37 Things I love About Jo Hovind

July 14, 2010 will make 37 years of my being married to Jo Delia Hovind. Wow how time flies! Thank you for all these wonderful years Jo. So, since she surprised me last year {“Thirty-Six Things I Love and Appreciate About Dr Kent Hovind”}, to commemorate the occasion, here are…

37 Things I love about Jo Hovind (in no particular order- the way my eclectic mind works).

1. I love the way we met. I was sharing my testimony and singing (yes, I know it is hard to believe!) with a friend at her church youth group October 4, 1970. She came up after-wards crying for joy that there were other teens who loved Jesus and weren’t ashamed to share Him! Meeting at church is a great way to start a relationship! The next night was our first date.

2. On our first date my old 1962 VW blew the motor on the way back from a youth activity. {“First Date”} She never complained that I had a “clunker.” I love the fact that she has been content even though we have never had a new car. She’s content with her 15 year old Mercury with 150,000+ miles. Just so it starts and is clean. Thanks Jo for being so easy to please about cars! It makes me love you and want to get you a better one someday. (I know, just so it’s another Grand Marquis! Yes Dear!)

3. I loved the way she never complained as we conserved money during our dating life by double dating a lot with her parents or mine. She was always so content to just be with me and help my parents build their house. She was never demanding (and still is not) about going out to spend lots of money. Hot dogs over an open fire at the construction site were fine with her. I love her I Timothy 6:8 attitude toward money. She truly is content with what God provides for us in every area.

4. I loved it as we dated that she memorized Proverbs 31 and sought all her life to be the “virtuous woman” described in there. She has come the closest of any woman I’ve ever met or heard about!

5. I love the way she reminds me of Rebekah in Genesis 24. Both Rebekah and Jo were answers to prayer (v. 12-14) {“Dear Rebekah”}. My mom told me that when I was born she put my little hands in hers and prayed, “Dear Lord, Please find a godly wife for my boy some day.” Boy did God answer that prayer!

6. J She was very fair to look upon, a virgin” (v. 16). For nearly 40 years now I have loved looking at her. She keeps herself beautiful for me. Rebekah must have done the same – (Gen. 26:7) Thank you Jo!

7. Just as Rebekah was busy working for her father (v. 16), Jo was always the ideal daughter to her parents. I loved seeing her interact with her parents. I wanted a daughter like that! (And I got one!)

8. Just as Rebekah saw a need without being asked or told and offered the man a drink (Gen. 24:18), Jo can always see when people have needs or are hurting and quickly volunteers to try to meet the need (I’m considerably more oblivious in this area!). Jo is always quick to help others without question and without complaint. I love her giving heart!

9. Just as Rebekah not only saw the thirsty man’s need and filled it, she also volunteered to water his 10 thirsty camels! With a bucket from a well! Did you know one camel can drink 10 gallons of water?! VERY few women will ever volunteer for really hard jobs! But all our married life, Jo has done that over and over. She is the hardest working woman I have ever met! She is self-sacrificing with everyone. I love your spirit Jo!

10. Verse 20 says that Rebekah “hasted” and “ran” to do this huge job of watering the camels! Jo works hard, fast, efficiently and without complaining! What a rare trait in girls and women these days! I love you for being that way Jo!

11. Even after all that hard work, Rebekah was still sweet and hospitable to this stranger at the well. Even after working hard, Jo is still sweet and hospitable. When our kids were little we had fun family devotions that LOTS of people heard about and wanted to see. We had families over after just about every church service (and many other evenings) for snacks and devotions for years. We think we had between 4,000 and 5,000 people come join us. She’s the most gracious host and giving (even though we were SO-O-O-O-O broke in those days!) woman I have ever met. I love watching her be hostess and share her house with many thousands over these 37 years of marriage. You are truly amazing Jo! I am blessed to be your husband!

12. When Rebekah was asked if she would move 500 miles away (v. 58), she never complained. She just said, “I will go.” God has led us to move many times – Illinois, Texas, California and Florida. She just packs up and goes with me wherever God leads. I love her attitude about serving God any place He calls, even far from home.

13. When Rebekah saw Isaac for the first time “she took a veil and covered herself.” (v. 65). In the 2 ½ years we dated, she never tried to attract me (or any other boys) by being immodest. She was and is always modest and keeps herself only for me. I love her attitude towards dress! My daddy said, “If you’re not in business, don’t advertise!” Even though she is incredibly beautiful, she is modest and doesn’t flaunt it like so many women do today. She is a great role model for girls to follow (I Tim. 2:9; Matt. 5:28)!

