Featuring Meredith Jinx
Meredith Jinx got me pumped up on two things. SWEETENER and JESUS! I think it was her inspiring mentality as a football coach’s wife that lit the fire in me, but really, Meredith is her own Kingdom Woman! The Jinx’s home buzzed with their 3 kids on spring break and the sound of coffee dripping from the Keurig. I admire any woman raising a family in the world of collegiate coaching. Three words come to my mind… strong, supportive, and adaptable. I always wonder, how do they do it? For Meredith, after a life move from Texas to Bowling Green, Ohio, her answer is faith and sweet coffee!
First, Faith. I had lunch with Meredith about three months ago but held off writing this feature because I wanted to read the book she recommended called, Kingdom Woman. Meredith attacks life as a woman and mother inspired by her beliefs. This book hits on that principle. “One of the most important principles to keep in mind as a kingdom woman is that your life uniquely flows through different seasons.” I believe this helps Meredith take power over their family’s on-the-go, faith and football focused lifestyle.
“Here is the secret to your life as a kingdom woman of excellence: a short memory coupled with a clear direction. If you are going to live in excellence, you have to forget yesterday. Whether it was good, bad, or ugly, if it’s yesterday, you need to let it go. When you carry yesterday further than you ought to, you ruin today. If you ruin today, then you spoil tomorrow.” -Tony Evans
Second, Coffee. How have I not added sweetener to my coffees before this… further exposing me as an amateur coffee drinker! Stevia in the Raw is zero calories and organic, making the addition less of a guilt trip. This sweetener is great because it comes in bulk and gives you less bulk.
How do you like your coffee?
I like my coffee sweet and creamy! If I am home, I add stevia and cut back on the creamer a bit. If I have to grab coffee on the go, I use just a lot more cream.
First coffee memory?
Funny, I can’t remember my first memory; possibly, because it was right after my third baby was born. I am sure it was somewhere after the middle-of-the night feedings in which I had to get my oldest son to school and then get my daughter to preschool. I was tired and I needed something. I had a Keirug and had generally made chai tea lattes. I entertained coffee as a reasonable solution and haven’t looked back.
What made you start drinking coffee?
Absolutely! My favorite mug looks more like a bowl though.
Time of day you most need a caffeine fix?
Morning! And anytime a friend is up for a cup!
If you could be anywhere in the world drinking a coffee?
Although I love traveling, I am happy drinking a cup of coffee right at home. When it is snowing out, I love sitting in front of my fireplace watching the snowfall.
What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is comfort. And, coffee is fellowship. Comfort comes from how I start my mornings. Coffee. And Jesus. I pair coffee with my scripture reading for the day. A simple app on my phone allows me to stay connected to His word wherever I am. As for fellowship, I have friends that enjoy coffee as much as I, and we often meet over a cup or two. Actually, even, maybe three. These friendships that have evolved over coffee and faith have truly been blessings that, despite a 1500 mile move from Texas, has made Ohio feel like home.
Another quote I like from Meredith’s book suggestion is,
“You don’t have to seek anyone else’s approval for the life God has given you to live. You don’t have to apologize for the strength, fortitude, courage, talent, beauty, or intellect your Creator has given you. Ladies, we all are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).”
Looking forward to a great season of Falcon Football this year. AY ZIGGY!