Just Very Thankful… For Sharon!

Well it’s the week of Thanksgiving… and my post today is going to be personally brief – to the point… the bulk of it is going to be a tribute from Scripture.

My Bible reading this morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” included Proverbs 31:10-31… After reading it this morning I put a one-word comment in the margin of my Bible with exclamation marks after it… Here it is…

SHARON!!! [her full name is Sharon Martha Barnett Bartel – my wife]

She is the epitome of all the kinds of things this passage speaks of… I ought to know, I’ve been married to her for over 55 years! Believe me, I’ve been incredibly blessed! I’m SO thankful for her – she is God’s incredible gift to me! Here’s the passage…

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. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. HER CHILDREN RISE UP AND CALL HER BLESSED; HER HUSBAND ALSO, AND HE PRAISES HER: MANY WOMEN HAVE DONE EXCELLENTLY, BUT YOU SURPASS THEM ALL! Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” (From Proverbs 31:10–31 ESV)

Sharon, I love and adore you! I thank God for you daily!

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