Month: April 2021

Appreciating Right Now

April 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Appreciating Right Now
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to Joni and Friends.  Hi, friends. You know, I know someone named Jennifer I want to tell you about today. She suffers terribly from migraine headaches, cluster headaches; you know, the kind that make you nauseous, they hurt so bad. And what is sad is that Jennifer is so young. She’s got a small apartment, has to work to make ends meet. So she can’t afford to let these headaches…

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God Has No Opposite

April 30, 2021 | Comments Off on God Has No Opposite
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“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:16-17 Some Christians afford Satan much more power than he, in fact, has. Fearing that devils are…

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The Cut of the Cross

April 29, 2021 | Comments Off on The Cut of the Cross
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“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” Luke 9:23 Long after my life-altering accident, when I began to draw closer to Christ, I was helped immensely by these brief words from Samuel Rutherford; he said, “You cannot sneak…

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Kekoa’s Story

April 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Kekoa’s Story
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I love courageous mothers.  And you know who they are. You probably know one. And just maybe the courageous mother you know is the parent of a child with, oh, I don’t know, cerebral palsy, autism. There’s something about these mothers, especially if they know Jesus Christ. They got perseverance; they know how to endure. They’re realistic, down-to-earth, and they appreciate any and…

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Chronic Pain and Healing

April 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Chronic Pain and Healing
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“It might not be physical, but God has healing for you. Press into that healing journey and see what it looks like for you. Then surrender the results to God.” On our last episode of the podcast, Tera Bradham DeNeui shared about how her swimming trajectory dramatically shifted after she suffered an undiagnosed shoulder injury.…

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Tangible Reminders of God’s Love in Mississippi

April 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Tangible Reminders of God’s Love in Mississippi
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“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Jerry’s grandson Kynan was born with cerebral palsy. Watching his daughter navigate through all the blessings and challenges of being a special-needs mother – and loving Kynan as only a grandparent can – inspired Jerry to use…

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The Grueling Home Stretch

April 28, 2021 | Comments Off on The Grueling Home Stretch
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“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1b My young friend Clay is a top runner on his high school team. When I asked him about the hardest part of a cross-country run, he said without blinking, “It’s the long middle distance.” Clay explained that all runners enjoy the…

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Listen As Jesus Would

April 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Listen As Jesus Would
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Hi, I’m Joni and sometimes a song says a lot more than words. You know, once in a while, a friend will ask me to call a loved one of theirs. Someone struggling with pain or cancer or some other serious illness. And often when I do make such phone calls, I spend a lot…

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A Mighty Promise

April 27, 2021 | Comments Off on A Mighty Promise
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“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4 My friend Nancy just suffered through her 29th back surgery. She’s got degenerative disc disease and has had to have her spinal “hardware” replaced. For the most part, Nancy is bedridden.…

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The Gift of Friends

April 27, 2021 | Comments Off on The Gift of Friends
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Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’ve had it! I have had enough! Lord, maybe I’ve outlived my usefulness. To die – maybe it’s my time. Maybe it really would be gain.” Well, if you’re like me, friend, there have been more than a few times when you’ve said that – or at least you’ve…

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