Where Is My Miracle?

What to do when God doesn’t answer the way we expect

Oct 22, 2023

Joni Earckson Tada

Guest Contributor

Nothing can describe the horror when you hear doctors say, “You will never walk again or use your hands.” I spent many sleepless nights in the hospital, praying, “Oh God, may it not be so!” Visitors brightened the otherwise dreary days. One afternoon, a man I had frequently seen in the hospital hallways entered my four-bed ward. He came directly to my bed where I lay, paralyzed.  

I liked his friendly manner. He talked freely about God and asked about my life before the accident. He told me about his ministry in our hospital, and I felt privileged that he had time for me. “Joni,” he said, “today is the day you’re going to begin your healing.” I was stunned by his confident tone of voice. He prayed, anointed me with oil, and we believed together that God was going to heal me. No wheelchair for me! 

I waited all day, but nothing happened. I continued to pray for healing. When a month passed, I wondered, Maybe my healing will happen gradually. But my fingers and feet refused to respond to the command that my mind was saying—move, in Jesus’s name, move! 

When I was released from the hospital, friends took me to healing crusades. But still, nothing happened. The way I saw it, God was either playing a cruel joke on me, or my view of Scripture was wrong.  

That was more than 55 years ago. I have spent decades reading and researching what the Bible has to say on this subject. And here is the conclusion I’ve come to: God certainly can, and sometimes does, heal people in miraculous ways today. But the Bible does not teach that He will always heal those who come to Him in faith. God sovereignly reserves the right to heal or not to heal as He sees fit. So let me share what I’ve learned from the Bible in hopes it might answer a few of your questions about healing. 

Praying for healing

Does God want us to pray for healing? Yes! When there is disease, accident, or injury, the Bible tells us to pray for healing (James 5:14). 

Should we fully expect God to heal? All healing from every sort of affliction always comes from God’s hand (Psalm 103:3). But in view of the fact that Christ’s kingdom has not yet come in its fullness, we are not to automatically expect complete healing. Why should we arbitrarily single out physical disease—which is just one of sin’s many results—and treat it in a special way as something that Christians shouldn’t have to put up with? We are living in “this present age” and the emphasis on earthly problems in the New Testament tells us we’re going to have to put up with plenty (Mark 10:30)!  

Praying without healing

Does it show a lack of faith if people are not healed? Jesus himself did not heal everyone He encountered. In John 5, Jesus healed one man at the pool of Bethesda while others continued in their suffering. The focus of our faith should always be on Jesus himself, not what He can do for us. And although Jesus wants what’s best for His followers, it does not mean an easy life with no head colds or back pain; God’s idea of “best” may be physical hardships that drive us closer to Him.  

Why does God heal some people and not others? God may occasionally grant miraculous healing as a gracious “sneak preview” of the future kingdom, when His purposes for this age will be completed. So, when some people are healed miraculously, we find the courage to look forward to the time when God will extend complete healing to all His children (Isaiah 35:4-6). 

What should be our response when God does not heal us? When bedsores afflict me as boils did Job, I will say with him, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10). And when I feel bound to my wheelchair as Paul was to his chains, I will say with him, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ to not only believe on him, but also to suffer for him” (Philippians 1:29).  

Looking forward to certain healing

In every age God does His perfect work to accomplish His highest purposes. When we face adversity of any kind, we can trust the God who understands and cares about our pain.  

Yes, it’s been hard to live this many decades paralyzed in my wheelchair. But it will not always be this way. I have hope. Christ is coming back. Of that day, Malachi 4:2 says, “The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” I wait eagerly and excitedly for the redemption of my body—and I don’t mind waiting patiently for it (Romans 8:23-25). Until such time, God is going to use my wheelchair as a convincing proof of the deeper healing He  has given me—a settled soul, a hopeful spirit, and a confidence in grace that sustains me through every weakness. 

About the Author

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that provides Christian outreach in the disability community. She is a beloved author, speaker, mouth artist, and an internationally renowned advocate for people with disabilities.

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  1. The Lord gave me books written by Ms Joni Eareckson Tada way back in my youth (in the late 80s). You were a great example of undying hope and courage to me as I read your early books. You gave me courage of hope through what you went through. Your inner strength in pursuing the Lord of glory relentlessly whether you were physically healed or not…. enduringly, without giving up.. was a great stimulus to keep on seeking The Lord, no matter the obstacles. You were a shining example to me as a baby Christian, even though I don’t suffer any physical disability.

    Therefore, I want to thank God Almighty, for this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU for hanging in there. For NOT GIVING UP ON OUR BELOVED SAVIOUR, for not denying THE FAITH…

    Thank you for contending for the Faith once for all given to you. Thank you for putting the devil to shame. Thank you that there are saints who will follow YESHUA HAMASHIA enduring to the end, from end to end, hoping against hope, believing in hope as father Abraham who against hope believed in hope, in the GOD who calls those things that are not as though they are.

    Thank you for proving to the world that your faith and hope and love in the living GOD is not based on what you can get out of HIM. Your love is tough love…

    You were my example of a bastion of courage… someone to emulate in those early years when I was able to obtain your books. Let credit be given where credit is due.

    .I still follow you on internet, when I am able to.

    GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  2. Wao. This is great Faith in God. May God,s Name be glorified.

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  3. Hi, Joni.
    Thank you so much for this blog. I find it very authentic and relatable and appreciate all that you have experienced and researched and what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you.
    Could you please help me interpret your understanding of John 14:7,11; 16:23-24? I feel like you touched on this, but I would love your explicit perspective. More, specifically, if you ask something that to your best understanding aligns with scripture is in the Spirit and the answer is no… Is it because it was not actually in the Spirit, but the flesh? I don’t know that I understand what it means to ask for anything and you will receive. Will I ever be in perfect unity with the Father on earth? Maybe by the power of the Spirit. I have asked for things and He has given me them and I don’t understand the difference between this scripture and how it relates to God’s yes and no prerogative? I would really love to hear your thoughts.

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  4. A wonderful and mature view of life in our Lord that is fully supported by Scripture! Your reward will be great.

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  5. Joni,

    At times when I am low I will turn on your podcast or look for an interview. You are a source of encouragement to me and help me look at the eternal perspective

    I also pray for you. Looking forward to meeting you in heaven

    Robin

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  6. Joni, I love when you tell “the deeper healing God has given me”. Through you God may touch many healthy persons who have no hope, no peace in Jesus. Thank you and may God continue to give you so joy for Christmas and the new year 2024!

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  7. My son introduced me to the BSF approach of Bible study. Thank you son, and thank you BSF. God Bless You All.

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  8. I loved the article Where is my Miracle. As Joni has, I have faced health issues throughout my life. I prayed and prayed to be healed, even got so frustrated I stopped praying. And again like Joni I was blessed with a great friend who helped me realize God’s purpose in my life. I never again swayed from my faith and realized we all have a place under God. Our healing or miracle comes in different ways and I am excitedly waiting and serving.

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    • As humans we are impatient in our desires for getting an answer to our prayers. We forget God is working His plan. Healing will always come, be it here on earth or in heaven. Thus He always answers our prayer.

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  9. I just loved it when you talk about our eternal body, and taking the good with the bad with this life on earth! love in Christ

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  10. Hi Joni I know your story and it truly inspiring you have great strength and courage. I need prayer – please pray for me.

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  11. Thank you for your encouraging article. Since I have dealt with medical issues for over 24yrs and am on disability, I am very encouraged. Blessings to you and healing. He is risen! HalleluYAH!

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  12. Thank you for sharing a wonderful testimony and words of hope.

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  13. I have a physical handicap and have many, many difficulties. The truth that has become my peace is that Christ has healed me spiritually, and set me free from the hopeless and powerlessness that ruled me when I was a slave to sis. God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and placed us in the Kingdom of the Son He loves. His Spirit is rejuvenating our inner man as we walk this earth and we will know the fullness of His Grace and Joy when we walk and Worship Him in eternity.

