Tuesday, July 6th Update from Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 6, 2010
  • 41 Comments
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Tuesday, July 6th Update:

The precious hours I was strong enough to sit up over the holiday weekend were almost all spent in our backyard, enjoying the breezes and blue sky. Ice packs, helping me drink lots of water, and keeping my arm elevated were Kathy’s responsibility, while Ken helped set up the portable keyboard that our friends, the Sanders, brought along for their Sunday visit (Al, Margaret, Peg and Jim head up Ambassador Agency, producers of the "Joni and Friends" radio program for nearly 30 years). After a scrumptious picnic lunch, it was an afternoon of singing hymns and celebrating the grace and sovereignty of God. Want to sing along? Click on this video and join us on “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken!”

Singing, for me, has become a prescription for healing. And not just harmonizing with friends or singing 'in my head' in the middle of the night -- late in the day on Monday, Ken and I remarked that the backyard birds have never sounded sweeter. I wondered if they might be messengers of Zephaniah 3:17 for “[The Lord] will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Funny how a thing like cancer can make you treasure every snippet of God's smallest blessings :-).

Each day I'm able to sit up a bit longer and manage my blood pressure better (quadriplegics like me normally have very low blood pressure). I continue to heal well; nevertheless, be vigilant in praying that no infection gets a toehold. (And while you're at the Throne, join me in praying for our 3 upcoming Joni and Friends' Family Retreats to be held this month, two in California, one in Tennessee... ask God to touch the hearts of first-time families with the love and power of Jesus Christ).

 
 

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What a wonderful time I've had this morning as I explored for the first time your website and listened to your voice, Joni, and checked out the various episodes of my favorite TV show. I'm praying how I can best offer these to those in my circle of acquaintances. And, of course, for your complete healing and the Lord's grace to allow you to continue your ministry in the direction of His choice! And, as a fellow organist, I must commend your backyard accompanist!
  • July 13, 2010
  • 6:19 a.m.
  • Susan Parbhoo
Oh how I would've loved to join you in your backyard singing! I smile when I think of what your neighbors were thinking...
  • July 8, 2010
  • 10:21 p.m.
  • Renee Bondi
Joni I thank you for being a wonderful example to me.....Right after I went through breat cancer our church was helping at the Ohio Joni and Friends Retreat.....Your books have been a blessing to me.....Afew years later I was able to help with one of the camps at Shawnee Lodge in Ohio.....I was able to lead the music for the kids at the camp...You and Ken were there and went on a HAY RIDE which was my job to help singing on the ride.....You showed me how much GOD can use a person no matter the suffering. I am praying Eph 3:14-21 for you......I know that God will be doing more than we can ask or imagine during this time in your life......Thank you for allowing God to use you all these years.....Love and prayers. BEV
  • July 8, 2010
  • 7:47 a.m.
  • bev clark
Lori Sikorra here.. Just sending you a soft hug and a big smile. Please know that you are on my heart and in my prayers daily. Joni, long ago I stopped asking that question "Why" and starting just saying "Why not". We are two ladies surrounded by God's love, His real presence and His loving people. Heaven is just around this corner for us....Please call if you need any additional help. Perhaps that is why God allow me to finally meet you. He knew perhaps you would need an extra pair of nursing hands. However, this nurse CANNOT sing....I will bring Joe along for that.. Peace be with you Joni, and may you continue to grow strong. Lori
  • July 7, 2010
  • 11:05 p.m.
  • lori sikorra
So glad you are doing well. Praying for you.
  • July 7, 2010
  • 1:43 p.m.
  • Paula Cook
Joni and Ken: I am a nine year BC Survivor and my husband is a two time cancer survivor (kidney and prostate). God has given us strength to face each day. " Because He lives I (both of you)can face tomorrow......"Just a note--we both met you several years ago in Fla. when The National Christian Choir sang at a conference. Faith, Hope, Joy, Love and Peace. (Five Pink Ribbons and a Starfish) Ron and Cynthia Knoll Wilson, NC previously Rockville, MD
  • July 7, 2010
  • 8:43 a.m.
  • CYNTHIA KNOLL
Praise the Lord for His goodness to our dear friend Joni, Thank the Lord for the music He put in the soul of Joni. Joni you are blessing to my life in the middle of trials you rise with the help of our Lord.
  • July 7, 2010
  • 8:19 a.m.
  • Barbara Vaughan
Praise the Lord, Joni. I posted a letter in the mail to you Monday the 5th, with a hymn to bless you.
  • July 7, 2010
  • 7:44 a.m.
  • Andrea Carman
Hi Joni, I didn't know about this blog until I read Tracy Klicka's blog this morning. :) I have been praying for you and it's wonderful to see you doing so well. Will continue to pray for no infections, no problems, no nuttin', honey :) and that your right arm will be very strong so you can do what you need to. Loved the video of the backyard singalong and the one of you and your sister. You guys look a lot alike! Happy Late Anniversary to you and Ken. It will be 38 for us in August (gasp, horror, shock!) ROFLOL God Bless You Richly. . . Hugz, Carla
  • July 7, 2010
  • 7:39 a.m.
  • Carla
Hi Joni: I have listened to you and read your writings for years, it has been a real encouragement. God Bless you and be with you at this time. PSALM 46 has always been a help to me on my bad days. This PSALM reminds me God is my protector and gives me strength even when I don't have a lot. You and your family are in my prayers. God's Blessing and thank you.
  • July 7, 2010
  • 7:34 a.m.
  • Jacqui
 
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