Month: May 2021

The Power of a Look

May 31, 2021 | Comments Off on The Power of a Look
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and so much can be communicated with just a look. Like there are times when my husband Ken gives me a certain look and oh, I just melt. But then there are times he gives me, what I call, the stink-eye. That’s when I know I’ve done something wrong. Can you imagine how the Lord Jesus looks…

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The Blood of Jesus

May 31, 2021 | Comments Off on The Blood of Jesus
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Father’s Day is coming up, and I’ve got an unusual story about a special dad.   Hi, welcome to Joni and Friends, and I’m your host, Joni Eareckson Tada. And the story I want to tell you today has to do with a man named Robert that I met many years ago at our Family Retreat. As the story goes,…

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Reflect with Gratitude on Memorial Day

May 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Reflect with Gratitude on Memorial Day
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“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 Every Memorial Day, I am reminded of the many men and women who have served our country. The freedoms we enjoy cost a great deal… So many have sacrificed so much. My husband Ken and I always make…

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Crocuses

May 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Crocuses
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“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Psalm 119:17 The crocuses in my backyard are fragrant and beautiful, even for the dry, warm climate of Southern California. I don’t know how to account for such a profusion of flowers except to say that we had a couple…

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Memories

May 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Memories
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“But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:6 Pleasant memories are just like…

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No Matter the Weather

May 30, 2021 | Comments Off on No Matter the Weather
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and when I wheeled outside this morning, the sky was this beautiful dark blue with towering white thunderheads drifting across the valley beyond my house. I could not help but burst into a hymn of praise. Ever had mornings like that? You feel great and you find yourself proclaiming, “O God, you are so wonderful!” But what if the weather were miserable, and you had problems and hassles to face? Would praise come as easily? Oh,…

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Getting Rid of Fear

May 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Getting Rid of Fear
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“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the days of Eden, people have…

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God Knows the Details

May 29, 2021 | Comments Off on God Knows the Details
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and you know, God’s greatest plans often hinge on the tiniest of details. Like in the story of Esther, where the entire Jewish race was about to be exterminated under the Persian king. In Esther 6 we read, “That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the Chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in…

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Embrace Wise Counsel

May 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Embrace Wise Counsel
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and my father, the quintessential athlete, was a platform-diving champion. He taught me for years always to check the depth of the water and never to dive into cloudy or murky areas. But I did not listen, and I sure paid the price with a broken neck. Life’s like that, isn’t it? We sidestep the counsel of older, wiser people that know better and, sadly, we end up paying the consequences, don’t we? I’m sure that’s why…

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Comfort When You are Depressed or Anxious

May 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Comfort When You are Depressed or Anxious
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I so appreciate the increased focus on mental health since COVID-19 shutdowns rocked our world. The uncertainty, isolation, the grief, the disruption of routines… These hardships took their toll on everyone, and I’ve heard from so many people who have struggled with depression and anxiety in a way they had never experienced before. It hit…

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