Month: December 2017

The Best Way to Start the New Year

December 31, 2017 | Comments Off on The Best Way to Start the New Year
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It’s almost here… in a few hours we’ll start the countdown to the New Year. We’ll reminisce about 2017 — our accomplishments, our failures, and the ever-so-common “If only I had…” But if you’re like me, I just bet that you’ll also be thinking of goals for the year to come. Like, dropping five pounds…

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Give Help and Hope for 2018!

December 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Give Help and Hope for 2018!

On behalf of thousands of children and adults affected by disability, thank you. Countless lives were changed and many received Christ as their Lord and Savior this year because of your generosity and faithful prayers. We praise God for you! With 2018 approaching, there’s still work to be done. Around the world, families affected by…

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In God’s Eyes

December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on In God’s Eyes

“You are the God who sees me.” – Genesis 16:13 When I was a teenager, rushing out of the house to meet my friends, I would invariably be stopped at the door by my father who’d say, “Joni, I want you to act as though someone were always watching. Don’t forget that you’re an Eareckson.” That…

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Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf

December 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf
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In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name it! Back then, many places were not wheelchair…

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“God Bless You for Coming…”

December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on “God Bless You for Coming…”

When you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family. In Guatemala, Rosario brought her daughter, Patricia, to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World outreach. Rosario’s weekly routine is grueling for her and her children. They…

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Mary’s Song

December 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Mary’s Song
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For centuries, hundreds of artists have rendered classic paintings depicting Mary holding her baby. What could a contemporary artist possibly do that would be different? This was my exact question when, decades ago, Billy Graham asked me to render a “unique” painting of Mary and Jesus for his Christmas TV special. So, I started praying,…

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The Christmas Promise

December 24, 2017 | Comments Off on The Christmas Promise

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6 is the one of the most powerful Christmas promises in Scripture – just think,…

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An Unexpected Blessing

December 22, 2017 | Comments Off on An Unexpected Blessing
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Want to hear the back story to my time (two nights ago) with Keith and Kristyn Getty at Carnegie Hall? It started earlier in the month when the Gettys asked me to perform with them on December 20 at their “Irish Christmas” concert in NYC. “Sure,” I said, but then, over a week ago, I…

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My First Christmas Back Home

December 21, 2017 | Comments Off on My First Christmas Back Home
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Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes so many memories. Like my first Christmas back home in 1968. I was still rather new to my wheelchair, with my accident having occurred only 18 months earlier. And I was feeling so sad… the reality of quadriplegia had set in and I was already tired…

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Finding Peace in Pain

December 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Finding Peace in Pain
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If you know Joni, you know that she loves what we do here at Joni and Friends, and loves the Lord Jesus. She even loves what He’s taught her through 50 years of quadriplegia! But one thing she does not love is her daily chronic pain. If you’re suffering – whether from pain, disability, heartbreak,…

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