I have spent years being not happy with the way I was, whether being too short or too wide or my hair being too frizzy, the list could go on.  I have wasted many hours of thought on these things that I cannot change about myself.

Then 29 years ago I met my husband and I suppose he has spent the last 29 years loving me for the way I am.

Sure it has taken us quite a few years to get where we are now, that is a proper relationship with Christ at the centre, but he has loved me all the way along.

We were picking apples off trees on the side of the road the other day, and I stated that if I was a bit taller I could reach more. His statement to me was that I was his pocket rocket and he would get the high ones and I could get the low ones.

He loves me unconditionally, whether I am short, or too wide or my hair is going gray and is too frizzy, he thinks I am wonderful.

Sure there are some things I am sure he would change on me. I know he would like me to loose weight – not because he doesn’t desire me but because he is concerned for my health the same way I am for him.

His love for me is like God’s love for me, he loves me despite myself, my lumps and bumps and insecurities. He has stood beside me through 6 caesar operations, holding my hand, even dressing a wound I had from one operation for 12 weeks, he is pretty amazing.

What a blessed wife am I to have such a husband. May God help me to love him the same and to care for him the same and support him and stand beside him as he leads our family. God help me to love him unconditionally.

PS: I want you all to understand that we aren’t a perfect family. There are no perfect families, there are no perfect people. We are as real as the next. We argue and our children aren’t always obedient, but through it all there is the love of God and I think that is the key.



25 thoughts on “UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”

  1. What a dear, precious testimony of what it means to truly love God and each other! Your husband sounds like a wonderful person, and on the flip side of this, I feel sure that he would say the same wonderful things about you. You are a shining example of what a Godly, loving, Proverbs 31 wife should be and look like. I know what you mean about feeling so dissatisfied about your appearance…I struggle so much with this, too. God is so dear to have blessed us with loving husbands who see the inside of us and love us just the way we are! You are truly beautiful…inside and out….and should never feel that you are anything less than that. God bless you abundantly, Terri!

    1. Oh thank you so much Cheryl for your beautiful words of encouragement. Sometimes I am definitely not the loving Proverbs 31 wife but I am so glad that we get the opportunity (with repentance and tears) to keep on trying and improving ourselves. Yes we are so blessed to have wonderful husbands and I know in my heart what you say about being beautiful inside and out to be true but sometimes the head overrules the heart. Thank you again for your encouragement. Blessings to you.

  2. He sounds like an awesome guy to tell you that you are his pocket rocket. And isn’t it great to have God’s unconditional love in our lives?

  3. Terri,
    I’m blessed, too, with a wonderful husband who loves me as I am (and there is plenty of room for improvement). God is so good to those who love Him. He truly does exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. He did that in my case when He gave me my husband! Donna

    1. Thank you Jenny for your very kind comment and I appreciate your thoughts, but I’m not sure I am wonderful :-), I suppose just trying to be the best I can be. Blessings to you and thanks for stopping by and encouraging me.

  4. This is a beautiful picture of real, Christ-centered love – not perfect, but perfectly designed for the non-perfect people in them. The way that God uses our marriage to grow us as people, and to grow our ability to love is amazing! May God continue to bless the love you share with your husband.


  5. I spent sometime laughing. I love your sincerity. You are right there are no perfect lives, people or families.
    God Bless Terri.
    Please keep up the good work of Encouraging lives.

  6. Terri, this is a beautiful post! I love your heart behind this, your authenticity and your love for your hubby and the Lord. This week I have been ridiculously focused on my flaws. Sometimes we get this way, don’t we? But I too have a wonderful Godly man who loves me for me. And doesn’t care about the stuff I get so worked up about. And most importantly, as you reminded us, we all have a God who loves us because we are His. Blessings!

  7. Good morning! Letting you know that this post is among this week’s featured at A Mama’s Story and will be shared among my social media sites today and pinned to pinterest. Thanks for linking up. 🙂

  8. Terri,
    Thank you for sharing and being vulnerable and honest. There are no perfect families, but God’s grace is so much bigger than our imperfections. 🙂
    Susan @themodernmayflower

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