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Finding Joy with Lauren Gaskill

The Finding Joy Podcast with Lauren Gaskill is a podcast dedicated to bringing you encouragement and inspiration throughout all of life's moments — the good, bad and in-between. Lauren interviews top Christian speakers and authors as they share their stories of how they found joy amid life's mountain tops and valley lows. Jesus is our joy and his peace, hope and love overcome any pain, storm or trial we face in this life. He is always with us and will never leave us.
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Apr 23, 2018

Join Barb and and I as we discuss practical strategies to beat worry and claim God's victory in this fight of faith—day in and day out. We also talk about the value in learning to view uncertainty from God's perspective rather than our own. Uncertainty can drive us mad if we let it, but Barb has found another way to deal with the unknowns of the life.

Apr 16, 2018

Join speaker and blogger Christy Mobley and I as we talk about: how God equips us and is always working behind the scenes to fulfill the promises and dreams He's spoken over us; anxiety disorders and how Jesus helps us find joy in the journey of navigating mental health; learning to lean on Jesus more than we lean on people; practical ways to develop a relationship with Jesus and apply God’s Word to our lives.

Scripture from today's podcast: Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 55:11 and Philippians 4:6-7.

 

Apr 9, 2018

Kate Motaung joins me today for Finding Joy #53. Kate is a wife, mother, blogger and the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, which released earlier this month! (You can get it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Place-Land-Story-Longing-Belonging/dp/162707662X)

On the show, Kate and I talk about the 10+ years she spent serving as a missionary in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as her mother's terminal battle with cancer, grief, loving well and the HOPE of heaven. Kate and I wrap up our conversation talking about how the importance of living with a heavenly mindset — investing in Kingdom work over and above our desire to lead comfortable lives.

Apr 2, 2018

Join Connie Bartlett and I as we talk about living with purpose; the challenges and blessings of raising and loving children well in a blended family situation; how to communicate well in marriage and why it's important to pray and grow together as the years go on.

Mar 26, 2018

Join Kristin, Kendra and Julie and I as we talk about why God calls us to show kindness to others; how to live a life of generosity; and how you can incorporate kindness into your everyday routine with tons of easy-to-implement ideas.

Mar 19, 2018

Amy Breitmann joins me today for the Finding Joy Podcast's 50th episode! Amy is a wife, mother, writer and lover of all things creative (and she will also be speaking at the Woodstock, Georgia Finding Joy Ladies Night Out event on Oct. 7!) Her life and faith were forever changed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a 29-year-old mama-to-be.

As you’ll hear in our conversation today, God has taken Amy's broken road and weaved it into a beautiful ministry. Today The Lydia Project serves thousands of women and their families each year, providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support to women facing any kind of cancer. Amy firmly believes that while God doesn't cause suffering to happen in our lives, He uses every valley to help us learn how to minister to others in their time of need.

"When we find ourselves in a valley, we have a choice to make. We can be bitter or fearful ... or we can look around and say, 'How can I serve and be Jesus to the people who are in this same valley?'" Amy says.

We are beautifully broken to be a blessing.

In addition to talking about her experience with cancer and The Lydia Project, Amy and I talk about the importance of living our passions and staying true to who God made us to be — cracks, scars, flaws and all.

Mar 12, 2018

Join author and party planner Christen Price as she and I talk about embracing imperfect hospitality — biblical hospitality that focuses not on perfection but on on why we celebrate: to be with and love on people. We might not always plan the perfect party, but we can always choose to be God's hand and feet and love others well.

In addition to talking about how to be a "hallelujah hostess," Christen and I also talk about the importance of saying yes to community, especially when we'd rather stay at home in our PJs and watch Netflix. This doesn't mean we say yes to everything, but rather we keep an open heart and mind. In other words, while the cultural trend is to say no and create margin in our lives (which is good), we should be careful not to shut everyone and everything out.

Mar 5, 2018

Hanha Hobson joins me today for Finding Joy #48. Hanha is the founder of the Transparency Blog, which encourages women to be confident in who God made them to be and what He has called them to do. Her interactive 31-day devotional, Jesus Is Bae, just came out last week, and it’s a wonderful tool for anyone looking to learn more about what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.

As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Hanha struggled with shame for years before finding freedom in Jesus. The enemy tried to tell her she wasn’t loved, and for awhile, Hanha wondered if he was right. Everything changed when her mom challenged her to read the Bible with her from the start of Genesis to the end of Revelation.

The transformation didn’t happen overnight, but as she began practicing daily faith confessions, God’s truth began to replace the lies she’d grown to believe. Today on the podcast, Hanha shares practical tips for combating shame with daily faith confessions. She and I also talk about how to respond when other people try to shame us and drag us into the pit.

You can learn more about Hanha’s #TheConfessionsProject here (the faith confessions graphic above was inspired by our conversation, and you are free to print that out as well by clicking on the photo!).

YOUR HOMEWORK after listening to the blog >> http://www.cleartransparency.com/reflection/daily-confessions-changed-life/

Feb 26, 2018

If you've ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you've encountered in the world, you're invited to join Jami Amerine and I as we talk about releasing all the wrong ideas and getting to know the Savior for who He really is — full of never-ending love and grace.

Feb 19, 2018

In this episode Lynn and I talk about:

  • The importance of building our confidence in Christ.
  • How to combat society's unrealistic expectations to do and be it all.
  • How to let go of past fears and failures in exchange for the confidence that comes from surrendering our lives to the One who never fails.
  • Her family's experience with mental illness and why having a treatment plan is important.
  • Freebies for developing an unshakable confidence.

