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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?

Janet

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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.

 

Source: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/what-can-i-do-when-facing-impossibilities.html

 

 

 

Janet Eckles Perez

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video: http://bit.ly/1a8wGJR

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.

www.janetperezeckles.com

Where’s My Bag?

30 Jun

Walking by Faith, Not by SIght

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

Reblogged June 30, 2018

If you’re like me, while traveling, your mind wonders with possibilities. Unable to see, I sometimes think about someone walking away with my bag or me grabbing someone else’s suitcase. Despite those thoughts flashing through at times, I still travel with no worries.

But, on one trip, that very thing happened. The plane landed, and armed with patience and chatting our time away, my friend and I sat in our seats waiting for other passengers to disembark. Suddenly, my friend calls out, “That’s my bag!”

Someone had slipped her bag from the overhead compartment and was pulling it away down the aisle.

Good thing she noticed. In addition to her laptop, she had stored valuable material she worked hours to create.

Promises from Psalm 103

Sad, isn’t it? When we least expect it, we can risk losing something critical, something that belongs to us, something we hold dear, valuable and essential. But in the airport of life, the truly crucial possessions of the soul that no one can take away are outlined in Psalm 103:

  • No one can rob our self-assurance because we always remember all God’s benefits-and He who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases.
  • No one can rob our hope because He redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion.
  • Nothing can snatch our expectation for good things because He satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  • No one can steal our strength when facing attacks because the LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
  • When feeling guilty or condemned, nothing can rob His love because the LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
  • Reassurance for mercy belongs to us because He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever.
  • His comfort is ours because He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.
  • Freedom of forgiveness has our name written on it because as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

How’s that for good news? When traveling through life, have you marked all those attributes with your name? They belong to us; God meant for us to engrave them in the label of our heart. And if the enemy is trying to sneak them down the aisle of your life, claim them with all you got!

Let’s pray.

Father, thank you for your many promises. Thank you that we can use them to defeat the enemy. Thank you for being completely trustworthy, and full of mercy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Janet

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Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? A great speaker makes the difference between a so-so event and one that shines with impact. I invite you to view one of my two-minute videos HERE.

 

 

 

Janet Eckles Perez

 

Some say she should be the last person to be dancing. Her life is summarized in this 3-minute video: http://bit.ly/1a8wGJR

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.

www.janetperezeckles.com

6 Steps to Bring Back Peace

9 Jun

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

 

 

6 Steps to Bring Back Peace

Reblogged on June 9, 2018

Very Carefully

New friends ask me, “Being blind, how do you put on your make-up?”

My answer is simple: I do it carefully.

After living with complete blindness for 33 years, I often forget my limitations. But trouble comes when getting ready to go out. I pry myself from endless tasks. At the last minute, I rush around like a crazy woman. I hop in the shower, slip on my robe and dash into my walk-in closet. Frantically, I slide hangers, looking for any outfit to wear.

How do I do this with no sight? It’s pretty simple. When I purchase an item, I store in my memory its characteristics—the texture, the shape of the neckline, buttons or length of sleeve. One light touch tells me what the item is. But when I’m in a hurry, trying to find the right outfit gets a bit tough. Not because I can’t see, but because I just have too many clothes. Way more than any blind gal should be allowed to have. The bar holding all those hangers is probably sagging from the weight.

A jammed-filled closet and a jammed-filled life.

Oh, how my jammed closet resembled my life—full of tasks of all kinds and sizes. Like a squirrel running from tree to tree, I’d dash from one task to another.

I had no choice—lots of people to please. Fueling that desire, even as a young girl, I tried to perform to win my parents’ and teachers’ approval. Later on, I wanted to please my family, my employer, and my friends. Phew! I thought that the only way to please myself was by pleasing them.

Have you been there? The pleasing craze explodes. We rush through life eager to make someone happy. And the level of stress and tension rises like the thermometer in Orlando’s summers.

So this season of our life, how about if we vow to cool off. God never meant us to live in the heat of tension. He gave one pretty refreshing directive: “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:36-37).

