How to overcome insecurities.

04-11-14 possumAs a teenager, I wish I had known how to overcome not only insecurities, but self-doubt and timidity, too. Like my monogrammed purse, I carried them everywhere. You would expect that at my age, I would have conquered them. Not so.

“It’s upside down, hanging on the pole,” hubby said as he stood looking out the patio door. “It ate all the bird seed.”

“What did?” Curiosity sparked in me.

When he told me it was a possum, I cringed. Although they’re God’s creatures, I dislike them more than a little. They rip our garbage bags, eat the eggs cute ducks lay, and ruin our yard. And to make it more disgusting, the bird seed we prepared for the birdies were now feeding the very creatures I so dislike. Yuck!

But sadly, that wasn’t the only time I fed something I disliked. I had been a pro at feeding my insecurities with lies—my friends won’t accept me if I say something wrong. Why try something new, I’ll surely fail.

Now decades later, the same lies feed the ugly creature of insecurity: I’m not being productive enough. I’m not serving diligently. My writing is not reaching my readers the way it should. God is not pleased with me. And when I make a mistake or make a wrong decision, I give a double helping to the critter that makes me cringe.

See how I became a pro at feeding the beast of insecurity? Do you ever do that? If so, please let me know. And together we’ll make sure we starve it, abandon it and kill it for good.

Once gone, we can declare that God, only God has the power, the words, and the exaltation that merits feeding. His Words of truth must be the only food for our soul. Scripture echoes this very truth:
“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12).

Father, thank you for the strength and wisdom you give me to silence insecurities. Thank you for the exaltation that comes from your Word that will exchange those insecurities for confidence, poise and your power that’s at work in me. In the name of Jesus, amen.

• What insecurity lurks in you?
• How do you conquer it?
• What promise from God speaks to you?

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  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
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How to get rid of headaches.

With permission: Wiki

With permission: Wiki

Does anyone out there have the answer or solutions to get rid of headaches? You know those pesky intruders that alter your day?

I wish I knew. The other day I had one of them. The aching throb spread right around the right eye socket. Yuck. It took my concentration away, made me a bit irritable. And since no meds enter this chica’s body, I suffered through it.

Then it happened. God smiled at me. He sent me the most experienced, dedicated and admirable physical therapist. Who, ahem, happens to be my dear friend.

She pointed to the bed, “Lay down here.”

Not only did she do her “magic” as a therapist, but I think what truly made the headache go away completely is the sincere love that poured from her heart and hands. After the pain, there was a soothing peace—a glorious relief.

But forgive my presumptuous approach. As you read this, you might be facing not a temporary headache, But a searing heartache. Painful loneliness. Or serious illness. So how do we endure and keep going with that load pressing on us?

God, the therapist of our soul, has the answer. He first asks us to be still. To quiet our soul so He can do His majestic work in us.

With His hands of love, He’ll work for the length of time He needs, in the ways He finds best and in the stages He planned the cure.

In the meantime, we embrace the promise, the reassurance, and the hope in Romans 8:18. One translation says: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Another says: “The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”

Father, no matter what the suffering, all is doable, knowing that you will eventually bring healing, peace, comfort and deep joy. Your power is what not only gets rid of headaches, but gives us the strength to endure all. And resting in the expectation that glory is coming. In Jesus’ name, amen.

• What hurt are you enduring today?
• How does God’s promise ease your pain?
• How much trust will you have that He will turn all your grief into glory?

Janet

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  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

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The Secret to Success

With permission: ronnie44052 on Flickr

With permission: ronnie44052 on Flickr

When someone asks you the question What is the secret to success?  what do you say?

When I was 11 years old and lived in my native country of Bolivia, we did a strange thing when the weather changed.

“It’s starting to rain!” someone would call out. Then all of us dashed around grabbing old pots, cans and any containers we could find. One by one, we placed them under each spot of our leaky roof.

That was a routine for us. We accepted it. And even thought it normal when electricity and water shut off right at noon.

But what never stopped were ways for my brother and I to enjoy our childhood. The most exhilarating activity for me was to fly kites.

Gripping the ball of string attached to the kite, I ran in the open field, over weeds, rocks, dirt and mud. The wind caught under the kite and it tugged, taking it above trees, above the mountains, higher and higher. I glanced up and it swayed so high, I was sure it had reached the sky.

Nothing equaled that delight, that magic, that thrill of being connected to something so far, far away

Have you experienced that connection? Not to a kite, but to something more majestic. It’s the strong connection to the faith that keeps us united with the power of God.

