Have You Blessed Me or What?!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 31, 2012
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19-year-old Joni drawing with her mouthWhen my husband 'took over' my blog yesterday and wrote you about July 30 being the 45th anniversary of my diving accident, NEVER did I dream I would hear from so many friends – and from all over the world, no less! And I have been so BLESSED reading your comments. See this 19-year-old girl in this photo? Fresh out of rehab? She's come a long way since the late 60s, and God has been faithful through every month and mile. THANK YOU for celebrating the goodness and gracious provision of our wonderful Savior toward me these many years. And the best is yet to come. He's promised (just read Revelation 21 and 22)!


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Joni thank you for being the person you are. You have been an inspiration in so many ways. Your smile is priceless...there is no money value that could be placed on it. May God continue to bless you!!!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 9:59 p.m.
  • Jean Frisbie
Hi Joni I have been following your life, books and devotionals for more than 25 years (I think I am 70 now). You have encouraged me and inspired me in so many ways in my faith. Your daily devotionals speak to me in the troubled times and in my joyous times what I like best is you always bring me back to God's Word. Thanks for being there for me each morning. May God continue to bless you with good health. In Christ Robyn
  • July 31, 2012
  • 9:34 p.m.
  • Robyn Newans
Joni, Your story was one of the first that really resonated with me as a teenager, and I have followed your journey and appreciated your perspective for over twenty years... Your faith and strength and writings continue to inspire and motivate me, and while I know that all the glory goes to God, I just want to say that I so appreciate your willingness to make the choice, day after day after day, to submit to His will and serve His purpose. You are a great encouragement to me, and may the Lord continue to bless you richly!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 9:16 p.m.
  • ellen
Joni, I am looking at your photo from 1967 and seeing how beautiful you were. Then I look at your photos from today and wonder whether the beautiful woman we see has had "work" done or whether it is her soul walking so closely with the Lord that makes her appear to be equally beautiful! I hate it that you have suffered so in your life - but I love it that you have allowed the Lord to use it to reach so many, including me! Joni, you already know that this life on earth is temporary. But I know that the use you have made of this time will reap you eternal rewards and many of us who meet you in heaven will thank you for pointing the way to Jesus Christ as Savior! May the Lord bless you and Ken and give you the desire of your heart! Psalm 20
  • July 31, 2012
  • 8:37 p.m.
  • Anna Rientjes
Dear Joni, Thank you so much for your example of living for Jesus and being content in all circumstances. I have admired and enjoyed reading your books since I was teenager in the late 70's when I lost my younger brother and thought my world had crashed. You have been a great example and encouragement to me. Thanks for reminding me once again that the best is yet to come! Praise Jesus!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 8:35 p.m.
  • Debby
Dear Joni - I read your hubby's comments last night, but couldn't get back to the computer until now to send in a note. Thru God you have been a positive light for so many!!!! As an Occupational Therapist I have to say that your attitude and courage isn't the norm, one that I am sure took time to develop with God's help. Thank you so much for your witness both for Christ and those with disabilities. God bless as you and your husband as you continue with your ministry!!!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 7:50 p.m.
  • Marilyn
We adore you, you are an inspiration to everyone. We named our daughter Joni after you. I told her who she was named after and she follows your post also. She is a Sunday School teacher now at age 27. Wishing you many more good years in God's service.
  • July 31, 2012
  • 7:29 p.m.
  • Marilyn Barber
hi Joni, when I was 19yrs old freshman at college18yrs ago, going through difficult times i met you through your book.Thank GOd i did, because your faith in GOD changed my outlook at life and still does. Thankyou and may the lord continue to use you in the lives of many.
  • July 31, 2012
  • 7:27 p.m.
  • Mary Owuor
You truley inspire me and I know in my heart that I am blessed in many ways and am thankful!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 7:07 p.m.
  • jamie bonds
Hi Joni! I wrote to you in 1974 I was 14. I had just found out I had Scoliosis. I was told I had to wear a back brace for 5 years. My world as I knew it end I thought. I read your book, you gave me so much inspiration to not let a brace keep me down. I found it was not the end of the world. And it wasn't. In 1985 I did end up having back surgey again 9 months in a back brace , I was married with an 18 month baby girl. Again with a lot of faith knowing it will be ok and it was. Today I still have the rod in my back, I have 3 wonderful kids. 2 girls and a boy. My boy is Autistic/ Aspergers. I always remember reading your book at age 14. I have always said God will never give me more than I can handle. I still have the letter you sent to me when I wrote to you! Thanks you for being a wonderful inspiration to me and my life! I wish I still had your book, but I loaned it to someone!
  • July 31, 2012
  • 6:50 p.m.
  • Debbie Dubois
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