Posted by: rinaakimm | May 4, 2010

The Conclusion

Posted by: rinaakimm | May 2, 2010

The Current

Today, Joni Eareckson is an internationally known mouth artist, a talented vocalist, a radio host, an author of 17 books and an advocate for disabled persons worldwide. She preaches around the world sharing the message of how suffering for the sake of the Lord should be counted as a blessing. She gives hope to the hopeless. Here is an excerpt of her own eternal hope:

“I can’t wait for the day when I’m given my brand new glorified body. I’m going to stand up, stretch, dance, kick, do a aerobics, comb my own hair, blow my own nose, and what is so poignant is that I’ll finally be able to wipe my own tears, but I won’t need to, because the Bible tells us in the book of Revelation that God will personally wipe away every tear. There will be no more need to cry. How ironic that finally on the day when I have my hands so I can blow my own nose and wipe own tears I won’t have to. I look forward to that day. I never used to when I was on my feet. I thought heaven was pie in the sky by and by. I used to think that it was an escape from reality , a psychological crutch, but no, no, no, heaven is the reality and when you have your heart fixed on heaven it helps you live life better down here on earth. You’re able to develop relationships from an even keel. You’re better able to discern how more wisely to use your time, how to invest your talents, your gifts. You begin to see that people are what really count in life. Heavenly glories above, patience, peace, perseverance, life values turned right side up, these are just a few of the things God has shown me in the 26 years I’ve been in this wheelchair. “

We are all to desire this attitude of sharing the eternal hope with those around us. Check out her website at http://www.joniandfriends.org/index.php. Here you will find her ministries around the world and US. You can find out how you yourself can make a difference!

Posted by: rinaakimm | May 1, 2010

The Hope to Others from James

Faith with Works…

 

James 2:17; 19

17: Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead 19: You believe that there is one god. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble.

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James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

Faith without works is dead also is explained as professed compassion without action. This is the kind of faith that is without works – and described as a mere empty profession, not genuine saving faith.

Faith

Posted by: rinaakimm | May 1, 2010

The Hope To Others

Here is an execerpt from Joni Tada’s book found on pages 198-199 of “Suffering and the Sovereignity of God” :

http://www.desiringgod.org/media/pdf/books_bssg/books_bssg.pdf

or check out 29:03 – 38:10 video conference at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIJADzaNj8k

OR here:

Passing on the Hope to Others (Page 198-199) 

                We are so rich. We’ve been given so much insight, so much knowledge. And to whom much is given, much shall be required; to whom much is entrusted, much shall be demanded (Luke 12:48). I may have a wheelchair, but there is a need for eighteen million wheelchairs around the world. So I cannot sit here in America on my backside and be content. No. Ken and I will head to Africa with our Wheels for the World team to deliver not only terrain-appropriate wheelchairs, but also Bibles, and to give the good news and to teach disability ministry training in churches and to let people there know that cerebral palsy is not a curse from a local witch doctor. We will shed the light of Jesus who always tells the truth—not only about redemption but about rickets, not only about the atonement but about autism. We will shine his light. The way I see it, I’ve been given so much, I must pass on the blessing. We simply must, must pass on the hope to others.

We have been given so much. Jesus said, “To you it has been given to

know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 13:11). And “everyone

to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from

him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luke

12:48). God mandates that we go out into the streets and the alleys and

the highways and the byways. He mandates that we find the poor, the

blind, the disabled, and the lame, and help them get busy living, because

misery might love company, but joy craves a crowd. And the Father and

the Son and the Holy Spirit crave a crowd of joy, joy spilling over and

splashing and filling the hearts of thirsty people in this world who are

absolutely dehydrated from a lack of hope. They need help from God

on high. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit’s plan is to rescue

humans. 

Posted by: rinaakimm | April 30, 2010

The Good from James

God’s Will…

 

James 4:14-15

whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

In this context, it express that only God knows the future and no one knows what it does hold for us.

Vapor – a puff of smoke or a breath of air that appears for a moment. This stresses the transitory nature of life. (How short it really is).

His Will

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Posted by: rinaakimm | April 29, 2010

The Good

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

The wheelchair brought good to Joni’s life. This verse does not say that the wheelchair itself was GOOD, but rather that all these obstacles and challenges WORK for good. Here is an excerpt of how this truth of good was revealed to Joni from http://joniearecksontadastory.com/:

I remember when my friend Steve shared that verse with me as well, and I challenged him saying,”That sounds to me that you’re saying, there, that all things are good.” He said, “No, Joni, that’s not what the verse says. It doesn’t say that all things are good. It just says that all things can fit together into a pattern for good, a plan for good.

