Here’s part 2 of my interview with Michael Tanner, a friend of mine in the great state of Georgia. Michael is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and blogger…and he is passionate about marriage and family issues.
You can listen to part 2 of the interview on his REAL Family podcast my clicking the link below:
092 – One of God’s Greatest Gifts to the World
I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Michael Tanner, a friend of mine in the great state of Georgia. Michael is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and blogger…and he is passionate about marriage and family issues.
You can listen to part 1 of the interview on his REAL Family Podcast by clicking the link below.
091 – One of God’s Greatest Gifts to the World
What will revisiting your love story actually do for you and your marriage? I can tell you from experience that there are immediate and lasting benefits.
These are benefits I’ve seen in other couples as I’ve led thousands of them through this process.
This is my final post in this series entitled, Proof that Your Love Story is Worth Sharing. The idea behind it is simple:
The famous, iconic love stories we’ve seen and heard contain basic elements that are more true to life than we realize
And as we walk through them together in a “real world” kind of way, my hope is that you see that your love story is profound…and worth sharing. Most of all, I hope you’ll be reminded of the ways God has been writing your story together for years.
The final element of a great love story is this:
Every love story has that ONE element that’s unforgettable. The moment when true feelings are revealed through one big step of faith: The first I love you.
It’s the point of the story when true feelings are finally unveiled. And there’s no greater way for those feelings to be expressed than with that one simple phrase.
There’s plenty of proof that your love story is worth sharing. That’s the theme of this series of posts. How can I be sure? Because I have a hunch your story contains some of the same elements as the epic, iconic love stories.
In my last post, I wrote about the first element of any great love story…the meet cute (Click here to read). Today’s post is about another critical element you and your spouse will relate to:
I’m writing a book about the power and importance of embracing and sharing your unique love story; and recently I’ve been researching the basic elements of love stories (in movies, literature, etc.) that have been produced over the years.
Very few couples take pride in their love story; and those who do take pride it, fewer still actually share it. Think about it. Think of the married couples you know that are happy. Do you know much about their love story? Probably not. And how many people know the details of how you and your spouse met, fell in love, married, etc.?
You might not know this, but there are common elements to most love stories we see in movies or read about in books. Hollywood has been using these elements for decades. Why? Because they work. And in my opinion…they actually are true to life; usually in less glamorous fashion, but true to life none-the-less. Not every couple experiences every element, but every couple experiences some of them – and that’s worth talking about.
My mission for my next several posts is to not only describe these elements, but to show that some of them are present in your story…in every story; and give you proof that your love story is worth sharing.
I’ve dug up six of them so far, but I’ll share them over the next several posts. Here’s the first one:
I have a confession to make. Are you ready for it? Here it is: I love a good love story. I’m a red-blooded American male who loves sports, actions movies, power tools, Worlds Strongest Man competitions (watching them, that is), and great looking trucks.
I don’t like fru-fru coffee drinks, or French restaurants. I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped beds, or heart-shaped anything. But, I’ll say it again…
I love a good love story.
I realize that my macho friends might poke fun at me for this, but it’s true. Many people (even some women) might roll their eyes at this confession, but I’m just being honest when I say…I’m moved by a good love story.
A good love story, mind you.
Remember the days when you couldn’t stand to be away from each other? Your desire and passion to be together was overwhelming…even painful at times.
I remember those days. Debbie and I had a long distance relationship when we were in college, so we had to write letters to each other. (Yes, actual pen to paper, snail mail letters!) We wrote at least 4-5 letters every week to each other for 4 years. We were committed to fighting the forces (either real or imagined) that were pulling us apart.
The highlight of my week was calling her on one of the campus pay phones. I can remember pumping quarters into the phone just to talk to her for 15 minutes. Of course, this was before the days of computers and smart phones.
Here’s what I remember about those years…
Are you the type of person who enjoys a good love story? If you are, then you probably have a few favorites, and they might even be depicted in the image below. Let me ask you another question.
Have you and your spouse ever talked through your personal love story together? Well, I’m convinced that your story can become your favorite story…if it isn’t already. Why? Because your love story is real.