Joni’s Posts

Wheelchair Collection Month

March 2, 2021

“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises… let all who are helpless take heart.”Psalm 34:1-3 When our Wheels for the World team returned from Cuba, I was handed a small, folded note written in halting English by Rosita, an 11-year-old Cuban girl with spina bifida. This child had spent most of her life dragging herself…

Read More

Journey with We Three Kings and Me!

February 9, 2021

I’ve got to tell you how much I love the design the Joni and Friends team chose for this year’s Joni Planner. I feel a little funny saying that, since my art is always featured—and it could seem, well… self-focused, but let me tell you why. When we designed the 2021 Joni Planner, I asked…

Read More

Joni’s House is my Legacy

February 2, 2021

Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel [the disabled, lame and poor] to come in, so that my house will be full.’ Luke 14:23 Having traveled to 57 countries, I’ve seen countless disabled people in impoverished places trying desperately to eke out a living. Once when…

Read More

A Brand-New Year of Ministry!

January 21, 2021

“Behold, I am doing a new thing!” says the Lord. “Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19 It’s a New Year filled with God’s provision and new beginnings! I know we’ve all had our share of hardships in 2020, but now, here at Joni and Friends, we’re rolling up our sleeves…

Read More

True Quality of Life

January 17, 2021

When people learn that most quadriplegics cannot bathe or toilet themselves, feed or dress themselves, they are quick to think, What a poor quality of life! They think a good quality of life means higher pay, good health, or a stable home. Hardly ever does someone associate a “good” quality of life with disability. Having…

Read More

When Your Plans are Interrupted

January 13, 2021

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11, NLT The other day, a friend lamented aloud about a well-thought-out plan that had come to nothing. She sighed, then ruefully said, “Man plans and…

Read More

Let’s Get Going!

January 1, 2021

“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”  Romans 12:11-12 Last year’s battle with coronavirus opened my eyes to a war zone that ravages most of the world…

Read More

Closing out 2020

December 31, 2020

Today on New Year’s Eve, I am reflecting on the many ups and downs I’ve struggled through this year, especially coming up and out of a difficult bout with the COVID virus. Every breath is a blessing. Even the chance to sit up in a wheelchair today is, for me, a precious gift (caregiving help…

Read More

The Fragrance of a Feast

December 25, 2020

What a week! I’m so thankful for all of your prayers for my health as I am on the road to recovery from COVID-19. My doctors are pleased with how well I’ve responded to treatment, but I do appreciate your continued prayers! It certainly has been a different kind of Christmas season, hasn’t it? For…

Read More

Carried to Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

Years ago, during a season when I had to be in bed for a long time in order to heal pressure sores, Ken surprised me with an amazing gift – he rented a gurney. What kind of a gift is that, right? Well, just imagine: he rolled it through our house, to my bedside. Then…

Read More