What is that good? I can’t speak for you. I really can’t, and I would never take my experience and lay it like a template over your life and say this is the way God ought to work in your life. No, No, no, it doesn’t work that way. We’re all individuals, we’re all significant, we’re all unique, and God’s plan for each one of us is so personal, so highly personal.

I would like to share with you the good, that I believe, has come out of my disability. I would like to tell you God’s motive in having permitted my accident to happen. For one thing, my life values have gotten turned from wrong side down to right side up.There was a time when I used to think that man’s cheap end for happiness was to have a date on Friday night and to be a slim trim 135 lbs, a size 12 dress, a college degree, a nice little home in suburbia with a white picket fence with Ethan Allen furniture, and 2.5 children. That’s what I used to think was important in life. After my accident, those life values, that were so wrong side down, got turned right side up and I began to see that what really mattered in life were friendships. What really mattered in life was love, warm and deep and real and personal, between a husband and a wife, or a sister, or a brother, or a aunt, or a niece, or a nephew, or a neighbor, or a nurse, or an attendant. I began to see that it was people who counted. And smiles and tears and embraces, these things began to count so much in my life.

I remember that my hospital bed was situated near a window in the ward that I shared with 6 other women and I used to thank God that I could see the moon at night and that my room was situated near a tree so I could watch the leaves blow in the wind. Little things, small things, began to matter. Looking straight on into the eyes of another person in a wheelchair and sensing their pain, being moved by their tears, feeling the rhythm of their heart, sharing oneness in the spirit, like experiences. These are the things that began to matter to me.

But other things began to matter to me as well. God used this injury to develop in me patience and endurance and tolerance and self-control and steadfastness and sensitivity and love and joy. Those things didn’t matter much when I was on my feet but, boy, they began to matter after I began living life in a wheelchair. I began to see that this is what made me a truly peaceful person. This is what real beauty was all about. This is what purpose in life involved. Being made somebody special, somebody significant, way down deep on the inside and beginning to share that with smiles and encouragement to others.

Posted by: rinaakimm | April 29, 2010

Defeat of the Accident from James

A natural instinct for  human nature is to blame God for what might  have happened to us. This doesn’t mean that this is the right thing to do, but mankind is covered within sin. 

James 1:2 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials 

Sin in Doubt

 

“HeyGod, I think you owe me a big apology”

      – Does Joni have a right to blame God for the accident?  

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Posted by: rinaakimm | April 29, 2010

The Accident from James

Trials…

 

James 1: 2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Testing in this context means to prove.

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James 1: 12

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love HIM

Crown of Life in this context: “Crown which is life” Crown was the wreath put on the victor’s head after ancient Greek athletic events; here it denotes the believer’s ultimate reward – eternal life – which God has promised to him and will grant in full death or at Christ’s coming.

 

Peace as a Dove

Posted by: rinaakimm | April 29, 2010

The Accident Turn Around

‘Life is not worth living for’… ‘Please, anybody slit my wrists’… ‘Stuff pills down my throat’… ‘End my misery’ … ‘I need a final escape’…  ‘Suicide’…

These were the desperate and depressed thoughts of Joni Erickson in the beautiful summer of 1967. Joni was stuck on a hospital bed, learning how to deal with her new form. Up until then, she didn’t even know what you called people like her. She was angry. After the first few months, she was tired of hearing 16 good Biblical reasons for why this happened and did not want counselling from her friends. She considered suffering a mystery. She had questions in her searching heart, and wanted sincere and honest answers. Joni admits she was “numb emotionally, desperately alone, and so very, very frightened.”

He began telling her that it was God’s will, as everything that happens has a purpose.  Joni didn’t understand how her lifelong paralysis could be part of His Loving plan. She had seen God unworthy of her trust, unless she was given answers.

He pointed to the Bible, and how Jesus’ crucifixion was all part of God’s plan. The devil tried to stir up evil and ruin God’s plan through murdering Jesus; however, in the end, the Lord’s final plan prevailed and salvation was brought to the world. Deep in the horror, the Lord has a good to bring out.

This was all that was needed to be said for Joni to realize the reality of her life. She paralleled her disability with the Cross. The devil thought that by causing her to be quadriplegic, that he had finally crushed her hopes and destroyed her dreams and faith in God; however, we have an all powerful and all loving God, who reaches out to us, and carries our burdens.

She concluded that God’s motive and purpose for her accident was to turn a stubborn and rebellious child, into a Christian who would reflect patience, endurance and longsuffering.  

What lesson can we all learn and apply to trials in our own lives from Joni’s example?

Posted by: rinaakimm | April 9, 2010

I See the “Light”

Yes…..just gaze into her PURE HOLY eyes

AND FEEL SHAME IN YOURS

…you know you want to.

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