Amanda Lynn

Erik Cooper —  June 5, 2009 — 2 Comments

I’ve written songs for and about my kids, blogged about my wonderful mom, and told stories of my selfless father over and over again.  But I’ve never shared anything in this kind of context about my wife, maybe subtly due to the fact that I think that’s too private or intimate, but probably because I’m just far too often oblivious to some of the sweetest blessings God has given me.

I married up...way up.  And while Mandy is human just like the rest of us (although some days I wonder), her God-given traits and spirit are life to my bones, a strength I impulsively lean back into far more than I think I even realize.  I know husbands are contractually obligated to say it (but I really, really mean it), she is undeniably gorgeous.  I often find myself secretly staring at her in the quiet moments, thinking how lucky I am to have a wife who’s internal and external beauty blend into such perfection.  I just love to be near her.

I don’t know another woman more qualified to walk the paths God has asked us to walk.  As the daughter of a pastor, she never wanted to marry one…and she didn’t.  She married a business man, who turned into a musician, who became a pastor, who is now a church planter.  If she would have seen that in the contract, I’d undoubtedly still be single.  But she never blinked, never questioned, never feared (even when I did) as we turned our focus from highly controlled, unlimited earthly upside potential, to a life of risk, big questions, and buckets full of unknowns.  I’m still amazed at her steadiness as this journey has unfolded.

But more than anything I love her heart…her heart for others.  It can seem hidden in her somewhat introverted nature, but she derives so much satisfaction in doing things for other people.  Her dream is to one day have a decorating firm that is both a business and a ministry, serving less fortunate people by bringing new life to the interiors of their homes.  (Secretly, I tihnk she just wants her own TLC show!).  If she wasn’t a mom she could be running a Fortune 500 company.  I can’t wait until the time is right to help her get it started.

So here’s to my unbelievable wife.  I love you Mandy.  As I look around, it’s undeniable that I have been blessed in ways I can’t even begin to quantify.  But I would trade them all in for you.  Thank you for being my wife.  Thank you for taking this journey with me.  Can’t wait to see how the rest of it unfolds.

“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.  Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.” (Proverbs 31:10 MSG)

2 responses to Amanda Lynn

  1. Awww… I love this. What a great tribute to a great woman! 🙂

  2. Barbara Woodford Stapleton June 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Erik,
    I was browsing and read your comment of how Mandy’s dream is to have a decorating firm that’s both a business and a ministry, so I thought I might mention our pastor’s wife and her decorating ministry through our church, which began when we hosted several displaced families from hurricane Katrina. I don’t know if it would be helpful to her, but our church is Topeka Bible Church and the pastor’s wife is Melody Congdon, she is a full-time counselor at a christian school here in town, but also coordinated and began this ministry. If you would like more information, let me know and I can research it for you. Hope you are all doing well, every once in awhile, I will see that we are singing a song of yours on Sunday morning (sorry, I can’t remember which one, but it always has your name credited on the screen). Take care and we’ll be praying for your church.

    Barbara

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