I am going to jump around in the Proverbs passage today because I absolutely had to write about these three lovely ladies in one post. You see, when we were in college, I had the privilege of being their RA, and we had a lot of fun.
A whole lot of fun.
All three of them were in my wedding, and I have always considered it an honor to be their friend.
The verse that makes me think of Kathy and Melissa is Proverbs 31:18:
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
Kathy and Melissa are both wives and mothers, and they both work as nurses.
I am a huge fan of nurses. Through my four C-sections, my dad’s many surgeries, and my mom’s heart surgery, I have seen firsthand just how important nurses are, and how much they truly impact recovery.
I have also seen that their job is unbelievably difficult, requiring so much strength, patience, grace, and wisdom.
They work ridiculously long shifts, many times through the night, serving people who most times can give absolutely nothing in return.
This is the career that Kathy and Melissa have chosen.
And I am not surprised.
As long as I have known both of those ladies – Kathy since college and Melissa much longer – I have known them to be kind, caring, loving, and gracious.
I have also known them to work through the night, doing whatever needs to be done.
I admire these two more than they will ever know.
The verse that makes me think of Gina is Proverbs 31:22:
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Now, on the surface this makes sense, considering the fact that Gina is an incredible interior designer, and she also has an absolutely adorable personal fashion sense.
But the reasons this verse makes me think of Gina are far deeper than that.
Gina brings color to her world. Whether through her humor or her adventurous spirit, she brightens up life, not only for her husband and kids, but for everyone who knows her.
She also passionately fights for those who are cast out and scorned. She rallies people together to love and serve the least of these, demonstrating with her life the importance of being a voice for the voiceless.
Gina shows her children how to love without prejudice or discrimination.
She makes this world better, in both the temporal and eternal things, and I can’t believe I get to call her my friend.
Kathy, Melissa, and Gina are women of noble character. They inspired me so many years ago, and they still inspire me today.
In one sense I feel proud of all that they have accomplished, like I have watched “my girls” grow up. But in another way I look up to them, and strive to be the type of person that they are.
Either way, I am so thankful that we were put on a hall together, all those years ago.
See you soon!