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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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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.
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.
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