My new word is fierce. It’s not a word I would have ever chosen for myself, not something I would ever aspire to be. Apparently, though, it is the word God has for me in this season.

I am fierce.

Just saying it, I get the picture in my mind of the kitten looking in the mirror and seeing the lion roaring back. Truth here. I still feel like the kitten.

It’s the word I was given, though. We were all given a word at random. It was a word from the prophecy basket, chosen by Wendy K Walters without seeing it first. I now own that word.

I am fierce.

Fierce has some negative connotations and we think of those first. Menacing, wild, savage, hostile, extremely bad, severe. It has the tone of a hurricane or tsunami.

It feels like a word I would never touch. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever once used the word fierce. Now, it is me.

I am fierce.

One definition stands out above all the others, though. That is “showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.” I like that definition because I am passionate about seeing all people fulfill the destiny God has for them.

I am passionate about helping people remove the roadblocks to their destiny. One of the major ones being physical weight, emotional barriers and spiritual lies we believe that we don’t even realize are guiding our lives.

My intense passion about these things calls up the lion in me, the part I rarely show, the part that scares me just a little bit because who wants an uncontrolled lion on the loose?

I am fierce.

In reality, I am that little kitten, weak and helpless. But when I look in the mirror from supernatural perspective I don’t see the kitten anymore. I see the Lion of Judah!

I see His power becoming complete in my weakness.1

I am fierce

I see that when I am weak in human strength, then I am strong, truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength.2

Then, even fierce isn’t a strong enough description. When I see myself as God sees me, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

All my human frailties, limitations, boundaries are cast aside. All I have to do is ride on the back of the roaring lion and

I am fierce.

God put this word in that basket just for me. God moved on my heart for me to wait for just the right timing for that word to be chosen for me.

His anointed told me that where God is taking me will require a fierce faith. I tend to want to do things on my own, control the outcome, manage the situation.

The season I’m entering into is one of fierce faith where I take my hands off the outcome and leave it totally in the hands of my Lion of Judah.

When I do that one thing. When I dare to let God be in total control of every aspect of my life from food to finances, from rest to work, from health to every word I write then, I step into how God sees me.

I am fierce. 

12 Corinthians 12:9 MSG

22 Corinthians 12:10 AMP

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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.