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 shares from her personal journey of losing over 250 lbs with helpful advice and heartfelt questions answered.
For years I didn’t believe that God had a purpose or destiny for me. The lie I believed was that God can’t use me because I’m too fat and I can’t lose weight. Turns out my destiny and my weight were very intertwined.
Ever since I was 12 years old I felt I had no voice. It wasn’t a natural lie I happened upon. It was much deeper than that. It was a stronghold the evil one set up in me from an early age to keep me from fulfilling my destiny. Now, I know I have a voice because God broke the stronghold that kept it silent for many years. Now, nothing and no one but God can shut me up!
What is comfort? Is it food or is there something deeper that we need to understand in order to break the stronghold it has in our lives.
The truth is nothing is too hard for God, but sometimes we just need a little push from Him in the right direction. What we want to be a miraculous instantaneous deliverance may be God getting us to the point that we are finally read to walk out our journeys holding tight to Jesus.
There’s one thing I truly hated growing up and it stayed with me for a long time into my adult years. I hated exercise. I was clumsy. I always seemed to somehow get hurt exercising. Plus I just didn’t like to run and sweat. But God had other plans.
When the internet came into existence and we had to fold the newspaper due to lack of revenue, I hit rock bottom and felt like my purpose for living was gone. I wallowed in despair. However the despair led me to finally throw myself into the weight loss journey I knew God had for me. That led me to writing my first book which catapulted me into coaching, speaking and writing more books.
The truth is found throughout scripture though. I matter to God. You matter to God. Every single person in this world, no matter who they are, matters to God. We all do.
Fear is a stronghold the devil loves to set up in us. This leads us to believe no one, not even God is there to protect us. In this episode, I share information about when I was sexually molested as a child. All that I went through led me to a stronghold that said I Must Self-Protect. I believed that until I realized that ONLY God is my protector and yours.
We have to recognize the lies we believe about grace and embrace the truth Jesus really does love us and wants us to love Him in return. We show our love when we follow Jesus. So simple, but so hard at the same time.
Several incidents have made me feel like a failure. These triggered thoughts like, “I am fat. I am nothing.” God, though, will never stop trying to get our attention. He knows for change to happen we must invite Him to do the work within us. This is a pivotal truth we must understand to walk in God’s abundance.
What do you do when God asks you to do the impossible? Especially if it’s something you’ve tried and tried to do but just couldn’t no matter how hard you tried? Do you throw in the towel and run screaming the other way? God showed me that He really is the God of the impossible. Let me tell you how it happened.
I don’t talk much about this leg of my journey because every time I do, people think they should make the same terribly bad decision I made. This is one of those times I feel I should put a warning on this podcast: DO NOT DO WHAT I DID. But it is important on my journey because of what it revealed to me.