Month: October 2012

63 Facts About Joni

October 15, 2012 | Comments Off on 63 Facts About Joni
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Today Joni turns 63. How many of these 63 facts do you know about Joni? If you don’t know them, see if you can find the answers somewhere on the Joni and Friends website! Click to download and print out the questions!         1. What year was Joni born? 2. How many…

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A Big Birthday “Thank You!”

October 15, 2012 | Comments Off on A Big Birthday “Thank You!”
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Giuseppe, owner of my favorite Italian restaurant, just dropped by moments ago to bring a tiramisu birthday cake – yum! Today is my birthday and I am praising God for His grace that has brought me this far, all the way to 63! I’m breaking all sorts of spinal-cord injury statistics, and I credit it…

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A Sign in the Sky

October 13, 2012 | Comments Off on A Sign in the Sky
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Earlier this week I came home exhausted from a busy day at Joni and Friends (and still recuperating from my long trip). What did my girlfriends and I see arcing over my backyard? The most glorious rainbow set against a golden-pink sky! For us, it was a personal sign from God… living proof of Genesis…

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Hymns

October 12, 2012 | Comments Off on Hymns

Do you like singing hymns? If you do, chances are that some of your favorite hymns were written by people who had disabilities. Maybe you know this one: “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.” These words were written…

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Don’t Miss this Important Event!

October 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Don’t Miss this Important Event!
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I just returned from a wonderful disability ministry training event back east, and I was blown away by peoples’ comments: “This is cutting edge stuff!” and “This will totally transform my church!” Well, I will be speaking (via video) at another disability ministry training conference on Oct 19-20 in Columbus, Ohio. And friend, if you’re…

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Let’s Celebrate Joni’s 63rd Birthday!

October 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Joni’s 63rd Birthday!

My wife may be the youngest soon-to-turn-63 woman I know, and I can hardly believe her birthday, October 15 is just around the corner. Joni and I are both amazed that she’s breaking all spinal-cord injury statistics – she never expected to see this many birthdays. Who knew God would take the broken pieces of…

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How Can You Help?

October 10, 2012 | Comments Off on How Can You Help?
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Have you ever been at a really high water fountain, and the only way to get a drink is by standing on your tip-toes? Do you know the feeling when there is something you want just out of reach and you had to jump or stand on a stool to reach it? It can be…

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An ‘Explosive’ Incident

October 9, 2012 | Comments Off on An ‘Explosive’ Incident
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Our recent trip took us through the Dulles Airport and a TSA checkpoint — usually my wheelchair and I are patted down with no problem. But the first TSA agent, after swiping my chair, told me it registered ‘danger.’ So her supervisor checked me out. Again, I failed the test. At that point they sent…

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From Emma’s Dad…

October 8, 2012 | Comments Off on From Emma’s Dad…
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“As fathers of disabled kids, we may not look stressed or tired but deep in our hearts we are. We carry and protect our loved ones, but we can’t take the pain or hurt away. So I’m like a bull—a shield that protects my family all the time. Out in the world, if someone looks…

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Eagles’ Wings

October 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Eagles’ Wings
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Have you ever seen a bird with a limp? Or have you stopped to wonder what happens to animals in the wild when they have a disability? Robert didn’t just wonder what happens to injured animals, he decided to do something about it! Robert has a lot of compassion for birds that have been hurt because…

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