Month: March 2019

Peace Amid the Dangers of Haiti

March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Peace Amid the Dangers of Haiti
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In Haiti, the Joni and Friends Wheels for the World team began each day with a devotional. It was a time to share the excitement of the previous day and also encourage one another to continue the good work. Philippians 4:6 was shared, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Little did the team know, God…

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Down Syndrome Do-Nots

March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Down Syndrome Do-Nots
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This week we focused on World Down Syndrome Day, and for a good reason.   Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and you know, I was watching the Discovery Channel the other night – um, it was a report on all the new and incredible surgical procedures that are now available. You know, stuff like that really interests me, a person with a disability. But there was one surgery that had to do…

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It’s Good to be Afflicted

March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s Good to be Afflicted
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. And when it comes to me handling a life of paralysis, a Scripture that has helped me is from Psalm 119 where it says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted for it has caused me to learn of Thy statutes, O Lord.” A scripture like that is helpful? I…

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Carry Someone’s Load

March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Carry Someone’s Load
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“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Mark 15:21 Only the gospel of Mark shares this brief encounter: “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing…

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An Unexpected Diagnosis: Moving from Fear to Hope

March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on An Unexpected Diagnosis: Moving from Fear to Hope
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When Shauna arrived at the doctor’s office for her four-month ultrasound, the question on her mind was what color to paint the nursery. But after an unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome, she and her husband left with more questions than answers. “I pinched myself. I literally pinched myself. The one and only time I’ve done…

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Sarah Prays

March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Sarah Prays
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I’m pretty excited that so many special needs parents and students, and those who are just looking for practical ways to include people with disabilities are subscribing to our Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast right now. And if you are interested in caregiving or nursing, or if you are a special-ed student this podcast is for you, because this…

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Rock My Socks!

March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Rock My Socks!
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Most mornings, I don’t have to think hard about my footwear. Since my socks and shoes don’t get worn out from walking, they last for years! Yet today, I spent a little extra time getting dressed. It’s because I want to Rock my Socks! Here at Joni and Friends, and even across the globe, people…

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My Hope

March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on My Hope
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and my hope of running through meadows will not come true here on earth, but it will when I go to heaven. And I don’t mind waiting. You see, having less in this life leads to true contentment because the Bible has convinced me that much, much more is coming in the next. The art of living with suffering…

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Remain in Fellowship

March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Remain in Fellowship
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“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 Some promises are conditional. You might promise to take the children to the park—if they get their chores done. No chores—well then, no park. The Bible has conditional promises, too. In…

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No Longer on the Island of Disability

March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on No Longer on the Island of Disability
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God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). This looks different for each person, of course. For me, my husband, and our children… Well, we felt isolated and alone – living on the island of disability – when our third baby was diagnosed with Down syndrome. In those early days of Sarah’s life, it was…

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