Faith over fear: She left a corporate job to serve women

Chelle Johnson had the kind of career that most people dream of. She worked for major corporations and had a loving husband and two kids. But she had some limiting beliefs and a childhood history that God wanted to heal her of: loss of a child, alcoholic husband, fear of leaving a big job. AfterContinue reading “Faith over fear: She left a corporate job to serve women”

God loves you just the way you are: El Edwards

Season 3, Episode 18: Today marks our 100th episode of the podcast, and we are spending it with El Edwards of Youier! El lives in Wales, and is a “silver lining spotter,” and her message is to stop worrying about being anyone’s brand of normal and to be yourself. God loves you just the wayContinue reading “God loves you just the way you are: El Edwards”

Women’s manifesto is all about being loved in Christ

Season 3, Episode 17: She spells it Be[Loved], but Pamela Henkelman shares how we are all beloved in Christ. The author and speaker wrote a manifesto for women noting how God thinks about us. But, as Pamela notes, women often have difficulty truly connecting with God. “I find that most  Christian women love doing thingsContinue reading “Women’s manifesto is all about being loved in Christ”

No wonder we love music. God created it

Season 3, Episode 16: I went to the movies on Sunday, and as I walked in, a billboard the size of a Mack Truck greeted me. It was about the new upcoming movie “The Jesus Music.” One phrase from the trailer really touched my heart: “Let’s not forget, music was God’s idea.” Today I exploreContinue reading “No wonder we love music. God created it”

How does pop culture represent evil? ‘Exorcist,‘ ‘Evil‘ and ‘Sabrina‘

Season 3 Episode 15: Don’t be scared, but we’re talking about EVIL on the show today with the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade. It’s part of our occasional series on how pop culture represents issues of faith and religion. We discuss “The Exorcist,” “Evil” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” OK, it might be a little scary,Continue reading “How does pop culture represent evil? ‘Exorcist,‘ ‘Evil‘ and ‘Sabrina‘”

Listen to the God of Hope when you are hopeless

Season 3, Episode 14: Have you ever felt hopeless? I have many times, in the past and recently, too. In fact, just this past week. But this time, instead of succumbing to my hopelessness and allowing it to overtake me, I listened to the God of Hope. Photo by Bradyn Shock on Unsplash Go toContinue reading “Listen to the God of Hope when you are hopeless”

Podcaster Lori Morrison combines issues of faith and true crime

Season 3, Episode 13: Lori Morrison is a private investigator and a woman of faith. Her podcast, “The Unlovely Truth,” is the intersection of both of these passions. On her show, she reviews true crime books with guests who can discuss crime and faith. Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday storiesContinue reading “Podcaster Lori Morrison combines issues of faith and true crime”

How you can find divine strength in mortal weakness

Season 3, Episode 12: Welcome to 5-minute Mondays, where  I share some encouragement, motivation, and honesty in just five minutes! Today I want to talk about weakness. What does weakness have to do with finding God’s joy? Everything! Even though no one wants to be thought of as weak, and most of us would preferContinue reading “How you can find divine strength in mortal weakness”

Jenasa Staples went from New Age to Saved in Jesus Christ

Season 3, Episode 11: People come to Christianity in lots of different ways. And the place they come from can be just as varied. But finding Jesus is a blessing, no matter where you’ve come from. For Jenasa Staples, it was a New Age life of chakras and other practices that  she believed was helpingContinue reading “Jenasa Staples went from New Age to Saved in Jesus Christ”

Michaela Cox thrives after disability, divorce, and death

Season 3, Episode 10: Michaela S. Cox is a 7-time published author who has traveled her journey of 38DDD to go from tribulation to thriving. What is 38DDD? It’s not what you think! Michaela talks about her lifelong disability of legal blindness; divorce at 26; and the death of her beloved husband at 38. GoContinue reading “Michaela Cox thrives after disability, divorce, and death”

Don’t crave food or drink, only Holy Spirit power.

Season 3, Episode 9: Welcome to the launch of a new segment:  5-minute  Mondays. It’s where  I share some encouragement, motivation, and honesty in just five minutes! Today, I want to talk to you about being full and satisfied, from the book of Ephesians. Paul talks to the church about how to find true contentmentContinue reading “Don’t crave food or drink, only Holy Spirit power.”

JoyKeeper: Suzie Eller will change how you think about joy

Season 3, Episode 8: Suzanne Eller is a best-selling author, the co-host of The More Than Small Talk podcast, and is a joyous woman. Her saying – “joy is more than a feeling, It’s a knowing” – goes perfectly with the Positively Joy podcast. Her book, “JoyKeeper, Six Truths that Change Everything You Thought YouContinue reading “JoyKeeper: Suzie Eller will change how you think about joy”

Dallas Jenkins of ‘The Chosen’ dropped in my Clubhouse room!

Season 3, Episode 7: This episode is completely unexpected! Creator and director of “The Chosen,” Dallas Jenkins, dropped in The House of Joy, my Clubhouse room, last Friday. Dallas shared more wisdom and but also interacted with members in the room. The audio quality is, well, “special,” but listenable. Be sure to listen to myContinue reading “Dallas Jenkins of ‘The Chosen’ dropped in my Clubhouse room!”

What is your testimony? Mine is learning that I had been ‘comfortably numb’ in Christ

Season 3, Episode 6: Classic Rock group Pink Floyd called the feeling “comfortably numb,” in their song that talked about being anesthetized to get through life. The funny thing is, you don’t know when you are numb to God. You don’t realize how your feelings, once so sharp and bright, like a burning flame, becomeContinue reading “What is your testimony? Mine is learning that I had been ‘comfortably numb’ in Christ”

Enneagrams translated: Amy Wicks applies this personality test to Christians

Season 3, episode 5: Amy Wicks of Simply Wholehearted is a certified Enneagrams coach and helps Christians learn more about themselves to become better-functioning people at home, at work and even at church! I’m a 3-wing-2. Don’t know that that means? Listen! Amy Wicks’ new book: “Should Christians Use the Enneagram? What it is, whatContinue reading “Enneagrams translated: Amy Wicks applies this personality test to Christians”

Counselor Lois Hollis says shame and guilt are the reason for depression and anxiety.

