Sweet Grace for Your Journey
The podcast for women who want to lose weight and live healthy – body, soul and spirit.
Join Teresa Shields Parker as she shares from her personal journey of losing over 250 lbs with helpful advice and heartfelt questions answered.
Through the last nine years, I have coached many women who tell me they want to surrender to God, but are afraid of giving up the foods they love. Surrendering to God reminds them of giving up. It reminds them of being forced to do something. In this episode we will discuss how can we discover the source of the fear that is holding us back from trusting God in order to surrender everything about us to Him.
What does it mean to surrender all? What things is God asking us to surrender that we haven’t? Does it really matter if we don’t surrender everything to God? Can’t we hold back a little for ourselves?
God wants to be first without a second in our lives. He wants us to be totally surrendered to Him. He told us this in the first commandment. “You may worship no other god than Me.” (Exodus 20:3 TLB).
In this episode, we talk about the seven steps to surrender.
Our surrender delights God, but most of us don’t really know what surrendering to God means, how to do it, or why we should do it. We think surrender means the same as being a prisoner. Surrendering to God is not like that at all. We surrender to Him because He knows the way our lives should go better than anyone else.
If you are a Christian trying to follow Jesus, you will be tempted. And the tempter will offer you exactly what you want because he’s been watching and knows your habits, behaviors, and weaknesses. He will tempt you with them. It’s a given. He knows your weaknesses better than you do. So how do you resist?
When I discovered that self-control had nothing to do with my self-effort and everything to do with me surrendering to God, it jump-started my transformation journey. What is self-control? Listen and find out!
I turned 70 last week. I’m not any wiser, but God challenged me to come up with the seven most important lessons I’ve learned. These principles really do guide my life today but in order to learn them I went through a lot of trials and turmoil. I go into depth with each of these on the podcast along with scripture references.
Victory can be defined as overcoming or winning in a competition or struggle over an opponent, or difficult problems. The Bible tells us we already have the victory if we have Jesus. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4, NIV). The problem is when difficulties, troubles and hard seasons come, we tend to forget God’s glorious promise
Many times we tell God what we want Him to do and then it doesn’t happen so we wonder is He really listening or not? We go to Him with our to-do list and then say, “Ok, talk to You when You’ve done all that.” We had a monologue. Not a dialogue. God is the boss of the universe. We don’t tell Him what to do.
When I asked Jesus if I trusted Him there was silence. I knew there was a trust issue and I wouldn’t be able to do anything He asked me to do if I didn’t resolve it. There is a way through this issue and others like it. This episode will help.
We are so easily sidetracked. It might be that we are focused on working for God, but we have forgotten to consult Him on the very thing we are trying to do for Him. Instead of working for God, we need to work with Him. Things will go so much better when we do that.
Fear is a huge obstacle to overcome. Fear comes in many different shapes and forms. It can be the fear of I’m not enough. I’m a failure. When we finally get to the point where we can identify our fears and their roots, it can be a difficult process. The fears we have many times cause us to self-protect with food. Then food becomes what we run to instead of God.