Today at The Mercy Ministries we had an opportunity to celebrate our Director, Carly Benton, and her baby-to-be, Barry "Bear" Hugh Benton, who will be arriving any moment now!
We're using this week's blog to highlight this godly woman, not just becuase she is a friend to us all here at Mercy, but because she's the nuts 'n bolts of this ministry, and we are amazed daily at how God uses her gifts and talents to help all of us provide care for Mercy's patients. She leads us not just as a boss, but as a godly leader with a true vision to see the Kingdom of Heaven thriving and multiplying in the earth.
May we aspire to be as compassionate, wise, faithful, hard-working, loyal, generous, inspiring, and loving as this lady is. May we raise daughters to be like her. And, may we never forget how she makes us all feel loved as individuals each and every day.
Enjoy the pics of her baby shower given her by Mercy staff and volunteers as you read about this true, and albeit funny, description ...
Description of a Worthy Woman
An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her?
That would be Pastor Bradley "Buck" Benton!
Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.
Although this chick is big on jewelry. Just sayin'.
The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence],
And he will have no lack of gain.
Buck knows he got a GOOD one!
She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil
All the days of her life.
But, he'll never use her Google calendar. We thinks he's given up.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight.
Ya'll this chick hums and sings cheerfully while working circles around all of us!
She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure];
She brings her [household’s] food from far away.
She finds time to cook not just for her family, but frequently provides lunch for all her staff, volunteers, grandparents, and small groups at church!
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And assigns tasks to her maids.
Girl doesn't need a maid. We've been to her house. It was spotless!
She considers a field before she buys or accepts it [expanding her business prudently];
With her profits she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
Carly is constantly looking for ways to expand The Mercy Ministries and reach more patients!
She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] And makes her arms strong.
She hasn't even popped this baby out, and she's already planning her post baby diet and getting yoga certified!
She sees that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead].
We've never seen her run into a circumstance she wasn't ready to tackle. She's truly there for her people & family.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold the spindle [as she spins wool into thread for clothing].
Well, she doesn't sew, but she and her family always look flawless. Somebody in that house really knows how to use an iron!
She opens and extends her hand to the poor,
And she reaches out her filled hands to the needy.
She manages 511 patients, one Dublin church congregation, a large extended family, and a beautiful three year old girl, Bella...not to mention two adopted boys. That's all.
She does not fear the snow for her household,
For all in her household are clothed in [expensive] scarlet [wool].
Or at least warmed by the Georgia Power bill she made sure got paid! Jessica is waiting for the day she gives up on matching socks!
She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry.
Her clothing is linen, pure and fine, and purple [wool].
She loves decorating and dressing stylishly.
Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Buck is the pastor of Connection Church in Dublin, a well respected man in the community. Carly praises how he makes her feel loved "everyday."
Proverbs doesn't mention facial expressions as a virtue, but this girl deserves an award or something LOL!
She makes [fine] linen garments and sells them;
And supplies sashes to the merchants.
Well ... She did buy Casey Hutcheson a scarf once ;)-
Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure;
And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].
She was recently crowned the QUEEN OF THE GOOGLE CALENDAR ... SO PREPARED!
She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].
Carly lives by the motto, "The truth spoken without love is not truth," and is always standing up for what is right, but in the most kind of ways.
She looks well to how things go in her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
We threw her a baby shower. We couldn't get her to stop cleaning up after. 'Nuff said.
Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired);
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying,
“Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness],
But you excel them all.”
Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain,
Although she is graceful, modest, and beautiful.
But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.
Not only does she sing on the praise and worship team, but helps to teach those in her church, leads each meeting with a prayer and devotion at work, and is raising her children to serve the Lord.
Give her of the product of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].
Yes, well, today at least ... she got lots of diapers and wipes!
We love you, Carly! Can't wait to meet little Bear!