Episode 165—Coming Out of Shame

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Coming Out of Shame

This is my coming out party! I’ve come out of the shame I lived in for 30 years, but I realize I never celebrated it. So I’m celebrating by remembering how God brought me out of shame and into the fullness of Christ, how He brought me from death to life. 

With Jan 1, 2023 closing in, I’m reminded that it was  10 years ago on January 1, 2013 when God tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to write my weight loss memoir. I’d been on a transformation journey, being thrilled about losing the next pound, and getting down to the next size. I hadn’t calculated how much I’d lost from my highest weight of 430 pounds. That’s when I figured out I had lost 250 pounds! 

God reminded me that one of the biggest issues I faced back then was shame. Shame followed me everywhere. Others didn’t have to shame me, I did a really good job of that myself. Shame constantly sat on my shoulder berating me, but in the same voice it also told me to eat whatever I wanted because I deserved it. 

I was sure God was also ashamed of me. But, He wasn’t ashamed of me and did not condemn me. He was right there with me in my deep times of despair because I was His. I was in Christ. Now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power[ of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT).

 

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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.