Sweet Grace for Your Journey

The podcast for women who want to lose weight and live healthy – body, soul and spirit.

Join Teresa Shields Parker as she shares from her personal journey of losing over 250 lbs with helpful advice and heartfelt questions answered.

Episode 244-Why Forgive Others?

Episode 244-Why Forgive Others?

An important step on our Spirit-Led Transformation is forgiving others. It’s actually a command from God. He demonstrates exactly what He wants us to do for others when He forgives us. Most of the time, this feels like a really hard thing to do so we sort of just put it in the back of our minds and leave it there. However, you aren’t bringing them to justice or hurting them by not forgiving them.

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Episode 243-Forgiven

Episode 243-Forgiven

Forgiven. It’s such a great word. This is the second in our series of Spirit-Led Transformation because understanding the depths of being forgiven can set us free to follow God with all that we are and all that He made us to be. However, when we feel like we are not forgiven and feel deep shame and regret, we are stuck and cannot move forward.

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Episode 242-Flesh Vs Spirit

Episode 242-Flesh Vs Spirit

This episode is going to be the first in a series I’m doing based around the book of Romans. It’s really a book that talks to us about Spirit-led Transformation so that will be a topic we’ll be exploring for the next several months.
In talking about the flesh we need to define what it is, what sin is, why if we allow our flesh to lead us it will lead us astray and why following the Holy Spirit is the right way but we many times resist it until we have no other choice.

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Episode 241-Finding Freedom

Episode 241-Finding Freedom

Being super morbidly obese I always tried to blend into the wallpaper and not make more of a spectacle of myself any more than I already was.
That day, however, the proverbial cat had been let out of the bag.
I’m fat, really fat. I break lawn chairs like twigs. I can’t be trusted to sit anywhere.
I knew I had a problem. I denied it constantly. I tried to push it under the rug. However, I could no longer ignore the obvious.

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Episode 240-What God Wants

Episode 240-What God Wants

I’ve learned since childhood that I should listen to God. I knew He wanted me to give up sugar and flour and eat more meat, fruits, and vegetables. However, I continued to do the opposite. My desire to do my own thing regarding what I ate and how I didn’t exercise or listen to God about my health was not working. As a matter of fact, I was eating myself into an early grave. I was eating myself to death and thinking I was having a great time doing it.

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Episode 239-King of My Heart

Episode 239-King of My Heart

David’s real giant was not a huge hairy man, but a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. I so relate to David because I had a love affair too. His name was Sugar and He tasted so good. Let me tell you when something takes over as King of your heart, it’s not easy to dethrone it. But, here’s how.

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Episode 238-Intimacy

Episode 238-Intimacy

Obedience to God unlocks the door to intimacy with Him. Trust then becomes the foundation for intimacy with Jesus, as well as deep and true intimacy with our husbands and other loved ones.

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Episode 237-Control and the Works

Episode 237-Control and the Works

From an early age I took on a works mentality. I did housework, laundry, cooked supper, took care of the kids, and did my own homework and school activities. I was always working. It was who I was. Finally came the day, though, when God showed me how wrong I was.

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Episode 236-Hiding from Fear?

Episode 236-Hiding from Fear?

Fear can keep us stuck. Fear can cause us to disconnect from everyone we love. Fear can cause us to even hide from ourselves and make us stop trying to reach the dreams God has placed inside us. In the fictional story Teresa shares, the woman who tried to avoid fear learns how to step into life and go for her dreams. You can as well.

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Episode 235-Self-Effort

Episode 235-Self-Effort

Are you doing things in your own self-effort? Or are you doing them with God’s help and strength? How do you know? How can you do things with Him instead of for yourself?

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Episode 234-Who Am I?

Episode 234-Who Am I?

Who am I? Who are you? Many times in our lives, people knowingly or unknowingly tell us who we are. This happened to me when I was six years old. At the time, I didn’t really know what was said would define me. I tried to push it out of my mind, but…

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Episode 233-Forgiven

Episode 233-Forgiven

I sat on the back deck of the lodge at the north rim of the Grand Canyon while my family was hiking. I just wanted to sit there forever and take in the glory and the splendor of God’s majestic, vast creation. As a human many things look impossible, but with God everything is possible, especially forgiveness.

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