Joni's Posts April 2014

Good n' Plenty!

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  • April 30, 2014
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Good n' Plenty!

Joni and Ken with the LappsAlthough it's pouring down rain today in Lancaster County, PA, we felt warm, cozy and well-fed at Good n' Plenty, the country 'all you can eat' restaurant owned by Chris and Dolly Lapp -- if you are ever driving through Eastern PA, this is the place for the best fried chicken ever! Pray the rain will cease in time for tomorrow's National Day of Prayer observance!!

National Day of Prayer

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  • April 30, 2014
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Joni and Ken praying on National Day of PrayerThe theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is “One Voice United in Prayer” and the theme verse is Romans 15:6 “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Powerful things happen when people unite -- just look at the “power of oneness” at the Tower of Babel; God had to ‘undo’ their unity and disperse the people in order to dismantle their agenda. Now, just think of how much power is released when God's people come together in a cause that honors Him! Amazing things happen when people rally around the cause of Christ; when they become truly one in spirit and in prayer. I will be speaking at the National Day of Prayer Observance in Lancaster County, PA on May 1. And I encourage you to seek out an NDP observance in your community – this is no time to be pessimistic about America; let’s unite our voices in prayer for God to work in a mighty way across our nation!

On the Road Again!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 29, 2014
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Joni at the airportToday Ken and I (with traveling friends, Rainey and Kathren) will fly to Pennsylvania where I'll be speaking Thursday, May 1 at the National Day of Prayer Observance in Lancaster County (the largest NDP gathering outside of Washington DC). I will bring a message focused on the theme "One Voice United in Prayer." Then I'll be doing events for Joni and Friends Eastern Pennsylvania and local churches. From there, we head to Baltimore for a few days with my family (I haven't been to our Maryland farm in ages). Afterward, I head back to Pennsylvania to give the commencement address to graduates of Lancaster Bible College, and then, off to Philadelphia for more events with Joni and Friends – I'll be speaking at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia on Sunday evening, May 11 – if you have friends in the area, tell him to come on out for the 6 PM meeting! The verse we'll be holding fast to every mile of...

A Sunday Prayer

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  • April 27, 2014
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John WesleyJohn Wesley, who lived from 1703 to 1791, offered to God a sweeping prayer in which he laid his all at the foot of the cross. Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, quoted it often. It's a scary prayer; that is, unless you have already died to your own will: “I am no longer my own, but Thine. Put me to what Thou wilt, rank me with whom Thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for Thee or laid aside for Thee, exalted for Thee or brought low for Thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to Thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Thou art mine, and I am Thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.” And with that, I join you in yielding all things to the pleasure of our Savior!

Let’s Meet at True Woman ’14!

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  • April 25, 2014
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True Woman Conference logoI'm so excited that I'll be speaking at Revive Our Hearts’ True Woman ’14 Conference in Indianapolis, October 9-11… and I would love for you to come and be a part of the celebration… and bring your girlfriends with you! Registration for True Woman ’14 is being discounted until May 1st, so this is a great time to sign up. You have just a little over a week to get the best price on #truewoman14 tickets – I'll be joined by speakers Janet Parshall, Jim Cymbala and my good friends Keith and Kristyn Getty, so it promises to be a Spirit-blessed time! I hope to see you there...

Ellory's New Service Dog

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  • April 25, 2014
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Ellory initially scared of her service dogEllory smiling as she sits next to her service dog
Little Ellory is diagnosed high on the autism spectrum and is a "runner" (Ellory immediately dashes away any time a door is opened, or someone lets go of her arm). But now, through the help of Joni and Friends, Ellory's parents have secured a service dog for their daughter. Hazel, a Labrador retriever, has been trained to stop Ellory from running away :-). The first time Ellory met Hazel, she wasn't happy at all with her new big dog – but you can see from the photo they've become best friends. And recently? And The whole family – including Hazel – attended our Family Retreat at Wonder Valley Ranch. Learn more about service dogs on our Help and Resources tab!

Collin's Graduation

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  • April 22, 2014
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Collin and Ernest at graduationOver eight years ago, Collin sustained a spinal cord injury which left him a quadriplegic. When Ernest (a man who attends Collin's church) heard of the accident, he felt the Lord call him to assist, though the two had never met. For eight years, Ernest, a 72-year old retired engineer, has risen at 4:30am and driven to Collin’s house to get him up and ready for school. The routine became more challenging when Collin entered High Point University. Monday through Friday, it meant a 45-minute drive to High Point, wheeling Collin to his classes, and taking his notes. When Collin graduated in 2013, High Point University awarded him with a degree in communications, and—to both men’s surprise—the school also awarded Ernest with an honorary Bachelor of Humane Letters. Way...

Sermon on the Mount

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  • April 19, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada's painting, "Sermon on the Mount"

Years ago, Ken committed to memory Matthew chapters 5 through 7 (known as the Sermon on the Mount). Later, we toured Israel – one sunny afternoon our visit took us to a high hill just above the ruins of Capernaum. We wandered through a field to a natural amphitheater tucked on the side of the hill. It was late in the day, all the tour buses were gone, and the hillside was quiet. Ken turned to face the Sea of Galilee and began to recite the Sermon on the Mount – it took almost 15 minutes. As I listened, it was easy to imagine the crowd hearing those same words from Jesus. When we...

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

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  • April 16, 2014
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Jesus on the crossYears ago, my high school choir learned this beautiful hymn from St. Matthew's Passion – sitting in the alto section, I could not sing my part without crying. This sacred piece of music broke my heart then, as it does now, so many years later. It's Easter week, so take a few moments to listen to "O Sacred Head Now Wounded," and be amazed at the love of Christ who suffered so much for your salvation and mine. “We are not as Christ-centered and cross-cherishing as we should be, because we do not ponder the truth that everything good – and everything bad that God turns for the good – was purchased by the sufferings of Christ” (John Piper). 

Heaven...Your Real Home

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 15, 2014
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Heaven - Your Real Home bookI just received news that Mike, a fellow quadriplegic, went home to Heaven -- and it made me think about that glorious Home awaiting all those who trust Christ. I've often said that Heaven is the bottom line for any Christian -- everything we do down here on earth has a direct bearing on our capacity for worship, service and joy in Heaven. I wrote a book on this subject back in 1994 (of all my books, I had the most fun writing it). And today I learned that the publisher has discounted the e-book to $1.99 until April 21 -- if you've recently lost a loved one, or are just curious about biblical insights on heaven, then I encourage you to download Heaven...Your Real Home to your Kindle or Nook, or find it on another website offering the ebook. Just follow the links… Happy reading!

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