The 6 Secrets

When life sags from the weight of countless tasks, obeying His greatest commandment is the key to peaceful success.  Early In the morning as we slide our feet into our slippers, this is what should play in our head: Loving God means receiving His peace. And when the world robs it, here are six secrets to bring it back:

  1. Inviting Him into our day.
  2. Drawing wisdom from His word to place the correct order to our priorities.
  3. Presenting Him with our to-do list for His approval.
  4. Giving thanks in advance for glitches as we know He will resolve.
  5. Invite into our day moments of silence in His presence to refuel our energy.
  6. Inhale the aroma of His reassurance for calmness.

Deviating from His ways equals burnout. But obeying His greatest commandment ushers wisdom: To arrange priorities; to press forth when fatigued; to bring clarity when confused; to be calm when overwhelmed; and to know the warmth of His love.

The love that sparks a desire to please Him. To receive His rest. And to know His peace because “It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know He enjoys giving rest to those He loves?” (Psalm 127:2, The Message Bible).

Let’s Pray

Father, the tension and stress of life are keeping me from experiencing your peace, which I so long for. I invite you into my day and look to you to bring the calmness and peace I seek. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Janet

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Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

 

Source: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/6-steps-to-bring-back-peace.html

How to pray so God will answer.

19 May

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perea Eckles

 

 

His Way

 

 

 

 

How to pray so God will answer.

Reblogged May 19, 2018

 

What’s that smell?

Not long ago, an unidentified odor filled the front of our house. We tried and tried to find the source but failed. We cleaned, washed and sprayed air freshener. Nothing worked.

To make it worse, since I’m blind, my sense of smell is heightened. Ugh! There was only one thing to do—cover my mouth and nose.

So, I went to work, frantically searching for a cloth mask to cover my mouth and nose. I was sure I had put one away in a drawer somewhere.

I pulled out items; I ran my fingers all around. No mask. “Lord,” I prayed, “I know this is silly, but will you help me find that mask. You know where it is, will you help me?”

He didn’t.

Facing my defeat, I sat at my computer and worked for a few hours. Then I got up, walked around the house and, to my relief, the smell was gone, totally gone.

What came instead was a big lesson.

How often we ask for something specific, yet God is up to something bigger. We beg for a solution, but God has a mightier answer. And when we plead and plead for a specific outcome, He comes up with a different one, and one that solves a bigger problem.

That is what His promise is—to solve them His way. That’s why we can be reassured that although He listens to our prayers, He sees our heart. He often doesn’t give us what we want but grants us what we need.

And He gives the reason why in Isaiah 55:8-9: “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’” declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

Trusting in that promise…

  • I pray not just to see a better tomorrow, but to delight in the best of today.
  • I pray not just for a leap to triumph, but to take each step on firm ground.
  • I pray not just for triumph, but to know how to defeat fear.
  • I pray not to do great things without first knowing the greatness of God.
  • I pray not for a life of roses, but to remove the thorns of doubt.
  • I pray not for knowledge in a lifetime, but for enough wisdom in each defining moment.
  • I pray not for the abundance of my bank account, but to take into account my riches in the abundance of God.
  • I pray not for my own answer to every prayer, but for His every answer to fuel my faith.
  • I pray not for God to take away every trouble, but for me to take the trouble to see His way out.
  • I pray not just for a cure to my illness, but for the healing of my soul.
  • I pray not to trust in my success, but to succeed in trusting God.
  • I pray not to heal my loneliness, but to heed the truth that God alone is enough.

Let’s Pray

Father, thank you for your answers, your solutions and your victories. Grant me wisdom to wait and to trust that your thoughts and ways are above my own. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • What have you been asking God lately?
  • Does your prayer align with His Word?

Janet

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Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? A great speaker makes the difference between a so-so event and one that shines with impact. I invite you to view one of my two-minute videos HERE.

Please share: Feel free to share Janet’s posts with your friends.

The Move to America

5 May

 

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

 

 

7 Steps to Live With Confidence

Reblogged May 5, 2018

En Español: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog-espanol/seis-secretos-para-la-paz-interior.html

In 1964, my family and I left our hometown in Bolivia and arrived in St. Louis on a cold winter day. With expectations and excitement, we had packed our suitcases with hope for a glorious life in the United States. But the adjustment was bumpier than the airplane ride.

Two days after our arrival, my father looked at me and my brother across the kitchen table. “You have to go to school and learn English,” he said. “We’ll enroll you today.”

