Joni's Posts April 2011

It's In the Can!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 26, 2011
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That’s what we say whenever we finish a day of radio recording – and I can’t begin to thank you enough for praying for my energy as I recorded on today, Tuesday (from 9:30 a.m. all the way to 3:30 pm). My energy levels were incredibly high and we even thanked God at the close of the day (in tears!) for His grace and strength. And I sure did need it – I recorded 45 “Diamonds in the Dust” one-minute features, 15 "Joni and Friends" radio programs, and 30 public service announcements! Oh how I pray that each message will reach deep into listener’s hearts! And I’d love for you to take a peek at this short Flip video we did of the day – thanks for joining me in prayer. It was awesome! Truly, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

It's Time for "Joni and Friends"...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 25, 2011
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joni and ken in the radio studioRadio recording day at the International Disability Center is a pretty big deal – and an all-day one, too! Early on Tuesday morning, April 26th, I’ll head into the studio withRainey Floreen and Amy Hurtado (the JAF radio department) to get the day rolling with plenty of prayer and praise. In the control room will be Jim Sanders, my producer and, hopefully, Ken Tada will drop by for a quick interview. I’ll be recording 30 "Joni and Friends" radio programs, 45 one-minute features, and 30 public service announcements (check it out on disabilitycampaign.org). Whatever I’ll be recording on Tuesday, it’ll be all about encouragement...

Easter Thoughts…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2011
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Have you ever noticed that we treat a person or an object sentimentally because of emotion, not reason? That's certainly true when it comes to the sentimental pictures we have of Jesus… Jesus surrounded by cherub-like children and bluebirds and flowers springing up at his feet. Take a look at the fronts of many Easter cards – most just reinforce the same romanticized image of our Savior. We have gilded the real Jesus with so much "dew on the roses" that many people have lost touch with Him. Why do we prefer a sentimental picture? I think it’s because it requires nothing from us, neither conviction nor commitment. And because it lacks truth, it lacks power. This Holy Week, let’s change that picture...

It Was a Glorious Sing-Along...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 18, 2011
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This past Wednesday, Ken and I joined the “Closer Walk” Bible Study group at the Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton for an old-fashioned hymn sing -- it was 90 delightful minutes of lifting our songs of praise to the Lord with like-minded friends on the same journey to Glory! Al Sanders, with his wife Margaret at the piano, led us through all the favorites, like “Love Lifted Me” and “Like A River Glorious.” I was amazed how many knew the words by heart...

Can You Draw with Your Mouth?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 15, 2011
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Yesterday I received a fascinating letter from Dr. Dina Vendetti, principal of St. John's Lutheran School in Dover, Delaware. She told me about a really fun project in their art class – the art teacher wrote, "We have studied a number of artists this semester – when it was Michelangelo, the students were required to do a painting by laying on the floor and painting on a page that was taped under their tables. When we studied Monet, the kids painted with sponges to help achieve the "impressionistic" look. Yesterday I told them about Joni. We watched a couple of interview clips from PBS and saw some of Joni's artwork. They heard Joni talk about how art is a response to God's love and grace and should be done for His glory! At the end of the lesson, they were shown a black and white photo of a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay. They were given charcoal pencils and challenged to copy the sailboat without using their hands...

A Lesson from Spring...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 11, 2011
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Joni and Ken Tada smelling flowers in their backyardThis past Sunday as we started the car for church, I could hardly tear myself away from the sounds and smells of spring time in our front yard. I asked Ken if he could hear the birds sweetly singing, so he turned off the radio; then, had to turn off the engine. When all was quiet, "It's the goldfinches," he said, "or maybe the wrens." We sat still for a while, marveling at how the Lord was able to refresh us through such simple pleasures—a breeze bobbing the roses, and birds happily chatting. 

The moment was truly a Song of Solomon 2:12-13 whisper from the Holy Spirit, "Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The … blossoming vines spread their fragrance...

Meet Two Extraordinary Young People…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 8, 2011
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One of the best things about welcoming interns to Joni and Friends is the chance to, well… be friends! So let me introduce you to Chantal at the far left – Chantal is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Toronto, Canada and is considering pursuing a seminary degree. Anna is from Berlin, Germany, has been working hard here at the IDC, and will soon have the chance to sharpen her service-skills among people with disabilities at our first Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat of the season up at Wonder Valley Ranch April 18-22. We think the world of our interns and believe God has sent them to Joni and Friends with a special plan and purpose in mind. Our Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships prepare tomorrow’s leaders to minister to people with disabilities and their families here in the States, or around the world. Do you know a young person who’d like to join us? Tell them to check out the details at our Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships.  

Finally, do you know what I love most about these two young women? They love serving people because they are passionate about Jesus. They’re ...

People Who Inspire Joni: Robin Hiser

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 5, 2011
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Robin Hiser and Joni Eareckson TadaWith Family Retreat season upon us, our leaders are in full swing, praying and preparing for some awesome camps! One of our topnotch leaders is Robin Hiser who has Down syndrome (yes, I said leader). In her mid-50’s, Robin has known the Lord Jesus for almost all her life and she has a huge capacity for worship – you will often hear Robin say “Worship is in my blood!” Every summer at our Spruce Lake Family Retreats in Pennsylvania, Robin is leading the way in song, praise, worship and prayer. This makes her an inspiration not only to the families who attend camp, but to me, too. Think about volunteering alongside friends like Robin at a Family Retreat this summer. Want to get to know Robin better? Then click on When Robin Prays, the JAF TV episode we produced on her amazing life!