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Good Shepherd of My Soul

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 22, 2014
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Kristyn Getty and Joni Eareckson TadaWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, my heart is brimming over with gratitude to God for so many things – oh, how faithfully He has led me through one physical challenge after the next. No matter how rocky the path, Jesus always leads me to green pastures. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful new hymn called "Good Shepherd of my Soul" written recently by Keith and Kristyn Getty – it was a joy to sing it with them at October's True Woman 14 conference. I'm including the words so you can sing along with us…

Biblical Training for You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 21, 2014
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Tyson SnedekerOne of my favorite Bible training websites is biblicaltraining.org. These friends are completely dedicated to equipping God's people in the Word… with no tuition. Lots of my friends with disabilities are earning their degrees in biblical education by going online to this well-respected website. And Joni and Friends is working hard to connect more special-needs families to this...

Ebenezer's "Ebenezer"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 19, 2014
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EbenezerWhen Ebenezer was born in Uganda with badly twisted ankles, his mother and father did everything they could to find a medical cure. When they were told that nothing that could be done, the father said, “Why don’t we just poison this child and give birth to another child who doesn't have defects?” But Agnes—the mother—would have nothing of this plan; and soon, her husband left her and Ebenezer on their own. This past summer...

Elijah's Up Syndrome

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 18, 2014
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Lindsay, Joseph, Elijah, and JoniMeet Joseph and Lindsay Rangel who lead worship at their church near Fresno, California – Joseph is holding his beautiful little boy, Elijah. When I learned that Elijah had Down syndrome, his daddy said, "We like to call it Up syndrome, not Down. No one lights up a room quite like Elijah. He's one of the most 'up' little boys I...

Please Pray for Me Today

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 17, 2014
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Joni in the studioIt's Monday morning, November 17, and that means I'll be recording another group of "Joni and Friends" radio programs. Over the weekend, I was thinking of Ephesians 4:28-29, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 16, 2014
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Holy BibleWhen you read the Old Testament, you can see how God's “reward and punishment” covenant worked with His people. If they obeyed, they had military victories, plentiful harvests, and immunity to diseases. But if they disobeyed, there was violence, crime, and famine. Thankfully, in the New Testament, God did...

Bobbie's Memorial Service

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 15, 2014
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He is Risen!Today a memorial service is being held for my good friend, Bobbie Wolgemuth, who passed away on October 28 from ovarian cancer (Bobbie and I wrote the "Hymns for a Kid's Heart" series). Whether in an airport, hotel lobby, or on a convention floor, we'd always break out into song together – people called...

"So They Say!"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 14, 2014
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So They SayThey say that when one walks with the wise, they become wise. That’s why I enjoy connecting with my friend, Robert Mounce. He’s president emeritus of Whitworth University and an expert in the New Testament, but I enjoy Robert’s company because he’s 93 years old and as sharp as a tack! Hanging around a believer who has lived that long and studied that much? Well… when he speaks, I listen. It’s why I'm so excited about his newest book So They Say. The back reads, “So They Say is a collection of more than 70 quotes, along with Robert Mounce’s reflections on how they relate to the real world… So They Say invites you to read, reflect, and enjoy the journey.” If you’re interested in hearing insights from a saintly sage, this book’s for you!

Gracious Words

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 13, 2014
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BBQ chicken on toothpicksLast week at the mall, I wheeled past a woman offering food samples from a little tray – pieces of barbecued chicken on toothpicks. She said to me, "May I offer you one?" and held it up, at which point I directed my friend to take it and give me a bite. Immediately the woman apologized, "I am so sorry, I did not realize you were… I mean, I didn't know you couldn't use your hands." She was horrified, but I told her not to worry. I just smiled and said, "Next time you see a person with a disability, just say, 'Do you need any assistance? I'd be happy to help.'" She was so relieved and grateful that I had given her useful language for future encounters. As I wheeled away, I thought of Proverbs 16:21, “The wise in heart are called discerning...

Tandem!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 12, 2014
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Tandem sloganThe other week when I was speaking at Clovis Hills Community Church, I noticed that the name of their special-needs ministry was “Tandem.” It sparked my curiosity, and so I asked Lauren Annin, the director, where she got the name. That’s when she pointed to this graphic on a t-shirt being worn by one of the volunteers. Tandem means “An arrangement of individuals, which are lined up one behind another, all facing in the same direction, and working together to reach a common goal.” What a great definition for a church’s disability ministry! And Colossians 3:14 describes beautifully what energizes the special-needs ministry at Clovis Hills: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together...

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