Wrap Yourself in Joy Podcast

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Wrap Yourself in Joy with Karen Dwyer podcastAre you looking for more joy? Join award-winning speaker, teacher, and author Karen Dwyer as we search for joy together.

We will explore how to find true JOY, awaken JOY, defeat JOY Busters, and create a JOY-filled prayer life – from a Christian perspective and a Biblical perspective. We will focus on God‘s love, truth, and what we can do to be filled with more JOY.

Join our journey and discover how to:

*Receive a greater capacity to accept the JOY and the love of God.
*Awaken to joy from our JOY-filled God, who wants to share His joy with you.
*Develop a plan to resist the JOY Busters of fear, worry, anxiety, discouragement, anger, busyness, and more.
*Stand strong in adversity.

In your quest for true joy, you will not be disappointed!

NEW!  Karen offers Cup of JOY Women™ or  Cup of JOY Gathering (for men and women) to accompany each WRAP Yourself in JOY podcast. Karen will send you the FREE small group materials when you sign up.  STARTING in FEBRUARY: The Cup of JOY study accompanies Esther for This Time: Prayer, Reversals & JOY. 

Karen’s Website: https://wrapyourselfinjoy.com/

Get a copy of Karen’s Books here.

About Karen:

Karen Dwyer is an inspirational speaker and an award-winning college teacher specializing in helping students and adults of all ages conquer their public speaking anxiety.

Karen is the author of 10 books, including WRAP Yourself in JOY: Find the JOY & Fight the Fear, WRAP Yourself in Scripture,  Esther for Such a Time as This: Prayer, Reversals & Joy, Nehemiah—Rebuilding Hope & Joy in Your Life, The Joy of Advent—Journey with the People, Events &, Prayers at the First Coming of Jesus Christ, and iConquer Speech Anxiety.

She has been a guest on EWTN’s The Choices We Face and several Catholic radio programs, including programs on Spirit Catholic Radio. She is the founding Coordinator for Magnificat-Omaha, founder of the Heart of Jesus Prayer Groups, a Council Member of Pentecost Today USA, and has served on the Board of Directors for KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio and the national Mission Advisory Council for the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF).

Karen says, “The Lord Jesus Christ wants to share His joy with you (John 15: 11).  He is the One who sustained me through great tragedy and gave me His JOY.  Our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit want to give YOU more JOY. “

Karen and her husband Larry are active members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish.

Wrap Yourself in Joy Podcast Episodes

Esther for This Time #10 – Celebrating God’s Goodness & the Feast of Purim

Are you looking for encouragement and JOY? Esther will help you celebrate what God has done, inspire you to trust Him more, and strengthen your faith. For Esther and Jewish families today, the Feast of Purim celebration reminds them how God delivered them from their enemies and continues to do so.

Esther for This Time #9 – Creative Solutions and MORE Reversals

Creative Solutions for Esther & Her People Do you need some creative solutions for your life?  It may look like there is NO way out, but God working behind the scenes can always give a perfect solution. Today, we watch the reversals in Esther unfold through a second edict as many watching Esther and the […]

Esther for This Time #8 – Reversals Begin

God loves reversals! Today in our podcast, we encounter three reversals in Esther Chapter 7. This is God’s providence bringing dramatic changes in circumstances in response to the prayers of His people. Be assured it can happen again and it can happen in your life too.

Esther for This Time #7 – God-Designed Comedy

God-designed comedy can reverse calamity! Don’t you wish every tragedy turned into a good laugh instead? Sometimes, we think God doesn’t have a sense of humor. Today in our podcast on Esther, we cannot help but see the comedy from the hand of God that reverses a tragedy.

Esther for This Time #6: Pray, Wait and Discern

Are you praying, waiting, and discerning? Have you ever prayed in a daunting situation? Were you looking for a quick solution? Sometimes a quick solution is not the best solution. In our podcast today, Esther shows us the value of prayer, but also why it’s important to wait and discern God’s solution.

