As believers, we were made for intimacy with God. The Lord Jesus gave His life for us so that we might have intimacy with Him. God knows that the more we get to know Him, the more we will know of life--the life we were created to experience. By focusing our thoughts on Him, we will grasp more fully His goodness and be all the better for it. We'll come to see how much we really do depend on Him for everything--from salvation, to strength for each new day, to the next breath we draw into our lungs. To know Godintimately, trust in Himfaithfully, and depend on Himconsistently. You want this immediately. So you must seek Him passionately! Journey now along the pathway following the sweet, enticing fragrance of heaven. But don't expect a walk in the park. In every life there are times when the road narrows and the skies grow dark. Seasons of suffering are as certain as the glorious destination before you. Yet you are called to go, and the Source of your spirit's restoration promises to never leave your side. Daily inspiration from Joni Eareckson Tada gently guides your steps to a closer, more intimate walk with your Savior. And as you travel, new life--His life!--is freely yours as a gift. Story Behind the Book "In the thirty-seven years I've lived as a quadriplegic, I have been forced time and again into the arms of Jesus. Sometimes my paralysis has pushed me down the road to Calvary, like a sheepdog snapping at my heels. Sometimes suffering is like jackhammer, breaking apart my rocks of resistance and pride. Most often, my wheelchair has dumped me at the foot of the cross, and I have rested there by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to turn. But that's okay. In fact, it's a blessing. It's all a bruising-of-a-blessing. Because near the cross, in the arms of Jesus, I have discovered deep, sweet, peaceable intimacy with the Savior. It's an intimacy worth sharing!"
Nothing Is Impossible with God Jesus never said we would be protected from trials and tribulations. So we ask not, What can I do to avoid difficulties? but, How can I best handle them when they arise? Who better to show us the way toward a godly response than Joni Eareckson Tada. Known worldwide for her powerful testimony and how she daily overcomes the adversity of paralysis by drawing near to God, this book now brings together a treasure of her inspirational entries. Thirty-One Days Toward Overcoming Adversity is the second in her devotional series that takes you beyond pat answers, deep into the Word of God. Step by step, day by day, move from "overwhelmed" to "overcoming"...and forever victorious! Darkness Closes In. The Winds Howl. You Remain Unshaken. When the storm rages and there is no end in sight, how do you survive? Where do you turn, and in whom do you place your trust? 31 Days Toward Overcoming Adversity will guide you not out of the storm, but straight into the eye. Because there in the center is a calm, quiet place where confidence, strength, and even joy can be found. No stranger to adversity, Joni Eareckson Tada offers daily inspiration that shows you the remarkable in the midst of the impossible. Her thoughtful insights and gentle wisdom will nourish your soul, fill you with hope, and bring you ever closer to the One who never leaves your side. Story Behind the Book"In the thirty-seven years I've lived as a quadriplegic, I have been forced time and again into the arms of Jesus. Sometimes my paralysis has pushed me down the road to Calvary, like a sheepdog snapping at my heels. Sometimes suffering is like a jackhammer, breaking apart my rocks of resistance and pride. Most often, my wheelchair has dumped me at the foot of the cross, and I have rested there by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to turn. But that's okay. In fact, it's a blessing. It's all a bruising-of-a-blessing. Because near the cross, in the arms of Jesus, I have discovered deep, sweet, peaceable intimacy with the Savior. It's an intimacy worth sharing!" --Joni Eareckson TadaFrom the Hardcover edition.
"Whatever your journey holds, if you're immersed in God, you will be safe. And it will be worth everything..."If you long for spiritual vibrancy, Joni Eareckson Tada wants to give you hope. In 31 Days Toward Passionate Faith, she shares daily inspiration from her own search for an active trust in God.As you grow in faith, your identity as a child of God will become an energizing, joyful truth in your mind and heart. You will act with holy confidence. And you will radiate God's love.In the midst of questions, God offers faith. In times of soul-weariness, God offers new life. And on a journey through darkness, God offers the richest of treasures: communion with Himself that leads to a boundless spiritual passion. So take his hand. Let Him lead you to life abundant.From the Hardcover edition.
feeling hopeless,Darcy, a young paraplegic, rejects the friendship of Erik,a burn victim with a severely disfigured face, who ultimately teaches Darcy about forgiveness
Joni writes with refreshing transparency about making the movie about her life and her subsequent move to L.A. and establishment of the Joni and Friends ministry.
