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Month: April 2019

Francie Admin Assistant Day

April 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Francie Admin Assistant Day
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and its Administrative Assistant Day.  And I made sure to send a note and a little gift to Christie, who is my Admin Assistant… but I like to call her my “hands.” Her job description is a little different than most in her role. Because it’s a little more than filing and typing and…

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Susan at Family Retreat

April 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Susan at Family Retreat
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. At one of our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreats last year, I met Susan, a single mother of two kids with disabilities. The very first day I could tell she was full of resentment. Things must have been hard back home. But Susan really liked the volunteer we had assigned to her two children, and as the week went on,…

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Stop Worrying and Pray

April 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Stop Worrying and Pray
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“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Sometimes the solution to a…

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My Lungs Are Okay

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on My Lungs Are Okay
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I am still celebrating Easter!   And it’s all about joy and hope, isn’t it? The resurrection is the best part of the story of Jesus. I mean, you think about it: Up until the resurrection, everything is hard; for Jesus, there was so much misunderstanding and betrayal; disappointments, heartbreaking circumstances. People just didn’t get it. They didn’t get Him —…

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Strength Test

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Strength Test
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Last fall, I took one of those strength assessment tests along with my coworkers at Joni and Friends. I scored strongly in assertiveness, but I know that can come across as aggressiveness. I see it in myself when I’m under stress. In fact, I looked at the negative traits in the test results and I prayed, “Oh Jesus, keep me from…

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God’s Ordinary Intervention

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on God’s Ordinary Intervention
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“But Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.” Acts 9:24-25 God delights in using ordinary objects to accomplish His mighty purposes. Friends…

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Mary Magdalene

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Mary Magdalene
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with an afterthought about Easter.  It’s just one of those thoughts that’s been lingering since last week; because one of the most poignant parts of the Easter story, for me, is that moment in the Garden when Mary Magdalene, overwhelmed with grief, thinks all is lost, Jesus has died, now they’ve stolen His body. Everything looks hopeless…well…not quite.…

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What is Rest?

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on What is Rest?
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A lot of people think I’m always on the go in my wheelchair…And they’re right. Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and even though I am “on-the-go,” I move forward knowing I go with God’s presence. And that’s what gives me rest (no matter how on-the-go I am). God says in Exodus chapter 33, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” What does this godly rest look like? One author put it…

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Get to Know Him

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Get to Know Him
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“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 For the longest time in my walk with Jesus, I told everyone I knew Him. After all, I was saved. But truthfully, I was only acquainted with Jesus. It…

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He is Risen!

April 21, 2019 | Comments Off on He is Risen!
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I was raised in a church where, after our pastor read from Scripture, he would close the Bible and say, “The Word of the Lord” – then, our congregation would respond in unison with, “Thanks be to God!” I love it when the whole church unites in one voice during a Sunday service. And this…

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