Circle of DovesStuff. Life. Problems.

They cling to us.

We want to run,

But they follow.

We can never shake them.




Medical, Vocational,

Still they dwell within.

We want a trade.


But they are relentless.

Like weeds that will not leave

Until we reach deep inside

And pull them out by

The roots.


We resist.

Afraid of the

Hurt, Pain and

Deep Despair

That will tumble forth.


And yet to face



Truth is the only

Way to live.


Can it be the way to Freedom

Is headlong into pain

Flinging it aside

As we run through

Past mistakes and failures


Handing them to

Father God

Who embraces each one

And trades us

Peace in return for stress.


Peace to face each

New difficulty

Loving Him

With Complete

Utterly thorough abandon.


“Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled,” John 14:27 AMP.


Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.

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.