What is a tattooed, debt holding non-virgin worth?

So there’s been a lot of chatter on the Internet about debt-free virgins without tattoos lately. We will likely discuss these issues in the next few months after we’ve had some time to really dig through the Scripture and pray about what we should say on the matter.

But this week I got a clear message surprisingly while reading my daughters nightly Bible story. We read every night from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. She paints such a beautiful picture, not just of Bible stories for kids, but really linking all of the Scripture back to Jesus from prophecy to fulfillment. I love a lot about her work but what struck me this week were two stories she chose to put back to back.

The first was the story of a woman who was a known sinner who came to Jesus as He was dining at the home of a Pharisee. She washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair and anointed them with expensive perfume. It is remarkable for several reasons.

Once again, Jesus is interacting with a sinner who was, by all the current standards, unworthy of His time, a woman who was “sinful on the outside”. I really don’t have to explain this one she was obviously a woman of ill repute in the community, and yet this likely non-virgin, possibly tattooed and indebted woman was one that God chose to anoint Jesus as the King of Kings.

Then, the very next story in the book is that of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. How much more do we need to confirm that this woman got it right? Jesus himself used the exact same example of servanthood to teach his very own disciples how they should treat each other.What a powerful message of worth that is to all women. Jesus looked into her heart. He saw the pain, the burdens, the mistakes and the sin but what He points out to the Pharisees is the love!

So love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and by His grace alone you will be saved. Jesus came to Earth for you. He died for you. And He defeated death for you. Not because you were perfect but because you were imperfect and not because you were worthy but because He loves you.

Your choices and mistakes do not define who you are and they will also not stop God from using you to do great things for his Kingdom. Don’t ever let any man or woman tell you that you are not worthy of their love because you have the love of the Almighty God and that is truly the only opinion that matters.

-Sandy

Lions and Tigers and Biblical Womanhood Oh My!

Episode 001 is now live! Join us as we dive head first into the deep end. Proverbs 31.

This is such a huge topic for the church that we’ve actually broken it into 3 sections so it’s not so overwhelming.

Part 1 is focused on what Proverbs 31 was really intended for, how the church has taken this beautiful passage and misused it and how we need to redefine the true and complete picture of Biblical Womanhood.

We hope to encourage all women to embrace the full set of spiritual gifts she was given by our Creator as an individual child of God and an important part of His kingdom.

Please let us know what you think!

-Sandy

001 The Problem with Proverbs 31 – Part 1

The Problem with Proverbs 31…Part 1

What is it?

  • Proverbs as a whole is advice for a happy and prosperous life, but its intended audience is men.
  • “Woman of valor” Advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife (Possibly from King Solomon’s own mother)
  • The 10th-31st verses are known as “The woman of valor”. It is advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife.
  • It was likely written by Solomon himself and could be advice given to him by his mother Bathsheba
  • It was recited in Jewish households by the husband as a praise for his wife

 

What it has become today?

  • It has been elevated above all other scripture as the only example of a worthy wife.

What’s so wrong with that?

  • It is advice not a to do list
  • It is unattainable – we are not perfect (and we need sleep)
  • It is a conceptual woman not a real person
  • Limited view of the Bible – Old Testament teaching only (Acts [15:10] tells us that no one is strong enough to carry the load of the old ways)
  • It limits women’s ministry and influence by dismissing any other spiritual gifts not exhibited by this woman 
  • She had servants. Do ya’ll have servants? Cause we don’t.

Connect with us after the show:

Questions, Show ideas, Want to be a Guest or Sponsor an episode? Contact us through our website:

http://www.coffeeandjesuspodcast.com

Facebook: @coffeeandjesuspodcast

Twitter: @CoffeeYall or

Instagram: YallNeedCoffeeandJesus

001 The Problem with Proverbs 31 – Part 1

The Problem with Proverbs 31…Part 1

What is it?

