I teach women how to work with God to transform their lifestyles to become whole and healthy.

At one time, my life was a complete mess. I weighed 430 pounds, was exhausted, depressed, stressed, and tired of living. Fat and happy is a lie, especially when you are super morbidly obese and in constant pain. Today, I’ve lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013. I know your pain. I can help you. I want to help you.

Are you ready to change your life?

Here’s where to begin:

Remember, if God can help me lose 250 pounds, He can help you get through anything!

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Books by Teresa Shields Parker

NEW!! Sweet Victory: Winning the Battle

Sweet Victory book cover.

Sweet Excuses: Stop Lying to Yourself & Start Losing Weight

Sweet Excuses cover

Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation

Sweet Freedom: A Weight Loss Memoir

Sweet Grace: A Weight Loss Memoir

Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy

Sweet Journey to Transformation Book

Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God

Sweet Hunger

Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds

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Episode 217-Here’s My Heart, Lord

Episode 217-Here’s My Heart, Lord

You’ve likely gotten all kinds of gifts for Christmas already, but I want to give you another one. Words can build us up or tear us down. I hope these words, which one day may become a picture book or illustrated book, will make you think and cause you to draw closer to our loving Heavenly Father. So here is the Gift of Purpose.

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Episode 215-Make Time for God

Episode 215-Make Time for God

With so many time-stealers in our lives, how do we make room for God? First, we have to first above everything else. If we don’t have time set aside specifically to spend time listening to God, How will we know what He’s saying to us. How will we know what He wants us to do?

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Episode 214-Stubborn Surrender

Episode 214-Stubborn Surrender

Stubbornness is a huge part of being human and we think we don’t really need any help from God. However, if we stay stubborn and never surrender to God, we will just sink deeper into sin. We will never experience the life He wants us to have. God gives us the option of life and death. He wants us to choose life. Will you?

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Episode 213-Grace and Surrender

Episode 213-Grace and Surrender

Without the grace of God, I would never have surrendered to Him. I’d still be trying to work my way to heaven by trying to earn God’s favor
God understands us though. He is not a distant far away God. He is the God of grace. We don’t have to earn anything. Failure is part of the learning process

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Episode 212-Efficacy and Surrender

Episode 212-Efficacy and Surrender

It was during my quiet time recently when kind of like a benediction on our time, God said, “May your day be filled with efficacy.” He does this kind of stuff to me a lot. It is one of the great benefits of a real quiet time. I said, “Efficacy? Why are you giving me this word, God?”
It doesn’t mean just to be effective, but to be able to produce effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
So I asked God, what in my life has efficacy? We’ll explore that on Efficacy and Surrender.

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Episode 211-Surrender to His Majesty

Episode 211-Surrender to His Majesty

Lord, Don’t allow me to make a mess of my life, for I cling to Your commands and follow them as closely as I can. (Psalms‬ 119‬:31‬ TPT‬‬).‬‬‬

We all need to pray that verse every day, especially in the days we’re living in now. Everywhere I look it seems like everyone is in a world of self-doubt. In today’s episode, we talk about how we can trust the Lord in uncertainty

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Episode 210-Surrender Bad Habits

Episode 210-Surrender Bad Habits

As humans we want to be in charge of what we want. We want others to listen to us. We don’t want anyone telling us what to do.

We don’t want to give up what we think we have to have in order to endure this life and all its temptations, desires, wants, needs and must haves. We want stuff and we don’t want the trials, tests, and troubles. We think we know what we need but if we get what we want, we don’t have what we really need.

Our desires have become our needs.
In this episode, we talk about surrendering our bad habits to God.

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Episode 209-Surrender the Hard Stuff

Episode 209-Surrender the Hard Stuff

Why is this topic of surrender so difficult for us? As soon as I said that I answered my own question. “We can’t surrender to God, because the only one we have ever fully surrendered to and trusted in is ourselves.” It’s hard to trust in Someone you can’t see. But surrendering to God and asking for His help makes the Hard stuff easy. You’ll look back and say like I do about losing 250 lbs, that’s the easiest hard thing I’ve ever done.

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About Me

I’m Teresa Shields Parker, Christian weight loss coach, author, podcaster and speaker. I’ve been writing since I was born or at least it feels that way. I do know I was born to write. However, it wasn’t until 2013 when I wrote my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor that I really felt I could legitimately don the moniker of author. It had been 60 years in the making.