Joni's Posts April 2016

Keep up the pursuit

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 29, 2016
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Gideon's ArmySometimes we can miss a powerful lesson, if we read too fast. And I'm glad Ken and I were reading slowly when were in the book of Judges. Because in chapter 8, verse 4, it says: "Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it." We know that Gideon's troops were exhausted; they were completely worn out — yet they kept up the pursuit. Don't you love that? It's a short, but potent little lesson about pressing on, especially when our circumstances are hard ...

Meet my hands!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 27, 2016
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Joni's HandsMeet my hands! As you know, I cannot use my hands to type my messages or mail letters … but my friends can! It’s why on this Administrative Professionals Day, I want to give thanks to these three lovely ladies who help me get my work done: (pictured from right to left) Lisa — my executive assistant who oversees ...

Wheelchair Friendly Vehicles

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 25, 2016
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The TMN RobotI thought I’d seen it all, until I watched this video showing an innovative way for a paraplegic to ‘load’ his wheelchair in his car. It’s called the TMN Robot ... and it allows a paraplegic to put him or herself in the driver’s seat and then operate a “robot arm” that ...

Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 23, 2016
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Raising the Perfectly Imperfect ChildWhen I was first injured and new to quadriplegia, my parents’ support made all the difference. My mother’s frequent visits to wash my hair and Daddy’s crutches “click-clacking” down the hospital hallways always warmed my heart. They believed in me, constantly reminding me of God’s special purpose in my life. I thank God for my parents — and I thank God for the parents of my friend, Nick Vujicic. Everyone knows that Nick is a remarkable man of great courage, passion and grace ...

Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 21, 2016
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Singing at Family RetreatUndoubtedly, one of the highlights of my year is attending a Family Retreat! And I especially enjoy watching all the little boys and girls with disabilities discover who they are in Christ — God’s wonderful and unique creation! Like little Noah, featured in this video. At Family Retreat, Noah loved his buddy Naomi. The two had all kinds of fun, including singing...

Sam, the Dancing Barista

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2016
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Chris and SamIf you’re on Facebook, then you’ve probably come across the story of Sam “the dancing barista.” Sam is a 17-year-old who last year met Chris, a Starbucks store manager, at a camp for kids with autism. Sam shared with Chris that one of his dreams was to be a barista — but he wasn’t sure how he could work at a coffee shop. Well that’s when Chris had an idea … and after speaking with Sam’s parents...

Guest Blog from Joan Borton

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 15, 2016
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Jerry and Joan BortonMeet my friend and coworker, Joan Borton. She’s an amazing woman, wife, and writer — and best of all, she LOVES Jesus and has a real big heart for people with disabilities. Recently, I asked Joan to write as a guest for my blog — so here it is for your...

My New "Psalms Notecards"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 13, 2016
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Get your Psalms Notecards!Proverbs 25 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold” — and it is so true. I should know; I am the recipient of many notes, some just a few lines long. Like the one I recently received from my coworker Deborah. We were only halfway through recording radio programs and I was already so short of breath. But that’s when I was encouraged by Deborah’s little Post-it note tucked between my radio scripts that simply read:

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken...

Meet Celeste, a wonderful volunteer!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 11, 2016
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Joni and CelesteIt's National Volunteer Week and I want to honor the many volunteers who make up the backbone of our ministry at Joni and Friends — this includes my young friend, Celeste, who volunteers at our International Disability Center every week. Celeste has cerebral palsy and helps with our mailing campaigns by stuffing envelopes, but more than that, she exudes a love for the Lord Jesus that inspires everyone who stops by the 'volunteer desk' to greet her. Here's one young woman who is not letting her disability keep her from serving God. So be inspired by Celeste's example; find a way to use your gifts and talents to build up the body of Christ. Oh, and if you'd like to jot Celeste a note of thanks or encouragement, send a line to her on our Contact Us page and we'll pass it along.

It's National Volunteer Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2016
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Getting ready to rock climb at Family RetreatWhen college student Scott signed up to volunteer with Family Retreats, he wasn’t sure what to expect. B.J. — a young man with multiple disabilities from church — had invited Scott, but the two had never really gotten to know each other … that is, until they got to spend one week together at Family Retreat. They had such...

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