  • Proverbs as a whole is advice for a happy and prosperous life, but its intended audience is men.
  • “Woman of valor” Advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife (Possibly from King Solomon’s own mother)
  • The 10th-31st verses are known as “The woman of valor”. It is advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife.
  • It was likely written by Solomon himself and could be advice given to him by his mother Bathsheba
  • It was recited in Jewish households by the husband as a praise for his wife

 

What it has become today?

  • It has been elevated above all other scripture as the only example of a worthy wife.

What’s so wrong with that?

  • It is advice not a to do list
  • It is unattainable – we are not perfect (and we need sleep)
  • It is a conceptual woman not a real person
  • Limited view of the Bible – Old Testament teaching only (Acts [15:10] tells us that no one is strong enough to carry the load of the old ways)
  • It limits women’s ministry and influence by dismissing any other spiritual gifts not exhibited by this woman 
  • She had servants. Do ya’ll have servants? Cause we don’t.

Connect with us after the show:

Questions, Show ideas, Want to be a Guest or Sponsor an episode? Contact us through our website:

http://www.coffeeandjesuspodcast.com

Facebook: @coffeeandjesuspodcast

Twitter: @CoffeeYall or

Instagram: YallNeedCoffeeandJesus

Time to start unpacking

Elisabeth is currently offline, mostly because her computer is still packed but also because she is quite exhausted, but I wanted to share some of her reflections about moving while she enjoys her new home which currently contains a cat, a 4-year old, a box of princess stuff and a coffee pot:
 
“My husband and I have been planning this move for 7 years. It is a fulfillment of a dream and basically the start of a whole new life for our family.
 
But yet we’re still unpacking the same junk. It doesn’t really matter where you go or what you do your junk come with you. If you have good junk like coffee pots and princesses that’s awesome but bad junk like your gross old Brita water pitcher comes with you too. You bring all your junk wherever you go. None if it cleans itself out. You have to do the work.

 
That does not stop with the physical junk either. We all have mental and emotional junk you have to clean out as well. It takes more effort than a
big garbage bag and strong willpower but you can do it.
Spiritual junk, or sin, you can’t clean that junk on your own. You can’t go through the box and pick this is good, this is bad, this is for later. Only Jesus can clean that mess.”
I know I am guilty of holding onto sin that I plan on dealing with later (just like a couple boxes in my attic from my move 4 years ago), but in reality we need to confess it, turn from it and let the grace of an Almighty God clean it through the blood of Jesus Christ.
 
That extra box in my attic really doesn’t make any impact on my life from day to day, but the sin we hold onto makes all the difference every day. As we deal with the hustle and bustle of getting kids back to school and the business that our fall schedules bring to our lives let us not get so lost in the chaos that we allow sin to keep us from the peace and blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
-Elisabeth (Transcribed by Sandy because…moving)

Our adventure begins now.

We are live Y’all!!
Please check out our intro episode and subscribe, rate and review the show to help us reach more people.
Our mission is to reach out to women who have felt left behind or excluded by the churches’ narrow misinterpretation of Biblical Womanhood and find the real truth of the Scripture as it applies to our whole lives.
 
Because we believe God has plans for our whole life not just when we are married with small children.
 
We would so appreciate any comments, suggestions, critiques and of course sharing with your friends.
Stay tuned because more content will be coming very soon!
-Sandy

In the Beginning – An introduction to your hosts and their goals

Episode 0000: In the Beginning

 

Welcome to Y’all Need Coffee… and Jesus.

 

About the Hosts:

 

Elisabeth was raised in the church, has been married for 8 years and has been with her husband for 10 years. They have one child and will likely only be able to have one without divine intervention. She suffers from PCOS, endometriosis and migraines. She worked for 6 years in a hospital dealing with insurance and patient billing until she had her daughter. She worked for the first year writing from home and is now a full time stay at home mom. She also loves to sew and bake but mostly she just enjoys hanging out with her kid.