Season 3, Episode 4: Lois Hollis battled physical and mental pain for years, but she learned that often the underlying condition is shame and guilt, which partner together to push us down. Hollis also says shame and guilt do not come from God, and that we don’t have to own them. Her video and aContinue reading “Counselor Lois Hollis says shame and guilt are the reason for depression and anxiety.”

Dallas Jenkins of ‘The Chosen’ understands failure, doubt and what joy really is

Season 3, Episode 3: Dallas Jenkins has created a different kind of series about Jesus. And, Jenkins said, he’s “obsessed” with making the experience authentic and intimate for viewers. I spoke to Dallas at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Texas. We had a great conversation but the audio was noisy, being on the conferenceContinue reading “Dallas Jenkins of ‘The Chosen’ understands failure, doubt and what joy really is”

Does your passion spark real JOY? These podcasters say yes. What about you?

Photo credit: Karen Race Photography and Will Welch Creative Season 3, Episode 2: The Positively Joy podcast takes you on a journey to discover that JOY IS NOT A FEELING, IT’S FAITH. Today’s episode comes from the  Spark Media Convention and we hear from three podcasters on why they came and why they do whatContinue reading “Does your passion spark real JOY? These podcasters say yes. What about you?”

Remember the Karate Kid? Sequel Cobra Kai shows the clergy in a new light

Season 3, Episode 1: Positively Joy is BACK with all new shows for Season three! Still seeking the joy of God in all seasons of life, this season, we will take an occasional look at how pop culture represents the Christian faith with the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade. Today: Cobra Kai. Upcoming episodes include comedianContinue reading “Remember the Karate Kid? Sequel Cobra Kai shows the clergy in a new light”

Day 2 of Christian Media: Spark Media and podcasters

Above: From the Expo floor at the NRB convention, the fishing boat from “The Chosen.” Day two of these conferences are really turning it out! Day 2 of NRB Christian Media and day 1 of the Spark Media Podcast Conference. I will be podcasting live from these different events all this week and I hopeContinue reading “Day 2 of Christian Media: Spark Media and podcasters”

Live at the NRB Christian Media Conference and The Chosen!

Check out day one of the Christian Media Conference with me this week in Grapevine, Texas. I’ll be talking to Christian luminaries of the media world. Walk the set of The Chosen! I’ll be broadcasting all this week from the conference, as I countdown to the launch of season three of the Positively Joy PodcastContinue reading “Live at the NRB Christian Media Conference and The Chosen!”

Throwback Thursday: Kindness comes in unexpected places — even a box of cookies

This is a real throwback, an early one all the way from season one when I was still calling this podcast Finding Joy. It’s the one where I tell a story of a surprise visit that returned a dose of kindness in a very unexpected way. Listen to hear how my name ends up inContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Kindness comes in unexpected places — even a box of cookies”

On Memorial Day, hearts hold different memories: of a daddy who wasn’t a war hero

Happy Memorial Day! Today’s episode veers off our regular focus of finding Joy. Today, we remember Memorial Day and the men and women of the armed forces. But for those of us who had a father who didn’t fight, our hearts hold different memories. (PHOTO: from left, my mother, a family friend, and my father,Continue reading “On Memorial Day, hearts hold different memories: of a daddy who wasn’t a war hero”

Throwback Thursday: Coffee and Convos with Liz Bullard

I’ve gotten to know Liz Bullard since we first met in the podcasting world last year. She’s another force of positivity, and a great writer, too! Check out this Throwback Thursday interview of Liz about her life and why she created her podcast, Coffee and Convos. It’s on trust, and why we should trust GodContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Coffee and Convos with Liz Bullard”

Throwback Thursday: A single, saved woman behind the wedding camera

Throwback Thursday! As we come into wedding season, we throw back to  season 1, episode 7: Photographer Jaleccia Ates shares her insights about joy and the experiences of a single, saved woman and finding joy amid the stress of life and work. Photo Credit: Ariel C. Burns Photography Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.comContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: A single, saved woman behind the wedding camera”

S.2 Ep.46 Finding joy, not pride, in an award, a dog named Lemon and a Mr. Bill toy

It’s a weird one, but here goes: You know God is working when you can learn about the Fruits of the Spirit — most notably Joy —  through a dog named Lemon and a Mr. Bill dog toy. But that’s how God works sometimes, and I love Him for it. Listen for a lesson fromContinue reading “S.2 Ep.46 Finding joy, not pride, in an award, a dog named Lemon and a Mr. Bill toy”

S.2 Ep.45 Becky Wade talks about writing, her characters, and how God led her to Christian romance novels

Writer Becky Wade’s new book, “Let It Be Me,” released this week. Wade shared with the Positively Joy podcast how she got started writing … and it wasn’t in Christian fiction! But when the Lord led her to this, she knew immediately it was her genre. Wade offers a FREE novella, “Take A Chance OnContinue reading “S.2 Ep.45 Becky Wade talks about writing, her characters, and how God led her to Christian romance novels”

Christian romance author Becky Wade is on Thursday’s show!

Becky Wade is a Christy and Carol award-winning author of heartwarming and humorous contemporary Christian romances. “Let it Be Me” is her new book, released today! She’ll talk about the book, her family and faith walk, and also how God led her into writing Christian Romances. You’ll come away inspired and encouraged. Tune in ThursdayContinue reading “Christian romance author Becky Wade is on Thursday’s show!”

S.2 Ep.44 Do you have a strategy for your God-given purpose?

