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Twelve things God says you must never do

18 Aug

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight
Janet Perez Eckles


Twelve things God says you must never do.


Reblogged August 18, 2018


“Ready for a game?” I called out to my ten- and eight-year old grand-kiddoes.

They dashed to the couch and snuggled beside me. “What are we playing?”

Each game I invent has strange rules and quirky turns.

As I give the instructions, I emphasize what they cannot do or what they cannot say.

Once they learn the do’s and don’ts, the game begins. We laugh, learn and pass the time with delight.

God does the same thing. When He gave directions to many of His people, He used the same approach.

There was no game involved, but rather, with each instruction, a profound and life-changing impact to our destiny took place. And all because He gave instructions of what to do and what not to do.

Here are some paraphrased examples of what God said not to do:

  • To Eve, He said don’t eat.
  • To Cain, He said don’t lie.
  • To Moses, He said don’t worry about your stuttering.
  • To Joseph, He said don’t lose faith.
  • To Abraham, He said don’t doubt.
  • To Noah, He said don’t stop.
  • To Sarah, He said don’t laugh.
  • To Hannah, He said don’t stop praying.
  • To David, he said don’t fail to repent.
  • To Elijah, He said don’t run.
  • To Jonah, He said don’t say
  • To Joshua, He said don’t be discouraged.
  • To Jeremiah, He said don’t think about your age.
  • To Martha, He said don’t whine.
  • To Paul, He said don’t give up.
  • To Ruth, He said don’t look back.

If He was clear with all these powerfully influential people, why wouldn’t He say the same to you and me today? His voice hasn’t lost its timbre. His desire to be close to us hasn’t faded, and His instructions haven’t become lame.

With His love-overflowing authority, He speaks as we face the deepest pain and hardest times.

Here are 12 examples for us of what not to do:

  1. Don’t worry, I have each moment planned. Each day orchestrated. (Matthew 6:19-34)
  2. Don’t fear. Consider what I gave you—not a spirit of fear, but one of love, power and of sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  3. Don’t try to figure it out. Trust in me with all your heart, think of me in every situation and I will show you the way. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  4. Don’t look back. Forget what happened yesterday. Focus on today. Hope for tomorrow. (Isaiah 43:18)
  5. Don’t follow your wisdom. Seek mine instead. My thoughts and ways are higher than yours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  6. Don’t let guilt in. If you repent, the slate is clean. The stains are removed. (Psalm 103:11-12)
  7. Don’t despair. I’m near you, I will save you from all the gloom and sadness. (Psalm 34:18)
  8. Don’t seek the things of this world. Seek instead a closer and more intimate relationship with me. (Matthew 6:33)
  9. Don’t feel lonely. I’ll be with you when you get up. When you move and when you take off on your journey. (Joshua 1:9)
  10. Don’t envy what others have. I gave you what you need for today. I’ll fill your desires with good things. (Psalm 103:1)
  11. Don’t listen to bad news. Fill your heart with my promises instead. (Psalm 102: 3-8)
  12. Don’t lament your weaknesses. I will strengthen you and I will help you. (Isaiah 41:10)

God does say to “Look to me for answers. Do love me with all your heart. Do expect a life filled with blessings.”

Let’s Pray

Father, I understand the restrictions you placed for my protection. Thank you for your guidance that leads me to the place that is best for me. In Jesus name.

As you face today’s problems, what is God telling you not to do?



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Janet Eckles Perez

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video:

Janet Perez Eckles’ story of triumph is marked by her work as an international speaker, #1 best-selling author, radio host, personal success coach and master interpreter. Although blind since 31, her passion is to help you see the best of life.

When Your Modem Has Issues

14 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.” Joseph Campbell (source Brainy Quotes)


Photo by Headway on Unsplash


We recently received a new modem from our internet provider. Unfortunately, it has control issues and wants to assign the IP address of its choosing, not what the Internet provider demands. Tech support said they will be happy to send out a technician IN A WEEK to replace  the new modem with another new modem.  I hope this one has a better attitude.

How to achieve the best of life

11 Aug

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles



How to achieve the best of life.



Reblogged August 11, 2018

Could you help me please?

In one of my trips to Mexico, an airport escort guided me into the airplane. As we turned the corner to head down the aisle, a flight attendant handed immigration forms to each passenger. “One per family please.”

With form in hand, I headed to my seat. I sat by the window, and after the announcements ended, I reached up and pressed the light to call for assistance.

Moments later, the flight attendant came. “Could I help you?”

