Sweet Grace for Your Journey is the podcast for women who want to lose weight and live healthy—body, soul and spirit. Author Teresa Shields Parker shares tip and advise each week from her personal journey of losing over 250 pounds and having kept it off since 2013.
69. Living in truth
Episode 069-Living in Truth
Here are some highlights from Living In Truth.
Despite what many might think, Christians can be bound for heaven and stuck in strongholds at the same time. God is always fighting for us, but we are not always fighting for ourselves. The evil one’s tactics were and are subtle, manipulative and before I knew it, he was controlling me. When I stopped listening to the still, small voice, that’s when I had allowed myself to be controlled by something other than God. I had opened the door to believe the lies Satan had thrown at me. Lies can only be defeated by the truth and not just truth that we have memorized and can recite, but truth that God illuminates to us and becomes part of the very fabric of our being. Breaking free of lies is impossible on our own. No half-truth is pretty. It’s an out and out lie that will start a string of events the devil has planned in order to destroy us. Half-truths and lies we believe must be exposed. If not, they become footholds for the devil and then strongholds. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are My disciples for sure. Then you will you are My disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (John 8:32 MSG). Experiencing Jesus’ truth is when it moves from our heads to our hearts and then out to our hands and feet as we live it out by following Him obediently, every day. Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds Link: https://www.teresashieldsparker.com/sweet-surrender/
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68. Beautiful One
Episode 068--Beautiful One
Pain, heartache, mistreatment, rude comments, being treated like a doormat, being pushed around, being taken advantage of, pointed at, whispered about and made fun of. This is what it is like to be super morbidly obese.
I know. I was there once. After losing more than 250 pounds, by the grace of God I am no longer there, but I coach those who are. When I hear the depths of abuse they go through and have gone through, I am angry that so-called “family” and “friends” who would treat them less than human.
However, what happens is the obese woman feels like she must do everything everyone wants so she won’t be alone. However, doing everything for everyone without any boundaries around her time and energy is one thing that is making her continue to go to the high carbohydrate foods she loves. She thinks those foods give her energy. They do for a short time, but then her blood sugar plummets and she needs more to get the same feeling and thus begins the roller coaster ride she calls her life.
Inside she is silently angry at all the people she is helping because all she wants is to feel loved and accepted. She’s there for everyone else whenever they need her, but they aren’t there at midnight when she’s eating a whole pan of brownies by herself and crying because she feels … Alone. Abandoned. Worthless.
She eats to shut up the angry child within her, the one who wants to scream at somebody. The pesky voice in her head tells her, “Good girls don’t get angry. Good girls are nice. Good girls do what others want them to do. Good girls are people pleasers. And fat girls have to do everything everyone else wants them to do or they will be …. alone.”
God has a message for every person who has ever felt this way. He wants you to know that you are valued and loved. On more than one occasion I’ve heard Him speaking directly to my heart something like this.
“Hey, Beautiful One. I see you, the real you, the wonderful woman you are, a woman with thoughts and feelings, knowledge and wisdom. I see the gold inside of you, the person who was buried a long time ago through all the pain and hurts of your life. The one you tried to bury with more and more and more foods that are only making you sicker.
“Still, I love you, Beautiful One. I love who you are. I love who you are becoming. I love every piece of you. I don’t want you used or abused by yourself or anyone else. I want you to love yourself like I love you. And I love you more than you can ever comprehend.”
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67. Loved Into Existence
067--Loved Into Existence
I woke up at 2:15 a.m. with God saying to me. “I loved you into existence.” My first thought was of course you did. You created me. Without your desire for me to exist, I wouldn’t exist, I wouldn’t have life. God literally loved me into existence, into living the life He created me to live.
God created each of us on purpose for a purpose. As God’s creation you and I are priceless to Him. I was a valuable person to Him even when I weigh 430 pounds and I was eating myself to death. God still loved me and if I had survived and was still breathing today and eating everything in sight today, He would still love me.
What I did by losing 250 pounds does not make Him love me anymore. But it does help me love Him more because I know the depths of His love and grace that called me back to Him again and again. He didn’t condemn me for my behavior and rebellion against doing what I knew He wanted me to do.
What He did was set up circumstances to call me out of that miserable pit I found myself in. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt God called me out of my bondage to food addiction and into a closer walk with Him. If you’ve heard my story you know that too.
