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Sing With Your Mind

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 28, 2015
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Excerpt from "Take My Life and Let it Be"I love to sing. But often, if I know the hymn, I’ll sing by rote. I'll just put myself on automatic and let the music carry me. Sometimes, I'll get so caught up in the tune or the harmony, that I won’t even know what I'm singing. The other Sunday, while harmonizing on the words to a favorite hymn, I stopped and thought, Wait a minute … what am I saying? “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.” I mean, those are powerful words. It’s why we should think about what we’re singing. Just like First Corinthians chapter 14 says, “I will sing with...

Pruning

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 26, 2015
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PruningThe other night I was in bed and trying hard – very hard – not to think how painful my hip was. Pain can be so demoralizing; it can make your world feel so small. Well, while lying there, I decided to comfort my heart and listen to a reading of John chapters 14 and 15 on my...

Egalitarianism

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 24, 2015
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Joni in RussiaBack in the 1980s, Ken and I visited what was then, the Soviet Union, including other communist countries in Eastern Europe. Everywhere we went, communist officials tried to tell us they had a classless society. They were all about social equality. Yet for all their...

New Effort to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 21, 2015
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Discussing the AB 2X-15 BillThis past July, the California state assembly struck down AB 128, a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients. But it’s demise was short-lived. Now, right-to-die advocates have re-packaged virtually the same bill as part of a special legislative session on health-care funding (this means the new bill, AB 2x-15, will bypass the Assembly Health Committee where it stalled last month over growing personal and religious concerns). Disability advocates, like my friend Marilyn Golden, are alarmed that such a bill is being considered in a...

Dig Out Your Pond

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 20, 2015
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PondEvery summer, the spring rains filled the pond on our Maryland farm with a lot of mud, and it needed to be cleaned out. The neat thing is, more earth we dug out, the deeper and bigger the pond would become. That’s because it was fed by an underground spring – the more dirt we got rid of, the more the pond would fill...

Don Bania - An Awesome Volunteer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 18, 2015
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Don and JoniI always enjoy connecting with other quadriplegics who love Christ and are energized by a good challenge. Take my longtime friend, Don Bania. Don and his wife, Mary, help collect wheelchairs in the upper Midwest for our Wheels for the...

The Glory Gap

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 16, 2015
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Suns rays bursting through the cloudsHave you ever wondered how you might bring glory to God in your everyday routines? Routines that, well… can be stressful or difficult? Well, there is a way. Think about it: there’s a wide gap between what you would naturally and instinctively do (like complain or whine...

Coach Wooden

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 14, 2015
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Coach John WoodenCoach John Wooden led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA basketball championships. My husband Ken and I got to know Coach Wooden; he was such a wonderfully humble Christian. At the age of 99, as he lay on his deathbed, his pastor asked him, “Coach, what’s been your...

Wheelchairs to Tanzania

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 13, 2015
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Lisa with children in TanzaniaLisa Miehl serves as my executive assistant at Joni and Friends, and recently she went to Tanzania on a missions trip. I asked if she would be willing to do a side-trip and ‘shepherd’ 8 pediatric wheelchairs to go to young people with disabilities living in a...

Meet Jessica and Mike Beates

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 12, 2015
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Jessica BeatesAt Family Retreats, we met the most amazing families—like Jessica and her parents. I first met the Beates back in the early 90s, when they arrived at the camp with their daughter Jessica (who was around 9 or 10 at the time). When Jessica was born, her parents were elated. But...

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