Esther for This Time # 5 – Your Mission For Such a Time as This

Today, Queen Esther comes to trust the power of God in prayer, gains needed courage and discovers her mission. Esther and Mordecai show us powerful examples of how to intercede for a nation in desperate times.

Esther for This Time #4 – Unwavering Resolve & the First Edict

Five years later, we begin to see why God put Esther in a position of influence. Today, we join Mordecai as he stands near the palace gate and overhears a plot to kill the king which he reports to Queen Esther. Also, Mordecai, with unwavering resolve, refuses to bow to Haman, “the enemy of the Jewish people.” So Haman cast Purim (similar to our dice) to determine the date to ask the king to kill all Jews. The edict announcing the annihilation was sent out on Passover—the very day Jewish families annually commemorate God delivering them from slavery (Exodus 12). Their Passover celebration with family and friends quickly turned into a day of mourning. How ironic that the day of the announcement would fall on a commemoration of God’s deliverance! Could God again deliver them from destruction? Actually, it would be only God who could!

Esther for This Time #3 – The Spa & A New Queen

Are you seeking attractiveness and favor with others? On the way to becoming queen, Esther offers us an example of attractiveness, God’s way. Join us today at the Spa, circa 479 BC, and hear how the attractiveness of heart wins friends and favor and see the providence of God begin unfolding quietly. 

Esther for This Time # 2 – The Queen, the Refusal & the Bad Advice

The Book of Esther in the Old Testament was written so that even 2500 years later, we can still relate it to our culture. Today, we continue in Esther Chapter 1 with our introduction to the pompous and extravagant King Ahasuerus and the opulent six-month party he threw in the capital city of Susa (modern day Iran) in the third year of his reign. Ancient historians suggest over 15,000 men came to the party that lasted 187 days. In the midst of the grand party, the king received and followed bad advice. In this podcast, we will cover how to find true wisdom.

Esther for This Time: Prayer, Reversals & JOY – The Backdrop & the Party

Just when we wonder, “Where is God in our lives or our families or our communities,” Esther reminds us that God never abandons us. He is faithful. Esther is a beautiful study for Lent. It’s about trusting in God, interceding in prayer, fasting and receiving strength to stand firm amid life’s challenges. It’s about gentle leadership and discernment from God in difficult times. Most importantly, Esther is a dramatic story of how God can bring reversals in circumstances for you and your family.

A Cup of JOY for Lent – An Invitation

You are invited to start a CUP of JOY Women™ or Cup of JOY Gathering (men and women).  A CUP of JOY small group is an easy way to gently evangelize and foster fun, faith, sharing, and Scripture in small groups.  All materials are free and accompany each weekly 15-minute WRAP Yourself in JOY Podcast. For Lent and starting soon, the eight week series is Esther for This Time: Prayer, Reversals & JOY. Find out more today.

Seeking Consolation and JOY? Join Anna & Simeon at the Presentation – A JOY-Filled Advent & Christmas #7

Are you seeking consolation or more JOY? Join us today at the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord where Anna and Simeon show how to find joy. They offer us 10 ways the Holy Spirit can help you find more JOY.

Perplexed? Exchange Your Plans for God’s Plans! – A Joy-Filled Advent #5

Are you perplexed or bewildered over changes that have come into your life? Mary and Joseph had to change their plans often. Why not ask God to help you lean into these changes? God can give you the best results ever when you willingly exchange your plans for God’s plans!

Needing more JOY or Peace? Join the Chorus of Angels & Shepherds! – A JOY-Filled Advent & Christmas #6

Do you need MORE JOY and Peace? Join us today as you meet the Angels and the Shepherds who have a lot to share. In fact, uniting your heart with the Angel’s Gloria and the Shepherd’s praises will help you know more JOY and peace.

Needing Calm? Seek Stillness with God! – A JOY-Filled Advent #4

Are you needing calm in your life? Today, we are dropping in on a very special celebration of John the Baptist’s birth. You might hold the baby, newly named John, or share with all the neighbors your astonishment at the miracle birth.  You will hear Zechariah speak for the first time in 9 months. When he does, he teaches us the value of stillness with God. His silent retreat results in the joyous Benedictus blessings. Stillness with God will do the same for you, giving you more joy and peace!