Pastor and former coach Tom Mullens has a message: Get on offense. What does that mean? Well, have you ever felt like you were on a moving sidewalk? Not walking under your own power, just moving forward. Just going, not even toward an object or destination. That’s what’s it like to live “on defense.” Today,Continue reading “S.2 Ep.44 Do you have a strategy for your God-given purpose?”

S.2 Ep.43 Why is God like a broken refrigerator? You’d be surprised!

Today’s episode is a short one but is uppermost on my mind today. I’ve been thinking that there are some things that run in the background of our lives. We don’t think about what makes them run, we don’t even think about them running at all. Until they don’t. And then, we realize how muchContinue reading “S.2 Ep.43 Why is God like a broken refrigerator? You’d be surprised!”

Throwback Thursday: Misty Phillip sparks a conference and a call to people to speak for God

Kingdom-builder Misty Phillip knows how to throw a party where all God’s people can come and be inspired. With the Spark Christian Podcasting Conference, she builds up, inspires and connects people. Listen to hear about the origins of Spark, and to hear how Misty finds God in the every day! In the episode, Misty talksContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Misty Phillip sparks a conference and a call to people to speak for God”

S.2 Ep.42 Their future looked bleak. But this missionary in Africa believed in God’s promises.

Coni Knepper is a children’s books author whose passion is to write about the children living in Tanzania, East Africa, where she and her husband founded Hope of the Nations not-for-profit. Her story of believing when everything went wrong is a reminder to us to always believe that God has a bigger and better plan.Continue reading “S.2 Ep.42 Their future looked bleak. But this missionary in Africa believed in God’s promises.”

S.2 Ep.41 A very special inspired episode: Driving back from Easter service

This is a pretty unusual episode. Don’t look for perfection. It’s just me driving from one Easter service to another. I’m on the highway listening to Christian music and feeling inspired to talk to you. Here are the Bible verses read in the episode: Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 (I misspeak in theContinue reading “S.2 Ep.41 A very special inspired episode: Driving back from Easter service”

Throwback Thursday: Mary Jo Pierce worships in her kitchen by baking holy bread

It’s fitting that for this Throwback Thursday I showcase the first show of Season 2: Mary Jo Pierce! Mary Jo Pierce calls her kitchen her second prayer room, because she observes the traditional Jewish Sabbath by baking Challah and worshipping on Friday nights. With others around her table, they eat and celebrate Jesus. The actContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Mary Jo Pierce worships in her kitchen by baking holy bread”

Dear Lil Nas X: Come out, sure, but why to a Satanic drama?

Hip hop artist Lil Nas X this week released a new song and music video, “Montero,” in which the Grammy Award winner for “Old Town Road” appears in the Garden of Eden, falls from Heaven to Hell to give a lap dance to Satan, and then snaps the devil’s neck, puts on his horns andContinue reading “Dear Lil Nas X: Come out, sure, but why to a Satanic drama?”

S.2 Ep.39 Film buffs dish on ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ and the history of other movie depictions of Jesus

We love Jesus, and we love movies! As we count down to Holy Week, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade and Ph.D. student Ben Hollenbach join the show today to talk about how film depicts Jesus Christ and other Biblical figures … sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but we three movie nerds have fun talking about it.Continue reading “S.2 Ep.39 Film buffs dish on ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ and the history of other movie depictions of Jesus”

S.2 Ep.38 Author and a leader, Laura Warfel is ‘More than a Widow’

Laura Warfel is more than a widow. She is a widow who is living beyond the label and encouraging other widows to do the same. A follower of Jesus, she wants to make sure that no widow ever has to walk alone on this journey. More Than A Widow is her outreach ministry for helpingContinue reading “S.2 Ep.38 Author and a leader, Laura Warfel is ‘More than a Widow’”

S.2 Ep. 37 ‘Radically Normal’ author Josh Kelley teaches people how to write their own testimonies

Author Josh Kelley penned his book “Radically Normal” after struggling with the question of how much he had to do to believe he was a real Christian. He learned that you can be a devoted follower of Christ by not comparing yourself with others. After writing “Normal” and a novel, he now helps others writeContinue reading “S.2 Ep. 37 ‘Radically Normal’ author Josh Kelley teaches people how to write their own testimonies”

Throwback Thursday: Financial planner Victoria Woods says, ‘it’s all about the money, honey!’

It’s Throwback Thursday! In one of our most popular episodes, Victoria Woods of FinancialDiva.com and CEO and Chief Investment Advisor at Chappell Wood Financial Services says Christians don’t need to feel weird about money. Smart financial practices begin with giving, and staying the course.  Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday storiesContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Financial planner Victoria Woods says, ‘it’s all about the money, honey!’”

S.2 Ep.36 This week’s Bible Trivia Q&A is all about Eve and the Garden of Eden

Welcome to Bible Trivia, where we ask a question, give you the answer with a little context, and read the entire Bible verse that is related to the question and answer.  This week’s Question: Of what, specifically, was man not allowed to eat in the Garden of Eden? Listen to hear the answer! It’s notContinue reading “S.2 Ep.36 This week’s Bible Trivia Q&A is all about Eve and the Garden of Eden”

S.2 Ep.35 Do you know your Bible Trivia? Listen to this weekly Q&A. Old and New Testament!

Welcome to our new weekly Bible Trivia, where we ask a question, give you the answer with a little context, and read the entire Bible verse that is related to the question and answer. This week’s Question: What was the name of the woman who hid the spies at Jericho? Listen to hear the answer!Continue reading “S.2 Ep.35 Do you know your Bible Trivia? Listen to this weekly Q&A. Old and New Testament!”