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  14. What a beautiful reminder of God’s sovereignty from Joni. I too prayed unceasingly for healing for my daughter Rebecca and son Matthew. They were not healed in this life and are in heaven. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life was to lay them both to rest and continue living. But sometimes it is only in looking back that we realize how profoundly present Jesus is. I know that He wept as I wept, He too struggled as I struggled. Thank you, Joni for your wisdom and light. Jesus smiles every time you speak

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  15. Still embracing life. Still finding joy. Thank you for your testimony!!

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  16. What a beautiful story! I remember reading Joni’s first book about her accident when I was young. My sister was born paralyzed from spina bifida and she and I both appreciated Joni’s testimony back then. My sister went to be with our Lord 3 years ago at age 63….what a life! I marvel at the thought of seeing her walking when I join her in heaven!

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  17. The artile was really encoraging to me. I have had headake since my second Daughter was born she now fourteen. thank you encorage word . think not delte but keep remind me of healing to belive.

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  18. Dearest Joni:
    Only through God’s Grace can we “get well” and that is with much perseverance! I hurt my back really bad in 2007. I was bedridden for 3 years with horrid upper-back/right shoulder pain and spasms. I had no idea how to help myself or stop this pain. I wasen’t a very strong Christian then, as i barely knew God or anything about Him or His Son, Jesus Christ……but i have this friend that knows Jesus, and i have this crack in my livelihood that i knew nothing about! But i was going to learn from this friend of mine because God had ordered her to share her faith with me…..over and over and in different ways she showed me God. i colored on blank paper my pain and what i felt like on the inside . Of coarse i used the color black all over my paper. That is how i felt…dark and all alone. This friend pulled me and loved me and cried with me…All of this helped ,one day at a time, as i pushed and pulled on myself just waiting for this pain to go away…
    God loves me and through my journey, i have come to hold this truth close to my heart. I was unlovable and i had no idea that i felt that way about myself until talking through this pain and my expectations . I was covered in expectation and compete healing…it was complete healing or nothing, as far as i was concerned! Little did i know that it would NOT go that way…you know….complete healing.
    Joni, God got to my heart through my injury and i have not turned back. I learn every single day about God’s pure love for us all. I have pain today, yet i live a successful life with plenty of Joy and Love galore! My friend…with God as her guide… played the biggest part of my healing from the inside out…she is my friend for sure and i love her….my friend Laurie. Jesus is my friend and i choose Him today….today, one day at a time…Thank you Jesus for being my friend.

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  19. WOW! We truly are blessed to be in THE GRIP OF HIS GRACE.

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  20. Quite inspiring, I hve learnt that I should focus on Christ Himself and not what Christ can do for me,, and God sovereignly reserves the right to do things as he deems fit.

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  21. Thank you for publishing for us this wonderful explanation and encouragement from Joni.

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  22. I love Joni Eareckson Tada. God has done such a great work in and through her because of her paralysis. If she had been physically healed and went walking and leaping on into her life, we more than like wouldn’t have all her wonderful books she has written and there probably wouldn’t be a Joni and Friends ministry. God always knows best. Thank you for sharing her story.

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  23. What a powerful and encouraging story/testimony. Thank you, Joni, for sharing.

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  24. A great reminder and encouragement for all of us from Joni
    and all she has been through – well aware of the support and care she needs – but so willing to carry on!

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  25. I have loved and admired Joni’s courage and witness since her first book and movie came out.
    The final statement in this article deeply resonates with me. So many in my family and friends are dealing with mental illnesses or distress. Their bodies move freely but their souls are so unsettled, their spirits without hope. The emotional paralysis is devastating to watch.
    My prayers are that they will find the miracle of peace and discover God’s sustaining grace also

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  26. Your story is very inspiring. It gives courage and hope to everyone who is suffering.

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  27. I am encouraged by the article, waiting for those many years.

    I had an injury on my right eye through a thug attack and have waited for its restoration for 39 years. I used to pray, asking God how long I would wait for its restoration. I realised some people pass on after such an injury while others loose both.

    I am comforted to know that I am not blind, my left eye is serving me well. Praise be to God

    I realised some people

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  28. What a good article! I have always felt this way but Joni says it so well. I have always believed that God can heal but He knows best and sometimes it is for our best that we aren’t healed.

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  29. This is a remarkable testimony that I hate to quibble with, but I believe the suffering for Christ mentioned in Php. 1:29 is a reference to persecution, not the general afflictions faced by everyone in this fallen world.

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  30. Explained beautifully, with so much compassion. Thanks.

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  31. This is such an encouraging article!

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  32. I first became acquainted with Joni back in 1978. We were required to read her book about her accident and subsequent paralysis in physical therapy school during our neurology unit! I have followed her (and her ministry) since and have appreciated her books on suffering and her miraculous healing of her spirit! Of course, being a physical therapist, I work with heart break along with physical and cognitive challenges. It is truly an opportunity to share the gospel of hope and salvation; and I don’t take that lightly. However, I do struggle with understanding why some are afflicted with mental health-emotional challenges. Its different than a physical challenge. I can’t understand this type of suffering as it interferes with comprehension, decision making, intimacy and understanding of Jesus; making a heart renewal difficult. So many terrible things happen because of those who struggle in a deep, dark pit. I know we live in an evil world, but I would think this would be one affliction that Jesus would frequently answer prayer for healing of those who follow Him. He wants us of sound mind. I will continue to pray for emotional, mental healing for a loved one.

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  33. For 40 years, you Joni, have been the epitome of faith and courage for me. I can’t imagine how very difficult your particular disability has been, but I put great stock in a remarkable statement I heard from you that may have been when speaking at Moody Church in Chicago: “Everyone has a disability. It’s only some like mine that you can see!” Some of those are surely mental and emotional, and many are chronically spiritual in nature. You are a living testimony that God is with us in all of our struggles, and if we trust him completely, we will know his purpose… now, or in the heavenly kingdom that awaits us. I thank the Lord in Jesus’s name for your impactful ministry, and will look forward to meeting you, now or in Glory!

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  34. Joni,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    It’s a reminder for me to continue to trust God, through every ache and
    pain. Many of us are living testimonies for the glory of God; being true
    witnesses of His exceeding power.

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  35. Joni’s story has inspired me since first becoming a Christian. Her honesty in sharing her early days of hearing that she might never walk again made me realize the enormity og God’s love. He continued to be with her in all the situations that she faced, at such a young age. Thank you Joni for continuing to share the love of Jesus and being such a powerful witness.

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  36. Diagnosed with lung cancer at age of 45. Prayed for healing and prayed for by many people. Still the cancer did not go away. It does not mean I have no faith when there is no healing. God will decide if He wants to heal me. I need to trust Him. Thank God for this article by Joni.

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  37. I have been blessed my Joni’s sharing too. My Mum died after a few months after suffering from a heart attack. She seemed to have improved and was well then she died suddenly.
    My sister has been hospitalized twice in the last 4 months and we are praying for a miracle to cure a complication she got from surgery. Reading this as we pray for a miracle has strengthened my faith. I will look to Jesus and not only for what He will give me (with regards to my sister’s healing) but for how He will grow our faith. Thanks for this amazing testimony.

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  38. Suffering from mental illness and grateful that this excerpt from Joni was shared. People tend to think that mental illness must be due to sinfulness but I know His wondrous love and His blood have purified me. Having this illness causes me to cling to the Lord, and His mercies are new every morning!

    Thanks you Joni for sharing His grace with us.d

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  39. Thank you, Joni,

    For reminding me, that healing is not always physical. One thing I am learning while watching my mother lose her cognitive ability, is that JESUS, has allowed me to experience spiritual healing (peace), through HIS words.

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  40. I have read Joni’s books and listened to her in person and on radio. She has been an inspiration as I have suffered with many aches, pains and broken bones but nothing compared to what she has gone thru. I appreciate her insight on the healings of Jesus. I look forward being with Him for eternity free of problems of this fallen world. Want to live strong for Jesus and go out strong for Him

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  41. This woman is an amazing woman, gifted by God to reach so many who are suffering. Her reward in heaven will be great, and it will be wonderful for all of us to see. May it comes soon. Maranatha!

