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My First Day as a Mother

By Joni and Friends | May 8, 2020
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Mother’s Day is a time for memories. Yes, I think of my own mother, but more recently I’ve found myself thinking about the day I became a mother. Just weeks earlier, my doctor had warned me that things were… not as they should be with my unborn child. The normal worries of becoming a mom…

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National Day of Prayer

By Joni and Friends | May 7, 2020
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Today is National Day of Prayer. During this unprecedented time, aren’t we recognizing our dependence on God and how important it is to cry out to Him in our time of need? The theme for this year’s observance is taken from Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory…

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National Day of Prayer Live with Joni and Friends

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | May 6, 2020
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Tomorrow I am expecting every Christian I know to be “on their knees,” joining other Christ-followers in our nation’s annual prayer meeting – yes, tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer, and it could not have come at a better time. Most years, I’d be gathering with my Joni and Friends co-workers in our assembly…

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Children Like Angela Are Desperately Waiting For Your Help!

By Joni and Friends | May 4, 2020
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Give today and your gift will be matched! In a tiny village in Peru, little Angela was born with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. The hospital refused to give her medical care because her family had no money to pay for it. Her mother constantly feared that Angela would pass away while they were apart, yet…

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The Need Is Greater Than Ever

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | May 1, 2020
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Give today and your gift will be matched! Aren’t you glad that kingdom ministry keeps moving forward as we move up and out of COVID-19? I know I am! Because when times are at their worst, it’s time for Christians to be at their best. And that’s why I’m so happy to tell you about…

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Coping in Community Instead of Suffering in Silence

By Joni and Friends | April 30, 2020
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As we continue into this unprecedented time of shelter at home, isolation and loneliness have become a common experience. But the past few weeks have also offered a new understanding of what it means for someone to be homebound and feel disconnected. Now, more than ever, we are recognizing how vital it is to cope…

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The Importance of Intentional Disability Ministry

By Joni and Friends | April 29, 2020
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“Intentionality” seems to be a hot-button word in ministry these days. Intentionally making disciples, intentionally planning programs, intentionally choosing songs for worship… But why is it important to intentionally minister to people with disabilities? First The world is filled with hurdles and barriers for people with disabilities. Unless we intentionally recognize these barriers, the fruitfulness…

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A Quarantined Caregiver: “Click of the Lock”

By Joni and Friends | April 28, 2020
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For the first time in our 28 years of marriage, I am Jess’ primary caregiver…every morning starts with Jess’ care and ends with Jess’ care. We are on week six. Here is the nighttime routine: I cath Jess, set up his toothbrush, transfer him into bed, undress him, let him lay flat for 15 minutes…

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Advice from Psalm 46

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | April 27, 2020
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When light breaks through the darkness, you feel a sense of relief and calm. Like you, I’m always comforted by the words of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” I’ve seen it cross-stitched on wall hangings, displayed on bedside plaques, and blazoned across beautiful sunset photos on calendars. But Psalm 46…

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Sing Your Way Through Suffering

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | April 25, 2020
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When people see me in my wheelchair and ask about my persistent smile, I always say, “I’ve learned to sing my way through suffering.” Over the years, I have discovered that singing is not an option for Christ-followers; it’s a command. Whether Colossians 3 or Ephesians 5, we are not merely invited to sing; God…

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