That cry, slightly familiar for some and a nightly companion for others, is growing every day. It happens in unexpected places--we’re in the midst of crowds, surrounded by family members, our children tugging at us and calling our attention. In our crowded world, loneliness screams a desperate cry. The reasons are as varied as aches in a lifetime, disappointments in relationships and in the uncertainty of things to come. Loneliness when we're not alone makes no sense, yet it’s true, palpable,… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 23, 2008 at 3:10pm —
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.
She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I would marry you."
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”
The girl looked at her boyfriend and… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 20, 2008 at 7:28pm —
I was talking to my next door neighbor and she sighed, blew out a long puff of air, and muttered, “Things are bad all around. Gas is unbelievable. And I just know they’re trying to hint around at my job to see when I’m retiring…but I can’t afford it.”
“Look,” I said hoping to impart a bit of inspiration. “Life is not up to us…it’s up to God. He provides, guides, and comforts all who call to Him.”
OOPS…wrong thing to say. She grunted and gushed that it was easy for me to… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 17, 2008 at 7:19am —
Got a story to tell you. It happened this past Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day.
I was busy putting the finishing touches to a story. Earlier I had facilitated a session on managing stress to colleagues across the country. Still at my computer, I paused when hubby walked into the room and said, “Just to remind you, we need to be leaving in about one and a half hours."
Ah! I perked up. The black and white gala we were to attend held promises of great food, good… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 15, 2008 at 5:27pm —
I’m talking about Paul. Is he ever a type A personality! Driven, zealous, committed, tenacious, bold, and often forceful.
To his credit, he exercised all these qualities to win souls for Christ.
Often he moves me with his unwavering faith, and he wins my admiration for his endurance. But sometimes he baffles me with some statements he makes, like this one: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why,… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 12, 2008 at 2:08pm —
Sigh. Everything but peace rules there, especially lately. Though the beauty of its majestic mountains, the loving people, the tasty food, lively music, simple life style still tug at my heart, sorrow also frames my thinking.
“We want a change!” Bolivians clamored before the election two years ago. And change is what they got—a president who holds beliefs contrary to God’s precepts. And to add to the destructive ways, he readily caters to the same values that drove Cuba and Venezuela… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 7, 2008 at 8:18am —
Isn’t it crazy how dependent we’ve become of that device that connects us with others?
Working as an over-the-phone interpreter, I literally live on the phone. For eight hours a day, I receive calls with only a couple of seconds in between. Grueling? Yep, it is. But I absolutely love, love my job. Why? Because I delight in speaking. So what better way to best enjoy what I do than to be able to speak in two languages?
But that talking also carries into my spiritual life. I… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 3, 2008 at 2:40pm —
Here it is. This past Saturday afternoon, a warm day, sunny and bright, I decided to eat my lunch outside. While settled in a lounge chair, safe inside the huge screen that surrounds our swimming pool, munching on a crisp salad, I listened to birds’ high-pitched melodic songs while a soft breeze played with my hair. When suddenly, a muffled squeal with a loud thud startled me. But it was the scratching that sent a chill up my spine A zillion options zipped through my head—a yucky snake, a… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 30, 2008 at 7:41am —
While visiting with friends, and after delighting in a plate of homemade spaghetti, our conversation turned to rice. You know...the rice shortage. Some grocery stores already ration the amount sold. The panic button pressed and its sound spread through the media.
Rice shortage, controversial issues re election candidates, stock market going through concerning fluctuation, real estate industry facing dark times, the war.
What a perfect playground for the enemy. Doesn't he… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 27, 2008 at 6:27pm —
I just got a new computer; and you'd think I'd be cheering with gratitude. Instead, I’m crawling up the learning curve, sweating through every step, panting as frustration reaches heights that cannot be measured.
The problem is that my screen reader operates with specific key commands - which worked beautifully with my previous operating system. Those same key commands instead of allowing me to navigate through different applications now spark a most annoying "ding"… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 27, 2008 at 6:19pm —
If you read my previous post, you learned the details of an experience about a snake.
