It was our favorite Mexican
restaurant and hubby and I sat across the table from friends with whom we
re-connected after decades.

And in the lively conversation a comment was made that jolted my senses. I positioned the wheelchair beside the table (I still couldn’t put weight on the foot with the broken bone).

The comment came innocently, I’m
sure. “Janet is blind and now lame,” he chuckled. “So… so much for this Jesus

Although it was a comment in
jest, he had a point. Amigos, does the world think that when you become a
Christ follower, life is perfect? Or does it mean that when you commit your
life to Jesus, troubles end? Contracts flood in, and speaking engagements jam
our calendar?

The answer is a resounding “no.”
Life will not be perfect. But you will be perfectly equipped to face the fierce
storms in life.

And even when life is ugly, here
are seven ways to know joy, true joy that plays the melody of confidence in the
symphony of Jesus’ promises:

  1. Joy comes
    because we know His love will transcend all—blindness, illness, broken
    feet, broken hearts and broken plans.
  2. Joy comes
    because He promised to bring solutions we never dreamed.
  3. Joy fills
    our heart because loneliness is a foreign word. The constant whisper that
    God would never abandon us echoes while sweet sleep comes at night.
  4. Joy is ours
    because when the rest of the world is searching, looking and hungry for
    fulfillment Christ fills the void, feeds the spiritual hunger, and puts in
    place the piece that makes us whole.
  5.  Joy is complete because our purpose is
    defined: To Love God with all our mind, heart and soul and love one
    another. Love those who wound us, ridicule and insult us.
  6. Joy sings in
    our heart because this life is short, often dotted with trials, but we
    live in anticipation to the forever eternity promised to those to whom
    Jesus is their Lord.
  7. Joy is our
    promise, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, and you will weep and mourn
    while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy”
    (John 16:20).

Father, the joy you promise is
the treasure that shines beyond setbacks, pain or troubles. For that gift, I
praise and thank you in the name of your son Jesus, amen.

• Where do you find the joy that
keeps you going?

• What is the force that ushers
peace to your nights?

• Where do you turn in painful


Janet Perez Eckles

Grateful for the
privilege of inspiring you…




Spencer.2013Hello – Davalynn Spencer here, visiting today with author Karen Kosman about her unique journey into the writing world.

Karen, how did you get into writing? 

I never planned on being a writer, let alone an author. A misdiagnosis of lupus forced me into an early retirement. Unsure of my future I asked God, “What am I to do the rest of my life?” God then impressed on my heart to write. I finally said, “Yes.”
Not knowing where to start I began attending writers’ conferences. I met Susan Osborn at a conference and started using her Christian Communicators Critique service. I joined a writer’s critique group and began to learn the art of being a writer. Within that first year my lab tests showed no sign of lupus. I realized God had used that diagnosis to change the direction of my life. Today, when I look back at these events, I acknowledge God knew someday I’d have a passion for writing.

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Joshua 1:9 “Have I not
commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged, for the
Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Christine Lindsay Author pic
—According to The Book of Lists, the
fear of public speaking ranks number one in the minds of the majority of
people. Far above the fear of death and disease, comes the fear of standing in
front of a crowd.

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“Did you want a four or a seven-day Caribbean cruise?” the travel agent asked.

What a choice. Even one day on that luxurious cruise ship is enough to make me salivate with excitement.

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By: Janet Perez Eckles


Anybody out there dizzy like I am? Are you being bombarded by offers, suggestions, advice, luring seminars, and workshops—all to expose your writing, enhance marketing efforts and boost sales?

Confessing…I’ve been caught in the gotta-try-that frenzy. Most of us are dashing here and there, hoping to get that platform built. Eager to get our books promoted. Trying to get that door to open, one that will make our work soar to the top. Trying to book that big speaking engagement. Trying, trying till we collapse in bed, our head exploding with endless possibilities—too many to try. And some, too expensive to accept.

So, what to do? How to dodge the firing of internet luring. I just came up with five practical steps, simple to follow. And with a bit of diligence, will bring serenity to the internet insanity.

1. Begin the day with prayer for God’s wisdom—abundant wisdom to choose, evaluate and discern.

2. Be careful. Is the offer sounding too good to be true? It probably is.

3. Be prepared. Is the lure touching your emotions with wording: “only three spots left; act now and save…offer only today.”

4. Be bold. Check out input from trusted fellow authors and speakers. They will share their experience, giving valuable insight.

5. Be faithful and embrace this truth: in the midst of endless offers, God offers His grace to accomplish what we cannot.

At the end of the day, you can put your head on the pillow of peace, and having made Godly-wise decisions, your heart will echo, “All is well with my soul.”


Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

Although blind, Janet Perez Eckles inspires you to see the best in life. With her #1 Amazon best-selling release, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, she inspires you to look beyond a complicated world to find the simplicity of God’s joy and success.