The Finding Joy Podcast

The Finding Joy Podcast 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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Mar 19, 2018

Amy Breitmann joins me today for the Finding Joy Podcast's 50th episode! Amy is a wife, mother, writer and lover of all things creative (and she will also be speaking at the Woodstock, Georgia Finding Joy Ladies Night Out event on Oct. 7!) Her life and faith were forever changed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a 29-year-old mama-to-be.

As you’ll hear in our conversation today, God has taken Amy's broken road and weaved it into a beautiful ministry. Today The Lydia Project serves thousands of women and their families each year, providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support to women facing any kind of cancer. Amy firmly believes that while God doesn't cause suffering to happen in our lives, He uses every valley to help us learn how to minister to others in their time of need.

"When we find ourselves in a valley, we have a choice to make. We can be bitter or fearful ... or we can look around and say, 'How can I serve and be Jesus to the people who are in this same valley?'" Amy says.

We are beautifully broken to be a blessing.

In addition to talking about her experience with cancer and The Lydia Project, Amy and I talk about the importance of living our passions and staying true to who God made us to be — cracks, scars, flaws and all.

Mar 12, 2018

Join author and party planner Christen Price as she and I talk about embracing imperfect hospitality — biblical hospitality that focuses not on perfection but on on why we celebrate: to be with and love on people. We might not always plan the perfect party, but we can always choose to be God's hand and feet and love others well.

In addition to talking about how to be a "hallelujah hostess," Christen and I also talk about the importance of saying yes to community, especially when we'd rather stay at home in our PJs and watch Netflix. This doesn't mean we say yes to everything, but rather we keep an open heart and mind. In other words, while the cultural trend is to say no and create margin in our lives (which is good), we should be careful not to shut everyone and everything out.

Mar 5, 2018

Hanha Hobson joins me today for Finding Joy #48. Hanha is the founder of the Transparency Blog, which encourages women to be confident in who God made them to be and what He has called them to do. Her interactive 31-day devotional, Jesus Is Bae, just came out last week, and it’s a wonderful tool for anyone looking to learn more about what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.

As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Hanha struggled with shame for years before finding freedom in Jesus. The enemy tried to tell her she wasn’t loved, and for awhile, Hanha wondered if he was right. Everything changed when her mom challenged her to read the Bible with her from the start of Genesis to the end of Revelation.

The transformation didn’t happen overnight, but as she began practicing daily faith confessions, God’s truth began to replace the lies she’d grown to believe. Today on the podcast, Hanha shares practical tips for combating shame with daily faith confessions. She and I also talk about how to respond when other people try to shame us and drag us into the pit.

You can learn more about Hanha’s #TheConfessionsProject here (the faith confessions graphic above was inspired by our conversation, and you are free to print that out as well by clicking on the photo!).

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Feb 26, 2018

If you've ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you've encountered in the world, you're invited to join Jami Amerine and I as we talk about releasing all the wrong ideas and getting to know the Savior for who He really is — full of never-ending love and grace.

Feb 19, 2018

In this episode Lynn and I talk about:

  • The importance of building our confidence in Christ.
  • How to combat society's unrealistic expectations to do and be it all.
  • How to let go of past fears and failures in exchange for the confidence that comes from surrendering our lives to the One who never fails.
  • Her family's experience with mental illness and why having a treatment plan is important.
  • Freebies for developing an unshakable confidence.

Lynn encourages us to think about the inner dialogues we have with ourselves on a daily basis. Are we building ourselves up with the truth found in God's word, or are we tearing ourselves down with the enemy's lies?

Feb 5, 2018

When Jackie and Rick Drew met at Fish Camp prior to attending Texas A&M in 1998, they had no idea where the Lord would take them. Three children, six different homes, and many blessings later, they got a big nudge from God to establish their company, RAD JOY. The couple's mission is to further God’s kingdom by encouraging others to deepen their relationship with Christ through a life surrendered. 

Today on the show, Jackie and I talk about the power of prayer and how surrendering our lives to Jesus can change our lives for the better. We also talk about learning to discern the will of God and what to do when He calls us to step out in faith. 

You can stop by to see all of Jackie and Rick's amazing products that will enrich your prayer life!

Jan 22, 2018

In this episode Micah and I talk about:

  • How to live a more power-full life in a problem-filled world
  • Why what we think about God and how we feel about Him matters
  • How to trust God more fully and deeply and grow in faith
  • How to experience and access God’s power in our weakness and strength
  • Easy ways to get into the Word each week

Micah encourages us to remember that darkness is just a distraction — it does not mean God has departed.

Jan 8, 2018

In this episode Amy and I talk about:

  • How to fight perfectionistic tendencies in order to embrace rest and joy.
  • How God’s love moves us to action and helps us overcome.
  • Why it’s important to be honest with ourselves if we want to change and move forward.
  • Starting fresh in the new year and how to choose your “one word” for the year. (Her word is pray and mine is advance for 2018!)