Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:36

Laura Dockery, Owner, LDD Consulting Art and Decor

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RRJ:  Growing up in a Christian home, you’ve known about Jesus for a long time, but when did you come to truly know Jesus?  

 

Laura:  I think this is a lifelong goal. Knowing Jesus is both simple and complex at the same time. I started really trying to learn more about Jesus and my faith in my late 20s. Many things have changed my perspective about my relationship with Christ: becoming a parent and truly understanding unconditional love; reading and studying about the life of Christ; doing personal inventory about my beliefs versus what the truth of the Bible says...these and many other things have brought me to the understanding that I know all I need to know-- that the gospel is a very simple message, but also understanding there truly is so much more to learn.

 

RRJ:  What would you say the difference is in knowing who Jesus is and having a relationship with Him?

 

Laura:  To know WHO Jesus is, and to know Him on a personal level is like saying I know what food is but I’ve never tasted it, then having a seven-course meal for the first time. 

 


RRJ:  In your youth, you mentioned that your parents lived very active lives.  You grew to be independent and a problem solver.  How have these traits helped you in raising your own three children?

 

Laura:  It has helped me to allow my children to figure things out for themselves and allow them to make some of their own mistakes. It is much easier to step in and take care of things for children because we have experience and we can do things faster and keep them from some of the bumps in the road. I have realized that by instilling independence and having kids figure things out, it gives them confidence for the future so they can work through what life throws at them.  

 

RRJ:  What are some tools of the Christian faith that help you as a wife and mother?

 

Laura:  Love. Having children gave me a whole new perspective on this one. God’s agape love for us is unconditional and expects nothing in return. He simply loves us. I really don’t think I understood this until I had my children.

Forgiveness. It is a command, not an option. When I am angry- justified or not- I am reminded of how much I have been forgiven. 

Patience. I am a work in progress, as is everyone. 

Grace. This one has been the toughest one to accept for myself, but anabsolute pleasure to dole out. 

Also, something that has been a blessing to me is the “alphabet prayer”. I wake up often in the middle of the night and my mind turns on. I spend this time going through the alphabet praying for people or situations whose name starts with the letter. The people whose names start with “A” get more prayers than the ones at the end of the alphabet - because I often fall asleep in the middle of my prayer. The point is to spend what quiet time is available checking in with and talking to God.  Just squeeze it in when and where you can.

There are so many cultural things pulling against our kids and our marriages. We should all be praying for our spouses, children and families as much as possible! 

 

RRJ:  You are currently owner of Laura Dockery Interiors.  How long have you been in the business of design/interiors and what drew you to this field?

 

Laura:  I have worked in the interiors field for 20+ years. I majored in painting and have always loved all aspects of creativity.  I am fascinated with colors and how they respond and relate to each other. I started helping people select paint colors for their homes (which is still my favorite thing) and it snowballed from there. I have loved the creative outlet and the flexibility I have had as a mother.


RRJ:  How does your faith help you in your work?  What is challenging about living out your faith in the workplace, and how are you seeking to overcome in those areas?

 

Laura:  I try to live my life through the “lens of my faith”.  Following the “golden rule” of doing unto others is of utmost importance to me. I would have to say my main struggle is in dealing with missed deadlines due to vendors problems. I can get easily frustrated when someone promises something will get done and they are running behind. I have found that my attitude is much better when I start my day with Jesus. 

 

RRJ:  Laura, what encouragement would you offer Journey readers who are struggling to live out their faith beyond church walls?

 

Laura:  In my personal experience, life is much smoother when you put God first. It’s awfully difficult to compartmentalize your faith. Take baby steps. Get a good devotional, surround yourself with people who can encourage you in your faith walk. 

God’s Word offers the most encouragement!  These are just a few of my favorite scriptures:

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18) 

 

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

(Deuteronomy 31:8)

 

 

Laura Dockery is married to Dr. Jimmy Dockery and they live in Montgomery. They have three children, Taylor, Kate and Forrest.

 

 

 

 

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