Jimmy McNeal

 
 

Sep 22, 2014

An Excellent Wife Who Can Find...

"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels...Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" - Proverbs 31: 10,30

My wife is a gift. She's not just any gift, but a precious gift from The Father of Lights. 

There is no way I could have found her on my own. This is God's doing. As I read this poem from Proverbs 31 that begins and ends with mention of a woman's excellence, I can't help but think about my bride. Trust me, she's not perfect but there is an obvious distinction that sets her apart from any other woman I've known. I'm thankful for my "granny", mom, mother-in-law, sisters, aunts, teachers, friends, and many other great women. But if you ask me, my bride surpasses them all.

I chose her and still choose her.

She loves God more than she loves me. She not only helps me see the man that I can be, but I'm a better man because of her. She believes in me and sees Gods hand over my life. I'm encouraged and sharpened the most by living life with her. She respects me like no other and I've learned what hospitality looks like because of her. She is a kind, funny, to the point, honest, sinful, beautiful, broken woman of character that admits when she's wrong. She can cut and wound me like no other, but is quick to ask for forgiveness and offer grace when I do the same. God uses her to humble me, and oh how she does this so well! I'm not just thankful for her, I'm grateful.

What people see on the outside is only a small glimpse of the woman that she is. "She is far more precious than jewels". I'm married to my best friend. There is no wrong that I wouldn't share with her. Actually, she already knows too much for me to think that I couldn't share everything. We've confessed and continue to confess the most delicate, intimate, and darkest parts of ourselves with one another. I have nothing to hide from my wife. Yet, she is still with me. It's the kindness of the Lord that leads us to repentance. And more often than not the kindness he's given in a "helper suitable", my wife, has led me to confess often. I'm a better Christ follower because of the light He shines so often through her. She fears the Lord and I praise God for her today. I don't want to run this race with anyone else but her. 

She is my bride, best friend, teammate, companion, beloved helper suitable for me, and my wife of 1 year. 

She is better than good for me. There is sure excellence in God choosing her for me. I love waking up beside her. I love making her laugh. I love living life with her. She gets me and calls me out when it's needed. I wouldn't trade a millisecond of our story, not one, because every moment, every breath, and every trial has been for our good and God's glory. This has been the best and hardest year of my life, and I love my wife more today than ever before.

I will shout it as far as this voice travels. I LOVE MY WIFE! I choose her and will continue to choose her until death separates us. I truly am blessed to have someone like her because "an excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels...Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised".

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

 


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