Author Photo - SmallThe 21st century with all of its technological discoveries has engendered a new disorder called Overwhelm. Grammatically speaking, “overwhelm” is a verb, not a noun.  But the case is strong for making it a noun as well.

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Author Photo - SmallSometimes in our writing career, we get blindsided by an unexpected event that temporarily throws us off course. It could be a family situation, a medical diagnosis, or a job loss.  Whatever the situation, we suddenly find ourselves facing a circumstance that diverts our full attention from our writing.  What can we do?

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Unless you’re allergic, it’s a funny thing about pets—they have a way of weaving hearts together.

From the time my daughter graduated from high school until well past university, she struggled big time with depression.  In fact, she was so severely depressed during her school years she began cutting herself….

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Author PhotoWriting often comes by the sweat of one's brow. Had I waited for inspiration throughout my writing career, I would have written few words. Most of what I've written over the years has come from sheer perseverance and a strong determination to get the job done.

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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
thing.”

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
moments?

 

Janet Perez Eckles

Grateful for the
privilege of inspiring you…

www.janetperezeckles.com

 

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