Joni's Posts January 2018

Brittany Serves in Uganda

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 31, 2018
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Brittany Serves in UgandaHave you ever felt like you weren’t quite cut up for something? My friend Brittany is in her late 20’s and on weekends, she helps me get up in the morning. On weekdays, though, she works as an occupational therapist (OT) in a child-development center not far from where I live. Because she’s trained to work with disabled kids, I had been encouraging Brittany to go serve on a Wheels for the World outreach. But Brittany was a little concerned. I mean, helping American kids with motor disorders is one thing, but helping severely disabled children in impoverished nations is quite another. Besides, Brittany is an occupational therapist, she normally doesn’t fit kids to wheelchairs; that’s the job physical therapists do. Still, Brittany prayed...

From the Heart - When Is It Right to Die?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2018
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When Is It Right to DieI always smile when I talk about heaven and that glorious Day when I will see Jesus. Oh, the joy of being with my Savior forever! But the hard part is… getting there. When God calls us home, we all hope for a quick and painless death. But in this...

Ian and Larissa: When Love Didn’t Give Up

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 29, 2018
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Ian and LarissaIn 2005, Ian and Larissa were just two young college students. They started dating and before they knew it, these two had fallen in love – Larissa was head-over-heels for this fun-loving guy with a liking for the outdoors. Only a year later, however...

I Can Only Hold You Now

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 26, 2018
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I Can Only Hold You NowMore than 30 years ago, my friend Gracie was only 17 and in college, studying hard, keeping late nights… when one night, while driving on the highway, she fell asleep at the wheel. Her car careened off the road, into a ditch, and slammed against a concrete abutment. It was a horrific accident. She was rushed to the hospital, and remained in a coma for three weeks. Every bone from the waist down was broken — one surgeon counted nearly 200 fractures! Eventually, both legs had to be amputated. As you can imagine, Gracie deals with a significant amount of chronic pain. Thankfully though, she has her Peter — her husband and college sweetheart, who helps care for her daily. Peter and Gracie know all too well the...

Our “Beyond Suffering” Curriculum… in Ukraine!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 24, 2018
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Our “Beyond Suffering” Curriculum… in Ukraine!It’s amazing what God can do with willing hearts! More than 10 years ago, I met Serhii and his disabled wife, Natalia, when they were visiting our Joni and Friends headquarters. The Joni book in Russian had helped them tremendously as a couple...

A Patient’s Last Wish

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 21, 2018
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A Patient's Last WishNot long ago, I came upon a precious story on Facebook that was so moving, I just had to share it! It starts with two paramedics transporting a palliative care patient to a local hospital. The dying woman shared that — years ago, prior to her illness...

I am Made in the Image of God!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2018
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Made in the Image of God!When people learn that most quadriplegics cannot bathe or toilet themselves, feed or dress themselves, they are quick to think, What a poor quality of life! But if people judge life-value by one’s autonomy, or abilities, or degree of suffering, they are...

Get Ready for the 2018 National Day of Prayer!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 18, 2018
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2018 National Day of PrayerWhen I think of the tragic events that occurred over the past year — hurricanes and fires ravaging thousands of homes; innocent lives violently taken; families at war over political differences… Oh, how my heart aches for our nation. Our country is...

Leave a Legacy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2018
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Leave a LegacyThere’s a lot of talk lately about ‘leaving a legacy,’ but what does it mean? My friend Curtis Solomon, Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, posted his reflections on this question on a recent BCC blog. According to Curtis, if you follow after Christ...

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Statement on Disability and Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 15, 2018
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Joni StatementEver since the 1990s when Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act, I’ve been working to de-grease its slippery slope. Under the law, physicians may give lethal drugs to patients with terminal illnesses who want to end their lives. The law’s proponents have insisted it could only be offered to those who had 6 months or less to live, and was a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. But not so anymore...

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