The Visitation & JOY of Fellowship – A JOY-Filled Advent #3

Today, we travel with Mary down the 90-mile road from Nazareth to the Hill Country of Judea, near Jerusalem. We will drop in on the visit that Mary makes to her old cousin Elizabeth. Both women are with child, both are rejoicing over the births to come, and both are thrilled to see each other. You can’t miss the JOY!

“For Nothing Is Impossible with God” – A JOY-Filled ADVENT # 2

If you are unsure about God’s power to accomplish miracles or significant changes in your own life, consider this: If God can supernaturally beget the Son of God in a virgin and give an old woman Elizabeth, past her time of conceiving  a child, God can fix the barrenness in your life too. If you feel unproductive or barren, ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you in new ways and to open new doors where least expected. He will give you a breakthrough! “For nothing is impossible with God!”

God Hears & God Answers; Don’t Give Up Hope – A JOY-Filled Advent #1

God hears & God answers prayer. Join us today in Podcast #1 of A Joy-Filled Advent series as Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Gabriel teach us to never give up on prayer.

Wrapped in JOY and Armored in Prayer – Joyful & Battle Ready #8

When prayer is the atmosphere we breathe, and we keep breathing it, the Holy Spirit is released to work in unimaginable ways, and supernatural graces and gifts are poured out. Heaven will even surprise us when we stay connected with the King of Kings and His Kingdom in prayer! Plus, prayer secures your JOY and activates the Armor of God.

The JOY of Scripture & Wielding the Sword of the Spirit (Joyful & Battle Ready #7)

Did you know that JOY is associated with reading and praying with scripture? The Word of God promises a deep spiritual joy in interacting with God via His Word.  Join the podcast today as we cover the pleasures found in the Word of God and how to use the Word as a Sword of the […]

Stop Worry, Return to JOY and Put on the Helmet of Salvation – Joyful & Battle Ready #6

Stop Worry, Return to JOY and Put on the Helmet of Salvation (Joyful & Battle Ready #6) Are you ready to stop the worry and return to JOY?  Worry is the big JOY thief that brings on fretting. In only a few dances with fretting, you will be exhausted. Your JOY will be sidelined. Join […]

Defeat Joy Busters & Take Up the Shield of Faith (JOYFUL & Battle Ready #5)

How are you at defeating joy busters? Everyone faces those situations that can steal their joy. But you can develop a plan to stop their impact on your life. You can become aware of the JOY Busters, actions you can take to defeat joy busters, and learn how to” take up the shield of faith to quench the flaming arrows” coming at you.

Singing for JOY & Slipping on Gospel Shoes – Joyful & Battle Ready #4

When we praise God, we surrender everything to Him and proclaim that He is God, and we are NOT. He has everything in our lives under control, and even when we do not see it, we can trust Him. Even in hardships, we can sing praises to the Lord, and he will comfort us with deep, calming JOY. In addition, we can wear Gospel peace shoes as part of the armor we wear everywhere we go.

Heaven Rejoices & We Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness (JOYFUL & Battle Ready #3)

Heaven Rejoices and We Put on Righteousness Did you know you serve a joy-filled God who rejoices over you?  Join us today as we cover the rejoicing of heaven and the songs God sings over you. You will discover how to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness to protect your heart, keep the JOY, and […]

Drenched with JOY & Armored in Truth (JOYFUL & Battle Ready #2)

We must increase our capacity to receive more love and joy. NO more teaspoons held out to God! Let’s hold our arms out to Him and ask God to fill us to overflowing with His Love and JOY….Today, we put on a spiritual wardrobe called the Armor of God to fight for JOY and our faith based on Ephesians 6. We will belt ourselves in truth.

