I hate, hate it when the church service is about to begin, and I need to visit the ladies room. Never fails. Hubby leads his blind wife to the entrance and waits for me. I usually make my way out with no problem. Sometimes I take a while because I chat with friends—girl stuff, you know.

And when I walk out, all I have to do is stretch my hand before me. And without fail in seconds hubby’s strong hand grips mine and off we go.

Since I lost my sight that has been our routine. I never doubt he’ll be there. I never hesitate to reach out to him. I don’t see him with my physical eyes, but have faith he’ll be there.

But shame, shame on me. I confess that faith in my husband doesn’t transfer to the same faith in God’s presence.

Have you done that? Put immense faith in an earthly thing or person? But when it comes to blindly trusting God…a different story, right? Why do we doubt He’ll be ready to take our hand? Why do we have reservations about trusting He’s indeed beside us? Why do we fret, thinking we’re alone with our worries? Why do we hesitate to reach out?

Life would be sweeter and look better if we changed our approach: “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, I’m trying to increase my trust in you. When life gets complicated, can’t seem to find my way out and the path looks dark, I shall trust in you. I will increase my faith to know your hand is outstretched to guide me and lead me to quiet places. I will believe that you are near me. I shall not be shaken. In Jesus’ name, amen.

• In whom do you put your trust when life gets tough?
• Who leads you out of troubled times?
• How do you find God’s presence?

Author's Bio: 

May I tell you why I chose to dance? Not because life was great or my days were easy. I chose to dance because I found significance in life despite being completely blind. I found joy even in the midst of heartache. And I found forgiveness in the harshness of injustice.

So, dear reader, I write insights and practical steps for you because I believe all of us, way, way deep in the basement of our soul, want to find significance. We want to make our life count, reach happiness, taste success, and spend nights in peaceful sleep.

But sometimes we can't. Life's trials get in the way. So, in the pages of all my writings, including my two books: Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life and in my #1 bestselling, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God's Fiesta, I take you through the path most people miss--it's simple, not complicated. The insights are for you, for your tough moments and times of doubt.

And with gentleness yet with a bit of sass, I show you the secrets to make your life count, find peace and soar to success that has nothing to do with a bank account.

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You'll see why life isn't about what you cannot do because of situations out of your control. Rather, success comes when you recognize what you can do with what God has given you.

When I moved from Bolivia to the United States, I brought my passion, my Latina flair and outward affection. I include them all in my writings, which will delight you because they're drawn from the one true, trustworthy and never-changing Word of God.

I dance each time I learn one of my colorful stories is published. To date, they're in more than 30 compilation books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and hundreds of publications such as Guidepost magazine.

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Did I tell you that when I met my blue-eyed gringo during my last semester in college, I never dreamed he'd be my husband and the love of my life for 36 years? He's often my eyes as he drives me everywhere and sits with me on the floor while we play with our two grandbabies.

We make our home in Florida, known as the sunshine state. And coincidently, Jesus, the son of God is who brings a sweet shine to the state of my soul.