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  42. Thanks so much for this article. I do believe God can heal instantaneouslyt.prayer even diet and.
    Exercise And of course, medicine.

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  43. What an inspiration, never give up on what we want, but always be with God in what is.

    Thank you Joni.

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  44. they also serve who only sit and wait

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  45. This is a really good and encouraging reading. Thank you for your insight on God’s all sufficient Grace.

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  46. After reading Joni’s message and several of the responses, my spirit calls me to share about how my friend, (who God used years ago to help lead me to Him),and her pastor husband are glorifying God in the midst of their biggest challenge ever. About a month ago, he was rushed to the hospital with a heart that had been so badly damaged- after he went days without realizing he was in the midst of having a severe heart attack, the “widow-maker” it’s called -that now he is stuck in the hospital as he waits his turn to receive a heart transplant. And though he was misdiagnosed with back issues instead of a heart attack in the days before he made it to the hospital, my friend consider the blessing that her husband is still alive her miracle! She sings países to her Lord! She knows God is at work as her husband humbly witnesses and teaches the hospital staff who are absorbing his wisdom as they care for him, and he inspires others as he continues to use his time ever day immersing himself in the study of God’s Word.

    God is so good to show us how to trust Him in the waiting. We get to praise our worthy King!

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  47. my husband became an amputee at age 39. he had been studying to become a law enforcement officer. God had other plans. so for nearly 50 years became an encourager of other amputees, a teacher of children, a chaplain and many other things.
    all the while wearing a prosthetis above the knee. His desire was to do whatever was God’s will for him. He was possibly of more value than if he two legs. His will was to be of service to God.

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  48. Beautifly said. Thank you for all your writings and paintings.

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  49. I grew up with a brother who was born with cerebral palsy. Tom had no mental disability and graduated college in 1975. He was a true christian. Those who took the time to listen to him as he struggled with slow and difficult speech reaped a blessing. He never questioned his position. He taught me much just by living so close to me. He is cartwheeling in heaven now.

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    • Nanci – thank you for sharing Tom’s story – what a wonderful blessing!

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    • I believe that even when I pray for healing and do not receive instant healing I will not despair nor lose faith because I will have full trust that all things will surely work out for me to get an expected end.

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  50. I developed severe hereditary neuropathy in my late 50s early 60s and now i can not walk on my own anymore. I am bitter. I do pray for healing and God doesnt heal me. He did heal me of lung cancer. Or shall i say its in submission right now. So I praise God. But, i have to be dependent on others to get around and i feel my spouse is bitter and i am mostly homebound. i get upset when i see normal people alk around . I dram about walking. my life is difficult now. i think it depends a lot on the help one has if they have a disability in how they can accept it.

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    • Will pray for you Barbara

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    • Thank you for sharing your story and your heart!! I am praying for you.

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  51. Thank you BSF and thank you Joni I just needed this today. I am 66 years old and with God’s help physically healthy. Yet for over 15 years I’ve been experiencing some legal injustice and believing that God will make a breakthrough. Situation worsens as I wait . I find some peace in the sovereignty of God as I wait for MY outcome.
    Today my perspective have changed. Thanks for your inspiring message Joni . I have soaked in every bit of it and the scriptures are just on point.

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  52. Thank you Joni for the great insight. My mother was paralyzed for many years and although we prayed for her she was not healed yet her faith in Jesus just like yours never faltered. I now have a better insight about healing and am greatly encouraged by your faith.

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  53. Joni is my friend. This is a beautiful testamony of her ongoing faith and grace .
    She is such a lovely example of how our Lord and Savior uses our weakness and suffering for His kingdom purposes. Thank you for sharing. May God be the glory great things he hath done ,
    so loved He the world that He gave us his son.
    Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, and opened the Life gate that all may go in .
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
    O come to the Father through Jesus thr Son, and give him the glory great things He has done.

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  54. Joni I loved that Malchi Scripture.. for me its pain But I trust Ill leap like a calf ! no pain when we see Him !

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  55. Am greatly encouraged by Joni’s story. I suffer from autoimmune disease which can be very painful and comes with a lot of discomfort. However, by God’s grace am learning to live with it as I await healing at God’s appointed time. Thank you for the encouragement that gives us hope.

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  56. Am greatly encouraged by Joni’s story. I suffer from autoimmune disease which can be very painful and comes with a lot of discomfort. However, by God’s grace am learning to leave with it as I await healing at God’s appointed time. Thank you for the encouragement that gives us hope.

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  57. Thank you, Joni! Your testimony represents a powerful witness to our Father’s sovereignty and eternal plan.

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  58. What a precious example of faith in a sovereign God! I look forward to the day that all believers in God will be home together❤️

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  59. Thank you Joni, for sharing God’s precious promise of His unfailing love and constant care of us. Even when we are persecuted for our faith God uses it to bring glory to Himself. My daughter B has been persecuted by her work supervisor and another co-worker. The co-worker came back from trip to Florida and gave her A hug and apologized. B has been reading her Bible morning & night. & growing more in Jesus. PTL !!!!!!

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  60. Joni, I admire you very profoundly, you did not give up, on the contrary what you did was investigate who is God Almighty and read His Word to understand and comprehend His will for you. The Holy Spirit of God taught you everything you need to know. He is Sovereign and He does what He pleases with us, because He knows ALL THINGS of His own creation. Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent. How wonderful!!!! I do know He loves everyone and everything He did and wants our best, so now we have to accept all things that comes from HIM. I did accept and still accepting all the things He gives me in this world, whatever it is, until He takes me with HIM. Hallelluyah!!! As soon as God wants we will see each other at any time.

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  61. Joni, the concluding remarks of your journey with disability are thought provoking but all together encouraging. Yes! there is hope, that our mortal bodies will be redeemed. We shall live in the place where there is no more dying, weeping, fear etc.

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  62. My 19-year-old grandson has cerebral palsy. He is a quadraplegic, non-verbal and is fed by a tube. In spite of that, he has an engaging personality and based on his reactions to things people say and do, he is very cognitively aware. I often wish I could tap into his brain and see what is going on there. Over the years I have seen how God has used him to give people the opportunity to show grace. He has had wonderful caregivers and has touched so many lives. So as I read Joni’s description of her journey of faith, I was reminded once again of how God writes straight with crooked lines.

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  63. I love this. My brother was born with complications from our mother contracting measles while pregnant. As a result, he was born with many birth defects. He had a hole in his heart that needed to be repaired, holes in both eardrums that left him completely deaf, and some learning difficulties. Our mother took him to many healing pastors with no results. What God left him with was an uncanny artistic ability. He has accepted Jesus as his savior even though there are many things that he cannot understand. He knows that Jesus is coming back and will heal him. It’s been a challenge for all of us but we know God is in control and it’s all according to His will.

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  64. I’m encouraged by this story and for my immune compromised Christian, daughter who received a kidney after 13 years and now taking the suppressant drugs. She’s had her struggles and is now faithful to God. I’m sharing this with her as a story of hope. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. God is great and God Is Good all the times as he keeps his promises and i will never leave you are forsake you i am with you even until the end of the ages

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  66. This article is wonderful.. I am surprised when Christians have not heard of Joni. Thank you for sharing. My husband has been disabled for 50 yrs and we have seen God has a plan even in disability.

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  67. Joni, thank you for this beautiful article. I am thoroughly encouraged!! I teach children in BSF and have a strong desire to learn how to draw. Primarily to be able to convey a biblical message quickly to the littlest ones. You are a mouth artist so I have zero excuses. Thank you for all you do. God bless you and your family.

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  68. so encouraging and faith candling massage

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  69. Wonderful , very encouraging

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  70. I read Joni’s story as a teenager and was privileged to personally meet her in a church in the US several years ago. I praise God for her testimony as it speaks to many situations where I too have questioned why some are healed and others aren’t regardless of their faith. Inhave come to understand that God heals in many ways not necessarily what we ask for.

