Today, I turn 65 years old. It’s a mile marker age in many ways. By the time we get to this place, we understand and accept the fact that we are not all that and God is. I not only know, but have experienced, that when I am weak in my human strength, then I am strong, truly able, truly strong, when I am truly drawing from God’s strength.1

In January, God gave me the word humility for this year. I wanted a different word because humility was not a word I wanted to embrace. But I knew that just the fact I didn’t want to claim it as mine, meant by necessity it had to be the word for this year.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting in for. However, as I studied the word, I began to see in order to have humility, I have to be in total submission to God.

This year has been and still is a journey of submission to and waiting on God. Most of my agenda has gone out the window. This is a good thing. It means He is answering my prayers. He is leading me even in the waiting.

This year and really all of my life has been a reaffirmation of the fact that I need God just to exist, to breathe, to get up in the morning. I need Him to lead me. I need Him to guide me. I need Him to whisper His Sweet Grace in my ear.

Every single day I surrender myself to Him again. In the past I began every single prayer time with my to-do list, my agenda, my wants and desires. Now I come to Him, empty my heart and my hands of everything I am holding on to so tight that it’s cutting off the circulation in my brain.

This is truly the only way to live. I live more convinced each day that every detail of my life is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into my life, for I am His lover. I have been called to fulfill His designed purpose.2 I want to share that truth with everyone. It’s integral to taking one day at a time, not trying to figure everything out, but just being enfolded in Him.

I come to Him as His child wanting to get to know Him better. He is not a genie in a bottle that I command. He is my friend. He is my comforter. He is my guide. He is my protector. He is my provider He is the one to whom I pour out my heart and then, He pours His into mine until I can no longer contain the magnificence of it.

He is God and in that space, I learn I never have to fear. I am in God and He is in me. I am secure in Him.

I lay all my worries and cares at His feet and know they are safer there that they ever would be with me. Then I am free to  submit completely to an Almighty God. And I do.

Praying the same for you today.

1 2 Cor. 12:10 AMP

2 Romans 8:28 TPT

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Her books include: "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor"; "Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds"; "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, more information on both is available under the weight loss tab. Don't miss her weekly podcast, Sweet Grace for Your Journey, where she shares tips from her personal journey of losing weight and discovering healthy living. Find that under the podcast tab and anywhere you find podcasts.