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10 steps to help you never, never fear

26 Sep

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Reblogged September 26, 2020

September 25, 2020

In bad times, we need to get bold. And that’s what I did. I got a bit bold and wrote my grown sons this letter. Since you are my inspirational family, may I share it with you?

It’s based on Psalm 33. Each verse seems to have been written for all of us to address what we’re going through.

I invite you to put aside your burdens, inhale His Word and refresh your soul with God’s reassurance.

Dear Jason and Jeff,

Through the years, I did my best to show you how to fight through the journey. You saw how life can turn painful, ugly and ever so devastating at times. But you saw me persevere and live triumphantly. Yes, although blind, I taught you to see truth through lies, beauty through the dark side and victory through heartache.

Now, the whole country and the world seems to be in that blind state where no one sees the solutions, what path to take, what to follow or how-to bring peace back.

10 Important Steps

No one knows, but God does. No matter how stressful our days seem or restless our nights become, God has the only answer. Each time you read bad news, listen to predictions of gloom or watch events that threaten to rob your security, follow these ten steps:

  1. Do not engage in arguments, people in the news distort the facts, exaggerate, and often hide the truth. But control your words, remain strong in the security of God’s Word “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4)
  2. Violence, hatred or evil will not touch you because God’s promise of His unending love is your tower of strength. “The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:5)
  3. Although many ridicule, reject and disregard the God of the Bible, they foolishly forgot the power He possesses. But you be diligent in remembering: “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.” (Psalm 33:7)
  4. Do not fear what might happen, what evil men threaten to do. Do not heed the world’s voices. Instead, have a reverend fear of God. What does that mean? It means we possess a fear of not pleasing Him, offending Him or dismissing His Word. That’s why He says, “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:8)
  5. Do not be concerned about what nations plan or threaten to do because “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.” (Psalm 33:10)
  6. When you invited Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, God’s plan for you to spend eternity in heaven is guaranteed. And while still on earth, your own plans might not be fulfilled, “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)
  7. Draw courage to stand for His truth before others and before nations. Ant thus, you will be blessed and can claim your inheritance. because “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)
  8. Live with His truth as your guide. Think of His promises as your foundation. Speak of His power as your strength. Offer Him a clean heart because “From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” (Psalm 33:13-15)
  9. Recognize your weakness without Him. Be wise enough to trust in Him and Him alone because “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.” (Psalm 33:16-17)
  10. Celebrate that God’s eyes are upon you, protecting and guarding you. Others may fear death, famine and tribulations,” But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:18-19)

With each moment that passes, each day that goes by, we never, never fear or become restless because as he told the Israelites in Exodus 14:13, God will fight our battles, we need only to be still. We never, never become anxious. Instead, with calm hearts, we “wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.” (Psalm 33:20)

Let’s Pray:

Lord, thank you; though we don’t deserve it, you set us apart to live in the triumph of Your promises and in the victory of Your plans. In Jesus’ name.

Which of God’s promises fills your heart these days?

Janet

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A Morning of Memories

16 Jun

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Monday, I sat on my porch savoring the morning flurry of bird’s wings as they enjoyed breakfast at our feeder. My tablet was open to a daily reading and I soaked up the peaceful combination of nature and scripture. One verse brought a chuckle to my heart.

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” HEBREWS 13:6

I recalled the first time I claimed and clung to this verse, especially the last part. What can man do to me?

It was 1978 and I was a stay at home mother of two small children. After years of a stagnant economy on the Florida Space Coast, my husband was blessed with a job offer working on the Shuttle program. The downside was that for a time, he would be making less money than he was earning as a gas station attendant.

By coincidence…? I was taking Medical terminology courses at our local hospital and was currently enrolled in a class teaching the duties of a Ward Clerk. ( I figured out the only way to be sure to get some me time was if I was taking a class.)

My husband was definitely taking the job at the space center and on a whim, I asked the instructor if the hospital hired part-time clerks. Part time work would keep us afloat financially.

Before I knew it, I had a part time job working 2 days per week on second shift. I even had a neighbor’s teen lined up to watch the children until my husband got off work.

There is a thorn in this story, though. Although most of the doctors were kind, there was one who was a terror. I think the man lived to yell and belittle people. Every time he made rounds on the unit, I was terrified.

