Month: June 2019

A Mother and Daughter

June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on A Mother and Daughter
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“We should help others…and build them up in the Lord.” -Romans 15:2 Every time you step out of your comfort zone to serve people dealing with disability, God uses your faithfulness to transform lives! It happened recently when God used your prayers and gifts in El Salvador at our Wheels for the World outreach! When Blanca…

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Family Retreat Eagles

June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Family Retreat Eagles
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Welcome to Joni and Friends. I’m Joni Eareckson Tada – and I’m Shauna Amick – and we’re sharing praise reports from Family Retreat today!  SHAUNA: Oh, we sure are! I just love thinking about all the beautiful God-sightings that are so evident at Family Retreat.  JONI: They are everywhere, aren’t they?  SHAUNA; Oh my goodness, the love, the faith in action, people with disabilities and without, fellowshipping together, praying together, worshipping together; I love watching husbands and…

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Our Idols

June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Our Idols
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and whether you are religious or don’t believe in religion, every human being is a worshipper. But as Romans chapter 1 reminds us, we tend to worship the creature rather than the Creator. Man carves out idols of his own liking and he worships them — proof that, by nature, people are spiritually deaf and blind, worshiping only what they value and prize on earth. True worship of God begins when the Lord…

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Watch How You React

June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Watch How You React
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“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 What do you…

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God Specializes in Doing Something New Under the Sun

June 23, 2019 | Comments Off on God Specializes in Doing Something New Under the Sun
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Honestly, it happens every time… How can God possibly do something “new under the sun” at yet another Family Retreat?! Ken and I recently came home from the Mission Springs Family Retreat, and we were wide-eyed with wonder. We’ve participated in scores of Retreats over the past 28 years, experiencing many highlights, but once again,…

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Who Controls You?

June 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Who Controls You?
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. My friend Steve told me he could not stand his co-worker — apparently, the man never included Steve in important meetings, he often gave Steve condescending looks. My friend even got to the point of saying, “You know, I can understand why people murder!” Yikes! And Steve’s a Christian saying that! It’s clear that Steve is allowing himself to be controlled by this other man, rather than being controlled by the Spirit. Plus, I’m sorry…

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Why Should We Pray?

June 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Why Should We Pray?
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“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1 You’re walking with a friend, who suddenly turns to you and says, “I don’t get it. If things will be as they are going to be anyway, why should I pray?” We’ve all wrestled…

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Gospel Centered Life

June 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Gospel Centered Life
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and my wheelchair has taught me to live a cross-centered life. But my friend, C.J. Mahaney writes, “A cross-centered life is made up of cross-centered days.” And CJ gives five practical suggestions for living a cross-centered life. Daily we must preach the Gospel to ourselves. And you know, I do that almost every morning on the way to work – I rehearse…

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An Undercurrent of Gratitude

June 22, 2019 | Comments Off on An Undercurrent of Gratitude
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“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”* It’s a great quotation, but the Bible was first to come with…

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Best Helper

June 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Best Helper
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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 Being the typical sibling to a brother or sister with a disability can feel like a privilege. But for some, it can feel like you’re…

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