Month: September 2018

Prepare to Meet Your God

September 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Prepare to Meet Your God

“I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere Him. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.” – Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 Don’t be afraid…

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You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat

September 25, 2018 | Comments Off on You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat
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“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28  All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school… financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands…

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A Request and an Announcement

September 25, 2018 | Comments Off on A Request and an Announcement
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You know how I rely on your prayers! And tomorrow is another long day in the studio, where I’ll be recording Joni and Friends radio programs, as well as the 1-minute Diamond in the Dust broadcasts. It’s been a busy month of ministry, plus I’ve just spent three days in front of a microphone recording…

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The Paige Project

September 23, 2018 | Comments Off on The Paige Project
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My friend Paige has a rare genetic disease that caused her to lose her hearing, sight, and ability to walk or use her hands. She even has to use a ventilator to help her breathe. But, oh, what an amazing woman she is, given her upbeat outlook, her ability to paint and write, and her love for the Lord Jesus. Paige…

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Show them Mercy

September 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Show them Mercy
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The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s gospel is a familiar one. An expert in the law tries to test Jesus’ interpretation of the law, but the Lord cuts through the man’s posturing, showing that the heart of the matter isn’t about the law at all. It’s about loving our neighbor. “Who is my…

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Finding Community at Family Retreat

September 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Finding Community at Family Retreat
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Here at Joni and Friends, we love hearing about how Family Retreat brings transformational love to families affected by disability. Parents of children with special needs often arrive feeling exhausted, discouraged and alone. Through the work of our amazing short-term missionaries (STMs) and the presence of the Holy Spirit, every family goes home feeling refreshed…

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Hurricane Florence

September 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Hurricane Florence
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Even though I’m on the road, I’ve been paying special attention to the news of Hurricane Florence and the destruction and flooding it has caused. Whenever such a big disaster strikes, it’s only natural to look to God and wonder why. Natural disasters seem to cause such senseless and brutal suffering. When hurricanes strike, wiping…

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From Joni’s Heart – Family Retreats!

September 19, 2018 | Comments Off on From Joni’s Heart – Family Retreats!
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“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11  Jesus is heaven-bent on sharing His joy with us. Just look at the verse and you will see that He is driven to overflow us with His joy. He longs for us to step into the…

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Hope for the Despairing

September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Hope for the Despairing
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Recently I saw updated statistics on the number of suicides in the United States, and they broke my heart. The rates just keep climbing. When I was first injured, I despaired of my condition, so much so that I wanted to end my life. Thank God there was no right-to-die movement or advocates egging me…

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For Our Good

September 16, 2018 | Comments Off on For Our Good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 When we find ourselves in a very dark season of life, we long for someone to put an arm around us, assuring us that everything will be okay. We want…

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