This day every week, Lisa Jo Baker sponsors Five Minute Friday. The idea is to write about one word for five minuts. I always think I’m not going to do that and then I see the word. And I can’t resist this week’s word because it’s the subject of my book, Sweet Grace.


??????????????????It happened when I was 7 and 11 and 19, 23, 30, 37, 51 and 60 and all the years and moments in between.

God gave it to me because He knew how desperately I would need it just to put one foot in front of the other.

Some days it takes every ounce of courage and commitment just to survive, just to want to survive.

And so He gave this awesome gift to me so I can keep going.

He gave it to me so I don’t have to carry guilt and shame and discouragement around like 100 pound sacks of flour.

He gave it to me so I could be free to be myself and commune with Him and world around me.

Instead I cheapen this gift.

I thumb my nose at this gift.

I think I don’t need it and that I can be perfect all on my own.

And when I mess up I beat myself up and it takes years for me to dig myself out from under the muck and mire I have wallowed in and buried myself in because I am not and never will be perfect and He knew it.

He looked at me and knew I could never be like Him.

And so when He said be perfect even as my Father in Heaven is perfect, He meant to be perfect in His son who took the penalty for me.

Because no matter how hard I work to overcome my weakness and to show Him I am doing awesome stuff for Him, it will never be any more than the gift I can give Him.

The gift of a heart and a life so in love with Him that nothing else matters.

I do not earn His smile.

I already have His smile.

I do not earn His favor.

I already have His favor.

I do not earn His presence.

I already have His presence.

I am enough because His grace is enough for every day of my life.

I employ His grace spending it wisely for the ongoing of His kingdom here on earth, this grace, this diverse, fluid movement of power and beauty that flows through me to others.

There is nothing more dynamic than dance of grace.

”Each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].” 1 Peter 4:10 AMP


To get your copy of my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor, go HERE. And be sure to download the free copy of the study guide. Link is on the last page of the book. Enjoy!

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.