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Ken Tada Casting

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 27, 2015
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Ken Tada practicing castingOkay, call me a proud wife, but when I saw this little 10 second clip of my husband Ken practicing his flycast, well… Even an amateur like me could tell this was a thing of beauty. So I wanted to pass it on. He can cast his line out to 75 feet or more (Ken says that's not very much), but it sounds good to me! Of course, it's one thing to cast on a grassy lawn; another to get a fish to bite. So what do I think about Ken's love for flyfishing? I hearken to what one of...

Thank you for having a Heart for the Disabled!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 25, 2015
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Kempton Turner FamilyEvery year, I ask radio listeners to join our “Heart for the Disabled” project by sending cards and gifts to five special needs families. Well, on February 14, each of these families was surprised with a big box at their front door full of your letters, drawings, poems, gift cards, stuffed animals—and encouragement...

Facing the Blitz: When Trials Knock You Down

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 24, 2015
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Facing the Blitz: When Trials Knock You DownLife’s hardships can really knock you down — I know this firsthand as a quadriplegic. After I broke my neck in a diving accident at the age of 17 and as a result was paralyzed from the shoulders down, the reality of quadriplegia was too heavy for me to bear.

My friend Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback, compares these kinds of trials in life to a “blitz” — that is, when additional players are sent to try to tackle the quarterback or disrupt his pass attempt. Everything is going smoothly … and then you get tackled by a blitz: your marriage crumbles into pieces, you receive a dire diagnosis, or your best friend smears your reputation. When difficulties come, how do you get past the pitfalls of defeat and depression into a place of hard-won contentment and joy?

Jesus said in John 16:33 that “in this world we will have trouble.” But that doesn’t mean we cannot face our trials with grace. And in his new book, “Facing the Blitz,” Jeff Kemp shows us how. It’s a wonderful book that will guide you through times of adversity, and you can learn more about it by clicking here. Because remember, with Christ, your trials can become triumphs.

Life with a Capital L

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 23, 2015
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Life with a Capital LWe are all familiar with Jesus' words, "I am the way and the truth and the life," but my friend Matt Heard has a fascinating observation on John 14:6. Quoting from his new book Life with a Capital L, Matt says, " We view Jesus as the Way and the Truth, but overlook our present-tense engagement with His Life. If we do that, it will result in applying our will toward His way, and our mind to His truth, but neglecting our heart’s engagement with His Life. The consequence is anything but...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 22, 2015
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Alan Repath"There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose." This precious insight from Dr. Redpath has bolstered my spirits on many a day when my pain can feel overwhelming. But it's not! That pain has gone past God and past Christ before it reached me, so it comes with GREAT purpose :-). How invigorating!… I trust Dr. Redpath's words will bless you as much, today!

Another Global Access Moment

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 21, 2015
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Bryce and Joni at Global Access Conference 2015Just wanted you to see this little snapshot of Bryce Olstad and me at the recent Global Access Conference – I felt so honored that he wanted to worship next to me :-). It was almost 20 years ago that Bryce and his family attended a Joni and Friends Family Retreat. Bryce's family was so blessed, his parents Brent and Rachel...

I'm at Azusa Pacific University Today...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 20, 2015
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Azusa Pacific University StudentsRight down the Freeway and from our International Disability Center is the campus of Azusa Pacific University, arguably the top Christian school on the west coast. APU holds a "Disability, Suffering...

Join Cause 4 Life!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 19, 2015
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Former Cause 4 Life InternsDuring our recent Global Access Conference, I was delighted to see many of our former Cause 4 Life interns attending from around the world (even as far away as Sudan and Uganda). They got together and snapped this fun photo (with our new C4L director, Daniel Thomson on the right). Bless their hearts, they are fully...

Transcending Your Trials

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 18, 2015
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Transcending Your TrialsWe make amazing strides forward when we understand that God may not change our difficult life, but He does change our perspective. Just knowing that God is real and that He is really involved in your life story can give you renewed vision for what otherwise feels like a...

Alyce's Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 16, 2015
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Alyce and TonyFor Alyce, it seemed like everyone around her had children — everyone but her. It took Alyce and her husband 13 years to conceive and that is when Tony was born. But something about Tony just wasn’t right. Still, Alyce told a friend: “No God would be so cruel as to make you...

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