"..lies the seed that in the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose."

There’s no script for it.

The Next Step is about each person who comes. 

It is the same and it is different.

It is about me and it is about you.

It is about connection to God, myself and others.

It is about building

                              a bridge

                                      of love. 

It is about finding the gift in others and sharing it with them.

It is about community,



                                           heart moments,

                                                                                                           small changes,

                                             big revelations.

It is about refocusing, forgiving, releasing, deep knowing, renewal, loss and rebuilding.

It is about the movement of a song played with compassion and anger.  It is about a song sung with dedication and love.

It is about a word shared.  “I saw what real listening looks like.”

It is about soul-searching times of throwing baggage away and allowing forgiveness to wash the soul clean.

It is about play, a ridiculous story trilfripping along; times to strut and shuffle.

It is about the discovery of who I am.  It is about my dreams and the acknowledgement of first steps towards those dreams.

It is about Be.  Do.  Have.

It is about gut-wrenching, soul-cleansing, uninhibited hours of togetherness.  It is about a time of becoming better, closer, more grounded.  

It is about gratitude



It about me and you making choices about what we want from life, from today, from tomorrow.  It is about Compassion. Commitment.  Connection.

It is about remembering



 This and more is The Next Step.

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.