S.2 Ep.34 Father Bill Miller writes a howling good book about a special dog, Wili Nelson

Father Bill Miller and his beloved dog, Nawiliwili Nelson (Wili for short), went on a journey to celebrate the end of Wili’s life. “The Last Howlelujah — Tails from the Trail” raised money for local animal shelters, shared stories of Wili’s greatness, and Bill and Wili had fun along the way. Father Bill believes whenContinue reading “S.2 Ep.34 Father Bill Miller writes a howling good book about a special dog, Wili Nelson”

S.2 Ep.33 From tragedy to new life: Melissa Moore tells how she grew through grief

Podcaster and community-builder Melissa Moore lost her mother to suicide, had three miscarriages before safely delivering her “miracle boys,” and works to maximize her own mental health. Through it all, she is God’s servant and a cheerleader for women suffering through grief. Her podcast and Facebook community group Faith Hope Love brings together women toContinue reading “S.2 Ep.33 From tragedy to new life: Melissa Moore tells how she grew through grief”

S.2 Ep.32 Podcasters join me to talk about the Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Jeep commercial

Today, two Christian podcasters join me to talk about a TV ad that raised a lot of controversy: Jeep’s Super Bowl ad with musician Bruce Springsteen that talked about unity and featured a little church in the middle of the USA. What did you think about the ad? Was it Christian? Patriotic? Offensive? Or justContinue reading “S.2 Ep.32 Podcasters join me to talk about the Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Jeep commercial”

VIDEO: Christian Podcasters talk about the controversial Super Bowl Jeep ad with Bruce Springsteen

Today, two podcasters join me to talk about a TV ad that raised a lot of controversy: Jeep’s Super Bowl ad with musician Bruce Springsteen that talked about unity and featured a little church in the middle of the USA. What did you think about the ad? Was it Christian? Patriotic? Offensive? Or just right?Continue reading “VIDEO: Christian Podcasters talk about the controversial Super Bowl Jeep ad with Bruce Springsteen”

S2. Ep.31 Roselly Genao: Jesus saved her from domestic abuse and now she saves others

Roselly Genao is the host of the Good News podcast and also a counselor for Jesus Cares, a service that helps victims of domestic abuse. When she was nearly killed by her boyfriend one night, there was no one available to come to the hospital to help her through it. She is making sure otherContinue reading “S2. Ep.31 Roselly Genao: Jesus saved her from domestic abuse and now she saves others”

S.2 Ep.30 Marriage mentors help families survive close quarters in the pandemic

Debra Boyette (pictured) and Brooke Powers of Your Centerpeace mentor couples and families to find joy together, even during the pandemic. Kids at home? Parents working from the next room? No worries! There are many references in the Bible on family and forgiveness: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another inContinue reading “S.2 Ep.30 Marriage mentors help families survive close quarters in the pandemic”

S.2 Ep.29 Christian coach and visual artist Matt Tommey mentors to find the “abundant life”

Today, Matt Tommey tackles the hard questions for Christian artists: how do I create AND align my business with God? The quick answer is to listen to God, but Matt has a lot more to say in this lively episode. TODAY, Matt begins his 5-Part Artist Rise Up Masterclass and Art Challenge to learn howContinue reading “S.2 Ep.29 Christian coach and visual artist Matt Tommey mentors to find the “abundant life””

S.2 Ep.28 Christian author and influencer Alec Kassan plants his purpose

Alec Kassan is a Renaissance Man: author of “Planting your Purpose,” host of the Digital Ministry Mastermind podcast, and the Current Christian, a YouTube channel dedicated to helping people succeed in their walk with Jesus Christ. Amazon.com calls him a “modern-day man after God’s heart.” In his book and on his channels, Alec looks forContinue reading “S.2 Ep.28 Christian author and influencer Alec Kassan plants his purpose”

S.2 Ep.27 Financial Diva and a Christian, Victoria Woods says “it’s all about the money, honey!”

Victoria Woods of FinancialDiva.com and CEO and Chief Investment Advisor at Chappell Wood Financial Services says Christians don’t need to feel weird about money. Smart financial practices begin with giving, and staying the course.  Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday stories of faith. To tell your story, or to suggest someoneContinue reading “S.2 Ep.27 Financial Diva and a Christian, Victoria Woods says “it’s all about the money, honey!””

To my listeners: Changes in this week’s podcast schedule, and a contest!

Hi everyone! Because of illness in my family, I won’t have an episode on Monday. But I look forward to Thursday’s conversation with Victoria Woods, the Financial Diva, about her book, “It’s All About the Money, Honey,” and financial planning tricks from a Christian perspective. It’s a new year and a great time to thinkContinue reading “To my listeners: Changes in this week’s podcast schedule, and a contest!”

S.2 Ep.26 God cares for you, and Paula McDade shows you how to treat yourself with care

Happy New Year’s Eve! I wanted to take this time to wish you a happy, healthy, and wealthy 2021! And I saved a special conversation for you on the topic of Self-Care. Author and publisher Paula McDade talked about the importance of self-care as we go into the New Year, and why God says that’sContinue reading “S.2 Ep.26 God cares for you, and Paula McDade shows you how to treat yourself with care”

S.2 Ep.25 Baby Jesus! The Christmas Star! Angels! Carols!

It’s here! Christmas week is here and I am so excited! Today we’re talking about the Nativity, how in 2020 we’re seeing a new kind of  Christmas Star, and we take a look at how Angels get a starring role in the Christmas story. I’m geeking out over Christmas, and I encourage you to doContinue reading “S.2 Ep.25 Baby Jesus! The Christmas Star! Angels! Carols!”

S.2 Ep.24 She went from anorexia to intuitive eating: Stephanie deVries calls it Biblical!

Welcome to health week! This week, as we move into the holidays, let’s learn how to have a fun time in moderation. Today, Stephanie deVries of Beautifully Balanced Fitness will talk about fitness in Christian living. On Monday, Amy Connell of Graced Health told us about movement and food from a Christian perspective. You canContinue reading “S.2 Ep.24 She went from anorexia to intuitive eating: Stephanie deVries calls it Biblical!”

