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Woman Who Lost 250 Pounds Shares Why Diets Don’t Work.


Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker discovered that dieting wouldn’t help her lost 250 lbs.

“Meet a woman who lost 250 pounds by giving up all thediets,” read the promo for my first television interview centered around my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying To Earn God’s Favor.

It’s true. I don’t consider what I do as dieting. Dietsnever work. The way we use the term diet in our culture means it is a short-term, highly restricted way of eating. It’s not something we intend to continue for the rest of our lives.

It’ll just be until we lose 20 or 40 or 100 pounds and then we will go back to the way we’ve always been eating.

I know this all too well. I once weighed 430 pounds, but I was a really successful dieter. I lost 100s of pounds through the years going on every diet imaginable. And they all worked until I started eating foods containing processed sugar and flour again. Then I’d gain the weight back plus more.

I had an idea of what I needed to do to lose weight. When I’d pray about it and ask God to help me with this “mountain of flesh,” He’d always give me the same plan. Stop eating sugar. Eat more lean mean, fruits and vegetables and eat less bread.

I never  thought I could do the first  step and stop eating bread so I’d search for the latest weight loss pill or supplement or go on another diet. I’d vow this time to make it work. However, they were just words.

A goal was always motivational for me because the reward after losing 100 pounds was to go back to eating whatever I wanted. It took no time at all to regain the weight plus more.

After being told I would die in five years if I didn’t lose weight, I eventually had a gastric bypass. I lost weight but I was angry that I couldn’t eat what I wanted. After a little over a year I found I could eat sugar again and so I started gaining weight again. Once again I found myself in morbid obesity headed back towards my highest weight.

This was more distressing now. I’m greatly altered my body. I’d tried the last magic known to man. I did not want to live this way and yet I couldn’t seem to stop eating.

The aha moment came when it hit me after hearing a 25-year sober alcoholic talk about how to get free of alcohol he had to stop drinking alcohol.  “Alcohol is essentially liquid sugar,” he said. This may seem like a duh moment to you, but for me it was monumental.

I never drank alcohol and never wanted to be an alcoholic. Now if what I was hearing was true, I was the same as an alcoholic only I was a sugar-holic. Since the meeting was a harmful life patterns group, open to those with all addictions, I asked the question, “Could a person be addicted to sugar.”

The presenter said he wasn’t sure of the mechanics of it, but a person could be addicted to anything they feel they can’t live without. I always said, “I could never live without sugar.” I knew in my heart I was addicted to sugar.

I began the journey by stopping my trigger food, which was candy, and then making the switch to giving up processed sugar. I substituted fruit in it’s place. Yet fruit has fructose, but it is much healthier than processed sugar because of the water and fiber content.

After giving up processed sugar, I learned how items made with processed wheat flour turn into sugar in the body. I gave up white and then wheat flour and finally all items with gluten.

It’s been a journey for sure. Altogether I’ve lost over 250 pounds from my highest weight.

Giving up what you crave sounds difficult at first, but when you set your mind to do what’s right for your life for the rest of your life, you will find God’s power is available to help you through. He won’t do it for you, but He will provide power to propel you forward.

The difference about the way I eat now is I’ve switched the way I look at food. I will continue to eat this way for the rest of my life. I am eating for my health, not just for weight loss. If I never lose another pound I will continue to eat this way. I feel better than I ever have.

I’m hearing more about the addictive qualities of processed sugar and flour these days. I’m glad.

However, I hate to hear supposed weight loss experts tell people they can eat whatever they want and lose weight. This may be true of people who have small amounts of weight to lose.

After being morbidly obese most of my life and knowing many who have not been able to kick this problem, even with gastric bypass surgery, I’m sure the majority of the obesity issue has to do with processed sugar.

Making that lifestyle change and sticking to it will make a major difference in anyone’s health.

How to make a lifestyle change.

1. Know Your Why: Why do you want to be healthy? Why do you want to live? It has to be more important than eating your favorite dessert.