And while we run through the fields of life, through weeds of sorrow, and trip on rocks of disappointment, we’re still connected. When others turn their back, we’re still united with God’s acceptance. When life turns ugly, we’re still joined with the beauty of God’s promise to restore. And when devastation visits, we can still be attached to the hope that never ends. When the world sinks in gloom, because we’re connected, we fly high on the success that has nothing to do with bank accounts.

Jesus calls that connection the vine of His love. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Father, help me remember that connected to you, to your vine is the secret to success and the path to pleasant results. Because of this truth, grant me the confidence to face life’s challenges with courage, with faith and peace in my soul. In the name of Jesus, amen.

  • What are you connected to?
  • What gives you security?
  • Where does your hope come from?

Janet

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  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

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When He whispers to your soul.

With permission: Ged Carroll

With permission: Ged Carroll

I settled in the seat beside my son, Jeff.   We waited with anticipation in the large theatre. The movie, “Son of God” was about to begin. This is the life! I thought, grinning like a kid with a super cool toy. Nothing like this has ever been available before…and there I was, about to try it for myself.

I slipped on the headphones. And as the movie began, so did the narration. This new gadget for the blind to hear the description of the action and silent scenes made me, well, giddy with joy.

Whenever there was no dialogue, the narration of the action whispered in my ear. And this chica enjoyed the featured movie like never before.

How about you? I know, unlike me, you have eyes to see. But I betcha you have listened to your own narration  describing the scenery of your world —the things you did wrong, where you failed, what hurts, and what isn’t  working in your life.

But what if we allowed God to whisper instead? He would relate His mighty strength when we’re weak. His mercy when we fail. His nurturing when we feel lost. His comfort when loneliness eats our peace. And even times when we feel unworthy, He would describe the portrait of us which He painted with His love.

The narration is sweet, the reassurance soothing. And the whisper to the soul sufficient to carry us through.

If we listen, really listen, His voice is gentle, yet carries the greatness of His power: “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:20-21).

Father, in those episodes of affliction, of restlessness and insecurity the whisper of your voice lifts my fear, dries my tears, and brushes calmness into my days. In the name of Jesus I thank you. Amen.

  • What message has been whispering into your heart?
  • Which of His promises keeps your joy alive?
  • Whose calling do you listen when affliction clouds your days?

Janet

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  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

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So what’s another disaster?

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With permission: wikimedia.org

When will I learn? You’d think by now, aware of the limitations of my blindness, I’d be careful, really careful with the experiments and projects my 6-year-old granddaughter and I do.

“It’s a disaster,” she groaned.

She was right. I had placed the hot iron on the paper covering the group of beads she creatively arranged on a pegboard. The iron was too hot? I pressed too hard? Or missed one step in the instructions?

Don’t know. But after I lifted the iron, part of the melted beads had spread on the carpet, burning a baseball-size spot. Gulp.

After we dried her tears of disappointment, I took a deep breath, and then wisdom trickled in.

I knelt on the carpet and once the rug had cooled, I gently rubbed the palm of her hand on the scorched spot. “Feel this? This will help us remember that when we mess up, it’s not a failure if the mess-ups teach us a lesson.”

“What lesson?

“To read instructions more carefully.”

How many disasters have you have in life? Broken relationships, financial troubles, bad decisions, failed careers.

And the mess is there. They formed a rough spot in our heart, difficult to clean up. Heartache and regret melted in areas where they shouldn’t.

What if we didn’t consider them failures? Instead, those very events can become God’s powerful reminder that He still restores. Because of Him, we may stumble, but will never fall. Relationships end, but His love still remains vibrant. Finances crumble, but He still provides. Careers end, but He gives new beginnings. Illness wants to shake away our peace, but His hand stops the fear.

When embracing the lesson, life smiles again as we repeat “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:7-8).

Father, how often the failures, mistakes or calamities of life had threatened to shake me. But now, because you’re near me, peace still sings in my soul. And I know each broken area is the lesson that teaches me to wait in expectation for something new, something better, something richer and something worthy of your praise. In Jesus’s name, amen.

• What has failed in your life lately?
• Where do you find the lesson?
• How will you allow God to turn it to good?

Janet

Thank you for reading this message. If it resonated with you, consider inviting Janet as your next speaker. Here are her speaking topics to inspire and delight those who attend your next event.

Janet’s dynamic presentations before professional and faith-based groups are based on her books:

  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

Janet has prepared even more servings of inspiration for you. Please visit her website.

