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Interview With Dr. Patricia Ennis
Interviewer: Donna Morley
It is my pleasure today to introduce you to a very dear friend, Patricia Ennis.
Pat earned her M.A. at San Diego State University and her Ed.D., from
Northern Arizona University. She is a professor and establishing chairperson
of the department of Home Economics at The Master’s College in Santa
Clarita, California, where she has served since 1987. She previously
established and chaired the department of Home Economics at Christian
Heritage College at the request of Dr. Tim LaHaye. She, along with Dr. Lisa
Tatlock (associate professor of home economics at The Master’s College) has
written the book, Becoming A Woman Who Pleases God.
Enjoy the following interview and benefit from the wisdom our dear Lord has
bestowed upon Pat.
Donna: Pat, what prompted you and Lisa to write Becoming a Woman Who Pleases
Pat: Many women are unable to enroll as students in our program at The Master’s
College. So, we have made a portion of the curriculum of the Home Economics
Department made available to them. The key elements of the book are based upon
home management, gracious living in the home, financial management and biblical
Donna: Throughout your book, you use the phrase “Wise Woman.” Can you explain
your reason for this?
Pat: We used the phrase “Wise Woman” throughout the book to emphasize that
women who practice the principles found in God’s Word are women who have both
understood and subsequently applied the truths found in God’s Word. Wise Women
desire not only to know but also to implement the mandates of scripture.
Donna: Explain for our readers why you believe Proverbs 31:10-31 is applicable for
twenty-first century living.
Pat: In this day and age, many believe that the woman described in this passage is
simply a fantasy rather than a real woman whose life twenty-first Christian women
are challenged to model. However, the immutability (changelessness) of God would
be in question if Proverbs 31:10-31 is not timelessly relevant. If we think that God
changed His mind about one passage of Scripture, how can we be sure that He has
not changed His mind about others?
Donna: You mention in your book that there are 11 principles suggested in the
Proverbs 31 chapter. Please share those with us.
Pat: J.I. Packer, in Knowing God, lists six attributes of God which are helpful to be
reminded of before I share the principles suggested in Proverbs
31:10-31 that help the Wise Woman build her home. They are that
God’s life does not change; God’s character does not change; God’s
truth does not change; God’s ways do not change; and God’s purposes
do not change. God’s SON does not change.
Since God does not change, then fellowship with Him, trust in His Word, living by
faith, and embracing His principles are the same realities for twenty-first century
believers as they were for those of the Old and New Testaments.
Society would have us believe that the description of the Wise Woman of Proverbs
31:10-31 is designed to develop an inferiority complex within us. This is
untrue—the Proverbs 31 passage provides a biblical foundation for the creation of
principles by which we, as Wise Women in progress, live our lives. While the
outward historical context has changed since King Lemuel wrote Proverbs, the
character principles have not.
These 11 principles (introduced in Chapter 1 and then woven into each chapter)
1. Virtuous— Proverbs 31:10
2. Trustworthy— Proverbs 31:11-12
3. Energetic— Proverbs 31:13-16, 19, 24, 27
4. Physically fit— Proverbs 31:17
5. Economical— Proverbs 31:18
6. Unselfish— Proverbs 31:20
7. Honorable— Proverbs 31:25
8. Lovable— Proverbs 31:28-29
9. Prepared— Proverbs 31:21-22
10. Prudent— Proverbs 31:26
11. God-fearing— Proverbs 31:31
Donna: I appreciate what you share about the “Wise Woman Principles” and
how these principles develop a heart of contentment. Please share
with the readers what those principles are.
Pat: The two Wise Woman Principles that contribute to contentment are in being truthworthy and and economical. The principle of being trustworthiness is evident that the
Wise Woman is satisfied with her marital status, while her application of the
principle of being economical is seen in her biblical attitude toward money and material
Drawn from the Greek word arkeo, contentment primarily signifies sufficiency or
Scripture teaches that godliness with contentment is great gain (Ps. 37:16; 1 Tim.
6:6), God’s promises should lead to contentment (Heb. 13:5), and those who seek
contentment from money are never satisfied (Eccles. 5:10).believers are instructed
to exhibit contentment in their callings (1 Cor. 7:20), with their wages (Luke 3:14),
with their possessions (Heb. 13:5), and with the food and raiment one has (1 Tim.
* Wise Women develop a heart of contentment by:
a. cultivating a welcoming home environment,
b. embracing flexibility and forgiveness,