2. Know Your Dreams: What are the things you dream of doing that you can’t do now.

3. Know your trigger foods: What are the things you crave and want constantly. Clean your house of these things and tell yourself what you can eat instead. Drink more water. Many times you are hungry instead of thirsty. Have some go-to snack foods, fruits, vegetables and protein that are easy to take with you and easy to snack on. Make sure you have plenty of lean protein throughout your day.

4. Know your emotions: When do you eat? Is it when you are happy, sad, bored, lonely, depressed, overwhelmed, tired? Write out solutions to what you can do to address each of these instead of eating.

5. Know your mindset: Your mindset is health. Know what takes you away from health. Know what you need to do to stay on track. Write out solutions to those things. Keep them handy. Refer to them often.

6. Know your temptations: What situations are most tempting? Is it parties at work, holidays, watching TV? Think through each of these. If you mess up, get right back on track.

7. Know your Higher Power: I make no bones about saying my Higher Power is God. Connect with Him. Ask Him to remind you of your goals, to encourage you and support you. Know that He wants you healthy to complete your assignment on the earth today.

That’s it in a nutshell. Now go out and change your life.

What part of changing your life do you think will be most difficult?

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,

One Critical Question for Every Man and Every Father.

Walk with Christ

At the age of 19, during my freshman year at college, I decided I wanted to become a pilot. So I went for it.

When you train to be a pilot, you have to go through many hours of ground school and flight training. One thing you learn in flight school is that a critical responsibility of a pilot is to do a preflight inspection before he and his passengers board the vessel. He should check out the inside of the aircraft to make sure all the instruments are working, and he should inspect the outside of the plane, especially its integrity, to ensure there are no cracks in the wings or fuselage. Even a minor breach can spell disaster once the plane is in the air.


Likewise, a father must ensure he is living a life of integrity as he carries his children on the journey. To compromise, even in the slightest, could be devastating for a child. Integrity is what you do when no one else is looking.

A Breach of Integrity

Dark secrets in your life can cause a dangerous breach in your fatherhood fuselage and keep you from growing as a leader in your home. Addictions—sexual, pornographic, gambling, drugs, alcohol—are primary culprits that will keep you from being the dad you want to be.

When something unhealthy or wrong tempts your heart, you must guard your heart against that temptation. Succumbing to temptation, simply put, is caving in to something because it will, at least temporarily, satisfy you. All of us are tempted. The question is what we are going to do with that temptation that constantly sneaks its way into our lives.

A proverb says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” When temptation calls our name and seduces us, rarely do we take a step back, look at it logically, and say, “OK, I see this thing that is tempting me. Sure, it is exciting, it’s fun, and it will make me feel so good. But I’m not going to go there because it not only will hurt me in the long run, but it will also deeply wound my wife and my children.” So, how then can we guard our hearts against being taken on down the wrong runway toward an affair, gambling, greed, workaholism, or pornography?

Be Open for Inspection

One place to start is to be “open for inspection” at any time and at any place. Here are a few personal examples.

My wife, Susan, knows my computer password and can access it any time to see what I am reading and looking at. She can also see my calendar at any time.

Susan and my kids can also pick up my smartphone any time to read my texts and emails and check out what kind of music I’m listening to.

Susan has complete access to our financial accounts and can see where the money goes.

My trusted assistant of over 20 years knows exactly where I’m at and who I’m with most of the time and helps keep me on track.

A couple of my friends also know they have the freedom to probe into my life to ensure I stay on course.

I am fearful of messing things up. I’m just one decision away from doing something really stupid and giving up a lifetime relationship with my wife and kids for a moment of pleasure.

Being open for inspection is critical. So, the critical question for you is: Are you open for inspection any time and at any place?



For the original article, visit markmerill.comMark Merrill is the president of Family First.

Secure Your Victory.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. —Hosea 4:6

When you give in to temptation, it is because you have not secured your victory for one of two reasons:

1. You are receiving His Word but choosing not to walk in it. When you know what the Bible says about your situation and walk in the light of that knowledge, you will not fall into temptation. You will see the snares of the devil and avoid them.

