Month: January 2019

Disability Etiquette (Part 1): How to Build Genuine Friendships

January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Disability Etiquette (Part 1): How to Build Genuine Friendships
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Do you have questions about disability etiquette? You may have heard the “do’s and don’ts” of communication and interaction, but is that what someone with a disability is really looking for? In part 1 of our Crystal’s conversation about disability etiquette, she talks with her friends Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead, both wheelchair users with…

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What Glorifies God?

January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on What Glorifies God?
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We say we want to glorify God, but what does that mean?  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and have you ever wondered exactly why God created you? Or why He created your children or your grandchildren? God couldn’t have spelled it out any plainer than in Isaiah 43:6-7. He created you and me for one purpose: to showcase His glory,…

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Sing Through Suffering

January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Sing Through Suffering
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How do I deal with the hardships of my wheelchair?  I sing.  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and when I’m struggling with the tough reality of my disability, I sing…  Like the other day, when I was struggling to breathe, I made my lungs sing.  Music helps me find the courage to go on and keep persevering.  Ephesians 5 says, “Sing and make melody with your heart to the Lord.”  Just think of how the songs of…

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Just Do the Next Thing

January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Just Do the Next Thing
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“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34, NLT How do we keep going when we are hurting? How do we live? A friend once gave me some advice about living with chronic pain: Just do the next thing.* In other words, don’t…

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Excitement in the Air at Joni and Friends

January 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Excitement in the Air at Joni and Friends
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The energy around Joni and Friends this week is like no other. All Staff Conference is in progress, and my co-workers from around the country have flown in for an incredible time. Our new president and COO, John Nugent, is opening up the conference and kicking off our new five-year strategic plan. We’ll be talking…

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Celia and Akua

January 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Celia and Akua
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Celia lives in Africa and her child, Akua, is a little girl with significant brain damage. For years, Celia carried around her daughter, and her back was getting tired—but her heart was also heavy. It’s so hard raising a disabled child in Africa. But that all changed when our Wheels…

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Let Us Break Bread Together

January 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Let Us Break Bread Together
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I love that beautiful gospel song, something that you often sing right before communion. So if you know it, sing it with me today.   Let us break bread together on our knees Let us break bread together on our knees When I fall down on my knees With my face to the rising sun Oh, Lord, have mercy…

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What Matters Most

January 30, 2019 | Comments Off on What Matters Most
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“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6 When I’m in a wheelchair, riding in a special van with a raised roof, I can’t see the road ahead. The scenery may…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, and Katherine Wolf on What Determines a Person’s Value

January 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, and Katherine Wolf on What Determines a Person’s Value
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Natural Disasters

January 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Natural Disasters
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  It seems not a week goes by that I’m not hearing about lives lost in a hurricane, earthquake or wildfire.  Natural disasters always cause brutal suffering.  And we can’t help but look to God and wonder why He did not stave off such tragedies.  Well, in Luke 13 Jesus comments on a natural disaster that killed people in Jerusalem, he said, “…those who died – do you…

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