Stuck. It’s a horrible place to be. The other day, My little Honda Fit fell into a nasty pothole, of course it wasn’t the fault of the driver. It was the car with a mind of it’s own! Well, not really.

I’ve hit potholes before with no damage, but this time I knew I probably had a flat tire and should pull over to see. Still there was literally no place safe to stop. I was about two blocks from my destination. Plus, it was cold and rainy so I drove on.

flat tire on car

You Are Stuck

I got to where I was going and opened the door to survey the damage. The front tire on the driver’s side was entirely flat, no air at all. The car was sitting on the rim of the wheel. I got back in the car and the thought hit me. “You are stuck. You can’t go anywhere else. You need help.”

First, I called our auto insurance company because I was sure we had roadside assistance and, of course, we didn’t. So now I really was stuck in the rain on a cold day. I had a spare. I had a tire jack. I know how to use them, but I knew I didn’t have the strength to get the lug nuts off the tire.

Also I knew my husband was in a lunch meeting he attends every week at that time, so I didn’t really want to have to bother him. What now?

Have You Ever Been There?

Stuck. Have you ever been there? You know you have options. You could choose one of them, but all of them require someone else to help you.

I’ve found the majority of people prefer to wallow in their stuck-ness rather than get help. It’s crazy how our brains work. First, we try to think of everything we can to fix our situation.

We’d rather fix it ourselves than ask for help from anyone else. This was especially true for me when I felt stuck in my inability to lose weight and keep it off.

I’d fork out big bucks to some national franchise that promised quick and easy weight loss rather than actually work with someone who could coach me and help me get unstuck.

Out of the Muck and Mire

Probably the biggest issue of all, though, was I was that I felt God wouldn’t help me because I wasn’t important enough to Him. I didn’t feel like I could ask Him.

I knew all the Scriptures I knew that with “God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NIV).  In the situation of me losing weight, though, I felt I had definitely gotten myself into that mess. So I couldn’t bother God with my problem because I had to get myself out.

I didn’t realize that God was just waiting for me to admit defeat and surrender completely to Him and His ways. I didn’t understand He was eagerly anticipating me running to Him with my problem so He could lead me through the muck and mire in which I was stuck.

He Came To My Rescue

As I was sitting there in the parking lot of the recreation center trying to figure out what to do, I decided to call my husband and leave him a message. Maybe when he got the message he could tell me what I should do.

I dialed  his number and he answered. His meeting had run short. He was already out and could come to my rescue. I went in to exercise since I knew it would take him awhile to get there and change the tire. When I got out, he had taken the spare to get it filled with air.

In a few minutes without any effort at all, he returned and put on the dinky little spare. He followed me to the Honda repair center where we left the car in their care and went home to wait until it was finished.

By 5 pm I was no longer stuck. I had my car back with the help of my husband, some great repair guys and a bit of money.

Did I Want Help?

Why didn’t I immediately call for help? It’s not so much that I didn’t want help, but I didn’t want to inconvenience my husband. On another level, though, I really did want to do it myself, after all this was another mess I got myself into.

Some things, though, require help. Some things, like my inability to lose weight when I weighed 430 pounds, require the help of a God-sized intervention.

My husband is the God figure in this story. (Isn’t he always?) He is ready to help me anytime I need it, but I still want to try to figure out a way to not have to inconvenience him.

The longer I am married to this man, though, the more I realize he loves helping. It’s his nature. It’s where he comes alive.

God Knows What We Need

This is so like God. God loves to help us because He knows exactly what we need and doesn’t like to see us struggle. When I finally surrendered my weight issue to Him, He led me on my own personal journey to transformation and helped me lose more than 250 pounds.

In 2018, with the help of a coach, I learned how to dissect my own journey and reconstruct it. I did all of this to be able to help you discover your own personalized journey to transformation. That is what my course by that same name is all about.

On my journey, God has helped me not just lose weight, but keep it off. I am passionate about helping you do the same. Along the way, I hope you will also discover more of God than you ever thought possible. That’s why I developed the Journey to Transformation course that takes you through the five stages of weight loss.

Overcomers Academy

It’s also why I have 25 courses and 200 video lessons in my video vault divided into these five stages of weight loss. It’s all to help you on your journey. It’s all available to you as long as you are a member of Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy.

We only open a few times a year when we are starting a new course. Right now, we are getting ready to start this course.

The doors for Overcomers Academy are open now through Feb. 7 at noon. It is not just the time for you to ask for help, it is the perfect time.

The Struggle

I admit I’ve been struggling a bit over the price to charge for Overcomers Academy. It’s worth a lot more than $67/month with everything we offer.

However, I also hear those of you who are struggling and feel you can’t afford more than $50/month. So I have reduced it to $47/month when you use the coupon code OA20.

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I will see you in the group.




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.