweet friend, take a few moments to cherish and polish what you never want to lose. Kiss your husband a little longer tonight; read to your child one more time before bed; call your out-of-state friend just to say hello; wake up a few minutes earlier to read God’s Word.

Practice protecting what you never want to lose and watch how precious and special the thing becomes.

Love, blessings, and coffee,



6 thoughts on “
Being Purposeful in Loving

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    What a beautiful reminder, Frannie! And timely as the LORD has been reminding me to not take for granted the ones I love, and moments that make life beautiful. But to cherish them, and to nurture and watch grow. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    Have a wonderfully, sweet day my friend!

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      I’m so very glad this post resonated with you, Angel. It is such an easy thing for me to take the moments and relationships I love for granted. We want to show our little one’s how delightful and blessed life is, don’t we? 🙂

      hoping you have a beautiful, sweet day!

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    Such a lovely quote you shared, and beautiful perspective. Your whole article had such a gentle depth that created a soft smile on my face. I have very much enjoyed getting to know you through your blog.

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      Hello, sweet Jordan. Thank you for your comment — I’m so glad there are ways for us to keep in touch.

      Hoping you are well and full of peace. I think of you often!

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    Wow, this is so beautifully said and so very true my friend. I have really been thinking a lot lately about cherishing every moment with those I love and also spending more quiet time with God. You always seem to know just what my heart needs, thank you! 😊💖

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      Hello, Amy! I am so glad this sounded with you! I know you have been very good about cherishing your last bits of summer with Laura before school begins. And she will always cherish and enjoy the memories you gave her because of that!

      Hoping the last bit of summer and beginning of fall is full of more moments like that, even as you get busier.

      Love to you!

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