Month: January 2018

Brittany Serves in Uganda

January 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Brittany Serves in Uganda
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Have you ever felt like you weren’t quite cut up for something? My friend Brittany is in her late 20’s and on weekends, she helps me get up in the morning. On weekdays, though, she works as an occupational therapist (OT) in a child-development center not far from where I live. Because she’s trained to…

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From the Heart – When Is It Right to Die?

January 30, 2018 | Comments Off on From the Heart – When Is It Right to Die?
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I always smile when I talk about heaven and that glorious Day when I will see Jesus. Oh, the joy of being with my Savior forever! But the hard part is… getting there. When God calls us home, we all hope for a quick and painless death. But in this day of rapidly advancing technology,…

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Ian and Larissa: When Love Didn’t Give Up

January 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Ian and Larissa: When Love Didn’t Give Up
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In 2005, Ian and Larissa were just two young college students. They started dating and before they knew it, these two had fallen in love – Larissa was head-over-heels for this fun-loving guy with a liking for the outdoors. Only a year later, however, as Ian was driving to work to earn money for a…

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Questionable Motives

January 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Questionable Motives

“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me… and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the Lord will be my God.’” – Genesis 28:20-21 When I was a little girl, I knew that whenever my older teenaged sister…

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I Can Only Hold You Now

January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on I Can Only Hold You Now
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More than 30 years ago, my friend Gracie was only 17 and in college, studying hard, keeping late nights… when one night, while driving on the highway, she fell asleep at the wheel. Her car careened off the road, into a ditch, and slammed against a concrete abutment. It was a horrific accident. She was rushed…

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Our “Beyond Suffering” Curriculum… in Ukraine!

January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Our “Beyond Suffering” Curriculum… in Ukraine!
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It’s amazing what God can do with willing hearts! More than 10 years ago, I met Serhii and his disabled wife, Natalia, when they were visiting our Joni and Friends headquarters. The Joni book in Russian had helped them tremendously as a couple — and they shared with us their dream of starting disability ministry…

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God Uses Your Faith In Action to Change Lives

January 23, 2018 | Comments Off on God Uses Your Faith In Action to Change Lives

Every time you step out in faith to help people with disabilities worldwide, God uses you to transform lives. Mariellena is a hard-working woman from Guatemala who takes care of 6-year-old Christian. When Christian was born disabled, his mom didn’t want him anymore and gave him to Mariellena. Mariellena and her husband have four children…

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A Patient’s Last Wish

January 21, 2018 | Comments Off on A Patient’s Last Wish
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Not long ago, I came upon a precious story on Facebook that was so moving, I just had to share it! It starts with two paramedics transporting a palliative care patient to a local hospital. The dying woman shared that — years ago, prior to her illness — she had lived by the ocean, and…

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The God-Given Sanctity of Human Life

January 19, 2018 | Comments Off on The God-Given Sanctity of Human Life

“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” – Psalm 139:16 Joni’s newly revised book When Is It Right To Die? tells powerful stories of families who have wrestled with end-of-life questions. This unique must-read offers us the practical encouragement and biblical counsel necessary to…

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I am Made in the Image of God!

January 19, 2018 | Comments Off on I am Made in the Image of God!
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When people learn that most quadriplegics cannot bathe or toilet themselves, feed or dress themselves, they are quick to think, What a poor quality of life! But if people judge life-value by one’s autonomy, or abilities, or degree of suffering, they are missing the real purpose for living. God made us in His image, and that fact…

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