My Favorite Christian Podcasts

I have been just CRAZY about podcasts lately! It’s no secret. I’ve done a few posts about some of my favorite ones in the past (here and here) but I’m always shuffling through what podcasts I have in my list, whether I’m just getting tired of one or trying out a new one. I listen to a pretty wide variety of podcasts about a lot of topics, but there is one particular genre that I’m always on the lookout for – a good Christian podcast.

For those of you that don’t really know what a Christian podcast looks and sounds like, they come in all different shapes and sizes and formats! Some are short and more inspirational, some give biblical advice to readers that have written in, some are actually sermons that have been given by a particular church, some are more generic “talk show” formats, some are geared toward certain groups like moms/parenting – there are so many options!

I’ve sorted through a bunch of them and removed a few that I wasn’t wild about, and there are a few that I keep listening to consistently.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey || I’ve mentioned this one before, but I just love it so much! Jamie Ivey is just the sweetest thing and she talks to girlfriends on her podcast about life (the good and the bad), TV shows, books they are reading, and literally everything! A lot of these women have inspirational stories and it really feels like you’re just sitting at happy hour, gabbing with friends.

Relevant Podcast || This name might sound familiar if you know the Relevant magazine – it’s made by the same people. This one is relatively long (like an hour and a half to two hours) and has the format of a morning radio show. There are multiple hosts, and they talk about events, pop culture, and they have great guests. Some of the recent interviews I’ve loved were Tony Hale, Terry Crews, OK Go, Lecrae, and Jen Hatmaker!

The Village Church Sermons || This one, as you could guess, is a “podcast” of sermons from The Village Church here in Dallas. I’ve gone to one of The Village locations a few times and really liked the teaching a lot! I’ve found another church home that I like a lot, but I still like to listen to these sermons during the week.

Ask Pastor John || This podcast is pretty short (10-15 minutes per episode) and they have SO MANY in the backlog that I still want to go through (topics that I feel apply to me and ones I’m just curious about, too). This is through Desiring God, and people can write in with their questions for John Piper. He gives biblical advice to his best ability, and it’s a good listen.

Good Christian Fun || Ok so this one isn’t really a “Christian” podcast, per se, but I thought I’d include it anyway. It’s hosted by two people that grew up going to church, and they go through Christian pop culture from when they were kids and more recently, too (there’s only been like 6 episodes so far…). They’ve talked about things like Veggietales, Katy Hudson (Katy Perry’s first career as a Christian singer), DC Talk, and the movie Fireproof – so it’s been kind of fun to listen and feel a little bit of nostalgia.

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Currently Obsessing Over: Suits

No, I’m not suddenly really into wearing suits or any sartorial matter. But I have recently been watching the TV show Suits and y’all…. I’m obsessed. I can’t stop watching!! (Which is sometimes problematic when the dvds aren’t ready for me at the library yet and I have to wait which is very inconvenient!!)

I watched the first season of Suits when it was on the air (so back in 2011) and I LOVED it, but then I got busy and then I moved and got rid of my cable and so I didn’t watch it again. After I recently got rid of my Netflix account and started getting my movies and tv shows from the library, I decided to pick the show back up again. I’m not even fully caught up with the series yet (it’s still on the air, on the USA network!) but there are so many things about the show that I love!!!

Like… the romance!!! All the couples are so fun to watch and I am seriously finding myself rooting for ALL of them!! Even ones that aren’t even officially together. They need to get together. And even ones that if I knew them in real life I’d say “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU DON’T BE WITH THAT PERSON THIS IS A TERRIBLE LIFE CHOICE” but since they’re fictional characters, I get to say “YAY PLEASE STAY TOGETHER FOREVER AND YES KISS HER!!!!!”

And… the drama!!! I know absolutely nothing about the legal world and what the day-to-day life of a lawyer is like, but this show leads me to believe that it would be filled with DRAMA and corporate battles and backstabbing coworkers!! Some of the characters and the shady things they do have made me so mad… but in a way where I definitely need to keep watching and make sure that they get put in their place.

I should mention the language real quick… even though it’s a “family friendly” show, they sure do say lots of words and phrases a LOT. Like, geez. I’m sure you can think of a different phrase to use, writers.

But back to the good stuff… the clothes!!! All these attractive people are just dressed SO WELL every single day and it makes me want to go shopping for some new work clothes. But I won’t, because I’m a realistic person and I know that I won’t wear pencil skirts/dresses/crazy high heels every day to work. Nope. I’ll just watch them looking fabulous and be happy with that. And the men in their suits look so handsome!

And along with the clothes… the hair!!! These women are giving me serious hair goals. They have the best blowouts every day, and it makes me want to actually try to make my hair look great every day at work instead of my classic front-twist-low-bun that happens at least 4 days a week.

To balance the drama is… the humor!!! This show is actually pretty funny, and it really keeps it nice and light instead of super dramatic all the time like other legal shows (such as The Good Wife, which I still love…)

It has one of my favorite things in the world… when the real life significant others of the main cast show up as a minor character!!! I just think it’s really fun to see them together on screen and then know that they’re married in real life and it just makes me happy.

And finally… it just has really fun characters!!! There’s the con-man that you’re really rooting for, the pompous jerk who you get to watch as his heart of gold comes out, the smarmy co-worker who eventually grows to be one of your favorite people, the sassy redhead who amazes you with her wit, the sweet gal who is the hardest worker on the whole show, the fearless boss who rocks all day every day, and so many more great people!!

