Joni's Posts January 2014

Joni’s Statement On “Alone Yet Not Alone” Oscar Nomination Being Rescinded 

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2014
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Joni at the microphone“While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored to have been asked to sing it for the film, and was as surprised as anyone when I learned of the song’s nomination. I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities. The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song. Regarding the reasons for the nomination being rescinded, it is not my place to speculate as I have no insights into the workings of the entertainment industry. I was honored to be invited to sing the song and it will always be a treasured experience.” 

Alone Yet Not Alone Update…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2014
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Alone Yet Not Alone movie posterDuring the last couple of weeks, I've had to occasionally pinch myself and wonder, "Is the song I recorded 'Alone Yet Not Alone' really up for an Oscar nomination?!" Well, it turns out that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just rescinded its nomination. But amidst this wild roller coaster of a ride, "I will praise [the Lord] more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long" (Psalm 71:15). Aren't you glad some things don't change?! Like the higher plans of our wonderful, sovereign Lord :-). I am grateful that this media flurry has, no doubt, generated interest in the release of Alone yet Not Alone which will be out in theaters this June!

People Who Inspire Joni: Susanna Wesley

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 29, 2014
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Susanna_WesleySusanna Wesley, born in 1669, was the 25th of 25 children! This great Christian saint understood the importance of “being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” given that she and her husband Samuel had 19 children. Nine of Susanna’s children died as infants… but two of her sons, John and Charles Wesley, went on to become great evangelists and theologians. She once wrote in a letter, “I look upon every soul under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust. I am not a man nor a minister, but I spare every night to discourse with each child apart, strengthening their tiny faith in God our Savior.” Her children knew to be quiet whenever they saw their mother throw her apron over her head – they understood this was Susanna’s private time of prayer with the Lord. God certainly blessed this amazing mother, and what a model she has been to countless mothers through the centuries.

And the Winner Is…!!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 28, 2014
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Jasmine under the parachute with her camper at Family RetreatWe are just winding up our Instagram Contest, and I've been so blessed looking through all the wonderful photos of everyone's ministry moments. I had a hard time narrowing down my 'top pick," but I finally decided on this charming Family Retreat photo of Jasmine, an STM, and her little camper – I'll be sending Jasmine her prize in the mail today, a $25 Amazon gift card! Don't forget to vote for the Grand Prize Winner on our Joni and Friends blog this week – and a special thanks to everyone who participated in our Instagram Contest. Visit us often to learn about more ways you can celebrate our 35th anniversary here at Joni and Friends!

See the winning photos and vote for your favorite!

Thanks to our JAF Field Staff!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 27, 2014
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Joni and Friends staff and volunteersJoni and Deb with play Academy Award
Last week, our Joni and Friends staff and volunteers gathered at the IDC from across the country – it was a heartwarming time of fellowship, prayer, and training. I have such respect for our teams who are working so hard to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to more people with disabilities and their families in 2014. During down time, everyone was buzzing about the "Alone yet Not Alone" song which is up for an Academy Award. To add to the fun, Debra Petermann of Joni and Friends Ohio presented me with her own version of Oscar – this one, however, did not come from the Academy Awards, but a gift shop at LAX airport :-). One more thing. Family Retreat registration is now open; if you know a special-needs family who could benefit, connect them to our Family Retreat page for all the details!

Winter on the Farm

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 26, 2014
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barn_sketch
The recent snowstorms make me think of winter back on our Maryland farm – I would sit by the living room window and look out on our snow-covered fields and the barn blanketed in white. One cold afternoon, I wheeled up to my easel and even sketched the peaceful, snowy scene. Isn't it wonderful how such serene beauty can result from a harsh, cold blizzard? It reminds me of this quote from Richard Sibbs, "Just as the winter prepares the earth for spring, so do our afflictions prepare our souls for glory." Today, remember that your life is not a straight line leading to heaven, but a winding and twisted road – it’s all meant to help you 'feel in your bones' your need of God. Pause and think on that, and have a blessed Sunday, friend.

A Big ‘Thumbs Up’ for Alone Yet Not Alone

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 23, 2014
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joni at the micIt’s been less than a week since Alone Yet Not Alone was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Song category, but I’ve been doing interviews left and right. Yahoo.news stated “This movie is not a dark horse; it’s an invisible horse.” Another article said “This is the amazing story of ‘the little song that could.’” But amidst all the controversy of a family friendly, low-budget, limited release film securing an Oscar nomination, there has been truly positive response. People are honestly wondering, “What is God doing?” and, of course, the media buzz will hopefully create more interest in the film on its re-release later this year. An article titled “Oscar Nominated Song Surprises the Nation” appeared earlier this week in the online magazine for the Southern Baptist Convention! So, thank you for praying as I field more interviews (and I do wonder what God is up to :-)!  

Alone Yet Not Alone… at the Oscars!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 23, 2014
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It’s just over a week since the announcement that the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Song – ever since then, I’ve been on a fun rollercoaster ride of interviews. When I'm asked about my performance, I usually say, “The God of the Bible loves doing things like this. He delights in picking the ill-equipped, untrained, and non-professional to get a job done, so that the whole world will know that God has done it, not man.” Please ask the Lord to keep giving me His words and wisdom, and that I might represent Him well as I point people to the Bible. Recently ABC News visited our International Disability Center … and I think you’ll enjoy watching this interview! (Haven’t heard the song yet? Click here).

Watch Joni's Interview with ABC7

March for Life Today

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 22, 2014
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March for Life logoToday is the anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision and thousands of pro-life advocates will be descending upon Washington DC this afternoon to rally at the National Mall. So many unborn children (diagnosed with disabilities) are losing their lives to abortion – but thank God for the many women who are carrying their disabled unborn child to full-term. Many of these infants with disabilities are adopted and I'm so grateful that this year's March for Life will stress the importance of adoption. Proverbs 14:34 is a powerful warning to our country, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Please join me in praying that the culture of death, which is so prevalent in the US will be replaced with a lively, buoyant culture of life!

Come Join Us as a Cause 4 Life Intern!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 20, 2014
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Joni with intern AnnaAnna may be a special education teacher, but her experience with disability is far more personal – her two brothers have significant disabilities. Last summer Anna served as a Cause 4 Life intern (her internship included a mission trip to Haiti, church outreach, and serving at our Family Retreats). Afterward, she wrote, "Through Family Retreat, God redeemed my questioning of my brothers' disabilities. Through my internship, I saw how God was redeeming my pain for His glory." Anna's tenure with us was a life-changing experience! Whether you are knowledgeable about disability, or a novice, there definitely is a Cause 4 Life internship for you – take a look at our 2014 schedule! (And if you are on the East Coast, consider signing up for our Missions and Ministry Academy to be held at Jill's House/McLean Bible Church, VA, and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti). Got questions? We're here to help!

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