Christmas whispers of wistful longings and warm family celebrations-the Savior has come. But the story isn't finished. "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men" will only be a wish and a vision until the Prince of Peace finally rules our world. The lights, the singing, the gift giving, and the joy foreshadow an eternal morning together in His presence. Through her artwork, her creative retelling of the Nativity, and her tender reflections of the Christmas season, Joni Eareckson Tada invites the reader to consider anew the Son of God, who is the wellspring of every joy, the fulfillment of every longing. Take time this Christmas season to step outside the clamor and excitement. Visit the stable and ask God to speak to you in the quiet and serenity and stillness. . . Never stop believing that He will fulfill His promise to live among us in unveiled majesty and splendor.
Darcy is a teenager who is paralyzed from the waist down. When Darcy sees a guide dog in a shopping mall, she wonders if a service dog is the right choice for her. Prayer and reflection help her make the decision. A Christian-based novel for teens.
Darcy is thrilled to volunteer at the hospital and wants to make friends with the cutest boy at school but quickly learns that things do not always turn out as planned.
A sample devotion: January 13-- A Dozen ways to Be Miserable. "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." Job 7: 11. There are some people who need no help at all when it comes to being miserable. For them, it comes naturally. But in case you're looking for a few suggestions on how to be more miserable, take this advice: Worry every single day about something. It won't add a cubit to your stature, but it will give you plenty to think about. Count your troubles. Do it at the breakfast table, preferably, so that you can make everyone else miserable, too. Pity yourself. Do this especially if no one else is pitying you. Don't be compassionate. Don't dare get involved in the lives of people who spill their troubles all over you. If you do, you may end up neglecting your own troubles, and that would be a waste. Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant. After all, focusing your sights on things unseen is too eternal; rather, be relevant and get caught up in the here and now. Finally, devise skillful ways to serve both God and the world. Show everyone that Christians can be in the world and of the world. There are people around you for whom misery is a way of life. The world has enough misery of its own without Christians adding to it. We are to be in this world, not of it. Do you know someone for whom misery comes naturally? Lift his sights, jar his thinking, give him hope beyond his misery by showing him at least a dozen ways to trust in the Lord of JOY. Lord, I want to reverse the plea of job. I give You any anguish in my spirit, and I confess any bitterness in my soul. I will not complain. And if I'm to speak out, I will sing and shout Your praises.
Discover Peace, Perspective, and Healing.From a human perspective, God often appears to be an intruder. He presumes, invades, and infringes upon our lives. At times, God encroaches with gentle, subtle reminders - at others, with sudden, devestating judgement.God is not tucked away in some far corner of the universe, uncaring, unfeeling, unthinking...uninvolved. You can count on it - He is intimately involved with the tiniest details of your existence. Learn how His constant presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling and chaotic circumstances of your life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In ten groupings of devotional insights, Joni shows how God's consistent presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling even chaotic circumstances of your life.
A little girl on a big horse, cantering across a spring-green pasture. . . wide-eyed children gathered 'round a beach fire, listening to a father's stories of the high seas. . . an expansive, you-can-see-forever view from the top of Pike's Peak. . . Another view from a Stryker frame, where an active young woman learns she will never walk again. . . Heading down a church aisle to marry the man she loves. . . looking into the eyes of a child in a wheelchair, and seeing the family God has prepared for a loving heart. . . sitting by the pool of Bethesda, reflecting on the miracle of healing God has performed in her heart. . . "The God I Love" brings to life these and many other moments. It offers an eternal perspective from a woman in a wheelchair who affirms that the God she knows and loves is the Center, the Peacemaker, the Passport to adventure, the joy ride, and the Answer to her deepest longings. Raised in an active, adventurous family, Joni Eareckson Tada worked hard and played hard to keep up with her older sisters and athletic father--until one day a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. But the tragedy that could have ended her life was in reality the beginning of an amazing, constantly unfolding story of grace that has touched the lives of millions worldwide and brought Joni unexpected joy and fulfillment. In this book, Joni unveils the God whom she has found to be faithful through over thirty years as a paralytic. This is not the story of a woman who has all the answers or who is very different from you. Joni struggles with the same fears, questions, and heartaches we all have in common. But as the weeks and months turn into years, and the years into decades, she meets her Savior at every turn. In this book, you'll discover that He is there for you as well, no matter what your circumstance or situation may be. Written with beauty, feeling, and amazing honesty, "The God I Love" captures the heart and soul of one woman's powerful, deeply personal journey of hope.