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When we see God smile.

03-07-14 big smile

I’m dancing in my blindness and rejoicing in my disability.

Crazy statement, isn’t it? But I think you’ll agree with the reason I have joy dancing in my soul.

First, my friend, who has been there for me for years, always answers, “No problem…that was easy,” each of the dozen times I ask her to format documents, to post these blogs or research for me.

Then, I have a friend who barely makes ends meet and she emails me: “Go outside your front door and find the holder for your bird feeder.” She knew the one we have is no good. So she surprised me with a new one which she purchased with a certificate she received after donating platelets.

My friend who drives nearly an hour to visit. She puts in my hands two beautiful scarves and a purse to match. “Here, I need to keep you in style.”

And my dear friend who wrote “Go ahead and sign up for the writer’s conference; I took care of the registration fee.”

These are only some examples of what I call God’s smiles. And with gratitude overflowing, I sit in the still of the night and wonder for a long, long time. I ask myself if I would or could be a smile to someone else.

What delight it would be to do something so that, like me, they would see God’s smile that says: “I’m here with you. I know your needs. I see your wants and know very well each of your desires.”

How beautifully Psalm 121:1-2 echoes my heart. “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.” And how sweetly His help trickles down through friends’ gestures, through their kind surprises, and their unconditional support.

Father, show me how to be your smile to someone else. Open opportunities for me to be the vessel of your loving winks to those who need a warm encouragement, a kind note or a timely inspiration. In Jesus’s name, amen.

• Have you seen God’s smiles through someone else lately?
• Have you been a smile to someone else?

Janet

Thank you for reading this message. If it resonated with you, consider inviting Janet as your next speaker. Here are her speaking topics to inspire and delight those who attend your next event.

Janet’s dynamic presentations before professional and faith-based groups are based on her books:

  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

Janet has prepared even more servings of inspiration for you. Please visit her website.

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Help for Parents

Help for parents

When our kids  turn in a direction that  brings grief, discouragement, guilt and sorrow, God’s word is clear, His instructions direct and  His comfort is real. Listen to this episode for encouragement, practical steps and hope for parenting challenges. http://66.49.193.35/ArtistFirst_Sweet_Talk_201-02-18.mp3

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So life is not what I hoped, my goals aren’t doable anymore, too much to do…and I’m unhappy. What is the answer? This episode of “Sweet Talk with Janet and Heather” explores this topic. You’ll be inspired, encouraged and uplifted to follow a new path, in a safe direction for lasting joy and meaning.
One click here, and you’re there:
http://66.49.193.35/ArtistFirst_Sweet_Talk_2014-03-18.mp3

 

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Recognizing the power of our words.

02-25-24WordsI was in my kitchen busy chopping onions for my favorite salmon dish the other day as I listened to a photographer being interviewed on the radio.

He had gone into an odd adventure. After asking permission of dozens of folks, he took photographs of the inside of their refrigerators.

Kind of weird? Just a tad. But I changed my mind when he related his findings. The contents of each refrigerator revealed insights about the person’s eating habits, their work, their schedule, routine, health and even emotional state.

“One fridge was jammed with Styrofoam containers,” he said on the interview. “The smell was so bad, we had to keep closing it before we finished shooting pictures.”

Yuck! Would God find the same in the refrigerator of our heart? You know, stuff that had been there for years, moldy insecurities. Or pieces of rotten self-talk. Maybe containers of unfounded fear that have been there forever and now give off a bad smell?

That was my heart decades ago, and had God taken a snapshot, the image would have not been pretty. How about you, has anyone peeked in the storage of your heart lately?

What great news it is to know that a deep cleaning with the brush of God’s love can make us new. The heart now can store fresh gratitude, healthy trust, and shelves jammed with wisdom

The wisdom to know that a cleansed heart must store good things, good thoughts and carefully chosen words—positive talk, edifying comments, words that honor the King, that encourage others and words that change gloom to gladness.

David allowed God to snap photos of his heart, too. Humbled by the outcome, and cleansed by God’s grace, David repented and declared: “My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone” (Psalm 71:8, 15-16).

Father, make me more conscious of what I store in my heart so it might reflect in the words that I speak. The comments I make to others, the words I write and the encouragement that my words carry. In Jesus’s name, amen.

• If God peeked in your heart what would He find stored there?
• What attitude do your words convey?
• What destructive self-talk needs to be silenced?

Janet

Thank you for reading this message. If it resonated with you, consider inviting Janet as your next speaker. Here are her speaking topics to inspire and delight those who attend your next event.

