“Find me here in Your love again everything I am reaching out in surrender … I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground.” Touch the Sky by Hillsong is my new favorite song. A lot of people don’t like to connotation of surrender. However, for me, surrender is life.


What is Surrender?

When some hear the word surrender, they picture an opposing army being thrown into prison. Surrender to many means defeat. It means captivity. It means years of doing hard labor for the enemy. No one wants that.

I would submit, however, surrendering to God means freedom. It means freedom from the pulls of addictions and strongholds. It means freedom from lies and barriers. It means the ability to finally step into my destiny.


One definition of surrender is “to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed.” This is such a great definition for surrender from God’s point of view.

It is what He told me all my life. “Stop fighting Me. It does no good. Stop hiding from Me. I see you wherever you are. Stop resisting Me. You know you will never win or succeed without Me.”

It’s interesting, though, I could give up everything to God, except control of the things I ate. That’s actually the second definition of surrender: “to give the control or use of (something) to someone else.”


When I finally did surrender the foods that were causing me to gain my way into super morbid obesity, I found a freedom I never knew existed. When I surrendered foods made with sugar and flour, they no longer controlled me and I was finally free from their grasp.

When I was resisting handing them to Jesus, I was like the monkey who reached into the jar to get the banana. Once he got hold of it, he didn’t want to let it go. His fist grasping the banana would not fit through the opening to the jar. The banana held him captive. The only way to get free was to let it go.

God sees surrender as me letting go of my will to grab hold of His will. God’s will is totally different from mine. It is the ultimate best for me. My will only wants momentary pleasure. His will sees beyond this moment into eternity.

How Do I Surrender?

I’ve been a Christian for 55 years, but it wasn’t until 2013 I began a new prayer posture before God. I had surrendered sugar to Him several years before, but it seemed He was calling me to demonstrate that. One day I was listening to Casting Crowns song, Facedown. I felt that was where He was calling me.

It is my posture of surrender. Just as “Touch the Sky” says, I feel I touch the sky when not just my knees, but my entire body hits the ground. It reminds me of my surrender to Him in everything. It’s not that I have to lie facedown on the floor to surrender, but it just reminds me I have surrendered.

Part of that is because 10 years ago I could not have gotten down on the floor and back up again. At least not without a lot of effort.


What is Surrender?

I grew up in church. My father was in Bible college when I was born. I’ve heard the song, “I Surrender All,” more times than I can count. Every time I sang it, though, even as a little girl, I knew there was one thing I could not surrender. I said I was surrendering all, but I kept eating anything and everything I wanted.

I surrendered many things as a teen—wild parties, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sex, dirty movies and novels, coarse jokes, cuss words. I was a good girl, but one has to eat, right? I was carefully guarding this one thing.


There was so much I did not have control over in my life. I wanted to hang on to the one thing I thought I could control. Yet, here is the irony of control. I didn’t control food. Certain foods controlled me. Surrendering those foods is what has led me to a victory I couldn’t imagine before.

Surrender involved giving up things which were standing in the way of God’s will for my life. I couldn’t have my cake (weight loss) and eat it, too (the literal cake). I had to surrender cake and other similar foods completely.

I was so obese I could barely walk. I was always fatigued. My brain was foggy. I had diabetes, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and a prognosis of dying within five years if I didn’t lose weight.

Surrender is Life

God’s will is that I step into my destiny. It’s a destiny He’s already planned in advance for me,but I had to be alive to do that.

Diets never worked for me. I would lose weight, but go back to eating items with sugar and flour and gain the weight back. These are strongholds, addictions for me. I had to admit this area was a weakness for me.

“God’s grace is enough. It’s all you need. My power is made complete in your weakness.”2

The transformation of losing 260 pounds began when God’s power stepped in. His power began working on the entire renewal of my mind, forming new ideals and new attitudes. Then, I was able to step over in to the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for me.3

Surrender is not just a one-time thing. Surrender is a lifestyle where all the old is discarded and the new4 takes root. Surrender is freedom. Surrender is life.

1 Ephesians 2:10 TPT

2 2 Corinthians 12:9 MSG

3 Romans 12:2 AMP

4 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT


Surrender is not easy, but it’s so necessary to lose weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle. I started Sweet Change Weight Loss and Accountability Group to help people who are where I once was. I can help you get there. Yes, you will have to change the way you eat and move. Yes, it takes determination, but it also takes tapping into God’s power and strength completely. A new season in Sweet Change Group is starting and we want you to join us. It’s really about the interior changes more than the exterior. Right now join for our lowest price and get Sweet Change 101 Video Course: Seven Keys for the Weight Loss Journey, FREE. Go HERE.

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".

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