Whatever we are struggling with, whether it be depression, frustration, overwhelming circumstances, stress, anger, loneliness, shame, regret, low self-esteem, difficult relationships, God wants us to run to Him instead of a substance to numb or temporarily cover our pain.He wants us to be overcomers because He has a destiny calling on our lives.

For me any of those things used to set me running towards unhealthy, sugar-laden foods. I thought I was fixing my problems because the high sugar content would make me feel good for a short while and then I’d need more to get me the same feeling. If that sounds like drug addiction, it is. We just refrain from calling it that because it’s the legal drug that makes everything we buy taste better.

Destroying Our Destinies

The problem is, it is slowly but surely killing us and destroying our destinies in the process. Obesity is the cause of every disease imaginable from heart disease to many forms of cancer. Some even say it’s the root of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-like diseases. I’m not a scientist so I don’t know the for-sure causes of the rampant rise in all these diseases, but I do think it is interesting that the rise in sugar consumption among us has skyrocketed in conjunction with the rise of disease.

Christians feed right into this because it seems like the “sanctified” sin, the one pastors don’t preach against. Just a word search in the Scripture for the words gluttony or glutton will reveal how strongly God feels about us running to food to solve our problems. The Bible has much to say about food addiction. Gluttony is just the Biblical term.

I meet folks every day who have destiny calls on their lives—they are pastors, singers, speakers, chaplains, not-for-profit directors and church leaders. They are using food as a way of escape from the demanding lifestyle ministry takes on them. This adds pounds to their bodies and eventually they feed right into the evil one’s hands as they are being taken out of the fight against him.

The devil’s mission is to steal, kill and destroy our destinies, but Jesus came so we could have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance to the full, till it overflows.1

Set Free

My heart goes out to those, especially ministry leaders caught in this bondage. My compassion overflows because I was where they are now. God set me free, though. “Let me be clear the Anointed One has set us free, not partially, but wonderfully and completely free. Let us always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back to the bondage of our past.”2

After losing more than 250 pounds my life has totally changed along with my eating and exercise habits. Now that I’m healthier I want to remain healthy to fulfill the destiny God has given me.

It was a tad bit scary when God called me write a book. I’d always wanted to write a book, but never could because of lack of stamina, energy and focus. After the losing the weight, I was pumped that He wanted me to try. He showed me my life message and asked me to write a book about my journey. So I did. That book is Sweet Grace, kindle edition is on sale for $2.99 through May 20.

Another Call

Then God did a truly scary thing. He called me to coach. I never wanted to coach. I wanted to stay safe and secure on the back cover of my books. Instead, He was asked me to step up to actually helping people do what I had done. I felt a little like Moses being called to lead the Children of Israel out of bondage. Actually walking on foot through a desert eating only manna was probably a really good healthy, living lifestyle and a great exercise plan.

They also grumbled and complained a lot like I imagined weight loss coaching clients would. I had nightmares of what might happen when those I coached didn’t follow my suggestions and challenges. God showed me, though, that I can’t control what others do or don’t do. I can just share from my full experience—body, soul and spirit. So, I said, “Yes,” to His call, but only if He would be the coach and I’d simply be the voice.

Now I coach through two groups, which seriously takes a toll on my time and energy. I do it because God wants me to spread the message that He is the Overcomer who can help you lose whatever is necessary for you to get healthy, More than that, He wants me to show you how to stay healthy.

How A Coaching Class Helps

#KickWeight, my low-cost, six-month coaching class, is open now for newcomers. It will close the end of May so the group can focus on the lessons. Each lesson builds on the next. The purpose of #KickWeight is not to help people look better. That’ s just a by-product. The purpose is to help God’s people fulfill the destiny God has for them.

“We are God’s poetry, a recreated people who will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, He planned in advance the destiny He has given us and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”2

He wants us healthy to complete that assignment. He’s called me to help you get there both of us relying on His help. This coaching class is like a college class operated through a closed Facebook group. The video lessons are posted there weekly along with study guides and action steps. They are also posted in the membership area on this website.

We also have question and answer videos, challenges and other activities in the group. Last session folks lost over 680 pounds in six months. It really floors me, but it shouldn’t. God just loves to help His people get free from the bondages they have fallen into.

I hear destiny calling. Are you ready to join us? Great, then let’s #KickWeight. Doors close May 22. Join HERE!

I will see you in the group!

1John 10:10 AMP

2Galatians 5:1 TPT

3Ephesians 2:10 TPT

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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 TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.