Happy Anniversary

Four years ago today I married the most wonderful girl in the world. We jokingly say to one another, “It feels like a lot longer than that”. But we both know that what we mean is that we can hardly remember life without one another because we love each other so much.  Tara is a beautiful and strong woman. She is not afraid to push to get the most out of life and I love her for it.  She’s committed to making herself, our children, our home, our church and me better in the eyes of God and she works tirelessly to serve us. 

When I was in college I learned that Proverbs 31 was a great guide to looking for qualities in a woman that would make them a great wife. I looked for these for several years and could not find them. I often thought it was an unrealistic standard to hold someone to, or to expect them to live up to.  But, now, looking back, I realize this standard saved me from a multitude of harm and heartache.  More than that, I have found a woman who models these qualities daily in her life:

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

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