Joni's Posts September 2014

Obedience to God

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 30, 2014
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Tim KellerRecently I was listening to an interview with Tim Keller on Focus on the Family – Tim wrote a book that I frequently recommend called Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. Tim referenced Satan's question to God, "Does Job serve God for nothing?" From that, he drew a remarkable conclusion: "We have to come to a place where we know that our obedience to God will bring us no benefit." That's when true change, as well as true obedience occurs – and often God uses pain and suffering to bring us to that place of utter humility. Listen to the entire interview (skip the Focus on the Family comments, if you wish). You'll be blessed!

An AMAZING day!!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 29, 2014
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radio recording studio - group photoGod used your prayers on overtime -- my recording day on Monday started at 10 am and finished at 5:10 in the afternoon... most everyone else at Joni and Friends had packed up and gone home. What is most amazing is the incredible energy and voice God gave me - and the whole time I kept thinking, my friends are...

Recording Radio Today

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 29, 2014
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Joni with her radio teamOur daily radio program called "Joni and Friends" has been on the air for over 32 years. That's a lot of time in the recording studio! But I'm continually reminded of Hebrews 3:13 where it says to ”encourage one another daily.” And there's a reason we are to encourage one another every day: Life is hard. Yet trials can be lightened with encouraging words that point us to The Word, Jesus Christ. So today as I record, ask God to give me His breath, His words, His heart, and His energy from morning till late afternoon when we finish. Also be in prayer for Jim Sanders, our producer; Rainey, manager of communications; and Tatiana, communications coordinator. Please tell a friend about our radio ministry, and listen...

A US Marine Sunday Sing-Along

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 28, 2014
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During a recent chapel service at Camp Pendelton, California, a large group of US Marines sang the most amazing rendition of "Days of Elijah" – I have always loved this worship song, but I have never heard it sung with such rousing gusto; the men even give it their own Marine-twist! Google the words and sing-along… then, share it with your Facebook friends. Oh, and join me in praying that God will protect these brave young Marines, wherever in the world He sends them!

Stephanie Hubach and The Accessible Kingdom Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 27, 2014
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The Accessible Kingdom ConferenceMy good friend, Stephanie, heads up the PCA's Special Needs Ministries (her book, Same Lake… Different Boat, is an outstanding disability ministry resource). To help promote The Accessible Kingdom Conference co-hosted by the SNM and Joni and Friends Jackson, Stephanie did a great interview on Faith Radio – if you're 'into' disability ministry, listen and be inspired! Next, make plans to join us November 7-8 for this exciting two-day conference – 40 workshops will cover the latest disability ministry models, best practices and more. Get all the details at www.accessiblekingdom.org or contact our Joni and Friends Area Director, Martie Kwasny at mkwasny@joniandfriends.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sharon's Calling

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  • Sept. 25, 2014
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Sharon serving in ThailandSharon and Joni
When Sharon Porterfield visited Thailand in April, 1985, she had no thoughts of becoming a missionary. But God put a call on her heart and she returned later that year to a Karen jungle village to teach English (due to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, the Karen people were forced to evacuate their ancient homeland; they are now refugees living along the Thai-Burma border). Sharon may be 73, but she works tirelessly to give the Gospel to these tribal people, as well as distribute food...

Hope for Caregivers

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 23, 2014
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Hope for the CaregiverHebrews 13:4 says, "Marriage should be honored by all," and that's especially true when there's disability in a marriage – it's why I so respect husbands who are caregivers. Recently my husband Ken was asked to write the foreword to a new book called Hope for the Caregiver – the author, Peter Rosenberger, is a longtime friend and has cared for his disabled wife, Gracie, through countless operations (Gracie is a double amputee and deals daily with intractable pain as a result of a car accident years ago). Ken and Peter have been a source of great encouragement for each other. And that's why I'm excited about Hope for the Caregiver. It's practical, witty, thoughtful, and, yes, inspirational – plus, my husband highly recommends it :-). Find out more details here and watch what Kathy Lee Gifford has to say about it on the Today Show.

True Woman ‘14 is Coming Up… Be There!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 22, 2014
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Kristyn and Joni singing togetherIt's been a busy summer, and I'm so looking forward to a time of refreshment and renewal at this year's True Woman Conference, October 9-11 in Indianapolis! I'll be speaking on the evening of the 9th, and the next day – hooray – I'll be leading a Hymn Sing with Keith and Kristyn Getty (this photo was snapped when Kristyn sang in our IDC Chapel a few years ago :-). If your calendar is open, it's not too late to register for the conference; it'll be held at the Indiana Convention Center and promises to be an awesome time of inspiration – hope to see you there!

For Sunday 'Watching'

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 21, 2014
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Jen Barrick in the hospital following her accidentJennifer Barrick was still in high school when she suffered a serious brain injury after a terrible automobile accident. Her fragile life hung in the balance for many weeks. Yet as Jen was hooked up to tubes, 'coming up out of her coma,' and still in a half-stupor, she was singing praise songs and whispering pieces of Scripture. God was doing something big in this young girl's life. Her heartwarming story is worth watching on a Sunday afternoon, so carve out time today to see the TV episode Joni and Friends produced on her and her family (recently, a 98-year-old woman accepted Christ as her Savior after watching Jennifer's story; she had resisted God all her life after suffering injuries in a car accident 80 years ago. But listening to Jennifer Barrick changed her heart). If Jennifer's TV episode blesses...

Happy Birthday American Heritage Girls

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 20, 2014
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Joni with American Heritage Girls
A few years ago, I introduced you to a special group of girls called American Heritage Girls. This week (in fact, today on September 20th), the American Heritage Girls ministry is celebrating its 19th birthday. What I admire most about AHG is their incredible heart for the Lord. The AHG leaders work hard to instill a ‘spirit of service’ in these young girls. Last year, American Heritage Girls gave nearly half-a-million hours of service. And this year in honor of their birthday, AHG is giving back to their communities today through their own National Day of Service. Their actions bring to life the words of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ...

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