Proverbs 3, 4, 8 & 9 all speak specifically about the importance of finding wisdom. The writer even personifies this desirable characteristic by referring to Wisdom as a woman. This Lady Wisdom is full of God’s truth, giving Godly advice along with crucial warnings. Much like the Proverbs 31 Woman, Lady Wisdom is not a real person. However, there are many Christian women I know who fall under the overarching concept. Women with knowledge of the Bible, yes, but more than that, a gift for sharing that knowledge with compassion and care without watering down the biblical truths that are necessary and, sometimes, hard to share.
Today, I introduce Lori.
She is my Lady Wisdom.
Now, the mere fact that I say that will have her throwing a mini-fit, no doubt! If Lori is anything, she is humble and has no desire to be put on any kind of pedestal. But it is THAT humility which makes her fit this role so well! Through her own testimonies of trials, mishaps, and mistakes, Lori delivers biblical truth and Godly wisdom. (I recently referred to one particular experience with her in my post Sanctification Sucks – Can I Say That?) Whenever I come to Lori with a question or situation her response always starts with a Bible reference. Her knowledge amazes me and I know that her advice and counsel is grounded in God’s Word.
So without further ado, I give you an Interview with Lady Wisdom…
How long have you been a Christian?
I was saved at 6 years old right after my parents drowned. I did not understand everything but I knew I was desperate for Jesus. And I knew when he saved me that I was free.
How long have you been married?
I have been married for 34 years. Some of them long. Some incredibly short. We met when we were twelve. He is a quiet, steadfast guy who only speaks when necessary. I am a go getter always on the move. Cliff has been holding me steady for 34 years. I have learned that the seasons of life are just that seasons. They come and go. I have lived good and bad in my marriage. We are not perfect by any means but God who keeps us is perfect.
Who was your mentor?
I never knew there was such a thing as a mentor until I was around 27. I met a little lady at my church who was in her 80’s. She was lovely inside and out, kind and biblical. She loved and submitted to her husband as perfectly as any woman I have ever known. I was a firecracker. Always yelling. Never content. Anger boiling out of every corner. She loved me just like that. She taught me and read the Bible with me. I never knew friendship or sisterhood until Juanita Parkhill. I owe her so much. She is gone now but her influence will live eternally.
Have long have you been counseling women? Do you have any certifications?
I am a biblical counselor. That essentially means that I only counsel using the wisdom and truth of the Bible. I believe it has everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. I have been counseling women for nine years and I received my first certification this year. It has been a journey. So hard at times but so glorious too. One of the greatest rewards of my life has been coming alongside other women to teach and mentor and train.
What do you think is the most important thing every Christian woman (regardless of age) should know about their relationship with Jesus?
The biggest struggle I counsel with women is that of identity in Christ. I help women who are trying to find their worth in so many things besides Jesus. I have seen women with addictions; gluttony, pain pills, shopping, ministry. The list is endless. I have seen wives crumble because they are living with a husband who cannot, or will not, affirm them. Watched mommas wear themselves out working to be perfect so that others will approve of them. I have seen Christian sisters torn apart by jealousy and envy because they compare themselves, trying to find worth.
Knowing who God is and who you are in Christ removes all that. Once we know that God is all the Bible says he is and we realize that: we belong to him; he loves us; he died for us; we are worthy because he made us so; then we are able to live freely without affirmation or approval from anybody. It is an amazing peaceful way to live. Jesus is our hope. Our love. His opinion is all that matters.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.”Job 36:16
I love this verse. This is exactly what Jesus did for me. He moved me from a place of distress to a place free of restriction. From sin to freedom…rejection to acceptance…brokenness to wholeness…emptiness to full.
He rescued me. Saved me. Delivered me.
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