PODCAST

Find Joy No Matter What

Join me, Jill Baughan, this season for a podcast full of stories that will show you how to find JOY in the middle of hard places.

Your life may be far from perfect.

Your joy may seem like it’s gone underground.

If so, it’s high time for a resurrection.

For a few minutes each week, I’ll tell you a story–one that just might inspire a way to uncover some joy you might be looking for. Then, together, we’ll consider how it might speak to your own life. And finally, I’ll offer a benediction to send you into your day…or into your night.

So… if you’re up for doing a few joy shots with a friend, my friend…Come and join us!

EPISODES

Podcast Episode 123: Go to Lost and Found

Podcast Episode 123: Go to Lost and Found

Raise your hand if you just love being out of control of your life.  Right. I thought so. Exactly no hands are in the air out there.  Generally, we’re more comfortable thinking we can change circumstances, fix whatever (or whomever) is broken, and find whatever we’ve...

Podcast Episode 122: Eat Dessert

Podcast Episode 122: Eat Dessert

Not long ago, I was in a local bookstore and came upon an irresistible title that I’m convinced you will love as much as I do: Dessert Can Save the World: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence. It’s the kind of book I put on my nightstand to...

Podcast Episode 121: Get Mad at God

Podcast Episode 121: Get Mad at God

How do you feel about letting God have it?  Your anger, I mean. Many people are really uncomfortable about railing at the Almighty but I’m here to issue  your permission slip to do so, and even suggest that God is really okay with you unleashing your truest, most...

Podcast Episode 120: Say Yes

Podcast Episode 120: Say Yes

When you’re presented with an opportunity, is your first response usually a “no”? Maybe you’ll change your mind later, but is your typical knee-jerk a negatory? Or maybe you know someone like this, and think, “sure glad that’s not me.” But that mindset is very common,...

Podcast Episode 119: Deal with Disappointment

Podcast Episode 119: Deal with Disappointment

You are no stranger to disappointment. The past two years have been full of disappointments: cancelled graduations and proms, weddings and concerts postponed, trips cancelled or put off indefinitely, and all manner of other kinds of letdowns. And your experience with...

Podcast Episode 118: Do Something You’re Bad At

Podcast Episode 118: Do Something You’re Bad At

Have you ever wanted to try to do a something, but never did because you were afraid you’d be really bad at it? (I’m talking to you, perfectionists.) Well, let me introduce you to someone who didn’t let incompetence stop her. Her story is almost unbelievable, but...

Podcast Episode 117: Make Something

Podcast Episode 117: Make Something

One fall my husband and I took a trip to the mountains of Virginia, and before we left, I was determined to take no pictures of the usual “scenic wonders” this time: no fall foliage, no wildlife, no expansive vistas. I only wanted pictures of the stupid, the silly,...

Podcast Episode 116: Lament

Podcast Episode 116: Lament

I don’t know about you, but when I was in middle school, I really enjoyed a good cry. I kept a diary--you know the kind, with the lock and key (like that could keep anybody out), in which, to be honest, exactly nobody in this world would want to read the ramblings of...

Podcast Episode 115: Stay Alert for Awesome, Part 2

Podcast Episode 115: Stay Alert for Awesome, Part 2

So last week’s episode was all about awesome in the classical, deeply meaningful sense.  However. I submit to you that there’s a lot to be said for “awesome” in the colloquial, rather shallow sense, which means, simply: pleasing; very impressive.  So this week? Let’s...

Podcast Episode 114: Stay Alert for Awesome, Part 1

Podcast Episode 114: Stay Alert for Awesome, Part 1

We use the word “awesome” a lot these days--much to the irritation of some people. The classical definition goes something like this: causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear, as in an awesome sight or an awesome...

Bonus Podcast Episode: Finding Joy in the Journey through Cancer

Bonus Podcast Episode: Finding Joy in the Journey through Cancer

According to Lori Margo, “Life is hard and God is incredible.” Both phrases are true and happening simultaneously. “That’s my story,” she says. “I’ve had hard things come my way AND I’ve experienced the faithfulness of God alongside the pain and suffering. He met me...

Podcast Episode 113: Leave a Sticky Note

Podcast Episode 113: Leave a Sticky Note

One day, I came home to find a sticky note on the counter. It said, “Aphrodesiacs in the freezer.” My husband was at it again. He’d been to the grocery store, and as I peeked inside the freezer, I found the four containers of Breyer’s chocolate/peanut butter ice cream...

Podcast Episode 112: Give a Compliment

Podcast Episode 112: Give a Compliment

Writer Ama Scriver tells us, There’s something powerful in giving and receiving compliments. Studies show compliments have the ability to create positive energy in people and, for lack of a better word, light up your brain in all the right places.  Which seems obvious...

Podcast Episode 111: Look Up

Podcast Episode 111: Look Up

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember the introduction to a 1950’s TV show, when a few people gathered on a sidewalk shouted, “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” “It’s Superman!” Oh, my friends, the benefits of looking up are so many: You see...

Podcast Episode 110: Wait Well: A Good Friday Meditation

Podcast Episode 110: Wait Well: A Good Friday Meditation

Author John Ortberg once said that “waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” Which is great…and excruciating. Because sometimes waiting is very, very hard. So. This is...

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