Month: March 2020

Safety Protocols for the Vulnerable and At Risk

March 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Safety Protocols for the Vulnerable and At Risk
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Just yesterday I was on the phone with a fellow quadriplegic who asked, “Joni, I’ve got so many caregivers coming and going, and it’s making me nervous. Tell me, what are you doing to protect yourself?” It’s a question being circulated among many of my friends with disabilities. And as I tell them, my husband…

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Be Strong In God’s Grace

March 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Be Strong In God’s Grace
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I will confess – depression, it ain’t fun.  And yes, I deal with it – discouragement; it can be very fearful, especially when I’m afraid of the future; I can get the blues, when pain medication doesn’t do a thing for my back; yeah, I struggle with worry and loneliness when I can’t find anyone to get me up and out of bed in the morning or when my husband…

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Speaking God’s Name

March 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Speaking God’s Name
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a commandment that we are all familiar with: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” You know, when you hear that, most people think of coarse blasphemy, like when bad guys start cursing? But it’s more subtle than that. Recently, I overheard a Christian friend say under her breath, “God, I can’t believe what my husband did!” I had to quietly pull her aside and…

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Exponential Blessings

March 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Exponential Blessings
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“Well done, my good servant!” his master replied. “Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.” Luke 19:17 I love serving God. And if we’ve been faithful in earthly service, our responsibility in heaven will increase proportionately. No, I take that back. It won’t be increased in proportion. God…

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Dealing With Bipolar Disorder

March 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Dealing With Bipolar Disorder
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Wouldn’t you agree – mood swings can feel awful and scary.  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and my friend Marian, from back east, she struggles with mood swings; I’ve seen it. Let me explain that Marian is not her real name, but over the years, I have witnessed some incredible ups and downs in her temperament. I remember one time we were all set to go…

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Showcase God

March 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Showcase God
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Did you know that God puts His own reputation on the line when He permits your suffering? Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and when it comes to affliction, God says in Isaiah chapter 48: “See … I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.  For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.” Now, it’s hard to understand, but when God allows suffering in your life, He is staking His reputation on your good response. Like…

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You’re an Example

March 30, 2020 | Comments Off on You’re an Example
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“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8  People are watching you. If they know you’re a Christian, they are really watching. And sometimes they’re watching when you least expect it. …

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Perseverance Matters

March 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Perseverance Matters
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. The other day I was in such pain and having trouble concentrating on my work. I wanted to throw in the towel, give up on the day and retreat to my bed. But then I flipped open a note that read, “Joni, I hope you continue to serve Him will all your heart, ʼcause 2 Corinthians says, “Because of your service that proves your testimony, [people] will…

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A Costly Offering

March 29, 2020 | Comments Off on A Costly Offering
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“The king replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.’ So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.” 2 Samuel 24:24  Araunah the Jebusite was just being polite. When he found out that David wanted…

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Lessons of Loneliness: What God Can Teach Us Through COVID-19

March 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Lessons of Loneliness: What God Can Teach Us Through COVID-19
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Here in Los Angeles, the absence of snarling traffic is normally a welcome change of pace. But today the silence is deafening. Schools, businesses, and churches have moved their activities online. Collectively, we have all learned what “Zoom calls,” “novel virus,” and “social distancing” mean. But while this “new normal” of isolation might feel unproductive,…

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