Lynn encourages us to think about the inner dialogues we have with ourselves on a daily basis. Are we building ourselves up with the truth found in God's word, or are we tearing ourselves down with the enemy's lies?

Feb 5, 2018

When Jackie and Rick Drew met at Fish Camp prior to attending Texas A&M in 1998, they had no idea where the Lord would take them. Three children, six different homes, and many blessings later, they got a big nudge from God to establish their company, RAD JOY. The couple's mission is to further God’s kingdom by encouraging others to deepen their relationship with Christ through a life surrendered. 

Today on the show, Jackie and I talk about the power of prayer and how surrendering our lives to Jesus can change our lives for the better. We also talk about learning to discern the will of God and what to do when He calls us to step out in faith. 

You can stop by rad-joy.com to see all of Jackie and Rick's amazing products that will enrich your prayer life!

Jan 22, 2018

In this episode Micah and I talk about:

  • How to live a more power-full life in a problem-filled world
  • Why what we think about God and how we feel about Him matters
  • How to trust God more fully and deeply and grow in faith
  • How to experience and access God’s power in our weakness and strength
  • Easy ways to get into the Word each week

Micah encourages us to remember that darkness is just a distraction — it does not mean God has departed.

Jan 8, 2018

In this episode Amy and I talk about:

  • How to fight perfectionistic tendencies in order to embrace rest and joy.
  • How God’s love moves us to action and helps us overcome.
  • Why it’s important to be honest with ourselves if we want to change and move forward.
  • Starting fresh in the new year and how to choose your “one word” for the year. (Her word is pray and mine is advance for 2018!)
Dec 20, 2017

As we celebrate Christmas, join Michelle and I as we talk about the HOPE that always prevails — the hope of Christ! Other topics we cover:

  • Resources for those suffering from mental illness, specifically depression.
  • How Michelle overcame depression by going deeper in her relationship with Jesus.
  • The power of praying for God to use our trials for His good.
  • How to have a more hopeful heart in 2018.
Dec 11, 2017

In this episode Shannon and I talk about:

  • Embracing healthy sexuality as God intended.
  • How to heal from the wounds of our sexual past and experience a better married sex life.
  • Different ways to overcome sexual anxiety and embrace our bodies.
  • Why it's important for the body of Christ to be open to talking about sexuality and how to break down barriers.

 

Nov 20, 2017

Join Kia Stephens and I on the latest episode of the Finding Joy Podcast as we talk about how to exchange our wounds for the perfect, healing love of our heavenly Father.

In this episode Kia and I also talk about:

  • How to grieve and heal from the scars and wounds our earthly fathers inflict on us.
  • Relying on God’s strength to help us forgive others.
  • Strategies for substituting the lies that tear us down with God’s truth that build us up.
Nov 6, 2017

If you've ever struggled with food fixation or any form of idolatry, this podcast is for you! Join Asheritah Ciuciu and I as we talk about how she learned to cultivate a healthy relationship with food in exchange for a bigger appetite for God. We also talk about: learning how to live and make decisions by the Spirit; how surrender helps us claim the victory we already have in Christ; how a hunger for God can satisfy every longing of our stomach, heart and mind.

Oct 16, 2017

Is your soul in desperate need of a vacation? Join Leah Adams and I as we talk about the importance of making time for Sabbath rest in our lives. 

On the show, Leah and I also talk about easy ways to mentor and serve others — right where you are.

Oct 2, 2017

Sarah joins me again on the show to catch up on life and talk about her new online Bible study on Ephesians. We also talk about:

  • How a smaller life can actually be a better, more powerful life.
  • The beauty of change and how to embrace detours.
  • How to redirect our lives around living for God's glory, name, honor and fame.
  • How to make our relationship with God change for the better regardless of what change happens in our life.
  • How God uses detours to produce good fruit in us.
Sep 18, 2017

Author and Bible study teacher Heather Dixon joins me to talk about her new Bible Study, "Ready: Finding the Courage to Face the Unknown."

Sep 4, 2017

In this episode of the Finding Joy Podcast, Mary and I talk about:

  • How to fully inhabit the moments God has given us and love the people God has put in our lives.
  • Why live is worth living and you are worth loving.
  • How God uses suffering and silence to grow us.
  • The nature of God's healing process and learning how to take the next step.
  • How God uses our broken stories to minister to other people.
  • How to trust God even in our failures.
May 24, 2017

Join Rachel Macy Stafford (AKA Hands Free Mama) and I as we talk about loving well, living in the present, how to break free from the chains of technology addiction and what it means to live hands free.

May 1, 2017

In our conversation, Kay and I talk about:

  • The true definition of joy.
  • How even in our darkness, God shows us that He is good by His faithfulness to us.
  • Her new book, Sacred Privilege, and the importance of building resilience in ministry.
  • How to keep an eternal perspective in the face of trials.

Kay encourages us to never stop looking for those treasures in the darkness. Even when hope seems impossible, God is our hope!

Apr 17, 2017

In our conversation, Melinda and I talk about:

  • How she found God in the aftermath of a painful health diagnosis.
  • Scripture cards and the importance of praying truth over our struggles.
  • What to do when our mourning doesn’t ever turn into morning.
  • Enjoying the sweetness of life’s journey and looking for joy in every moment.

Apr 3, 2017

In our conversation, Amanda and I talk about:

  • How to navigate difficult relationships and love others well.
  • How to be honest with God about how we are feeling.
  • Why it’s important to take our emotions to the Lord first, instead of going with a flesh reaction.
  • The gift of peace amid times of frustration.
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