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  71. What amazing faith Joni. I am blessed. Indeed you are healed. Glory to God

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  72. Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. I, too, wrestled with God when I became a widow at the age of 39 years. I asked “why” and God’s answer to me was “why not?” Over 30 years later, I’m still on my journey of faith. (Studying God’s word with the help of BSF helped a lot!) Thankfully, my two children are now adults who have kept their faith in God.

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  73. I’ve always loved Joni. Read her book in high school, not too many years after her accident occurred. To see what God has done in and through her is truly miraculous. But I also cannot wait to see her frolicking in heaven one day!

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  74. When my granddaughter was about 17 she suffered from Chron’s disease. She suffered and would ask me grandma what have i done and why. I would listen to Joni Tada on a Christian radio show you encouraged me so. I would tell my granddaughter about you and that you were in a wheelchair but to listen to you was so encouraging that no matter your situation you were praising the Lord. My granddaughter still lives with Chron’s went to college is married and now has a two year old. I don’t know if she remembers our talks but i thank God for you

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  75. Thank you for this beautiful story. I too had wonder why God heals some and not others . My sister prayed along with her family for a healing from cancer that had metastasized from her breast. she loved the Lord and had a strong faith. She voiced she wasn’t afraid to die but was not ready to leave her family . God had other plans . He healed me instead.

    Out of this I was healed from breast cancer .God knows

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  76. I will never forget listening to Joni’s testimony when I was in high school. I went to a Christian High School and she came to speak in our chapel. It was so impactive to me, but I was young and very immature in my faith and walk with the Lord. I always believed in the Lord, but never had that relationship with Him, until I was around 30. Fast forward to now, and I am 63. I am in the middle of 2 brother battling different types of cancer, and I manage all care needs for my 90 year old mom. My older brother has a deep faith with the Lord, and is still with us while fighting pancreatic cancer. God has given Him more time after he was able to have a surgery, and subsequently is doing chemo every week. His heart desire was to be able to get breaks from chemo, and the doctor told him he needed to do it indefinitely. I know he was so disappointed with when his doctor told him that, and I am not sure given how hard the treatments are how long he will continue. He is not married and does not have any children, whereas, my younger brother does. His struggle is coming to an end, after a 17 year battle with prostate cancer. I am in the middle, and I have my times where I get really scared for myself. I am expecting my first grandchild in March. BSF has changed my life with putting my faith and trust in the Lord and regularly memorizing scriptures. This life is very hard, but we know as believers that we have Jesus and eternal life. My brothers are both believers, so I have that peace!

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  77. Thank you Joni for your deep faith. You’ve answered questions that I had about healing. Your words helped me a lot to understand why everybody doesn’t get healed. You and they will in heaven. Praise God! God has used you immensely in witnessing to others in wheelchairs and all that you’ve done thru the many years. Thanks for sharing! God bless you in all things!

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  78. Amen !! God got us right where we are!!

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  79. Thank you for your faith.

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  80. Thank you Joni for sharing your story. I enjoyed hearing what you had to say. The Lord continue to bless you as you to reach out and touch others and encourage them.

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  81. Thank you, Joni, for sharing! You are a beautiful extension of God’s grace, faithfulness, & hardships overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. Your gift of encouragement helps others to grow in their faith til you meet the Savior face to face. Amazing Love- thank you Jesus.

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  82. Thanks for sharing this article. It is hard to accept a lack of physical healing for us or others we love but it is good to God can still use us in any situation.

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  83. Thank you Toni, my mom suffers from dementia and it is so distressing to see her suffering. Your reminders helps to put this into perspective.

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  84. This was amazing. I have followed Joni for many many years. Her wisdom and love for our Lord has always been an encouragement to me. Now that I am living out widowhood, I have understood even more the beauty of depending on Christ and resting in His purpose for my life. Thank you BSF for this beautiful reminder for us all to wait out the perfect healing God has for each of us in His presence.

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  85. My daughter, Kelli, passed at age 40 of stomach cancer. She was misdiagnosed by three different doctors until one recognized the symptoms and made the correct diagnoses. However, it was too late as the cancer had spread and in a very short time she passed. We prayed and prayed for a healing and other Cristian friends joined us in praying for Kelli’s healing. We read over and over Jesus’ healing of the Centurian’s servant. We questioned our faith. When the doctor told Kelli that they were stopping treatment and she would be going to hospice, she smiled, and the Doctor almost lost it. “I just gave you the worst news a doctor could give to a patient and you smiled. How could you do that?” Kelli responded, ” “Because I have Jesus!” Kelli’s faith was like that of the Centurian. Praise the Lord!

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    • George – I am in tears reading this story. Thank you for sharing Kelli’s faith with us. What a beautiful inspiration that continues to impact those who hear of her faithfulness.

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  86. Yes Joni, may the hardships in our lives always drive us closer to Jesus so that we experience that beautiful intimacy with Him. What a gift from
    our Lord .
    Thank you Joni for always making us look to Jesus.

    Love and a hug from Anne

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  87. Thank you, Joni, for your encouragement. I read your book a long time ago of how your accident. As you have gone on, you have grown in your trust in God. In the process. You have been a great encouragement and so is your husband who has been so loving and gracious in the way he looks after you. God bless you.

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  88. God is amazing. Some years ago my husband was dying of cancer. He was not a believer. One day while driving home and praying for his healing I “heard “a voice in my spirit “he’s going to be alright” A peace filled me ,as I now expected my husband to be healed.
    Time went by , with good days and bad , but no healing. Then 2 months before he died, my husband gave his life to Christ. The ultimate healing.!! God’s ways are so much higher than ours.

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    • Amen!!

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      God bless you. Nothing is better to hear than the news that someone you love is saved by grace.

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  89. Joni, That day in your hospital bed when the man prayed with you for healing, there was healing. I believe that it was healing for your soul to prepare you for the work that God had planned for you.

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  90. A wonderful testament to to faith and love of Jesus Christ. We all have problems and Joni encourages me to wait on God for all things in my life.

    Terry

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  91. Thank you, Joni, for your wonderful testimony! Many of us feel that we have known you for years. I used up and sent out many of your mouth decorated note cards, which appealed to me so much. May God continue to bless us all!

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  92. Thank you Joni, for your spirit filled words! I am so blessed and encouraged by you and your words as I also struggle with a chronic illness. Your willingness to be used by God in such a mighty way inspires me to persevere!

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  93. I enjoyed the powerful message from Joni. I witnessed a spiritual
    healing from God in my nephew with Muscular Dystrophy who died
    at the age of 33 and other relatives with physical disabilities.
    God’s word is true and a shield unto us who believe and trust
    in Him! Thank you, Joni for your testimony regarding healing.
    May God continue to bless you!

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  94. Joni Eareckson Tada never fails to be inspirational! I believe that was contained in Joni’s proof of a deeper healing God has given her – – – – “a settled soul, a hopeful spirit and a confidence in grace that sustains her through every weakness.”

    I believe that if God may take something from you He will give you something else more appropriate to His Plan for you. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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  95. Joni is so inspiring. I often refer back to Joni and her faithful attitude while suffering. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    • God is Good all the time. Received many a Blessings for which I am not entitled. Came across many tribulations, calamities and trying times. I clung to God alone in faith and at the right time I got my relief. Let us wait on God with hope and proclaim his Goodness to others.Sister joni’s Testimony will certainly bring Glory to our Glorious God.

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  96. Dear Joni

    I feel for you. This week I had an operation on my brain. I was said to have NPH “Water on the Brain”. The doctors offered hope for me, but I quickly realized that they were not in control, God was and is in control.
    Prayers are the only thing I can do for your situation.

    Much love and support,
    Joe

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  97. Thank you for your words.. may God bless your work for him and give us all the love and patience he knows we need. Marilyn

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  98. An eye opener!
    Beautiful article on healing, prayers and hope.

