Hello dear friends!
I am often asked about my signature and why I sign my name as Mrs. Joseph Wood. Today, I was thinking that perhaps there are some that do not know the story of how I decided on such a curious signature. There may be some who think I do so as a sign of “Spirituality” or maybe to hide my true identity. There are others who have questioned if I have lost my “self” and do not know who I am. Oh, no! Dear friend, it is none of these things! Let me share with you why I really sign my name as Mrs. Joseph Wood; may this testimony be a blessing to you.
It was the fall of 1999, I had a sweet friend that moved to Michigan (Christine) who would take time to write to me almost every day and share what the Lord was doing in her heart and home. I enjoyed those precious chats. We had serious talks through email, educational chats- spurring each other on in well doing and simply fun chats as we grew together in His grace. One thing we use to do often was sign our letters with different signatures that represented the “mood” of the day. For example, one day I might sign my name as: A Handmaiden Hiding in Him. Another day I might sign as: A Thankful Servant, and so forth. Well, one day I was finishing up a letter to Christine as my Joe walked into the room and read my note to her over my shoulder. In a teasing jester I signed my name as: Mrs. Joseph Wood. My Joe’s face just lit up! He then began to tell me how he use to love seeing his Momma get mail. He shared how he remembered seeing her with magazines that would always read: Mrs. Bernard Wood. Even as a young boy he was blessed by his mothers devotion and love for his daddy. It meant a great deal to him that she would want to use his daddy’s name in correspondence. “Oh how happy I am that you would want to use my name.” were Joe’s words to me. I will never forget his joy. The way he hugged me and the smile that remained on his face for such a long time. All because of my signature. I truly was surprised. I asked the Lord, could such a small act really mean so much? At that moment, I decided that I would forever change my signature. In honor of my Joe I have been Mrs. Joseph Wood ever since that day. There have been times when I started to feel nervous and would worry about what people must think. Yet, the Lord would always remind me that it is not for me to worry about. I should only concern myself with what He thinks. And somehow, in some way, the Lord sees my heart desire to bless my Joe and is blessed by it as well.
So there you have it friend, that is how my signature forever became Mrs. Joseph Wood. May you be blessed as you too desire to please your husband!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood