Understanding God’s Plan for the End of Life – Joni Eareckson Tada

Understanding God’s Plan for the End of Life – Joni Eareckson Tada

well there was a movie what was it last summer or two summers ago me before you and it was a story of a quadriplegic who felt that his quality of life was was nothing and even though he loved his personal care assistant he opted for suicide and all of his family and all of his friends said he made a courageous noble dignified decision and I’m sitting there in the audience as a quadriplegic thinking no he didn’t he opted out he he took the Cowardly way out welcome to the focus on the family broadcast helping families thrive Jonny welcome back to focus good to be here and thank you for inviting me to speak on this this troubling topic that’s influencing not only our nation’s laws but also the Christian community yeah well you in many ways I’m sure years ago you didn’t sign up for this I will be an expert in physically challenged you know lives 50 years ago fifty years ago I broke my neck in that diving accident and and my goodness I was athletic I was on the go I was hopeful about heading off to college and and here my plans were drastically altered when I took that dive of reckless dive and snapped my neck and severed my fourth cervical vertebrae that cut my spinal cord and left me a quadriplegic and I could not believe it when doctors said I would never walk never have use of my hands and I began to translate that Jim and John I okay this means somebody’s gonna wipe my butt there my toileting routines this means somebody’s gonna have to cut up my food and feed me this means I’m gonna have to have bed baths and someone who’s gonna have to brush my teeth and wipe my spit and and clean my runny nose and and I don’t want to live like that and I guess it’s why when I talked to me christ-followers who struggle with disability they are thinking more and more about why should I have to go through this my quote quality of life is so poor you know physician assisted suicide is not a bad idea perhaps I have literally talked to quadriplegic friends who are thinking seriously thinking about opting out of life because of what they feel is dehumanizing and undignified care Johnny so appreciate that boldness I mean what you shared is so straightforward it makes us wince especially if we have the use of our bodies we’re going wow we’ll think of that all those things that you mentioned but let me ask you in that same way that pervasive thought then is well maybe it’s okay for them to select an easy way out because of the pain they’re in well and of course I don’t ascribe to that I’m just trying to posture the way people rationalize physician assisted suicide which puts our listeners who are Christ followers in such a key and influential position you know we were reading a statistic just before airtime about 39 percent of evangelicals believe it’s morally permissible to provide quote compassionate care in in mercy killing if someone’s suffering seems unbearable now when 39 percent of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ feel it is preferable to to have three grams of phenobarbital injected into your veins rather than deal with suffering then we have to understand what are we hearing about suffering from our pulpits yeah do we have a biblical worldview and suffering do we know how to handle it how do we engage it and Jim what is so disconcerting is that these fears that people have about suffering have been translated into what most people think is very rational social policy let’s have society aid us help us in death with with a lethal injection you know you have said a lot right there Johnny when you look at the issue of developing courage you know I’m mindful of the scripture where Paul writes about suffering leading to endurance endurance leading to character and character hope we’re not very good with that no but that is not our our expertise in Western civilization no but you know I think a lot of this this discussion can be traced back to this US Supreme Court ruling in 1973 which ruled that there is an inherent quote right of privacy in our Constitution and right there gave birth to the entitlement culture we live in an entitlement culture which has made idols of of autonomy personal choice it’s made idols of comfort convenience and and when you add to this despair then that is a formula for opting for assisted suicide my hope is that pastors and pulpits that small group Bible studies that people when they discuss these topics over a cup of coffee at Starbucks or the backyard fence or at PTA or in their carpool or with her coworkers my hope is that Christians will be able to articulate not only a biblical worldview and suffering but help people find virtue in affliction people find courage in facing the challenges of disability that’s critical what you’re saying is critical for us to understand absolutely and it flies in the face of our entitlement culture we want a healthy life we want a comfortable life we want life to go our way and when disease or disability or aging or pain especially pain begins to encroach on our comfort when our convenience we start to despair let me ask you in that regard when you look at quality of life and all the things you just mentioned the abled body person listening who hasn’t lived a day in your shoes we don’t understand what you have to go through and your husband ken is here and he has been such a great support to you and I know that from the times we spent together but help help us better understand why we should not support some of those movements in this country where they’re proposing termination of life because we see it as a poorer quality of life and who are we to judge that well you’re speaking from experience absolutely that meaning yeah does it ever frustrate you or make you upset well they I have able-body personally have some kind of judgment on you well yes Jim it does because it tells me that you think little of my abilities you think little of my years of cultivation of patience endurance self-control long-suffering compassion toward other people who hurt you know suffering is the textbook that teaches us who we really are and we all would like to think that we are Paragons of virtue but suffering is God’s choices tool in molding our character and my my quality of life may seem poor to many people when I rehearse that that list you know somebody doing my toileting routines bed bath feeding me dressing me you know all my autonomy is out the window your quality of life is nothing but I’m an image bearer of God and that makes the difference you have to wake up in the morning and remember that thank God for my disability because I don’t think most people wake up in the morning and think hey I’m a reflector of God ah I bear His image that’s a big responsibility it is and it’s not based on pride which of course is the essence of autonomy and personal choice no when we reflect on the fact that we are image bearers of a great Almighty God it humbles us it makes us humble we we receive happily anything from the hand of God even if it was from the left hand of God affliction pain aging disappointment despair I mean these are things that are tough to grapple with let me ask you about that because we’ve covered in other programs we’ve done together but I know someone’s listening today who is in a spot where they are bitter toward God it may not be you know physical ailment it could be but it might be something else a broken family divorce wayward child whatever is in their heart where God has let them down their expectations have not been met how with your experience with your physical constraints how would you coach a person to say this does not matter how I love my God how I love my lord how I trust my lord how I depend upon my Lord you walk it every day and I use that word correctly you walk it every day but talk to that troubled soul and again we we could have all of our physical capability and we’re broken in this area how do you do it well first it’s totally understandable Jim there are so many mornings after 50 years of quadriplegia where I wake up and to be quite honest my quadriplegia is somewhat of a walk the park next to my struggle with chronic pain it is so difficult please don’t ask me to explain how a quadriplegic feels pain I can’t explain it but I have other quadriplegic friends who feel the same and it just wears at your resolve it erodes your joy like corrosive acid it just eats away at your peace of mind you begin to doubt the goodness of God I understand I get it i resonate when people struggle with these things but not only do i resonate the bible resonates with people I mean even the Apostle Paul in Corinthians he said to his friends my brothers I don’t want you to be uninformed about the hardships we endured in Asia we were overwhelmed far beyond our ability to endure we even had in our hearts the sting of death now basically what the Apostle Paul is saying there is I’d rather die to go through this you guys don’t understand it was hard we were totally overwhelmed and Jim I just know there are listeners right now who can identify with that statement take heart an apostle knows exactly how you feel not just Johnnie Erickson tada a biblical apostle knows how you feel but and the right at the end of that little list of his woes he says but and I love lights in Scripture don’t you yeah but these things happen that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead oh my goodness if God can raise the dead he can raise me up in the morning out of my chronic pain he can raise our listeners when they are overwhelmed by the needs of their disabled child their elderly parent for whom they’re caring God’s grace is sufficient and that sometimes I don’t think we as Christ followers understand how deep and wide and great the grace of God is unless we suffer but Jim I’ve told you this before I wake up in the morning and say I’m gonna believe I’m okay today I’m gonna believe what I say a chapter 60 verse 1 arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rest upon you I’m gonna believe that psalm 119 verse 50 says my comfort and suffering is this your promises renew my life and so sometimes Ken drives me to Johnny and friends down the 101 freeway for 18 minutes and what am i doing rehearsing the promises of God because God you tell me that these things were to renew my life so I’m gonna believe you and I think that’s what Jesus meant in John chapter 6 what he said you need to eat my flesh you need to drink