Joni's Posts July 2018

Fifty-One Years

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2018
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I was just a kid, packing my bags for my first year of college. A lazy Sunday, a spur of the moment decision to go swimming, a stupid dive into shallow water… and, well, you know how this story goes. Today marks 51 years of quadriplegia for me, and with every year that goes by, I marvel that God...

A Surprise Visit

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 27, 2018
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You probably know that our Joni and Friends International Disability Center is situated up against the outskirts of Agoura Hills, California – and underline that word “hills” because they are actually the Santa Monica Mountains. All season, it’s been dry in our area with little water for vegetation for the wildlife up in the mountains.

But one morning, strolling across our parking lot (looking for tasty rose bushes, I'm sure), a beautiful stag appeared. As we strained to admire him from our windows, I was reminded once...

Joni Movie Premier in New Mexico

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 24, 2018
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This weekend Ken and I are packing up and hitting the road again. This time, we are heading to New Mexico where I’ll be greeting friends at a red-carpet premiere of the recently remastered movie Joni...

Happy Parents’ Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 22, 2018
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You may not be aware of it, but today is Parents’ Day. It’s a time to “recognize, uplift, and support” those who parent, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to recognize the many moms and dads who care for children with special needs. Whenever I attend a Joni and Friends Family...

A Visit from David Francisco

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 20, 2018
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There’s no doubt about it, forgiveness is a powerful force for change. David was crossing an intersection on his bicycle when he was hit by a car that flew through a red light. David’s spinal cord endured permanent damage. And the driver of the car? Well, she had struggles of her own, as guilt...

Words from Wilberforce Weekend

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  • July 17, 2018
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At Joni and Friends, we care deeply about reaching neglected and marginalized people for Christ, and so do our friends at the Colson Center. It's why they invited me to speak at this year's Wilberforce Weekend on the topic of "Why Care for the Vulnerable?" It's an issue close to my heart since I'm...

Marisa’s Baptism

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 15, 2018
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Not long ago, my friend Marisa was baptized at McLean Bible Church. I first met Marisa more than fifteen years ago at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat in Sandy Cove, Maryland. She is quadriplegic due to cerebral palsy, so we instantly had a bond! Recently she decided to follow Christ in baptism...

Forgiveness

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 13, 2018
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Perhaps the greatest evidence of the Gospel at work is when we forgive those who have offended us – it’s the whole point behind Christ dying on the cross. When we are able to forgive those who have wronged or slandered us, forgotten or abused us, hurt or wounded us, we are most like our Savior...

Interview on The Stream

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 11, 2018
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At the end of this month, it will be 51 years since I broke my neck. Each year when the anniversary of my diving accident rolls around, I reflect on those first few months and years… first the despair and then the slowly dawning hope as friends came alongside and pointed me to God for answers to...

God’s Purpose in Tragedy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 9, 2018
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God has used my wheelchair to teach me so many life-altering truths. And often I find myself learning the same lessons all over again, only a little more deeply, a little more fully. That’s certainly the case with understanding God’s purpose in tragedy. Last week Family Talk aired an interview I gave with...

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