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There are many things that you can do to strengthen your relationships.
Often the most effective thing you can do involves saying just three words.
When spoken sincerely, these statements often have the power to develop new
friendships, deepen old ones and even bring healing to relationships that
have sourerd.


The following three-word phrases can be tools to help develop every


1. Let me help
Good friends see a need and then try to fill it. When they see a hurt they
do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they jump in and help out.

2. I understand you.
People become closer and enjoy each other more when the other person accepts
and understands them. Letting your spouse know – in so many little ways –
that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing your
relationship. And this can apply to any relationship.

3. I respect you
Respect is another way of showing love. Respect demonstrates that another
person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults
you will strengthen the bonds and become closer friends. This applies to
all interpersonal relationships.

4. I miss you.
Perhaps more marriages could be saved and strengthened if couples simply and
sincerely said to each other “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells
partners they are wanted, needed, desired and loved. Consider how important
you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone call from your spouse in
the middle of your workday, just to say “I miss you.”

5. Maybe you’re right.
This phrase is very effective in diffusing an argument. The implication
when you say “maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting, “maybe I’m
wrong”. Let’s face it. When you have an argument with someone, all you
normally do is solidify the other person’s point of view. They, or you, will
not likely change their position and you run the risk of seriously damaging
the relationship between you. Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door
to explore the subject more. You may then have the opportunity to express
your view in a way that is understandable to the other person.

6. Please forgive me
Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit
their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults,
foibles and failures. A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has
been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today
than he was yesterday.

7. I thank you.
Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the
companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily
courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many
expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends
is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

8. Count on me
A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is an essential
ingredient for true friendship. It is the emotional glue that bonds people.
Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true
friends. When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating “you can
count on me.”

9. I’ll be there
If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a
sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from
home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase “I’ll be there.”
Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are
truly present for other people, important things happen to them and us. We
are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and
spiritually. Being there is at the very core of civility.

10. Go for it
We are all unique individuals. Don’t try to get your friends to conform to
your ideals. Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how far
out they seem to you. God has given everyone dreams, dreams that are unique
to that person only. Support and encourage your friends to follow their
dreams. Tell them to “go for it.”

B o n u s : 11. I love you
Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone
that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest emotional needs. The
need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted. Your spouse, your
children, your friends and you, all need to hear those three little words:
“I love you.” Love is a choice. You can love even when the feeling is






2 responses

  1. Lili

    Hélllo my dear sis Ilse…;o)
    Mmmmm…this is a véry beautiful and true blog !!! I took your son already in prayer for his last schoolwork ! I will take your friend and her son in prayer too ! I read it just now… how is he for the moment ?
    I passed by to wish you and your beloved ones a great blessed week ahead ! You putted some nice pictures too on your space and changed your background too I see !!! hihihi…Let me tell you that,  the blog I share with my soulmate ‘Mienke (actually here name is Maria..) she deserves the honor, cause she is véry good in changing colors and all that stuff…I’ am not so good in those space-things…I keep myself buzzy only with making blogs…
    Yes about your name and roots…I think it’s because of the name leroux you have in your space-name a lot of people think you have French roots … and it looks like is !!…;o)
    You told me indeed about your illness …but I hope that is oke now ..or ? And it is true what you said …some people think or see strange when you just say; ‘I Love you !’  I tbink between christians you will not find that behaviour, because évery christian knows that the Love from thé Father  we carry inside of us, is the sàme for éverybody…it hasn’t got anything to do with the love in relationships like the world thinks it is…When I say I Love you Ilse, it’s because I feel Father’s Love between us as sisters and daughters from Him ! This I think is also a much more pure and beautiful Love than the love which is in the world !?? That’s why I also make the different in my writing when I write about the Love from above or the love, with a little letter, from the world.
    So yesss… my dear sis… I truly can say : I Love you… and it does always make me feel good when a brother or sister say this with the real meaning of it, like you do !! XXX ;o)
    Probably the weather must be bétter with you now, cause we have grey rainy days here for the moment…I do like the grey early misty mornings, cause than you can feel the peace and the silence much bétter  which is there at that moment, it also has got something mystic …a fairy tail…hihihi…yep …but like évery human being I like the sun the most ! That one is shining in my heart évery day …even when it’s cold and rainy outside….;o)
    Is it possible that your son has got the same age as ours ? 17 or 18 ? Our son’s name is Lode …we have a daughter too Bieke, she lefted the house last december, last august she gave birth to a beautiful big little baby called Jack…I ‘m a proud grandma hihihi… he makes me young !!!
    My sweet sis, hope you are doing well ? I will keep you and your beloved ones in my heart and prayers…
    With thé Love of our Father, I send you lots of strenght, patience, courage, power, hope, believe, peace, joy and àll the wàrmth and Love straight from my heart ! Keep up the faith …stay striving for the good things…;o)
    Sincére strong shoulderhug and wàrm thankful Belgium-greetings from your litlle sis Lili…;o) see ya …oxoxoxo

    November 11, 2007 at 16:41

  2. A. Good FrienD.

    Hi Ilse. What a nice post. Of Course God Bless your friend and her son with peace and healing.
    You know it’s funny you post this and at the same time this new background too. I posted this picture on MySpace in a bulletin because it reminded me of a friend of mine. Someone I had known almost all my life.  She has long dark brown hair and this picture reminded me of angel wings flying up behind the lady like that, it reminded me of my old friend also who has long dark brown hair….
    Reconnecting did not bring us closer together but rather drove us farther apart. She’s not the kind of person described in this post,… I feel bad about losing a friend like that, someone I knew from pretty much the beginning of my life. We had shared a lot of good memories together, but I guess in a lot of ways those aren’t things that matter to her, and she doesn’t remember the way things really happened. She was so mean to me, I had to let her go off of my MySpace. I don’t know, it just seemed like a funny coincidence. I wish my other friend could understand your post,… but you know it’s better to know of just one person who does understand those things than to know of none at all!
    I really like your post it’s very nice.

    November 13, 2007 at 13:27

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