 

Sandy was also raised in the church and is a Christian. She has been married for 10 years and has been with her husband for 3 months longer than that. She has two children (one of whom is still an infant and will make some cameos on our recordings because he is a night owl). She has two stepchildren. She lost her first child in infancy and she has suffered three pregnancy losses. She has been a working mother both full time and part time, briefly a stay at home mother and is currently working from home part time. She has been a Registered Nurse for 14 years, previously certified in orthopedics and currently certified in dermatology. She has also been through divorce and is marred to someone who has been divorced.

 

Sandy and Elisabeth are cousins by marriage and became friends through the magic of the interwebz. They have never met in person but are looking forward to doing so hopefully soon.

 

They are both very passionate about their faith, their families and about our country.

 

Why does the world need another Christian women’s podcast?

 

We both looked around in a sea of Christian women/Christian mommy podcasts and despite the fact that so many of them claim to be “real” a lot of them seemed really really saccharine.

 

We are not lifestyle bloggers, empty nesters or theologians. We do not have our ducks perfectly in a row. We are women that have struggled both physically with our bodies and in our marriages, and spiritually with our faith to get where we are now, and sometimes we still struggle and that’s okay.

 

We want you to know that if you are struggling that’s okay. You are still important. You are unique. You are intelligent. You are strong. You are an individual child of God and you have a purpose in His Kingdom whether or not you have everything in order from day to day you are important to his work.

 

We both have a heart to encourage women because we have both been in places before where we felt that we absolutely didn’t belong.

 

Elisabeth is the mom in all black wearing a t-shirt that says I love Jesus but I cuss a little to a mommy group meet up full of cardigans and headbands. Sandy is the mom who was constantly asked when are you going to have kids even though she was quietly dealing with the painful loss of her firstborn child followed by two pregnancy losses

 

We have both been through periods of rebellion, depression and exclusion and we have a faith that is hard won and steadfast to share with you.

 

We want you to know that you have a place with God and you do have a place in fellowship and you do have a place within His body. God has plans for you and He has equipped you, whoever you are, whether you are a single woman, a mom, an empty nester, a woman who is married without kids, a widow or a student to do great things for God and for His Kingdom.

 

We want you to know that, with help from God, you are equipped to minister to others and that it is not necessary for you to completely burn yourself out in the process of doing that.

 

We hope to be an encouragement to those who have found themselves looking in the windows of the church and feeling like you don’t belong and maybe even share some tools to use if you are in the middle of those struggles to try and get reconnected with the church and more importantly with God.

 

We believe that if you are a believer in Christ that the Holy Spirit is with you wherever you go and we want to talk about the real stuff we deal with when we walk out the door of the church. Sometimes light-hearted and sometimes more serious, but always brought to you through prayer and Scripture. We know that people are multi-faceted and sometimes their journeys are hard and we want you to know that we’ve been there and that you’re not alone and that God hasn’t left you in those moments.

 

We also want to talk about things that are important to you. If you have questions that you feel are too personal to talk to your real life friends about or something you’re not comfortable bringing up with your pastors wife they wanna know about it. And while we are not scholars we are wives and mothers and women who have been through a lot and we are not afraid to go there… with Scripture… and not a PG rating.

 

Connect with us after the show:

Questions, Show ideas, Want to be a Guest or Sponsor an episode? Contact us through our website:

 

http://www.coffeeandjesuspodcast.com

 

Facebook: @coffeeandjesuspodcast

Twitter: @CoffeeYall or

Instagram: YallNeedCoffeeandJesus

In the Beginning – An introduction to your hosts and their goals

Episode 0000: In the Beginning

Welcome to Y’all Need Coffee… and Jesus.

