A Little Lesson from Ephesians...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 42 Comments
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As Ken drove me to Joni and Friends this morning, our van became a sanctuary of praise-full song – “We’re Marching to Zion” was the hymn on my heart, and I sang it vigorously! I have to on days like this… days when my hip and lower back cramp in pain. It's my way of chasing away any dark, discouraging spirit bent on 'taking me out of the battle.' A difficult day like this is also a chance to 'testify' to the spirit world that, come hell or high water, I choose to cleave to the cross, hang onto the Spirit, and grab hold of the grace of my Savior. Ephesians 3:10 tells me that as we face our trials courageously, our lives are elevated onto a cosmic field of warfare where the stakes are about as high as you can get – we either make His sustaining-grace famous by trusting Him, or we make His grace appear empty by not trusting Him. I want to be in the camp that trusts in the Lord. I think you do, too…

Which is why I’ve posted a video of the message I gave for Moody Founder’s Week this past Wednesday (couldn’t get to Chicago because of the blizzard, so I sent a video). In it, I talk about Ephesians 3:10 and its impact on my day-to-day life as a quadriplegic (I also wrote extensively about Ephesians 3:10 in the book I wrote with Steve Estes, A Step Further). Hopefully, this message will be a blessing to you, too, reminding you of your high calling in the midst of every trial. Finally, take heart from what A.W. Tozer wrote many years ago, “The best thing is neither to seek nor avoid troubles but to follow Christ and take the bitter with the sweet as it may come. Whether we are happy or unhappy at any given time is not important. That we be in the will of God is all that matters. We may safely leave with him the incident of heartache or happiness. He will know how much we need of either or both.”

Onward and upward, friend! 

 
 

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42 Comments

 
Thank you Joni for your great testimony to the Lord. I've read your books in the long past but just recently read them again. I finished the 1st and 2nd one and just started the 3rd one. What a blessing to me. I'm going thru a financial trial. It is a deep burden to me but thru your books and testimony I know that I can get thru it with the Lord. I just recently found the website and what a joy your blog is to me!! Thank you again!! I'm glad the Lord is using you to be a blessing to ME!!
  • Feb. 6, 2011
  • 3:45 a.m.
  • Kathy Holcombe
I have followed you since i was a teenager - i'm 53 now - and i am still sure of how you must know the same Lord i do because of the way you put your trust in him. My ex husband was physically, emotionally and financially abusive and i leaned on God to get through it all - i appreciate how you talk about verses and tie them to your daily experience - it truly resonates with me - isn't he the ultimate? I admire you Joni and tell my friends and family about you - you're amazing!! Patricia Shell (Champaign, Illinois)
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 8:13 p.m.
  • Patricia
PS ~ Beautiful picture, by the way! You look lovely.
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 7:20 p.m.
  • Kathy Roeth
Joni, you amaze and inspire me! When I get discouraged, you are there with just the reminder that I need to draw closer to the Lord and lean harder upon Him. Thanks for lifting my spirits today! God bless you, Ken and your ministries! k.
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 7:17 p.m.
  • Kathy Roeth
I am so sorry for your pain Joni. Praise God we can Choose to cleave to the cross. Even in the midst of great pain. I will be praying for sweet sleep for you tonight. Thank you for the sweet story of the talent show.
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 4:12 p.m.
  • Theresa Schwartz
Thank you dear friend! That's a wonderful quote from A.W.Tozer. I do choose to follow Christ and his will for my life. God shows me everyday, that he knows my needs ang gives me the Grace to endure. Especially, with friends like you, that ALWAYS point me back to Him. Love You!
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 12:01 p.m.
  • Vicky Olivas
Thank you Joni for teaching me how to live courageously! To fight the good fight. I am learning to choose to face my trials by hanging on to Christ!!! In the past I would instead allow the dark , discouraging spirit ' take me out of the battle. Your note spoke to my heart - to stay in the battle. Your teaching me how to face disability with life lessons. For this I can not say thank you enough. In His Service.
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 9:08 a.m.
  • Cindy Haselwander
You inspire me! I have been associated with Women Alive since the beginning and met you there . I read all your books and right now am teaching a Bible study in Florida, on 'Hope'and reading from'A Place of healing" often. Thank you for not being shaken, for standing firm and being a witness to all. You shine the light of Jesus. God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you. I keep you on my heart and in my prayers-lovingly ,in Christ, always Arlene
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 6:43 a.m.
  • Arlene Ord
Dear Joni, thank you for your powerful testimony of your faith in Christ! It is so true what you said about following Christ in bad and good times.I have also read your book you mentioned you wrote with Steve Estes.It is so encouraging to know how you persevere despite the difficult circumstances. Greetings to you and Ken, San
  • Feb. 5, 2011
  • 1:27 a.m.
  • san tjoa
So you like A. W. Tozer!! I loved his book, the one about "In his presence" I think that was the title. I hardly read at all, but when I find a good book, I love it!! (Here is the second part, Mrs. Joni!, due to space limit) Mrs. Joni, praise God for your wonderful husband who can share precious moments with you. Keep on singing! I would love to hear that hymn! I like to sing "Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet Heavenly dove, stay right here with us filling us with your love . . . " And as my Dad would always say to us, "Jesus be with you"!! and I want to add, "thank God that He IS with us, otherwise we would be in the soup!" I send you lots of hugs and cheery smiles, lIn Christ´s love and fellowship, Katrinka Sue de Romero
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 5:32 p.m.
  • Katrinka de Romero
 
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