Fifty-One Years

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2018
  • 4 Comments
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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 keeps adding chapters to my story. Through the ups and downs of quadriplegia, through breast cancer, and chronic pain, God has continued to remind me of the truth of Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” So, for however many more chapters God adds to my life, I can move forward courageously because I know how the story concludes… spending eternity with Jesus, my glorious Savior!

 
 

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Wow! 51 years of quadriplegia! Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration and constant source of hope and encouragement for thousands!
  • Aug. 22, 2018
  • 3:40 a.m.
  • Samantha
I LOVE YOU JONI. I READ YOUR STORY NAME YEARS AGO AND HAVE MARVELED AT YOUR FAITH AND AT HOW YOU HAVE ALLOWED GOD TO USE YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE A HERO OF FAITH. IT WILL BE A BLESSING TO MEET YOU IN PERSON ONE DAY. I AM 75 YEARS OLD AND SHARE YOUR ASSURANCE ABOUT MY ETERNAL HOME.
  • Aug. 3, 2018
  • 1:58 a.m.
  • Christine Tolbert Norman
Hi, how are you? I was wondering if you were still painting? That is why you were such an inspiration to me. My psychologist said his wife was reading your book, then he gave it to me to read. It was very inspiring. Especially your artwork.
  • July 31, 2018
  • 5:06 p.m.
  • Susan Venia
Your life struggles and continued reliance on Christ alone...is truly remarkable. I know we all face different battles in life, but wow...the plethora of challenges most face our entire lives pails in comparison to 51 years of quadriplegia and fighting cancer as well. Your ministry is a ministry of hope through example. Incredible. Thank you.
  • July 31, 2018
  • 10:38 a.m.
  • Brian Sabourin