It's Time for "Joni and Friends"...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 25, 2011
  • 8 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Radio

joni and ken in the radio studioRadio recording day at the International Disability Center is a pretty big deal – and an all-day one, too! Early on Tuesday morning, April 26th, I’ll head into the studio with Rainey Floreen and Amy Hurtado (the JAF radio department) to get the day rolling with plenty of prayer and praise. In the control room will be Jim Sanders, my producer and, hopefully, Ken Tada will drop by for a quick interview. I’ll be recording 30 "Joni and Friends" radio programs, 45 one-minute features, and 30 public service announcements (check it out on disabilitycampaign.org). Whatever I’ll be recording on Tuesday, it’ll be all about encouragement! 

If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s helping people grasp the comfort and courage that can be found in the Word of God. Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” Let me remind you, if you weren’t born with the gift of encouragement, God can teach you. There’s no better instructor than the Lord Himself, because He wrote the lesson in Isaiah 50:4. 

God, the all-time great Encourager, says He will give you His words to sustain those around you. He even wants to show you, first thing in the morning, those who may need an encouraging word. He’ll teach you who to be on the lookout for, such as a neighbor who just received a bad medical report, a co-worker who didn’t get the promotion, or a family member who feels hurt and neglected. And what does God require of you, His student? “Listen like one being taught.” That means active listening, not passive. It means cooperating with the Lord when He nudges you to say a kind word to an unsuspecting friend. Folks all around you are facing hardships; you can add richness and meaning to their lives as you offer supernatural encouragement.

Ask God to show you today that special person who needs a word of hope -- then keep your eyes open through the morning and afternoon. It may be someone who is discouraged about his job—remind him of past successes. It may be your spouse who feels overwhelmed with the workload—how about an extra hug? Encouraging others costs no more than a bit of time and effort, yet who can put a price on its value? And I put a high value on your prayers for me as we record those radio programs all day Tuesday – thanks for joining me in spreading the encouragement of Christ to those who need Him most!

 
 

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Thank you for sharing Isaiah 50:4. I will take that with me as I interact the residents at the care facility where my sister is also a resident. I believe God has placed me there for not only my sister but the other residents who need to be loved with my arms as an extension of His.
  • April 12, 2012
  • 10:27 p.m.
  • Norma Warkentin
Dear Joni & Friends: I surely do need the hope and encouragement of yours and Christ Jesus. Although I do not have a physical disability, I do have a mental disability and I smoke cigarettes and it's very difficult to quit... I pray to God with faith and hope and doing charitable deeds (I am saved)... the illness is difficult to live with and I live with my parents and they don't understand me. So, can you please pray for and encourage me, Joni ?! With Christian Love, Thomas Provenza
  • Jan. 4, 2012
  • 9:35 a.m.
  • Thomas
Joni I just listened to your radio broadcast regarding God's sovereignty that day long ago when your friend Cathy got bit by a crab and turned around and saw your very blond hair in the water. God is amazing! We never know what He is going to use in His omnipotence to draw us closer to Him. God bless you, Joni!
  • July 28, 2011
  • 10:53 a.m.
  • Shirley Esau
I recently read a book called "Where is God When it Hurts?" It really made some things clear to me -- it described the book of Job and God's answer to Job. God didn't give him a clear answer, just had Job take a look at all the wonders of creation and realize how little he understood about the complexities of the physical world. In the same way, it showed how little he knew about the complexities of the moral world. You were written about in the book also, so you might remember it!
  • May 5, 2011
  • 8:37 p.m.
  • Susan Massey
Joni, I am thankful that the Lord bestowed upon me the gift of encouragement. I HAD been praying that He would send an encourager to me, and I am finding it through you and your staff via this website. Father, thank you for this disability that you are bringing me through for through it, I connected with Joni et al. Father, I pray that you would allow her to receive the rest she needs to meet the rigorous requirements of the Tuesday broadcast. Thank you for this ministry. In Jesus' name, Amen.
  • April 26, 2011
  • 12:47 a.m.
  • M. Lynne
ahhhh...my 20 year old "Cannon Beach FR 'calling verse" - what a ride it's been!! (Glad that 'running' didn't work!!) Now onto soaring with a shiny NEW 'wing' to new heights and loaded with prayers for YOU!!
  • April 25, 2011
  • 10:04 p.m.
  • care
Praying for your day on Tuesday. Encouraged by your post - blessings!
  • April 25, 2011
  • 6:57 p.m.
  • Vickie
Praying for a good night of sleep tonight and the physical stamina and tender heart needed for a long Tuesday.
  • April 25, 2011
  • 1:23 p.m.
  • Rachel