“I’m blind,” I said. “Could you please help me fill this out?”

“Sure. Come with me.”

I gathered my stuff and followed him to the front of the airplane.

“You can sit here to your right,” he said.

I settled in the leather seat, spacious and comfortable. I stretched out my legs, plenty of room.

We finished the form and he asked if I wanted to stay in that seat. I was in first class. “Are you kidding?” I asked with a silly grin. “Sure, I would love that.”

I made myself at home and began to compare. Rather than getting the medicine-size cup of water I would get in the other section of the plane, I got a fresh, cold bottle of water. Rather than the tiny bag of peanuts, I received my choice of appetizers. In this VIP section, the trip was, well, unexpectedly delightful.

Low expectations.

As I dozed off, my thoughts took me to the class of life for which I had settled. Was it the VIP section? Not at all. Unaware, I had occupied the cheap seats. The reason? I expected only a limited amount of happiness. I gathered only a few sporadic moments of joy. And I expected only a reasonable amount of prosperity.

Why do some of us do that? Because we want to be cautious not to appear greedy, selfish or needy. So, we purchase our ticket the world sells. The one that lets you in the back of the plane of life. We find a seat and settle there. And mistakenly, we expect to find true happiness when we marry the right person. We anticipate education and the right job will be what bring on prosperity. We count on peace when our plans work out. And, with false expectations, we take off to the next chapter, hoping for more happy moments.

Sometimes, none come through. And we squirm in the uncomfortable seat of disappointment. Al the while, we ask ourselves, where are the results we hoped for, where is the security we need, and during the turbulence that shakes our world, where is the protection?

As we try to figure it all out, we make the biggest mistake of all. We overlook Jesus’ calling us to the first-class kind of living He offers. He reserved a seat. It has our name on it. Should we accept his invitation, the view changes. There is no limit in what He offers. There are no boundaries of the perks He has stored. And there are no barriers in what could delight our soul.

We all need a nudge to accept God’s best.

In order to enjoy them, we all need a nudge. Someone has to give us a push to leave that seat of mediocrity. Though it may be okay and familiar, we need the courage to leave it behind. Something great is waiting ahead. And with a firm spring in our step, we Head down the aisle to the first-class section of His love.

The abundance is waiting. If we long for a new beginning, He will grant a glorious one. If we wish to live with joy, we can begin to relish in it. If we desire freedom from chains that bind, we declare it to be so.

All of the best, the greatest that God has is ours. It’s ours because we simply accepted His invitation. Often, He exceeds our expectations as we have access to the abundance the world could never give.

And that abundance halts our searching. No more looking for just enough. He has all blessings in great quantities. No more average success, He offers triumphant victory.

Victory is Ours

That victory is ours even when violent turbulence brings terror into our nights and the arrows of worry fly during the day. While those in the other section of doubt, become victims of destruction. That new VIP place is not a seat anymore. It becomes a place where we can move in permanently.

And once there, our darkest trials and deepest suffering are no match to His first-class protection because…

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust.  Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, neither the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. (Psalm 91:1-6)

This elite kind of protection is not for the every-day person who doubts and chooses to settle in the coach section which the world offers. It’s reserved and available to those who choose to dwell in the VIP shelter of almighty God.

Let’s Pray

Father, there is terror in my nights sometimes; there are arrows of fear during the day, too. But the protection you offer is mine as I choose to sit in the VIP seat of your unending love. I praise you because I can relish in the spiritual luxury you have reserved for me. In Jesus name.

What will it take for you to accept His invitation to the first-class section of life?



Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? This what people have said about Janet’s speaking:

More than one thousand people heard Janet Eckles’ story about overcoming trials. She is fabulous. Her humor, her presence and her powerful testimony all work together to make for a successful event. She will encourage, inspire and challenge all who hear her.

Justin Miller, Lead Pastor, Real Life Christian Church, Clermont, FL

Because your heart is pure and your spirit is content, it gives the listener a sense of your authenticity. You leave us with hope, inspiration, and encouragement to make it through any circumstance.

Thelma Wells, Founder of A Woman of God Ministries, Women of Faith Speaker

Janet Eckles is an amazing speaker! Her love for the Lord is captivating and her love for life is contagious. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you cry and she’ll leave you changed forever!

Renee Swope, Executive Director of Proverbs 31 Speaking Ministry

To invite Janet to speak, please go HERE  and check out the variety of topics that will inspire and uplift your group.



