Years ago, God showed me a vision I refer to as falling off the edge of the world. I saw myself and my daughter, then five, standing on the side of major four-lane highway near our city. All the cars and semis on all four lanes were going in one direction whizzing by us as fast as they could.

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Crazy Request

Father God came up me and said, “Send your daughter into the traffic.”

I gripped her hand tighter and said, “No!”

He asked again and I responded the same way. The third time, with tears in His eyes, He said, “If you love Me, send her into the traffic and trust me to take care of her.”

With tears in my eyes I let go of her hand feeling she would miraculously not be hit. She ran into the traffic without fear, almost purposeful. She was immediately hit and run over by a semi-truck. All traffic halted as if frozen in place.


I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I gasped. Then, I screamed. I died a thousands deaths in that one second. Before I could run to her, God whisked me into the air, down the road just over a hill. There the bridge over a steep ravine with a treacherous creek below was gone.

No one could see the bridge was out until they topped the hill and fell into the swirling creek. The tide carried the vehicles and their inhabitants down to the river and eventually the ocean. Every person in every car and truck that had whizzed past us had been plunging to their immediate deaths.


Father God looked at me and said, “When you let your daughter die, it stopped every other person traveling in every other vehicle from plunging to their deaths. The anguish you feel in this moment is the same I felt when I allowed my Son to die on the cross. I did that to save you and all others. I did it out of love.”

Then, He took me back to the scene of the accident. He walked over to my daughter,  took my daughter by the hand and said, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little Girl, I say, get up.”1 She opened her eyes, jumped up and ran to me smiling and dancing.

Love of God

I know He gave me that vision because I had been praying about understanding more fully the love of God. There was no better way to show me how much God loves me than to compare it to how much I loved my daughter.

The vision hit me like a sucker punch. It was one of those times when what I saw felt so incredibly real. When she was hit by the semi it felt like my life ended. When God lifted me in the air and showed me the bridge with cars full of people tumbling to their death, I could sense they were falling off the edge of the world as I knew it and into the abyss without a knowledge of the Savior.

We Must Tell Them

I could see from my vantage point hovering above the scene that the cars had stopped. No one was falling off the edge. Everyone was fixed on the little girl who had died. As yet they didn’t know she had given her life for theirs.

When Father God pointed out to me what He was trying to show me, I immediately realized another truth. Those in the cars stopped because of the accident. Some for miles back wouldn’t even know why they had been stopped. They couldn’t see what happened.

Even those who saw the accident wouldn’t know the why until someone told them. That someone is you and me. We are the ones who are to tell them the why of Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.

Jesus’ Resurrection

It’s in His resurrection that real life is given to us. When we accept Jesus’ death and resurrection as a sacrifice for all that we have ever done or will do against God, we receive the Spirit of Christ, known as the Holy Spirit. It is His Spirit in us that makes all the difference in the world.

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”2

I’m afraid many Christians are missing what this great love of God did for us. It didn’t just save us so that when we die we will go to heaven to be with Him for eternity. That’s a wonderful promise from God, but that is not the promise that makes the real difference fin the here and now.

Active Love

“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”3 

Here is where the rubber meets the road in the Christian life. Jesus said, “If you love Me, obey my commandments.”4 Love for Him is shown in our actions. This is so important for those of us who call ourselves believers. We can’t just wander through life once we know the depth of God’s sacrifice for us. We have to put feet to our faith.

We are all uniquely created individuals with a divine destiny of our own. “We are God’s poetry, a recreated people who will fulfill the destiny He has given 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.”5

Things To Do, Places to Go

Walking out our faith will mean different things to different people. To some it will mean full-time service and ministry. To others it will mean being the best stay-at-home mom raising children. To others it will mean starting a business to supplement the family income or even to become the family’s income. To others it will mean stepping up onto a more public stage to proclaim the freeing power of the God we serve.

Whatever it means for you, I know it also means we have to take care of our bodies. We have to understand how to manage our soul well. More than anything, we have to allow the Spirit God placed inside us to lead our spirits to be all we can be.

So let’s get started on this journey. “God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”6

Motivated to Change

When I got hold of this concept, really grabbed hold of it, I realized I couldn’t stay wallowing in the muck and mire at 430 pounds. I had to allow God to transform me. That meant I had to surrender to Him my willful desire to eat whatever I wanted. It wasn’t easy.

I didn’t know the destiny He had planned for me. All I wanted to do was write a book. I never dreamed it would be about my journey.

Destiny Calling

I never in a million years expected Him to put me on TV. Imagine being trapped in a 430-pound body and even thinking about that. I would have been scared spitless.

Today, I love doing tv and radio interviews, speaking and coaching. Even in my coaching groups I do videos. I couldn’t have dreamed of that before I began this journey.

God has truly done more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams.6 He’s sent me here to tell you that He will do the same for you. He’s calling you to your destiny journey as well.

Weight Loss Coaching You Can Afford

God is the One who led me to offer a low price, six-month coaching group to help you go on your own transformation journey. I told Him it would be impossible. He showed me how it not only could be, but was possible as we have just finished the first session with a total  group weight loss of 408 pounds.

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Last Day to Register Is October 18

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1Mark 5:41 NLT

2Romans 8:11 NLT

3Romans 8:12-14 NLT

4John 14:15 NLT

5Ephesians 2:10 TPT

6Romans 8:14 MSG

7Ephesians 3:20 MSG

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.