THE STORY BEHIND SHE FOUND JOY
As told by our founder, Lauren Gaskill: In 2015, God called me to launch the a podcast to encourage and inspire women to find joy in all of life’s moments and grow in their faith. As a woman who lives with an incurable connective tissue disorder, I know how hard it can be to choose joy and faith every day. But Jesus is worth it, and when we seek His joy and put our faith in Him, there is nothing we can’t overcome.
After hosting the podcast for about a year, I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to do a live version of the podcast in Des Moines, Iowa, where we were living at the time. At first, I laughed at the idea. I had a full-time job on top of ministry at the time and I didn’t see why the world needed another women’s event. But I couldn’t deny the calling, and in faith, I knew I had to trust God and step out into the deep — into the unknown where He was calling me.
I remember praying: God, I don’t see how anyone is going to come to this, but I know it’s what you are calling me to, so I guess let’s do this! By the grace of God, two months later we hosted our first ladies night out event. I expected 40 people to show up, but that number was closer to 140! After the event, several women came up to me in tears thanking me for hosting the program. Many even asked when the next one was going to be. In that moment, it was clear to me that God had big plans for the ministry and that He was going to bless His daughters mightily through it.
Fast forward to 2017. With two local events under our belts, once again I felt the Holy Spirit calling out to me. This time, however, it was to expand the ministry — to offer a national tour, retreat and online resources to help women live courageously and joyfully. Because I know nothing is too big or impossible for our God, I didn’t hesitate at the calling this time. Instead, I got on my knees and prayed. I waited and listened, and, after receiving confirmation after confirmation I took the leap. And that’s where we find ourselves today.
She Found Joy was born out of a desire to shower women with joy and strengthen their faith, and that is our hope for this ministry as we step into this new and exciting season. All for His glory, for His name. For His honor, for His fame. We hope you’ll join us on this amazing adventure of seeking, living and giving joy wherever God leads.