Joni's Posts December 2017

The Best Way to Start the New Year

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 31, 2017
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The Best Way to Start the New YearIt’s almost here… in a few hours we’ll start the countdown to the New Year. We’ll reminisce about 2017 — our accomplishments, our failures, and the ever-so-common “If only I had...” But if you’re like me, I just bet that you’ll also be thinking of goals...

Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 27, 2017
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Jamaican Christian School for the DeafIn Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere… the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name...

In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name it! Back then, many places were not wheelchair accessible, but I had the stamina; I had the energy. Besides, I had a mission: to bring the Good News of Jesus to people with disabilities! But now? Though my mission hasn’t changed, I can no longer go everywhere and anywhere. Years of sitting in a wheelchair and chronic pain have taken a toll on my body, and I really can’t tolerate long-distance flights. Still, God has provided me with multiple platforms to share my message near and far — like my newsletter, for example. Just recently, Dr. Theron Stalling, a chiropractor in Colorado who loves missionary work, shared with me that he took multiple printed copies of my newsletters all the way to Jamaica. Dr. Stallings was going to be presenting at the First Jamaica School for the Deaf and he wanted to motivate these children to look beyond their disability. To his surprise, many of these kids had no clue what quadriplegia was! But boy were they encouraged when they learned I could paint with my mouth, had a wonderful husband, and that I was a writer and public speaker. Just look at these bright children signing “I love you”!
Perhaps like me, a disability or chronic pain has limited your ability to physically “go to all the world” … but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your testimony and the Gospel of Jesus to those in need through Facebook or YouTube. Or maybe you could send a letter in the mail to an old friend who lives out of state … or post your story down below in the comment section, so others can be encouraged. Remember, no matter what, we’ve got a mission!In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere… the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you nameIn Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name...

Mary's Song

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  • Dec. 25, 2017
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Mary's SongFor centuries, hundreds of artists have rendered classic paintings depicting Mary holding her baby. What could a contemporary artist possibly do that would be different? This was my exact question when, decades ago, Billy Graham asked me...

An Unexpected Blessing

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  • Dec. 22, 2017
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Carnegie HallWant to hear the back story to my time (two nights ago) with Keith and Kristyn Getty at Carnegie Hall? It started earlier in the month when the Gettys asked me to perform with them on December 20 at their “Irish Christmas” concert in NYC...

My First Christmas Back Home

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  • Dec. 21, 2017
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My First Christmas Back HomeChristmas is around the corner, and with it comes so many memories. Like my first Christmas back home in 1968. I was still rather new to my wheelchair, with my accident having occurred only 18 months earlier. And I was feeling so sad...

The Hodel Annual Christmas Feast

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  • Dec. 20, 2017
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The Hodel Annual Christmas FeastEver since the start of my radio ministry, the Hodel family has been sponsoring the “Joni and Friends” radio program. Bob and Muriel, along with their son Don and daughter-in-law Cindy, are such lovely, God-fearing people. Plus, they’re

Reflections on RC

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  • Dec. 18, 2017
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Reflections on RCMany of you are familiar with Dr. RC Sproul, and that he recently went home to heaven – you may not know, however, the back story on why we were such good friends. I hope you'll take a minute and enjoy this article I just wrote for...

The Shepherd

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 17, 2017
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The Shepherd - Vertical Church FilmsI am always looking for new ways to share the timeless story of Christmas... and this season, I’ve found just the thing in a powerful little film called “The Shepherd.” You wonder where it's leading, then suddenly… aha! You discover it’s a stirring picture...

RC Sproul

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 15, 2017
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R.C. SproulMy heart broke when I learned the news yesterday that Dr. RC Sproul went home to be with Jesus – no man has influenced my thinking about God's sovereignty over my disability more than RC. I first began listening to his teaching tapes in the early...

The Candy Dish

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 14, 2017
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The Candy DishI'll never forget my first Christmas back in 1967, the year I broke my neck and became a quadriplegic. Knowing I was far from earning a weekend pass out of the hospital, I felt as gray and dismal as the weather outside my ward window. I was...

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