14. As we dated and helped my parents build a house she always jumped in to clean up our messes! She was not very good (actually pretty bad) at pounding nails, and at only 5 feet ½ inch tall, not much help lifting walls or carrying plywood. But she worked as hard as us men in doing what she could. All God ever expects from us is that we do what we can (Mk. 14:8). She has always jumped in and done what she could. I love her work ethic!

15. I love the fact that when she cleans, She CLEANS! She has never been content with doing a job 1/2 way. The kids bought her a used refrigerator last month and she spent 4 hours cleaning it! She will scrub every nook and cranny till it gleams. She is almost a fanatic about cleanliness in everything, house, clothes, dishes, grand-kids, yard…She does a very thorough job at whatever she cleans. While I am definitely NOT as fastidious (I’d have spent 30 minutes on the fridge…OK, maybe 20!). I love the fact that she is such a great worker in cleaning whatever she puts her hands to. I’m honored to be her husband!

16. I love her tender heart and purse for the things of God. When she hears of missionaries in need she opens her heart and purse to give what she can. She is the most unselfish woman I have ever met! I love her giving spirit.

17. As our ministry grew and we had to have help, she gladly let us put offices in the house. It grew to where there were 10 ministry offices, 7 phone lines and 180+ VCR’s in her house! (Not to mention a very busy Dinosaur Adventure Land theme park and science center in her back yard!) How many women are so dedicated to getting the gospel out they would even give up their house!? I love her 100% commitment to God’s work!

18. As I began to travel more and more she readily let me do the work God had called me to. She traveled with me when she could, but stayed home and was mom and dad to the kids while I was gone 2-4 days each week.

19. I loved watching her as a mother! She was totally dedicated to seeing to it that our children worked hard in school and were involved in lots of wholesome activities at church and school. She was very focused on being a good mom and, as our kids will all testify, she was great! I couldn’t have chosen a better mom for my children (or better looking)!!!

20. I love the way she patiently teaches her piano students! Since shortly after we were married she took in students to help pay the bills. She is not only a fabulous pianist, but a great teacher! Her students all love her and work hard to please her. She makes learning fun while pushing to get the most out of them.

21. I love the way she seeks to use music for God’s glory! She has no taste for the heathen, worldly music that promotes sin and wickedness (Col. 3:16). She has always used her incredible music skills to further the cause of Christ. I love listening to her play and sing. She and my daughter are a fabulous duet! I get a LOT of requests, but sometimes I sing anyway! She is a godly example for all to follow in the field of music.

22. I love her organizational skills! She has all 28 file drawers of her music organized beyond belief! Her filing system is light years ahead of my piling system! When she was put in charge of the Pensacola Music Teacher’s Association Sonata Contest, she took it from an average of 200 participants to set a new United States record with 650 students participating in one music competition! She had judges, rooms, times, and everything including parking and awards ceremony well organized! She is awesome!

23. I love her attitude toward fame. She shuns the spotlight. She really does what she does so God alone gets the glory! If she does a project it will be done right and few will know she was involved! She really has a servant’s heart. I love that!

24. Proverbs 31:11 says, “the heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.” I love the fact that I can trust her completely in every area even though this silly court case and cruel prison system has made it to where I’ve not been allowed to see her for over 2 ½ years now! What joy to have a wife I can trust! MANY men in here don’t have that!

25. Verse 12 says, “she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” She has never done one evil thing to me since we met almost 40 years ago. She has been a model Proverbs 31 wife in so-o-o-o-o many ways! I love her for her efforts to follow God’s word. All girls should do this! What a world that would be! (Titus 2:4)

26. Just as the Proverbs 31 woman is careful to provide proper food for her household (vs. 15). Jo has always been a great cook and provider of nutritious meals for our family. I lo-o-o-o-o-ve her cooking! Can’t wait to get some again! (Soon if this motion gets granted!) I especially love her bacon! We never get bacon here. It’s a good thing I’m Norwegian not Jewish! I LOVE bacon!

