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POSITIVELY JOY

POSITIVELY JOY

Are you searching for the light in a dark world? Here, you’ll find God in the everyday … through everyday blessings, everyday happiness and everyday sorrow. On the podcast and on the blog, we look for God in the commonplace, and we find joy in the details. We invite you to listen, and we hope Positively Joy encourages you in your daily life! www.positivelyjoy.com

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  • POSITIVELY JOY Women can find 'Sacred Work' and be Christians and leaders Play in Edifi Player

    Women can find 'Sacred Work' and be Christians and leaders

    I'm a career woman and a Christian creative, and there have been times when the two felt at odds. When I talked to our guest this week, author and leader Peggy Bodde, it seemed she felt my pain. Peggy has written a new book, titled "Sacred Work: A Christian Woman's Guide to Leadership in the Marketplace" and it was meant for me, and for many of you, too. Let's hear from Peggy. "Sacred Work" is out this week! Get it here. More on Peggy and her ministry at peggybodde.com

  • POSITIVELY JOY Over 50 and not sure you're fabulous? Play in Edifi Player

    Over 50 and not sure you're fabulous?

    Jen Hardy quotes St. Catherine of Siena when speaking about women over 50: “What is it you want to change? Your hair, your face, your body? Why? For God is in love with all those things and he might weep when they are gone.” Jen's Fabulous Over 50 podcast ranks high among aging and retirement podcasts. If you're almost 50 or over 50, listen and let Jen help you feel better about yourself.

  • POSITIVELY JOY A Proverbs 31 woman works or stays home in service to family first Play in Edifi Player

    A Proverbs 31 woman works or stays home in service to family first

    It's Women's History Month and International Women's Day, so it's fitting to have Anna McLaughlin on the show! Anna is the founder of She Considers A Field, a women's ministry centered around the Proverbs 31 verse on what a good woman is. You can find Anna on her podcast, YouTube channel, and Facebook group of the same name. Anna talks about making the sacrifice to leave a full- time job to become a full-time homemaker and finding her fulfillment there. She Considers a Field Ministries: …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Overcoming loss and pain: One father's journey Play in Edifi Player

    Overcoming loss and pain: One father's journey

    Clint Hatton has experienced as much pain as most people. But God has given him the task of sharing a message of being strong and courageous even in the darkest of times. "The pain in some form will be with us for the rest of our lives," Clint said. But that pain represents the love he has for his son, Gabriel, a pilot who died a tragic death. After Gabriel's death, he and his family started living Big, Bold and Brave. Learn more about it from Clint himself. More about the Big Bold Brave …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Divine disconnect: The spiritual risks of AI-generated Bible studies with Sharon Wilharm Play in Edifi Player

    Divine disconnect: The spiritual risks of AI-generated Bible studies with Sharon Wilharm

    I'm concerned about using AI to write Christian teachings, and I'm not the only one. In this two-part episode, I'll talk with experts about whether we should use technology's latest tool to teach the Bible. In part one, Bible Storyteller Sharon Wilharm of All God's Women weighs in. The Gospel Coalition: "Should We Embrace or Evict AI in Churches?" All God's Women podcast Sharon Wilharm website

  • POSITIVELY JOY Author took a higher road and climbed out of depression Play in Edifi Player

    Author took a higher road and climbed out of depression

    Non-religious people as well as Christians, can suffer from depression and suicide ideation. So everyone, listen up! Today's episode with Author D. Neil Elliott takes us down a path that might be different for regular listeners. We talk about depression and suicide,  using language that some people, not necessarily Christian, can recognize and relate to. But what's the same is that our Creator's incredible grace and unconditional love remains. As we move in to this year, it's important to be …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Discover God's Purpose: Journey from Workaholic to Coach Play in Edifi Player

    Discover God's Purpose: Journey from Workaholic to Coach

    It's early in 2024 and we've been talking about life plans. Life coaches can help us get clarity. Last week we talked with coach Ann Visser about marriage, and this week we spend the episode with Karin Freeland, who coaches women about the workplace and when to exit. Karin and I have a lot in common, especially that unfulfilled feeling that you can't define. Karin calls herself a recovered corporate workaholic. After experiencing a midlife awakening at 39, she reinvented her life by deepening …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Life coach gives top tips for a successful Godly marriage Play in Edifi Player

