Joni and Friends Blog
Out of Shape
I used to love to go horseback riding. Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I remember asking my horse Augie to keep up a steady gallop as we would jump over fences and hurdles. After summer was over, I would put Augie out to pasture. A month or so later when I saddled him up, he was wheezing after only five jumps — it was obvious my horse was out of training! And occasionally I think of Augie when I come up against a trial or temptation for which I seem to have no resources. When that happens, I know I have not been praying and reading my Bible regularly. I’m out of training! Maybe that happens to you — a trial hits and you wonder why you lack faith; well, just like my horse, you can’t expect to overcome hurdles if you’re out of training. I Timothy 4 says, “ …train yourself to be godly,” so today, do not ignore prayer and Bible reading. Stay in training so you can overcome.
In Joni’s 31-day devotional, Beside Bethesda, she writes about contentment, unanswered prayer, transformation through suffering and hoping in God. Joni shares her own experiences along with profound biblical insights, and you will discover the deep inside healing God has for you.
And now, you can journal your thoughts and prayers along with your daily reading with the Hope Overflowing Journal!