Mary was stunned, awestruck, really. An angel had just told her, a good Jewish girl, that she was going to have a baby.1 She knew this was impossible. She had never been with a man.2 When the angel further explained the plan, then it hit her. Jesus would change everything.

Not Into Change

Mary wasn’t someone who was accustomed to change. She was doing everything her parents had raised her to do. She was engaged to a hard-working man in her community. She would make Joseph a fine wife and live in the town they grew up in. She was not asking or expecting change of any kind. All she wanted was to live a quiet life.

In reality, Mary probably could have said, “Take this from me. I don’t want the responsibility.” Instead, we find her responding, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”3 Joseph almost divorced her4 until an angel appeared to him in a dream and told him to follow through with his plans and marry Mary.5

Changed Forever

Both of their lives were forever changed that day by the little baby the angel told Joseph to name, “Jesus,” Savior. They each had definite moments of change when their lives were going one way and all of a sudden, they headed in another direction, one for which there were no roadmaps.

What did they say to the those gossiping behind their backs? What did they say to their families? Who did Joseph say the father was? Did he take responsibility? Did Mary stick with this seemingly crazy story that she was pregnant with the seed of the Holy Spirit?

Scripture is amazingly silent on these points. All we know is this, Joseph was “faithful to the law”6 and Mary was a pregnant, but innocent virgin.7

Accepted God’s Interruption

This interruption from God was one from which each could have turned and run the other way. Instead, they accepted it as God’s direction for their lives. They allowed Jesus to change everything about their lives.

You and I have the same choices every day. Jesus is there trying to interrupt our mundane existance. He puts phenomenal options in front of us constantly. If our spiritual eyes are open, we will see them. If not, we will keep on trudging along in our same comfortable, but overwhelming ruts.

He never changes.8 He always stays the same, but He is into change for us. He wants to make us new creations. We, however, are stuck in ruts of our own design. Then Jesus, who was one of us at one time, says, “Hey my friends, don’t you realize? The old is gone. The new has come!”9 

We Must Change Or Die

On my weight loss journey I learned I had to let Jesus change everything about me. I could not continue to do things like I had always done them and expect different results.  I didn’t see a physical angel, but there did come a time on my journey where Jesus clearly showed me that I had to change or die.

Although He had shown me many times, this time felt like the last time He would ever speak to me again about my extreme weight issue. I’m glad I finally listened because without that moment of change, I know I would be dead today. I’m not being morbid, but I am speaking truth.

At 430 pounds, my heart couldn’t continue to support my body.

Today, I’ve lost more than 260 pounds by listening and following a simple plan from God. It would be OK if I hadn’t listened. I’d still go to heaven, but I would have done so without fulfilling the destiny call on my life. I’m glad I listened.

What Will It Take?

What will it take for you to have your moment of change? I’ve got 16 Christian Weight Loss Video Short Courses on my website, but the one I want to call your attention to is “Moment of Change.” I talk about my that point in my own journey, and that of others, where we were headed in one direction, Jesus interrupted us and showed us how to turn around. In this course, I tell you how you can have that experience for yourself.

“Moment of Change” is available on my website or in the awesome new Video Vault exclusively for Sweet Change members. In the vault are all 16 video short courses and 13 #KickWeight video courses. They are accessible to Sweet Change members to use as often as they are in the group. Right now this is a resource worth over $2,800 by itself.

We’ll be adding additional video short courses, including emotional eating videos, Sweet Freedom principles and Sweet Freedom chapter videos soon. When we build the vault to over a $5,000 value, the cost of Sweet Change Group will go up. That will be sometime in 2017. 

Choices for Change

Right now, though, it’s remaining the same low price it’s always been. So, here’s your choice. Join Sweet Change Group, which includes two video teachings a month, a Q&A video and a recorded monthly video call, Teresa’s specialized coaching in the group and  unlimited access to the complete video vault or purchase a video short course. Both are great choices but purchasing the group is the no brainer option if you really do want to get healthy in 2017.

To purchase “The Moment of Change” go HERE. Use the coupon code 12DAYS to take $20 off on the shopping cart page.

To join Sweet Change Group go HERE. Use the coupon code SWEETCHANGE20 to take $20 off the first month when you get to the shopping cart page.

Give yourself the gift of a Sweet Change for the holidays.

1Luke 1:30-33 NIV

2Luke 1:34 NIV

3Luke 1:38 NIV

4Matthew 1:19 NIV

5Matthew 1:20-21 NIV

6Matthew 1:19 NIV

7Luke 1:27 NIV

8Malachi 3:6

92 Cor. 5:17 NLT

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.