Ever feel like you are free falling without a parachute and no one to catch you? It’s as if at any minute you might plunge into the abyss of nothingness and no one would even notice? While it’s true that we all feel that way sometimes, God has everything under control if we turn it over to Him.

We don’t have to worry and fret about what to do next, all we have to do is ask Him.1 He will direct us if we are willing to listen.2 And He always catches us when we fall. Free falling is just a part of taking the journey with Him, enjoying the risks and challenges as well as the security of knowing He’s got us.3


God has a destiny for each of us. We do not have to flounder our way through this life. We do have meaning, purpose and destiny. It is all found in Him. He desires for us to be His masterpiece, His handiwork, His poetry.

“We have become God’s poetry, a recreated people who will fulfill the destiny He has give each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born He planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”4

I’ve known this truth for years. I knew God loved me, had a call on my life, something He had designed that only I could do, but I was too busy living my life for myself. On the outside it looked like I was doing everything for everyone else.

I volunteered. I taught Sunday School. I led small groups. I published a Christian newspaper. I was on boards of directors for Christian organizations. I ran a business. I was a wife and mother doing everything I could for my family. And I was a glutton.


I see this same scenario a lot and I understand it completely. As Christians we are taught to take care of everyone around us first. To love others. We forget the last part of that verse though. It says to love others as we love ourselves.

At 430 pounds, I was not loving myself because I was not taking care of my physical health. Truth be told, my physical health was just the tip of the iceberg. I was carrying tons more emotional baggage which resulted in me believing a lot of lies about myself, others and God.

I ate to reward myself. I ate out of selfish desires to have what I wanted. This was not loving myself. It was doing harm to myself.

Jesus said it this way, ““If anyone wishes to follow Me as My disciple, he must deny himself, set aside selfish interests, and take up his cross daily, expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come, and follow Me, believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me.”5

Free Fall

That, my friends, is the definition of free falling. We don’t know the outcome, but we trust at the end everything will be alright. The parachute will deploy. There will be a net to catch us. We will land without injury. And if not, we trust God for the results.

We have to be willing to give all to Jesus. We have to be willing to put ourselves on the line. Truth is, if we are not physically fit to some degree, we will not be able to do that.

Weighing 430 pounds I was also selfish in that I couldn’t answer God’s call to do much of anything. If it required any physical stamina at all, I was sunk. I  volunteered for other things because if I didn’t physically feel like doing it that day I didn’t have to do it.

If we allow God to, though, He will help us on this journey. He will help present your whole spirit, soul and body as blameless on that day when Christ comes. “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”6

WakeUp Call

I know that doesn’t happen without our participation, without that becoming an all-consuming desire in our lives. At some point in time we have to decide if we want Jesus more than we want a cookie. It really boils down to that simple choice.

Free will is an awesome concept because it puts the ball in our court. No longer can we blame God for our shortcomings. He has given us everything we need for life and He wants us to live this life full to overflowing with abundance.7

We all need a wakeup call. I had several on my journey. You can read about them in my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor. The major one for me came when I was told by a cardiac surgeon I only had five years to live. That was 18 years ago.

It took some time, but with God’s help I turned my life around and lost 260 pounds, Today, I live my life helping others turn theirs around as well.

Your Choice

I love coaching people through their weight loss journey and discovery of what they were created by God to do. I’ve learned, though, I can’t be another person’s wanter. They have to get their own wanter.

They have to want to go on this journey. I can’t make them. However, if a person is wants the journey, desires the journey more than anything else, I can help them get there.

Maybe that’s you. Maybe you are finally at the point where you desire this healthy living journey more than anything else. If that’s you I’m willing to work with you and help you achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of because I know a God who is a giver of dreams greater than you can imagine.8

If you are interested in starting out 2017 the right way by getting rid of unwanted pounds, check out Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching Group. It now has a video vault of resources worth over $5,000 which includes 52 video courses with more being added all the time. These are available for members to access at any time and as often as they want while they are in the group.


Why did I add these videos to a group which was already working well? Because people told me listening to my videos helps keep them on the journey. I’ll do most anything I can to help others on their journey because I know what it feels like to be free of the bondages of food addiction and extreme weight.

“Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set you free, not partially, but wonderfully and completely free. Let us always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back to the bondage of our past.”9

Join me for video teachings, Q&A videos, monthly video calls and coaching. Already this year in two months those in the group have lost a combined total of over 130 pounds. Let’s do this. For more information or to join, go HERE.

P.S. We are building the video vault to be one of the premier resources for Christian Weight Loss. When it is finished, it will have over $10,000 worth of resources at your disposal. The monthly price will go up when we get it completed. However if you get in now, your price will never go up as long as you are in the group.

Don’t wait my friend. It’s a new year. It is time. Go HERE.

1John 16:24 TLB

2John 10:27 NLT

3Psalm 18:32 NLT

4Ephesians 2:10 TPT

5Luke 9:23 AMP

61 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV

7John 10:10 TPT

8Ephesians 3:20 MSG

9Galatians 5:1 TPT


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.