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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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.