About the Hosts:

Elisabeth was raised in the church, has been married for 8 years and has been with her husband for 10 years. They have one child and will likely only be able to have one without divine intervention. She suffers from PCOS, endometriosis and migraines. She worked for 6 years in a hospital dealing with insurance and patient billing until she had her daughter. She worked for the first year writing from home and is now a full time stay at home mom. She also loves to sew and bake but mostly she just enjoys hanging out with her kid.

Sandy was also raised in the church and is a Christian. She has been married for 10 years and has been with her husband for 3 months longer than that. She has two children (one of whom is still an infant and will make some cameos on our recordings because he is a night owl). She has two stepchildren. She lost her first child in infancy and she has suffered three pregnancy losses. She has been a working mother both full time and part time, briefly a stay at home mother and is currently working from home part time. She has been a Registered Nurse for 14 years, previously certified in orthopedics and currently certified in dermatology. She has also been through divorce and is marred to someone who has been divorced.      

Sandy and Elisabeth are cousins by marriage and became friends through the magic of the interwebz. They have never met in person but are looking forward to doing so hopefully soon.

They are both very passionate about their faith, their families and about our country.

Why does the world need another Christian women’s podcast?

We both looked around in a sea of Christian women/Christian mommy podcasts and despite the fact that so many of them claim to be “real” a lot of them seemed really really saccharine. 

We are not lifestyle bloggers, empty nesters or theologians. We do not have our ducks perfectly in a row. We are women that have struggled both physically with our bodies and in our marriages, and spiritually with our faith to get where we are now, and sometimes we still struggle and that’s okay.

We want you to know that if you are struggling that’s okay. You are still important. You are unique. You are intelligent. You are strong. You are an individual child of God and you have a purpose in His Kingdom whether or not you have everything in order from day to day you are important to his work.

We both have a heart to encourage women because we have both been in places before where we felt that we absolutely didn’t belong.

Elisabeth is the mom in all black wearing a t-shirt that says I love Jesus but I cuss a little to a mommy group meet up full of cardigans and headbands. Sandy is the mom who was constantly asked when are you going to have kids even though she was quietly dealing with the painful loss of her firstborn child followed by two pregnancy losses

We have both been through periods of rebellion, depression and exclusion and we have a faith that is hard won and steadfast to share with you.

We want you to know that you have a place with God and you do have a place in fellowship and you do have a place within His body. God has plans for you and He has equipped you, whoever you are, whether you are a single woman, a mom, an empty nester, a woman who is married without kids, a widow or a student to do great things for God and for His Kingdom.

We want you to know that, with help from God, you are equipped to minister to others and that it is not necessary for you to completely burn yourself out in the process of doing that.

We hope to be an encouragement to those who have found themselves looking in the windows of the church and feeling like you don’t belong and maybe even share some tools to use if you are in the middle of those struggles to try and get reconnected with the church and more importantly with God.

We believe that if you are a believer in Christ that the Holy Spirit is with you wherever you go and we want to talk about the real stuff we deal with when we walk out the door of the church. Sometimes light-hearted and sometimes more serious, but always brought to you through prayer and Scripture. We know that people are multi-faceted and sometimes their journeys are hard and we want you to know that we’ve been there and that you’re not alone and that God hasn’t left you in those moments.

We also want to talk about things that are important to you. If you have questions that you feel are too personal to talk to your real life friends about or something you’re not comfortable bringing up with your pastors wife they wanna know about it. And while we are not scholars we are wives and mothers and women who have been through a lot and we are not afraid to go there… with Scripture… and not a PG rating.

Connect with us after the show:

Questions, Show ideas, Want to be a Guest or Sponsor an episode? Contact us through our website:

http://www.coffeeandjesuspodcast.com

Facebook: @coffeeandjesuspodcast

Twitter: @CoffeeYall or

Instagram: YallNeedCoffeeandJesus

Coming soon….

As we approach launch day for our new adventure we are very grateful for our country and the ability to speak our minds and share God’s word freely. But we are also very hopeful that we can use our platform to bring others closer to God and the eternal freedom that only He can offer.