I promised you inspiration and you just don't get much more inspirational than Joni Eareckson Tada.
Let's leave aside the ugliness of the left and get to know a remarkable woman who will bring hope and peace to your life and how you view the world.
In 1967, Joni (pronounced Johnny) dove into the Chesapeake Bay after misjudging the shallowness of the water. She suffered a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels and became a quadriplegic(or tetraplegic), paralyzed from the shoulders down.
During Tada's two years of rehabilitation, according to her autobiography Joni, she experienced anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, and religious doubts. However, during occupational therapy, learned to paint with a brush between her teeth and began selling her artwork. She also writes this way, although for most writing tasks she relies on voice recognition software. To date, she has written over forty books, recorded several musical albums, starred in an autobiographical movie of her life, and is an advocate for people with disabilities.
Tada founded Joni and Friends in 1979, an organization to "accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community" throughout the world. In 2007 the Joni and Friends International Disability Center in Agoura Hills, California, was established.
Led by Tada (founder and CEO) and John Nugent (president and COO), the Joni and Friends International Disability Center runs a multi-faceted non-profit covering a number of program outlets. The longest running program is "Joni and Friends Radio", a five-minute radio program begun in 1982. It now runs four minutes in length and can be heard each weekday on over 1,000 broadcast outlets. Read more at Wiki
Joni has just recently been treated for the second time for cancer and was declared cancer free just weeks ago.
Not only is she an advocate for the disabled, she is staunchly pro-life and has started a campaign against assisted suicide.
May God bless her...
Joni talks about art:
This song, sung by Joni, is featured in the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, released in 2014.
ALONE YET NOT ALONE is based on the inspirational, true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, two immigrant sisters forced to embark on a journey of faith that will lead them through the darkness of war into the light of freedom.
WND (2014): Rejected 'Alone' song now getting top billing I stumbled upon Joni through WND. God works in mysterious ways, doesn't he?