2. You are yielding to temptation because you are uninformed of God‘s instructions.

We are required to walk in the revelation of the Word, whether we have received it or not. Just because you don’t know the law doesn’t mean you won’t get arrested for disobeying it. People get into all kinds of sin, die of cancer, and live in poverty. Why? Because they are ignorant of the power available to them.

Secure your victory by finding out what God has to say about your situation and then determine to do what He says to do about it.

Lord, teach me Your Word and Your
ways. I will read, study, meditate upon,
and apply Your Word this day in all
that I say and do. Amen.


Enduring Temptation.

Give us today our daily bread. – Matthew 6:11

It is impossible to live in this world and escape temptation. In olden times men fled away from active life and from human companionships, hoping thus to evade enticement to evil. But they were not successful; for wherever they went they carried in their own hearts a fountain of corruption, and were thus perpetually exposed to temptation. The only door of escape from all temptation is the door that leads into heaven. We grieve over our friends whom the Lord calls away, the little child in its sweet innocence, the mother in her ripened saintliness, the young man in his pride of strength; but do we ever think that we have far more reason for anxiety, possibly for grief, over those who live and have to battle with sin in this world? Those who have passed inside, in the victorious release of Christian faith, are for ever secure; but those yet in the sore battle are still in peril.

This petition is a prayer that we may never be called needlessly to meet temptation. Sometimes God wants us to be tried, because we can grow strong only through victory. We have a word of Scripture which says: “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.” Yet we ought never ourselves to seek anyway of life in which we shall have to be exposed to the peril of conflict with sin. Temptation is too terrible an experience, fraught with too much danger, to be sought by us, or ever encountered save when God leads us in the path on which it lies. We must never rush unbidden or unsent into any spiritual danger. There are no promises for presumption.It is written,” said the Master“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” When God sends us into danger, we are under His protection; when we go where He does not send us, we go unsheltered.

By Vine.

Bible In A Year: May 8th…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
2 Chronicles 28-30 Judges 7:9-8:35 John 5:31-47 Proverbs 11:19-28

Enduring Temptation.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. – Matthew 4:1

The time is to be noted. It was just after the wonderful scenes of our Lord‘s baptism. The heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended and abode upon him, and the Father’s voice was heard from heaven in approval and witness; then immediately came the terrible experience here described. Spiritual privileges do not save us from fiery trials. Indeed there is no time when Satan is so sure to come with his subtle arts as just when we have passed through some season of special blessing. When we go from our prayer closet after a time of tender communion he meets us at the door with some evil suggestion. It is after we have been nearest to God that we are sure to find the devil most active. He is not half so anxious to tempt worldly Christians as those who are glowing with spiritual zeal.

An old writer says: “All the while our Savior lay in his father’s shop and meddled only with carpenter’s chips, the devil troubled him not; now that he is to enter more publicly upon his mediatorship the tempter pierceth his tender soul with many sorrows by solicitation to sin.”

It is the same with us. So long as we move on quietly in our ordinary life he does not trouble himself to harm us; but when we rouse up to new consecration and new activity in God’s service he pounces upon us and tries to destroy us.

It is therefore in our times of greatest spiritual exaltation that we need to be most watchful. We learn here also that we may expect to endure temptation in this world. New power came to Jesus through his conflicts. His life was developed and made perfect through sufferings.

Then he was fitted for sympathy with us in our temptations by himself being tempted in all points as we are. Temptations resisted always bring new strength. Victorious struggle prepares us for helping others in their temptations.

By Vine.

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By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Deuteronomy 7-9 Exodus 31-33-6 Mark 6:30-56 Psalm 25:1-7

Flirting With Fire.

And don’t give the devil a chance.
Ephesians 4:27 (CEV)

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James 1:12-14  ( )

The age-old question “Why did Eve go near the tree of knowledge of good and evil?” hits closer to home than most of us might care to admit. If asked, “Do you flirt with temptation?” We may answer “No,” But do we prove it in our daily pursuits by showing discernment as we use the Internet, choose movies, and prioritize our time with God? How close do we allow ourselves to get to temptation?

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Temptation reveals what’s in our hearts.

When we walk away from a tempting scenario — and you probably know your weaknesses — our hearts reveal what we truly believe.

