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Lisa Krueger and Stacey Stone “A Blessing for ‘Radio Wives”

“Radio Wives” from Atlantic Gateway Communications, WGTS 91.9, and WGBZ 88.3 

This blessing comes from a letter of recognition that was written as a gift from one “radio wife” to another on the occasion of Atlantic Gateway Communications President/CEO Kevin Krueger’s 40 years in radio. It is loosely based on the Proverbs 31 woman and written in jest in some areas. May it bless you, whether you have been a “radio wife” for a few years or many or you adore one. We have restructured it slightly from the original to address and recognize all “radio wives.” 

This is our salute to you as a “radio wife” for Christ. The sacrifices, both obvious and hidden, are real. And, as another “radio wife,” we want you to know that we see you. 

Your joys and tears are worth more than rubies. Your husband has full confidence in you just as our husbands have in us. By taking on his triumphs and struggles along with your own, you bring him good, not harm, all the days of his life. 

When he comes home and must be silent about what he is struggling with, you remain steady with support and understanding. Who else is going to see a confidential workplace challenge as a chance to serve him even more in your silence as well? 

We may not have wool and flax to choose, but we have plenty of station shirts to wash and iron for events. And our eager hands often ease tense muscles from the stress that this ever-evolving industry brings.  

“Radio wives” have early mornings and late nights, food to prepare, meet-and-greets to attend and radio stations to buy. The around-the-clock demands of the job, such as an evening board meeting, might mean attending a school program alone with the kids or always being responsible for homework and permission slips. And, while we may not have a vineyard, we probably have enough cross-country moves to buy a few. 

Our hearts and our arms are up for the tasks, even when the need arises quickly. “Radio wives” collect cereal, water, and other food items, as well as clothing (socks or coats) for those in need, cards for mothers, clothing and backpacks for foster children…you get the idea. Some simply call it “community service,” but we see the lives changed by God because of our husband’s decision to follow God’s calling on their lives so we call it our life. Together with them, we have opportunities to serve “the least of these” and to be the hands and feet of Jesus, opening our arms and extending our hands, all while tending to our own family’s needs. 

There are times when we stand quietly by their sides and other times when we speak wisdom and faithful instruction into their hearts. Now, if we could only eat just a little of the bread of idleness (oh, and laugh at the days to come.) 

We have watched your strength and dignity, “radio wife.” We have been honored to hear your husband and children call you blessed. 

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all” (Proverbs 31:29, NIV). 

You see, “radio wife,” it may seem that you and your sacrifices are not seen because it is just what we do for the Kingdom. But you would be mistaken. 

Today, as we honor your husband’s years of service, we celebrate everything that your hands have done. And praise what you have accomplished for God at the city gates (or in support of your husband as he does yet another concert, fundraiser, board meeting, donor event, or mission trip…you know these situations well). And no doubt you have been nearby as well, with kids in tow, slipping them snacks and keeping them “cute” and “quiet,” modeling for them what service looks like.  

Thank you for being our friend and for understanding what it means to be a “radio wife.” You quietly keep the ministry going in Jesus’ name with your work behind the scenes, and we are hugging you from across the miles. 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (verse 30), so we had God’s written permission to compliment you this way. Our prayer is that you take it to heart. 

Stacey Stone serves God by loving her husband, Johnny Stone, her family and friends, along with her little dogs and her listeners on WGTS 91.9, Washington DC. In addition to her 26 years in broadcasting, she is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Maryland, a public speaker, and the author of The Rescued Breed: When Jesus Shows Up And Transforms Your Pack. She can be reached HERE

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