POSITIVELY JOY

POSITIVELY JOY

Do you believe in God but your heart is dead? Are you like the prodigal's brother, who was faithful but joyless? Let me help you find that joy, and flourish in the light of Jesus. We invite you to listen, and we hope Positively Joy encourages you in your daily life! Text PJOY to 22828, and be the first to receive updates!

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June 10, 2021 5 min

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 in Scripture. I hope you have been enjoying these throwback episodes. Season 3 is coming soon, bigger and better! 

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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, circa the late 1940s, early 1950s)

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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.

 

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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

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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 from Paul's letter to the Galatians, not just about the Fruits and walking in the Spirit, but to abstain from walking in the flesh. We're talking pride today...

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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 On Me,"  on her website, beckywade.com. Join the Positively Joy Facebook community as we begin a new book club, an...

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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 Thursday for another great episode of the Positively Joy podcast! Subscribe, follow, and set your...

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Pastor and former coach Tom Mullins 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, I reflect on Mullins' message. And be encouraged -- there's a way out.

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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 much we have depended on them. God's love and faithfulness is like that. Much like a broken-down refrigerator!

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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 Spark, and to hear how Misty finds God in the every day! The IN-PERSON conference takes place in June in Grapevine, Texas. Get tickets at sparkmedia.ventures.

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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. Coni says, "Rest in Jesus He has a plan. It may not look like yours so be patient and REST in Him. He does amazi...

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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. 

As I mention in the service, here is Keith Green's Easter song. His music deepened my relationship with God and saved me during a very difficult summer while alone and on an internship in New York in 1982. https:...

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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 act is a form of worship and Biblical, she says, because the Lord is present in the form of the bread.

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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 and appears to assume the new title of the Evil One. Is this a slap in the face to the Body of Christ? Both the images and the lyrics are intense. The song pai...

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We love Jesus, and we love movies! 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. Leah and Ben share a lot of knowledge and history on these films. Plus, a BIG announcement at the end of the show. So listen, and stick around till the end!

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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 helping widows to go on with their lives. And she is also an author and community builder who tells her audience that widows are still here for a reason. 

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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 another one on bartending, he now helps others write their own testimonies. Listen to this important message on following Jesus and not others.

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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. 

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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 not as easy as you think!

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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!

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