Joni Eareckson Tada, a name synonymous with resilience, faith, and unwavering hope, stands as a beacon of inspiration for millions across the globe. Her story, a testament to the indomitable human spirit, has touched countless lives, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, God’s light can shine through. 

Born in 1949, Joni’s life took an unexpected turn at the tender age of seventeen when she suffered a diving accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a wheelchair, she grappled with the stark realities of her altered life, wrestling with questions of purpose, identity, and the very essence of her existence. 

Though, in despair Joni turned to God, seeking solace and guidance. She immersed herself in the Bible, finding comfort in its promises and strength in its teachings. Through her faith, Joni discovered God’s love is unwavering, and His plans for us are far greater than our own understanding. This profound sense of peace and acceptance transforming her disability from a source of despair into a platform for inspiration. 

Embracing this newfound perspective, Joni embarked on a remarkable journey of transformation. She began to share her story, speaking to audiences worldwide about the power of faith and the resilience of the human spirit. Her words resonated with countless individuals facing their own trials and tribulations (including me), offering them a beacon of hope in the midst of darkness. 

Joni’s unwavering faith and unwavering spirit inspired her to establish Joni and Friends, an international ministry dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities and their families. Through her organization, Joni has provided countless resources and support, helping individuals with disabilities achieve their full potential and live fulfilling lives. 

Through her writings, public speaking engagements, and advocacy efforts, Joni has become a voice for the voiceless, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their challenges and find purpose in their lives. Her message resonates with people from all walks of life, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, we can find hope, strength, and meaning. 

Joni’s legacy is one of courage, compassion, and unwavering faith. She has taught us that our disabilities do not define us; they are merely a part of our unique journey. Her life serves as a reminder that with God’s love and guidance, we can overcome any obstacle and find fulfillment in our lives. 

Inspiring Quotes from Joni 

“Heartache forces us to embrace God out of desperate, urgent need. God is never closer than when your heart is aching.” 

— This quote speaks to the transformative power of adversity in drawing us closer to God. When our hearts are broken and our spirits are down, we often turn to God for solace and strength. Joni’s words remind us that God is always present, especially in our darkest moments. 

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” 

— This quote highlights the paradoxical nature of suffering in God’s plan. While God does not delight in our pain, He may allow it to bring about a greater purpose, such as refining our character or deepening our faith. 

“There is nothing that moves a loving father’s soul quite like his child’s cry.” This quote is a reminder that God loves us unconditionally and is always there for us, especially when we are in pain. Just as a father cannot bear to hear his child cry, God cannot bear to see us suffer. 

— This quote speaks to God’s sovereignty. Even though we may not understand why bad things happen, we can trust that God is in control and that he is working all things out for our good and his glory. 

“He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer His embrace.” 

— This quote is a reminder that God is always with us, even when we are suffering. He may not take away our pain, but he will give us the strength to endure it. 

Joni’s quotes are a source of inspiration and hope for people of all ages and backgrounds. They remind us that God is always with us, that he loves us unconditionally, and that he is working all things out for our good. 

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  1. I’ve read Joni’s biographies and many of her books. I’m so thankful that she sought God in her suffering and then sought to share Him with others.

    1. I have to Barbara, and I’m thankful as well she sought God and chose to serve others.

  2. Grateful for you … Happy Thanksgiving, dear Paula.

    1. Thank you Linda and I’m so grateful for you to sweet friend.

  3. She is one of my favorites, I have followed her through the years, so happy for her successes in life and the love she gives to others. Not only inspiring, she is often beyond the words needed for me to utter.

    1. She is one of my favorites too. I have followed her as well she truly is an incredible woman.

  4. Her life has been such a testimony of trusting God in the most dire of circumstances.

    Just want to say, I’m grateful for you, Paula. May you have a most blessed Thanksgiving!

    1. I’m so grateful God has fosters our friendship over the miles.

  5. Thank you, Paula for sharing the quotes from Joni, I have enjoyed her books and listening to her speak. Happy Thanksgiving my Friend!

    1. You’re welcome Donna. I’ve enjoyed her books too. With me having several chronic illnesses she has been an inspiration to me.

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