Diamonds in the Dust Radio Program

Affirming Your Caregiver

January 23, 2019

  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and I have a sacrificial caregiver in my husband, Ken Tada.  Like when Ken sets his watch at night to wake every few hours to turn me in bed, or when he goes out of his way to go to the medical supply store.  That is a sacrificial service that honors God. And for that, I enjoy affirming him.  And, I don’t mean flattery or sweet talk,…

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The Ten Commandments Convict Us

January 22, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  I was only 15 years old when I opened my heart to Christ and asked him to be my Lord and Savior.  I remember the camp meeting and the speaker who asked us kids to measure our lives against the Ten Commandments.  Okay, I can pass this test, I thought. Well, by the time the speaker finished, I was a lying, stealing, adulterous, idolater!  Like Jesus said,…

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Your Sphere of Influence

January 21, 2019

Are you a good steward of the influence you have on others?  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  That’s a convicting question, isn’t it?  Most of us don’t realize how our words, our attitudes and actions; our choices about entertainment, and the language we use, influence others—either for the good or the bad.  But First Timothy 4 says, “… in speech, conduct… and purity, show yourself an example.” …

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Thank You

January 20, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Recently I read an essay on words and where they come from. There was a whole section on the words “thank you.” For instance, when you say “thank you” in Spanish, it’s Muchas gracias, or “much grace.” In French, you say thank you with “Merci.” That means mercy. So when…

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Why Are We Suffering

January 19, 2019

If God is so good, why doesn’t He get rid of suffering? Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and it’s a question I’m often asked. As we look at the headlines, we see that suffering is just a part of a broken world, scarred by sin. It’s a result of man’s original sin against God. So, if God were to get rid of suffering, He would have to get rid of sinners. Yikes, but wait! God does…

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What is Rest

January 18, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  A lot of people think I’m always on–the–go in my wheelchair.  And they’re right.  Because I have experienced being bedridden, I’m grateful when I’m moving.  Still, even when I’m on the go, I love to rest.  God says in Exodus 33, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” I love that. When I am moving forward into life, God’s…

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Lost in a Haunted Wood

January 17, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and sometimes at night, after I’ve spoken, and I wheel back through the hotel lobby, I will pass the bar – it’s loud, noisy, and full of people. Some of them looking bored, some fingering their drink, others laughing, it seems for silly reasons. It breaks my heart and it…

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E.M. Bounds

January 16, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  The other day I read EM Bounds’ fascinating account on how a pack of dogs chased a little deer into his yard.  The cowering fawn lay at his feet while the dogs leaped over the railings and charged toward them. The man held the fawn to his breast and swung his legs around and fought off the dogs. As far as he…

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Caleb’s Invitation

January 15, 2019

Has a party invitation ever move you to tears?  Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  The other day my co-worker, Steve Bundy, told me of such an invite. You see, Steve’s son, Caleb was born with autism. He can walk a bit with assistance, but he’s not able to do stuff on his own.  And he can’t talk, so he’s loud and disruptive.  Compared to his younger brother Jaron, who is typical, and asked to attend many parties, Caleb never received an…

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The Hope of Glory

January 14, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and as I like to say, “God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” God utterly despised the horrible suffering that lead to His Son’s crucifixion, the hate, treason, the torture, injustice, and murder. But God allowed what He hated to accomplish something He wanted: salvation for a world of sinners. That exact same principle is true in my life and in yours.…

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