Although none of us spoke a word of English, the language of ridicule is universal. A group of sixth grade girls surrounded my desk. They pointed, whispered, and giggled.

It was my pierced ears!

Months later, I learned the reason why. What seemed strange to them was the fact I wore earrings. They stared at my pierced ears—a strange practice for American girls back in 1964.

They didn’t invite me to play with them and their giggles toward me continued. Oh, how I missed my friends back home in Bolivia. With each stare from American girls, I sunk in my seat, holding back tears. And my sense of worth and self-esteem sunk with me.

Destructive Lies

And that happened because of one reason and one reason only—I turned their rejection into destructive lies: You’re inferior. You don’t fit in. You’re strange. You’re unlovable. You don’t measure up. You’ll never be accepted.

Those lies pressed pain into my heart. The kind of pain that lingers for years. I was 12 when I believed them. And they remained until I was 22, 32 and beyond. Have you been there? We smile on the outside, but inside our heart aches, it’s tied up with lies.

And it continues until we make this important appointment.

We decide to visit Jesus, the divine counselor. He has the answer. And with confidence and trust, we step into the office of His unfailing love. As we pour out what’s in our heart, He listens. He washes over us with compassion. And with mercy. He offers the path. Each of these seven steps restores self-esteem, invites confidence back, and plants security for our days.

  1. Change our thoughts. Think about what is just, true, good, excellent and praise-worthy. (Philippians 4:8)
  2. God’s truth through His son Jesus set us free. (John 10:10)
  3. No matter how black the darkness, nothing can separate us from God’s power and His love. (Romans 5:38)
  4. We delete the past and embrace the new that God has planned. (Isaiah 43:18)
  5. Our feelings have no authority over God’s promises. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
  6. Recognize where lies come from. (John 8:44)
  7. Believe; truly believe that God will turn our sorrow to joy. (Psalm 30:11)

Victory comes when we choose to believe. Then with empowering confidence, we draw closer to Him where He embraces us with His arms of love, whispering: I know how beautiful you are. I know how I created you. I know what you’re worth. And I know you’re lovable—enough for me to die for you.

Let’s Pray

Father, grant me the ability to remember that only your opinion matters. Only your Word is true. And only you have the correct description of who I am. Thank you for granting me confidence to silence lies. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • What lies fuel your sadness?
  • What truths fill your heart?
  • How much confidence do you have in God’s promises?

 

Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event? A great speaker makes the difference between a so-so event and one that shines with impact. I invite you to view one of my two-minute videos HERE.

Please share: Feel free to share Janet’s posts with your friends.

 

Source: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/7-steps-to-live-with-confidence.html

 

 

The way to find today’s happiness

28 Apr

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

 

The way to find today’s happiness.

 

Reblogged April 27, 2018

 

High Heels vs. Tennis Shoes

Some months ago, a friend came to pick me up. I opened the front door, she came in and paused, “What’s with the high heels,” she asked

“Why not?”

“Because we’ll be doing a lot of walking in those airports. You need comfortable shoes.” She stomped her feet. “Like these tennis shoes.”

I chuckled. Few friends understand the Latina thinking—that heels make us, well…more feminine. Silly, isn’t it? That desire to wear high heels is one of many quirks to which we cling. Actually, we hang on to many more that might seem a tad trivial.

Yet, no matter what nationality, we all tend to hang on to other stuff that’s not trivial, but traumatic—past hurts, relationships now gone, resentment for what we lost, anger for what went wrong and even bitterness for broken dreams.

How did those dreams become nightmares?

Trying to figure it out, we gaze at the rearview mirror of the past, analyzing its painful details. And in doing so, we risk running into a wall of deep depression. We relive what happened back then over and over again.

And when we do, so pitifully, we miss the wide gate God holds open ushering us to a new chapter, a new beginning, vibrant possibilities, treasures to be found and opportunities to savor. We miss it all because we’re still staring at the past. What we had. How it was. What we enjoyed and how we felt.

Time to let go.

Broken dreams don’t have to shatter our hope. Plans unfulfilled don’t have to constantly fill our mind. And unforeseen obstacles don’t have to forecast our future.

If we let it, all of this can hold us captive to the world’s deceptive lies that say it’s okay to sink in unforgiveness, grudges, or resentment. They keep us from breaking free from yesterday’s pain. They bind us to our negative emotions rather than empowering our thoughts. But even more devastating, they blind us from seeing Christ’s cure for the torment.

