Month: February 2019

Heart For The Disabled Response

February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Heart For The Disabled Response
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a fun follow-up to “Heart for the Disabled”.  Back in January you heard me share those 5 stories of precious people and their disabled loved ones who needed encouragement. And oh my goodness, did you respond! I don’t know how we do it, but every year we seem to keep…

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It’s Personal

February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s Personal
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As I reflect back on the forty years since the founding of Joni and Friends, I am astounded at what God has done. I was 29 years old when God gave me the vision for this ministry – I was only a young adult, but I clearly recalled my hospital-days when I witnessed so much…

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Siblings and Special Needs

February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Siblings and Special Needs
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. And when it comes to siblings, there’s always some rivalry— even in the Bible. Just look at Jacob and his brother Esau. But when you’re talking about the sister or brother of a kid with special needs, well… Then it gets doubly difficult. For instance, Maggie’s little sister Caitlin is…

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Salt and Preserve

February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Salt and Preserve
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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 Whenever cucumber season rolls around, I think about my sister Jay, who lives on our family farm…

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Mutual Friendship When Disability is Involved

February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Mutual Friendship When Disability is Involved
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There’s a difference between ministering to someone who has a disability and really doing life with them. While barriers like staircases and narrow doorways may keep someone with a physical disability from entering a space, there are other barriers that keep them from genuine, deep friendship. How can we take steps to tear down walls…

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Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

February 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting
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“Jesus, I am Resting, Resting.” It’s a favorite hymn and I love the arrangement that my friend Buddy Green does on this particular hymn.  Jesus, I am resting, resting, In the joy of what Thou art I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart. Thou had’st bid me gaze upon Thee and Thy beauty fills…

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Sistine Chapel

February 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Sistine Chapel
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Years ago, my art coach said, “Joni, to others, it may appear that your drawing looks effortless. But it’s not like that. Good art requires hours of research, experimenting with materials, color testing, and trial and error. Nothing of real worth or lasting value comes easy. The Sistine Chapel, for instance, took four years to create.” Wow, that’s not…

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In the Midst of a Busy Season

February 27, 2019 | Comments Off on In the Midst of a Busy Season
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“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.” Mark 6:45-46 Morning to night, Jesus walked weary miles, declared God’s kingdom, debated hostile leaders, and performed miracle after miracle. From dawn…

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A Call for Volunteers

February 26, 2019 | Comments Off on A Call for Volunteers
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Having come to Christ in 1964 through Young Life, I was honored to be invited several years ago to serve on the Board of Young Life Capernaum, Young Life’s outreach to teens with disabilities. Joni and Friends and Young Life Capernaum have been discussing for years how we might join forces to reach not only…

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O Happy Day

February 26, 2019 | Comments Off on O Happy Day
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  This is Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to “Joni and Friends.”  If there’s one thing God has opened the eyes of my heart to, it is this: to live each day with an eye on eternity. Oh, my goodness… Live with the goal of investing in the heavenly kingdom. And there something else I…

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