Embrace the JOY and Stand FIRM! JOYFUL & Battle Ready #1

Happiness and Joy are Not the Same. About 45% of 12,000 people surveyed say they have not felt true happiness since before the pandemic. Around 25% surveyed say they don’t know, or have forgotten, what it means to feel truly happy (Oracle). The natural question is this: Are JOY and happiness the same thing? We will find that happiness depends on external circumstances, while true joy is “a gift that fills us from within” and “is to be searched for and shared continuously “(Francis).

NEHEMIAH & Rebuilding HOPE  #11 – Nehemiah Recaps, “The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength.”

The Book of Nehemiah has reassured us that prayer changes everything, that every obstacle can be overcome, and that every false accusation can lead to persistence, more prayer, and joyous victory. With Nehemiah, we declare: God is with us! God is for us! God is at work! God has a plan that changes everything! We can confidently exclaim: The JOY of the LORD is my strength! (Nehemiah 8: 14).

NEHEMIAH & Rebuilding HOPE #10 – Do You Need an Uplift? Nehemiah Calls All Praisers!

Adding praise and thanksgiving to your prayer can increase your faith, lift your spirit, help you recall God’s goodness, encourage you in challenging tasks, and add much more joy to your life. Have you considered becoming a praiser? So, how can you add more praise and thanksgiving to God? Join us today as Nehemiah demonstrates the praisers’ impacts and shows you how to add praise to your prayer life.

NEHEMIAH & Rebuilding HOPE #9 – Nehemiah Says, God Will Never Forsake You!

God did not forsake the people at the time of Nehemiah 10. He will never forsake us, our families, or our nation, even if we fall away from Him into our own slavery to sin. God will take us back if we come to him in repentance with a desire to change and worship and praise Him for His goodness. It’s never too late as long as we breathe.

NEHEMIAH & Rebuilding HOPE #8 – Need Joy in Your Life? Nehemiah Points to a Prayer Booth!

Do you need more JOY in your life? Are you seeking a revival in your faith? Nehemiah will show you the way. Join us today as we cover creating a spiritual “prayer booth” for rejoicing, reading Scripture, and recalling what God has done for us, plus receiving new JOY.

Nehemiah – Rebuilding Hope #7 – Facing Slander? Nehemiah Responds, Pray, Speak the Truth & Persevere

Pray, Speak the Truth & Persevere Always Look to Nehemiah. Are you facing slander?  Have mistruths been spoken about you? You can overcome the discouragement and discern the lies, deception, and diversion around you! Nehemiah will show you how. Join the podcast today as he shows us to always pray, speak the truth, and persevere. […]

Nehemiah – Rebuilding Hope #6 – Angry? Nehemiah Says Step Back First!

Consider Nehemiah. Do you get angry easily?  Do you get riled up? Nehemiah shows us to step back before acting. It never works to respond with emotions. In Chapter 5, during their rebuilding, the people face opposition from within their ranks. It seems that if the opposition doesn’t hit us from without, it comes from […]

Nehemiah & Rebuilding Hope #5 – Facing Opposition? Nehemiah Shows the Best Approach for Success!

Do you suddenly face opposition when you are making progress in a daunting task? Do you respond with insult for insult when ridiculed? In Nehemiah Chapter 4, Nehemiah and the people face criticism, ridicule, name-calling, and insults as they try to repair the burned-down walls and broken gates. This can happen to any of us. Join the podcast today as Nehemiah shows us the best approach for success when it comes to overcoming opposition and discouragement.

Nehemiah – Rebuilding Hope #4 – Perfumers Needed! Nehemiah Calls for Your Help!

Are you a perfumer? Nehemiah needs you!  All teams need workers from all walks of life with a heartfelt desire to build—even beyond their known skills.  The “perfume makers” provide sweet-smelling assistance, even though their hands are soft and they are not seasoned builders.  Join us today as Nehemiah reveals team-making skills and appoints the perfume makers.

Nehemiah & Rebuilding Hope #3 – Need Favor? Let Nehemiah Encourage You!

