Mental Health and Loving our Neighbors Well

July 29, 2021

“First recognize the person before you for who they are in Christ, not because of what they are going through… When a diagnosis is all you see, that’s when problems begin.” How do stigma and the language we use affect those struggling with mental health? This week on the podcast, Dr. John Swinton is joining…

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Marriage Reflections

July 22, 2021

This week on the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, find encouragement from three couples you’ll recognize from previous episodes of the show. Discover the importance of good communication, respect, and gratitude in a marriage, especially when a disability is involved. Mike and Tracey Motoda: When Tracey met Mike nearly 2 decades ago, she told him,…

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Clinging to Jesus When You’re in Pain

July 15, 2021
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“My pain does overtake me. But even when it does, God is still there.” In 2017, Heather Hart felt like she was on top of the world. She was leading a women’s Bible study at her church and fulfilling her passion for writing. She was loving Jesus and living life to the fullest! Then one…

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Coping with Chronic Migraines

July 8, 2021

“I can’t get through each day without Jesus. If I can’t do anything else because my head hurts too bad, it doesn’t hurt so bad that I can’t cling to him.” Over the past 4 years, Heather Hart has enjoyed only one day without a migraine. As an active mother of 5, her life turned…

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Suffering, Healing, and Heaven

July 1, 2021

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” –Revelation 21:4 This week on the podcast, we are wrapping up our 3-episode Q&A series with Jenny Hill. Living with cerebral palsy, Jenny has shared about…

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June 24, 2021

“There is a difference between isolation and loneliness. Isolation is when you are physically separated from everybody else, but loneliness can be most felt sometimes when you are with other people.” As we continue our Q&A series on the podcast, Jenny Hill who lives with cerebral palsy is returning to answer questions about coping with…

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How to Transform a Painful Situation: Being Stared At and Falling in Public

June 17, 2021

“Looking at another person can be a very hurtful experience or a very welcoming, affirming experience. We have a choice of what role we want to play in that.” During our third season of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, we’ve invited listeners to send in your questions about disability-related topics and etiquette. Today we…

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From Anger to Acceptance

June 10, 2021

“It’s about being a light for the next person, realizing that my troubles will bless somebody one day.” Robert was an active college student when an unknown virus caused a bilateral stroke that left him suddenly paralyzed and unable to speak. Previously on the podcast, Robert and Nelly Kapen shared their powerful story of God’s provision through quadriplegia,…

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God’s Generous Provision through Paralysis, Recovery, and Marriage

June 3, 2021

Robert Kapen was an athletic college student studying Parks and Rec and working part-time at an outdoor Young Life camp when his life turned upside down. In the summer of 2011, a mystery virus caused a bilateral stroke that left him suddenly paralyzed and unable to speak. With his mind fully functioning but no ability…

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Mental Illness and the Church

May 27, 2021

“A beauty for all of us in the household of God is belonging. We minister to one another and take interest in each other’s life happenings. Schizophrenia is a dominant life happening for me, and I am well cared for by my church family in it.” On our previous episode of the podcast, Tara Groff…

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