S.2 Ep.23 Amy Connell asks us to give ourselves some grace in healthy living

Welcome to health week! This week, as we move into the holidays, let’s learn how to have a fun time in moderation. Today, Amy Connell of Graced Health talks to us about movement and food from a Christian perspective, and Thursday, Stephanie deVries of Beautifully Balanced Fitness will talk about fitness in Christian living. Today,Continue reading “S.2 Ep.23 Amy Connell asks us to give ourselves some grace in healthy living”

S.2 Ep.22 He got jokes: Christian speaker and comedian Dave Ebert has a serious mission to spread the Gospel

Like clean comedy? Listen to this guy! In the comedy-rich city of Chicago, Dave Ebert makes people laugh and learn about God at the same time. His ministry and podcast, Gifts4Glory, shines a spotlight on people using their gifts, whatever they may be, to honor the Lord. For more everyday stories of faith, please visitContinue reading “S.2 Ep.22 He got jokes: Christian speaker and comedian Dave Ebert has a serious mission to spread the Gospel”

S.2 Ep.21 Mike McDonald of the Bible Project walked a fascinating path to find Christ

So, you think you know Mike McDonald of The Bible Project? But do you know his original faith? His favorite celebrity chef? Or his favorite story of the power of God and how He uses gifts? Nope? Be sure to listen all the way to the end. Mike shared a lot about his life andContinue reading “S.2 Ep.21 Mike McDonald of the Bible Project walked a fascinating path to find Christ”

S.2 Ep.19 YOUR VOICES, your gratitude: Part 1!

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! Would you like to be on the second episode on gratitude? Join others who have recorded their stories by going to https://positivelyjoy.com/talk-to-me/ and clicking the orange button! We’d love to have your recorded voice on the show. Leave a message by Wednesday, Nov. 25!

S.2 Ep.18 Grace Evans lost her job during the pandemic, but kept her faith

(Extra: Don’t forget to leave a message of gratitude at https://positivelyjoy.com/the-podcast/ and your voice may be on the Thanksgiving show!) On today’s episode, Grace Evans lost her job in June because of cutbacks due to the pandemic. However, due to her unflappable trust in God, she never lost sight of a place for her somewhereContinue reading “S.2 Ep.18 Grace Evans lost her job during the pandemic, but kept her faith”

TRAILER: Tell us what you are thankful for and you may appear on the Positively Joy podcast!

Would you like to be on the show? Tell us what you are thankful for by going to https://positivelyjoy.com/the-podcast/ and clicking the orange button! We’d love to have your recorded voice on the show, and I might even have you on for an interview! Leave a message by Sunday, Nov. 22!

S.2 Ep.17 LIVE: Banish fear, and do what God commands!

I stripped everything bare, guys! I just went live on my show, Positively Joy! No music, no production. Just me talking. I’m working on my fear of failure and my desire to be perfect. The sound quality isn’t as good, because I went live on my phone. And there is some dead air in theContinue reading “S.2 Ep.17 LIVE: Banish fear, and do what God commands!”

S.2 Ep.16: When life sent her down unexpected paths, Liz Bullard trusted God

Liz Bullard never thought she’d be a therapist or a podcaster. She wanted to go down a different path, but when that didn’t work, she surrendered and trusted God’s plan. Liz went to film school to be an actor, but that career didn’t pan out. Today, she believes she’s in the best place she couldContinue reading “S.2 Ep.16: When life sent her down unexpected paths, Liz Bullard trusted God”

S.2 Ep.15 Part III of Jesus Christ gave “pep talks” – with Angel McCoy

Welcome friends! I began a three-part lesson on Jesus as a leader, beginning with the idea that like all leaders, Jesus knew how to speak to his followers, especially his inner circle, his apostles. Call it a “pep talk” if you will. In part one, we talked about the Sermon on the Mount, aka TheContinue reading “S.2 Ep.15 Part III of Jesus Christ gave “pep talks” – with Angel McCoy”

S.2 Ep.14 Robyn Graham says in business, hold on to your Christian values

Robyn Graham is a brand marketing strategist, podcast host, and photographer, and she helps women entrepreneurs get to the next level. Today, we’ll talk about how to incorporate our faith and values into our brand and our day-to-day work life. She talks about learning hard lessons, taking wisdom from family, and trusting God in everything.Continue reading “S.2 Ep.14 Robyn Graham says in business, hold on to your Christian values”

S.2 Ep.13 Mary and Elizabeth: Motherhood or purpose? With guest Angel McCoy

Photo by Walter Gadea on Unsplash In a special episode of Positively Joy, host Yvette Walker and regular guest Angel McCoy have a stirring conversation about motherhood, women who are childless, and their connection to the Bible story of Mary, the Mother of God, and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Two women, oneContinue reading “S.2 Ep.13 Mary and Elizabeth: Motherhood or purpose? With guest Angel McCoy”

S.2 Ep.12 After the loss of her son, Elizabeth Meyers remains ‘Undefeated’

We end October, which is Infant Loss Month, with Elizabeth Meyers, who is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. She is passionate about sharing truths in a way that people can understand. Her story and testimony is moving. Her son died several years ago, and she suffered from depression and anxiety, but found God’s strengthContinue reading “S.2 Ep.12 After the loss of her son, Elizabeth Meyers remains ‘Undefeated’”

S.2 Ep.11 Jesus leads through teaching, part 2: The Parables, AND Angel Reads the Bible!

Last week, we started a three-week journey on Jesus as a leader and speaker with the Beatitudes, also known as the Sermon on the Mount. This week in part two, I want to discuss with you Jesus’  leadership through his parables. Jesus’ parables describe the kingdom of God. Sometimes the parables are fairly straightforward, andContinue reading “S.2 Ep.11 Jesus leads through teaching, part 2: The Parables, AND Angel Reads the Bible!”

