A Little Something: The Language of Friendship

LetterTucked between medical bills and junk mail a cheerful yellow envelope begged to be opened. How did the sender know I would need this today?

Recent health issues have positioned me to be on the receiving end of compassion.  I am thankful for each note, call, care package, and especially the delicious food.

In his book, The 5 Love Languages, marriage counselor Gary Chapman, explains there are five basic love languages or ways to express love emotionally:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Acts of Service
  3. Quality Time
  4. Receiving Gifts
  5. Physical Touch

Each person tends to gravitate more towards ocoffee imagene of these love languages. However, Chapman states it is possible possess more than one love language and be “bilingual.”

I am bilingual. My love languages are Words of Affirmation and Acts of Service.

When a friend delivered “a little something” in the form of the book The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan and chocolate cake, I felt abundantly loved!

The best gifts I’ve ever received were the ones tagged with the words, “It’s just a little something.”

Do you knoLanguage of Friendshipw someone going through a tough time? Do a little something for them today. You may not know their love language, but here are a few ideas to jump-start your week:

  • Send a card and write a little something inside
  • Deliver flowers
  • Mow their yard
  • Cook a little extra and send over a meal in freezable containers. (If their fridge is full they can freeze the items for another day.)
  • Call and give a listening ear
  • Invite a friend over for coffee
  • Invite someone over to watch the game
  • Before grocery shopping, ask if you can pick up something for them
  • Give a book that meant something to you in a similar circumstance
  • Be like Olaf and give warm hugs.
Click To Tweet: The language of friendship is spoken in the “little somethings” of life.



April Dawn White

April White is a pharmacist who dispenses spiritual medicine for a healthy soul. She is quick to say she doesn't have it all together but relies on the One who does. Drag your chair next to April's red chair and allow hope and encouragement to infuse your heart. April has a BS degree in biology from James Madison University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. Email April or visit her at www.AprilDawnWhite.com

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  1. Thank you for giving us this beautiful reminder of what’s really important in this world…”The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galations 5:6)

  2. So encouraging, April. Thank you for not only sharing your “little something” with us but also encouraging us to do the same. Those are great ideas you shared. 🙂 Prayers continue for your health, my friend.

  3. Wonderful post, April. I so appreciate “little somethings” arriving when I feel I can’t take another step. I will add your suggestions to my list as I reach out to others.

  4. Thankful you recieved that card right when you needed it, April! You have some awesome friends! And thanks for the reminder and ideas. So good to know. I can’t wait to get together when I return home in another week. Love you! Xoxoxo

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