Do you need favor? Let Nehemiah encourage you!  When you pray for favor, you are asking God for grace to help solve a difficult problem or turn a bad situation around. After supplication, God gave Nehemiah favor with the king and the king blessed him with all that he asked. Join us today to discover how to trust God more and ask for favor when approaching challenges.

NEHEMIAH & Rebuilding HOPE #2 – Procrastinate or Supplicate? Nehemiah Teaches Intercession!

Nehemiah teaches about interceding for a people and a nation. In Nehemiah 1, he demonstrates powerful intercession and all five types of prayer. His prayer starts the process of bringing great solutions to great difficulties and a broken nation.

Nehemiah & Rebuilding Hope #1 – Messy Situations? Studying Nehemiah can help!

Do you have messy situations in your life? The Book Nehemiah will remind you of God’s presence and power to transform brokenness and disappointment. You can overcome the fear and discouragement. Join our podcast today and allow Nehemiah to teach you to walk with God in new hope and joy. The Book of Nehemiah speaks to our faith today, even though it was written almost 2500 years ago. It will inspire you and your family in times of discouragement, trouble or worry in the face of life’s difficulties. Nehemiah reminds us all how God’s presence and power are with us and can transform lives.

Esther & Turnaround JOY #10 – Celebrating God’s Goodness & Purim

Are you looking for encouragement and JOY? Esther will help you celebrate. When you recall and celebrate what God has done, you are strengthened in your faith, inspired to trust Him more, and encouraged with hope. For Esther and all Jewish families, the annual Feast of Purim celebration helps them recall that God delivered them and will continue to deliver them. Join our podcast today and be encouraged to joyously celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness as we review the many turnarounds in the Book of Esther.

JOY Series #9 –Stop the Worry & Grab the Plunger

Do you have your JOY plunger handy? What does a plunger have to do with finding the joy and stopping the worry? We all need plungers for messy situations – for the sudden, unexpected events, joy busters or “stuff” that can ruin our day, take our time or energy, and steal our JOY. Today you will be reminded of all the JOY maintenance tools that we have covered in our Find the JOY podcast Series. You can stop the worry and grab the plunger.

JOY Series #8: Arresting the Big JOY Thief – WORRY

How are you at arresting the Big JOY thief -WORRY? Worry is not just a JOY Buster. It’s a big JOY thief and it brings on fretting. In only a few dances with fretting, you will be exhausted and any JOY you once had will be greatly challenged. Join us today and discover how to arrest the big JOY thief Worry, stop the fretting and  rest in God’s love.

JOY Series #7 – Begin Again and Defeat JOY Busters

Begin Again and Defeat Joy Busters. Join us today as we continue our focus on how to defeat JOY-sapping experiences and leave the past behind. 

JOY Series #6 – Defeating JOY Busters

Defeating JOY Busters – Join us today and discover the actions you must take to defeat JOY Buster’s and their effect on your life.

JOY Series #5 – Praising and Thanking for JOY

Praising and Thanking for JOY will help expand your prayer life from “petition addict” to one of praising JOY so that you can enjoy God too.

JOY Series #4 – WRAP-ing JOY

Today we are WRAP-ing JOY. How would you like to feel wrapped in JOY? Have you ever wanted to hear God speak to YOU? You can! We will discuss the JOY you can experience from a two-way conversation with your Heavenly Father. You will learn the WRAP method for interactive prayer, how to avoid being a talkaholic in prayer, the four-stages for prayer, and the best way to REST in God’s Love and receive His JOY.God Yearns for a Relationship with You. Enjoy this new podcast!

JOY Series #3 – Awakening JOY & Telling Yourself the Truth

Are you awakening to more JOY in your life? Join the podcast to awaken more joy in your life and find out what God is singing over YOU.

JOY Series #2 – Defining JOY & 4 Tips for Increasing JOY

Have ever wondered if lasting Joy is attainable?  Today we will discuss a definition for true and lasting JOY plus 4 Tips for increasing JOY in your life.

JOY Series #1 – Searching for JOY

Join us today as we search for how to be filled with true and lasting JOY every day. 

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