5 of My Go-To Podcasts


Podcasts have never really been my thing until recently. Several weeks ago I was inspired to start listening to a couple of podcasts and now I’m on a bit of a podcast kick. I listen to a podcast on my drive to and from work, while I’m getting ready in the mornings, and occasionally while I’m out in the garage working on a project. I think I’ve subscribed to a few too many podcasts to have the time to listen to all of them each week, but I try to fit them in as I have time. There are so many podcasts out there. Don’t worry, though, I’m not going to get into all of the different options; I’m only going to share five of my go-to podcasts.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

I stumbled across Jamie Ivey’s podcast through another blog and got hooked. She has such an encouraging and casual style. I feel like I’m sitting down with friends as I’m listening to her podcast. She is a fantastic interviewer, has great guests, and touches on everything from the lighthearted to more serious issues. I am challenged, inspired, and encouraged every time I spend a happy hour with Jamie.

Sandy Rios in the Morning

I know some people don’t want to hear any more news and politics than they have to, but there is so much going on our nation and the world today that I want to do my best to stay informed. Sandy Rios in the Morning airs on the American Family Radio every weekday morning and it’s rebroadcast on iTunes Podcasts. Sandy discusses various news and political situations. She invites various guests, experts in their particular field, and will discuss current events with them. She is based in Washington, D.C., a conservative, stays in touch and up-to-date with the day’s news, and is a Fox News contributor.

C-Span Radio – Washington Today

I listen to C-Span Radio for the same reasons I listed above for the Sandy Rios podcast. I feel like I can serve better and influence well when I am well-informed of what’s going on. I don’t want to be woefully ignorant of current news and politics. I also want to make sure I’m not just listening to one side, one perspective of issues. Although C-Span can be dry at times, it really does seem to present the facts, and opinions, on multiple sides of the situation. So if you’re looking for more of an unbiased report, you might try this podcast.

Craig Groeschel Leadership

Craig Groeschel is the lead pastor of Life.Church, a multi-campus church, an author, and speaker. He releases a new leadership podcast every month. I have really enjoyed listening to these podcast episodes because they are short, challenging, and practical. Craig tends to begin each episode by answering a couple of questions from listeners and then dives into his monthly lesson. The practical tips have encouraged me to be a better leader at work, church, and in my personal life.

You don’t have to be in a position of authority to apply good, solid, healthy leadership principles in your life. You can step up to be a leader in your community, home, business, workplace, and family without having a particular title. You have the potential to be a leader in all kinds of situations and can benefit those around you by exhibiting great leadership characteristics.

Passion City Church

The Passion City Church podcast is a rebroadcast of the Sunday messages from Louie Giglio. I’ve loved watching various videos of Louie Giglio speaking over the last several years. His style is very down-to-earth, relatable, reverent, challenging, and practical. Every time I listen to one of his messages, I walk away humbled by the majesty of God. I also walk away with practical tips for living my faith out every day. The recent message series has been about not wasting our influence, family, time, and work. If you have a chance, I would encourage you to take some time to listen to some of these. They were such a reminder to me to not waste a single opportunity. As I shared in my last post, You Have a Purpose, we all have a purpose to fulfill. Let’s take the challenge to live out our purposes well.