Lindsay Cournia: A Well-Watered Woman

March 7, 2018  - By Gretchen Saffles

We are thrilled to introduce you to Lindsay, one of our newest team members. Lindsay is our amazing Content Editor, and she works diligently to keep us grammatically and scripturally correct in everything we write and publish. We have loved working alongside Lindsay, and we know you will be so encouraged by our interview with her. 

Introduce yourself as if we were on a coffee date! Tell us about yourself. Would you be drinking coffee or tea?

I’m Lindsay, and chai tea lattes are my coffee shop favorite right now. I am an editor, proofreader, writer, avid reader, military wife, and mom. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and we are currently stationed in North Carolina. My son is six and my daughter is nine; they bring so much joy to our family! I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for eight years, and now I work from my home office while my kids are at school. I’m honored to be joining the WWW team as Content Editor.

When did you start following Jesus?

I have known about Jesus for as long as I can remember. My dad is a pastor, so I grew up immersed in Bible stories and church community. But I am a people-pleasing rule-follower, so I grew up secretly prideful about my “goodness” and did not acknowledge the real weight of my sin—or my desperate need for Christ—until adulthood. Marriage and motherhood exposed my total depravity and wrecked me in the best possible way. By God’s grace I repented and responded to the Gospel, placing my faith in Christ’s righteousness instead of my own vain efforts.

What is your definition of a Well-Watered Woman?

Psalm 1 comes to mind. The well-watered woman is blessed by God and keeps wise counsel (v. 1). She delights in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night (v. 2). She is planted by streams of water, yielding seasonal fruit and prospering (v. 3). Her roots run deep, and she is not blown about like the godless (v. 4). The well-watered woman walks in Christ Jesus, is built up and established in the faith, and abounds in thanksgiving (Col. 2:6–7).

How do you give Jesus the first moments of your day?

This does not come easily to me. I am not a morning person, and I hit the ground running every day, but the #WORDbeforeworld challenge has been a great reminder to re-prioritize and start my day with God. Sometimes this looks like focused Bible study after driving my kids to school, but sometimes it is as simple as praying in the car, or listening to a few chapters of the audio Bible while I walk the dog or fold laundry. And a small, intentional habit I maintain is leaving my phone in the kitchen at night, so it’s not immediately available in the morning (or the last thing I see before going to sleep).

What sort of spiritual season do you find yourself in now? What verses are you clinging to in this season?

This season has been uncomfortable. My husband and I are facing pretty big decisions about school, work, finances, the future—and God has been refining us through it. It’s not a comfortable process, but I’m grateful for it. I go back to Philippians 1 often: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.… And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with all knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (v. 6, 9–11).

What intentional daily habits help you remain rooted deeply in the Word of God?

Accountability and community are vital. I am in a discipleship group with women from my church, and they faithfully ask if I’ve been in the Word. They spur me on to read, grow, and abide in Christ. Now that my kids are older and more independent, it’s been easier for me to find a pocket of time each day—even if it’s not in the morning—to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. We are also developing a family devotion habit at dinnertime using Marty Machowski’s book Long Story Short to guide us through the Old Testament.

Who is a “well-watered mentor” or example in your life, and how has she helped you become a well-watered women?

God has graciously provided amazing women to encourage my walk with God—pastors’ wives, Bible study leaders, and friends—but my greatest mentor has really been the local church. I am so grateful for the Body of Christ, made of up redeemed sinners with a wild variety of God-given gifts, and for the local community of believers that embraces my family wherever the military takes us.

What books are you currently reading or have you recently read and would recommend to our community?

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson was one of the best books I read last year. I’m just beginning Answers to Prayer: Read and Reflect With the Classics, by George Müller (edited by one of my favorite bloggers, Lore Wilbert). New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp is a book I keep on my nightstand for days when I need a quick gospel refresh and only have a few minutes to spare. And this year I wanted to read something for Black History Month, so I chose The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson; so far it is heart-rending but excellent.

 Photo submitted by Jennifer Torbett Photo submitted by Jennifer Torbett

If you could tell every woman on this blog one piece of wisdom what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to “lead a quiet life,” as 1 Thessalonians 4:11 describes. God grows big dreams in some people’s hearts, but He calls many others to quiet, faithful, ordinary lives. If that is what He has called you to, don’t consider yourself “less than”—embrace it and obey joyfully.

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