We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Ferreira and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beth, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Many years ago I went through a time of personal introspection. During this time I sought to answer a question that had been an important part of my personal and spiritual foundation : “How can God be good if humans suffer?” In searching out my answers, I decided to begin sharing my journey through blogging. I sought out people who had faced unbelievable suffering in their lives; loss of children to cancer, spousal suicide, abuse, and so on. Each person interviewed had one thing in common: they held fast to their belief in the existence of a good God who was intimately involved in the lives of humans. Through this journey I began to see a need for these stories to have a platform, a voice calling out into a world of suffering. Redeemed was born out of this need. This podcast exists to create space for people to share their raw stories of human suffering, and their personal experience with the goodness of an interpersonal God.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 young girls. Out of the chaos and mundane of my every day, there is a side of me that longs to create. I record and edit podcast in my rare spare time, often hiding in a closet or sneaking off to a coffee shop on my husband’s day off. From a young age I loved using sounds and audio clips to express my ideas. As a child, I would wake every Saturday before the sun to record my favorite radio drama, never missing an episode. My earliest audio editing ventures were a collaboration on my Talkboy, an old tape deck, and Windows Sound Recorder. I still remember the moment my husband came home insisting we sit down and listen to something he heard on the radio. I sat breathless, curled up in an oversized chair, listening to a woman tell a story about working in a doll store on This American Life. As a recent graduate with a journalism minor, I had no idea that this type of reporting existed, but was instantly in love and forever changed. I believe that a good story invites the listener to transform and opens doors for compassion, change, and healing to occur. If I can use my passion for audio storytelling to help even one other person, my art is worthwhile.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have lived in Fort Worth for 7 years. I love that it is quirky and homey all at the same time. As an avid plant enthusiast, I would treat them to some local plant stores– Grow and Ephemera to start. We would spend a day riding bikes on the Trinity Trail, stopping off for a meal at HG Supply, followed by a Susie’s Nutty Sandwich from SusieCakes. We would have to drive down to Arlington for some beers at Division Brewing. Steel City Pops, CoCo Shrimp, and Roots Coffee are always a necessary stop as well. Two more day outings would bring us to the Fort Worth Zoo and then to swim in the waterfalls at Airfield Park. But mostly, we would sit on the back porch with a good drink and maybe a cigar and watch the chickens–this pandemic has made the slowing down and staying home part of life a beautiful priority.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have made it possible for me to pursue this dream. Drenda Killion- who spurred me on to write again. Emily Youree-for believing in me when I didn’t and inviting me into the world of online publication. The men and women who bravely share their most painful moments with me and the world. Lauren, Kaitlin, and Stacy for being my sounding boards and my honest and enthusiastic cheerleaders. My husband Joe, for always supporting my crazy ideas, and lifting me up when I fail. And God, because without His love and vision, none of this would exist.

Website: https://psalmonetwentysix.com
Instagram: @redeemed.stories
Facebook: @redeemedpod
Other: https://open.spotify.com/show/0lB1s7ie1iCbAdZpHO38VF?si=aWUrW8g2QeK6Wh8fPBwzoA

Image Credits
Podcast cover art by Alyssa White Design @sissabydesign

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