I thank God for gifts that were given and put in place long before I knew about them or of their existence. My heart is filled with gratitude that a military family, James and Jewel Chrestman, birthed a beautiful daughter in Heidelburg, Germany on October 18, 1960, and named her Gizelle Lea Chrestman. They raised her to love God, to love people and to love her husband. She would be known throughout childhood as Gigi, I know her as Gizelle, my wife.
There is no gentler spirit in my world than my wife. She is not demanding or pretentious, but she is accommodating and modest. Our children say their Mom is regal and conducts herself as nobility, but Gizelle was not born to aristocracy or royalty…yet she appears to be because she’s simply that great of a lady.
When the Apostle Paul penned the words of his first letter to the Corinthian church he addressed a section of his letter to the attributes of love and charity. We find these writings in the 13th chapter of First Corinthians. Paul’s choice of words for verse 5 describes Gizelle Jones, not in totality, but well, and I copy them from the King James Version because of the fifth word:
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Gizelle does not behave herself unseemly. This may not sound romantic or have the cachet other parts of this chapter may have, but I value this word in its description of my wife. In the 34 years I have known her, she has never behaved unseemly. She is not improper or unbecoming, and she has never been indiscreet with anyone in conversation, in care or in her love.
There are no cleanups required behind Gizelle Jones.
There are no explanations needed behind Gizelle.
There are no excuses necessary to cover Gizelle.
She is always a lady.
She’s dignified, but not stuffy or frumpy.
She’s sweet, but not syrupy.
She’s real and never disingenuous.
She is the greatest gift I have on Earth.
I wish a very Happy Birthday to Gizelle Jones.