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Finding Joy

Finding Joy 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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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.
Mar 20, 2017

Join author and speaker Kathi Lipp and I as we talk about how to restore sanity back into our schedules; the value of creating routines, and how those routines keep us grounded; how creating a personal manifesto can keep us from becoming completely overwhelmed; the power of sharing our stories and why we need community if we want to thrive in life.

Mar 6, 2017

Writer and speaker Rachel Dawn and I talk about:

  • The beauty of grace and how to show it to others.
  • Resources for those looking to grow in their faith.
  • Why reading the Bible is important — so much more than something to just check off our daily to-do list.
  • How to move on from a rock bottom experience.

Rachel encourages us to learn how to rest in God’s rhythms of grace and embrace the life He meant for us to live — a life full of truth and freedom. Listen to the podcast and enter to win a copy of her book below.

Feb 20, 2017

In our conversation, Kathleen and I talk about:

  • How to grieve the life you once knew after a chronic health diagnosis.
  • The gift of suffering and the beauty of slowing down.
  • The importance of living each day to the fullest and doing what you can with what you have.
  • Learning how to surrender to God.
  • Trusting that God has a purpose for every twist and turn of life’s journey.
Feb 8, 2017

Author Caroline Harries and I talk about her experience with infertility; listening and being faithful to God when things don't make sense; how God uses suffering to refine us and make us stronger in Him; and scriptures to encourage those in a season of waiting.

Jan 25, 2017

Speaker and author Cindy Bultema shares her journey in overcoming cocaine addiction. We also talk about the danger of labels and the power of self talk; How she found joy in the midst of losing her fiancé; the importance of feeling, dealing and healing during the grieving process; what it looks like to live free and walk in the fullness of Christ.

Jan 11, 2017

In this episode, Holley and I talk about:

  • Her new book You're Already Amazing.
  • She and her husband's experience with infertility and adult adoption.
  • What it means to be a woman and to be a mother.
  • How to combat discontentment with God's peace and provision.
  • How to find joy and beauty in whatever season God has you in.
  • Practical tips for parenting well.
Jan 4, 2017

Christmas is over, and while I'm still focused on the reason for the season (Christ has come!), I'm also looking forward to the new year.

This is our chance, friends. This is our chance to map out a new year — a new adventure full of beauty and opportunity.

We don’t have to let another year pass us by. We can be intentional with our lives. Together, I believe we can dream, grow and experience abundant life in Christ! And the first step we can take to make this happen is set some time aside to get inspired and motivated for the new year.

That’s why I’ve created the 2017 Positively Lovely Inspiration Book, just for you! Learn more today by listening to this podcast and at http://www.laurengaskillinspires.com/2017-inspiration-book/.

Dec 14, 2016

This live podcast episode was part of the first ever Finding Joy Ladies Night Out events. During this show, Kim, Julie, Jen, Mary, Jennifer and I talk about:

  • The meaning of joy.
  • How to choose joy during the busy holiday season.
  • What it looks like to weep and have joy at the same time.
  • How to model joy for our families. And more!
Dec 7, 2016

In this episode, Lori and I talk about:

  • The dangers of people pleasing and looking to others for worth and approval.
  • Learning to substitute the labels others give us for the labels Christ gives us.
  • The difference between knowing and believing God.
  • How God heals us by peeling back layers of our “onion” to help us get to the core of who we are in Him.
  • The joy that is found when we say, “Lord, Thy Will be Done.”
  • How to fight the enemy and keep Him from stealing your joy.
Nov 23, 2016

In this episode, Gretchen and I talk about:

  • How to cultivate a hunger for God's Word, and how God speaks to us through His Word.
  • Fighting for faith when life doesn't make sense.
  • Learning to trust and enjoy the Lord when your heart is broken.
  • How practicing gratitude makes room for more joy in life.
  • Learning how to be a parent of surrender — a parent who entrusts their children to God.
Nov 9, 2016

