Joni's Posts January 2016

Painting with a Wheelchair?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 29, 2016
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Joni and TommyRecently my quad-friend, Tommy Hollenstein, stopped by our International Disability Center (IDC) for a visit – I had a chance to show him how we framed and displayed one of his beautiful paintings. Tommy paints using his wheelchair as his ‘brush!’ His friend spreads out a big canvas on the floor, smears different colors on his tires, and then Tommy goes to work, moving his chair this way and that – his paintings are a swirl of vibrant colors in motion! I’m going to ask him if he would like to bring his tools to a Family Retreat next...

Send in your Valentines!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 27, 2016
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Phillip's Love BearsHeart for the Disabled

It’s the end of January — and that means Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Earlier this month I shared with you about our “Heart for the Disabled” outreach (it’s when we select five families with special needs and share their stories on the radio). Already, dozens of greeting cards, notes of encouragement, gift cards — and over 20 precious teddy bears (a special gift from Phillip’s Love Bears) — have been sent by Christians wanting to bless these special families. So, if you haven’t already sent in your Valentines, make sure to do so soon! The first batch of notes and gifts will...

It's Glaucoma Awareness Month!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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OptometristJesus healed many blind people, some brought by friends for healing, others who happened to be near Jesus when he walked toward Jericho. I love the attitude of the blind beggar at the side of the road who shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-42). This man was determined — no matter how much...

Ms. Wheelchair California

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 22, 2016
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Hillary MaridesAll during 2015, I watched as my friend Hillary Marides served up and down our state as Ms. Wheelchair California — Hillary is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a M.S. in Counseling. She has cerebral palsy and has often volunteered at Joni and Friends in years past (always doing her best to overcome big hurdles with transportation services). Hilary’s education, leadership roles, and personal experience have made her a strong champion for...

Evangelicals for Life Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2016
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Evangelicals for LifeWhenever I attend a Family Retreat, or see images of children receiving their first wheelchair through Wheels for the World, I pray for the many children with disabilities we serve. Because as J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Children are our future, yet so many...

Sanctity of Life Sunday

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2016
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Sanctity of Life SundayPsalm 127 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord”—and that includes ALL children … disabled, unborn, ill, boy or girl. In America alone, 4 in 10 children are aborted, many because they were diagnosed with disorders like Down syndrome. My heart breaks when I see the escalating statistics of not only abortion statistics of unborn children with disabilities, but also the desperate situation of infants with disabilities who quietly disappear under the shadow of infanticide. When you add the plight of medically fragile and...

It's "Heart for the Disabled" Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 11, 2016
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Heart for the DisabledEvery year, we meet so many families whose everyday lives are impacted by disability: weary single-moms who worry about making ends meet, siblings who patiently help their brother with autism, grandparents who lovingly care for a baby with neonatal withdrawal ... Families that need encouragement from Christians like you. And it’s why at the start of the year, we select five families affected by disability to be the recipients of “Hearts for the Disabled.” You can participate by sending a Valentine’s...

Love Kindness

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 8, 2016
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Love KindnessAs we begin this New Year, there are so many things that are heavy on my heart. But perhaps the request that I most often pray is, Jesus, show us — your church — how to love this broken world closer to You. With a culture that is rapidly changing and a morale that is straying from God’s biblical guidelines, how do we reach out to those whose beliefs are so different from ours? I love what my friend Barry Corey, president of Biola University, says about this in his new...

When you feel like a "burden"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 5, 2016
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When you feel like a "burden"Happy New Year! And no, I do not mean it as a cliché — I really do pray that this new year will be one of God’s abundant blessings for your life ... blessings of joy, peace, hope, and increased strength and trust in the Lord. I know I need it! With my age and almost 50 years spent sitting in a wheelchair, life isn’t getting any easier. And it’s likely you, too, struggle with your own challenges: arthritis that makes your work harder, a son who has drifted away from the Lord, a marriage that has more “lows” than “highs,” or...