If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God… so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11 Sharing hope through hardship. It’s been the message of my life ever since Christ rescued me with his heart-transforming hope after I broke my neck.…

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“God has taught me that he wants to display his power in my life in far more glorious ways than if I were to jump out of this wheelchair.” Today marks an extraordinary anniversary for Joni Eareckson Tada: 53 years since she took a dive that redirected the course of her life. Becoming a quadriplegic…

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On this day, 53 years ago, I made a spur-of-the-minute decision to go swimming with my sister Kathy. And that day, a foolish dive changed the entire course of my life. At first, it seemed that the dive that broke my neck set me on a path towards death. Even if I ever make it…

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As a member of the National Council on Disability, I was thrilled to see the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act back in 1990. I remember sitting in my wheelchair on the White House lawn, watching President George H.W. Bush sign the ADA into law and thinking of all the possibilities for people like…

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Even though I am in my 70s, I feel as though I am still in my 20s whenever I share stories about my mother and father. And as I have aged, my appreciation for my parents has only grown. I took my mom and dad for granted when I was a child, a teenager, and…

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You will not fear… the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday Psalm 91:5-6 Back in March, on the first day of sheltering-in-place, my friend Kay James of The Heritage Foundation contacted me, “Joni, we want you to serve on the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission (NCRC). We need you…

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Today I’m singing “Happy Anniversary to us!” Ken and I were married 38 years ago, and yes, it is a happy anniversary. We are celebrating thousands of joyful moments together, including spiritual milestones, and hard-fought-for contentment and perseverance. Yes, it’s a milestone, but we’re still learning. Still being stretched. Back in March, back when we…

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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I have a personal word to you couples who live with disability, especially during this hard season of quarantine. And it’s hard. Ken and I have always believed that confines and restrictions are God’s way of revealing the stuff of which we are made. And it’s not pretty. The first week of isolation back in March had…

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When I was still a little girl, my family and I piled into my mother’s white Buick and drove from our home in Maryland to Colorado to visit my uncle on his ranch. Just before we got there, though, we took a detour to Pike’s Peak. Pike’s Peak was a mountain that lived large in…

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“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart for all generations.” Psalm 33:11 Through years of quadriplegia, I have drawn tremendous comfort from the verse above. During every battle with pressure sores, lung infections, cancer, and chronic pain, my confidence in God has always been bolstered by the unshakeable truth of…

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