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Ellory's New Service Dog

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 25, 2014
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Ellory initially scared of her service dogEllory smiling as she sits next to her service dog
Little Ellory is diagnosed high on the autism spectrum and is a "runner" (Ellory immediately dashes away any time a door is opened, or someone lets go of her arm). But now, through the help of Joni and Friends, Ellory's parents have secured a service dog for their daughter. Hazel, a Labrador retriever, has been trained to stop Ellory from running away :-). The first time Ellory met Hazel, she wasn't happy at all with her new big dog – but you can see from the photo they've become best friends. And recently? And The whole family – including Hazel – attended our Family Retreat at Wonder Valley Ranch. Learn more about service dogs on our Help and Resources tab!

Let’s Meet at True Woman ’14!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 23, 2014
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True Woman Conference logoI'm so excited that I'll be speaking at Revive Our Hearts’ True Woman ’14 Conference in Indianapolis, October 9-11… and I would love for you to come and be a part of the celebration… and bring your girlfriends with you! Registration for True Woman ’14 is being discounted until May 1st, so this is a great time to sign up. You have just a little over a week to get the best price on #truewoman14 tickets – I'll be joined by speakers Janet Parshall, Jim Cymbala and my good friends Keith and Kristyn Getty, so it promises to be a Spirit-blessed time! I hope to see you there...

Collin's Graduation

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 22, 2014
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Collin and Ernest at graduationOver eight years ago, Collin sustained a spinal cord injury which left him a quadriplegic. When Ernest (a man who attends Collin's church) heard of the accident, he felt the Lord call him to assist, though the two had never met. For eight years, Ernest, a 72-year old retired engineer, has risen at 4:30am and driven to Collin’s house to get him up and ready for school. The routine became more challenging when Collin entered High Point University. Monday through Friday, it meant a 45-minute drive to High Point, wheeling Collin to his classes, and taking his notes. When Collin graduated in 2013, High Point University awarded him with a degree in communications, and—to both men’s surprise—the school also awarded Ernest with an honorary Bachelor of Humane Letters. Way...

Sermon on the Mount

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada's painting, "Sermon on the Mount"

Years ago, Ken committed to memory Matthew chapters 5 through 7 (known as the Sermon on the Mount). Later, we toured Israel – one sunny afternoon our visit took us to a high hill just above the ruins of Capernaum. We wandered through a field to a natural amphitheater tucked on the side of the hill. It was late in the day, all the tour buses were gone, and the hillside was quiet. Ken turned to face the Sea of Galilee and began to recite the Sermon on the Mount – it took almost 15 minutes. As I listened, it was easy to imagine the crowd hearing those same words from Jesus. When we...

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 16, 2014
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Jesus on the crossYears ago, my high school choir learned this beautiful hymn from St. Matthew's Passion – sitting in the alto section, I could not sing my part without crying. This sacred piece of music broke my heart then, as it does now, so many years later. It's Easter week, so take a few moments to listen to "O Sacred Head Now Wounded," and be amazed at the love of Christ who suffered so much for your salvation and mine. “We are not as Christ-centered and cross-cherishing as we should be, because we do not ponder the truth that everything good – and everything bad that God turns for the good – was purchased by the sufferings of Christ” (John Piper). 

Heaven...Your Real Home

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 15, 2014
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Heaven - Your Real Home bookI just received news that Mike, a fellow quadriplegic, went home to Heaven -- and it made me think about that glorious Home awaiting all those who trust Christ. I've often said that Heaven is the bottom line for any Christian -- everything we do down here on earth has a direct bearing on our capacity for worship, service and joy in Heaven. I wrote a book on this subject back in 1994 (of all my books, I had the most fun writing it). And today I learned that the publisher has discounted the e-book to $1.99 until April 21 -- if you've recently lost a loved one, or are just curious about biblical insights on heaven, then I encourage you to download Heaven...Your Real Home to your Kindle or Nook, or find it on another website offering the ebook. Just follow the links… Happy reading!

The Gift of a Van

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 14, 2014
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Lynn and Doug's VanDoug and Lynn Wheeler with Joni and Ken
For years, my quadriplegic friend, Lynn, and her husband Doug made great use of their handicap-equipped van. Over time, they needed a new van to accommodate more family members who could travel with Lynn. When Doug and Lynn told me they wanted to give their old van to a disabled person in need, I asked the closest Joni and Friends team for help. Within a few weeks, we connected with the parents of a 13-year-old girl with a disability in desperate need of "new wheels." God bless you, Lynn and Doug – you have truly glorified our generous God! Friend, if you'd like to bless a new owner with your used accessible van, contact your nearest Joni and Friends office – surely there's a disabled person in need who would benefit greatly from your generosity :-).

When Life is Hard...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 13, 2014
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Dr. John PiperMy quadriplegia, over the years, has taught me to lean hard on Christ – but dealing with chronic pain, I’ve learned to lean even harder! The other day when I was experiencing a bad pain-day, I came upon this quote by Dr. John Piper...

Meet My Friends at Nathaniel's Hope

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 11, 2014
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Joni and Marie, Nathaniel's mother and founder of Nathaniel's HopeNathaniel Timothy Kuck
It all began with a little boy name Nathaniel who was born in 1997 with multiple special-needs – he kept beating the medical odds until he was a little over four years old. That's when Nathaniel left his home on earth and was welcomed Home to Heaven. His parents (mother Marie is pictured here) created Nathaniel's Hope...

Tim's Place

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 9, 2014
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Tim in his restaurantWhen was the last time you gave someone a hug? Tim, a young man with Down syndrome, actually owns a family restaurant where hugs are served up every day. Sure, real breakfast and lunch are also served, but Tim’s parents realized what...

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