As the Second Lady, Karen Pence is forging a prominent role for herself in the administration. So far, she’s been more visible than First Lady Melania Trump. She traveled to Europe with her husband on his first overseas trip as Vice President and has been a near-constant presence at his speeches and appearances. During the campaign trail of the 2016 election, Karen was almost always seen supporting her husband and her party.
“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31:11-12)
The Second Lady is also passionate about her own platforms. Less than a month after the inauguration, Karen announced she would focus her advocacy on art therapy. She was an elementary school teacher for 25 years and has a great love for art, especially painting. As well as an educator, Karen is a devout Christian. Together the Pences have a son and two daughters.
Behind the authority and success of VP Mike Pence is a supportive and driven woman who backs up everything with prayer. And no woman is as strong as she who puts her faith in the sovereign God.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25)
The Pence family is known for their open Christian faith. Friends and aides call Karen Pence the family’s “prayer warrior”.
“I would characterize her as the silent, omnipresent partner. You knew she was there, you knew there was some considerable influence she wielded, but, boy, she was not public about it,” said Brian Howey, publisher of Howey Politics Indiana, a nonpartisan political newsletter in the state.
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“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” (Proverbs 31:30-31)
Karen does not like influencing politics but she is a firm believer in her stand and faith. “That’s the kind of person she is, a person who believes in prayer; a Godly mother and wife,” said Vicki Lake, the wife of the Pences’ former pastor.
Lake shared that when Mike was still a congressman, Karen would send out prayer requests to people — to pray for them as a family, that God would give them the strength to do all that they had to do.
“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26)
Even the President himself understands the influence Karen has on her husband. Now, as Second Lady, Karen and her husband continue to have an enduring connection. She accompanies him on foreign trips and sits in on off-the record briefings with reporters. She even stood by the VP as he chose his staff, acting as his “gut check and shield,” according to The Washington Post.
May the Lord continue to raise up strong women of Godly character in our school, churches, and in our political spheres.
This article is compiled by Le-Jovale Vallejo.