Joni's Posts July 2013

A Visit from Bekah and Her Boys

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 31, 2013
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Joni with Bekah and her boysDrawings for Joni from Bekah's boys
Bekah is the daughter of our radio manager, Rainey, and whenever she brings her boys into the IDC, I stop whatever I am doing to hang out with her three little ones. Of course, a kid-visit to my office isn't complete without a tour of my art studio, and gifts of crayons. That night, alongside Titus, his brother, little Silas prayed, "Dear Jesus, thank you that I can color with my hands, and that Miss Joni can color with her mouth, and that she has a fast wheelchair, and sometime, please can I have a big wheelchair too? Amen." Bless these boys' hearts – they are well on their way to a biblical worldview on disability :-). Learn more about their wonderful mother by listening to this program I recorded earlier this year (after she had received some bleak news about her pregnancy with baby Micah).

The Dive… Today's My Anniversary

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  • July 30, 2013
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17-year-old Joni at her deskI look at this photo taken just a few months before my July 30 jaunt to Maryland Beach with my sister, Kathy, and I'm amazed – never would I have guessed that a diving accident was in my near future! Perhaps that's why Ephesians 1: 10-12 eventually became such a comfort for, "In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory." My spinal cord injury set the stage for me to be "for the praise of his glory." And looking at everything that accident has led to? I wouldn't change a thing. Join me in celebrating how God is working out everything in your life so that you, too, might be a praise offering to Jesus :-).

It's Radio Day… Again!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 29, 2013
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Joni with her producer, Jim, at the microphoneFor all the many times I ask you to pray for me when I record radio programs, you must think I live in the recording studio! So here we are again, Monday morning, ready to dive into a full, busy day. I spend most of my time writing these programs and they are, for me, a work of faith (listen to a few over on our radio page). I'd love it if you would pray over us using 2 Thessalonians 1:11, "And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." Nothing like praying Scripture over a friend in need – I'll be leaning on your intercessions today...

A Through the Bible Insight...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 28, 2013
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Ken and Joni reading through the BibleAs you probably know, Ken and I are reading through the Bible in a year (chronologically) with a whole bunch of friends who signed up with us on my radio page (it’s never too late for you to download the chronological reading schedule and join us :-). I was so refreshed by a recent Bible reading – after chapters and chapters of sinful rebellion and divine punishments, we opened to Isaiah 35. "'Be strong, do not fear; your God will come… he will come to save you.' Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy." (Isaiah 35:4-6). Just as this portion of Scripture gave God's people hope and encouragement so many centuries ago, it's still blessing us today – oh, what a glorious day that will be when God will close the curtain on sin and suffering; tears and sorrow will be no more; and disabilities will be a thing of the past; I'll join you in jumping up, dancing, kicking and doing aerobics! Yes, God may send his people into suffering...

People Who Inspire Joni: Ellen Dibler... My Inspiration!

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  • July 25, 2013
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Joni and Ellen DiblerWhen it comes to handling the daily challenges of a disability, I draw inspiration from older women who are blazing the trail – like my friend Ellen who has spina bifida and is 72 years old. She is, in fact, the oldest surviving person with spina bifida. In years past, she was very active in helping to shape the policy of the National Spina Bifida Association, but now, she and her husband Larry invest their energies as volunteers and powerful prayer warriors for our Joni and Friends outreach in Texas (we snapped this photo at the recent Camp Allen Family Retreat where Ellen served on the prayer team). With her exuberance for life, her wisdom, and her gentle spirit, all I can say is, "I want to be like Ellen when I grow up :-)!" Yep, I thank God for the way "the older women can teach the younger" (Titus 2:3-4). Feel free to drop Ellen a word of encouragement on the Joni and Friends Texas Facebook page.

A Montana Moment

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  • July 22, 2013
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Double rainbow in MontanaThis past week, Ken was fly-fishing the Madison River with this Bible-study buddies up in Montana. I'm so glad he got this little bit of respite – over the last couple of months, Ken has been doing double-duty helping with my personal care routines (my long-time assistant, Judy, suffered a serious break in her leg). I prayed that the Lord Jesus would speak to him while he was up in Montana, and God answered: one late afternoon, Ken walked outside his cabin and saw this beautiful double rainbow. Our Lord says in Genesis 9:14-15, "Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you." Imagine that! The next time you see a rainbow, remember that God is remembering you. Isn't the Lord good?!

A Visit with Kathy

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  • July 20, 2013
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Kathy and Joni at King Gillette RanchRemember during my battle against cancer when my sister Kathy flew out from Maryland to help me? During that time, we bonded as never before. And now, Kathy is out for another visit, helping me while Ken goes fly fishing this week -- we've cleaned out closets, read the Bible together, shopped for staples, organized bookcases, run errands and today, we visited the King Gillette Ranch not far from Joni and Friends (it's part of the Santa Monica Mountains recreation area). We wandered throughout the property, enjoying the big, beautiful coastal oak trees surrounding the ranch house. The wind in the trees and the smell of new-mown hay in the fields reminded us of days growing up on the farm in Maryland. Deborah Moggach once wrote, "You keep your past by having sisters. As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories." Ken returns from fishing in a couple of days and I'll bid Kathy goodbye -- but we've made more than a few more great memories to reflect on when she visits again!

God's Glorious Creation

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  • July 18, 2013
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Hummingbirds in their nestHummingbirds in their nest
This summer Ken and I watched two hummingbirds build a tiny nest under the leaves of a magnolia tree in our front yard. Each day we cracked open the door, held up the binoculars, and waited to see a baby. Lo and behold, two baby hummingbirds were born! We keep saying how amazing God is. Who else could teach hummingbirds where and how to construct their nests? How can such tiny babies survive a rainstorm...

A Very Unique Ministry…

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  • July 16, 2013
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Carolyn packing Joni's bagAs a quadriplegic, I am only able to do so much – but that means others can chip in and be "my hands." Take my neighbor, Carolyn. She's a lively believer in Christ, plus she has a very unusual ministry: she packs and unpacks my suitcases whenever I travel (and takes things to the laundry to prepare me for my next trip :-). Packing suitcases and hanging bags may seem mundane, but Carolyn sees it as a valuable and necessary ministry; she's part of a wonderful team who serve God by helping one of the 'least of the brethren' (yep, that's me). Ephesians 4:11-13 says God prepares people like Carolyn "for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up." So keep your eyes open this summer for ways you can serve the Lord Jesus...

Saluting Our Military

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 15, 2013
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Joni and Ken with Capt. Mike Rhoades This past Sunday, while Ken and I were flying home from Kentucky (I spoke at a large Christian convention in Louisville), we took time to greet several military personnel in the airport. One was Capt. Mike Rhoades on his way home from Afghanistan – and during our conversation, we discovered he was a fellow believer in Jesus Christ :-). It was thrilling to hear how God is using soldiers like him to give the Gospel to those in harm's way. Before we departed, we enjoyed a sweet time of prayer with Capt. Rhoades… and we continue to pray. This summer, please join Ken and me in faithfully interceding for our brave men and women in uniform!

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