I love a clever title, but I had to go with the plain truth for this one. This post is wholly for my wife, my everything in life. Note: Barb, you’ll want to read this one 😉
Barb is my best friend, my soulmate since the beginning, my partner in love, in nights of drunkenness and (now) sobriety, in parenting and grand parenting and everything else homey in this world today. I can’t possibly list all the ways I have “obtained favor from the Lord.” I am “he who finds a(n unbelievably great) wife… a good thing.” (Proverbs 18:22) Words fall utterly short of describing her and my (something far greater than) appreciation for her.
Through every day of this miracle-filled life, she’s stuck with me. And she is my biggest blessing of all. Through my drunken tears; through my dragging her down into it and then in ongoing recovery from it; through the attempt and every other crazy phase I’ve fallen (or risen) into; and through such health crises! Even being told, “he might not make it.” And through last night, when I watched one tv, feet up, daughter on the other, Barb doing all the chores, and it hit me just how much she means to me. Kinda made me sure I should show it in some way.
So, in the ways that are the most to me, I speak in one of her love languages. I write it. I search the Bible for it. And I yell it from my rooftop. (I must keep it blogging-functional, so here are the top three:)
#3a & b: (ok, I couldn’t do it in just three.)
Luke 12:34 ESV “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” I am a homebody. I don’t need to go out all over. I like routine, and you are my biggest, steadiest rock on this world.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 CEV “Life is short and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. This is what you are supposed to do as you struggle through life on this earth.” I have friends, but you are by far the best, the BFF. I wouldn’t trade the struggle with you for winning lottery after lottery without you.
#2: Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
#1: Proverbs 3:28-29 ESV “Her children shall rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but your surpass them all.'” No gift can do as much as the words I can say – to you and to others – about how much you mean to me, to this family.