At one time or another, many of us find ourselves hooked on the feeling.
Captured by a pervading sense of loss, the longing to recapture the magic
of time now gone beckons like the smell of baking bread. The memory of
being carried along on a wave of out of control joy makes us yearn for the
feeling of falling in love.
Being hooked on the feeling doesnt mean we have fallen out of love with
our partner. Though many confuse it with this, we merely hunger for a once
tasted treat now seemingly out of reach. Life turns routine. Marriage and
family exert their daily demands. The excitement of first blush romance
seems far away. Longing replaces anticipation. We get hooked on the
When we first marry, we are carried along by the first blush of loves
passion. Everything is new and fresh. With anticipation of each new
discovery comes excitement. The feelings of romance feed on this excitement.
We are carried away by the feeling of falling in love.
But new and fresh can be a daily discovery. Early in our marriage, we cant
begin to imagine all the good that God has built into our partnerthings
like character, strength, depth, sacrifice, generosity, kindness, patience,
passion, and faithfulness. These are revealed only when someone shares
lifes journey with us. As times and situations change, they master new
challenges, overcome difficult hardships, and help us find joy in unexpected
Nothing is more astounding than a person we think we know, demonstrating a
tender strength in crisis or a rugged faith in anguish we never knew was
there. There is no gift quite as breathtaking as the willingness to risk
body, soul, and future to walk down an unknown road with us. There is no
love so strong as faithful lovea love proven by shared hardships,
incredible joys, and unexpected surprises. More than a box of photographs,
this love is a collection of indelible memories shared with the one person
who knows us best.
Sadly, many who are hooked on the feeling throw this love away to chase the
feeling. After the fling and the fancy, they find theyve lost the love and
are left empty and alone. So when that time comes when you find yourself
hooked on the feeling, find it with the one youve loved before on the
Do the things that helped you fall in love the first time. Treat them
special, go to new places, share your dreams for the future, talk about your
plans, and go for quite walks to be alone together.
Look for something each week to give thanks for in your partnersomething
new, something fresh, something captivating. Its there if youll only look.
Do romantic things with your partnersurprise him/her with someting new
and different just for fun. Do something they know is not your favorite
thing to do, but they love to do.
Ask God to help you find the feeling of falling in love with the one who has
shown they love you for a lifetime. I think youll be surprised that you can
be hooked on the feeling with the one who has been most faithful and
familiar over all the years!
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is
as strong as death, its passion unyielding as the grave. It burns like a
blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers
cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for
love, it would be utterly scorned. Song of Songs 8:6-7