Posts by Joni Eareckson-Tada

A Transformational Experience

It’s our volunteers that make Family Retreat a one-of-a-kind experience for families with special needs. And serving changes our volunteers’ lives too! Meet my friend, Chris. He’s been volunteering at Family Retreat for almost 10 years now! The experience has transformed his life, relationships and his heart forever. “Volunteering at Family Retreat has completely changed me,” Chris told us.…

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Health Update: All Clear!

Proverbs 25:25 says, “Good news from far away is like cold water to a thirsty soul.” That perfectly describes Ken and me today. We were prepared to gladly take whatever from the hand of God, even if it were from his left hand. But the Lord was gracious and heard the desire of our hearts…

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Running a Different Race

It’s no surprise that I love horses, like this friendly fellow Ken and I met last summer at our Family Retreat in New Mexico. Just spending time with this gentle gelding brought back a flood of horseback-riding memories. I used to love saddling up and running my horse through his paces. Often, I’d be preparing…

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Thirty-Seven Years!

I’ve got a special dinner in store for tonight! Thirty-seven years ago, Ken Tada and I said “I do” in front of our friends, family and most importantly, the Lord. We had no way of knowing what the future held (no one does, right?). But now that we’ve spent more than half our lives together,…

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness

When someone you love is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the smallest annoyance can trigger emotional outbursts or anxious feelings of despair. The toll on others can be overwhelming. Job 18:11 really describes PTSD, “Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.”  It’s why I’m thankful that Joni and Friends hosts…

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An Evening at Kindred Community Church 

This week, I’m getting ready to share about God’s glory and finding hope in and through disability at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, California. This is one of my favorite topics to share about, so you don’t want to miss it! Registration is already closed, but I would love to see you join the live…

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God Specializes in Doing Something New Under the Sun

Honestly, it happens every time… How can God possibly do something “new under the sun” at yet another Family Retreat?! Ken and I recently came home from the Mission Springs Family Retreat, and we were wide-eyed with wonder. We’ve participated in scores of Retreats over the past 28 years, experiencing many highlights, but once again,…

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Summer Crops

Today is the official first day of summer, and it brings to mind that verse in Proverbs, “He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” Whether it’s plucking ripe tomatoes or picking corn, this is the season to go out and gather crops!…

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No Service Unnoticed

Ken and I always look forward to attending Family Retreats for the refreshment it is for us, but looking around, I love how refreshing Retreat is for other attendees… especially siblings. At the time of my accident, my sisters were mostly in their early 20s, but I could tell my broken neck really shook their…

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My Father’s Identity

It being Father’s Day, it is no surprise that I’m remembering John King Eareckson, my Daddy. I was born to him late in life, the last of four daughters. I loved being his little buddy, shadowing him around the farm, working hard to mimic him. Whether it was how he curried the horses or mixed…

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