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  99. Thanks for this article. I was blessed by her writing about God’s healing power and the ways and means f how He does heal. But to keep my eyes turned on Jesus instead of wanting a miracle is the key to my well being.

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  100. Whether God heals miraculously and instantaneously or uses our afflictions for a lifetime, it is at His discretion to use our circumstances to demonstrate He is God and there is no other. In our afflictions His grace is sufficient and in His presence He provides peace.

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  101. May our dear Lord continue to bless you Joni, for passing on your hope to those of us who wonder, when?

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  102. I know you can… I know you’re able…. And even if you don’t.. I still believe.. and I await your coming

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  103. Thank you for sharing this inspirational message and reminder that in His sovereignty, God does heal us! It might not be the way we want it, but it’s the way that brings honor and glory to Him!

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  104. Wonderful examples of scripture that make you realize that your problems are so small in comparison.

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  105. Joni.
    A couple of years back, l used to pray for terminal patients for the much needed ” miraculous healing”. Unfortunately many of them succumbed to the ailments and feared attending the funerals for fear of retribution.
    Since then l have been discouraged by the failed answers to the prayers and have selfishly dodged praying for such patients.
    Joni’s sharing has opened my eyes to always focus on Jesus the Healer and not on my own gymnastics in such circumstances.

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  106. When our youngest son was in elementary school there was a boy with cancer. He was very outgoing and shared Jesus. We prayed for him to be healed and God called him home. We learned that sometimes healing comes on the other side. We wanted healing here but that wasn’t God’s plan.

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  107. Thank you for this very helpful perspective from the Bible and from a person who has not been healed but walks with God deeply and confidently.

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  108. sometimes heaven is the healing that we get people with cancer and leave this world go to be with Jesus that is there total healing.

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  109. Praise God Joni, and thank you so much for sharing this testimony. Thanks for highlighting this truth in the scriptures Job 2:10 and Philippians 1:29. I have been blessed.

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  110. Thank you. Wonderful testimony. I will never stop praying. Sometimes God says yes. Sometimes He says wait. Sometimes He says no. He is God and I am not. I will trust and obey.

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    • Thank you for the scriptures and the thoughts on God’s healing.

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  111. It is encouraging to know that regardless of our afflictions the Lord is teaching us to that “It is well with our soul”.

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  112. How wonderful and profound. I was lucky to be healed and thank God each day since, I know many struggles will come – I will try to be graceful like you

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  113. this is very encouraging I am glad I read it. helps to deal with bitterness when our miracles don’t come as we expected.

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  114. Joni, I am so excited and encouraged to hear your story especially that your testimony is similar to a relative of mine whom we are closely assisting as a family as he adjusts to a life changing experience that has happened in his life. He had an accident in the mine in August this year, 2023. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, he has no feeling. He was hoping to hear the doctors announce that there is hope of walking again. But instead the doctors broke the news that there is no hope of him walking again, and that he would now spend most of his life in the wheelchair. It was the most devastating news for him and for the family members to hear. I have been praying that the Lord would help me know how to encourage him. I find your story and experience so relevant to what he is now faced with. Your testimony has helped me to have a stating point to share the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal life He offers to all who call on His name. I am encouraged by your words, “settled soul, a hopeful spirit and confidence in the grace that sustains in weakness”. It is my prayer that my relative will find this “grace.” May the Lord God continue to bless you and extend your Ministry.

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  115. woouh! You are such an amazing lady with an amazing eternal mindset. you are 100% Healed. Nothing is missing nothing is broken. 55 years and yet you are testifying the goodness of the LORD. This is a must-read testimony.

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  116. Very inspirational, God give us hope when we study his words. We are not exempt from suffering in this life

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  117. Hmm…this takes a deep understanding of the word of God and a very intimate relationship with God to get to this point of understanding. Thank you Joni for bringing me to the light. I often wondered why something’s/healing’s don’t work even after all the faith and prayers rendered. God is indeed sovereign. I believe as we go doing our part to study the word and work as one body, all our deepest question’s will eventually be answered by the Holy Spirit through people just like you. Thank you.

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  118. I have a new perspective on suffering after reading this. I don’t see what God might mean by making my parents have a terrible relationship for over thirty years, but the subject of my faith will remain Jesus Christ and not what He is capable of doing.

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  119. It was so encouraging to read about your testimony. Thank you so much. Our God is a sovereign God and He knows what is best for everyone of us.

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  120. What a calming reminder that my ‘chains’ are so known to the Lord Jesus and they are designed to bring me closer even to Him as i await His return. It truly takes the ‘edge’ of my praying when i feel the answers i want aren’t coming through as ‘I’ would prefer – instead this revelation is changing me now to asking the Lord – what He is doing so i can join Him in the journey of transformation – which is guaranteed for everyone who trusts in Jesus and submits to His divine authority. Glory to God for testimonies like Jonis.

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  121. I did not understand?if you were healed or not? and what happened to you? accident?My prayers.

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    • Dear Lynn, Joni broke her neck in a diving accident as a young woman. God did not heal her physically, but has used her around the world to advocate for those with disabilities and inspire hope for the suffering. You can learn more about her here: https://joniandfriends.org/

      I love this quote from her! “What I thought was the ruin of my life —breaking my neck— was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life. He chose the thing I despised for his glory and that, to me, is amazing grace.”

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  122. Praise for the settlement spirit that accepts God’s sovereign will to heal or not to heal. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message and testimony. Truly grateful for God’s grace that’s at work in Joni’s life. He is good no matter what is going on around or in us!

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  123. My husband is in a wheelchair for the last six years,I pray for healing daily , i ask god why it has to be this way i still don’t understand after reading this article i feel less stress about everything ,i will still pray for his healing .

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  124. I always have a doubt about this Healing process and miracles,but after reading this Joni Ericsson’s testimony, I understand sneak preview of God .surrender ourselves completely to Jesus is the ultimate faith on Him.

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  125. Amazing and wonderful words!!! God has given you talent through your difficult health years. 12 years ago I had a TBI. It brought me back to seeing what is really important in my life, like putting Him first. The brain doesn’t work like it did before my accident, but I’m actually happier. I love sharing his words. BSF has strengthened my understanding of God’s love and why He sent his son to die for my sins.

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  126. 55 years of God’s faithfulness in your life, Joni! This gives me nothing but hope!

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  127. I am an OGL who was diagnosed w triple negative LOBULAR breast cancer with lymph node metastasis in May 2022 and am still in treatment. I also had the privilege of hearing Joni at my son’s Biola graduation in 2000. I think of Joni and her faith often as I am struggling with constant pain and fatigue and body image problems since my two disfiguring surgeries in March 2023. I am grateful for Joni’s testimony and the awesome support of my BSF sisters as I work toward the contentment that Joni has found. Thanks for sharing her message.

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  128. I have read about your testimony of how you were injured, and how you faithfully serve the Lord through it all. Your awesome faith
    encourages me

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  129. An amazing testimony!! I have a daughter with Downs Syndrome & always prayed that His name will be glorified in her life!!

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  130. Thank you for this Scripture filled message from Joni. It is encouraging to hear her personal thoughts on praying for healing, and what to think about when God doesn’t answer as we would hope.

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  131. Thanks Joni for your inspiring message. I’ve gone through about 12 surgeries that were very scary. Often I wondered why I seem to always needing an operation. All of them were successful in my opinion, because while I may have to take medicine or have pain at times, the outcome was so much more better than worse. The most surprising thing to happen came when I had 3 cornea eye & 1 thyroid surgeries. Little did I know the reason behind the chance meeting of 2nd older cousin I met quite a few years ago while visiting my grandmother. We exchanged numbers & saw each other maybe twice & mostly chatted by phone years afterward. I moved a closer distance to her in 2019. In July 2020, I was diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy eye disease (had 3 operations) & in March 2021, I was diagnosed with a Thyroid Goiter (had 1 operation). I’m not married, I don’t have children & I don’t have other close family nearby. He gives us what we need when we need it & more. My cousin & her husband took care of me during all 4 operations. She is the reason I know about BSF and became a member & I am growing my relationship with God through BSF. Not to mention, getting connected with you to receive God’s word about your experience. My mind & my heart were encouraged by your message about healing. God is good every day & all the time. May God continue to bless & use you to messenger to His people🙏🏽❤️

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  132. To God be the glory for the good things he has done. God is good.