In this episode, Lindsay and I talk about:

  • The beauty of being a blank slate for Christ, and how God redeems our past for His glory
  • How God uses life changing things to show us the power of the Gospel and the power of the cross
  • How to substitute a fake faith and striving to just be a "good Christian girl" for an authentic, real faith
  • What it means to be a good steward what happens when God calls you to embrace a life of "less"
Oct 26, 2016

In this episode, Logan and I talk about 

  • Being obedient to the Lord even when it's hard.
  • How to give yourself permission to be quiet and listen and wait upon the Lord.
  • The danger of putting God in a box or trying to control His role in our lives.
  • What it looks like to have a curious, growing faith.
  • The real meaning of creativity and how fear keeps us from moving forward in our walk with Jesus.
Oct 19, 2016

In this episode, Alison and I talk about:

  • How to discover our God-given talents and passions.
  • What it looks like to follow and say yes to Jesus, even when it's hard
  • How joy is like an ocean of goodness.
  • Why we can trust God even when life doesn't make sense.
  • How to live boldly for Christ.
Oct 12, 2016

In this episode, Debbie and I talk about:

  • Her new book She Believes, which released on Oct. 4.
  • How even the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains and transform your life.
  • The difference between knowing God and believing God.
  • The power of biblical sisterhood and the dangers of comparison.
  • What it looks like to lead by example in community.
  • The power of self-talk and why it matters how you speak about yourself.
Sep 28, 2016

Melissa Spoelstra is our guest for the 16th episode of the Finding Joy podcast! Melissa is a writer, author, speaker, mom to four kiddos and she also holds a degree in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute. Her passion is not only growing deeper with Christ, but also inspiring other women to seek Him by opening their ears to listen to His Spirit, reading His Word curiously, asking questions, exercising good hermeneutics, and clinging tightly to God through the storms of life.

In addition to her new book, in this episode, Melissa and I talk about:

  • She and her husband’s experience with church planting.
  • How we can discover how God has equipped us and live out our callings.
  • Learning how to find contentment in all circumstances.
  • How God can use suffering to give our lives an even richer and deeper meaning.d
  • What it means to be a joy finder.
  • Living out of a place of love even when we disagree.

 

Sep 14, 2016

Shannon Geurin is our guest for the 15th episode of the Finding Joy podcast! Shannon is not only my dear friend, but she’s also a mother, wife and blogger whose passion is helping women rise up into their calling and be fierce warriors for God. Through her writing, she aims to inspire them to pursue their dreams no matter how far out of reach they seem.

One of the reasons I love Shannon is because of her down-to-earth personality and overall authenticity. Not only is she a tall iced caramel macchiato lover, but she is also a self-admitted hair twister and cuticle picker — something I think a lot of us can relate to (including myself).

In this episode, Shannon and I talk about:

  • Her struggle with infidelity.
  • How God helped she and her husband restore their marriage.
  • How to combat shame and the lies from the enemy.
  • What it looks like to rise up for Christ.
  • What it means to be Fiercely His.
Aug 31, 2016

After losing both her father and husband in a short period of time, Becky began writing to encourage others to grieve well and live authentically. A big part of her ministry is cultivating communities where safe, gracious, and authentic conversations can take place.

In this episode, Becky and I talk about:

  • Our love for ice cream.
  • What it looks like to “live brave.”
  • Her husband’s battle with cancer.
  • How she learned to grieve, through the loss of her father and husband.
  • What it means to be a new creation in Christ when everything falls apart.

Becky encourages each one of us to choose life and live it bravely — no looking back, no turning back. 

Aug 17, 2016

Author and speaker Stacey Thureen encourages us to find stability in life's unpredictable moments by deepening our relationship with the greatest stabilizer of all: Jesus.

Aug 3, 2016

Author, speaker and queen of hospitality Sue Donaldson encourages us to step outside of our comfort zone by letting God use our tables to extend His welcoming heart and overflowing love to others. 

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