What the Experts Don’t Tell You About Sugar


Read almost any dietitian or doctor’s advise about sugar and you will hear that it is bad for you in large quantities. So, just cut down on the sugar and you will be fine. It seems no one is talking about what I know is the root of the obesity epidemic. … [Read more...]

I Made A Mistake


I made a mistake. I could berate myself for it for the rest of my life or I can learn from it. Let me paint the picture for you. … [Read more...]

When Did I Become New?


When I was seven years old I realized I was a sinner. I had stolen candy from the grocery store. I repented, asked Jesus into my heart and was saved from the fires of hell. … [Read more...]

Riding in the Palm of God’s Hand


What does it feel like to be completely taken care of, riding in the palm God's hand? In reality, most of life is not up to us and perhaps, not even to God. However, He does know what is coming and how to navigate the winds that come out way. … [Read more...]

Necessary Endings

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Do you need to lose an extreme amount of weight? I’d say you need a necessary ending to your current lifestyle, especially the way you eat. I was struck by the concept of Necessary Endings, the name of a new book by Dr. Henry Cloud. This book is about employees, businesses and relationships that … [Read more...]

How Much Is Enough?

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Many people don’t have enough. Some have just enough and others have more than enough. The concept of how much is enough is hard to grasp. … [Read more...]


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Heart on hand. Edges connect. Puzzle pieces fit. Body, Soul, Spirit Collide. Healing rain. Buds blossom. Turn inside out. Upside down. Sustain. Remain. Lose. Find. Distant. Close. Remove. Reconcile. Taking, giving. Crawling, flying. Dying, living. Changed at 3 … [Read more...]

Choose Life

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Why does God tell us to “choose life?”1 I mean it seems like a no-brainer type of choice. Of course it wasn’t our choice to be born, but it is our choice to live, isn’t it? … [Read more...]

This Is Amazing Grace


"This is Amazing Grace" is a new take on the old song. However, no matter how we sing about it, I always wondered, what about grace is so amazing? … [Read more...]

Good News and How You Can Help


Sweet Grace is once again #1 in the Weight Loss Memoir and Weight Loss Memoirs category on Amazon. I am so excited! It was there before and now it's back up there again. It is also #1 in Christian Weight Loss Memoirs, God and Weight Loss Memoirs, Sugar Addiction Memoirs and Morbid Obesity Memoirs. … [Read more...]

Where Are We Going?

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We are embarking on a journey that will last a lifetime and take us places we've never dreamed. Where are we going? … [Read more...]

Still, You Call Me Beautiful

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From the first moment God thought of you, He saw you no other way than beautiful. You have been on His heart since the beginning of time. … [Read more...]

Are You Ready For A Breakthrough?

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An awesome group of women committed to changing their lives began a journey to victory today. I know they are ready for monumental breakthroughs. I feel it in the air. Last Tuesday I opened Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching and Accountability Group for introductions. As I started reading the … [Read more...]

God Calling

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Has God ever called your name? Like Samuel have you heard Him calling you and thought for sure it must be someone else? I have to admit, I’ve never heard God speak to me audibly. However, I have heard Him speak to me in my spirit. … [Read more...]

Big Guy In The Sky


Is God the Big Guy in the Sky? I like to think of Him like that. The Lord's Prayer, my version at least, kind of addresses Him like that. More on that later. The Lord’s prayer is really about leading us each step of the way. It packs a lifetime of advice in five verses. It travels from heaven to … [Read more...]

The Gold Connection

Rising Gold Sun Beam

Something lies buried inside you. It’s been there for a very long time, actually it’s been there since before you were born. It’s precious, rare and pure. It’s the essence of who you are and who you become when you are in Christ. It’s your gold. … [Read more...]

The Independent Sort


I've always been an independent sort, even as a kid. I would be the one who wanted to do it all by herself. That way I didn't have to put up with anyone else's slow and picky style. I could whip through a job and get it done in nothing flat. … [Read more...]

Why I Go To Family Reunions

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Every year growing up I looked forward to one big event—The Carr Family Reunion. This was the time when relatives I didn’t even know I had gathered at the most beautiful country church I have ever seen, Perche Baptist Church, near Clark, Mo. I wish I could say I enjoyed gathering with my family … [Read more...]

Cadillac Dreams

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Does God prefer to work through one person over another? Does He get frustrated with us because our "temple," or body is not a fit place for His Holy Spirit to dwell? In prayer one day I asked God that question. I felt He answered it with a question. He's good at that. Given the choice which … [Read more...]

Sucker Punch

There's a healthy army rising up.

Have you ever had something hit you out of nowhere? Everything is going great, no real problems. God’s presence is real and tangible and then something happens like a sucker punch out of nowhere. It sends you reeling feeling as if you will collapse at any minute. … [Read more...]

Are You Ready To Fly?


What do you want? What would really make you feel like you are flying, soaring, living your dream? Really, what is it that you want, the thing you would move heaven and earth to have? Is it being healthy and losing weight? What are you willing to give up to obtain it? What kind of effort are you … [Read more...]

Get Your Butt In This Group

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No one else will say it, so I'm going to. Get your butt in Sweet Change Group and do it now! If you are serious about weight loss and have tried all the various diet programs, plans, shakes, pills, quick and easy fixes out there, but are no different, you must do this! … [Read more...]

Risky Sweet Change

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Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group is risky in many ways. It is a journey of faith and that is always an unknown. It's risky for me as well. I'll share more about that in a bit. … [Read more...]

World’s Best Daddy

My Daddy is my hero, my mentor, the one who instilled a love for Jesus and overcoming obstacles.

There’s never been a time I didn’t think I had the world’s greatest daddy. He had a twinkle in his eyes when he was up to mischief with us, loved to tickle and play, would give the shirt off his back to help someone, worked hard in a hot job as a steamfitter foreman, loved his farm, lived for a … [Read more...]

God, Weight Loss and Sugar

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How do I get rid of this mountain of flesh? That was the question I wrote in my prayer journal in 1977. I was newly married and gaining weight faster than a train gains speed. I knew I had a problem and I wanted God’s solution. Or at least I thought I did. … [Read more...]

A Food Addiction Recovery Story


I'm pleased to introduce to you my little brother, Mark Randall Shields, MEd, LPC, CRAADC, ATR Project Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Mental Health. We come from the same metabolic makeup that makes weight gain when one eats sugar and bread really easy. He has lost … [Read more...]

Get Fit or Forfeit

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Get fit or forfeit what God has for you. That is the word I just got today. It is a heavy word, not necessarily one I wanted to hear. … [Read more...]

Do You Have Batty Thoughts?

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Do you have batty thoughts? You know those that zoom around and collide with each other? If you know anything about bats, you know they can teach us something about our thoughts, right? If you can't think of anything, I can. I know of at least three things, but first I must tell you a … [Read more...]

Giant Step of Faith

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Putting my faith in God for my weight loss journey seemed a huge disconnect. How could taking a step of faith help me with something so everyday practical as weight loss? More than that, what did God's Grace have to do with the process? … [Read more...]

What Was I Thinking?

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My thoughts collide with each other, circle and do it again. They dance and they mourn. They celebrate and they scream in anger. They go to the top of the mountain and crash to the bottom of the sea all in the span of seconds. … [Read more...]