Ours is a pretty happy home, largely because Dianne pursues the good of her family and frequently counsels me on how I can better serve the children.
And she pursues our good because it is an overflow of what Jesus has done for her. Whether it is dealing with the common things of family life, issues related to Paul’s disability, or her own cancer, I know I will hear these words from her, “God will help us.”
Because she manages our household, she also manages most of Paul’s medical care. After he had two seizures on Wednesday, she was on the phone Thursday morning with the neurologist’s staff. She would not describe herself this way, but as I listened to her explain the situation, I was struck by many of her qualities exemplified in that phone call:
- Her knowledge of and passion for her son
- Her desire to serve him
- Her persistence in pursuing his good
- Her ability to articulate clearly and purposefully
- Her ability to listen and understand new information
- Her kindness to whoever was on the other end of the phone
- Her genuine gratitude
It isn’t like this is unusual for her – she demonstrates these qualities all the time. So I don’t exactly know why the Holy Spirit encouraged me to listen differently to this phone conversation. Maybe it was to encourage me to pause and thank God again for this woman. I am happy to do so!
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:10-12