Dealing With the (Overweight) Elephant in the Room

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker before and after losing 260 lbs. without dieting. (Teresa Shields Parker)

Leading a Herd of Elephants

Then, I turned to one of the elephants in my herd and decided to once and for all make Him leader of my herd. I realized the one I had blamed for not fixing me and making me like this was the only one who could lead me to become whole, healthy and happy.

I surrendered to the one who said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness"(2 Cor. 12:9). I asked Him to lead me to the next right step and then the next and the next and the next.

I realized it was by His grace, which is and always has been sufficient, that I was alive to make this decision. The dictionary says, sufficient means, "enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end."

God being enough meant I needed nothing more and so, I surrendered to Him. I surrendered processed sugar through a series of stopping my various trigger foods and starting new foods or actions in their place. Later, I did the same with gluten.

As He leads me, I continue to stop things and start other things in their place. I stop what I want to do and surrender that to Him. I start what He wants me to do and He gives me the grace, power and peace to do that. "When I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10).

My herd of elephants is corralled and led by my Creator God. There is little struggle now because I am finally Spirit-led.

If anyone can lead this herd of elephants, it's definitely Him.

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Teresa Shields Parker is an author, blogger, editor, business owner, wife and mother. Her book, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor is available on Amazon in print, Kindle and Audible HERE. This story is from her blog,

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