my blood that was an offensive statement to most people and only a few followers understood what he meant you have to ingest His grace you have to feed on it not just daily moment by moment when you suffer yeah but I tell you what when you do you discover Jesus is ecstasy beyond compare and it’s worth anything to be his friend he’s that precious and that sweet and that is why I want people not to look to despair and hopelessness and physician-assisted suicide and mercy Kelly I want them to find Jesus in the midst of their afflictions many can’t but the onus is on the church to get a biblical view and suffering and apply it to their neighbors their friends their relatives their co-workers who are despairing Johnny you’ve written the first edition of this book I think twenty-five years ago and you re-released it updated it when you look at the change in the culture in 25 years what have you noticed I mean you’re seeing this every day many of us aren’t looking at it in the same way you do so you’ve been at the helm of this movement to protect life what did the changes like and what scares you what gives you hope well my concerns about physician-assisted suicide began really in 1982 and I was on an airplane reading newspaper it was about a child an infant with Down syndrome it was starved to death on a hospital and it was upheld by the state Supreme Court and I looked at that and thought oh my goodness you know this is what the abortion ruling in 1973 is bringing us people warned us about this Francis Schaeffer warned us about this in 1973 and we’re seeing it come to reality connect those dots quickly because some people may be people that aren’t Christian they don’t understand this they make be Christian not pro-life why do those dots connect for you well because in the Supreme Court ruling back 1973 judges determined that there is an inherent quote right to privacy in the US Constitution and when that was determined that opened the door to an exercise of personal rights in every single realm however over the time that’s become morphed into this into this competition between whose rights are more important than whose and so not no longer our rights moral claims they are based on the Word of God but rights over over the years have become nothing more than people’s willful determinations all dressed up in politically correct language calling them rights but really it’s what I want when I want and I want it now including my own death exactly and including the the entitlement culture that we find ourselves in and when people start viewing rights as willful determinations such as that and when they disengage rights from their moral basis in in the Word of God then the exercise of Rights becomes nothing but a national competition between who is more victimized than ku and I think we see that happening in our country now we have become a hanging group of individuals who have radicalized rights based on the interpretation from 1973 s ruling and and now it’s it’s no one does anything for the common good of the country all moral consensus has has unraveled and we’ve become a bunch of forgive me spoiled brats yeah just want what we want when we want it very much the me culture and it’s getting more me centric it seems each and every day well there was a movie what was it last summer or two summers ago me before you and it was a story of a quadriplegic who felt that his quality of life was was nothing and even though he loved his personal care assistant he opted for suicide and all of his family and all of his friends said he made a courageous noble dignified decision and I’m sitting there in the audience as a quadriplegic thinking no he didn’t he opted out he he took the Cowardly way out now there may be some people think you know wait a minute I’m suffering pain I’m going through intractable pain well if we are dealing with pain and I’m one with you then let’s pour our resources not into the advancement of giving people special rights to die known as poor our resources into developing better pain management techniques better Hospice better palliative care let’s help people deal with anger let’s give them social supports bring them out of social isolation let’s provide spiritual community let’s be a friend to these people and walk the journey with them Jonny also mentioned back when you were at the beginning of this journey that people helped you get this perspective that you did have down days I mean you’re very buoyant spirit you see that and in fact some people who have followed you and know your ministry would say yeah Johnny’s got that capacity to stay on top of these things but talk about the help that came around you those that picked you up in your despair what did that look like back then it’s still painful for me to remember it I would I’d been released in the hospital I was spending that summer in a deep depression I I didn’t know what to do where to turn I would drink I have found some friends who were Christians who would come every one a Friday night and they’d sneak me their beers and and you know scotch and Soda became a favorite and I began to deaden my pain with alcohol of course I was what only 18 19 20 years old but but the alarm went off in my head and God introduced me to a couple of Christians who intervened and started to make a difference and they didn’t treat me like a project I wasn’t there you know despairing neighbor who you know needed to have a friend so I’m gonna do the admirable thing and become her friend oh they were my friends they got engaged with me they they they took me to Bob’s Big Boy to get burgers they took me shopping they they you’re just one of them I was one of them and it made all the difference in the world and I think it was those Christians who began to share with me perspectives from the Word of God the fact that we don’t own our bodies God wants to honor him with our bodies which he paid for with his own death mmm God is against murder he’s against suicide which stands to reason he would be against self murder God loves life death is the last enemy and and we’re to do all we can to sustain life as long as we have a breath there is a purpose there’s a meaning even if it’s a small gesture of encouragement that you might offer to others I’m thinking of a woman named Kim real quickly she had a neuromuscular disease she was despairing of her life her elder at her church called me and asked if I would please call and talk to Kim because she was considering opting out of life and not going on a ventilator she was so depressed and I got her on the phone and after some long conversation about prayer and and heaven and and courage and whatnot I I said to her Kim I’m gonna give you a Bible verse that’s gonna change your life it’s from first Peter chapter 3 verse 8 and it says a day with the Lord is such a thousand years and a thousand years are as a day I said Kim we all know the old adage that God looks at a thousand years as just a couple of days gone by but if you ever thought the other side of that verse that he looks at our days as worth a thousand years a thousand years worth of opportunity to invest in his kingdom I said Kim when your mother comes to give you your meal tonight and syringes you’re your meal into your g2 because she would spend with the reining tube watch it mom should just say to your mom let me say a blessing let me say a blessing over my food before you syringe that into me just do that Kim I know your focus is to herself and your pain but try reaching out because that small momentary act of courage has got to pan out to at least 579 years worth of eternal benefit to your mother bliss for yourself and glory to God start living that way look beyond yourself even though you’re on your quote deathbed and care about others me look at Jesus he was on his cross and he’s what’s he doing he’s dying but he’s also ministering to this man crucified next to him he’s counseling his mother about who she should live with and I mean he’s doing all these things miss Kraus is on deathbed she began to take my advice when people would come over to do a Bible study by her bedside she with great effort because her breathing was labored would say let me share with you my favorite bible verse of course everybody is stunned silence listening to her this courageous woman and it was so encouraging and her mother told me that Kim lived another I think it was three months after our conversation but she said Johnny those are the most meaningful months my daughter ever lived because she believed that what she did with her small gestures of encouragement and courage and boosting the spirits of others and bolstering others perspectives on her suffering she believed it panned out to at least fifty nine thousand years worth of eternal benefit to her and bliss for others and glory to God and she put a value on it that Bible verse in 1st Peter chapter 3 gave her and that was for some of the most meaningful week she lived thank you she said and to be honest Jim Kim is not alone it’s the way I live every day I have to push in the back of my thinking I have to push back pain I have to find something that’s more interesting that demands my focus that’s more engaging than my pain and what is it first Peter chapter 3 verse 8 I don’t want to diminish my eternal estate I don’t want to jeopardize it I want to live life well I want to live life well I think that is dying with dignity because we’re all dying each and every day we die to self each and every day right but we rise to Jesus and we’re all preparing for that final exit and I just want to make certain that my death will be a good death because I have lived well Johnny that is well said I mean all of us pass through that that threshold no one’s going to escape it whether you’re able body or you have some physical disabilities and you have expressed it so well today well it’s why I wrote that book when is it right to die I really wanted to give Christ followers a keen understanding of the arguments surrounding physician assisted suicide as well as give them a language so that they could engage their own neighbors and friends and church goers in a biblical worldview of not only life but death yes Johnny Erickson tada thank you for being such a great example of how to do that so well in your book when is it right to die what a resource for every Christian home thanks Jim hey I’m John fuller and thanks 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100 thoughts on “Understanding God’s Plan for the End of Life – Joni Eareckson Tada”

  1. I so appreciate Joni's testimony. 45 years ago I began my journey with depression, panic attacks, then chronic pain, two bouts with cancer, over 20 surgeries on my spine, joints, mastectomy, and now at age 67 I hurt more than other and have been so discouraged and feel like giving up. I read Joni's first books years ago and was strengthened, and now this video has encouraged me once again. Thank you, Joni, for your fight for the disabled, the suffering and the culture of death, to mention a few. God bless you and help you in your continued sufferings and your continued battles.

  2. God has an amazing plan for our lives. Sick or well. Rich or poor. Whether other hate us or love us. In every circumstance, God wants us to be happy.

  3. There is so much wrong teaching and beliefs on healing, that many believers lose hope and faith when they suffer thinking God is not coming through for them.

  4. I never liked Joni Eareckson Tada and I been disabled my entire life! She has no right to tell some one else how to live, and neither do !!

  5. I Love Joni Eareckson Tada.She is the most encouraging Christian woman and she always speaks with life, grace and wisdom and gives so much scripture !!! Thank God for her and the ministries God has given her to help us !!! Thank you Jesus !!! God Bless our Dear Sister in Christ! ❤😊

  6. As a nurse for over 40 yrs – much spent in Hospice care, I've seen the sacredness of those going through the dying process. No other time in one's life can compare – it is the most essential time in our journey of being human. As the labor process during childbirth brings forth life so will the dying process transforms -renew us towards eternity.

  7. This happen to me and GOD lift me up of the bed and I walk again I cannot run but I play a mean round of golf GLORY TO GOD- my accident was a parachute one. I broke my neck, I was in bed for a year , but GOD HAD THE LAST WORD, no way out till HE is done with me .

  8. Christians have every right to make choices about their own lives, but it is totally reprehensible to impose these "biblical world views" by attempting to deny end-of-life choices to others. The Bible (especially the Old Testament) is the last place to find a moral compass for our time (e.g. Deuteronomy 21:19-21, Exodus 21:7-8, 1 Peter 2:18)

  9. This is much appreciated. I have, long term, physical and mental disorders, so can feel the depth of meaning, in what is being revealed. 😇 Very Challenging/Confronting, yet Extremely Helpful.

  10. Thank you so much Johnny for your input I have chronic pain and have been taking pain pills for 10 years with fibromyalgia. When the government decided to cut are medication down to nothing and wenis off I thought I was going to die. But I turned to God because I knew if I was alive he had a purpose for me. They also sent me to a clinic and taught me a method called mindfulness. This mindfulness has changed my life. When I think all the suffering I've been through the abuse the molestation the beatings but I got through it with Jesus and I learned from it and I am a wise woman I realize only God has the right to take my life when he wants to. We must remember it was first Margaret Sanger who was the beginning of Planned Parenthood who actually had a clinic where she would kill mentally ill people because she didn't want them to suffer. And of course she was just murdering them. when we take suffering out of life there will be no life. No one likes to suffer but when you surrender your suffering to God you can have more peace then you could ever know. I have recently become Catholic and they look at suffering completely different they say a suffering prayer is as strong as a fasting prayer so don't waste your suffering when you're suffering offer it up to God as a prayer for someone else in need and God will use that suffering to help someone. We don't have to understand it but I have seen it come true it is powerful we can use our suffering to help each other thank you for your great testimony and God bless you

  11. Though I am not permanently disabled, I have gone through 29 surgeries for several birth defects and genetic disease issues. Even more, I have suffered severe abuse and complex PTSD that has taken decades to unfold and heal. There have been times that dying would have been easier to face than all of the suffering I have been through. The hardest part of it all, though, was being alone in my pain. Through something called the Life Model, I have learned how to connect deeply with Jesus in that pain and build healthy, thriving relationships and community. I am learning how to suffer well and give and receive life with others. Those who want to die are mostly feeling alone and disconnected. Growing deep and significant community makes so much difference! We must grow joy bonds with others to increase our emotional and spiritual capacity which is what enables us to suffer well.


  13. Good teaching. PhD pure hardship diploma. God bless you and your ministry esteemed sister, servant of our most high God.

  14. I have multiple invisible disabilities. I've always had a hard time relating to Joni not because of her work but because she's had resources, emotional and physical support all her adult life. I know of people fighting to get help who through no fault of their own are homeless. I've NEVER had emotional support. Yes I depend on God daily. Jesus is the reason I get up in the morning. That's not my point. I'm tired of the discrimination I endure every day. I read the first edition of her book. Didn't address ableism at all which disappoints me. Nor does she address the caregivers dilemma. Caregiving is Such. Hard. Work.

    I know she's helped millions, she'll have one heck of a crown, etc. etc. Just understand there's more to the story.

  15. Thank you sweet Joni for always speaking God's truth and sharing it in a manner that makes sense. What a treasure you are.

  16. You can not add one extra day to your life or take one away from it, when it is your time to die you die, whether that is by your own hands, someone else's normal or under an operation.

  17. The guts and bravery of this woman are beyond belief! Any whiny fool can kill himself. It takes a powerhouse of a human being to face every day dependent on the love and care of God and others around you. Joni is a blessing to all who come in contact with her as well as a shower of glory upon our Lord Jesus Christ who sustains her minute by minute, decade by decade for over a half century.

  18. I am a stage 4 breast cancer metastasized to the bones. I did chemo and radiation the first time around after a bilateral mastectomey, It was stage 3 cancer for ten years and came back stage 4 two years ago. I did chemo radiation again and had to have a left hip replacement with a bar in my thigh almost to the knee. Its been long and hard. I had over 18 lesions and tumors and fractures to my spine and skull. I was not ready to quit but I suffered pain…..I still do but I hate taking any pain medication which thank God I am allergic to much of it anyway! I believe by His stripes I am healed and if I am not 100% healed then He has a reason and purpose for my suffering and it has to bring Glory to Him. If I do not use it for His Glory than I am just making the enemy happy! I can not believe that people would want to allow Doctors to take the lives of people even if they want it. Doctors were suppose to want to heal and help and never harm! I totally hear you Joni! I understand not wanting pain and suffering but it is part of life. The lack of knowledge from our churches is very sad. Where are the Churches saying this is wrong. Jesus is always the answer! If you don't find Jesus God's enemy will be glad to find answers for you. Jesus is always the answer to everything! Thank You Joni for the Lady you are.

  19. She is truly a servant of the Heavenly Father. She's been through the worst, yet she's kept her faith in the Lord. And she's still alive today. I KNOW, that God has lead her just as he has lead all of us. I mean, back in those days when you were injured, like that you were put on this frame known as a Stryker Frame.it's a platform that allowed the healthcare staff to turn you from your back and then onto your stomach, and so fourth. You had to lie FLAT for days, to weeks, to even months, you could not sit up, or just turn over, you couldn't do ANYTHING, except breathe, unless you were also recieving support from a ventilator. Back in those days, you did not have the Pneumatic beds, and rotational beds like they have these days. I've never been in such a device, and I AM VERY THANKFUL that I have. I've been in rotation beds, but not had to endure a Stryker frame, and those who haven't need to be PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL!!! Those who have been in this thing have truly been at their worse. I can't imagine what it was like. Pretty much the only thing you could do is lie there, and trust in God!!!!

  20. My hardest move has been to have to walk away from my mum, she is in her 80s, and she gave birth to six children, but she has been controlling and playing me and my siblings against each other. She never except me and from very early years beat me and would be swearing and saying that I was just like my dad's sisters and I was a so and so my dad's surname. I was just like them, I was never baptised, but my siblings were, church of England my mums faith and my dad was a Catholic, and when I was about five years old, my dad started to go out every night and at weekends, he would get back from work, getting changed and going to the public bar and not getting back until midnight. My mum always took her frustrated temper out on me, and I used to be kept off school a lot to help her and she would say that I was sick. I have had many years of beatings when I would be rolled in a ball and she would punch and kick my back and head. I was the only person who tried to help her, and I took jobs as a teenager and gave her the money. I gave her my money when I started working at sixteen. I used to try to get my siblings to help her and this caused arguments, my dad gave her little money to look after the house and feeding us. My grandmother was much more of a mother than my mother and she would stand up for me. She would tell me that my mother was always jealous and bitter and utterly unhappy about everything. I truly love her but I don't want her desperately destroying me anymore. Because I had a strong relationship with her mother and father my grandparents, and I would shop and care for them and doing their chores, when my children were younger and at school, and during school holidays, I would have my children playing with them while I spent time spring cleaning and doing the work I did not have time to do. I kept them out of nursing home until, I became very ill and I have had many health issues and taking medication for over 40 years and many hospital procedures and I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 40, but I am now 61 and with the Lord Jesus intervention, and faith. I have been prescribed medicine free since 2016. God is willing to help me by taking care of my health. My grandparents ended up going into a nursing home and they were not happy and the home was not up to standard and they were both being neglected and I could see, the dangerous way it was being run, and I raised my concerns with the local authority. I used to be a school caretaker and were aware of health and safety issues. The nursing home fell short of safety and welfare of the elderly in their care. The home was inspected and measures were put in place by the local authority. My mother took the opportunity to tell them that I was responsible, and because of It being a private family run home, I was banned from being allowed to visit my grandparents. The local authority could not help me with this but they said they were keeping a close eye on the nursing home. My nanna died on my 47th. Birthday and I was unaware of her end of life status, but within minutes of her death, her spirit came and was stood by the foot of my bed, and she was transparent and shiny white and in a white gown. My two German Shepherd dogs laid down by my bed, started to wine and their fur was up. I got out of bed and she turned around and flying down the stairs and through my house and through closed doors and my dogs were crying after her. I unlocked the back door, and she was about six feet away and she smiled at me and bowed her head turned and disappeared in a puff of white smoke and my dogs then started to howel and they were running around the garden looking for her. I went back indoors and when I walked into my bedroom my husband asked me what the fuss was about. I said that my nan had died and she had come to say goodbye. I looked at the clock and it was 20 past 4 in the morning. I then took a phone call from my auntie who was at the nursing home with my mother, and she told me that my nan had died and because they had been there since the day before my mother did not have her house keys and could she come back to my house. I went down stairs and put the kettle on and turning up the heating system because it was November, and I opened the door when they arrived and it was snowing and the ground was completely covered. They were shocked when I made it known that nan had visited my house and when I told them the time and what happened. They were shocked. I went to the nursing home that day on my birthday and a nurse let me in and my Grandad was crying and he was pleased to see me again, but I was shocked when people came back and asked me to leave. My mother resentment of me caring for her parents and jealousy, drove bitterness between me and my father and siblings. My mother believed she was very ill and started her journey controlling everyone around her, doing things her way and she would then be calling and criticism about what you have done. My dad inheritance from his sister, my mum took care of and she only favoured two sons and their wife's giving them money and buying them cars, and she said to me that she was jealous of me having having a husband who had taken care of me and gave me a good home and she said because I hadn't been hard up and penny less she didn't want me to have any of the inheritance money. She never let me know how sick my dad was and I just received a phone call to say that he had died. I did not go to visit her after my grandparents died because my parents were always arguing and my father was full of drink, and it was not the environment that I wanted my children to have. But now my mother is getting more difficult and the fact that the money is running out. So my siblings think that it is my time to look after her. I know what the Bible says about honoring your mother and father, but they had a responsibility to teach me Christian values and love and care for me. I have taken it to the Lord Jesus in prayer, because in my heart she is my mother and I love her, but they have no time for me and my faith in the Lord Jesus. God is helping me the guilt I have been wearing like a stone around my neck. I have been shown scripture on leaving family and friends and letting them burying the dead and not having no part of their mourning, and when I went to my grandparents funeral service and my father but I did not return and be with family for the funeral reception of food and drinks. I went with my husband and children to a country park with lakes and a restaurant and said my goodbye in this way. I have spine problems and diabetes, asthma, nerve damage to my body, stomach and bowel disease and heart disease and damage. I gave myself to the Lord Jesus as a living sacrifice in 2016, and I was led to believe in him and trust him completely. I was encouraged to start reducing my medication and to start the process of getting back to health with taking vitamins and minerals from he encouraged me to take care of myself and my family by looking at nutritional ways to help me recover from years of pain and depression and anxiety which had taken over my life and manifested in illness which the doctor treated the symptoms with medication and not the root of my illness, which was the result of suppression of pain and abuse. So many people have been been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and given medication to white wash their symptoms but not getting to the bottom of root cause of pain and anxiety problems. Minerals and pure vitamins and healthy foods will help you turn your life around, we have to make lifestyle changes to our daily life, and this applies to our daily routine and walk through life with the Lord Jesus,, a exerienced teacher, and it is possible by building a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and we do this through prayer and reading through the Bible and coming back God, from all the worldly ways and not the ways of God. AMEN

  21. Joni you reflect Christ likeness and are so beautiful. Thank you, I will learn to submit and allow God to refine me too as I suffer in this body of flesh.

  22. This is a difficult topic. I do not believe these new laws are meant to force people to choose this option if they feel they still have quality of life. It is simply a option that people can choose or not. And here in Canada there are conditions that have to be met in order to choose this option. It s not a free for all. It is simply a choice. It is not forced upon anyone. Just as someone should look to God for help they should not be made to suffer if they feel that their quality of life is suffering .

  23. Yes I too am a quadriplegic 33 years now but I know that the Lord sustains me and carries me every day! My husband has stood by my side and takes care of me I am a very blessed woman! I would never consider assisted suicide! I had a brainstem stroke two nights after my baby was born and I know what pain is also physical and emotional!

  24. Ms Joni, for your pain, do U know about the all-natural product for pain called "Relief-Factor"? It is drug free so U can take it without overdose or toxic side-effects, "forever". U won't forever, but U know what I mean, HA!
    Sincerely, Barrett, Inventor

  25. She should research Emanuel TV……..theres a pastor who is a MIGHTY man of God, and he heals all kinds of disease in the Name of JESUS Its really amazing the healings going on in his church..its called SCOAN..synegog church of all nations. Its worth looking into. GOD BLESS YOU IN THE HOLY and MIGHTY NAME of CHRIST♡ JESUS ♡…THE KING IS COMING…….🌈🕊💌

  26. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. We believe taking your own life is against Gods law and murder.

  27. We've become our own Gods haven't we Joni? We need revival in this country. We need to realize that Gods words trump ours.

  28. Thank you so much for this Joni! I used to call pain my friend. The doctor didn't like that at all! It's still true. Gentle hugs from afar 😻

  29. Joni and friends presenting workshop in white mountains AZ regarding churches with disabled folks attending. as far as behaviors. this is SUPER importany as many with issues of the mind are true believers of Christ yet many won't go to church for feeling some see them less than. so happy this is happening. and yes crippled and wheelchair folks need to be provided for in space etc

  30. nerve damage is some of the worst pain you may be paralysed in your limbs but the spinal nerves can still produce phantom pains and pain into the legs from the cyatic nerve

  31. When all the docs said there was nothing they could do to heal my back, I asked Jesus to heal me. He had already saved my soul so I knew my back was a snap for Him. I re-studied every healing passage in the Old and New Testaments. I served myself communion almost every day. I prayed in tongues and interceded for those who were also infirm. I posted sticky notes all over the house with His promises written on them. I never thanked Him for the disability or incredible pain, but throughout the day while in my pain, I raised my hands and thanked Him for healing me according to His Word, even though raising my hands put me in so much more pain. This went on for years but, by faith, I knew God started healing me the very day I asked Him, even though I didn’t see or feel it. I ended up receiving a gradual healing and the docs scratching their heads. Jesus is the truth, I love Him so much. I had been a Christian for years and I always knew He was our Healer even though other Christians didn’t believe He still heals. All I wanted to do during my testing was to make Jesus famous for fulfilling His promises as recorded in His Word. I never wanted the focus to be on my great attitude during my difficulty. I always made sure to place all the attention on Jesus Christ as the promise maker and promise keeper. Joni can have Psalm 107:20 for herself too. If she would, Jesus would be the One exalted throughout her interviews. His name would be repeated over and over during the video. I wonder what would have happened over these 50 years if she had taken Jesus at His Word. I’m not minimizing her pain or circumstances, I’m just pointing out that Jesus is her healer too. She probably would never have become internationally famous for having a great attitude but she would have been drawing people’s attention to Jesus Christ as the One who fulfills every jot and tittle of His Word. God bless you as you rely on Him to supply all your needs.

  32. I'm trying… I'm tired!!! Come LORD quickly. Loss of Children/pain/cancer/limitations. Barley functioning .. I'm only 60.

  33. Thank you for such sn inspirational discussion. Your positive attitude is contagious…..you are a remarkable woman and a beautiful one at that.

  34. What a wonderful testimony. I am living Joni's Story right now. I dealt with severe chronic spinal cord pain, for 20 years. As Joni explained, I could not describe the pain. I could not eat any food for over 10 years & lived on Ensure liquid meal. I have been bedridden for 16 years now, and I have never complained once. I love this, ''BUT'' word, in the Bible. But JESUS healed me 8 Months ago, and all of the pain I had suffered all those years is gone. JESUS suffered terribly for all of us, and He gave me a Miracle, Praise His Holy Name. Today, I am in the process of learning how to walk again, & I am eating real food now, and I don't get sick, as I did before when I tried to a couple times.

  35. Joni..you are a breath of fresh air..God is so good..thank you for all you do…I have one of your water color paintings..psalms 145💞

  36. Joni, you are a gem. You are an amazing person and you clearly love the Lord and His people. You are humble and kind and such an inspiration to not only people like yourself but also for people who are able bodied like me. I first heard about you on 103.2 my Christian radio station when I was a new Christian. Your 30 days devotional for women really helped me to get closer to the Lord and develop a strong relationship with Him. I also have a copy of the book you wrote about your life. I found it to be very inspiring and emotional. May God bless you and your family.

  37. Beautiful!You have blessed me today as a caregiver of my husband with dementia. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your dear husband.

  38. I have observed that having resources–money, people, equipment–makes all the difference. Living in a long-term facility, being cared for by minimal staff (and believe me, it is always minimal), not having specialized equipment (like computers that respond to voice or eye movement), being attached to a ventilator… I honestly believe that Mrs. Tada would not be using the word "cowardly, " if she did not have the resources and love from family that she does.

  39. Joni, your testimony surely has blessed me.My discomfort is nothing compared to yours.We live ""….to die to self…everyday.." God bless you in every way!

  40. Amen, Joni! I can't wait to give you a huge hug – that day soon, when you will be able to give me one back at the same time! See you in the clouds, dear Sister!

  41. There are videos on YT applauding the "courage" of those who choose assisted suicide. I watched one of them about a woman in I'd estimate her 50's/early 60's – I believe Jewish but not a believer in Messiah. I don't know the type of cancer she had and I realize appearances can be deceiving but she was on the heavy side and looked healthy. This woman said sometimes she thought by choosing this course she was being a coward by not wanting to go through the pain associated with cancer. On the day before she was given the lethal injection, her friends and family had a party for her – a huge celebration. I sat in total disbelief watching this.

  42. What a beautiful woman with the radiance of the Lord shining from her face. Joni is only five years older than I and I remember so well watching the movie based on her first book. God bless Joni and her ministry.

  43. Joni, you have been such a blessing over the years! I have been suffering most of my life. I had a very slow-growing cancer wrapped around my spinal cord. The Doctors couldn’t diagnose it because it couldn’t be seen on a scan. It was finally diagnosed in 1992 when my back broke for the second time. It was diagnosed as lymphoma, and I was vigorously treated with very hash chemo and radiation. Since that time I have been through 7 bouts of cancer, about 20 surgeries for various ailments including Osteomyelitis in my spine. I have held to Jesus like a drowning man in a storm. At the time of my deepest suffering, Jesus appeared beside my bed at about 2:00 in the morning. He was brilliant white light, and radiant with LOVE. He is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! What ever it takes, I want to pay the price to see Him again! He raised me up from what the doctors said was my death bed, and walked with me as I completed another 20 years of my teaching career at Arkansas School for the Deaf. I also watched my daughter (who was 7 at that time, graduate from High School, and college, and I was able to walk her down the isle, to be married to a fine Christian young man.
    Now, all these years later, I have the normal aches and pains of a 68 year old man, but the faithfulness of God, and the love of Christ that I have witnessed, has made my life a journey of joy and love. I have made many mistakes, but even in that, God has been faithful and my relationship with Jesus has become ever stronger. He is beautiful beyond description!!!
    God Bless You, for the encouragement you have been to so many like me. He loves us – and He’s faithful always!!!

  44. I suffer from pelvic and low-back pain…most days it all I can do to struggle through work before collapsing on my floor at home, resting my back.

    Joni encourages me, that there is a way forward, to serve God despite my limitations.

    I've only been suffering for 1.5 years…can anyone recommend any books on how to cope with chronic pain?

  45. I'm not just a Christ follower. I'm a child of GOD adopted into His family. I'm His even when I don't fallow Him at times.

  46. Thank you all for helping to put suffering at any level in the correct perspective and what our Lord God has for us in and through the suffering and trials. In my daily prayers, I include prayer for the end of Euthanasia in all forms throughout the world. God has purpose for each of our lives, no matter our current state, until He deems that our purpose has been fulfilled. Praise and thanksgiving to our God!

  47. Eareckson Tada, good news to you and your love ones and friends. compare the scriptures from your own bible.  This is Gods PLAN, soon     2Corinthians 5:5
    What Satan and Religion don”t want u s to know :
    The meaning of Life.    Colossians 1:27 To them Father YHWH chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery,

    This is truly staggering knowledge!   [ Ephesians 1:5 ]
    2 Corinthians 6:18 And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
      John 1:12  But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children
    of God, to those who believe in His name,  ( YHWH )
    Carefully read the following verses from your own Version of the Bible with an open mind:
    The Real name of YHWH
    has been known for thousands of years. It is all in the spelling.

    To review, God's personal name is YHWH.

    These are the English transliterations of the Hebrew letters

    That's you!!!!!! YHWH's name is His image. It presents Him to the world. You are YHWH's name. You are created in the image of God (YHWH.)
    This is not chance. This is not a game. This is not something that
    has been thought of recently. It is the oldest of revelations.
    And the most powerful.
    Genesis 1:26-27.…26-
    Then God (YHWH) said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to
    rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the
    livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.”

    So God created man in His own image; in the image of Father YHWH (God) He created us; male and female.    John 10:34-36
    Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods? …
    An Astonishing Scripture
    The book of Hebrews reveals God’s awesome purpose
    with crystal clarity. The context begins in chapter 1. Watch the
    picture of salvation unfold.     2 Corinthians 5:5  And God has prepared us for this very
    purpose and has given us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come.
    First, understand that God created angels to be “ministering
    spirits” to assist the “heirs of salvation” Hebrews
    1:(vs. 14). This is their role within God’s Plan. Angels are
    not offered membership in the Family of God. This is why Satan
    (as a fallen angel) so hates the idea that puny, little,
    fleshly man can receive what he has never been offered nor can
    achieve.       Romans 8:29
    Ephesians 1:5
    He predestined us for adoption as sons
    through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,( This
    means you and me,us ) Hebrews 2:11 For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all
    of one: for which cause He (Jesus) is not ashamed to call them
    brothers,Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven
    is my brother and sister and mother.”

    Romans 8:19-23  19
    For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the
    revealing of the sons of God. 20
    For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but
    because of Him who subjected it, in hope

    23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first
    fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
    waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body   Galatians 4:6  And because you are sons,( you and me, us)
    God has sent the Spirit of his Son (Jesus) into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 

    When Father YHWH (God) says that “all things” will be put under
    the feet of man, that is what He means. The vast universe,
    with all of its quadrillions of stars and one trillion galaxies, will
    be put under the authority of man who have been born into the
    Family of God. In fact, the Moffatt translation renders the Greek
    word for “all things” as “the universe.”

    Ephesians 1:5 YHWH (God) decided in advance to adopt us into his own
    family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is
    what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.

    1Corinthians 6:3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels?
    How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! (This means
    that we are Superior over the Angles!)
    1 John 3:1-2
    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be
    called children of Father YHWH (God); and so we are.
    The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know
    him. Beloved, we are God's children now,
    and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He
    appears (Jesus) we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He
    is. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God's temple
    and that God's Spirit dwells in you?  1 Corinthians 12:27
    Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  1John 4:13
    And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us.
    Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.     Now, please don't misunderstand my intentions!  I'm certainly not trying
    to bring falls hope on anyone with these notes … I'm only
    attempting to remind us of the Truth found through His Word:  This is
    what He wanted to do in the new world.God Bless [email protected]

  48. Every physical struggle I’ve ever faced has brought me back to Joni and her ministry: this amazing woman helps each of us keep our own struggles in perspective as she so consistently, graciously, gracefully and valiantly deals with her own. Go with God, Joni: You are a Godsend.

  49. Suicide is a sin, is murder in the eyes of God, you go to the bad side of the golf waiting for judgement.

  50. Thank you for your input, you truly are a gift from God, here on Earth. I have nerve damage, and it is painful also, I will retrain my brain to wake up and focus on the positives of the day, instead of staying tuned in to the pain. I pray you are as Blessed, as I feel having heard your message.

  51. My God, do none of you believe the Word of God when He says "By Jesus stripes you were Healed" 1Peter 2:24? Must you keep entertaining these demons and not give Jesus the Glory for paying the price for your Healing? Are you so prideful to ignore God's promises and do it your way?

  52. I can relate. I've been Disabled since I was 20 I'm almost 60 now. It's tough. I was born with almost no immune system and have been sick since I was born, and lost all balance in 2010, it's very hard to do anything anymore at all. I cant just get up and walk. I fall easy. They still are not sure what's going on. I'm struggling with pain, bad pain, back, neck, hips, legs, everything hurts no matter what you try to do to relieve it. I dont take painkillers at all. I can't. So I just deal with it. I have thought about suicide more than once, but it's just not an option! Its self murder to me. Though shalt not kill, well that means dont kill ourselves either!!!! More support for ppl like us without any family left would be great!!!! I miss friends. Interactions with ppl. The TV gets old. Cell phone is ok off and on. I have a boyfriend but he isnt around alot, getting dressed can be a floor show. I worry about falling in the shower, etc, it's tough. But God would not want us to murder ourselves. He has a purpose for us!!!!!! Thank You !!!!!!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!!! Sharing everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!! JESUS IS AWESOME!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤👍🏼🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  53. You're so right Joni. I may not be in a wheelchair; however, we all suffer in so many different ways. The things that I suffer in life has brought me closer to God the Father in ways that I can't imagine. Anyone who's a believer will experience suffering at some points in life because that's what it takes to become closer to God in a personal relationship. You'll get on the other side of your experience with so much joy that you would never want it any other way. I'm saying all this because I've experienced it. Shalom.

