Anyone who knows anything about Heidi knows these two things:
- Heidi loves Jesus.
- Heidi loves Troy.
Heidi and I were not really friends when we were growing up. Now, I knew who she was and she knew who I was, and we had a lot of friends in common, but our paths just didn’t intersect. We weren’t enemies, but we weren’t friends either.
Then, about 20 years ago, Heidi married my friend Troy.
I remember at their wedding, Troy was so excited he could hardly stand still.
For the first little while after they got married we weren’t really in touch with each other, but I would get updates about them from my friends and family. I knew where they lived; I heard when they were expecting a baby, that sort of thing.
Then came the big wide world of social media and we were able to reconnect a bit.
I remember one of the very first things that I saw Heidi post. It simply said: Heidi loves Troy.
I thought it was the coolest thing. A sweet declaration, reminding everyone that although they had been married for over a decade, she still had a crush on him.
The verse that makes me think of Heidi is Proverbs 31:12:
She brings (her husband) good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Everyone who knows Troy knows that he is a good man, and deserves a good wife.
And he has one.
I love seeing the way that Heidi will talk about the way that Troy still makes her heart flutter, and how much she adores their little family.
Because of Troy’s career, there are times when they have to be separated. They will start a countdown of how long it will be until they are reunited, showing everyone around them that it is okay to still be madly in love with your spouse.
Heidi inspires me to do a better job of letting my husband know how much I love and appreciate him.
As much as I admire the type of wife Heidi is, that does not paint the entire picture of who she is or why I respect her.
Heidi is a devoted mother who is passionate about her two children. She teaches them to know and love Jesus, and she teaches them to strive for academic excellence.
Not only does she teach and instruct them, but she models it for them as well.
She also serves the youth and children in her community, bringing the hope and promise of Jesus to those that come her way. Heidi uses her gifts and passions to make an eternal difference, and that is a beautiful thing. Just recently she posted that her goal for the day was to “make sure they meet Jesus.”
I can think of no better goal.
Heidi is a woman of noble character, and I am so thankful that I get to observe and learn from her.
See you soon!