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  133. To God be the glory for the good things he has done

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  134. Such a beautiful and inspiring message. Thank you for sharing your story and what God has taught you through your circumstances.

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  135. Hello Joni: I absolutely love that painting of the rose. Did you paint it? I loved what you say as well mind you but that rose that pulls out of the background that’s ingenious. Thank you for the absolute beauty of it. You are a beautiful person and His love shines through you. Have courage, your day will come too!

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  136. I listen to Joni each morning on Christian radio. Each word she speaks is of joy, love and thanksgiving for our Lord. You Joni ,one of the greatest influences in my life and understanding of our Lord and I thank you!

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  137. For me, I always believe that our Lord is Jehovah Rophe, the God who heals us (Exodus 15:26)

    Jesus heals all those who come to Him (Matthew 8:16-17) according to Isaiah 53:4-5. So when HE is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, HE always heals those who come to HIM for healing. HE never disappoints anyone with faith (Hebrews 11:6).

    So when I look at John 5 why Jesus only healed one and left all others suffered. The reason is simply all looking for miracles from the Pool instead of looking at Jesus. HE mercifully healed one originally looked for the same pool, but admitted his desire to be healed when Jesus asked him. This positive desire save him by his little faith to get the healing he wanted. That’s the reason why others couldn’t have healing.

    The lesson here is that we should have a positive desire of healing from our Lord who suffered Pilate’s flogging for us (flogging is an additional suffering besides crucifixion which was redundant if The Lord was not willing). And ‘by His wound we are healed (physically)’. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.

    Without this simple faith but just look at the world and see many Christians also suffer is not a good attitude to get our healing. Just look at HIM for what we ask. Why should our good God give us stone when we ask for bread? Aren’t we familiar with this kind of messages? Should Father God leave us suffered while we as earthly father will never?

    We definitely need to renew our minds to see how good our God is (Romans 12:2) and give HIM praises to the whole world.

    Praise The Lord.

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    • I too had thought that Jesus would heal them all; yet I know many examples of when that didn’t happen to people of great faith. I have prayed for my eyes to be healed for over 30 years, and that my ears would be restored from the gun gallery accident 2 years ago. I have fasted for days, prayed for hours and days, and have sought the Lord many hours and thought He was answering me BUT my healing didn’t manifest. I was furious at God but finally agreed that I would no longer seek this healing. Reading this article of Joni’s gives me great peace and I will accept my disabilities and continue serving our amazing God and Jesus and Holly Spirit.

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  138. Thank you Joni! That is exactly what I needed right now. And it isn’t my healing but others I have been praying for. They have more faith than I do, it seems. Thank you.

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  139. I love Joni Eareckson Tada’s story and her great testimony about the love of Christ and how He has used her body to reach so very many wheelchair victims who have found a fruitful life through the witness of her unfortunate accident. She is a wonderful example of what the Lord can do with someone when they accept what He has allowed in their life instead of blaming Him for the things they cannot do anymore. She is a perfect example of a Christian joyfully using her time well as she awaits her Savior’s call to her heavenly home!

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  140. When my son was paralyzed at age 16 there were many people who stated that God had given them visions of him walking again. I prayed that he would walk for a bit but somehow I knew it would not be. Instead God spared my son’s life and a year later got him completely out of pain through a surgery. Praise God, I do not know what I would have done if I did not have God to get me through that. I can trust God with my son and I do!!!!

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  141. I had the joy of hearing you speak years ago in Chicago when I was a college student. Your vibrant testimony and evident love for the Lord marked a turning point in my own walk with the Lord. Thank you, Joni, for your faithful testimony for God!

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  142. I have the greatest respect for Joni & her ministry. I have several of her devotional books which bless me year after year. I have read her life story & seen the movie of her life. As a retired nurse who worked in rehab. for 10 yrs., it’s totally amazing to me that she has lived this long with her spinal cord injury. She’s a breast cancer survivor, has survived pneumonia & more than 1 pressure ulcer during which must remain on bedrest to allow for healing. I so admire Joni, for her testimony, spirit & smile.

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  143. Joni’s personal testimony always inspires me. I used her story to encourage others who are suffering physically.
    In our human-limited mind, our faith often rests upon body healing and forgetting there’s a greater healing which is our eternal soul.
    Indeed Joni has not been healed as she had hoped for but look at what God has accomplished in her life and through her many received spiritual healing.
    Pastor Don Piper in his book “90 Minutes in Heaven” details his faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery
    from a deadly car accident. The difficult trials he faced made him refuse visitors at the hospital until one day he opened his mouth to sing. From that moment on God began to repair his brokenness inside.
    There’s so much suffering and unjust in this world, let’s press on for what’s ahead until that day we see Him face to face and He will make us whole.

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    • Dear Bennett, very neat explanation, you are indeed very kind & helpful!

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  144. Beautiful! Thank you for your encouragement and blessed chosen scripture.

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  145. What a powerful testimony of: “Nevertheless, Thy will be done!” demonstrated in life long faithfulness that can only come from the power of His mighty strength and love!
    What a living testimony of glory to His name, lasting in and throughout time to reveal the wonderful mystery of a miracle that goes way beyond physical healing!

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  146. Powerful testimony there. Thank you for sharing you personal experience does encourage others who also have a thorn in the flesh. God bless you

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  147. Beautiful story and I truly believe it God bless you and keep you❤️🙏

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  148. Beautiful testimony! God has used her in so many ways to comfort those suffering from all kinds of trials and disabilities. What rewards are awaiting her in heaven!

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  149. Our Lord has used you in a mighty way, Joni, and healed the hearts of many through your witness. May you continue to sow and reap bountifully in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  150. We can pray for healing, God is gracious and He wants the best for us. When He does perform a miracle, it brings me closer to him and revive my heart and comfort my soul that His purpose in me for preserving my life. It makes make realize I have been saved for good works and if He wants to take me home anytime, He will. Why did He give me another chance to do the works He has prepared for me to do (Phil 1:6)

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  151. I love Joni so much! She was a great encouragement to me with my cancer journey 10 years ago. I was in despair and scared to leave my young family. I couldn’t understand why God had given me this illness but I chose to trust Him even when I couldn’t understand nor see the future. One thing that I focused on that Joni mentioned was that God doesn’t help us avoid trouble, but helps us through it. When He shook and broke through my foundation of self-assurance, He brought forth fruit into my faith and I know Him much more because He helped me through His Words. I am in remission 9 years and still have some health issues, but what I learned through this journey is precious to me. My faith in God is His personal gift to me and I share that with others who are also going through health challenges. As Jesus knows our pain and suffering perfectly, I can also share my testimony and compassion with others. Soli Deo Gloria!

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  152. JONI YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN, SUCH AN INSPIRATION. I COMPLAIN ABOUT MY VERY, VERY SMALL AILMENTS AND I FEEL ASHAMED. WE ALL NEED TO REJOICE IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES NO MATTER IF THEY ARE GOOD OR BAD. THANK YOU

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  153. What I’m learning in Bible study is this: God’s ways are soooo very much higher than our ways, and therefore, we can’t always understand how He answers our prayers. He is God. He does answer them; it just isn’t always in the way we think He should. Death is not the worst thing that can happen to our mortal bodies.

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  154. Going through suffering I have learned to draw comfort & strength from reflecting on the cross of Jesus
    Praise the Lord

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  155. I’ve lived 71 years and endured much physical and emotional pain. Over these many years, I’ve realized that I am thankful for the pain. If I hadn’t experienced it, I would not have the relationship with God the way I do. Plus I’ll have all of eternity pain free and loving my Heavenly Father.