  54. Before I decided to Comment, I read what the comments of other people. It is not so much the disability, but the "attitudes" toward disability those who live with one. The "sin," if you will, is not the disability one lives with, but the attitudes of those who define our lives for us. "Invisible: When Fear and Shame Cause You to Hide," amazon.

  55. Christians with disabilities are on the front lines of the battle to show the reality of God and the sufficiency of His grace.

  56. My late husband was born with Sickle Cell Anemia and a heart murmur, he was in pain his whole life. He thought everyone lived with pain until he was 6 years old, he never let it hold him back from playing sports, he played football, basketball and softball. He couldn't play baseball because of his Sickle Cell Anemia. He also was a former professional kickboxer. He had more health problems at the end of his life, emphysema, Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Avascular Necrosis of his hips, knees and ankles and that's just the tip of the ice berg. He also had mental health problems, he almost died 4-5 times. Because of Diabetes he had both his legs amputated below his knees. He never once thought of killing himself, he would have thought that's the cowards way out. Yes, he questioned why he had to suffer especially when the doctors wouldn't give him pain medication. But to end his life on purpose? No way, absolutely not, he was a Christian who believed Christ died to save us and we should live for him, no matter what. He passed away in Hospice in 2013.

  57. Wow, Joni is one amazing person !
    What a beautiful testimony she is of Christ!
    "Well done thy good & faithful servant!"
    God bless her!!

  58. "I want to live life well". Thank you !
    I know & remember when the
    entitlement came out into society 🇺🇸🙏

  59. Joni is a fascinating, intelligent, articulate thinker and speaker. She referred to the case in 1982 when a baby with Down Syndrome was starved to death. I live only a few blocks from the hospital where that happened.

  60. This has been very enlightening. I am guilty of feeling the change in my brain. "The Quality of Life". I think we as Christian's feel kind of like "who am I to make people feel quilty for making themselves comfortable". We feel that we are comfortable and they are suffering. It's kind of like telling them suck it up and deal. We forget that we are actually encouraging the that they have no value. Joni has always been an inspiration to me. My mind a has been reclaimed by Christ this morning, thank you.

    Jesus speaks: "And he said to them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:13-14
    Acts 1:8 ( a command for His church)
    8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.MY PRAYER FOR YOUFather, in the Holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray for a great anointing of the Gospel that your beloved Saint proclaims to the world. That it be blessed to move the lost in ways that you desire as well as pierce the hardened heart of those who will reject it, thereby putting them on notice that you have spoken to them through this ministry, by the Holy Spirit. A TRUMPETS CALL! for the Glory of Jesus and salvation of poor lost souls bound for Hell and the Lake of Fire forever.I pray that you encourage your beloved who serves you to be bold in your love and never give in to the forces around us that would constrain the continuation of this work in faith and that the Spirit fill us daily for battle with the Gospel of peace that we wear on feet destined to walk in your presence one day.God our Father, I ask you to bless your word that goes out, by the Holy Spirit, in each loving heart in Christ who receive it.In Jesus name I pray.Isaiah 7:14;
    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel
    ( meaning : Hebrew: עִמָּנוּאֵל‎, "God with us" in human flesh as a man as well but w/o sin)John 3:
    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"; Romans 3:23"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4"For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins." Mt.26: 28 (See also 1 Corinthians 11: 25; 2 Cor 3: 6)" For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.." Hebrews 10:14"But God commends his love for us, so that when we are still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more now, being justified by his blood, we will be saved from wrath through him." Romans 5: 8-9Ephesians 2: 8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast."" For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
    " 2 Corinthians 6: 2" That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10: 9Jacqueline

  62. Hello, please pray I gain this attitude continually. I am suffering terribly and struggle sometimes to give thanks. The Lord has been very faithful to me. He owes me nothing. He has met me in my pain. I still try and share my faith and care for widows and orphans. I try not to tell people how much I’m suffering. People, especially in the church, don’t like to hear about it. I was hoping that you all would pray for me. Pray I can get even closer to Jesus. Pray that I would feel his mercy and forgiveness and His healing presence. Pray my teenage children would gain a heart of wisdom and compassion and know Jesus intimately. Thank you.

  63. With just the intro, I'm a fan of this lady! I felt the same way when that movie ended, like DUDE? U found love and then think some violin music is going to make us not notice what this is??

  64. https://youtu.be/zTowoVXD6Zk









  65. I’ve been blind my entire life, 41 years. I believe that God has allowed me to see a lot more than I would have, had I had my sight. Spiritual insight is a lot better than regular sight. I’ve had to depend on my Jesus for literally everything. Not only that, but I suffer with four different migraine conditions. I have a lot of chronic pain. It drives me to Jesus. Thank you, Johnny for being God’s mouth piece for so many years.

  66. I heard a pastor say from the pulpit "If a sign outside the church said 'come in here to suffer' I hope none of you would be here. I'm certainly not here to suffer!" Most of the congregation clapped and laughed.
    We got out of that church – fast!
    Unfortunately, the attitude of that pastor (and most of the congregation) is fast becoming the norm.

  67. Please pray I can find Jesus in the midst of my suffering. I deal with chronic illness which includes high pain levels 24/7, 6 yrs now. I’ve lost my ability to work, my apt, my son, the ability to be with my husband. So much grief, depression, anxiety, fear, despair, hopelessness. I’ve been trying to find Jesus in the midst and I can’t seem to see or find or feel him. I feel most days this is no way to live. I’m not even 40 yet so this is tough to accept, no cures the drs say.

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