Donna Jones
About the Author

Donna Jones is a speaker and Bible “explainer” who helps women find and follow God in real everyday life. The author of "Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God" and "Raising Kids with Good Manners," Donna’s been featured on numerous television and radio shows, including Focus on the Family. Donna...

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  1. Lovely! Just what I needed to hear, I’m definitely going to try and incorporate the three minute rule into my marriage and family life.

  2. Awesome message and so true! Our love needs to expressed over and over again so that people feel it. Well said-amen!

  3. Just a great message and simple reminder to show our love to each other. Thank you Donna. You are such an inspiration.

  4. EVERY single person…. man, woman or child, needs to and deserves to FEEL loved! Even family pets respond well to a loving greeting! Love is contagious, lets all start spreading it! And, for the record: When you hear “Hey!!!” out of Donna’s mouth, it speaks SO MUCH more than 3 letters…her tone and body language speak volumes of;
    I’m so happy to see you, I love you, you are valued and all is well now that YOU’RE here!

    • We do all need to feel loved and valued, don’t we? Love how you mentioned even our pets respond to positive greeting! And thanks for your kind words!!

  5. Oh, I love this!

    It’s interesting. After 21 years at the same church, I’ve been on the hunt for the last year for a new church home. I thought I had landed but it doesn’t FEEL like home. Last week I realized that I wanted to be missed. I travel a lot and miss Sundays frequently. It felt selfish to even think but is it so bad to want to be missed at your church? I live alone so nobody cares that I enter the door at the end of the day so I think I long for that at church.

    • Kristin,
      No it is not wrong to want to be missed. Some churches get so big that people don’t really get to know one another and don’t realize when others are gone! Prayers that God will lead you to a nice small church where you can truly get to know the people there! May God guide you to the right church at the right time!

  6. I love this!! I was one of those kids that went to someone else’s house to feel the warmth. As an adult, I determined early on to make the home I raised my children in a HAPPY HOME. 🙂 Love your quote: “Home is where you’re made to feel like a big deal. More than welcome, you are wanted.”

  7. Such a simple thing–the way you greet someone–but obviously so very powerful. Growing up my best friend’s family sounds very much like yours, and my experience like your friends. Actually makes me a little teary now thinking of it because I always felt *wanted* at the G’s house. My three sons are young and not yet at the age of invited friends over on their own…but when they do I hope my home will be one that makes all feel not only welcomed, but wanted, and I see through your beautiful story that that starts with how I greet my husband. Thank you.

  8. So important! Our homes become havens of love and kindness when we show and speak love to our family and friends. Thank you for the reminder!

  9. Great reminder for me to focus on family and friends feeling WANTED. So much more than feeling welcomed. Love the simple “3 minutes” tip.
    Thank you Donna:)

  10. What an inspirational reminder, Donna! When my hubs gets home, I’m gonna plant a sloppy kiss on him! You’re right ~ everyone wants to feel wanted and if you don’t feel that way at home, where else would you go? Love this article! XO

  11. What a great message to remind us all that our home is the place where we should feel loved and accepted. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Donna,
    This is how I try to greet my husband when he comes home! Always looking for ways to make him feel special and know that he is loved!!! Home should be a place you feel wanted & loved!! Everyone wants to feel loved and wanted!
    Blessings 🙂

  13. You are so right Donna. It’s so easy to set a positive tone if we just pause and are intentional.
    No one wants to come home to an uncaring or negative environment…..especially when it’s your “home”

  14. Donna, I love your story of welcome and joy. A simple action and a tenderly placed word can set the tone for a lovely evening, a fun weekend, and most especially a place of acceptance. What a sweet gift to give to our husband, our children, our friends, our family! Love YOU my welcoming friend

  15. Love this! It’s so true and simple! I’ve never heard it explained as “The 3 minute Rule” but I’ve experienced it:) and now I will more intentionally incorporate it at home and at work! Thanks, Donna! Great message!