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  156. I have often wondered about this question. The answer has come a line at a time. That is, until you wrote this. It’s not that haven’t tried but I have never been able to use what I have gleaned from scriptures when responding to a fellow believer who poses the question of, ” why is my son or daughter not healed after prayer.” I felt that if I responded, I would have been worse than a “Doubting Thomas.” After all, I have never been in that person’s position. Who am I to know how to respond to such a quiery? In closing, I firmly believe that you have eloquently stated the perfect response. But I will not respond, the response will be from your writings.

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  157. A WONDERFUL TESTIMONY! THY WILL BE DONE!!

    “a settled soul, a hopeful spirit, and a confidence in grace that sustains me through every weakness.”

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  158. In 2016, I suffered a catastrophic stroke. The stroke was so severe. They had to cut out the right side of my skull and remove it from my head to allow the brain to swell, and it did, and as a result of the stroke, I am completely paralyzed on the left side of my body, unable to do anything I cannot walk. I cannot open my arms to hug my wife or do many of the things that normal healthy people could do I’m severely crippled and paralyzed on the left side, living with extreme pain on the left side of my body. All of my doctor said that the stroke should’ve killed me and that I should not be alive.because the size of the stroke that I had was massive and usually kills a person. I pray daily, and I needed the Lord, will heal me and restore my body back to normal, and as well heal my brain on the right side. I am a Christian man. However, I am now feeling hopeless that the Lord will never restore me. I feel that he does not listen to my prayers. I feel he is punishing me for my sins. I feel I’m going to be paralyzed severely crippled for the rest of my life. I’m 55 years of age right now. This happened when I was 48. I’ve lost all hope and faith in Jesus and God and the holy trinity. On a daily basis, I’m very depressed and feeling helpless while living in pain throughout my days. I’ve lost faith and hope. I was in five different hospitals for five months fighting for my life and in a coma for three weeks with a machine, keeping me alive reading for me. I’ve lost all hope and faith in Christ and in God. I feel faithless and hopeless. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to live anymore because I’m living in so much pain and God Jesus does not answer my prayers.

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    • Mark, I cannot imagine your pain and suffering all these years. But, I do know God. I know His character – He is love, compassion, faithful, true, just and so much more. You said you are a Christian. God doesn’t promise us a life without trouble. He promises He will never leave us or forsake us. I believe He hasn’t left or forsaken you. If you are His, you may never be healed in this life, but you are promised an eternal life with a glorified body. Like Joni, you can choose to believe God and live a life that has purpose and meaning. Lean into Jesus for your strength.

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    • Dear Mark,
      Thank you for sharing all the challenges you’ve had with your health. You’ve gone through a lot of trauma and pain that seems never-ending. Anyone who walks in your shoes for one day would feel the same way as you. I just want to encourage you and let you know that it is okay to feel angry with God. To feel hopeless and grieve the life you once had. It’s hard to trust God when you have gone through so much as yourself but we are not meant to live this life forever. All of our suffering is temporary (it may seem hard to believe right now) and we can suffer in this life but hope for what God has promised us. We have been promised that God will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), He works all things together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and He gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). We also have the promise of eternal life with Him (John 3:16) with no more suffering (Revelations 21:4). We are not “stuck” in the condition we are currently in, as Sister Joni testifies, God can give us a holy purpose and meaning in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26, 2 Cor. 12:9). When we pray to God and cry out to Him, He hears, has great compassion on us, and remembers all of our hurts and cares (Psalm 56:8). Please reach out to a Pastor or trusted friend in Christ and ask them to be a prayer partner. I pray the Holy Spirit gives you God’s peace and comfort and healing that strengthens your faith and hope in Him. Hang onto Jesus for He loves and cares for you. Take care.

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    • Mark, God has not forsaken you or abandoned you. What you are going through must be so hard but He knows and He cares so deeply for you. I have known doubt and disappointment but all I can say is take it all to Him. Tell Him how you feel, He can take it and He knows it all anyway. His grace is sufficient for all of you; for your fear, your weakness, your doubt. Call on Him and look to Him … turn your eyes from your hopes and disappointments, and look to Him alone. May your one goal at this time be to press into Him and lay all the rest at His feet. I hope this makes sense.

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      • Further to this Mark I would really recommend Joni’s book,
        31 DAYS TOWARD OVERCOMING ADVERSITY. It is amazing!

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    • Mark, God is not punishing you for your sins because Jesus has already taken your punishment for them. The proof that God is faithful and loves you more than you can ever imagine is, He sent His son to die in your place and you now have the ability to have a deep and lasting relationship with Him through Christ. For eternity. This is a very hard thing you’re going through and I’m so sorry for your suffering. But God will never leave you and will love you through this. Talk to him. He can handle any questions you have, or any anger. I’m praying for you Mark. Praying that through this time, you will know the faithfulness, beauty, love, grace and power of the One who created you. May your relationship with God grow deeper and more sure because of this suffering. Look up Mark. He’s there waiting for you.

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      • Awakening from surgery to reconstruct my ankle, a severe compound fracture that left the bones in 5 separate pieces..I overheard the Head Orthopedic Surgeon say to my daughter, “I’ve done my best, but I’m not sure your Mom will ever walk again.” I opened my eyes and asked” Who are you?” He identified himself and I said”Respectfully , Doctor, you don’t know me. I am surviving breast cancer ( one year earlier)and I WILL, byGod’s Grace, walk again.It was six months before I could put any weight on the ankle and the exterior entrance to my basement apartment had six stairs. I climbed on my knees to get to my wheelchair to go to necessary doctors appointments. Then came 18 months of intense physical therapy… and I am rejoicing now that I can walk..even if a bit cautiously. My experience is that healing is an “ inside job.” Whether physical healing ❤️‍🩹 is achieved or not… it is our Spirit that matters. Adversity presents a life choice. Will we be bitter or better from this experience?Joni’s healing has given her a testimony to millions who might never have heard the gospel. Thank you, Lord, for her healing spiritual journey and ministry.🙏

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    • Dear Mark,
      Thank you for pouring out your suffering physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is gut wrenching to hear what you are going through on a daily basis with no current relief or hope in sight.
      At times like this words cannot be found to try and understand why God permits great suffering way beyond our own ability to endure it.
      I resonate with the deep emotional and spiritual pain you are going through, even though my emotional and spiritual pain was from different circumstances and causes. Psalms of lament (particularly 88) became a source of comfort and strength because they reflected my reality and gave me permission to enter a season of raw and real lament to God at every level – pouring out my soul and true feelings in deep anguish and brokeness to God, including my loss of faith and the anger I felt that God didn’t care for me, or that he was good. At the same time the adversity taught me to wait on God which became a source of strength and renewal in God and the value of that which is unseen, while I had nothing but sorrow and bitterness to share.
      Mark – I pray that God grant you his divine patience and perseverance that can bear you up at this time as you go through this severe affliction. I pray also that in the Lords hands your faith may not fail but will end up being renewed and strengthened for your blessing and his glory.

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    • Mark ~ I was saddened to read your account of your suffering & seeming to lose hope in Jesus Christ. I’m a retired nurse who worked in rehab. for 10 yrs. I worked with many stroke survivors. Interestingly, many stroke survivors are between the ages of 35 & 45 y.o. It’s definitely a life changing event, but there are community resources and the internet resources that can help. If there is a support group in your area, by all means take advantage of that social support. There may be online chat rooms, too. Some people never adjust to their “new normal.” I hope you can achieve an acceptance of your life as it is now, not as you wish it were. God can help you each daily need. You will be in my thoughts & prayers. Don’t give up on God!

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  159. I especially treasured her comment about a “deeper healing.”

