Month: April 2016

Keep up the pursuit

April 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Keep up the pursuit
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Sometimes we can miss a powerful lesson, if we read too fast. And I’m glad Ken and I were reading slowly when were in the book of Judges. Because in chapter 8, verse 4, it says: “Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.”…

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You’ve Strengthened Families with Christ’s Love

April 28, 2016 | Comments Off on You’ve Strengthened Families with Christ’s Love
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Steve and Michelle Griffeth came with their daughter, Jessica, and son, Austin, who has autism, to Family Retreat. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with a disability. It’s hard work and many people simply don’t understand what life with autism really entails. Parents are often…

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Meet my hands!

April 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Meet my hands!
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Meet my hands! As you know, I cannot use my hands to type my messages or mail letters … but my friends can! It’s why on this Administrative Professionals Day, I want to give thanks to these three lovely ladies who help me get my work done: (pictured from right to left) Lisa — my…

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Brand New! Psalms Notecards

April 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Brand New! Psalms Notecards
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You can brighten someone’s day with these beautiful cards. Designed from Joni’s artwork, these notecards are perfect to send a note to someone special. An encouraging verse from scripture is included on the front and insides of the cards are blank. Package includes five each of four designs, with 20 envelopes. 4 ½” x 6” Every…

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Bunny’s Prayer Tree

April 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Bunny’s Prayer Tree

Joni’s friend Bunny loves to pray. When she was a little girl, she had a favorite tree she liked to climb. She would climb that tree, carrying a book that had a map of the seven continents of the world. Once she was high up in her tree she pretended to sail all over the…

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Wheelchair Friendly Vehicles

April 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Wheelchair Friendly Vehicles
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I thought I’d seen it all, until I watched this video showing an innovative way for a paraplegic to ‘load’ his wheelchair in his car. It’s called the TMN Robot … and it allows a paraplegic to put him or herself in the driver’s seat and then operate a “robot arm” that extends from the trunk…

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Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child

April 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child
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When I was first injured and new to quadriplegia, my parents’ support made all the difference. My mother’s frequent visits to wash my hair and Daddy’s crutches “click-clacking” down the hospital hallways always warmed my heart. They believed in me, constantly reminding me of God’s special purpose in my life. I thank God for my…

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Rise and Shine!

April 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Rise and Shine!

On these bright mornings, are you waking up really early? The sunlight comes through your curtains and you are awake! Waking up like that is always more fun than having your mom or dad call out to you. It’s a great way to start the day. That’s kind of how it is with God’s glory.…

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Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat

April 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat
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Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of my year is attending a Family Retreat! And I especially enjoy watching all the little boys and girls with disabilities discover who they are in Christ — God’s wonderful and unique creation! Like little Noah, featured in this video. At Family Retreat, Noah loved his buddy Naomi. The two…

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Ernesto’s Game

April 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Ernesto’s Game
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Today is the start of an International Family Retreat in Guatemala. This will be a brand new experience for a lot of families. Fun and games are not very common for people with disabilities in poor countries. So when they get to come to Family Retreat, it’s an exciting time! A couple years ago, a…

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