Erin Davis: Welcome to the Women of the Bible podcast! I’m Erin Davis. We’re so glad that you’re joining us! This season is all about a woman of the Bible you may not have studied before. Her name is Abigail.

Joining me are some great friends. We’re going to be walking through Abigail’s story together over the next few episodes. I would love for them to introduce themselves to you. First, I have my friend Kesha. Kesha, tell the ladies listening about yourself.

Kesha Griffin: Hi, everyone. My name is Kesha Griffin and I am from Los Angeles, where I attend church. My husband is the pastor there, and I also serve in the women’s ministry there. I’m a blogger: Bible Thinking Woman, and I just look forward to this great study of Abigail together.

Erin: Have you always lived in L.A.?

Kesha: Always, born and raised. Love it . . . except the cost! 

Erin: Yes, sure! I’ve been to L.A. a few times, and I have to say—I’m a farm girl who lives on a farm in Missouri—just the number of roads and the number of people was a little overwhelming to me! But someday I’m going to come to L.A. and be on the Price Is Right

Kesha: I’ll take you to visit.

Erin: Alright! I’m also joined by another friend, Joy. Tell us about yourself, Joy.

Joy McClain: I am Joy McClain, and I live just south of Indianapolis. I’ve been married for thirty-four years, have six perfect grandchildren, and am a writer, blogger. I’m the same—a farm girl. I spend a lot of time in the barn. That’s good stuff!

Erin: Me, too. I live on a hobby farm in Missouri. We’re not real farmers, but we have a garden, and we have sheep (and we did have goats). We’re going to talk all about that when we meet the people in this story . . . because they had sheep, and they had goats. But we promise we didn’t bring you here to talk about sheep and goats. We farm girls could talk about our animals endlessly! 

We hope that you’re gathered with a group of friends like we are. Joy and Kesha, tell me if this is the same in your life: my life has been so impacted by opening the Bible with other women! I mean, I like to go to church with other kinds of people. I love opening the Bible at home. 

But there’s just something about gathering around a table, in a living room, in a Sunday school class with other women, and opening the Word of God. So that’s what we’re here to do. If it sounds like we’re just three ladies in a Bible study . . . we’re just three ladies in a Bible study! That’s what it’s supposed to sound like. 

We are not theologians. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a bunch of fancy Bible degrees. I just love the Word of God, and I open the Word of God. And that’s what we’re going to do here together. We might talk over each other a little bit (just like we would in a Bible study), yes? We might interrupt each other. 

We might move from serious, spiritual concepts to our favorite lip gloss, just like we would do in a Bible study. (laughter) We want you to feel like you’re a part of that. One thing I love about these Women of the Bible podcasts is that we hear from a lot of women, that they’re doing this in community. 

We heard from one mom who was doing a Women of the Bible study with her daughter who lives in another state. They don’t have the opportunity to study the Bible together, but they listen to the podcast together, …