Maria Morgan interviewed me a few weeks ago. The story, Catching Up With Author Teresa Shields Parker, is featured on her blog. Go HERE to read it in its entirety.

I thought I’d share a section that I really aimed to write as a blog post but never did. Here’s just a  portion of what I shared with Maria when she asked if I had any “Words of Wisdom.”


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Our greatest strength comes from admitting what we can’t do (click to tweet).

When we allow God to lead us step by step we develop a relationship that is close to His heart. In that place we cannot fail. As long as we’re listening and following and never believing we have what it takes, He will promote us.

My posture of strength is face down before Him.

I used to be a controller, controlling everything in my life and trying to control everyone in my life. I controlled out of fear of someone else trying to control me.

I realized control got me absolutely no where. It got me to 430 pounds because my way of controlling what I ate was to eat whatever I wanted. I was in control. That really put me out of control. Oh, what a tangled backwards upside down web we weave.

Now, I live not knowing. Sometimes God shows me things coming down the path in my future. I think it’s mainly so I won’t be surprised.

So much about self publishing my book this last year I learned step by step as I would cry out to God and say I don’t know how to do this. And I would run across a video or a website or a contact that was exactly what I needed.

He didn’t overwhelm me with the details I didn’t need to know. He knew what I could handle.

When I say, I can’t do that. I need Your help, God. That’s the best place for me to be. Submitted. Willing to take direction.


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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 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. She has three more books, "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." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.