My dear wife's 60th birthday is just around the corner, January 5th, and I want to take advantage of this opportunity to honor her, Proverbs 18:22 says that “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” My Dearest Wendy, I can, with no hesitation, give a hearty AMEN! to that truth because with you, and because of you, I have obtained favor from the Lord. You have blessed not only me over these many years, but our family, extended family and church family in so many ways and there simply is not enough space here to list them.
You are the most selfless, giving person I know. I have watched you over these many years give yourself sacrificially to serving me, our children and now our grandchildren. You never ask for anything for yourself, not reward and certainly not recognition. You just quietly serve. I still marvel over how you recently during your moms illness and death, took on the role of a nurse and had to do things that no daughter would ever want to do. You went through several sleepless nights in order in attempt to make your mother comfortable all the while with your tender heart breaking knowing full well that soon, very soon mom would be gone to glory. Now your heart aches for your dads salvation and concern for his health.
I have watched as you faithfully serve our church family , again with no desire for recognition or reward. You have faithfully served even while suffering through those things that every pastors wife must suffer. You have been criticized, slandered, misunderstood and often overlooked, but you quietly press on because you love Jesus and His church. But you have also praised and thanked God for the blessings that have come from our church family, that far outweigh the other stuff.
You are also one of the most spiritual people I have ever met. You are a student of the Word and give long hours to reading and studying. You are an excellent Bible student who lives out her faith on a daily basis. But I think the thing that impresses me the most about you spiritually is that you are a prayer warrior. You pray for everyone! You pray “without ceasing.” How many times when I come to you with a perplexing situation or decision have you said, "Have you prayed about it?" ( If you are a member of EBC you can be assured that she prays for you.) I often wonder how many peoples lives have been blessed because of your faithful praying.
You are one of the most patient people I know because you have been so very patient with me over these many years, your reward will be so great! So Happy Birthday my sweet wife, I thank God everyday for you, I love you more today than ever.