Joni's Posts January 2013

Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 31, 2013
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joni and kenIn just a few weeks our new book will be out and Ken and I are so excited. Just what is the untold story? In many ways, it's my husband's. You see, when we first married, neither of us realized how quadriplegia would impact our life together. And then, my chronic pain was thrown into the mix. For Ken, all this was a huge test of our vows, as well as our faith. But no matter how horribly depressing and difficult things were (we call those days "the tired, middle years" of our marriage), we clung to God's grace moment-by-moment. It meant that when I got cancer, we were able to remarkably rise to the challenge. After all, God had proved himself through the toughest times in our marriage and, like Samuel the Prophet, we were able to say, "Thus far has the Lord helped us" (1 Samuel 7:12). This is a book that, I know, will encourage you to say the same – be looking for it in our store in just a few weeks!

Watch the book trailer for Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story

Roe vs. Wade... Impacting Disability

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2013
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Forty years ago when the US Supreme Court legalized abortion, people assumed it was only a private matter for women alone. But not so. The Roe vs. Wade decision has had a devastating impact on Americans with disabilities. To explain this, I recorded a video for the Americans United for Life Legal Conference recently held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Take a moment and watch this video which details how dismantling the rights of an unborn child has impacted newborns with disabilities, people in comas, the uninsured, and the elderly – then please, share it with your Facebook friends!

Interview with Dr. Tim Clinton

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 28, 2013
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joni and rainey in the radio studioWhenever I pull up to the microphone to be interviewed, I'm never sure what to expect. Last week, Dr. Tim Clinton, director of American Association of Christian Counselors, asked me to respond to some heart wrenching questions people have asked him about God's hand in hardship – the interview aired last week on his program Life, Love and Family. You can listen here – if you find it encouraging, and if you know someone who is dealing with tough...

Meet My Friend... Jack

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 25, 2013
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joni and her friend jackIn 1979, a young man named Jack Fischer came to hear me speak at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. Jack was a nationally-ranked gymnast who was training for the 1980 Olympics. After my message, we met and talked (it was exciting to spend time with an aspiring Olympian)! However, just a month later, he broke his neck while practicing a dismount off the parallel bars. He would be a quadriplegic for life. Thankfully, Jack grabbed hold of the biblical insights I had shared that night at Calvary Chapel – plus, he went back to college, got his degree, and has been teaching school locally. Jack recently retired… and is now a volunteer at Joni and Friends...

Hurry up and Wait... Again

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 24, 2013
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joni and ken at the doctorsToday Ken and I are at the office of my medical oncologist – we'll discuss my recent blood tests and PET scan (I'm expecting good reports, all around :-). Also today, I'll receive an infusion of Prolia as part of my routine treatment for cancer – this is one injection I don't mind taking because it's biggest side effect is 'increasing bone mineral density.' Because I am at high risk for fractures, Prolia is a huge bonus – what a creative, wonderful way for God to protect my fragile quadriplegic-bones! It reminds me of Psalm 34:20, "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken." Now THAT'S a promise to cling to :-)!

A Lesson from My Birdfeeder

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 23, 2013
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birds feeding from Joni's feederBefore I left our bedroom this morning, I snapped a quick picture of the feeder outside our bay window, loaded with little finches. Those tiny birds made me think of what Jesus said in Matthew 10:29 – two of them are barely worth a penny. Yet of the world’s nine thousand bird species, Jesus singled out the littlest, most insignificant of birds to make a big point. For if the Lord takes time to keep tabs on every sparrow – who it is, where it’s going, whether or not its needs are being met – then surely He keeps tabs on you. Intimately. Personally. And with every detail...

It's Registration Time for Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2013
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It’s the long-awaited day! On Monday morning, January 21st, special needs families will be able to register for our 2013 season of Family Retreats – moms and dads have been waiting months for this moment; some have even set their alarm for 12 AM on Monday morning in order to assure a place at one of our Retreats. Ken and I really enjoy attending as a couple (we go to bless others, but we receive the bigger blessing). Do you know...

We're Recording Radio Today!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 18, 2013
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radio teamIn just a few minutes I'll be wheeling up to the microphone to record a whole slew of "Joni and Friends" radio programs, one-minute features, and PSAs for our Field Teams around the country. My voice has been a bit ‘gravelly’ lately, so please pray for a strong voice, clear lungs, extra energy, and an anointing from the Holy Spirit on our time today (and with radio, it’s an all-day affair). Thank you for praying, friend! And please check out our radio page to listen in to some...

Kenon's Gift

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2013
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kenon's necklaceOn my last post, you met Kenon who is battling stage 4 cancer -- during our visit, she took off her necklace and placed it around my neck. It's a little empty birdcage with a red bird charm attached to it. On the flip side is John 8:32, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." I was deeply touched by this personal gift and, in turn, shared the following poem with her. It was written by a French noblewoman, Madame Guyon, who was imprisoned in a dungeon for ten...

My Courageous Friend, Kenon

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 16, 2013
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joni and kenoncover of a place of healing bookWhile at Westmont College on Monday, I met Kenon who works on campus. I had sent her my book A Place of Healing when her husband Matt wrote to tell me she has battled six different cancers over the span of 25 years. Matt and Kenon thought they had 'beat' breast cancer last year, but recently she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and a tumor on her liver. The outlook appears grim, but she is brimming with an unshakable joy of the Lord (Kenon shared how much A Place of Healing has helped her)! Please pray that her specialized treatments will halt these most recent cancers. And if you'd like to bless a friend going through a serious illness, consider giving them A Place of Healing… Kenon would give it a double 'thumbs up.'

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