Posts by Joni and Friends

Search Me, O God

Hi, I’m Joni and here’s a hymn my daddy taught me so many years ago: Search me, O God, and know my heart today  Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray  See if there be some wicked way in me;  Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free. Oh, boy, does that song bring back warm,…

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The Lord Has Helped Me

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and remember the story when Samuel set up a stone memorial after the Philistines were defeated? He raised up a tall pillar of big rocks, and he lifted his hands and said, “thus far the Lord has helped us.” Now, Samuel did not pile up those boulders by himself; he had lots of help. And in the same way, I’ve had lots of help as I look at my Ebenezer; that, that is, this wheelchair.…

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Do the Right Thing

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.” Lamentations 3:19-21 The early Christians took Jesus’ title as Lord very seriously. When Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, was arrested for…

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To the Next Generation

Take a moment and look at the smiles in this photo. Yes, that’s me in the middle, surrounded by young people excited about disability ministry, and there’s a reason we’re smiling. There’s not a one of us whose heart isn’t on fire with the calling God’s given us! You see, these young adults are part…

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God’s Purpose For You

If I were to ask, what is your purpose for living? What would you say?  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and, I’ll confess, for the longest time I had no idea how to answer that question. It was those early days after the diving accident in which I became paralyzed and, as a quadriplegic, there was no purpose for…

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Your Time Has Not Yet Come

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and sometimes I wonder just when God is gonna call me home. Not that I want to hurry things up; believe me, I got lots I want to do before I go to heaven. Yet… with my cancer, quadriplegia, lung problems, and who knows what else in the future, it makes me wonder, will I get everything done that I want? But…

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He Sings a Melody Over You

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 When you find yourself restless, lonely, or downcast, you may find comfort in singing an old, favorite hymn…

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Pain … A Prayer Reminder

I love creative people! Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and let me tell you about Karen who deals with chronic pain. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t want to waste her suffering. She wants to partner with God in using it for His glory and for missions. And this is how she does it.…

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Love is Patient

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 If you’re shopping for an anniversary this month, you’ll find a large selection of beautiful, expensive cards describing your spouse as the most virtuous, fault-free, brave, and lovely person on the planet. But the…

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The Youngest Advocate 

We love hearing stories of our Joni and Friends community coming together to share the hope of Christ and advocate for people impacted by disability all over the world. And because of you, we can share the life-changing gospel with those who need it most!   We’re especially blown away by the generosity and kindness of our younger advocates!   Matthew 18:2-6   He called a little…

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