A Little Lesson from Ephesians...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 42 Comments
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As Ken drove me to Joni and Friends this morning, our van became a sanctuary of praise-full song – “We’re Marching to Zion” was the hymn on my heart, and I sang it vigorously! I have to on days like this… days when my hip and lower back cramp in pain. It's my way of chasing away any dark, discouraging spirit bent on 'taking me out of the battle.' A difficult day like this is also a chance to 'testify' to the spirit world that, come hell or high water, I choose to cleave to the cross, hang onto the Spirit, and grab hold of the grace of my Savior. Ephesians 3:10 tells me that as we face our trials courageously, our lives are elevated onto a cosmic field of warfare where the stakes are about as high as you can get – we either make His sustaining-grace famous by trusting Him, or we make His grace appear empty by not trusting Him. I want to be in the camp that trusts in the Lord. I think you do, too…

Which is why I’ve posted a video of the message I gave for Moody Founder’s Week this past Wednesday (couldn’t get to Chicago because of the blizzard, so I sent a video). In it, I talk about Ephesians 3:10 and its impact on my day-to-day life as a quadriplegic (I also wrote extensively about Ephesians 3:10 in the book I wrote with Steve Estes, A Step Further). Hopefully, this message will be a blessing to you, too, reminding you of your high calling in the midst of every trial. Finally, take heart from what A.W. Tozer wrote many years ago, “The best thing is neither to seek nor avoid troubles but to follow Christ and take the bitter with the sweet as it may come. Whether we are happy or unhappy at any given time is not important. That we be in the will of God is all that matters. We may safely leave with him the incident of heartache or happiness. He will know how much we need of either or both.”

Onward and upward, friend! 

 
 

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Joni, thank you so much for sharing this message. This and so many of your writings encourage me greatly. Thank you for your honesty. I struggle with depression and sadness over failures in my life. You remind me that, through Jesus, God wants to redeem even my situation though I don't deserve it. That He yet has work for me to do. And I may have hope for an eternal life with Him. I pray for your pain frequently. May God bless you.
  • Feb. 20, 2014
  • 11:54 a.m.
  • Karen
Dear Joni, I have been watching your videos lately and am very much encouraged and inspired because of how God is using you! I am an emmensly blessed woman. I have been given a wonderful christian family, good health, a happy marriage,and two exceptional children! Our family is affected by Autism seeming based in fragile x syndrome. My son Kyle is the most affected but again God has blessed him with a kind and gentle nature and we have come so far! The part in this video about the gypsy lady just made me sqall! I have seen and heard about so much suffering in the world and generally remained tearless and that is not how it shoud be but God is changing that. I will be praying for you and I wan't to ask you to pray for me. Please pray that God will use me the way you speak of in this video! I long to minister Him to the suffering!!!
  • April 10, 2012
  • 10:33 a.m.
  • Rachel
I fully identify with Joni on trusting the Lord through our disabilities and health issues, and look forward to the day when I will be in the pressence of the Lord, whole again.
  • Nov. 29, 2011
  • 9:37 p.m.
  • JoAnn Hallum
Thank you for encouraging me to keep on in Jesus Christ.
  • Sept. 23, 2011
  • 2:23 p.m.
  • Sharon Nesteroff
Joni. You are an inspiration. And Ken? Wow! In my business, we have been approached often by parents of children with autism and cerebral palsy because their kids have a hard time getting physically comfortable as you know far better than I. We have been able to help some of the kids. We are custom bean bag makers and we make bean bag chairs and furniture to order. Our unique design conforms to their bodies to give them even support and we can use any upholstery grade fabric from slippery polyester to soft and fuzzy microfiber. In other words, we can make furniture that fits each person. If we can be of service to you or people you know, we would be honored. Yours in faith and thank you again for your message of hope.
  • May 27, 2011
  • 6:38 p.m.
  • Valerie
Wow! What a sermon, heart to heart, Mrs. Joni!! I was looking through your blog to see if what I wrote was posted, and yes, I was tickled pink when I saw you all did decide to post my comments! Thankyou, may God continue to use you all and encourage you all in what you are doing!! Anyway, I happened to see a youtube talk from you, and I actually listened to it all, your perspective reminded me of yes, how Jesus had no one to help him. We Christians are immensely blessed to have Jesus WITH us throughout our earthly walk!!. Yes, JESUS IS WITH US! Have a wonderful trip! In Christ´s love, Katrinka
  • March 2, 2011
  • 4:07 p.m.
  • Katrinka de Romero
Oh, dear sister! I have never--yes, I dare to use that term!--read or heard you but that God has spoken to my heart in exhortation, comfort, encouragement. Your video for Moody Founders' is no exception(nor are your 2 following posts). Your words & thoughts speak highly of you, but as you yourself say, they speak even more highly of our sovereign God who knows just what I need to hear, read or think when "I am tempted to despair". So I thank Him again for you & his work in you, as I thank Him for dear Peter & his inspired letters that redirected me yesterday. Your sister & friend-not-met, Deanne Hunt
  • Feb. 17, 2011
  • 10:54 a.m.
  • DEANNE HUNT
Joni, Thank you for being a lower light - May our lights keep shining till we are called Home. Jody
  • Feb. 17, 2011
  • 10:23 a.m.
  • Jody Goodrich
Joni, You are one of my favorite people in the whole world. I tell all my friends you are on my top ten of people to spend the day with in heaven and I have allot of loved ones in heaven so you are way up there in my book. I love most of all how you love Jesus! and hearing about how He loves you back! Thank you soooooo much for being so real and genuine in your pain and most of all in your walk with the Lord. I will be on the side lines jumping for joy when Jesus says shall we dance! Thank for dancing with Him in your heart till then, amazing and so beautiful!
  • Feb. 12, 2011
  • 8:57 a.m.
  • Mary
My Australian friend in a wheelchair who has just lost her mother and is bereft, "in a nasty scenario" in her words, wrote to me last week, inspite of all her pain about her favourite "Joni books" (which helped her through the years of disability), to ask me to put their titles on my ME website http://fatigue.wikispaces. This made me look you up online. I found you talking live (!) so recently, about your cancer and recovery, without batting an eyelid. My jaw dropped. I cannot think of someone better equipped to handle it but not even I thought you would "shine ever brighter" even on account of it. God is in it all. Bless you and I will pray for you, and the US national prayer day. I wish we had one in the UK. Thank you. Alison
  • Feb. 11, 2011
  • 9:13 a.m.
  • Alison Bailey Castellina
 
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