I’ve walked with the Lord for over 54 years and have been in church since I was born. God made me new when I was 7 years old. And yet, He patiently makes me new again every day.1

2 cor 517 NIV

He points out the things that I need to work on and then reveals the process of changing me from the inside out. His patience with me never ceases to amaze me.

I Am Undone

His watch care over me is astounding. His grace pours over2 my life every second of every day. When I rebel against His ways, when by my lifestyle I thumb my nose at God, He still woos me back to Him.

It’s in His character to be compassionate and merciful to me at all times. When I think about His goodness, I am totally undone. There is no other word for it.

That God would love me despite all the times I’ve turned my back on Him draws me ever closer to Him and makes me to never rebel again.

I Follow

o I ask Him to lead me, totally, completely. I ask Him to be in charge of my spirit so that my spirit can allow His Spirit to be completely in charge of every part of me—my body, my mind, my will and my emotions.

And when He shows me what to do through His word, by His unction within me, by His servants and messengers, by His still small voice, I ask Him to give me the strength to do what is right in His sight.

Not because I am obligated, but only and always out of my love and thanksgiving for who He is.

Am I Obeying?

Easter Sunday is always a great reminder of the ultimate price Jesus paid for you and for me. It always brings up this question: am I quickly following and obeying Him when He tells me the next thing I should be doing? And if not, why not? I think about this a lot when my prayers become, “God, why don’t you answer my prayers the way I want them answered?”

I realize if one of my children treated me that way, I would be very upset and unlikely to grant any desire they had. God forgives me, but He is also a wise parent who knows He cannot reward insolence.

In years past, when I weighed 260 pounds more than I do today, I would pray and ask God to magically fix me and either remove the excess pounds or make me not want to eat. It seemed my prayers were hitting the ceiling and falling back in my lap.

God Answered

The truth is God had already answered my prayer back in 1977 when He told me the formula for my freedom. It may not be the formula for everyone’s freedom, but for someone who could NEVER eat just one cookie, brownie or piece of candy it was for me. He told me, “Stop eating sugar. Don’t eat so much bread. Eat more meats, fruits and vegetables.”

It took me over 30 years to come to the end of my resources and do things His way. There’s a lot more to the story and I share all of that in Sweet Grace, my weight loss memoir. I was not trusting God’s answer because I didn’t know how in the world I could ever do what I knew He told me do.

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Sugar and flour were my weaknesses and God knew if I gave them up I would have victory, but I wanted my will and not His. However, when I finally did what He told me to do, that’s when the victory came.

I Trust

It didn’t come until I learned to trust Him, though. When I fully trusted in and relied on Him, then my prayers changed and His answers come more readily. It became less about my will and more about His overriding, overarching, always perfect will.

When I pray, “Your will be done,” it is a prayer of surrender. I am surrendering my will (and desire for sugar and flour) to His because He is in a different dimension than I am. He sees and knows things I can never understand on this side of heaven.

He sets things right just by His presence. There is no other choice than to trust the One who died that I might live.

Your will be done.

1 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

2 Ephesians 1:7-8 CEB
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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".

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