Month: March 2018

The Goodness of Good Friday

March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on The Goodness of Good Friday
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah 29:11 is one of those verses many of us have plastered around our homes. It’s a scripture we write in greeting cards…

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God Bless You

March 29, 2018 | Comments Off on God Bless You

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” — Psalm 1:1 When you open the Bible, you realize the first thing God does in relation to man is to bless him. When you dig a…

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Finding Hope in the Pain

March 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Finding Hope in the Pain
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A friend recently shared my testimony with her coworker, and wanted to send her a follow-up. She asked, “Joni, is there a short interview about your story that I could email her?” I was happy to send my friend the following video — in this interview, Dr. Michael Easley asks how I came to grips…

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Thank You for Giving Children a Hope for the Future

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Thank You for Giving Children a Hope for the Future

After 13-year-old Robert was born with multiple disabilities, everyone, including the doctor, was shocked. Filled with shame, Robert’s father wanted to keep Robert locked up inside the house so no one in the village could see him. Eventually, Robert’s father abandoned him, and Robert’s mother, Elena, raised him and the other children alone. As a…

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Reflections on Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Reflections on Palm Sunday
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I love the passage in Matthew 21, where the Bible tells of Jesus’ grand entrance into Jerusalem. It says that as Jesus entered the city riding on a donkey… A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that…

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A Brand-New Product for You this Easter…

March 24, 2018 | Comments Off on A Brand-New Product for You this Easter…

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 This Easter, we’re offering you one of Joni’s most popular artworks, New Life. Joni’s beautiful painting captures the symbolic beauty of the new life we have in Christ.…

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Arizona Academy Internship

March 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Arizona Academy Internship
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Cause 4 Life is excited to host an internship program through the Joni and Friends Arizona office once again this summer! It’s six weeks packed full of training in disability ministry, fun with kids and adults with disabilities, and experiencing disability in different cultures. If you have a heart to serve people on the outskirts…

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Join the 2018 National Bible Bee Summer Study

March 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Join the 2018 National Bible Bee Summer Study
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When it comes to memorizing scripture, I’m always trying to catch up with my husband Ken. But try as I may, he’s usually ahead of me by several verses, if not a chapter or two. For instance, Ken has been memorizing James 1, and I think he’s on the 15th verse. But me? I am barely…

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

Today, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day specifically set aside to celebrate the value of individuals with Down syndrome and the vital contributions they make to our communities.  It was the United Nations that declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day back in 2011, but the inherent equality and…

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Winter Always Gives Way to Spring

March 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Winter Always Gives Way to Spring
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Spring is here! And in Southern California, we’re already seeing the first green shoots beginning to bud — especially with the recent rains. Narcissuses and daffodils are poking their heads, my backyard rosebushes are coming to life, and back east, yellow forsythia bushes are probably already aglow. Don’t you love the way Spring revives the…

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