Ossa Featured Podcaster: Amber Cullum, Grace Enough Podcast
Ossa podcaster Amber Cullum is the host of the Grace Enough podcast podcast. Her show highlights the different ways that faith shows up in people’s lives. The stories her guests share emphasize the importance of surrender and trust, both essential elements of grace. Her moving interviews include cancer patients, human trafficking survivors, and more that help listeners keep the faith through the inevitable tough transitions in life.
Read more from Amber Cullum below and listen to Grace Enough here (leave a review while you’re there, too!).
Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less!
Grace Enough is designed to encourage the believer that God can use you to impact His Kingdom no matter your story. Yes, it requires surrender and trust, but His grace is enough.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
God is in control.
One thing on your bucket list:
Ski the Alps
“Is He Worthy” by Andrew Peterson
What was your first job?
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I love connecting with people and learning their stories. It fills me up. I also love connecting women to other women and encouraging them in the faith journey. When dreaming about what fills my soul, I began to consider launching a podcast in order to do those things on a weekly basis.
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
My graduate training is as a Physical Therapist, but I have not practiced since my 2nd daughter was born. Since that time I have been a stay-at-home mom full time with various volunteer leadership roles part-time.
What is your show’s USP?
I dig deep and ask the tough questions of my guests, because I want people to know God can use any story to impact His kingdom.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Not falling prey to the altar of social media and self-promotion. I want my audience to grow, but I do not want to become a slave to the grind of social posting and lose sight of why I podcast.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
Ep. 41: Susan Alexander Yates | Thriving In Transition. Personally, I struggle with life’s frequent transitions. I like routine and consistency. Susan is a mom to 5 and a grandmother to 10+ grandchildren. She said, “We tend to think and live as if stability is the norm. That’s what we expect, when things just calm down, but the reality is life never calms down. We have to switch gears in terms of our expectation. Our expectation is not that stability is the norm, but the reality is transition is the norm…Stability is those rare exceptions. I think the first thing that helps with coping with transition is to realize that this is the norm.” That helped me so much.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
I have consistently showed up for my audience every week for 2 years and have published 106 episodes to date. That consistency has led to some wonderful opportunities to interview several people on my dream guest list.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
Have consistent episodes sponsors to cover the cost of my show.
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
Contact publishers to set up interviews and request books to review. Once I began reaching out to publishers my world of possibilities greatly expanded. I became more aware of various ministries, personal testimonies and the work God is doing around the globe. It decreased my stress and helped with my episode planning.
Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk/did something you were scared to do, and it totally paid off?
I had worked as an outpatient Physical Therapist for 5 years and while there were aspects of my job I loved, I was burned out with the hours and number of patients I was seeing. I left that job with the plan to take a few months off and decide next steps. It was a huge risk, because I had a great job with great co-workers, but walking away confirmed what I enjoyed about P.T. and what I didn’t. It also gave me unexpected freedom during a season of life with HUGE transitions: wedding planning, marriage, and moving to a new state.
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
Designed for Joy is a local non-profit that employs women coming out of vulnerable situations right here in my city. I love their mission and their heart for helping local women get on their feet and provide for themselves and their families. They make earrings, bags and other items that are high quality and beautiful.
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
People are looking for hope and purpose. I believe the interviews I share point toward that hope and purpose. As you listen to the ways God has worked through circumstances like human trafficking, abortion, abuse and the loss of a child you can help, but be filled with hope that God is faithful and that encourages people to press on.