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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...

Disability Awareness Day

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 7, 2014
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Gideon painting "Joni Style"Last week a Christian school in New Hampshire held a Disability Awareness Day – the students heard from a variety of presenters associated with our Joni and Friends team in New England. Their favorite session by far was learning about...

Christ's Resurrection... A Beautiful Painting!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 5, 2014
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Christ's Resurrection painted by Ron DiCianni
My friend Ron DiCianni is a wonderfully gifted artist – several years ago, the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX commissioned Ron to paint a 12’ x 40’ mural on canvas depicting the moment Jesus emerged from the tomb. I had the honor of visiting Ron’s studio to watch him in action – I was amazed at the size of his tools (some were house-painting brushes)! Not long ago CBN produced an interview with Ron, talking about what inspired him and showing him at work.

Mrs. Boldes’ First Grade Class

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 3, 2014
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Joni with students
I love it when kids come and visit us at the International Disability Center. And I love receiving thank you notes from these boys and girls. Like the ones from Mrs. Boldes’ first grade class (from a local Christian school). Melissa wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed our wheelchair ministry; so did Brynn. In fact, the entire class enjoyed their tour so much, they collected enough money to sponsor three pediatric wheelchairs. But that’s not all. Many kids also wrote to say that they are praying for me and our work here at Joni and Friends. Thank you, kids! And if your travels bring you to southern California, make plans to come for a visit, too! 

Presenting Miss Shining Star...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 1, 2014
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Miss Shining StarRecently the Joni and Friends team in Knoxville co-sponsored a 'Miss Shining Star' contest to honor children, teens, and young adults with disabilities who reflect confidence and God's graciousness. Scores of young people participated and the judges included Miss Chattanooga 2014 and Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. Seven-year-old Ani (with chromosome deletion) won Tiny Miss Shining Star; nine-year-old Charla (spina bifida) won Little Miss Shining Star; and Emma (13 years-old with autism) secured the Teen Miss Shining Star crown, and finally at the end of the evening, Allie (23 years-old with Asperger's) was crowned Miss Shining Star. People are calling our Knoxville office wanting to volunteer or participate next year. Congratulations to Joni and Friends Knoxville for encouraging these girls and young women!

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