Lemuel the great Arabian king of Massa once posed the question, “A good wife who can find?”(Proverbs 31:10) Following his question, he composes a list the attributes of a godly wife. She is precious to her husband, trustworthy, she works well with a willing heart. She is reliable, especially in tough times. She is prudent and knows how to run her household…As I read the passage I of course can see so many attributes that Lemuel discusses exemplified by my wife Teresa.
Teresa is one of the most hardworking people I have ever met. She often starts working before I begin and continues to work even while I am napping. She pays the bills, cleans the house, manages the kids, folds, washes, paints, sweeps, vacuums, I could go on but there are so many other great things about her.
She has the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. It lights up a room when she enters and makes you feel like a million bucks. I think she knows that if she smiles she gets her way with me. “Your lips distil nectar, my bride.” (Song of Songs 4:11)
She is profoundly reliable. The last few weeks have really tried us and proven Teresa is gold. She has supported me, held me up and made me stronger. She calls me on constantly to make more of myself and to become a better man. God has used her so many times to convict me of my sin and correct me. Tough times seem to bring out the best in her. She has taught me how to manage money better and how to stave off the impulse to buy things (especially books).
“She opens her hands to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy.” (Proverbs 31:20)
My wife has always had a profound and radiant passion for the poor. She is ever thinking of ways to open her hands unto them and never asks for things in return, including credit. She is humble in her giving. She probably will hate the fact that I am even writing this on the blog but I want to memorialize her.
I have been deeply blessed to see her live her life striving for sanctity. She carries about her a fresh air that lifts your face when your down and encourages you when you feel discouraged. “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)
I love you Teresa so much. “Your love is better than wine” (Song of Songs 1:2) The last few months of our lives have been the best yet. They only get better. “I am sick with love for you” (Song of Songs 2:5) I have found the one whom my soul loves, I am holding her and will not let her go. “You have ravished my heart with a glance from your eyes.” (Song of Songs 4:9)
Saint Teresa, guardian of my heart, I honor you