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Ken’s Birthday!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 13, 2018
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Ken Tada with birthday cake and balloons

Today my husband turns 72, and with each passing year I am more thankful for his sacrificial service. Especially now, as we look toward another round of cancer treatments. He loves me with such a big heart, though I sometimes think this second go ‘round with cancer is much harder on him than it is on me. So, I have an idea – for the best birthday present, would you please stop a moment to ask God to give Ken Tada the strength and stamina to champion me through radiation therapy and more. And then drop him a note to assure him that you’re praying! Join me in wishing Ken a very Happy Birthday!

Courage Under Stress

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 10, 2018
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A Christmas card on a Christmas tree

I like the hit Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” just as much as anyone, but I know for many, this season can be anything but wonderful. Perhaps you’ve recently lost a loved one, or received a bad medical report, or it can be something as simple as the pressure of...

Christmas Across America

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  • Dec. 5, 2018
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Isn’t it fun learning the many different ways people celebrate Christmas?  Well, this season the TV show Small Town Big Deal has produced a beautiful new Christmas special, “Christmas Across America” that takes us to candy cane factories, reindeer farms, the largest Christmas store in the States, and more...

An Irish Christmas

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 3, 2018
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Sing! An Irish Christmas

Last year I was honored to join my friends Keith and Kristyn Getty at Carnegie Hall in New York for Sing! An Irish Christmas. It was such a wonderful time singing old favorites as well as new Christmas hymns – and I had the honor of reading four Gospel stories. So, you can imagine my delight when they asked me to join them again this year. Only this time, I’m staying a little closer to home! I’ll be taking part in Sing! An Irish Christmas in Costa Mesa tomorrow evening, and if you live in southern California, there are still tickets available. I’d love to see you there! And if you can’t make it to Costa Mesa tomorrow, check to see if you can attend one of their other venues for this heartwarming Christmas concert… a great way to kick off your season of celebrating the birth of our glorious Savior!

Advent

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 2, 2018
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Nativity Ornaments

Today is the first Sunday of the Advent season. I grew up in the Reformed Episcopal Church, a small Bible-believing denomination that followed the church calendar every year. Advent involves the four Sundays leading up to December 25th, a time of preparing for the coming of Christmas. Oh, I don’t mean we prepared by wrapping gifts or making sure we had enough flour to bake...

Cancer Surgery Update

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 30, 2018
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Thank you for praying!I said it in an earlier post, but given the heartwarming response, I must say it again: thank you for your diligent prayers for us as we ‘get back in the ring’ with this cancer. The tumor was successfully removed on Monday, and Ken and I received the pathology report last night from my surgical oncologist. The tumor was a little smaller than a dime, the same cancer as the one in 2010, but faster growing – so I'm sure glad we caught it! All this means I am at a higher risk for re-occurrence, so we will face more aggressive testing in the future.

The surgery site will heal over Christmas, and then I will most likely start treatment in January. Probably it will involve radiation, but we don't know yet about chemotherapy. God is not to be resisted in this, and Ken and I are happy to do His bidding. It’s just a little rain in the sun-and-rain of God's sovereignty.

2019 Family Retreat Schedule

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 30, 2018
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Volunteer at Family Retreat!

I know we’re just wrapping up November, and there’s lots of activity between now and next summer, but I couldn’t wait to share the 2019 Family Retreat Schedule. Although registration opens in January, I wanted you to take a look at the schedule now – download it and ask the Lord if He...

Hearts Fully Committed

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 29, 2018
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"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…" - 2 Chronicles 16:9. It all began when I received a letter from a quadriplegic in China. He had recently come to Christ and now saw his disabled friends as his mission field. He...

Thank You for Praying!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 27, 2018
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Isaiah 46:4

God bless you for your heartfelt prayers for me as I underwent surgery Monday afternoon to remove a small cancerous tumor on my chest wall. Since it was a clean removal, my oncological surgeon is very optimistic. All went well, it was a small incision, and I am home and resting, feeling very...

Psalms 91

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 25, 2018
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Duck in pondKnowing that I'm undergoing surgery for cancer tomorrow, my old high school friend Diana emailed me these reassuring words from Psalm 91:2, 4-5, "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'… He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day." If those words weren't reassuring enough, she attached a photo that touchingly illustrates the comfort and security of trusting in God during times like these. See that fluffy little one peeking up and looking totally content? That's how I feel, safe, protected and… content. And why not? When friends like you pray, God's got me covered!

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