Are You a Proverbs 32 Woman?
by Kerri Pomarolli
With two girls and a career of traveling around the country making people laugh, my life is far from “Insta-perfect.” I live in LA, where all of the ultra-skinny people ask me if I’m pregnant. I started saying yes, since I look “good for four months preggo” (which I’m not).
I love God with my whole heart, but I skipped church the other day to watch VeggieTales. My kids eat raw veggies because their mom doesn’t know how to steam them.
The truth is, I’m not the Proverbs 31 woman. Remember her? She’s the perfect early-rising, field-plowing woman who makes her own clothes and has three jobs. I’m more like the Proverbs 32 woman. You haven’t heard of her? Well, let me tell you. It’s definitely me. These are our mantras:
“I will submit to not going to work!”
“I never pay retail.”
“It’s not gossip if your head is bowed!”
“Nutella solves all your problems.”
“We don’t have issues. We have prayer requests.”
However, if you’re a type A, “got it together” girl, this book may send you into an OCD fit. You know who you are. Your boss loves you. If you have kids, they wear matching socks. You have Tupperware containers—with the lids on—neatly stacked and color coded in your kitchen. Good for you!
But if you can relate to not being able to relate to that wonderful biblical woman of God that so few of us can actually measure up to, then buckle up! Because I’m about to convince you it is perfectly okay to be a #HotMess4Jesus.
Accepting that you are a Proverbs 32 Woman is the gift of being convinced that God is crazy about you. He completely understands you, loves you without complaint, passionately chases after you, and will never leave or forsake your hot-mess self for anything or anyone. You’re loved. Safe. Accepted. Breathe deeply and smile. Get out that Nutella and eat some carbs! God created them. You can rest in the joy of being a Proverbs 32 Woman.
Accepting that you are a Proverbs 32 Woman is the gift of being convinced that God is crazy about you.
That is, if you can do two things.
First, you’ve got to be self-aware enough to admit who you are, where you are, and what you are. Really, this is the first key to loving your life and all the imperfections that seem to nag at your soul.
Second, you have to be God-aware enough to accept your Proverbs 32 Woman-ness with humility and grace. Embracing that it’s okay not to have it all together—and not even caring whether you do or don’t—brings a deep realization that Jesus is smiling over the very thought of you. When you can picture that love in His eyes, you can begin to grasp a firm and constant understanding of “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18)—especially for you.
Hot mess and all.
How do I know you can do this? I have the stories to prove it. And so do you, if you look deep enough. That’s right: you can uncover the real you, look deep into your “hotmessness,” and smile. You’re just like the rest of the ladies at your church or at work—imperfect. Accept this gift of living in God’s grace instead of condemnation, and then learn the secrets of giving this gift to your family, your friends, and perhaps even your mom! (Don’t expect your mom to listen, though. I’m still working on mine.)
Kerri Pomarolli is a writer, comedian, speaker, and the ultimate Proverbs 32 Woman. She tours nationwide with clean comedy at top Christian and secular venues, with film and TV appearances. Known as “Hollywood’s Favorite God Girl,” she lives with her daughters in LA by the sea. kerripom.com
Adapted from Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman. Copyright © 2019 by Kerri Pomarolli. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. www.harvesthousepublishers.com. Used by Permission.