I grew up in the 60’s and graduated high school in 1971. It was in the era of tie-died t-shirts, bell-bottom jeans, hippies, drugs, sex and rock and roll. Fortunately, it was also the rise of Jesus Freaks and the Jesus Movement. As the daughter of a preacher,

I didn’t rebel to the extent I could have, but there was still this part of me that wanted to put a “Question Authority” bumper sticker on my car.

a teenage boy and girl and smaller girl in front of Christmas tree, 1968

There are not many pictures of my hippie days. But here’s one from around 1968 hanging out in front of the Christmas tree with my not so little brother and sister.

The Good Girl

I never did rebel very much when I was a teenager, but when I got out on my own I discovered I was a total rebel in one area that would be the bane of my existence for much of my adult life.

I was still the good girl. I went to church every Sunday. I read my Bible. I led adult Sunday School classes and small groups. I worked in ministry. I even prayed. However, my relationship with God always felt like something was missing. It was dry.

It was that way because I knew I was in rebellion in this one area that I couldn’t seem to do anything about no matter how hard I tried. Of course, that area was what I ate. I had gained up to 430 pounds eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. In 1998. a cardiac surgeon had told me I’d be dead in five years if I didn’t lose weight and keep it off.

God’s Plan

When he said that I remembered back in 1977 how I had started gaining weight and had cried out to God to show me how to move the mountain of flesh that I felt had attached itself to my body. Even then I knew if I didn’t get my eating problem under control, it would get out of control and control me. In fact, it had already gotten out of control.

I know that because when God answered me giving me a very simple plan, I didn’t think I could follow it. As a matter of fact, I didn’t want to follow it. I didn’t want to stop eating sugar. So the plain and simple truth is that I rebelled against God.

I had asked for His advice. He had given it to me and I had said, “I’m not going to do that.” When I didn’t follow what God showed me to do, even though it was just one area, then I was in rebellion against Him.

At the time I didn’t see myself as a rebel. It would take time, counseling and inner healing work to even discover the lies I believed. It was those lies that were holding me back from trusting God completely.

Surrender Time

The only cure for rebellion is complete surrender to God. However, I felt like I had to fix the mess I had made of my life all by myself. I tried and failed too many times to count.

This week on episode 15 of Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast, I talk about how as a rebel, I was finally able to allow God to show me how to trust Him and finally surrender everything to Him.  It was a pivotal step on my journey to losing over 250 pounds.

Join me HERE to listen to I Was A Rebel.




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.