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How to see God’s hand in our darkness

14 Jul

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

Reblogged July 14, 2018

 

Some friends and I sat at a table in a local restaurant. “Hi Amy!” I said looking in the direction of my friend’s three-year old little girl. “Did you like your visit to Disney World?”

She didn’t answer.

“Honey,” her mommy said, “Mrs. Eckles can’t see. You have to say yes out loud, not just nod your head.”

We chuckled.

“Close your eyes,” her mom said. “That’s what Mrs. Eckles sees.”

We continued our visit, her mom and I chatted about silly stuff during the meal. Then suddenly Amy’s mom paused. “I’m sorry Amy; you can open your eyes now. And go ahead and eat your food.”

We hadn’t realized during the whole time we were talking, she still had them closed, and the plate of food, untouched, sat before her.

Setbacks and Disappointments

That reminded me when the sting of setbacks, the jolt of disappointment closed the eyes of my heart. And in the darkness of my pain, I missed God’s banquet set before me.

We all do that sometimes. The rehashing of negative details blocks the view. And dark memories of the wound cover the path to healing.

Blind to all that goodness, we test God’s patience. How often must He whisper, Open those eyes and check out the banquet of blessings I placed before you. Look at the possibilities. Take a peek at what I have prepared for you.

It’s all for us.

He offers and invites us to see what he designed. He longs to show us His hand at work right now. At this moment. In our current situation. And in the midst of today’s heartache.

In each of them, He’s preparing something new, something good and beautifully unexpected. He warns not to look back; but focus ahead. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Our days shine with hope, with fresh beauty, and with delight when we choose to perceive what God is offering.

Let’s Pray

Father, open my eyes to see beyond my circumstance, beyond the hurt. And instead, help me to look at the colorful horizon painted by your love for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What might God want you to see in the midst of your situation?

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.

 

Source: https://janetperezeckles.com/blog/encouragement/how-to-see-gods-hand-in-our-darkness.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

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.

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

 

 

The sure way to find direction in life. | Janet Perez Eckles

22 Aug

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On my last trip, I leaned toward the escort who was helping me get from the airline counter to my gate. “I need to visit the ladies’ room.”

“Sure, it’s right up ahead,” he said.

I left my suitcase with him and entered using my white cane for guidance. The place was empty. That meant no one was there to direct me to the right place. Yikes! What to do? Walk around aimlessly? Or go back out and ask the guy to come in help me? Can’t do that. How embarrassing!

In the midst of my dilemma, I happened to hear a trickle of water from one of the sinks nearby. Using that sound as a point of reference, I went to this side, then to the other. Finally I found the place I needed.

And when it was time to exit, that trickling water gave me the reference point again. I made my way out like a pro.

As I settled in my seat at the gate I grinned. How beautiful that God provides what we need, when we need it. Yes, in bathrooms. But when lost in life, He provides what we need, too.

He offers the living water that trickles through His Word. When lost, when confused, when blind, and unable to find our way, His Word trickles a delightful sound. The sound that gives direction to our life. The sound that gives us meaning and the sound that brings hope when lost in the place we don’t want to be.

via The sure way to find direction in life. | Janet Perez Eckles.

 

Janet’s weekly newsletter has a “What’s Been Happening” section. This is what she shared this week.

I wish you could see me grin with gratitude when I get comments to my blog posts. And this one particularly made my heart smile.

“I like your vibrant faith, too. It’s simply amazing that you love Him so much in spite of your blindness. Have you ever questioned the Lord as to your condition?”

What a great question. Of course, I questioned God in anger, in fear, and in frustration. Then He spoke to me: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

And His strength, His peace, and His comfort in the midst of my physical darkness shined a light of hope, of peace, and of unexpected success. Now I still question Him: Why did You choose to bless me in such an undeserving way?”

 

Three steps to fulfill your desires | Janet Perez Eckles

8 Aug

A hot summer afternoon in Orlando is perfect for a cold smoothie. I blend strawberries, bananas, pineapple, a touch of honey and almond milk. I place a glass full before my grands.

Seated at the kitchen table, they wiggle in anticipation. After the first sip, they echo, “Hmmm…it’s yummylicious. Thank you, Nana.”

Then with no warning, my granddaughter said words that nearly made me giggle with delight.

“Nana,” she said, “you don’t look old like you’re 60. You look like you’re 40 or 48.”

I pulled my shoulders back, lifted my head and gave a huge grin. “Thank you so much sweet thing.”

In an instant, a flood of plans filled my mind—got to try harder to keep wrinkles away and make sure to color the gray.

Than I had a thought and my vanity melted into the smoothie of reality. A seven-year-old child has no clue about how age should be reflected in a person.

But I accepted her comment because of that thing we all have. That thing we tuck way deep inside. That thing called “desire.” We all have the desire to look better, get thinner, stay younger, become healthier, get richer. We long to be significant in some way, to be successful, to have meaning and to live with purpose.

via Three steps to fulfill your desires | Janet Perez Eckles.

 

I enjoy receiving Janet’s email each Wednesday. Along with her blog she shares a short update. I especially enjoyed this weeks:

What’s Been Happening

On the way back home to Orlando this past Sunday, I sat at the window seat, waiting for the plane to take off. Moments later, a giggling little girl sat beside me in the middle seat. Her daddy sat to her left in the aisle seat. I turned to her, “Do you want to sit by the window?”

“Yeah,” she said.

“I appreciate this,” her daddy said as I gathered my stuff and changed seats.

The little girl ooh’ed and aah’ed at all she saw out that window. The four-year-old commented about her delight of watching the plane take off, the clouds, the city underneath, the lakes and the scenery only a child would find fascinating.

But what fascinates me is that the little, insignificant things we do in life are the ones that mean the most to others.

In my upcoming trips, I’ll try to find more ways to bring a little happiness to others.

 

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