How about if we leave all that where it belongs—in the past. Today is here. Today is when God is whispering a new beginning, a new path and new horizons.

Welcome in Contagious Joy

And it’s in that view that we realize that contentment for what we have now ushers contagious joy that becomes the strength for tomorrow. That’s when we can expect better turns. Ones that we never dreamed nor didn’t think we could have. But definitely, we can have them because “For I know the plans I have for you, “says the Lord, “plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

If He has that future prepared, and if He is almighty and He’s true to His word, why linger in the past? If His plans are to prosper us, why not expect the best for tomorrow?  If Christ lives in us and we in Him, our destiny shines, our future is secure.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17).

Let’s Pray

Father, how often do I have to repeat your promises in my head before I believe them in my heart? I ask for wisdom and commitment to believe in what you say and not in what I see. Show me how to praise you today, in the moment and while I relish in a vibrant hope for tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What is yesterday’s sadness that you need to leave behind in order to enjoy today’s happiness?

Janet

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Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

Source: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/the-way-to-find-todays-happiness.html

The perfect guide to peace

21 Apr

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

 

The perfect guide to peace.

Reblogged April 21, 2018

 

Guide to the Appalachian Trail

I settled in the back seat of an Uber car the other day, folded my white cane, and stuffed it in my bag. As I usually do, I began a conversation with the driver.

As expected, we became friends. That’s because I ask questions that prompt them to share and keep sharing about their lives.

This last driver told me about his brother who wrote the guide for the Appalachian Hike. I learned this adventure can take from 5 months to 10 years to complete. Gulp.

But with his guide’s help, the hike is doable. In it, he details all the challenges, the best gear to bring, places to avoid, potential dangers, list of easier routes, best places to eat, how to find laundry mats, lodging, etc.

Whew! Sounds like more than I can handle.

The long hike called life.

But whether we like it or not, we’re all indeed, on a long hike called life. And the path is often filled with challenges, unexpected turns and obstacles.

The good news is that much like the guide for the Appalachian trail hike, God wrote the guide for us to follow and reach the destination called peace.

Not sure where you are on that hike? Or maybe peace is a foreign word in the midst of this world’s chaos?

Good news; the guide to find that peace is free, available and in the language any hiker can understand.

Let’s conquer obstacles.

With that guide in our hearts, we’re ready to conquer obstacles of any kind.

  1. We need a companion. We need encouragement. We need a comforting word. And desperately need someone to tell us that all will be okay. That’s why God’s peace comes through this truth: “For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted that have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.” (Psalm 72:12-13)
  2. Oh, those difficult and unexpected turns of heartache that barge in. Most are out of our control. Some crash in because of other’s sins. Yet, God knows the oppression against our soul, and right when we cry out for help “He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:9)
  3. Fear visits. We fear we won’t make it to the finish line. When we grumble about the sorry turn of events and the unfairness, when we long for His presence, peace fills us because “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
  4. Gloom hovers over. When no one understands. When most cannot help, peace conquers sadness. “You are sad, I’m listening, and I will save you from your troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)
  5. Helplessness invades. But God offers His peace through this invitation: “hen clouds of grief try to overtake you, ask Me for consolation and relief. Cry out to Me in your times of trouble, and I will save you from your distress.” (paraphrased from Psalm 107:19).
  6. Frustration won’t let up. When we walk in circles around the same mountain of adversity, tears blur our vision; the path looks crooked and rough. That’s when His guide instructs to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Better days are coming, hang on to the guide; The One who wrote it is with you. He never abandons or leaves you. And with Him by your side, there is no fear. There’s only strength for each step. Reassurance for every turn. And He ushers the peace that carries power.

Let’s pray.

Father, how often, with a restless heart, I’ve embarked on the hike with my own plans and my own map in hand. Forgive my prideful ways and grant me a heart of humility. Show me how to follow your steps, to allow your guide to lead me. And find peace as I learn to walk on the path you prepared for me. In Jesus name.

What guide are you using for your hike today?

Janet

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Did you know I 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.

CLICK HERE for a one-minute inspirational video.

 

Source https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/the-perfect-guide-to-peace.html

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