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True Woman ‘14 is Coming Up… Be There!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 22, 2014
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Kristyn and Joni singing togetherIt's been a busy summer, and I'm so looking forward to a time of refreshment and renewal at this year's True Woman Conference, October 9-11 in Indianapolis! I'll be speaking on the evening of the 9th, and the next day – hooray – I'll be leading a Hymn Sing with Keith and Kristyn Getty (this photo was snapped when Kristyn sang in our IDC Chapel a few years ago :-). If your calendar is open, it's not too late to register for the conference; it'll be held at the Indiana Convention Center and promises to be an awesome time of inspiration – hope to see you there!

For Sunday 'Watching'

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 21, 2014
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Jen Barrick in the hospital following her accidentJennifer Barrick was still in high school when she suffered a serious brain injury after a terrible automobile accident. Her fragile life hung in the balance for many weeks. Yet as Jen was hooked up to tubes, 'coming up out of her coma,' and still in a half-stupor, she was singing praise songs and whispering pieces of Scripture. God was doing something big in this young girl's life. Her heartwarming story is worth watching on a Sunday afternoon, so carve out time today to see the TV episode Joni and Friends produced on her and her family (recently, a 98-year-old woman accepted Christ as her Savior after watching Jennifer's story; she had resisted God all her life after suffering injuries in a car accident 80 years ago. But listening to Jennifer Barrick changed her heart). If Jennifer's TV episode blesses...

Happy Birthday American Heritage Girls

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 20, 2014
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Joni with American Heritage Girls
A few years ago, I introduced you to a special group of girls called American Heritage Girls. This week (in fact, today on September 20th), the American Heritage Girls ministry is celebrating its 19th birthday. What I admire most about AHG is their incredible heart for the Lord. The AHG leaders work hard to instill a ‘spirit of service’ in these young girls. Last year, American Heritage Girls gave nearly half-a-million hours of service. And this year in honor of their birthday, AHG is giving back to their communities today through their own National Day of Service. Their actions bring to life the words of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ...

Pray for the Prisoners

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 19, 2014
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Norton Telegram newspaperJust outside the little town of Norton, Kansas lies the Norton Correctional Facility – it is just one of the many prisons across the US with whom we partner through Wheels for the World. When I saw this photo on the front page of The Norton Telegram, I just had to show you – the inmates at Norton volunteer their time to refurbish every wheelchair, and then shrink-wrap them for shipment overseas. We, in turn, share with them the stories of changed lives with every wheelchair given, and with every presentation of the Gospel. Ephesians 4:28 says, “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” So please be in prayer for all the prisoners who help... 

Quad Lawn Mowing

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 17, 2014
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Don lawn mowing using his wheelchairMy quadriplegic-friend, Don, has lived in a wheelchair for over 40 years, and he recently sent me the funniest photo – it shows him mowing his lawn, complete with leisure umbrella, a hitch, and a power-mower rumbling along behind! Hey, I only wish my lawn were as big so I could try it (then again, I'll leave that responsibility with Ken). What I admire most about Don is his sense of humor, indomitable spirit, and his love for Jesus – last month Don and his wife Mary attended our Joni and Friends Minnesota Family Retreat where he had a chance to impart his confidence in Christ to many others. I am proud of Jesus in you, Don!

Beyond the Sunset

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 17, 2014
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Sunset from Joni's yard
Last evening I went outside before dinner to spend a few minutes praying for several friends who are battling cancer. As I sat and prayed, and gazed at this sunset, it was as though God were reminding me that this life (with all its many hardships) is not the only life there will be, nor is it the best life! And so, I sang a hymn my mother and I often harmonized on – spend a minute today pondering Heaven and that glorious Day when God will close the curtain on suffering, sin, and sorrow; then join me today...

Help Us Collect Wheelchairs!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 15, 2014
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Walter and Debbie Cobb with JoniMeet Walter and Debbie Cobb – although both are in their 60s, with Debbie fighting cancer, I am impressed with their upbeat attitudes. Despite daily struggles against pain and other health challenges, Walter and Debbie bend-over-backward to collect wheelchairs for Wheels for the World – they drive throughout the Carolinas picking up donated wheelchairs, and then make regular 'drop-offs' to the prison in Winton, NC where inmates refurbish the wheelchairs. "We pray all the time for the many disabled kids and adults who receive these chairs we collect," says Debbie. If you're looking for a creative way to serve Christ and the people with disabilities he loves, then consider volunteering with Joni and Friends as a Wheels for the World Chair-Corps Representative – get all the details here!

The Secret to a Nation's Greatness

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 14, 2014
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Queen Victoria PaintingThis painting which hangs in the Royal Museum of Art in Great Britain has real historical significance. Queen Victoria is shown at Windsor Castle receiving an ambassador from East Africa – she is presenting him with an open Bible. Beneath the painting is this inscription: “Queen Victoria did not speak to the ambassador about the number of her armies, or the strength of her fleet, or her vast wealth, or the widespread global trade of her country; instead, she handed the ambassador a beautifully bound copy of the Bible with these words, ‘Tell the Prince that this is the secret of England’s greatness.’” Oh, that our American leaders would come to recognize the Word of God as the basis of the Judeo-Christian foundation which has made our own country so great!

My Interview on Breakpoint This Week

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 13, 2014
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Breakpoint This WeekRecently, Breakpoint's John Stonestreet and I enjoyed an engaging conversation about the way we handle pain and suffering. The Bible speaks so liberally about God doing good toward us, but what is his definition of "good" when he intends injury and harm in our lives? It made for lively discussion, and I invite you to listen to the interview which will air on Breakpoint This Week on September 13 and 14. John gives a hearty 'thumbs up' about my new book, Beyond Bethesda in which I share my quest for physical healing – and how God’s answer was far beyond anything I dreamed of. If you know someone who was struggling to accept God's plan in the midst of their pain, invite them to listen in!

Pray Big...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 12, 2014
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Pray BigThat's exactly what we did yesterday as we joined in prayer for the success of the Gospel, and the dismantling of terrorism around the globe. Pray big. There is no request so large, that when you bring it before God's throne, He would not want you to make it larger still. It's the way I pray when I lift up the world's one billion people with disabilities, 80% of whom live in developing nations. Years ago, I used to think that praying for 'one billion disabled people' was too much, too large a request. But who will pray for them if I don't?!  If we don't?! As Robert Murray McCheyne said, “God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.” So this week...

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