Joni’s Posts

Standing in the Face of Attack

September 11, 2020

“There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow…” 2 Corinthians 4:18, TLB It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since the terrorist attacks that totally altered the way we live in the US. The tragedy of thousands losing their lives, and of others forever…

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Serving Special Needs Families All Year Long!

September 4, 2020

A great door for effective work has opened… even though many oppose me. 1 Corinthians 16:9 Decades of quadriplegia has taught me a powerful lesson: The glory of God is always brighter when he works through the darkest of times. A broken neck certainly taught me that. And Joni and Friends has experienced it during…

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10,000 Broadcasts on National Radio Day

August 20, 2020

The other day, a young mother at my church found herself explaining what a radio was to her preschool boys: “It’s a little like Alexa, except it mainly played music.” File that under things we never thought we’d have to explain, right? (I’m sure when the boys get older, she’ll add in listening to the…

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10,000 Reasons to Praise God!

August 4, 2020

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God… so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11 Sharing hope through hardship. It’s been the message of my life ever since Christ rescued me with his heart-transforming hope after I broke my neck.…

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Fifty-Three Years on the Path of Life

July 30, 2020

On this day, 53 years ago, I made a spur-of-the-minute decision to go swimming with my sister Kathy. And that day, a foolish dive changed the entire course of my life. At first, it seemed that the dive that broke my neck set me on a path towards death. Even if I ever make it…

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Happy 30 Years to the ADA!

July 26, 2020

As a member of the National Council on Disability, I was thrilled to see the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act back in 1990. I remember sitting in my wheelchair on the White House lawn, watching President George H.W. Bush sign the ADA into law and thinking of all the possibilities for people like…

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A Few Words for Parents’ Day

July 26, 2020

Even though I am in my 70s, I feel as though I am still in my 20s whenever I share stories about my mother and father. And as I have aged, my appreciation for my parents has only grown. I took my mom and dad for granted when I was a child, a teenager, and…

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National Coronavirus Recovery Commission

July 7, 2020

You will not fear… the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday Psalm 91:5-6 Back in March, on the first day of sheltering-in-place, my friend Kay James of The Heritage Foundation contacted me, “Joni, we want you to serve on the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission (NCRC). We need you…

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July 3, 2020

Today I’m singing “Happy Anniversary to us!” Ken and I were married 38 years ago, and yes, it is a happy anniversary. We are celebrating thousands of joyful moments together, including spiritual milestones, and hard-fought-for contentment and perseverance. Yes, it’s a milestone, but we’re still learning. Still being stretched. Back in March, back when we…

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Marriage and Quarantine

June 26, 2020

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I have a personal word to you couples who live with disability, especially during this hard season of quarantine. And it’s hard. Ken and I have always believed that confines and restrictions are God’s way of revealing the stuff of which we are made. And it’s not pretty. The first week of isolation back in March had…

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