Actually there’s one last thing… I saw online that one of my favorite actors Dule Hill is going to be on Suits this current season and that makes me so happy! I can’t wait to catch up so I can see him once again! He was a main character in anther USA show called Psych (it was seriously so funny and great!) and this will hold me over until the Psych movie comes out later this year!!

Have you seen Suits? Do you love it as much as I do? What show are you currently obsessing over?

 

More Podcasts I’m Loving!

Happy weekend to you! Hopefully when this gets posted I will be sleeping soundly, because I will have just gotten back from my big trip to England about, oh… 7 hours ago. I haven’t been in a jet lag situation since I was 6, so I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to feel like. But I’m just glad that we booked the trip so that we got home late Friday night and then have an entire weekend to recuperate and get back on schedule for the next week. Hopefully my sleep schedule isn’t too crazy this weekend!

One thing I did before I left for England last week was to download a few episodes of my favorite podcasts to listen to. (I use the Stitcher app for my Android phone – I highly recommend it!!) I love love love me some podcasts, and wanted to have a few options to listen to in case I got tired of reading on the plane. I’ve listened to a LOT of different ones over the years, and I’ve found a few that I hate, a few that I tolerate, and a few that I absolutely love. I’ve listened to a few new ones recently and wanted to share the ones I have been enjoying! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these before or if you have a favorite I should check out!

8 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

Isn’t Instagram just the best? By far, it’s my favorite form of social media. You can post fun pictures, you can find endless inspiration, and you can’t get invited by some girl you knew in high school to join her online shopping party for whatever ridiculous company she “works” for. Shouts to all the working mommas making money for your family, but no, I don’t want to buy makeup/supplements/wraps/leggings/eyelash serum/candles/jewelry from you. (Unless I actually know and like you in real life. I will happily buy stuff from you, because again, I know and like you IN REAL LIFE and you will probably ask me if I want to buy things in a real life way, not over a Facebook message where you spell my name incorrectly. Yes that recently happened. You’re sending me a message, my name is right there…) End rant.

Back to Instagram! It’s such a great way to keep tabs on all your friends and family members that you don’t see all the time, and it’s equally as great to follow strangers (like bloggers you like, nothing creepy… I realize that sounded kinda creepy…) and celebrities and brands you love. A while ago I wrote a couple of posts about some of my favorite Instagram accounts (read them here and here), but it’s been a while and I wanted to share a few more that I recently started following and absolutely love… and I know you will, too!

One ||  @_booksintheair_  Follow this account if you love to read and you also kind of judge a book by it’s cover.

Two ||  @juniperfoxx  Follow this account if you love cute animals doing cute things.

Three ||  @bymariandrew  Follow this account if you like doodles and drawings that make you giggle, think, or nod your head in agreement.

Four ||  @colormecourtney  Follow this account if you like bright outfits, bright backgrounds, and contagious smiles.

Five ||  @dallaslovelist  Follow this account if you live in Dallas (duh) and want to find new things to eat, see, and do.

Six ||  @overheardnewyork  Follow this account if you wish you lived in NYC and love people watching.

Seven ||  @cakeandconfetti  Follow this account if you like bright pictures that will instantly make your day happier.

Eight ||  @chelsweets  Follow this account if you love to bake or eat sweets (mainly cake).

I’m excited to post pictures on Instagram over the next few months – I have a LOT of fun trips planned, which means a LOT of fun pictures coming your way! I can’t wait!

Newest TV Obsession: The Newsroom

Before you say anything, yes- I know that The Newsroom is an old show and yes I know it’s not even on the air anymore and yes I know I’m a bit behind, but I just started watching it and I am hooked! I don’t have cable and I recently gave up my Netflix, so I’ve been getting movies and TV Shows from the library. This was a show that was at my local branch, and I had heard good things about The Newsroom from friends, so I decided to give it a go.

The Newsroom originally aired on HBO from 2012-2014 and was created by Aaron Sorkin (you probably know him as the creator of The West Wing.) I tried watching The West Wing and DID NOT CARE FOR IT AT ALL, so I was apprehensive about watching another Sorkin show, but I really enjoyed this one a lot! It’s all witty and smart people, but it still seems like real conversations that could actually happen in real life, and not just “oh, ok, they’re reading a smart and witty script” if that makes sense.

First off, they got a great main cast. The people I didn’t already know became new favorites, and then people I did already know were happy surprises! I didn’t know any of the cast before watching, so it was fun to see Olivia Munn and Dev Patel and Emily Mortimer, who upon seeing, I immediately yelled at the TV “Be careful, she has hollow bones!!” in reference to her cameo on 30 Rock.

One of my favorite things about the show is that yes, it’s completely fictional, but they incorporate real events into the show. A lot of the drama comes from getting breaking news stories, such as the BP oil spill, when congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, when Osama bin Laden was killed, etc. There are definitely very heavy and serious moments to the show, but they do a great job balancing it out with humor and plenty of references to Broadway musicals.

My favorite character by far is the economic reporter, Sloan Sabbith (played by Oliva Munn). She is awkward and sassy and always stands up for herself.

I’m not even finished watching the entire series yet (I only watch one episode a day) but I can’t wait to finish it! I have a friend who is watching the series at the same time (and at the same speed) that I am, and it’s fun to text her my reactions and my predictions and my frustrations. So far during season 1, she got a lot of texts about “DUMB BOYFRIEND DON!!!!!!!!!!!”

Have you watchted The Newsroom? Did you love it, too? What’s a TV show that you’ve been obsessing over lately?

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