Mic Swap with Jenna Erlandson of Bridge of the Faithful podcast!

This week Positively Joy is doing a Mic Swap, where I turn over the microphone to Jenna Erlandson of the Bridge of the Faithful podcast. Jenna has a great show and I wanted to share it with you. She discussed “Facing the Red Sea,” and I know you’ll get a lot out of it. TakeContinue reading “Mic Swap with Jenna Erlandson of Bridge of the Faithful podcast!”

S2. Ep.10 Yes, Jesus Christ gave pep talks! Plus Angel reads the Bible

Jesus spoke like a leader. His words carried power, they inspired and motivated people. For the next three Mondays on Positively Joy, we begin looking at the speeches Jesus gave. Today, we look at the Sermon on the Mount. Like all great leaders, Jesus gave great speeches. Not just flowery speeches, but speeches that leftContinue reading “S2. Ep.10 Yes, Jesus Christ gave pep talks! Plus Angel reads the Bible”

S.2 Ep.9 Can a believer in the Divine, not believe in church? Cori Asuncion says yes

Cori Asuncion is host of the podcast “That’s Not Proper,” and does not consider herself a Christian. Yet, she believes in a Divine Creator, she reads the Bible and she believes that the Creator has a plan for you and me. Listen as Cori tells why she left the church, and what Christians and otherContinue reading “S.2 Ep.9 Can a believer in the Divine, not believe in church? Cori Asuncion says yes”

S.2 Ep.8 ‘Literary Midwife’ Sharon Jenkins on how to write a book in 90 days, and Angel Reads the Bible!

Today’s show is jam-packed, and the title says it all. Today, Angel reads from Hebrews, then, I’m giving away two books from Mary Jo Pierce, and “Literary Midwife” Sharon Jenkins will teach you how to write a book in 90 days! Sit back, and enjoy an amplified edition of Positively Joy! For more everyday storiesContinue reading “S.2 Ep.8 ‘Literary Midwife’ Sharon Jenkins on how to write a book in 90 days, and Angel Reads the Bible!”

S.2 Ep. 7 Connie Lawson loves God even after the loss of a child

Constance Lawson, host of the “Weeds, Seeds and Beautiful Things” podcast, speaks openly and honestly about God, Infertility and “radical faith.” She speaks the plain truth. But Constance always is hopeful. Her smile is genuine, and she has a heart for God. Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday stories of faith.Continue reading “S.2 Ep. 7 Connie Lawson loves God even after the loss of a child”

S2. Ep.6 Turn to the Lord when social media thieves try to steal your name and your soul

Welcome to another episode of Angel Reads the Bible, and a mini-rant from your host, Yvette Walker, about social media thieves on Instagram. But even though I am a bit annoyed, and yes, even angry, scripture calms me. At the end of the episode, I share a recipe with you for my Positively Joyful Nine LayerContinue reading “S2. Ep.6 Turn to the Lord when social media thieves try to steal your name and your soul”

S.2 Ep.5 Meg Glesener broadcasts ‘letters’ of pain, joy and hope

A Seattle mom of eight children, Meg Glesener hosts “Letters from Home,” a podcast that tells the stories of people who have been hurt but found God. As you hear their hearts you will hear…their dreams…their failures…their pain…their struggles…their life changing encounters and extraordinary moments. Meg is passionate about her guests and their stories. GoContinue reading “S.2 Ep.5 Meg Glesener broadcasts ‘letters’ of pain, joy and hope”

S.2 Ep.4 Ogechi Akalegbere tells life stories of growth, joy and trust in God

Ogechi Akalegbere is easy to talk to. Her friends always told her so, and now she digs deep for interesting stories on her podcast, “Tell Me If You Can.” Her own path to faith is as remarkable. “Tell Me If You Can” shares the stories of women in transition and growth in their lives andContinue reading “S.2 Ep.4 Ogechi Akalegbere tells life stories of growth, joy and trust in God”

S.2 Ep.3 Go outside! God made it all for you; AND Angel reads the Bible

In this episode, I talk about my Covid brain and a need to get outside and view God’s creation. And in a fitting way to end the episode, Angel McCoy reads John 1 in her debut of Angel Reads the Bible on Positively Joy. Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everydayContinue reading “S.2 Ep.3 Go outside! God made it all for you; AND Angel reads the Bible”

S.2 Ep. 2 Positive and innovative, Misty Phillip ‘sparks’ a podcast, conference and community

Kingdom-builder Misty Phillip knows how to throw a party where all God’s people can come and be inspired. Whether it’s the Rocket Christian Community or the Spark Christian Podcasting Conference, she builds up, inspires and connects people. Listen to hear about Spark, and to hear how Misty finds God in the every day! Go toContinue reading “S.2 Ep. 2 Positive and innovative, Misty Phillip ‘sparks’ a podcast, conference and community”

S.2 Ep.1 Mary Jo Pierce worships in her kitchen by baking bread

Mary Jo Pierce calls her kitchen her second prayer room, because she observes the traditional Jewish Sabbath by baking Challah and worshipping on Friday nights. With others around her table, they eat and celebrate Jesus. The act is a form of worship and Biblical, she says, because the Lord is present in the form ofContinue reading “S.2 Ep.1 Mary Jo Pierce worships in her kitchen by baking bread”

Positively Joy is back better than ever with more Joy and more Jesus!

Season two is launching like a powerhouse! Host Yvette Walker shares her reasons and plans for upcoming episodes. Go to positivelyjoy.com for free resources, past episodes and to learn how to see God everywhere. Plus, new Merch! Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday stories of faith. To tell your story,Continue reading “Positively Joy is back better than ever with more Joy and more Jesus!”

