17 Pick-Me-Up Podcasts

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Love podcasts? So do I! I literally JUST hopped on the bandwagon. It seems like today’s media & entertainment lacks the amount of substance it used to have. Things are getting more vulgar and less wholesome each day. While I may find a few diamonds in the rough, great music, TV shows, and films are becoming a scarce commodity. That’s why I’ve turned to podcasts as one of my preferred sources of consumption.

I’m a huge believer that the things we watch (and listen to) affect our attitudes, which has caused me to be more cautious of what I allow into my spirit. I’ve been discovering some really awesome, uplifting podcasts lately. Listen to these for a good pick-me-up!

1. Elevation Church Podcast

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This podcast was God-sent. Seriously. Pastor Steven Furtick’s powerful weekly messages have gotten me through recent challenges I’ve faced, as a result of pursuing my purpose. There have been times when I wanted to give up. In those tough times, God always uses things, scriptures, or even people to put me back on the right path; and this podcast happens to be one of those things.

2. Glorious in the Mundane Podcast with Christy Nockels

Listen to this podcast for inspiration from some of today’s artists, speakers, and authors. Might I also add, singer-songwriter Christy Nockels is a GREAT interviewer. You won’t be disappointed!

3. Daily Hope with Rick Warren

I’ve always loved Pastor Rick Warren since he published The Purpose-Driven Life. His podcast serves as a source of motivation for me personally, and it can be the same thing for you too!

4. That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

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If it’s anyone who knows how to have a good time, it’s Annie F. Downs. She really lets her hair down with this fun-filled podcast. You can count on her to share the latest on new books, foodie destinations, musicians, and much more.

5. Feathers: Faith in Flight

Faith takes courage. Hear stories from brave individuals who made the decision to step out on faith and pursue their God-given paths. It just might be the nudge you need to follow suit.

6. Proverbs 31 Ministries

What Proverbs 31 Ministries is doing with their platform is highly admirable. For bite-size doses of everyday life encouragement and inspiration, you’ll want to subscribe to this podcast.

7. My Light Still Shines

How do we maintain balance on this journey we call life? How do we ensure that our light continues to shine? Listen to life coach Retha Nichole’s podcast for sound advice and encouragement.

8. Lighten Up with Melanie Dale

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“I use laughter as a coping strategy for life’s messes,” says Lighten Up podcast host Melanie Dale. As for me? I couldn’t agree with her more! Dale invites you to listen in on the conversations she has with her friends each episode, as they share their ways of lightening up and sharing the light in their communities.

9. Going Beyond Ministries with Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer has played a significant role in my spiritual growth since War Room released. I’ve experienced one of her bible studies, so I was stoked to find out about her podcast series!

10. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

Happy hour isn’t limited to drinks only. This Happy Hour, a podcast series hosted by Jamie Ivey, involves great conversations about everyday life with the amazing guests she brings on.

11. Chrystal Evans Hurst

God bless the Evans family! Chrystal Evans Hurst, the elder sister of Priscilla Shirer, has her own podcast featuring her thoughts on the 5 F’s: faith, family, food, fitness, and fun. It’s really good!

12. Surviving Sarah

Survival stories are the ultimate pick-me-up. Just when you think you’ve got it bad, leave it to someone who has it far worse than you to make you think twice. Sarah Bragg’s podcast does just that.

13. HopeWriters

What better way to use the gift of writing—for those who have it—than for the purpose of uplifting others? Sisters Emily P. Freeman and Myquillyn Smith started the HopeWriters podcast to encourage, inspire, and provide other writers with practical advice.

14. The Influence Podcast

In the sea of influencers, a small percentage use their platforms for reasons other than their own personal gain. The Influence Network spotlights and interviews these selfless influencers on their podcast.

15. Around the Table Podcast

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The perfect balance of intention and indulgence, Around the Table podcast hosts Jacey Verdicchio and Maggie McDaris don’t disappoint with their transparent, yet lighthearted conversations about adulthood.

16. The Lazy Genius Podcast

Do you know what it means to be a lazy genius? It means to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. What a great way to live! That’s what this podcast is all about: a collection of conversations featuring…well, LAZY GENIUSES.

17. Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins

We all have those mud stories. Stories deriving from the “messiest muddy moments” of our lives. This podcast serves as a destination for some of these stories, shared by individuals who made it through the mud.

What podcasts are you currently listening to? Share them in the comments below!

Johnaé Elease


Johnaé Elease is the founder of The Happy Joy. As someone whose personality is often described as bright & bubbly, her love for writing and sharing meaningful advice sparked the idea for this online community. Johnaé is also a humble servant of Christ who credits God, and her mother, as the primary reasons for her happiness.

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