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.
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