Each time we flee from temptation, it’s not just a single victory.

That victory is one step toward more victories because resisting temptation builds spiritual muscles.

When temptation strikes again — and it will — we’ll be stronger in dealing with it because we’re becoming more like Christ.

The daily habits of holiness built through reading the Word and prayer are the best ways to guard ourselves against temptation.

The temptation itself has a way of strengthening us through the process to be holy and righteous people.

Are you stepping toward temptation? Or away from it?

Every time we say yes to temptation, we make it harder to say no the next time.
Jerry Bridges

1 Corinthians 15:35-2 Corinthians 2:17

By David Jeremiah.

Succumb or Overcome.

wilderness of temptation

It’s a funny thing about temptation. None of us is immune to it. Wouldn’t it be great if we were—if we could just take a pill or get vaccinated against it? Then we could develop an immunity and never fear being tempted again. We could live in total victory in all the areas in which we were previously seduced.

For example, if overeating were our nemesis, we could pop a “gorge” pill. Voilà! No food would tempt us again. Valentine’s Day could come and go, with chocolate hearts dangling before our eyes to no avail. We would be immune to their subtle aroma and enticing shapes.

But, alas, this is not the case. If Jesus, the perfect Son of God, was tempted in all ways even as we are (see Heb. 2:18; 4:15), what makes us think we should be spared?

Right after He was baptized, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (see Luke 4:1). After 40 days and nights of fasting, He was hungry (v. 2). The devil came to Him at a time when He was physically drained (v. 3) and appealed to all possible areas of weakness—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (see 1 John 2:16). Yet, even when Jesus was tempted, He did not sin.

The question is, why would the Holy Spirit purposely lead Jesus into a situation where He would be tempted?

When I was a teacher, I often administered tests to my students. I never gave them a test, however, without first having taught the lesson and then given ample review and study time. The test was not meant to trip them up, but to cause them to think through the things they had learned and make them aware of how much they had grown in that knowledge. In other words, their level of mastery of the subject was indicated by the results of the test. It was a way of measuring their progress.

Temptation is a form of test that can be a blessing in disguise. It causes us to be confronted with a circumstance that requires a choice. How we choose reveals the motivations of our hearts and measures our progress in the kingdom.

When Joshua addressed the children of Israel with the choice, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Josh. 24:15), their progress was being measured. Would they turn back to the familiar? Or would they move on with the purpose of God for them? They had a choice.

The Scriptures tell us that God will not allow us to be tempted (tested) beyond what we are able to handle (see 1 Cor. 10:13), but with the temptation will make a way out. He provides the way of escape. We are given the choice to succumb or overcome.

When Satan tempted Jesus in the three most vital areas of  human existence, He affirmed His loyalty to the Father and to His Word. Time and again, He combated Satan with, “It is written.” He resisted and did not yield to the temptation. He was able to overcome. He passed the test. As a result, after facing that grueling season in the wilderness, He was released into ministry.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead us into an area where He knows we will be tempted by the devil, just as He did Jesus. He does this for a divine purpose—to expose our weakness, to show us what lies within our innermost being. James makes this process clear: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:13-14).

How can we know what lurks in our hearts—which the Bible tells us are “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9-10)—if we are never tested? Often we are blind to our own shortcomings, and other than a face-to-face talk with the Lord, what can more accurately reveal our true condition than a test?

The Lord is the one who searches and tries our hearts. He will either speak to our hearts during intimate moments with Him, or He will test us by allowing circumstances that expose what lies within. His testing is an act of love and grace—one that allows us to see the problems and repent. Once we do, He creates in us a new heart and makes us more like Him. It’s a glorious exchange.

The next time you are being tempted, ask the Lord to reveal the weakness that is subject to the test.  Give it to Him and allow His strength to overcome your weakness. Submit yourself to Him, and resist the devil. He will flee from you, for God gives the humble His grace (enabling power) to overcome (see James 4:6-7). You don’t have to succumb; you can overcome!


