Joni's Posts February 2012

Meet Sherrie and Her Family

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 27, 2012
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joni and ken with sherrie and her familyWhen I travel, I love connecting one-on-one with other disabled people and their families – and Ken and I had a chance to do just that while traveling in Tennessee; we met David, his wife Sherrie, and their daughter Rebekah. More than ten years ago Sherrie was diagnosed with a serious neuro-muscular disease, and now, she’s completely paralyzed and can barely whisper. But it’s obvious that Sherrie’s joy in the Lord is her strength (and many thanks to 15-year-old Rebekah who helps her mother with her daily care)! This family reminds me of a famous quote by Oswald Chambers: “It is a great thing to see physical courage, and greater still to see moral courage, but the greatest to see of all is spiritual courage; oh, to see a person who will stand true to the integrity of Jesus Christ no matter what he or she goes through!” Yes, that’s Sherrie and her family. Pray they will be able to join us this summer at a Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat!

Jennifer Barrick: A Powerful Testimony

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 23, 2012
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joni and jennifer barrickJennifer Barrick is one remarkable young woman. In November 2006, her family van was struck by a drunk driver going eighty miles per hour – her mother, father and brother sustained significant injuries, but Jennifer's was the worst: she suffered severe head trauma and fractures to her skull which put her in a five-week long coma. Jennifer surprised everyone when she began coming out of her coma groggily quoting scriptures and praise songs she knew by heart (most people come out of comas with much anger). Right then, everyone knew God's hand was on Jennifer in a special way. This special young woman and her parents came by our International Disability Center on Thursday, February 23 for a visit – her new book, A Miracle for Jen will be released in mid-March, and so I recorded several interviews with Jen for upcoming "Joni and Friends" radio programs! If you'd like to learn more, watch "The Jennifer Barrick Story" on our TV page!

Heading Home Today

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 22, 2012
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It's been a full and productive week here at the National Religious Broadcasters convention -- and if you'll take a look at the Joni and Friends blog, you'll see a couple of fun photos of last night's awards banquet! Also during yesterday, I met up with Nancy Leigh DeMoss -- our interview on her Revive Our Hearts program was all about our upcoming Family Retreats! Thank you, Nancy, for helping to promote this special outreach among so many of your listeners who are part of a special needs family. Ken is calling for a bellman and it's time to pack up and head for the airport. Thank you so much for praying us through this long, but wonderful trip. I'm looking forward to being back at the office of Joni and Friends tomorrow!

Sharing Jesus Wherever We Go

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 21, 2012
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ken and waitressWe're almost finished with our responibilities at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, and in-between appointments, no matter where we are, my husband Ken makes certain to share our story. Actually, it's a little Gospel tract called "Joni's Story" that highlights my testimony, the Good News of Jesus, and a chance for people to open their hearts to Christ. And Ken hands out these tracts right and left to everybody -- the shoe shine guy, hotel maid, bell hop, and, yes, even Lakedra, the hostess who seated us at our restaurant last night. When we asked you to...

At the Microphone Today in Nashville!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 17, 2012
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joni at nrbjoni and rainey in the radio studioKen and I, along with Rainey are in Nashville today (and all the way through next Wednesday when NRB concludes), and we took an afternoon to record "Joni and Friends" radio programs -- bless his heart, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice offered us his recording studios right here in Nashville. We prayed at the beginning of the session that God would pour out grace, energy, and anointing... and he's done just that. And as of this posting (and these photos), we're just half way through! So pray with us that God will get the glory and many listeners will be strengthened! More later from Nashville...

Through the Roof West Coast Disability Ministry Summit

  • By: A. Larry Ross Communications
  • Feb. 13, 2012
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joni eareckson tada speakingDid you know there are millions of people with disabilities in the western region of the US, most of whom have not heard the Gospel? Friend, your church can help reach them with the love of Christ. It’s why we encourage you to come to our Through the Roof West Coast Disability Ministry Summit on May 18-19 at First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California. We’re offering over 45 workshops with cutting-edge information, great exhibits, opportunities to network, and lunch is included! Our own Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking, along with Renee Bondi and Jennifer Barrick. Don’t miss this exceptional training conference; plan to attend – and bring friends from your church. Click here to register! Pre-registration ends March 15, so take advantage of the discounts today. It’s all about reaching special needs families with Jesus’ love.

Photograph by Brian A. Petersen

A Message from Chuck Colson: The Manhattan Declaration

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 11, 2012
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joni eareckson tada and chuck colsonI just received an email from my friend, Chuck Colson. He writes, “What is going on today in our country is the greatest test of religious liberty we will have faced in our life time … I urge [all Christians] to go to the Manhattan Declaration website and sign the petition to President Obama. We want to get this to the President next week; we need to have one million signatures. I’ve never felt such a compelling call. If our efforts fail, we will be living in a much different country. We cannot afford to fail. Please act as quickly as you can.” I served as one of the original signatories of the Manhattan Declaration -- the 4,700-word document speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious...

Almost through Exodus

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 9, 2012
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joni reading the bibleIf you are reading-through-the-Bible-in-a-year with Ken and me, then you know we are nearing the end of the book of Exodus (as you can see, Ken marks off each day's reading). Last week it was all about the plagues of Egypt; last night as we read through God's instructions about priestly garments, and before that, the altar, and the Holy of Holies, one theme kept resonating: God is utterly exacting about the way He is to be worshiped. For Old Testament believers it meant adhering to strict guidelines. For us, it's just as exacting, but in a different way: we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth, with clean hands and a pure heart. Oh, made that be our goal every time we "bow the knee" to our Savior! If you have questions as you read along, write them down and look up the answers in a commentary when you're done - and don't forget to pray before you read, asking God to open your eyes to fresh insights. Onward and upward through the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible)... it's great to know we are in this together!

Heart for the Disabled Boxes Shipped Today!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 7, 2012
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We just snapped this fun photo of us right after we prayed over each of the five jam-packed, full-of-love Valentine boxes for Heart for the Disabled. The boxes were on their way down to the shipping department, but we grabbed the cart as it went by my office so we could intercede for each of the five families, as well as ask God to bless you for taking part in this year's Heart for the Disabled outreach. The boxes are stuffed with your Christ-centered encouragements, poems, scriptures, prayers, crayoned cards, gift certificates, and so much more -- each of these five families will be so blessed! I just wanted you to enjoy this moment with us as we anticipate their joy on February 14th, Valentine's Day!

Valley of Vision

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 6, 2012
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valley of vision bookMy favorite Puritan prayer from Valley of Vision always encourages me through the toughest of days, and whatever kind of day you are having, I trust it’ll speak to your heart, too: "Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision... Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision. Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine; Let me find thy light in my darkness, thy life in my death, thy joy in my sorrow, thy grace in my sin, thy riches in my poverty, thy glory in my valley.”

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