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Before Proceeding to Business

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 7, 2017
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Before Proceeding to Business

Five weeks into the Constitutional Convention, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin wisely advised, “I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can...

Caught not Taught

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 5, 2017
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Caught not TaughtWhen Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she took up the fight for her life with strength and passion. At the time, her daughter Elly Grace, was only a year old. Amy prayed she would live long enough to see Elly Grace grow up; she even hoped she’d live to be a grandma. Choosing to fix her eyes on Jesus helped Amy be thankful and love life—even in the midst of her struggles. That was six years ago and Amy is still battling. And the fight is far from over—last month, their condo flooded, placing them in dire need of housing. Parceling out their dog to a friend, they quickly found a...

Prayer for Harvey Victims

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 1, 2017
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Prayer for Harvey Victims

Like you, Ken and I are stunned by the shocking images of Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters not only sweeping through neighborhoods, but swamping the halls of nursing homes and residential facilities for people with disabilities – our Joni and Friends teams in Texas and in Mississippi are on alert, providing help where...

Abby Goes the Extra Mile

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 29, 2017
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Abby Goes the Extra MileSome people have a gift for learning languages… especially unusual languages like Arabic. I’m thinking of Abby Booher, a volunteer I met this summer at Family Retreat. Abby told me she was a student at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she studied English as a second language. While on campus, she met many Muslim students from Saudi Arabia. Part of their studies involved learning English. That’s how Abby got connected with this group of young Middle Easterners who were hungry to learn more about western culture, including Christianity. From the onset, they struggled to grasp the concept of a loving God who would die for sinners. Abby could tell that part of their struggle had to do with their inability to...

Square Dancing with Jeremy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 26, 2017
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Square Dancing with Jeremy

Even though it has been awhile since I returned from Mission Springs Family Retreat, there is one memory that still brings a smile. It happened during the wheelchair square dance. Now you have to picture this: Fiddle music playing at the basketball court and dancers in western garb forming their squares. My dance partner was...

Our Hummingbird

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 23, 2017
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Our Hummingbird

In our back yard, we have two hummingbird feeders that Ken is constantly filling with sugar water. We love our tiny flock of dive-bombing birds; they're so much fun to watch. The other day was particularly hot and as my friend was leaving our house, she spotted an injured hummingbird lying on the street. The little guy was...

A Little Remodel

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 20, 2017
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A Little Remodel

Lately, Ken and I have been looking at our kitchen, and it’s clear we need new cabinets—they came with the house back in the late 70s. Of course, talk then turned to the counter top, then the sink, the faucet, and finally, the floor (also installed in the late 70s). We groaned at the thought of it all—sawdust...

Iceland’s Near Eradication of Down Syndrome through Abortion

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 18, 2017
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Iceland’s Near Eradication of Down Syndrome through AbortionOver 25 years ago when I served on the National Council on Disability, we responded vehemently against a report from the National Institutes on Health which listed abortion as a ‘disability prevention strategy.’ All 15 bi-partisan council members...

Ten Thousand Things

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 17, 2017
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Ten Thousand Things

A few weeks ago, I was going through a tough season of pain. Every morning I awoke with searing hip pain. My get-up girls tried to ease my suffering with ice and massages, but as soon as I sat up in my wheelchair, there it was, ready to ambush my day. While at work that week, I would have to lay down just to take the...

An Elaborate Graduation

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 14, 2017
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Fox 5 Surprise Squad

When I hear stories of people serving the disability community with extravagance, I rejoice! That’s just what The Fox Five TV Surprise Squad did at John F. Miller Elementary School—a school for students with significant disabilities. There were 5 students in the graduating class of 2017 and although the school wanted to make...

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