Joni's Posts November 2011

Our Last Trip of the Year!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 28, 2011
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joni speaking on stageOn Monday, November 28, Ken and I will be heading to Texas on behalf of our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability (CID). I'll be speaking at Dallas Theological Seminary as part of the class "A Biblical Theology of Suffering, Disability, and the Church" (which our CID helped design). Then, I'll be speaking at Dallas Baptist University's Chapel service to promote the "Disability and the Church" class which will be offered during the 2012 spring semester. Steve Bundy, managing director of the CID, is working hard with his team to kickstart similar classes in other Christian colleges and universities across the country. Nothing could delight me more than to strike a spark in the hearts of young students to reach the world's 1 billion people with disabilities for Christ… So please pray for the success of the gospel (as well as the success of our trip :-)!

After Thanksgiving Thoughts

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 25, 2011
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fall treeFirst, I want you to know you really made my Thanksgiving evening - I so ENJOYED reading all your wonderful comments, memories, things you are thankful to God for, Bible verses, and more (from new friends and old). Just sitting there reading, I felt as though I were in a 'unseen' circle of fellowship with you, all of us blessing and praising God together! And now...

Don't you just love the Thanksgiving weekend? There's nothing like turkey sandwiches with cold stuffing and cranberry sauce on soft, white bread. I really enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers! Speaking of which, yesterday around the table after dinner, Ken read through some Old Testament passages to get us into the spirit of gratitude; God sure served up a full meal of spectacular miracles back then! But what about today?  Are we tasting "leftovers" just because no Red Sea is parting? Is God serving up something less than his "best" if he chooses to reveal himself through the pages of His Word rather than through the pillar of cloud and fire? Ken recently snapped this photo of the burning-red bush ablaze in our front yard (it always reminds me of the burning bush in the Old ...

What Are You Thankful For?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 22, 2011
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joni and kenOne of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving week is to recount to Ken all the things for which I am so thankful to God: the glorious gift of Jesus… His Gospel always rescuing us from darkness… His grace that sustains us daily… A mission to accomplish, friends to be encouraged, and a family that's always 'there!' And getting really detailed? Well, I'm especially grateful for the spate of pain-free days I've recently enjoyed, and a greater sense of courage rising in my heart – lately God has been teaching me to be a wiser 'steward of pain' (when it comes) and nothing could make me more contented! Truly, "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him," as Piper says. More specifics for which I'm grateful? Everything pumpkin… an upgrade on my Dragon Naturally Speaking… and whenever Ken plants a kiss on my cheek...

Please Be Praying Today...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 21, 2011
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It's Monday, November 21, and Ken and I are heading down the freeway for Biola University – we will be speaking at the "Theology of Suffering and Disability Ministry" course of study which our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability helped design. This is our chance to strike a spark in the hearts of these students to join us in reaching the world's 1 billion people with disabilities for Christ. Ask God to anoint our message… And awaken the students to the need and how they can make a difference for the sake of the Gospel!

APU comes to Joni and Friends

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 18, 2011
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On Friday, November 18, students from Azusa Pacific University traveled to the JAF International Disability Center to learn about our Gospel outreach to special-needs families around the world. These exceptional students are taking APU's class "Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities" which our team at the Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability (CID) helped design. They spent the day...

My Art on Display!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 15, 2011
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joni at her art gallery during the presidents retreatface of anguish drawing by joniDuring our Joni and Friends President’s Retreat (a chance to meet and pray with some key donors to JAF, and talk about the future), the JAF team put my art up on display – I can hardly describe my joy in seeing my framed originals up on easels in such a beautiful setting down in Laguna Beach! So many people had questions, and I LOVED explaining why I painted certain subjects, and how, and why I chose oils or pencils or water colors. One of the most precious paintings is a reproduction of an original I drew while I was still in the hospital (using a charcoal pencil in my mouth). I cried when I saw this unusual self-portrait on display...

Radio Recording on November 14!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 13, 2011
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joni and ken in the radio studioWould you please pray for me on Monday morning as Ken and I head into the studio at Ambassador Agency in Orange County to record a 'stack full' of radio programs for Joni and Friends. We are in Orange County right now for our annual JAF President's Retreat and an exhibition of my artwork – so on Monday morning, it will be a short jaunt down the freeway to be with our friends at Ambassador (they edit and distribute my...

The Backyard Battle

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 10, 2011
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bird drinking from a bird feederThe other afternoon my friend Francie and I were looking out on my backyard patio at a real dog fight - no, not between canines, but between hummingbirds. These two little guys were flitting and fighting over the hummingbird feeder. What was strange is, there are two feeders hanging from my eave, both of them full. There's enough syrup to fatten 500 hummingbirds! But, no, these two kept battling... with neither enjoying the syrup. Francie finally said, "Can't you guys just get along?!" It reminds me of the way we humans act at times. Even Christians! We're so territorial. So competitive. But why? Romans chapter 8, 32 says, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Friend, there is an abundance of grace and opportunity available, so let's quit protecting our turf: it's time to get along! Oh, and this photo? When the fighting was over, we were able to capture the most feisty hummingbird on my iPhone (I guess all that scuffling made him thirsty :-).

Painting for God's Pleasure

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 7, 2011
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Having ridden horses for years, I understand equines. On the way to work, I sometimes pass the Old Agoura show ring and admire riders exercising their horses. It makes me think of the glorious Day when I’ll be able to ride again (I love how Revelation 19:14 describes Jesus returning to Earth on a white horse, with thousands of saints following on their horses, too). I think horses are one of God's most magnificent creations, and this rendering I call Watercolor...

An Extraordinary Story from China...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 3, 2011
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joni and jollieJollie is 27 years old and lives in the People’s Republic of China (her Chinese name is Zhi Liao). Four years ago, Jollie was teaching a dance class when the terrible earthquake of May 2008 occurred in the Sichuan province – the entire building collapsed on her and 46 others. Jollie lost her 10-month-old daughter and her mother-in-law. After more than 25 hours, rescuers reached her, but both legs had to be amputated below the knees in order to extract her from the rubble...