I'm Still a Horse Lover

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 13, 2013
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Woman riding Friesian horseEveryone knows how much I love horses – I grew up sitting atop a 16 hand-high Appaloosa, and the day before my diving accident, I was galloping Tumbleweed through the trails that bordered our farm. So you can understand why I got teary-eyed watching this video. I didn't cry over what I can no longer do, but from my joy at what I will soon do in heaven – yes, Scripture records that we will ride with Jesus (Revelation 19:14). By the way, the video highlights Friesians who were bred as "war horses" for knights in armor. God's Spirit must have had them in mind when he inspired the following words from Job…

"Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, 'Aha!' He catches the scent of the battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry" (Job 39:19-26). 


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Well, I am not disabled.. I have a horse that spooks over the silliest little thing, and I have been knocked offand out, one time a year.I love riding him, usually in the ring or on a small trail.. I am 66 years old, started riding at the age of 60 I don't own him myself ,I lease him, and get to ride him 3 times a week and groom him.. due to financial circumstances, this is the only way I get to ride. So, what do I do with that fear?.. I know God is in control of my life, but I wonder if God's telling me it's time to stop? I know this is a strange comment for this blog.. But as I was looking for answers I came across you so I am thinking God sent me to you :-) I believe it is a gift from God, as everything kind of fell into place.. Thank you for listening.
  • Aug. 28, 2015
  • 5:11 a.m.
  • Linda Monroe
Joni, I was disabled @ 17 from a brain injury in a car accident in '77. My mother read your first book to me as I lay in my hospital bed, after spending 15 days in a coma initially. Years later, I got married, had 3 beautiful daughters, 2 over 18, but, because of after effects of the injury, I had to return to my home state of Wa. to get better medical care. I also divorced my girls dad, who it had been a struggle to be married to for over 18 years. I can still walk (w/ limited balance), but I ride a horse safely. I now have a place to keep one-should I finally fulfill my life long dream of owning a horse? I have partial paralysis on my right side. But God spared my ability to ride! Sounds like it's time for me to get a horse, huh?
  • May 29, 2013
  • 5:01 p.m.
  • Julie Johnson Chrysler
Yes Joni, I also love horses. God's most beautiful creation. I miss riding too, even though I am healthy and able-bodied, I just can't afford a horse any more. Hope to be able to ride my "Cindy" girl in Heaven some day. Nice thought to think she may be up there waiting for me?? Love you!
  • May 20, 2013
  • 7:05 p.m.
  • Betty J Parker
I loved this video, these horses are amazing! God Bless you; your such an inspiration to me!
  • May 14, 2013
  • 11:19 p.m.
  • Cheryl L. Smith
Joni, Thank you for your inspiration! I have never lost the love or the desire of things I can no longer do, but the joy the memories bring , and just knowing I had the opportunity to experience them brings me so much joy. God bless you for what you have given back to all of us,. I have known you since I was a teenager and back then you truly were a pivotal instrument in my walk with Christ. today I care for my disabled son knowing I won't be able to do the things I looked forward to doing when I was older . Our lives don't always turn out the way we think they should but I Know God has a bigger and better plan for me and I wouldn't change anything in the world for it. I keep my eyes on Him and my heart softened . My hope is for healing for those who suffer so much tragedy.
  • May 14, 2013
  • 2:53 p.m.
  • liztully
Beautiful creations! The Lord create these horses for our joy. He is an awesome God!
  • May 14, 2013
  • 2:16 p.m.
  • sue wilson
This has always been one (of many) point of connection I have had with you - especially in reading in your books about your love of horses as a teen. I am 80 years old and still have a Thoroughbred - 17 hands of beauty - that I care for every day. Thanks for this video - How wonderful is God to have made these marvelous creatures for us to enjoy!
  • May 14, 2013
  • 1:11 p.m.
  • Gretchen Horton
Hi Joni, I always love your heart and your message--and this one certainly alerted me. My 9 year old adopted granddaughter is passionately in love with horses. She knows the names of every kind there are, I believe and her top favorite--you guessed it--the Friesians! She also loves to watch your videos and clips with me. I live 4.5 hours from her so I will be emailing her this link! She knows you quite well and loves your heart. She will dearly love having this one--nearly most important thing in her life--in common with you! God bless as you continue extending Father's love to the hurting and lonely!
  • May 14, 2013
  • 11:49 a.m.
  • Donna Kauffman
Thanks for this Joni! This does my wounded soul good!
  • May 14, 2013
  • 10:59 a.m.
  • Monica
I got tears in my eyes as well. When watching the horse with the really, really long mane, I thought back to the Garden of Eden and how wonderful it must have been to actually converse with all the animals and what their intended purposed were. If ours was to tend the garden, then surely God gave jobs to all he created. It will be such fun to discover all His original plans when we finally go home.
  • May 14, 2013
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Nadine Cowey
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