A Legacy Woman

On my way into work today I was listening to a podcast of Mark Driscoll (pastor and teaching elder at Mars Hill Church) preaching on Ruth, chapter 2. He used a phrase that is both humorous but also very serious.

He was addressing the single men in his audience and giving them some advice about women and the possibility of marriage. He said, "Some women are a good time, and some women are a legacy." People chuckled of course (Mark does some wonderful comedy) but it made me think. And quickly my thinking turned to gratefulness.

I have a legacy woman as my wife. Don't get me wrong, Stephanie is fun to be around, she enjoys athletics and activities, but she is much more than just a good time. Stephanie is a legacy woman.

In the 4 and half years we have been married we have been on quite a ride. We have both had things rise to the surface in our lives that we have never dealt with. Working those issues out is difficult. We have both changed jobs, we have had three kids in the span of three years, we have watched as our plans for the future have been changed, shifted, eliminated and been put on hold.

Yet through it all, Stephanie has not wavered from her loving, kind, serving, faithful heart. Despite all my short comings she has stuck by my side, even defending me after I had sinned against her. She works hard for our family, spending her days in toddler world and her nights selling Tupperware to make extra money. She has stayed faithful to Jesus, pouring out her heart to him in her journal, seeking his voice through prayer and Scripture, and by earnestly praying for our kids and me. She has spoken her commitment to me and to my growth, and she encourages me often by not letting me speak negatively or myself, others, or life's circumstances. She strives to mature in her faith and is continually growing. Her hospitality and warmth make our house a home and a gathering place for others and her generosity with money and materials is an example to all who know her.

My kids and I are blessed to have a legacy woman as wife and mother. I can only look with hope and excited anticipation for what our future lives will look like.

Oh yeah...she is smokin' hot too!