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 232-Am I Greedy?

Episode 232-Am I Greedy?

Are you greedy? The definition of greed is “an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.” Did you get that? It’s not just an intense desire for money or position. It’s also a selfish desire for food! Listen to this episode to find out if you are and what to do about it.

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Episode 231-Deception

Episode 231-Deception

One big deception the enemy threw to me was that I needed food to eat so I could eat all I wanted to. The devil is a deceiver who turns something, which looks good, into something which leads to death. So what can we do when we have bought into a lie that has become such a habit we think we can never get free? That’s what this episode is all about.

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Episode 230-Prayer Answers

Episode 230-Prayer Answers

For many years I was frustrated because I would pray and it felt like God wasn’t answering my prayers. I knew the Bible said He would, but I didn’t believe it because I wasn’t experiencing the answers I wanted, which was to have my mother healed of her bipolar disorder. They weren’t selfish prayers so why wasn’t He answering? This episode examines two huge instances of how God answered prayer but it wasn’t because of me.

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Episode 229-This is My Surrender

Episode 229-This is My Surrender

Burdens are negative. Crowns are positive. We want to get rid of burdens. Crowns are what God gives us in return for the good we’ve done here on earth. How are both of these related to surrender? We explore that in this episode.

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Episode 228-Backdoor Grace

Episode 228-Backdoor Grace

Our childhood emotions can lie dormant for years ready and waiting to be retrieved and then expressed in our actions.
Through the years I did gain weight. God told me what to do, but I didn’t listen to His straight-forward approach. He had to come in through the backdoor. You’ll want to listen to this episode. It’s one of my favorites.

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Episode 227-Lies or Truth?

Episode 227-Lies or Truth?

Losing physical weight is wonderful. Many things change just because of being thinner, such as having more energy and stamina. However, true freedom for me came at handing each piece of emotional baggage to Him and receiving a gift of renewal in exchange.

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Episode 226-I Can’t Lose Weight

Episode 226-I Can’t Lose Weight

I can’t lose weight was a lie the enemy fed me because he didn’t want me to know the truth. He wanted me to think eating desserts and candy was the best thing in the world. And yet, God loved me too much to leave me wallowing in that lie. His truth would completely set me free! Listen to this week’s episode to find out how!

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Episode 225-Listen to God

Episode 225-Listen to God

All the time there are at least three voices vying for our attention: my voice, the tempter’s voice, and God’s voice. For years, though, I listened to the tempter’s voice constantly. It always has an element of truth to it. What he tells me is half-truth, half-lie. In this episode, I share 10 things that help you know it is God’s voice instead of the enemy’s.

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Episode 224-Fighting the Battle

Episode 224-Fighting the Battle

Eleven years ago I weighed 430 pounds. Now let’s be honest that’s really, really large, especially for a woman who isn’t that tall. I’ve lost 250 pounds and I feel a whole lot better. However, to me the more important thing is I’ve undergone a total lifestyle change of a slow, steady weight loss. No matter what the quick fix, it doesn’t work to keep the weight loss off. We must change our habits. It’s not easy, but it is worth it.

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Episode 223-God’s Great Adventure

Episode 223-God’s Great Adventure

Most of us love a good adventure story. I love Sunday nights when we’d hear foreign missionaries tell us about their adventures. They seemed so different from my life, which was very boring in comparison. I longed for a bit of adventure, and a great adventure with God would be even better. Back then I didn’t have the concept that following God completely would always be a great adventure all on its own.

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Episode 222-Confessions of a Sugar Addict

Episode 222-Confessions of a Sugar Addict

If you don’t listen to any other episodes, please listen to this one. All I know is once I surrendered everything to God, and began to walk out my journey, my life has been a series of one beautiful adventure after another.

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Episode 221-Eating Myself to Death

Episode 221-Eating Myself to Death

Most of us want to blame someone else for any problem we have. I knew good and well no one was to blame for my extreme weight gain, but me, myself, and I. 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 well for me. As a matter of fact, I was eating myself into an early grave.

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