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:
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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:
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:
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:
Becky encourages each one of us to choose life and live it bravely — no looking back, no turning back.
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.
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.
Through her writing and speaking, Melanie inspires women to focus less on being the perfect mom, friend, spouse and Christ follower, etc., so they can focus more on embracing the life God has for them.
In this episode, Melanie and I talk about:
Melanie encourages us to lighten up and not be so hard on ourselves all the time. Life's too short, Amen?
Emily Wierenga is our guest for the 10th episode of Finding Joy. Emily lives in a small Dutch hamlet in Canada and is a wife and mom to three kiddos. She's also the writer of several books, including her most recent, titled "Making it Home." Two years ago, Emily went on a blogger's trip with World Help to Uganda, where she fell in love with the people of Africa. Shortly after her trip she founded a non-profit called The Lulu Tree, where her team works to prevent tomorrow's orphans by equipping today's mothers. In this episode, Emily and I talk about her battles with anorexia and infertility, and how sometimes you really do have to lose yourself in order to discover who you really are. I'd love to know if our conversation touches your heart, so please leave a comment on the blog and we'd love to talk to you. Thanks again for listening!
Heather Von St. James is our guest for the ninth episode of the Finding Joy podcast! Heather is a mother, wife, blogger and advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance — and as of this February, she's also a 10-year cancer survivor. Talk about amazing. Back in 2005, at the age of 36, Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma shortly after giving birth to her first child. Heather was given just 15 months to live.
After the diagnosis she and her husband, Cameron, immediately searched to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Their search placed them in the care of Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon who helped rid the cancer from Heather's body. Sugarbaker's famous saying, "with hope the odds don't matter," is a saying Heather holds on to after all of these years, and something she shares with many who are facing cancer.
Heather now shares her personal story on a national level to help spread hope and awareness for others going through this, in hopes that one day no one else will have to.
Christian author and speaker Suzie Eller talks about the release of her new book, "Come With Me," and what it means to be a 13th disciple.
A few years ago, Kristen Chidsey and her two children were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. In this episode, Kristen and I talk about their battle against the disease, as well as what it's like to be a blogger, mom, wife, daughter and friend while trusting God through it all.
Lisa Appelo is our guest for the sixth episode of the Finding Joy podcast and I can't wait for you to get to know her because she's amazing! On her blog, Lisa writes "Four years ago, life as I knew it shattered in a thousand irretrievable pieces. I never asked God why but I sure did ask — what now? Oh, how God has answered. In a thousand ways, God has been True and Faithful." Today, Lisa is a widow and mother to seven children, but that doesn't stop her from writing and proclaiming God's faithfulness. In this episode, Lisa and I talk about the power of prayer and learning to claim scripture; how to bring glory to God in the hurt, in the waiting and in the healing; and finding joy amid loss.
After growing up feeling like she would never measure up to the Barbie dolls she and her family members played with, Barb committed herself to a new way of thinking and slowly learned to embrace her God-given identity as a woman of great value. In this episode, Barb and I talk about how she broke free from the chains of body image issues and how she is learning to trust God on an even deeper level after a recent career change.
Radio host Kimberly Ann Bonds talks about how she learned to surrender the pain, heartbreak and struggles of her childhood and early adult years in exchange for God's peace, love and grace.
In this episode Sarah shares her story of seeking joy, health and contentment amid her battle with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue — specifically, how the valleys of life can add richness and wisdom to our lives, while changing our perception and finding joy in limitations.
In this episode, Taylor and I talk about her hospitalization from anorexia at age 12, her journey with food since that hospitalization, how social media impacts our self-esteem and how our thoughts hold more power than we realize.
Michele Cushatt talks about how she found joy and continues to lean on Jesus after going through divorce, adoption and battling cancer three times.