In Proverbs 31, the Bible describes what is essentially the perfect woman — one who is noble and kind and who cares for others.
“My great-grandmother is the most loving, kind, classy and humble woman around,” says Duck Dynasty and “Dancing with the Stars” favorite Sadie Robertson of her “Mamaw” Jo Shackelford. “She is the definition of beauty, a true Proverbs 31 lady.”
Throughout her adolescence and early adulthood, Sadie has never stopped praising the Proverbs 31 women in her life — her mother, two grandmothers and Mamaw Jo are all sources of great inspiration.
“I can only pray I am half the woman she is one day. My love for you is crazy. I am blessed with this woman in my life.”
my great grandmother is the most loving , kind , classy and humble woman around. she is the definition of beauty. a true Proverbs 31 lady. she leads the women in our family to greatness. I can only pray I am half the woman she is one day. my love for you is crazy. I am blessed with this woman in my life. 6.1.15
In a recent sit down with Rare, Sadie spoke with her great-grandmother about lessons she’s learned in life and her favorite memories of raising 6 children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“There have been so many wonderful things in my life,” Mamaw Jo said. “I’m proud of my children; not of who they are, but of what they are.”
Her eyes began to well up with tears as she spoke more in-depth about her family and was overcome by just how much good her loved ones have tried to put out into the world.
“They have spent their lifetime in service, and that makes me most proud — that they care about others and they want to do things that help others,” she said. “I have everything from forklift drivers to child doctors in my family, and they have chosen a lifetime of service and that is a service of helping others.”
When asked one of her most cherished bits of advice, Mamaw Jo explained that she felt lucky so many of her family members have stayed close to her Louisiana home.
“I wish everyone knew the joy of being surrounded by people who love them and care about them,” she told Sadie.
Though Mamaw Jo remains positive and presents a happy demeanor, not everything in her life has been easy. She said those are the times when she truly learned the most about herself.
“There have been some difficult times. People look at happy people and go, ‘Oh you’ve never had bad things happen to you,’ ” Mamaw Jo explained.
“It was prayer, a lot of humor and, again, having people around me that want to help.”
This fall, Sadie will take some of the many lessons from the women in her life on the road as she embarks on her first “Live Original” event tour, named after her New York Times best-selling book and lifestyle message that encourages people to stay true to themselves and their values.
The program will be filled with family, friends and music to spread her message that young people can live positively and passionately while remaining in tune with their faith. Many of those traits seem to have come from Sadie’s great-grandmother.
“There are so many things that teenagers need to know,” Mamaw Jo said. “Primarily, I wish they all knew how valuable it was to have self-respect. By having self-respect, you learn how to respect others.”
Find information about the event, tour stops and dates on LiveOriginal.com.