27. “Her husband is known in the gates.” (vs. 23) Jo, being a very private person and not seeking any glory has done very well dealing with all the fame, notoriety and then bad press over our ministry and this case. God has allowed us to put out over 2 million videos and DVD’s in 30 languages all over the world. Without even trying, her husband has become well-known (good and bad). There are about 2,000 anti-Hovind websites! Without her support, I would never have been able to travel and stir up the atheists to these heights of agitation and we never would have seen the tens of thousands of souls saved and lives changed for the Lord. This virtuous woman will get rewards in Heaven for her support, so God can use her husband. Thanks Jo. I love you!

28. Just as the Proverbs 31 woman looks for ways to supplement the family income with wise investments (vs. 13, 16, 18, 19, & 24), Jo has always helped without complaint. There is no “her money” or “his money,” just “God’s money.” I love her attitude toward the family budget. What a wife!

29. “She eateth not the bread of idleness (vs. 27).” Truer words could not be spoken of Jo Hovind. From the time she gets up till late at night – she works! It’s a rare thing to see her just sit and relax.

30. I love the way our children respect her (vs. 28). She was and is an awesome mother. Even though they are in their 30’s now, all of our children live next door and love their mother. She was a great daughter to her parents and is now reaping what she sowed. (Galatians 6:7) I love to see her interact with her children and now 5 grandchildren. The world would be a MUCH better place with millions of mothers like Jo. She took being a mom serious and worked hard to do a good job.

31. I love the fact that she doesn’t waste time on T.V., soap operas, movies, and games. She could care less about sports (like me) and focuses on things of eternal value. I love her proper perspective on life. She can spot things that are a waste of time and avoids them.

32. I love the way she is kind to people even if they are not kind to her. Many hurtful and untrue things were said and printed about us over the case (and still are). Even many Christians who should have known better were vocal and even vicious in the evil things and false reports they spread about us. She quietly cried and never retaliated in word or deed. I love her sweet forgiving spirit!

33. I love taking walks with her and the family. She is a blessing to just be with! She is always looking to help people and on our family walks, she will pick up even the neighbor’s trash to clean the street and neighborhood. We all tease her about wanting to clean the whole world, but I love being married to a woman like her!

34. I Timothy 3 gives the qualifications of the wife of a church leader. She meets them all. I love the fact that she has never tasted alcohol or taken any illegal drugs and has no desire to (nor have I BTW). What a blessing!

35. I love her attitude towards clothes. She is content with not having the latest and most expensive fashions. I’ve never seen her splurge on expensive clothes, shoes, or jewelry. She has a great attitude toward the real long term value of these things – they are all going to burn!

36. I love snuggling with her! She loves to lay on my shoulder and talk about her day and her dreams. I love listening to her voice. She is kind and never loud or screaming like some women I know (Proverbs 7:11)! What a wife!

37. I love lots of other things, but I’ll save them till I get home and tell her personally! J Soon I hope! Thanks for being such a godly wife for all these years and through all these trials. I love you Jo. This too shall pass! I’ll be home soon (Pro. 18:22).

Kent

6 Comments

  1. mikgene July 8, 2010 9:32 am Reply

    We are praying you will be home with Jo and the fam soon!
    Love you Gene and Miki

  2. baycommander July 8, 2010 2:34 pm Reply

    thanks for sharing. that’s quite a list and quite a love. Ron, Kathy, George Jaggers

  3. rohanmeyer July 9, 2010 7:25 am Reply

    Happy Anniversary Bro and Sis Hovind.

    God bless you both, and reunite you soon.

    Meyer Family, UK

  4. for Jesus’ name: Phillip-George (c)1974 July 14, 2010 6:39 am Reply

    we remember, all you’ve done for us

    phillip, somewhere Panama or Australia – where is a commercial trading VESSEL?

  5. Shepard August 14, 2010 4:29 am Reply

    God bless you Dr. Hovind. You opened my eyes. I pray for you!

  6. Raych January 28, 2011 12:57 am Reply

    Hi, is it okay to ask, how is Dr. Hovind doing? We met him when we went to Dinosaur Adventure land in 2003. I have loved watching the tapes, and threw some of my co-workers off, when they wanted to try to believe evolution, and I mentioned different things I had learned from the tapes. Our Pastor recently used the SS hour over several weeks to teach on Creation, from a slightly different perspective, but he used some of Dr. Dino’s expamples, and also Dr. Baugh.

    God Bless,
    Raych

    http://godsrosesnewsletter.weebly.com

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