Nothing speaks louder than the written word.
Nothing speaks more clearly than hidden thoughts revealed.
So few words required to impact a life,
Because a “heart behind the message”
Does all of the talking.

“Daddy loves Mommy and Cova.”

Going through old photographs, I stumbled across this sidewalk message my son had left behind written with his own hands in chalk.

A complete stranger walking by would probably miss the message as the “heart behind the message” was meant for a wife and daughter.  Our son of “few words” spoke volumes with a five word sentence to two tender hearts who need to be reminded from time to time of his affections.
sidewalk love 1Ironic that years later during a lonely nine month deployment, our son’s daughter and now young son leave their “heart’s message” to be sent overseas in a Father’s Day card scribbled in words only a daddy could understand.

Maybe my opinion is biased as I am a woman of “many words”.
Maybe because “gifts” is not one of my primary love languages where I prefer to unwrap a present of thoughts instead.
Maybe Author/Speaker Florence Littauer says it best, “Our words should be like a little silver box with a bow on top.”

Silver Box

One year for his birthday, that’s exactly what papa asked for his special day, a “gift of words” presented in a life size card written and decorated with a “hearts message” from his grand-kids.  Papa’s heart is a container that collects and keeps the spoken love of these precious grandchildren close that he might return to their thoughts when missing them.

Just last night I uncovered the “hearts message” of my mother while going through her life’s boxes of memories for our family to divide.

As long as I can remember, mother took us to church, whether we walked, hitched a ride or drove when mother finally earned her driver’s license late in life.  I am who I am because mother introduced six children to Jesus.
Church directory pictureA picture from the church’s directory

Box after box, mining the treasures of all sixty of them, I came across my mother’s New Year’s Resolution written one year on the first day of a new devotional / journal.  Mother also a woman of a “few words”, I felt like an intruder reading her personal thoughts, yet excited to hold an unlikely treasure, my mother’s words in her own writing.

In her New Year’s Resolution, my mother wrote what she walked out before us, that we might know Jesus through the pages of her example, “our love letter for life”:

Spend more time in the Word.
More time in prayer.
Seeking God’s will.

And the impact of her resolution:
To live right before the Lord.
Grandma's Words
When thinking about my own life, God’s love overwhelms me when I ponder the “heart behind the message” that God already saw my unborn face and chronicled in His journal every day of my life before I was ever born.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:16  NIV

To be loved by another is every little girl’s dream; well, at least this girl.

Marrying my husband David after walking a five year journey alone, my version of a “real life dream come true” was a faded imitation and paled to the life God planned ahead of my broken heart and tears.

If I could rewind that October clock 24 years ago and give a wedding card to that 33 year old bride of my former self, the inscription would let her in on a secret that “life, love and joy” ahead will be indescribable to wrap one’s mind or arms around.

A Valentine Card I received from David set the stage for our future years together:

When I think about our future,
I just have to smile because I know
We still have so much more to look forward to
In our real life dream come true.

 David’s handwritten sentiment:
To love you is to live.
I love you forever.

Words may be few, words may be more than few.
But it’s the “heart behind the message” that are our gifts to each other, those
“silver boxes with a bow on top”.

October 15, 1994 David and I handed each other a
“silver box with a bow on top”
while exchanging wedding vows at the altar.

Words were prepared with our “forever together” in mind.
Some words rehearsed, some words a heart’s overflow.
But the “heart behind our message” declared to the world
“I’ll love you with every breath that God allows me to take.”

The “heart behind our message” these glorious twenty four years is the sum of three small words; a heart’s message that David every so often leaves behind for me on a snow covered windshield.

sand msg i love you

Three words we say.
Three words we live.
Three words we don’t take for granted.
Three words we covet.

The “heart behind our message”

“I can’t help falling in love with you”


Song: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Written by George Weiss

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 29 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

4 thoughts on “THE HEART BEHIND THE MESSAGE By Lori A Alicea”

  1. That was beautiful Lori. I remember the little silver boxes we got at church to. Still have mine somewhere.

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