Pre-season Extra: Angel McCoy reads the Bible

Season two of Positively Joy begins Monday, Sept. 28: One week from today! To kick off pre-season week, meet Angel McCoy, a scripture lover who will become a regular feature on Positively Joy … reading the Bible. Her own podcast, “Angel Reads the Bible,” explores scripture to answer everyday problems. She will share her readingsContinue reading “Pre-season Extra: Angel McCoy reads the Bible”

Bonus episode: God has the power to save, love and forgive us!

The new season starts Sept. 28! In the meantime, I thought I’d share this Bible verse with you from Zephaniah. God has ALL the power! We don’t have to do anything! Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday stories of faith. To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, emailContinue reading “Bonus episode: God has the power to save, love and forgive us!”

Bonus episode: New trailer!

Positively Joy was born of the pandemic, but our need to find happiness and learn how to choose joy will long outlast this worldwide disease. Keep an eye on this channel! We’re gearing up for season 2 and creating some new media and trailers! Positively Joy tries to allow Jesus and His  unforced rhythms ofContinue reading “Bonus episode: New trailer!”

How does God speak to you?

By Yvette Walker The voice of God. Audibly hearing his voice. Isn’t that what we seek when we pray? We ask for something and we think, “wouldn’t it be nice if God just said, ‘Sure, I can get that for you,’ or ‘I’ll make it happen right away.’ ” But he doesn’t. That’s not howContinue reading “How does God speak to you?”

Masks in church: Are we community if we disagree?

As I got settled in my seat in church on Sunday, I looked around and more than 1/3 of people were not wearing masks. Now lest you think this is going to be a rant against people who don’t wear masks it is not. In episode 31, I want to explore when a community thatContinue reading “Masks in church: Are we community if we disagree?”

Karen Friday’s story of prayer and trust in Jesus Christ

Blogger and speaker Karen Friday’s father left her family when she was a child. When he returned, he told her God didn’t exist. Despite that, she and her twin sister both found God at 16, and from then she prayed her father would find the Lord. She figures she prayed 5,000 times for him. AtContinue reading “Karen Friday’s story of prayer and trust in Jesus Christ”

This is what Positively Joy is all about

Welcome, all new listeners to Positively Joy!  We’ve had some new folks join us, so I thought I’d take a few moments in episode 28 to explain exactly what we are trying to do here at the podcast. Please subscribe here or text PJOY to 22828 to get our exclusive subscriber newsletter. Subscribers also willContinue reading “This is what Positively Joy is all about”

BEST OF 2020 REPLAY: Alexander Hamilton and the Bible

  This is one of my favorite episodes of 2020. It didn’t make the top 20 in downloads and I’d say it’s underrated. I hope you enjoy listening to my conversation with Methodist Elder and historian Wendy Meyer unpacking Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton” and looking at the many references to God and the Bible. WeContinue reading “BEST OF 2020 REPLAY: Alexander Hamilton and the Bible”

Revisiting kindness in a box of Girl Scout cookies

The note and box of cookies I gave my neighbor yielded more than I could ever have hoped. But that’s not why I did it. More than a year later, John 15:11 holds the key. Episode 26 proves it’s all about receiving the joy in Him that will remain in us. Captions: Her gift inContinue reading “Revisiting kindness in a box of Girl Scout cookies”

Posh Paper Lady: Sherry finds pure joy papercrafting in her She Shed

In episode 25, we talk to Sherry Williams of Charlotte, N.C., who finds joy out of making all kinds of things out of paper. On her YouTube channel, Posh Paper Lady, she can teach you how to as well.  Thousands of fans come to Sherry’s channel every day to watch her make “stinkin’ cute” projects,Continue reading “Posh Paper Lady: Sherry finds pure joy papercrafting in her She Shed”

Survive the dog days of summer with family memories and God’s word

Episode 24 is all about trusting God and finding joy in family memories. First, I’m delving into the book of Isaiah and learning about God’s promises. Then later, listen to me and my sister, Karen Walker, as we pick greens and tell funny stories about our parents when we were young. Photo of my mother,Continue reading “Survive the dog days of summer with family memories and God’s word”

The mother of Bible journaling, Shanna Noel speaks out on finding joy!

Shanna Noel is the founder of the Bible journaling company, Illustrated Faith. Shanna talks all about what Bible journaling is and how we can grow closer to God through this relatively new art form. She has grown her company in 5 short years and has tens of thousands of fans through social media. Like this episode?Continue reading “The mother of Bible journaling, Shanna Noel speaks out on finding joy!”

Daredevil part 2: Breaking down a superhero’s belief in God, and Bible comparisons

And here is Daredevil part 1: The guys are back! In part 2 of this conversation with comic experts Anthony Brown (below right) and Kade Poulson, we explore Scripture and Bible characters to get at the root of Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and his religious traditions. Why does he hurt people but refrain from killing?Continue reading “Daredevil part 2: Breaking down a superhero’s belief in God, and Bible comparisons”

Daredevil: The superhero who believes in God

Join my conversation in episode 21 with comic book experts Anthony Brown and Kade Poulson all about Daredevil and his religious crisis. He believes in God, but doubts himself. Is he good? Or is he truly the devil of Hell’s Kitchen? The Netflix show is just the latest incarnation of this character, which has beenContinue reading “Daredevil: The superhero who believes in God”

She shaved her head to find new growth: Writer Linda Jones

In part three of the Joy of Hair Week, we talk to a bold woman who revealed a special decision on social media. After battling with the hair thinning disorder alopecia, writing consultant Linda Jones made the decision to go bald. The reaction was swift and positive on social media, but that’s not why sheContinue reading “She shaved her head to find new growth: Writer Linda Jones”

When your faith is challenged: The Oklahoman’s Carla Hinton

On episode 19 of the Positively Joy Podcast: Carla Hinton, Faith editor of The Oklahoman, recently wore a mask while attempting to interview someone for a story. The person challenged her faith, asking her to remove her mask, and whether she believed God would protect her from Coronavirus. Carla talks about the encounter, and whatContinue reading “When your faith is challenged: The Oklahoman’s Carla Hinton”

The Joy of Hair Week, part two: From Disco mane to stylish gray, Michael Quintanilla still rocks it!

