Two weeks ago we welcomed our second daughter into the world. We had decided not to find out the gender until birth, so we had to come up with both a girl name and a boy name for the baby, which we initially found to be a more difficult task than expected!
Obviously, we wanted it to be perfect, to “fit”, and to have meaning. What we ended up with couldnt have been any more than those things. Our daughter, Allison Reese was named after a precious lady in our lives, whom you read about from one of our other authors a few months ago. (Here: modern day Dorcas) And I’d just like to take a moment to reiterate the characteristics that earned her a name sake.
At Allison Clapp’s funeral, person after person stood to give honor to the woman who had impacted our lives. Some of the qualities mentioned were: Giving, enduring, thoughtful of others, a servant, hard working, a teacher, a caretaker and so much more… I couldn’t help but think (as was my husband) ” this is the kind of woman I want my daughters to be”. I also thought, “this sounds familiar… As in Proverbs 31 woman kind of familiar” And indeed it was true. Allison had truly grasped the qualities defined in The Proverbs 31 woman. A sender, giver, provider, strong yet gentle, hard working, a God honoring and fearing woman. Another thought struck me that day, that I’ve yet to live a day without since…the thought of my own funeral—
Would I have the hundreds of people mourning my absence on this planet?
Would I have the children and husband that could stand before those people and give thanks for the time God allowed me to be their mom and wife?
Would my service to the Lord be the focus of so many memories?
Would I be remembered as a giver of givers who saw the small details in others, took note and made a difference?
Would others consider me a Proverbs 31 example?
Ever since that beautiful service, I have tried to make it a daily mission to honor my savior in the way that Allison’s did with her life. She had such a strong influence in my life, so much so that both my husband and I had zero hesitation in naming our baby girl Allison, as a reminder to us both of the lives we want to live, but also in honor of the kind of woman we desire our girls to become.
If tomorrow, we were to attend your funeral, could your friends, family and associates say that you were a Proverbs 31 woman? Would we mourn our loss yet rejoice for heavens gain? Would your legacy be carried on to further generations with the impact you made on others?