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Posts by Joni Eareckson-Tada

My Birthday’s Coming!

This past weekend I told a friend how excited I am about turning 70, and she gave me an odd look. “Joni,” she said. “It’s not like 70 is the new 40; I mean, 70 is getting up there!” But like I told her, that’s exactly what fuels my excitement. And you know it’s really…

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Mother and Son Shine for Jesus Through Service

“God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts.” 1 PETER 4:10 Every morning when I wheel up the ramp at our Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC), I bypass my office and head for the volunteer area. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are when Irma and Christian (her…

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When Breast Cancer Came Knocking at my Door

When breast cancer came knocking at my door, I’m so relieved that my friends helped answer it. Actually, I shouldn’t say that breast cancer knocked, or even tapped on my door – it bulldozed right through it and turned my life topsy-turvy. I underwent surgery, rehab, radiation sessions every day for seven weeks, a stash…

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Trust God to Write Your Story

Nowadays, I don’t often write forewords to books, but I couldn’t’ resist penning the frontispiece for Robert and Nancy Wolgemuth’s new book, You Can Trust God to Write Your Story. As the Author of your life, God desires to write a wonderful story in your life. Some pages will be filled with great joy; others,…

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SCI Awareness Month

Glorify God whatever the suffering. Back in 2013, Jay Erwin became paralyzed when a tree he was sawing crashed down on him, severing his spinal cord. As a marathon runner, many of his dreams ended right there and then. At the same time, Jay remembered a promise he had made to glorify God ‘whatever the…

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No One Should Suffer Alone

September is Pain Awareness Month, and when I remember this Facebook message I recently received, I can’t think of a better time to be more “aware” of how debilitating pain can be. “Joni… I am in pain constantly and cannot even sit in a wheelchair. All I can do is lie on my bed 24…

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The Thunder Of Hooves

“Sitting on the edge of the field, I could feel the thunder of hooves…” Last weekend, a friend surprised me with tickets to a polo match up in Santa Barbara. Now, as much time as I’ve spent with horses, training and show jumping them, I’ve never been to a polo match. So I donned my…

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I’m Donating My Birthday!

I’m about to cross a milestone, and I mean a big one! In October I will turn 70-years old (what?? Did I just write that?)! As I approach my birthday, the joy and amazement keeps rising in my heart; I can’t get over God’s goodness to me in sustaining me for 7 whole decades. The…

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Disability in Mission

Did you know that many churches and mission agencies refuse to send people with disabilities to the mission field? Sometimes they feel the disability exposes the missionary to danger; others assume that people with disabilities would under perform in their missionary tasks. Churches and agencies erroneously think that the disability would distract a person from…

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National Read a Book Day

It’s National Read a Book Day! Although I cannot physically curl up in a cozy corner with a cup of tea and a book in my lap, I’m still a fan of National Read a Book Day. I’m totally behind celebrating reading and encouraging everyone else to get immersed in a really good book! Years…

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