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Suffering the Loss of Identity and Discovering Wholeness in God

By Jimmy Peña | July 3, 2019
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“Perhaps you think too much of your honor.” – Aslan A TAIL OF HONOR You’re likely familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia series written by C.S. Lewis. The main character, of course, is a lion named Aslan; an alternate version of Jesus in the fantasy tales. Well, in a wonderful, powerful scene, Aslan is talking…

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Thirty-Seven Years!

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | July 3, 2019
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I’ve got a special dinner in store for tonight! Thirty-seven years ago, Ken Tada and I said “I do” in front of our friends, family and most importantly, the Lord. We had no way of knowing what the future held (no one does, right?). But now that we’ve spent more than half our lives together,…

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It’s Not About Us

By Joni and Friends | July 2, 2019
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“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

By Joni and Friends | July 1, 2019
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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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Sharing the Gospel with Teenagers Living with Disability

By Joni and Friends | June 27, 2019
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Subscribe to the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify How do you communicate the love of Christ to students who have special needs? Don’t miss this week’s episode of the podcast as Crystal chats with Tobias Haglund about his ministry with teens and young adults living with disability through Young Life…

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | June 27, 2019
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When someone you love is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the smallest annoyance can trigger emotional outbursts or anxious feelings of despair. The toll on others can be overwhelming. Job 18:11 really describes PTSD, “Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.”  It’s why I’m thankful that Joni and Friends hosts…

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An Evening at Kindred Community Church 

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | June 25, 2019
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This week, I’m getting ready to share about God’s glory and finding hope in and through disability at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, California. This is one of my favorite topics to share about, so you don’t want to miss it! Registration is already closed, but I would love to see you join the live…

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A Mother and Daughter

By Joni and Friends | June 24, 2019
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“We should help others…and build them up in the Lord.” -Romans 15:2 Every time you step out of your comfort zone to serve people dealing with disability, God uses your faithfulness to transform lives! It happened recently when God used your prayers and gifts in El Salvador at our Wheels for the World outreach! When Blanca…

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God Specializes in Doing Something New Under the Sun

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | June 23, 2019
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Honestly, it happens every time… How can God possibly do something “new under the sun” at yet another Family Retreat?! Ken and I recently came home from the Mission Springs Family Retreat, and we were wide-eyed with wonder. We’ve participated in scores of Retreats over the past 28 years, experiencing many highlights, but once again,…

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Best Helper

By Joni and Friends | June 21, 2019
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“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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