Freedom to live life to its fullest fueled my desires. I longed to tell others about my transformation. And although I didn’t know how, I knew who would guide me through this process.
The journey began with the technology God provided—a voice synthesizer to operate my computer. But learning the skill to operate it equaled the challenge to master the writing craft.
“Lord, you’ll have to guide me,” I pleaded as I slipped my hand in His. My limitations then turned to opportunities, and my insecurity to confidence in Him. My heart beat faster with a desire to shout what God had done for me. I wanted to show how He turned my pain and darkness to peace and light.
My writing began. At times, I fought inadequacy that clouded my enthusiasm. But fueled by the commitment to obey God’s command to trust in Him, renewed confidence nudged me forward, and a desire to inspire others danced in my soul.
My fingers skipped on the keyboard, and I paused only to wipe tears when relating details of my pain. Then I continued to string words describing how God brought victory and triumph when my world tossed violently in the midst of enormous storms: my sudden blindness, the tragic loss of my son, the pain of infidelity and financial devastation.
I learned diligence not only in working in my writing craft, but more importantly in seeking God first. I directed my efforts first in spending time in reflection pondering upon His promises. I saw how each of them came true displaying the radiance of His faithfulness. He opened doors I’d never imagined: my articles published in local, regional and national magazines, 17 anthology books featured my stories and 20 chicken Soup for the Soul titles include my writing.
Losing my sight sharpened my memory. I remembered the rough terrain the Lord had carried me through. I remember His whisper to never give up because He’d be by my side. I recalled His loving nudge when faced with limitations to review printed material. And the recount of people in the bible flashed through my mind—flawed, insecure and timid—yet God signaled them to move forward. I do remember His direction when, with clammy hands, I hesitated not knowing which way to turn. Yet he ushered me through obstacles and hurdles only He could see.
God’s grace equips even the blind. With gratitude swirling in my heart, I see how His hand, in the darkness of my world, placed a sparkle of joy. The joy that weaves through the tasks He puts before me.
I must say it again, I'm awed at your truly inspiring journey and so blessed by you sharing it.
1. Stories threaten to explode within me.
2. I delight in inspiring others with my writing.
3. My desire to create is satisfied.
4. The feedback I get from my readers.
5. Life’s episodes beg to be retold.
6. Creativity invigorates me
7. I meet someone who needs encouragement
8. My commitment to write my columns
9. I keep episodes of life alive through my writing
That's a great list. Thank you for sharing. What's your favorite childhood memory?
When my abuela (grandmother) would take my brother and me to a special room in our old house in Bolivia. She would grab a key from the myriad of keys that hung from her belt. She would slip it into the door of a large glass book case and pull out “Aesop’s Fables.” My brother and I sat mesmerized by the details of every story.
What a wonderful memory to cherish. What are the Top Five Random facts about you?
1. I’m from Bolivia.
2. Although blind, I love to travel on my own.
3. I just went para-sailing
4. I love to cook…in the dark.
5. I make up my own nutritional recipes
I'd love to have one of your nutritional recipes. I hope you can share one with me some time.
No matter the degree of adversity or pain, Simply Salsa will have you dancing to Gods melody of victory over what burdens you today.
“.., for now, turn down that salsa tune, grab a cup of café con leche, and settle into that overstuffed chair. We’re about to find out what to do with broken plans and melted dreams. No matter where you are, even if your world is jammed with trials, God promises to reveal the secret to success, to lives of purpose, contentment, and confidence. ...Hold on to your sombreros…we’ll be heading into the sunshine of freedom…”
Love it! Where can readers find your book online?
How can readers connect with you online?
Janet's Website - Igniting a passion to overcome
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It’s a tough world out there, treat yourself to a brief inspirational video: A Brief Inspirational Video
Janet, I am so glad you could guest here today and share your inspiring story. I enjoyed chatting and getting to know more about you and your book. I hope everyone stays for a while to chat.