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Affirming Your Caregiver

January 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Affirming Your Caregiver
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  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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Time is Fleeting

January 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Time is Fleeting
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“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 There is nothing as valuable in life as an opportunity. In today’s Scripture, Paul tells us, “Be very careful, then, how you live…making the most of every opportunity, because the…

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The Family Retreat Effect

January 22, 2019 | Comments Off on The Family Retreat Effect
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For families affected by disability, Joni and Friends Family Retreat becomes a place of respite and acceptance.  In many cases, it becomes the highlight of the year for both families and volunteers. The atmosphere of Family Retreat is just… life changing.   At Retreat, families with disability find community, receive support, and are able to just let down their guard knowing that they are fully accepted and fully loved! Parents…

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Cancer Update: A Scarred Veteran

January 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Cancer Update: A Scarred Veteran
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Friends, I just want to thank you for all your prayers – honestly, Ken Tada and I can feel the updraft of the Holy Spirit sustaining us every step of the way in this cancer journey. I’ve been undergoing radiation treatments – something I did not do with my previous cancer because of my fragile lungs. But technology…

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The Ten Commandments Convict Us

January 22, 2019 | Comments Off on The Ten Commandments Convict Us
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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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God’s Sovereign Hand

January 22, 2019 | Comments Off on God’s Sovereign Hand
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“That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.” Esther 6:1 One night, Xerxes, emperor of the mighty Persian Empire, couldn’t sleep. That may seem like a random, trivial fact—but it’s not. That one night of…

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The Hope of Jesus for Special Needs Families

January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on The Hope of Jesus for Special Needs Families
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All year long, families affected by disability live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights, endless medical appointments, dreary routine, and financial pressures. Isolation and weariness cause so much discouragement and hopelessness for these families. Special needs families desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. They need a safe…

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Looking Forward to Family Retreat in 2019

January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Looking Forward to Family Retreat in 2019
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Earlier this week, my co-worker shared with me the final schedule of upcoming Family Retreats. I can’t tell you how excited I am as I look over the list. When I think of all the dads and moms who will receive much-needed encouragement, and the kids who will have loads of fun doing things they…

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Your Sphere of Influence

January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Your Sphere of Influence
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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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Purpose in Difficulty

January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Purpose in Difficulty
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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Paul’s words seem like a sweet, cool breeze on a sweltering afternoon: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,…

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