In part two of the Joy of Hair Week, we talk to the the always fashion-forward Michael Quintanilla If you want someone who finds joy through their hair, it’s Michael. Cool, trendy and always passionate about style, he enjoys looking good, but also helping others feel good about themselves! Michael discusses his hair, going grayContinue reading “The Joy of Hair Week, part two: From Disco mane to stylish gray, Michael Quintanilla still rocks it!”

Cutting her dreadlocks: The Joy of Hair Week, part 1

It’s our Joy of Hair Week! Today in Episode 16 of the Positively Joy podcast, Linda Lockhart discusses her reasons for cutting off her long dreadlocks and embracing the joy of a short, worry-free style.  Subscribe and don’t miss parts 2 and 3 in the Joy of Hair Week:  Michael Quintanilla on going gray, and LindaContinue reading “Cutting her dreadlocks: The Joy of Hair Week, part 1”

Writer uses the Gospel to reflect on the death of George Floyd

Episode 15: In a special episode of Positively Joy: Journalism student Jessie Smith tells why the death of George Floyd affected him so deeply. They both are black men, and motherless. Smith’s essay, “Like a Motherless Child: The Memory of George Floyd,” can be found on Medium. Editor’s note: This conversation references difficult topics and usesContinue reading “Writer uses the Gospel to reflect on the death of George Floyd”

Empowering women and girls behind the camera is her passion

Episode 14: Valerie Vaughn is a photographer, but she also has a mission to infuse empowerment into everything she creates. Listen to our conversation on how she does this, and why she prays before every session. To read the story I wrote about her project for Upworthy, click here. Go to our website, at positivelyjoy.comContinue reading “Empowering women and girls behind the camera is her passion”

Bishop Jose uses mirth in his ministry through quarantine videos

Episode 13: How does an Episcopalian bishop deal with self-isolation in a quarantine? He makes funny videos, of course. That’s what Bishop Jose McLoughlin does, anyway. Listen to my conversation with the bishop about making people laugh during stressful times. Go to our podcast episode page at positivelyjoy.com for more everyday stories of faith. ToContinue reading “Bishop Jose uses mirth in his ministry through quarantine videos”

Positively Joy now on YouTube!

If you like to listen on YouTube, go to the Positively Joy podcast on YouTube. New episodes every Monday and Thursday! For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, email us! Also, we would love to pray for your needs. Send emailContinue reading “Positively Joy now on YouTube!”

Activate your joy with Happiness Decoded 101

In Episode 12, therapist and life coach Marcus Cade Jr. of Happiness Decoded 101 teaches people how to activate their joy. Through personal tragedy, he learned  the four pillars of harmony and happiness! For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, emailContinue reading “Activate your joy with Happiness Decoded 101”

How to decode happiness … with Marcus Cade Jr.

In Episode 12, therapist and life coach Marcus Cade Jr. of Happiness Decoded 101 teaches people how to activate their joy. Through personal tragedy, he learned  the four pillars of harmony and happiness! For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, emailContinue reading “How to decode happiness … with Marcus Cade Jr.”

Author Crescent Dragonwagon on why storytelling gives her joy, part 2

Here is part one: In Episode 11, listen to part two of my conversation with author Crescent Dragonwagon and her husband, Mark Graff on hosting a story time for children’s stories on Facebook, and why sharing stories is important. For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story,Continue reading “Author Crescent Dragonwagon on why storytelling gives her joy, part 2”

Crescent Dragonwagon brings joy by reading to others

In episode 10, author Crescent Dragonwagon, yes, that’s her name, and her husband, Mark Graff started reading children’s books on Facebook Live during Covid-19. Her mother, Charlotte Zolotow, was an accomplished writer and brought joy to many children, as did Crescent herself. In part one of our conversation, the couple talks about why they startedContinue reading “Crescent Dragonwagon brings joy by reading to others”

Feeding joy and starving fear on social media, pt. 2 … with Mashaun Simon

And this is part 1: This is episode 9, and part two of my conversation with Asst. Pastor Mashaun D. Simon. We finish talking about the Facebook Compliment Challenge but also delve into how social media can serve as a positive in a season of negativity. For more everyday stories of faith, please visit ourContinue reading “Feeding joy and starving fear on social media, pt. 2 … with Mashaun Simon”

Why the Facebook compliment challenge is so important … with Mashaun Simon

In episode 8: Asst. Pastor Mashaun Simon posted a compliment challenge on his Facebook page. The huge response is indicative of our craving for positivity. Simon talks about this need, his unexpected path into ministry after journalism, and life in the church as a gay man.

Can animals teach us about kindness?

Episode 6: On this Memorial Day, a drive through a safari park got me thinking about our freedom and how to think about others.  For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, email us! Also, we would love to pray for yourContinue reading “Can animals teach us about kindness?”

An interview with a Christian Covid survivor

In episode 5: Teresa Taylor Williams talks about her blog, Praises in the Pandemic and how she has sought God in this challenging season in her life. For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, email us! Also, we would love toContinue reading “An interview with a Christian Covid survivor”

Faithfulness = joy

  In episode 4, we tease an upcoming podcast! Praises in the Pandemic is a new blog that looks at coping with the Covid-19 crisis through praising God, in the good times and bad. Find the blog at https://praisesinthepandemic.blogspot.com For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, orContinue reading “Faithfulness = joy”

Welcome to the podcast!

Welcome to Positively Joy, a podcast on walking in joy in all seasons. I’m your host, Yvette Walker. In Episode 1, we were still thinking about a name for the podcast.  For more everyday stories of faith, please visit our Podcast Episodes page To tell your story, or to suggest someone else’s, email us! Also,Continue reading “Welcome to the podcast!”

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