To the Next Generation

July 15, 2019

Take a moment and look at the smiles in this photo. Yes, that’s me in the middle, surrounded by young people excited about disability ministry, and there’s a reason we’re smiling. There’s not a one of us whose heart isn’t on fire with the calling God’s given us! You see, these young adults are part…

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Who Am I? Rediscovering Your Identity After Loss

July 4, 2019

“It was kind of a shock [to hear] ‘your lifting days are over.’ I had been training 4-5 days a week since I was 18. Fitness, lifting, activity; it was my life. My identity was all wrapped up in physicality, training, and ability.”  When someone is talented and works hard, it can be pretty easy…

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It’s Not About Us

July 2, 2019

“No matter how horribly depressing and difficult things were, we clung to God’s grace moment-by-moment.” -Joni Eareckson Tada Marriage and disability is no easy union. Approximately 90% of marriages affected by disability end in divorce, but after more than 30 years of marriage, Joni and Ken are breaking the odds. But that doesn’t mean Joni and…

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Freely Give

July 1, 2019

This Independence Day we are celebrating the many freedoms we have been given. “Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8 And as followers of Christ we recognize that because we have freely received, we are called to freely give. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your…

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Best Helper

June 21, 2019

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 Being the typical sibling to a brother or sister with a disability can feel like a privilege. But for some, it can feel like you’re…

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Helping Siblings Thrive

June 19, 2019

It’s a very special week here at Joni and Friends… we’re celebrating the typical siblings in families impacted by disability! Typical siblings play a special role in the family dynamic. Daily they make sacrifices for the welfare of their family through both service and patience, and typical sibs help their families navigate a world that…

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I Want Her to Know

June 17, 2019

Growing up with a sibling who has a disability can be challenging, but it can also be a great blessing. Meet Gideon Amick who is now 15 years old. When Gideon was almost 2 he became a big brother to Sarah who has Down syndrome. On Gideon’s 2nd birthday, Sarah had open heart surgery. In…

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Seeing Clearly

June 14, 2019

Burnt toast, spilled coffee, and wrinkled clothes. Just a few things to add to your morning, after forgetting to set the alarm. Oh, and let’s not forget the sore back, the anxious spouse or special needs child that demands your attention. Yes, the special needs child that you love desperately, but consumes so much time,…

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Fatherhood From a Different Lens

June 10, 2019

When courage seems lost, fathers need a friend who can open their eyes to the sovereignty of God’s grace and his power to transform even the most difficult circumstances into times we can celebrate God’s goodness and experience his joy. For parents, the realization that your child has a disability hits hard. But be encouraged…

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Zealous About the Things of God

June 5, 2019

Some days I find myself dreaming about the way things used to be. In my young years I was zealous about the things of God; I wanted to be a missionary and I was willing to go anywhere in the world for Jesus. But in 2015 tragedy struck my life like a sharp and unexpected…

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