With Relatives Like Mine, Who Needs to Go to the Movies?

by Janet Perez Eckles

With relatives like mine, who needs to go to the movies?

We just received news that made my jaw drop. My mom’s cousin who lives in Peru send an email relating details of this incident which he encountered some weeks back:

As is the norm in South American countries, home mortgages are rare. The way folks purchase homes is by paying cash. My uncle retired and was about to see his dream come true—build a home on the beach.

He had saved enough funds and once a month, he’d visit the bank and withdraw cash to pay the construction workers.

But, recently, on his last visit, he followed his routine and arrived home with the cash safely stored in his brief case. As he drew near the front door, he noticed two men racing by on a motorcycle. He proceeded to open the door when he heard a shot. Then a loud, “Your money.”

” Instantly, he put his plan into action. Rather than allowing fear to consume him, he pretended to open the door, but instead, he reached in his brief case, pulled out his 48-caliber and spun shooting toward the assailants.

They fired three more shots, striking him on various parts of his body. But as he fired his gun, they dashed off in the motorcycle.

Wounded, and about to collapse, he managed to retrieve his cell and call for help. Once in the hospital, His son who is a physician took charge. Now my uncle is recovering nicely from the episode.

No money was taken, instead, he gained a new perception and appreciation for life.

When I read the details, I sighed. Sure wish I inherited his genes and quick thinking.

Oh no! Not to own guns or fire them. But to be quick to retaliate when the enemy sneaks behind me to rob my peace and confidence.

I’ve been there, done that. When I fill my heart with the wealth drawn from God’s Word, I go through my daily routine. But often, I find the enemy is pointing his spiritual weapon right at me. And if I were not prepared with the sword of God’s Word to fight back, the enemy would take my reassurance, joy and courage.

The Bible says we need to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10). Could it be because we’re vulnerable to spiritual hold-ups when least expected?

How about you? Are you prepared? Wearing the armor for protection and ready to spin and use the sword of His Word to fight back?

” O my Strength, I watch for you; you, O God, are my fortress,  my loving God. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.”

(Psalm 59:9-10)

I pray you face life prepared and ready to defend what you’ve stored in your heart.

An inspirational and encouraging book

Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta

Caution: at first glance, the title of this book appears misleading. Simply Salsa sounds like the author, Janet Perez Eckles, is sharing tips and recipes for hosting a Cinco de Mayo party. Then you move on to the subtitle; Dancing and God’s Fiesta take these hints to a cosmic level. But wait a minute; what about the phrase, without Fear? That changes the tone completely. So you go back and read the title in its entirety. “Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta.” By now, you’re intrigued and maybe a little defensive. She’s probably never faced what I’ve faced, you think, yet she’s encouraging people to dance without fear?

Really? What have you faced? A challenging childhood? Janet Perez Eckles was born in Bolivia and immigrated to the United States when she was a young child. Without knowing a person in this country and not one word of English, her family had to begin again with nothing.

Financial? The company her husband worked for went under, leaving him and two other men financially responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Physical challenges? At 31, Eckles went blind.

Relational problems? Shortly after going blind, her husband announced he wanted to leave her for another woman.

Tragedies? When her son was 19 years old, he was murdered and the man who killed him would later be acquitted.

Any one of these would be a mountainous burden to bear; but all of them? Now, maybe you’re facing other situations, but it’s obvious that Janet Perez Eckles is in a position to speak on overcoming life’s challenges?

“Simply Salsa” is an amazing book. Written with a bit of sassiness, humor, and an amiga-to-amiga style, it encourages women to accept God’s call to dance. Eckles shares her own story and the stories of other women who have faced insurmountable odds. Cancer. Infidelity. Loss. Addictions. The stories are heart-breaking and their grief, shock and pain knock them to the floor. Yet, these women did not stay down.

With a foundation built on the truth of Jeremiah 29:11-14, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future,’” the author encourages women not to stay in the trap of their own circumstances; but grasp the hand of God, stand up, let go of the past and learn not only to live, but to live joyfully.–

Janet Perez Eckles, international speaker and author of #1 bestselling,

Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta.


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