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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 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. 

Jun 29, 2016

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:

  • Her battle with infertility and depression.
  • She and her husband's journey with adoption.
  • Unexpected parenting.
  • Why it's important to be honest with God.

Melanie encourages us to lighten up and not be so hard on ourselves all the time. Life's too short, Amen?

Jun 15, 2016

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!

Jun 1, 2016

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.

May 18, 2016

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.

May 4, 2016

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.

Apr 20, 2016

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.

 

Apr 6, 2016

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.

Mar 22, 2016

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.

Mar 9, 2016

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.

Feb 23, 2016

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.

Feb 10, 2016

Michele Cushatt talks about how she found joy and continues to lean on Jesus after going through divorce, adoption and battling cancer three times.

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