Fridays are all about honoring the South, and this saying has to be one of my favorites. I even have a necklace that sports these three little words. Three words that seem like a helpful prayer sent to the heavens to bring the other person blessings. It could be just that depending on the context of the conversation or it could mean something else:
1) There are people with pure, sincere intentions that actually mean they are going to pray for God to bless your heart. Warning: These are few and far between but absolutely exist.
2) If accompanied with furrowed brows and a sympathetic expression it could be the nicest way to say, "I am so sorry that your life is miserable. There is nothing I can do about it, but I will be sad with you."
3)A head cocked to the side coupled with a strange expression could mean they just don't know what to do with you, what box to put you in, or how to make any sense out of what came out of your mouth. So, they will reply with three magic words that make it all better.
Synonyms: Bless it., Bless your bones., God love 'em. . .Feel free to comment with more;)
I do love the South, because no matter what the context, "Bless your heart." does seem to help, much like an aspirin or a band-aid, but nevertheless it makes the receiver feel a wee bit better. Unless you're from somewhere else. . .then you're just confused.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.