Looking back on my life, what I see clearly is that the effort Jesus went to in order to show me that I needed to give up sugar and gluten was so I could live free, “have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance to the full, till it overflows,” John 10:10 AMP. What greater gift could He give us than a life full of abundance and meaning?
His love is so ridiculously amazing and all He asks in return is that we love Him. But how can we, in our very human condition, love God? It’s simple and yet extremely difficult. We don’t have to love Him. We are free to love Him and if we choose to do that, He gives us instructions about how we can go about that.
Mark 12:30-31 TPT gives us more insight into how we can do this. But so do the following verses: Matthew 6:24 AMP, Matthew 16:26 AMP, 2 Cor. 10:3-5 NIV, 1 Cor 6:19-20 NLT, Galatians 5:1 TPT, Matthew 11:30 MSG, 1 Cor. 3:18 NKJV and Ephesians 2:10 TPT.
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66. Where Are You Stuck?
066--Where Are You Stuck?
Where are you stuck? It was a question that begged an answer. Any seasoned coach, teacher or mentor will just sit there and let it sink in. My way of dealing with any question is to answer it even if I don’t know the answer. This is obviously not the best way to deal with this question.
But I’m learning that some questions are meant to make us think. Thinking requires marinating in time. A good question isn’t one you answer right away. A good question is one that you go to bed thinking about and then wake up still pondering.
There are several possible answers. We may think we aren’t stuck but everyone else around us is so whatever issue we are having is their fault. We may know we are stuck but blame it on our past. We may be stuck because of something that has been done to us that we are trying to change, like a rule at a job that we don’t agree with and want to change.
It doesn’t matter what the problem is, we still feel stuck without a way forward. Stuck is not a comfortable place to be.
As a Christian weight loss coach, I encounter many beautiful women who feel like they are stuck. If I ask them where they are stuck many say, I just can’t figure out how to lose weight or a common one I hear is I’ve lost weight before, but I gained it all back plus more and I am afraid if I try that again I’ll just do the same thing again.
They feel they are stuck because of what they did in their past. When we really get down to the core of the issue, many times it is because they were trying hard in their own strength to lose weight and then something happened that threw them for a loop.
These are problems they can’t fix and so they go back to what they’ve always relied on to help them through any circumstance. They eat whatever they want whenever they want it. It is what they have always relied on for comfort.
They know they are stuck and they recognize it has something to do with their weight. but blaming their stuckness on their weight isn’t all of the answer either. This is where many people come into a weight loss program or coaching group. They think if they can just get on the right diet, their problem will magically be solved.
Even why we started eating everything in sight again isn’t the root of the issue. The real issue is much deeper. Overeating is a way many of us deal with the problems we don’t want to face. We have to deal with those problems first.
For more, listen to this podcast and ponder this question. Where are you stuck?
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Here are the main points:
Breakthrough happens as we are on a specific quest. Breakthrough doesn’t happen in a void. Direction for the Breakthrough comes from God. To get the breakthrough, we have to do what God directs us or agrees with us that we should do. Breakthroughs help us accomplish what God wants us to accomplish on this earth. God wants us to have a breakthrough more than we do Ask God to show you how to get your breakthrough
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64. Knowledge Versus Action
Episode 064--Knowledge Versus Action
We live in the age of information and knowledge. Whatever we want to know we can google and find the answer or ask Alexa or Siri. Knowledge is easy to obtain. But it’s the implementation of that knowledge that our quandary lies.
Trying to amass all the knowledge to make a decision about how to attack my weight gain is part of what kept me stuck in super morbid obesity for way too many years. The truth was I knew what to do to lose weight. I knew what my problem was. I was just trying to find a different way to lose weight, one that would let me eat what I wanted and lose weight at the same time.
In Overcomers Academy, we give you the tools you need to begin to implement what you already know you need to do. A lot of that is about following what God desires for you. He wants you to be healthy in order to fulfill the destiny He has designed for you.
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I first became aware of you on the "Quit Sugar Summit" this spring, and I immediately perused your website, purchased one of your books, and started listening to your podcast! I have been so inspired and encouraged by your words of HOPE around healing, growth, and change! I love how boldly and sincerely you share the TRUTH and GRACE God has imparted to you through your personal journey of weight loss and sustained weight loss over several years! Thanks for being obedient to God's call on your life and for taking courageous steps in sharing a message of HOPE to so many of us who struggle with sugar addition. May God continue to bless you and your ministry!!!