With her usual warmth and chattiness, Tada writes about what Heaven will be like, and how the faithful can experience its joy while here on earth. An uplifting and inspiring book.
Through a series of devotions, Joni helps us to focus on the every day situations that show us "Holiness in Hidden Places."
Stem-cell research. Cloning. Genetic engineering. Today, discoveries in biotechnology are occurring so rapidly that we can barely begin to address one ethical debate before another looms overhead. This brave new world we've entered is a daunting one as well, with disturbing implications for the sanctity of life and for human nature itself. How should we respond as Christians? Drawing on an abundance of cutting-edge information and life experience, Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel M. de S. Cameron help you think through issues no Christian can afford to ignore. As a quadriplegic who has spent three decades advocating for the disability community out of a wheelchair, Joni offers the insights of a woman intimately acquainted with suffering and struggle. Dr. Cameron shares from his vast knowledge as one of today's foremost bioethics. Together, they offer deeply informed perspectives on such pressing issues as Human cloning Designer babies Redefining human nature Human harvesting Here is thoughtful, passionate, and gripping reading about the world that is coming-that, indeed, is already here-and how to live out your faith with conviction in its midst.
A disillusioned artist, who feels his tallent will never match that of his father, is restored by the older man's love and faith.
The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering. The new 25th Anniversary edition of this award-winning story--which has more than 3,000,000 copies in print in over 40 languages--will introduce a new generation of readers to the incredible greatness of God's power and mercy at work in those who fully give their hearts and lives to him. Joni has written an afterword in which she describes the events that have occurred in her life since the book's publication in 1976, including her marriage to Ken Tada and the expansion of her worldwide ministry to families affected by disability.
from the book jacket twelve year old Darcy, trying to project a 'normal' image in junior high despite her wheelchair, runs for ofice with the promise of exposing cruel and unfair teachers in the school until prayer and her friends reveal to her that every situation has two sides.
Although beeing in a wheelchair will make the trip difficult, Darcy feels called to go with members of her church on a mission to Guatemala where she and her sister help a deaf orphan.
From the bestselling author of Diamonds in the Dust and More Precious than Silver comes another devotional treasure. These 366 daily meditations by Joni Eareckson Tada reveal priceless pearls of God's kingdom hidden beneath the surface of our circumstances, waiting for us to discover and claim. Includes illustrations by Joni.
Thoughts on prayer and praise. Includes group discussion questions.
Joni shares sensitive reflections on the wonder of God's presence and encourages us, in practical ways, to commune with Him regularly and catch heaven's quiet fragrance in the midst of our crazy, bustling world.
Do you want to know a secret?What's so secret about God? Nothing. And yet everything.Scripture tells us, "the secret things belong to the Lord our God." God has secrets. Some to keep, and some to tell. And who doesn't want to know a secret?Most of us are filled with an incurable urge to discover secrets, to walk the higher and hidden roads. And it is our God, our wonderfully mysterious God, who has placed that yearning within us. He is the treasure we seek...the precious gem to be mined.So take the time to spend these one hundred concise, life-changing appointments with him. And discover incredible handholds of refreshment, courage, and endurance you can cling to in Secret Strength.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Rebellion against Apathy. A Strategy for Action. "Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions--they don't move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world. Good intentions are cans of paint that could have become amazing works of art...but never did." --Daniel Day, in Ten Days Without Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. But it took a simple but radical experiment to move from simply talking about it to actually living like it. For ten days at a time, Daniel chose to abandon a certain "necessity"--a coat, a voice, shoes, media, furniture, legs, touch--and to blog about it to raise funds and awareness for organizations that are doing amazing things to make a difference in the world. And then he invited others to join him in the experiments and spread the vision. Together they served God and others--and experienced significant personal change in the process. Ten Days Without is the story of their life-altering adventure. Ten Days Without is a compelling story and practical guide that will equip you and your friends to break through walls of convenience and indifference, and join a movement that is confronting apathy and ignorance around the world to make an impact on people's lives in a God-honoring way. Ten Days Without is where our good intentions end and making a difference in the world begins.
This book is about God weeping over human heartache, his entering our anguish himself, and the love that drives him to let us suffer. It's about experiencing the friendship of God along difficult paths we didn't even know he walked. Much of it is written from Joni's perspective because her life is a remarkable laboratory that proves God knows what he's talking about. But your life is the important laboratory to put God's Word to the test as you read.
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