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.
It’s frustrating! I don’t know how many times I have heard those words in the last few days. We are frustrated about so many things, but we are all accomplices in our own sea of frustration. We want more from ourselves and then have no plan to accomplish what we want or if we have a plan it doesn’t work for some reason.
What disappoints you? Is it yourself? Is it circumstances you think you shouldn’t have to go through? Is what you think God should have done for you think He didn’t? Is it other people giving up on fulfilling their potential? How do you manage disappointments?
In Psalms 42, King David asked God a question I’ve asked myself many times. “Why am I discouraged?” On this episode we will talk about five truths that keep us out of discouragement and allow us to once again SOAR with God.
What is bitterness anyway? It’s a word we all know, but one that is very hard to define. When we add fuel to our negative feelings, it only exasperates us. We have officially passed anger and have fallen into bitterness. Harbor that feeling long enough and it will become a root of bitterness which can morph into a stronghold.
Where are you stuck and what’s causing you to be stuck? I frequently ask my coaching clients that question. Many don’t know, so we have to drill down to figure it out. The big question is why don’t we know where we are stuck or what the cause is?
Every year God gives me a word to define my year. This year that word for 2023 is strong. Weak is the opposite of strong. When we feel weak and ineffective it is because we have given in to the enemy of our souls. We are looking for a quick fix to make us feel better.
God reminded me that one of the biggest issues I faced 10 years ago was shame. Shame followed me everywhere. Others didn’t have to shame me, I did a really good job of that myself. Shame constantly sat on my shoulder berating me, but in the same voice it also told me to eat whatever I wanted because I deserved it. I was sure God was also ashamed of me. But, He wasn’t.
Christmas is a very special time of the year when we are usually around lots of family and friends. For many, though, it can be lonely especially if we can’t be with family or friends. Loneliness is something we all face at one time or another. Those who are self-conscious about their weight are the ones I’ve heard share about this the most.
Do you ever feel rejected? Do you long to feel accepted for who you are? Feeling rejected is a real emotional disturber. It can make you feel like quitting. Why go on when everything you do seems to be criticized and pointed out as wrong?
We’ve all met people who seem fearless. They don’t seem afraid of anything. Then there are those of us who are afraid of certain things more than others and those who are afraid of everything. God doesn’t want you to be afraid. He didn’t create you to be afraid because fear keeps us from God’s best. He has a cure for fear.
Unless we trust God with the issue, our anxiousness results in nothing being solved or fixed. This repetitive action results in us being driven by anxiety. It makes us feel stuck or caged in to the point that we see things we want to do, but our anxiety keeps us from even trying.
What is God’s cure for those who are driven by anxiety?
What problem has you up at night fretting about how to fix it? What thoughts keep tumbling around and around in your head? What do you worry about? To me, the most debilitating thing about worry is it keeps me stuck in an endless cycle of rehashing and rehashing whatever problem I am thinking about. I hate being stuck so that makes me worry all the more.