She Found Joy with Lauren Gaskill

The She Found 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 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

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.


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