    Life coach gives top tips for a successful Godly marriage

    Ann Visser co-founded 4 Better 4 Ever with her beloved husband of 42 years. She has trained couples, young people, students, addicts in recovery, Christian women and professionals ... in the areas of communication, leadership, relationship, mindset and personal growth. We had such a good conversation on marriage and relationships that we ran a little long this week! Ann's website: https://4better4ever.com Check out her 7-day challenge here. Come back for next week's episode of the …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Focus on prayer in this New Year throwback episode Play in Edifi Player

    Focus on prayer in this New Year throwback episode

    Going back into the archives, I promised to focus more on prayer in 2022 in this throwback episode. Did I do it? Well, I can say for sure I brought God into my daily life, but I still have some work to do on my prayer life. Talking to God is so important, and you - and I - should do it more often. I hope this inspires you! Some ways to put prayer front and center: * Practice daily journaling and speak to him while you do it. Try using my new book, "Journaling His Joy." * Other books …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Angel reads the Bible, again, and it’s the Christmas story Play in Edifi Player

    Angel reads the Bible, again, and it’s the Christmas story

    Years ago, Positively Joy featured the angelic voice of Angel McCoy from the podcast, Angel Reads the Bible. Angel has a beautiful family now and has been pretty busy. But I coaxed her to come back and do a reading from Luke, chapters 1 and 2 in these days leading up to Christmas. There is never a wrong time to hear the Christmas story, but now is just right. It's not too late to jump into my Christmas countdown on Substack.com. Just look up Positively Joy under publications. I have a weekly …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Forgiving a killer and healing your soul: Sarah Gregory Play in Edifi Player

    Forgiving a killer and healing your soul: Sarah Gregory

    This week, our conversation is about forgiveness, and it's a really unique episode. Could you forgive your grandmother's killer? Today's guest is Sarah Gregory, and her story is hard to fathom. She has forgiven the man who murdered her grandmother, but not only that, spent hours with him on death row the day he was executed. Her forgiveness wasn't automatic, though, and she had a long, hard road to get there. Bruce Springsteen's music plays a role, believe it or now. Sarah's "Set Lusting …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Christian and Mormon, Dallin Candlin is a man of compassion Play in Edifi Player

    Christian and Mormon, Dallin Candlin is a man of compassion

    I'm releasing some extra episodes now and until the end of the year. Last week we talked to Bible translator Brian Simmons, and later this week we'll hear about the joy of the Christmas season and Mary, the mother of God. Today, let's talk about compassion. Dallin Candland is a podcaster, poet and a man of compassion. He's also a Mormon, and we'll talk about how people with differences can still learn from one another. I can't wait for you to meet Dallin. Dallin's blog, YIELD Dallin's …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Passion lead translator, Brian Simmons, had a darkness lifted by God Play in Edifi Player

    Passion lead translator, Brian Simmons, had a darkness lifted by God

    Get ready for an incredible episode. In the early 1970s, Brian Simmons was a drug dealer on LSD but had what he calls a “radical” conversion. “I went from LSD to G.O.D. in one day,” he said. Part of the Jesus movement, he began memorizing scripture. Years later, after mission work in the rain forest of Central South America with his wife, Candace, he said he was given a commission by God to do a new translation, and he called it Passion. Brian's Passion and Fire ministry God Is Love Brian's …

  • POSITIVELY JOY Alcohol-free living is a ministry for author and podcaster Play in Edifi Player

    Alcohol-free living is a ministry for author and podcaster

    Social drinking may be acceptable, especially during the holiday season. But for some, it's a problem that non-Christian alcohol programs can't help. Rose Ann Forte knows these problems first hand, and she wrote a book, a Christian program, and now, a podcast called "Say Goodbye and Imagine," for people interested in understanding what's possible when they remove something toxic from our lives, namely alcohol. The Plans He Has For Me website Her book