Janet’s dynamic presentations before professional and faith-based groups are based on her books:

  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

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How can I be courageous?

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With permission: www.therefuge.cc

It was the strangest thing. My pillow was lumpy. What in the world? I thought as I reached inside the pillowcase and pulled out several of my favorite scarves one right after the other—my red, green, and lavender.

“Young lady,” I called out to my six-year-old granddaughter.

I lifted one in the air. “Did you do this?”

”Uh, uh…yes.”

I frowned. “Haven’t I told you that if you played with them, you must fold them and put them back where they belong?”

“Yes.”

“And haven’t I told you that we must have a place for everything and…”

She completed the sentence, “…everything in its place.”

“And haven’t I told you there are consequences for disobeying?”

But that disobedience lesson was for me, too. And dare I say, maybe for you, too? You know, when painful setbacks, hardships or even tragedy darkens our days, we often do the same. In desperation, we stuff the heart with fear, anxiety, discouragement and distress.

But God,  who observes  our heart that’s lumpy with things that don’t belong there, is loving, gentle, yet firm: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Father, how I needed that command to be courageous. To be strong because of your power that’s in me. To be confident because of your strong arms to hold me. I will put all in its place—my heartache in your healing power, my stress in your promise of peace, and my fear in your reassurance that you will be with me wherever I go. In Jesus’s name, amen.

  • What is stuffed in your heart lately?
  • What needs to be released yesterday?
  • What keeps you from being completely free?

Janet

Thank you for reading this message. If it resonated with you, consider inviting Janet as your next speaker. Here are her speaking topics to inspire and delight those who attend your next event.

Janet’s dynamic presentations before professional and faith-based groups are based on her books:

  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

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Finding the richness of life.

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Permission: web.duke.edu

“You got to write about that,” my friend said on the phone.

“Naw…people will think I’m a religious nut.

“No, they won’t.” She argued and won. So here I go.

As most of you know I dedicate Mondays to fasting and prayer. Not that I’m trying to be a holy roller, but I genuinely want to concentrate in my efforts to lift in prayer the heart-wrenching requests that come my way on a regular basis.

Fasting (water and a few slices of bread for the day) is immensely rewarding and doable for me. Unless…my routine changes. And a few weeks ago, it changed drastically. Hubby and I along with friends boarded a cruise ship. And just FYI, I have the habit of judging the caliber of a cruise by three vital criteria: the quality of the food, the food, and the food!

Shame on me, but I just relish those gourmet meals. Well, it happened. The cruise included a Monday—my fasting Monday.

So, I entered into a wrestling match with my conscience. Do I stand firm with my commitment to fast and pass up exquisite dishes?

The answer was clear. I sat with my friends at the table. Ignoring my rumbling stomach, I opened my Ziploc bag and pulled out a limp slice of whole-wheat bread. I took tiny bites while my friends around the table ordered their exotic appetizers, gourmet soups, fresh salads, yummy entrees and desserts to die for.

And while I tried hard not to drool during my torment, something happened. I had one of those amazing, one-in-a-lifetime “Aha!” moments.

I realized how profound it is to have the character to say no to the flesh and yes to a spiritual commitment to God. There is nothing, no around-the-world cruise, no delicacy served in luxurious restaurants, or even living the life of royalty that can ever bring that sense of deep conviction. Nor can they usher in the same level of resolve, fulfillment, satisfaction and soul delight that comes when we strip all flesh desires and, instead, follow through with a commitment to the King.

“Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life. Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Deuteronomy 30:20).

Father, thank you for making the priorities clear. You are my life, my source of satisfaction, of delight and of pure contentment. I rejoice in the way you whispered to my soul that commitment to honor you surpasses any pleasure of this world. In Jesus’s name, amen.

  • What is your heart committed to?
  • Is your life truly satisfied, fulfilled, and content?
  • Will you accept God’s promise of a long life if you’re committed to Him?

Janet

Thank you for reading this message. If it resonated with you, consider inviting Janet as your next speaker. Here are her speaking topics to inspire and delight those who attend your next event.

Janet’s dynamic presentations before professional and faith-based groups are based on her books:

  • Simply Salsa, a sassy yet profound inspiration from God’s Word.
  • Hola, Happiness, a perfect Bible study for small groups enhanced with engaging videos.
  • Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, Janet’s story of trials to triumph.
  • Salsa En Español click here.

Janet has prepared even more servings of inspiration for you. Please visit her website.

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