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That’s where the verse comes in. As the doctor created chaos I would silently repeat…The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can MAN do to me?

It worked and I have called on that verse many times. And the best part? Several months later the doctor went into semi-retirement and no longer admitted patients to the hospital where I worked.

Once my husband got his foot into the door at the space center, he soon transferred to another company that paid more. I continued working for the hospital for 32 years.

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.

My 2019 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

Live Enabled

22 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

 

Have you read Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard? I read it many years ago and shared it with my daughter. She loved it so much she named two of her Cabbage Patch kids, Grace and Glory after the characters in the book. This is the Amazon description:

 

A timeless allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There she gains a new name and is transformed by her union with the loving Shepherd.

i think it is a timeless read and one that could be read with a child. My daughter was and is, a voracious reader and the book gave us opportunity to discuss Much Afraid’s anxieties and how to overcome them.

 

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. HABAKKUK 3: 19

 

Who’s behind all your fear? 

6 Aug

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Janet's new book.

 

07-29-16 fear“I need my Xanax,” a woman said in the waiting room as we waited for my mom’s doctor appointment. “I can’t take the bad news anymore. The horrible stuff all around is too much.”

Although I didn’t comment because she was talking to the person beside her, I reflected on what she said.

It’s true that we’re living in hard times. We’re facing unprecedented violence. And to give us emotional indigestion, we’re viewing images of horrific tragedies. We watch this from our couch as we squirm with disbelief.

And when fear is eating us for lunch, Satan is licking his lips; we’re his prey, and we’re in his agenda as he takes care of the leftovers. But why should this catch us by surprise? Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10a).

Satan did come, and is here to intensify the pain. But only if we let him. He steals our peace; God brings it right back. He kills our joy, but only for the moment because In God we can have it again. He destroys our serenity; God ushers it back.

And no matter what the next headlines read, we know we’re on the winning side. We’re on the triumphant court and rather than being afraid or stressed, we face all this with a secure heart because Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).

What changes will you make to live the full and secure life Jesus offers?

 

Source: Who’s behind all your fear? | Janet Perez Eckles

How to use your sad yesterdays for a bright tomorrow.

23 Jul

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

His Way

07-15-16 Faith

Meet Faith

 

Hubby and I sat in the family room as we visited friends in their condo on the beach. Suddenly lights began to flicker. Then electricity went out for a few moments. I sat on the couch while all dashed out to the balcony to see the cause.

What they saw was a fire burning in one of the nearby electric transformers. Fire trucks and police rushed to the scene and took care of the situation bringing safety back.

But the fire was the hardest on a large dog. The fire burned her front yard and the experience scared her so much she won’t walk into the house. The owner has to carry her inside and give her Benadryl to keep her calm. Interestingly enough, this fearful dog’s name is Faith!

Experiences can do that to dogs and to us, too. We sometimes experience the fire of rejection that aches or the fire of disappointment that leaves its mark. We may experience the fire of wounds that sear or the fire of abuse that leaves its scars. Or and even the fire of cruel words that still echo in our head.

All are real and often build a thick wall, keeping us from the happiness and the freedom of joy that can be ours today.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what God has to say to you and to me when it comes to past experiences of fires of yesterday that smolder in the crevices of our heart:

“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 43:19)

And refreshed by that stream of His love, He will carry you through the front door to the new dwelling where He houses these promises: “I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1b-2)

What past experiences is God asking you to leave behind?

Janet

Source:  How to use your sad yesterdays for a bright tomorrow. | Janet Perez Eckles

 

Have you been to Legoland? Janet shared this story in her newsletter:

With backpack filled with snacks and bottles of water, hubby and our two grandkids filed through the entrance to Legoland. And what do we encounter first? A roller coaster which sent the little ones into the excitement mode.

They pulled my hand. “C’mon, Nana, you have to come with us!”

This blind Nana does not do roller coasters. But I wasn’t quick enough with my excuse.

“Nana,” my six-year-old grandson said, “you don’t have to be afraid, and Papa is going to sit right next to you.”

And he did. I shook, and jerked from side to side as the ride took sharp turns, rose up and came down again. But, I smiled because I was beside my strong hubby.

If you happen to be on the roller coaster of life, shaken up with heartache or worry, God is beside you, strong enough for you to hold on to so you can feel secure.

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