As you pray this week, ask the Lord to do a deep work in your heart to expose and uproot anything in you that hinders your spiritual progress. Thank Him for helping you overcome temptations in your life. Continue to pray protection over Israel, our military, their families and the persecuted church. Lift up our leaders and pray the Lord’s will over the upcoming elections. As the world focuses on the Olympics, pray for those laboring for a harvest and ask God for greater victory in His church.  Pray that churches will unite in prayer and purpose for the nations of the world and expansion of God’s kingdom. James 4:6-7; Josh. 24:15; 2 Chron. 7:14

By Ruth Whitfield

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Temptation Is Knocking.

And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 2 Samuel 11:2

We are never out of reach of the tentacles of temptation. You can be in a crowd of thousands or alone in your thoughts, and temptation will sit down beside you.

Was the seed of temptation already in David’s heart, or was he only seeking a place of solitude when temptation overtook him? Instead of fleeing the roof when he saw Bathsheba, he fed temptation by inquiring about her.

The result of allowing temptation to stay in your heart will be as devastating to you as it was to him.

Guard your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Do not feed your spirit with the chaff of this world, but keep it strong through reading and meditating on the Word of God and communing with your heavenly Father.

What are the strongest temptations in your life? How are you avoiding or resisting them? How do you need God’s help in resisting temptation?

Jesus, I desire to resist every temptation that comes my way.

Grant me discernment and wisdom in recognizing and avoiding temptation. Amen.

Secure Your Victory.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. —Hosea 4:6

When you give in to temptation, it is because you have not secured your victory for one of two reasons:

1. You are receiving His Word but choosing not to walk in it. When you know what the Bible says about your situation and walk in the light of that knowledge, you will not fall into temptation. You will see the snares of the devil and avoid them.

2. You are yielding to temptation because you are uninformed of God‘s instructions.

We are required to walk in the revelation of the Word, whether we have received it or not. Just because you don’t know the law doesn’t mean you won’t get arrested for disobeying it. People get into all kinds of sin, die of cancer, and live in poverty. Why? Because they are ignorant of the power available to them.

Secure your victory by finding out what God has to say about your situation and then determine to do what He says to do about it.

Lord, teach me Your Word and Your ways. I

 will read, study, meditate upon, and apply Your Word this day in all that I say and do. Amen.


If Jesus Couldn’t Sin, Why Was He Tested?.

It was impossible for Jesus to sin. In Luke 1:35, Mary was told “that holy thing” that will be conceived by the Holy Spirit is the Son of God. He was “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26). It is rank heresy to say that Jesus Christ could sin or that He had any sin in Him. He was in all points like we are, except for one: He was not contaminated with sin.

Jesus was not tempted to see if He would fall. He was tempted to show that He could not fall: “The prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me” (John 14:30). After He had lived a life down here for thirty-three years, Satan came with this temptation, a temptation that appealed to man’s total personality—the physical side, the mental side, and the spiritual side of man.

The Lord Jesus could not fall, and the testing was given to demonstrate that He could not fall. If He could have fallen, then any moment your salvation and mine is in doubt. The minute He yielded to sin, we would have no Savior. His temptation was to prove that He could not sin. These temptations that came to Him are the same temptations that come to us. But He did not fall because He could not fall.

Then someone is sure to argue, “Wait a minute. Then He must not have been tempted as we are.” He was tempted greater than we ever were tempted. You know, a boat out in the water can stand just so much pressure. As that pressure builds up the boat will finally give way, and when it does, then the pressure is relieved. When pressure is put on us, we finally give way and yield to the temptation. That is common knowledge, of course, and we live in a mean world today. Folk put temptation in the presence of a man who is very honorable and in front of some chaste, marvelous woman. They keep building up the pressure because they know there will come a time and a circumstance when those people will probably yield to it.

Now, the devil put all the pressure on the Lord Jesus that was possible to put on any creature, and the Lord Jesus withstood it. He could bear all that pressure. So, He has been tempted lots more than you and I have. He really knows what it is to be tempted. The difference is that you and I know what it is to be tempted and fall, but He did not experience that.

Taken from “If Jesus Could Not Sin, Why Was He Put in the Wilderness and Tested?” by Thru the Bible Ministries (used by permission).

By J. Vernon McGee

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