A Word of Praise for My Children’s Mother

My wife, Kim, was pregnant with our first child when I packed up our belonging in Houston, Texas and moved her across the country to Los Angeles so I could attend bible college at The Master’s College.  Thus started a ten year journey that involved four children, seven moves, and four different jobs.  I was with her with each birth and she approached each of them with bravery and calm that was nothing short of impressive.

This woman is the reason my children know how to read and how to think.  They were taught by her and countless times I would be locked in my study and I would hear her singing with the little ones as they learned their letters and their sounds.  When they fell it was always into her arms that they fled and always found a gentle word and plenty of sympathy.  It was because of her diligence that they learned to memorize bible verses and to read through the bible several times before they were adults and out of the house.  She formed their worldview and she provided them a place of comfort and instruction.  The gospel was constantly on her lips but also modeled in her ways.

She instructed them in the ways of obedience.  “First and Fast” is a phrase they all knew.  When it was time for a rebuke, she did not shirk from that duty.  And when it was time for discipline it was given faithfully and diligently, filled with the faith of the fruit that was to come.  Because of her diligence our children were a joy to be around, each of them a billboard to her skills as a mother.

She prayed and still prays for them.  Her greatest pleasure even today is when the family is raucously gathered together at our house (raucously because that is the only way the Henry’s know how to gather together).  Today she is now a grandmother as well.  I hear her playing upstairs even now with her little grandson and granddaughter and the memories come flooding back to my mind.

She is a woman of excellence and she captures well the words of King Lemuel, “She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  She looks well to the way of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her.”



About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on May 8, 2014, in Bible Observations, My Story, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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