A reader brought up the point that this scenario could not have taken place because of strict Air Traffic violations/security/ strict laws about carry-on’s. And when clarifying this, my friend writes: “P. S. This story happened in the ‘70s and quarantine had been enforced after my friend was able to bring his "pets" home.”
Isn’t that like life? Rules change, different measures are taken… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 23, 2008 at 7:15am —
This next story will make you cringe, turn your stomach or just amuse you. My friend, Bob Chaffart, relates the following experience:
"Although all of my friends are distinctive, I have a friend who is even more unique than most. He has a passion that most over-the-hill parents hate! He has an obsession for snakes! The bigger the better; the fatter, the more appealing; the longer, the more delightful!"
Is it any wonder that when he went to South America as a student… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 23, 2008 at 7:08am —
Have you experienced this? When things you counted on just vanish, leave, evaporate with no trace. And, on top of it all, you receive discouraging news?
Waving my hand in the air, "I’ve been there!"
Actually it feels like life is a roller coaster. The only thing is I didn’t buy a ticket, didn’t even volunteer to visit the attraction park...but still here I am—seated in place, hair flying in the wind as I go up, up. But suddenly, with no warning, with the speed of a rocket… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 11, 2008 at 7:00am —
You probably know a friend, a family member who's asking the question: Where did I go wrong? When our kids turn the wrong corner and head down the path you never thought they would.
Here's an awesome book, anew release for you to check out. (Please see Allison's photo along with one of her Book cover in my own photo section.)
You'll find enlightening and logical insights to keep going and still be the parent God wants you to be.
The book… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 8, 2008 at 5:30am —
Here's a sobering truth from my friend Cheri. Check it out.
Have you ever felt like a hypocrite at church? I have. People see me as this super spiritual person, but I'm just like everyone else. I have days when doubt overtakes me. The mountains seem bigger than my faith, the road is filled with more obstacles than I can imagine, and I feel so small. I'm tired.
That is when the voices of doubt are louder than my voice of faith. I hear the voices say… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 4, 2008 at 10:15am —
We have the handiest man ever. Anything we point out - a corner of the railing which my son’s puppy chewed, painting, repairing a tiny hole on the screen around our swimming pool, or filling a crack on the cement. Yep, he can do it all!
Anything I point to fix, with a reassurance of a CEO in charge, he announces. "That’s what I do."
What a great guy! Repairs are a cinch for him.
But how about the repairs in my life? You know which ones I mean: broken dreams,… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on April 1, 2008 at 4:14pm —
That was the message my friend received in her inbox. It was her hubby who had come to her office door; once, twice informing her it was dinnertime. And my friend, like me, kept on going to finish that "one last item" before she pushed away from her computer.
Until hubby, exasperated, sent the email exclaiming he was indeed starved.
Could he have just fixed himself something to eat? Sure he could’ve. But what he wanted was her company and the opportunity to share those moments… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on March 27, 2008 at 5:56pm —
What a promise, huh?? To accomplish the above, there's always a trick, a secret, a specific step to be first taken:
"The best time to apply skin care products is when you are fresh out of a warm shower or bath. Not only is your skin clean, but it is also thoroughly moist and will better absorb anything you apply to it."
Haven’t you read that on instructions to just about any cream, lotion, and skin softener? If you’re like me, I’m going to follow that instruction in order… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on March 25, 2008 at 3:00pm —
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. Though those thoughts flash through at times, I still travel with no worries.
But, on this last 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… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on March 20, 2008 at 6:09pm —
Have you ever been in Tulsa’s airport? Great place, but they have the narrowest doorways! This past weekend my dear friend and I visited that area to work on an exciting ministry. And fitting with her caring nature, she made sure she guided me through all doorways, hallways, and elevators - being careful to avoid obstacles in my path. But when entering elevators with our bags and suitcases on wheels, and with me holding on her arm, the squeeze was tricky, sometimes painful, and often… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on March 17, 2008 at 6:56pm —