Joni's Posts December 2012

Goodbye to 2012

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 31, 2012
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joni, ken, and her sister kathy enjoying breakfast togetherAnd a 'Farewell Breakfast' for my sister Kathy who just flew home to Maryland. Ken and I so enjoyed having her with us for Advent – it's clear that the older we get, the sweeter the fellowship of family. Tomorrow we begin Reading Through-the-Bible-in-a-Year – Kathy has decided to read along with us, too. How about joining us?! Sign up here, download the reading schedule and you're all set to begin Genesis chapter 1 with us tomorrow. Happy New Year, friend – with God paving the path into 2013, it promises to be a BLESSED year!

Read the Bible with Us...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 28, 2012
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joni and ken reading their bible togetherThe New Year is upon us and that means Ken and I will be renewing our commitment to read Through-the-Bible-in-a-Year. And, as we did this year, we will be reading through God's Word chronologically. We invite you to join us (and others who have signed up for the journey :-). Just download the chronological reading schedule, print it out, and tuck it in your Bible for daily reference. Genesis is about to begin, so sign up today – and tell your Facebook friends to join us!

People Who Inspire Joni: Billy Graham

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 27, 2012
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joni and billy grahamAlthough in his mid-90s, Mr. Graham continues to serve the Lord as a powerful prayer warrior. And he's passionate about making the gospel accessible to disabled people, too. I remember when I spoke at Billy Graham's Crusade in Budapest Hungary in 1989 – his team underwrote the train fares of any disabled person who desired to come to the downtown sports arena. On the first evening, the stadium track was filled with disabled people lying on mattresses, on cots, blankets, and sitting in rickety...

Have a Blessed Week

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 26, 2012
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christmas table at the tada … A quick snapshot of our holiday table :-). And the thought for this week? Christmas Day may be behind us, but the joy that Jesus brings will last forever – so between now and the New Year, keep reflecting on all the many reasons for this glorious Advent Season!

Have a Merry Christmas!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 22, 2012
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kathy joni and ken at their christmas treeAdvent is always more festive with family, and I'm so happy my sister Kathy flew out from Maryland to be with Ken and me this week - may you enjoy memorable moments with your family and friends, too. Join us in praying this beautiful prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson: "The Day of Joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love around the a world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake. Amen!"

New Friends

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 20, 2012
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It's not often I post cute kids with disabilities/dog videos, but this one really stole my heart this morning. Click here to watch video. It shows a three-year-old Down syndrome child and his new… well, very new friend :-). What a tender, loving God we have!

Farewell to Interns, Jean and Jane

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 18, 2012
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jean, joni, and janeThese two exceptional young women have been serving at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center for three months now – Jean, on the left, has been working in our visual media department; Jane, with our accounting and special projects department. Being at the IDC has given them a passion for disability ministry, and we are on pins-and-needles to see where God will lead them. Jean's parents were born in Romania (and I encouraged her to consider volunteering with next year's International Family Retreats in Romania). Jane is from China and she is already making plans to return to her country to volunteer with our International Family Retreats there in 2013. Pray for these wonderful sisters in Christ, that God will fling open wide their next, new doors of opportunity. Interested in serving as an intern? Check out our Cause4Life page!

Ken's Birthday

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 17, 2012
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Last Thursday we celebrated Ken's 66th birthday – it started at 9am when my getup girl presented him a chocolate-chip Baskin-Robbins cake, complete with candles. And it ended at our favorite Italian restaurant where they, too, presented Ken with a cake – this time, tiramisu with his name in chocolate! Ken had a great day. And I thank God he has blessed my husband with extraordinary health and strength, giving him an ever-increasing love for Jesus Christ! It's onward and upward into another year :-).

A Most Unusual Christmas Painting

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 16, 2012
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christmas painting video screenAs a painter, I love art work that tells a story, and recently I watched an amazing video that shows an artist painting the entire flow of biblical history… all on one canvas! Since we are well into this glorious season celebrating Christ's birth, I just had to pass it on. And may you, like me, be astounded at everything that had to take...

We Pray for the Children, Families, and Our Nation

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 14, 2012
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group prayingAll of us at Joni and Friends were shocked and stunned by the tragic killings of so many schoolchildren and adults in Connecticut on Friday morning. Like you, our hearts go out to the families who have lost their dear little ones… for everyone who has lost someone in this senseless tragedy. Most of all, our heart grieves for our troubled nation – oh, how we pray that Jesus, the Light of the World, will push back the darkness that feels, at times, so overwhelming. We join you this weekend and praying for the people in Connecticut… and the people of this land we love. May God bring revival and renewal. Amen.

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