Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast is now live just about everywhere podcasts appear. A friend bravely asked me, “Why are you doing a podcast? Don’t you have enough to do?”

Sweet Grace for Your jouney header, teresa shields parker in big pants she wore at 430 pounds.

Simple answer. God told me to. One day I was praying about next steps, especially for 2020. I like steps. They help me mark things off my list and give me direction. He dropped into my heart to do a podcast.

To get the importance of this you have to understand one thing. I am not a techie. I don’t like to learn new technical things. I prefer a technical person to do that. However, I’ve learned enough to know that when God gives me a new directive, the least of my worries should be that I don’t have a clue about how to do what He wants me to do.

If calls me to do it, He will equip me. He’s done that with every new adventure He’s led me on. Creating a podcast has been no different!

Podcast in Six Weeks

I said yes to God and asked if He would bring people into my life or direct me to the right places to show me how to even attempt to do this new thing. The next day I noticed a post in a business group I’m in about someone who was doing a course on podcasting. It was someone the business coach recommended.

A few days later I was at a conference and the person who leads the podcast course just happened to be there. After talking with her, I signed up for her course the next day. That was Oct. 12. By Nov. 14, the first three episodes of my podcast were done and by Nov. 20 they were live on Apple Podcasts (itunes). Folks that’s six weeks. I thought I couldn’t possibly get it done until sometime deep into 2020.

I’m amazed that two months ago I didn’t have the foggiest idea of how to record a podcast, what software to use, what equipment I needed, how to release a podcast into the world or how to get it accepted into all the areas where people listen to podcasts.

The Secret Sauce

Today, I have a podcast up and running. I also have a team behind me. So a big shout-out to Carrie Robaina, who teaches the Podcast Your Purpose Course: Cassidyy Atkins, who edited my first four episodes and got them submitted everywhere; Victoria Gazeley, who created the podcast page on my website and will be updating as needed; Andrew Parker who helped me install and figure out the audacity software and connect my new microphone properly; and Shannon Fox, a most excellent virtual assistant who will be editing and producing the podcast on a weekly basis.

The secret sauce is in the team. All I have to do is turn on the computer and microphone and talk about the message God wants to share with you and many others throughout the world. Podcasts are just another way to share the Good News.

The Good News

Years ago when I was editor and publisher of Good News Journal God gave me and our staff there a word that we stood on for the 12 years as we produced and distributed that regional Christian newspaper. “The Spirit of the Sovereign God is upon me. He has anointed me to publish, announce, proclaim, bring, tell the good news,” (Isaiah 61:1).

It’s the same thing today. The mission hasn’t changed. It’s just a different medium. Today, it’s podcasts, blog posts, books, videos, television, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and who knows what it will be tomorrow.

During this week leading up to Thanksgiving, I am thankful God has let me live long enough to see the world explode with the means to actually reach every person on the planet with the good news that He loves them, cares deeply for them and has a good plan for their lives.

What You’ll Hear

Of course you know I’ll share this message with a twist. Overeating, binging and food addiction is what almost took me out of this world before I could witness the advent of this digital age. Had I not gotten on board with what God told me to do about my weight issue I would not be here today. So that is definitely the main thrust of my message.

I will share from my personal journey of losing over 250 pounds. I’ll also interview guests who are on the journey and experts in the field that I admire. I’ll even answer the questions you send me. I might even make an episode out of one of them.

More than anything I want to connect the dots between what God wants for us and how that relates to living a healthier lifestyle. I’m committed to being transparent and honest and always leading you back to Jesus.

Podcast On The Website

We just finished making a special podcast section on our website. Under the podcast tab you will be able to listen to every episode when we release it on Wednesdays.

Right now you can listen to Episode 1—Move that Mountain, Episode 2—What Have I Done to Myself? and Episode 3—The Beauty of Surrender.

Each week I’ll let you know when the podcast releases and what it holds in store for you. These first three episodes are really a synopsis of my journey with challenges built in for you because I just have to do that, you know?

Where to Listen

You can also listen via Apple Podcasts (itunes). If you have an iphone it’s under the podcast app. If you have an Android phone, podcasts are on  Stitcher. We’re also on Spotify. Hopefully our cover art will show up soon. On some apps it takes a while to show. Click any one of the highlighted areas to see the podcast there.

Everywhere you go simply search for Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast to find us. Then come back and share with us what crazy app you discovered us on!

Also, please subscribe and share the episodes with others on your social media outlets. 

Write a Review

Last but not least, I can’t emphasize enough the power of doing a review. It helps move the podcast up in rankings and helps others discover our podcast among the thousands that are out there.

Apple Podcasts is the best place to do this. The problem is folks have to search for the review area. So let me see if I can make it easier. First, this is best done on a laptop or desktop.

When you find the podcast if you only see the title and the episodes, go to the three dots up in the right corner and choose “show in itunes store”. There you should see three options at the top. Choose Ratings and Reviews.

You will be able to see the reviews that are already there and read them. Click write a review. Put in a title, give the show a rating (5 stars is awesome), and then write a review. It doesn’t need to be long. A sentence or two is fine. Then click submit.

I Want To Hear From You

I really do want to hear from you. I really want to know what questions you have. Feel free to comment below, leave a comment under the podcasts on this website, leave a question in your podcast review or send me an email at info@TeresaShieldsParker.com.

By the way, do you have a friend or family member who is struggling with weight issues and food addiction? Share Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast with them. Just say this is a someone I follow who has helped me. I just wanted to share her podcast with you.

Until next week, Sweet Grace for Your Journey!




Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.