Today I Choose to Look for Flowers

10 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis



 “Look for flowers of Joy growing in the rich soil of adversity.” Jesus Always by  Sarah Young


Photo by Isaac Mehegan on Unsplash


Joy doesn’t have to be a big splashy bouquet. It’s ok to find it one tiny flower at a time.


9 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday. Usually we celebrate with an ice cream cake, banana splits or, if I near one, a cake from Publix grocery. They have the BEST cakes! This year, we are eating a low carbohydrate diet, so the birthday cake is a challenge.  I have been watching videos on YouTube, Cooking Keto with Kristi and decided to try a chocolate bundt cake with peanut buttercream frosting. It’s now in the refrigerator and ready for tomorrow.  The downside is that after tasting and licking the mixing bowl, beaters and spatulas, I am pretty sure I am way over my carb allotment for the day! The things we do for love!


Photo by Jamie Matociños on Unsplash


I’ll let you know how it turned out. I did discover that natural peanut butter, that in my pre-diet life, I thought was nasty is now delicious!



I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Trial to Triumph

7 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


I enjoy the photography of Annie Spratt at When I saw this photo, I knew I wanted to create something inspiring with it and Janet’s quote seems a perfect fit.


What can I do when facing impossibilities?

4 Aug

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles




Reblogged August 4, 2018

It’s a crazy sight.

Without a second thought, I push my Mom on a wheelchair. No blind person should be pushing anything at all, much less a ninety-year-old sweet lady.

But this past week, I did just that. I held on to my Mom’s arm as we entered the store. She spotted a wheelchair close to the entrance and settled in it.

I gripped the handles in the back. We made our way down the aisles as I listened carefully to her instructions. “Go straight, stop…turn left…”

Our method worked beautifully until a salesclerk approached us. “Do you need help?”

I grinned. “Sure do. She can’t walk and I’m blind.”

A long silence followed. Then she cleared her throat. “How can you get around like this, if you’re blind? How are you pushing her?”

What she asked was the obvious. She was focused on the circumstance. She saw the barrier and analyzed the impossibility. She saw the facts in the natural. Not me.

I choose not to see things that way.

I focus on the supernatural instead. I count on God’s supernatural way to make things happen. He’s been doing that through the ages. He did when all seem odd, strange and unlikely. He did when people didn’t deserve it, when people turned their backs on Him. And he did when they became arrogant and foolish.

Know anyone like that? I’m waving my hand in the air because I’m one of them. Yet, God’s mercy, compassion and supernatural love still go into action.

And to erase doubt He can still do that. Here are three reminders of the supernatural power, and over-the-top deeds He has performed.

  1. Thousands of yesterdays ago, God parted the Red Sea. He protected the Israelites who didn’t deserve the favor. He extended mercy. He showed compassion and displayed His power.
  2. Supernaturally, God gave wisdom, strength and determination to a 14-year-old boy named David. With one small stone, he defeated a giant. God proved that, when He’s in charge, we can expect nothing humanly logical about to take place. There’s nothing normal or average., Instead, He only presents supernatural results that leave all in awe.
  3. He sees us doubting but is patient still. He observes our stubborn heart and is loving still. He knows what we deserve but extends grace in spite of it. And this reaction that flows from His unending love is not natural, normal but super ordinary.

But why do ordinary people live under the weight of problems and under the stress of the moment? Because they’re limited by the details in the natural. And ever so sadly, fail to see the possibilities that exist because of God’s supernatural power.

Let’s Pray

Father, when I face impossibilities, grant me wisdom to trust that You are at work in a supernaturally powerful way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Will you face your situation in the natural? Or believe in God’s supernatural solution?



Did you know Simply Salsa contains real-life stories of God’s power at work to turn adversity to blessings? A reader writes:

“First of all, thank you! Thank you for writing this amazing book. I can’t explain the rush of emotions that I felt as I turned each page of Simply Salsa. It’s one of those books that you just can’t put down! I cried, I laughed, and I reflected. I reflected on my life and the choices that I have made. Your book truly touched my heart Janet. I felt like you were talking to me, like we were lifelong friends and you knew all my worries and concerns. Your book brought happiness and hope into my days.”

Eliana Sarria

Get your own copy of Simply Salsa HERE.

I also wrote a book filled with words of encouragement, uplifting thoughts and illustrations of real-life triumph to empower you? Its title, Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life. You can get it HERE.

ONE-MINUTE inspirational video.






Janet Eckles Perez

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video:

Janet Perez Eckles’ story of triumph is marked by her work as an international speaker, #1 best-selling author, radio host, personal success coach and master interpreter. Although blind since 31, her passion is to help you see the best of life.

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