by Osundara Mayuri
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
Some of us are emotionally blinded by storms in our lives, but Janet Perez Eckles, at the age of 31, became completely blind as the result of a retinal disease. At that time she was married and had three young children. In her book entitled Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta, she vividly and lightheartedly takes us through several decades of coping with blindness, her times of tragedy and betrayal and how God opened her spiritual eyes and rescued her from the emotional torment and emptiness that surrounded her.
“I shook my fist at God. Por que? Why me? I didn’t deserve blindness. I had begged for a miracle, and God denied me. Anger, bitterness, and fear accompanied me as I groped through the house trying to care for my small sons. There went my dreams, sliding down the tunnel of despair. My plans, longings, and desires vanished into a world that had become a dark prison with no hope of getting out. Fear of the unknown tormented me…What purpose would my life serve?…I had always been a good person. I felt I was being punished for something I hadn’t done.”
Janet suffered other trials in her marriage and years later, the senseless murder of her nineteen-year-old son. Through it all Janet concludes that “life brings all kinds of ugly stuff. But the real problem is not our circumstance; it’s how we respond.”
“When blindness first entered my life, I saw myself like the blob of fat my abuela (grandmother) craved off the chicken before cooking it. I felt worthless, ugly and fit to be discarded…In the midst of my feelings of inadequacy and self-deprecating thoughts, God stepped in and decided to speed up my restoration.” Her relationship with God enriched her to dance with the joy of the Lord that renewed her strength and gave her purpose and confidence.
Janet reflects on the lives of many biblical women and their courage in times of trials. She also reflects on the lives of other women she has known, so that we can learn from their challenges. She exposes lies and misconceptions that imprison women with insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. Janet encourages women to accept God’s call to dance and experience a wealth of living in peace and contentment and to stop dragging the smelly garbage of our past and to leave it behind for the sweet fragrance of freedom, “the kind that sets us free from our weaknesses, flaws and failures.”
Janet Perez Eckles has chosen to live her life inspiring others on how to live life without fear and to show them how to reclaim their joy in the midst of dark times.
Janet’s book has become a #1 best seller on Amazon. Learn more about her travels and speaking engagements for Christian, professional and youth audiences or be a part of her blog, watch video interviews, or order her book at www.janetperezeckles.com, published by Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8170-1701-9.
Copyright 2012 by Osundara Mayuri – Author, The Book Of Mayuri: Why We Can’t Have Peace and How We Can Have Peace -Westbow Press, 2010 All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. aka Verano LaRue Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org