I had the privilege of attending a funeral yesterday for my husband's great Aunt.
She was an amazing woman.
I mean truly an amazing woman.
This wasn't the typical funeral where they just remember the good in the person and suddenly forget the struggles and negative things. 'this person was so wonderful, so giving, so kind' sugar coatedness.
It wasn't like that because they didn't have to sugar coat anything. Jean really was all those wonderful things.
I wish I could have known her better.
I wish I could have sat her down and asked her child rearing questions.
She raised 6 children, all who love the Lord, many who have served as missionaries in remote parts of the world.
She was one of those rare people who didn't have a selfish bone in her body.
She shined with the Spirit.
The woman probably never said one negative thing in her entire life.
She was truly the Proverbs 31 woman in flesh.
Every time I think of what I wish I was more like as a woman, wife and mom,
Jean is the first person I think of.
I can't be sad she's gone.
She is with our Father in Heaven, and though I may not have known her as well as I'd of liked, I know for sure that she is overjoyed to be with her Jesus.
Thank You Jean.
For giving a younger generation an amazing role model.
For allowing God to use you.
For not complaining that the life you lived was difficult even when it was.
I only ever heard you give thanks for it all.
Thank you for showing me that true beauty really does come from within.
I forget that so often, and focus on the wrong things.
But you were one of the most beautiful women I've ever known.
You were content to do with gusto the work God had given you.
I admire you so much.
I never told you on this Earth, but I hope to be able to tell you in Heaven one day.
If I can be half the wife and mother you were, spreading that joy around like you did then I will be successful.
Thank You Father in Heaven for Jean and the amazing life she led.