From the Heart

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 3, 2017

Joni and Ken

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1

Nearly every night before I go to sleep, I ask the Lord to wake me up in the spirit of Isaiah 60:1. When morning breaks, I want to “Arise, shine, for [my] light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon [me].” I know how easily my disability could darken my countenance, and so when my day starts, I ask God to make this beautiful verse a shining reality in my life!

I also chose Isaiah 60:1 as the theme for my 2018 Joni Planner. We live in a dark world filled with trouble and anxiety, but Jesus’ joy can chase away every gloomy shadow of fear. It’s the point behind every monthly devotional, activity, quotation, and Bible verse in my 2018 Planner. And I'm praying that as friends use my Planner, they, too, will rise and shine in the morning, moving into their day by the light of God’s Word. This bright theme even graces the cover – I chose my painting A Light in the Forest to capture iridescent sunlight falling through trees, transforming a dark forest into a cathedral of praise!

I hope in 2018 you will use the Joni Planner as a family journal to chronicle vacations, and keep track of appointments, prayer commitments, and holiday memories. Consider purchasing a Planner or two for your friends. Remember, all proceeds go directly toward the support of our Christ-centered programs at Joni and Friends. God bless you for shining His light... especially into the lives of the thousands of special-needs families you are reaching through your prayers and gifts!

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You and your husband are such a huge encouragement to our family. We actually just finished watching the Joni movie tonight, when I was growing up my mom would watch it with me every couple years. My husband and I have five children, two with autism,and your programs and resources have blessed us. Thank you for shinig brightly for Him! I'm amazed at the blessings in brokenness. He is so good!
  • Sept. 6, 2017
  • 7:05 p.m.
  • Tara
Just received my 2018 planner in the mail. Decided to sit down in my backyard and look through it and found the article on Kintsugi. What a neat way to explain the biblical perspective on brokenness. Also, my husband, who is a retired graphic designer, loves Joni's artwork as much as I do!
  • Aug. 14, 2017
  • 4:47 p.m.
  • Sharon Duffy