Month: January 2015

Josiah’s Lesson

January 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Josiah’s Lesson
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On my shelf sits this photo of me and Josiah, enjoying a little play-time at last summer’s Spruce Lake Family Retreat. Whenever I glance at it, I’m reminded of the uplifting words of Psalm 36:5, “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Truly, from the lips of infants He has…

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Wanna Know What Happens at Family Retreat?

January 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Wanna Know What Happens at Family Retreat?
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FRIENDS! Volunteers are the heart of Family Retreat. What does it take to serve? A willing heart and a loving pair of hands. In one short week, God can use you to lift a disabled child or adult to new awareness of God’s power at work in their weakness. And in the process, you’ll climb…

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Vaneetha Rendall on ‘Asking for Help’

January 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Vaneetha Rendall on ‘Asking for Help’
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My friend Vaneetha walks with a pronounced limp and deals daily with the limitations of post-polio syndrome. Vaneetha reflects, “I didn’t want to have needs; I wanted to be needed. I didn’t want to be a burden; I wanted to lift others’ burdens.” But somewhere along the line, she discovered the ministry of asking for…

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Cardinals in the Snow

January 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Cardinals in the Snow
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What do you notice first about this painting of Joni’s? Do you see the bright red birds or did you first look at all of that snow? There is a lot of white space in this painting. More than half of the painting is just plain white snow! Do you think Joni was being lazy…

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Thanking Our Provider

January 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Thanking Our Provider
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Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” We are so grateful for the way God meets the needs of the disabled people and their families we serve at Joni and Friends. With every prayer and dollar given, God keeps shining His love through Wheels…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Today we remember a man who did a very hard thing. He saw that many people were being bullied and were not allowed to stand up for themselves. He knew this was not right. He knew God wants everyone to defend the poor and downtrodden (Proverbs 31:9, Psalm 82:3), and so he did. Is this…

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Mary’s Straws

January 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Mary’s Straws
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Mary Hunt is 33 years old, has cerebral palsy, and loves using Baja Fresh straws – for her, the long, sturdy straws the easiest to use (with my disability, I understand; it’s why I love Starbucks straws ). There’s a problem, though – there are no Baja Fresh stores in Mary’s little Oregon town. Her…

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Heart for the Disabled: Day 3

January 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Heart for the Disabled: Day 3
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Monday and Wednesday we talked about two families who can use some extra help remembering God’s love. All of the cards and notes sent in for these families will be put together in a big box for the family to open on Valentine’s Day! Today’s family is Joshua and Jonathan and their dad Calvin. Joshua is…

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Should Fears about Suffering Drive Social Policy?

January 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Should Fears about Suffering Drive Social Policy?
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There are new efforts afoot in various state assemblies across America to legalize assisted suicide in 2015. Why the growing tide of interest? Since the well-publicized assisted-suicide of Brittany Maynard, many people believe that so-called ‘aid in dying’ should be more available in the US. But how does Brittany’s decision pose a threat to Americans…

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Heart for the Disabled: Day 2

January 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Heart for the Disabled: Day 2
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All this week we are learning about families who can use an extra reminder of God’s love. Today’s family is Christian, Carysse, Kalia, Caleb, and their parents Kempton and Caryn. Caleb is still a baby and is one year old. The two sisters are three (Kalia) and seven (Carysse). Christian is eleven years old. Christian’s…

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