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    • My empathy for your situation, I pray 🙏 that you can find peace inspite of your pain, hoping you have repented to God ( that means alot to Him)
      Enjoy the love ❤️ and attention that your wife and family gives to you, take away from your daily pain and discomfort.. God knows 🙏 your heart and your thoughts. You’re a young man I trust God to heal you.. Trust him too!! Keep hope alive 🙏 ❤️

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  160. Thank you for sharing your story Joni and your faith journey.
    This year the study has been about not always getting our prayers answered. Your story is incredible, however what you are saying is clear about our hope and end with Jesus from the gentleman that annointed you with the oil. A good reminder for me too today as we all have prayers not answered but when we have Jesus in our hearts, well that is God and his Grace. That is the day we begin healing.

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  161. thanks for sharing your scriptural insight about healing–thanks for your obedience to God’s calling in your life–God bless you

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  162. Oh, how I love you Joni my sister in Christ, as we live together in God’s Kingdom from the context of the beauty and suffering of this world, just as Jesus did.
    He is our way isn’t He, and He leads us in rising and living eternally. We will too, won’t we Joni, living as we do right now in His Kingdom by faith and not by sight.
    We are together in the Spirit today Joni, journeying as Jesus chooses, doing what He wants, before being with Him forever!
    Praise God Almighty in the highest! All power, glory, and honour and praise be to Him, as He continues to bless, guide and protect us, spirit and soul!

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  163. Joni’s testimony is not only humbling in terms of the depth of her suffering, but it also demonstrates true longsuffering. Joni was the graduation speaker at my college in 1978. It is the college where she was planning to attend and walk away with a diploma in her hand. Her accident changed her role from college student to the Lord’s student and she has been trying to help us all to understand the Lord’s caring through her journey for over 45 years. I have depended on BSF to help me grow spiritually for over 20 years. It is wonderful to see Joni’s message on the BSF blog. She shares true grace. What a blessing!

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    • Praise God for whom all blessings flow. He works in ways we human can never fully understand and Joni’s testimony is indeed a miracle in the 20th Century. To God Be the Glory!

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  164. I have learned in my walk, His Grace is sufficient.
    Thank God for His Grace.

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  165. What a sweet Blessing to hear from Joni Eareckson Tada…. The first book I ever read in High School was her biography. Soon after, I came to know Christ as my personal savior. I’ve been in BSF since 1995 and can’t imagine Life without it. This Message is so perfect in addressing that controversial subject of: Does God always heal if we pray and believe. Joni did a great job explaining this with Scripture.
    Thank you,
    Becky Beck

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  166. I wonder if healing is in the body as well as in the mind. We usually expect a physical healing, what about a spiritual awakening and healing?

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  167. Praise the Lord. Trust in the Lord.
    The strength of God’s word.

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  168. I have been in wheelchair for two years from a bed sore. I pray every day for healing.

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    • We are praying for you, Linda!

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  169. LOVED your story. I lost vision in one eye and have Charles Bonnet Syndrome and no depth perception. Everyone prayed and praised that I would be healed.
    I was but not sight returning, no CBS and return of depth perception. God healed my heart of resentment, anger and taught me to forgive. God taught me to love him more with one eye than with two.
    I am very grateful.

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  170. This is an amazing story. Joni is a beautiful woman and has been through so much, but the Spirit of God radiates from her. She has been an inspiration to many. Thank you for opening my eyes to see how much I have to be grateful for on a daily basis.

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  171. I have had many health issues and the Lord has and is helping me through them all. I’m so thankful to Him.

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  172. What greater healing than a settled soul, a hopeful spirit and a confidence in grace. Whatever our physical needs may be our spiritual needs are the most important. Praise God for our spiritual healing when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Our physical healing will one day be complete in the presence of Jesus.

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  173. I am in a wheelchair and in a nursing home since I fell on ice 5 years ago. I have come to know the Lord in a much deeper way since this
    happened to me. God is sovereign, and He has a plan for each of His
    children. His plan for me has included this disability, but He has used
    it to teach me to trust Him, love Him, and want to serve Him. I have many opportunities to encourage people here to live their life being
    grateful for their blessings, and to learn to love the Lord and others.
    I wouldn’t want to swap places with anyone else! God is SO GOOD!

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  174. Such an interesting read. We have an adult son who has had two severe brain injuries. He is now paralysed on his left side. He does not know Jesus in his heart. I’ve been praying for his healing. God can heal him but my prayer is that He will be healed in his heart and be drawn by the Holy Spirit to the cross. I have followed Joni for many years. Such an encouragement! 🙏💞

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  175. Thank you for sharing your experience and what God has taught you through the experience.

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  176. Great article. I shared it with my granddaughters. Regardless of the state we’re in, we are there for a purpose. Faith in God and His love for us will keep us in good and bad times in our lives.

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  177. thank you I needed this

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  178. What a beautiful testimony! I love Jodi’s reference to the deeper healing she received from God! May I, likewise, trustingly exalt Him when the healing He delivers is different from the one I expected.

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  179. Joni we thank God for allowing you to experience this deeper healing To have a settled soul, a hopeful spirit and confidence in grace that sustains can only come from God’s hand. Even if one is not on a wheel chair, there are many issues in life that needs this deeper healing, You are an inspiration to many. Thanks indeed for sharing.

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  180. my dad is in a similar situation as your…i asked that as you pray, you remember him

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  181. on the very day of thinking about the possibilities of a wheelchair in my future, the Lord has provided this reassuring story from Joni, and BSF, that my future is held in HIS hands and I will be used for His glory, no matter what. The journey seems longs, but surely not 55 years. We will meet Jesus and there will be complete healing. Thank you Lord.

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  182. Wow!!! What an amazing testimony. Thank you so much for sharing it. I pray for the healing of my son each and every day. But when the healing didn’t come, I turned to Jesus is such a profound yet different way. I too have a hope I didn’t have before. God will heal my son here or in Heaven. But in Jesus’s name he will be healed.

    Again, thank you so much for your story. 🙏🏼

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  183. Thank you Joni, for your faith over the decades. My soul has been in anguish since my son-in-law took his life last year. I have wrestled with God through BSF lessons for a greater perspective. Some things we just won’t get an answer for til we see His face.

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    • C ~ I’m sorry to read of your SIL’s death by suicide. My first husband committed suicide, so I can understand your feelings. I became a widow at age 27 with 2 pre-school boys to raise. It took a long time for my memories of that day to heal. I could not have gone through that experience without the Lord’s help! In God’s time, I met my 2nd husb. We blended our families & have been married 48 yrs. God is good!

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  184. I often point people to Joni when they ask about why God does not always physically heal in this life. God has given her such wisdom and insight for the trenches in life, to teach us all that there is so much life beyond the physical. I deal with hereditary mental illness, and some Christians can be so quick to judge when there can be physical causes. We need instead to have mercy, and pray for the day when there will be “no more tears” (Rev. 21:4).

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    • Donna,
      Thank you for being open about your illness. It IS a physical illness & is usually hereditary. I have two bi-polar children & people cannot understand how debilitating & difficult to control it is.
      You are a very brave woman. Thank you for opening this door &
      may God bless you in your struggle!

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  185. True Christianity, is about dying to ourselves and living for others.True Christianity is not about living for ourselves. This is the old truth that isn’t popular in modern Christianity.

    Thank you Joni for being a living sacrifice and an example to all of us.
    ;:

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  186. This was a very strong testimony that I will always keep. It pierced me to my soul.
    Thank you so much.

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  187. Comforting to know we are not alone with suffering and pain.
    Thankful that Jesus knows because He suffered for His children.

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    • Dear Joni,
      We are honored that you have written for us at BSF. Your story has been an inspiration to me for many years. When one of my children was a baby she had tumors throughout her spine & around her heart. We were told that if she lived through surgery, she very possibly wouldn’t walk again. During that surgery, I had to come to terms with Roman’s 8:28. It says that ALL things come together for good (death?, paralysis?) for those who love God & are called according to His purpose.
      In her case, God decided to miraculously let her live & walk. I don’t know why He made parts of the tumor disappear during surgery, but the doctors couldn’t believe what they were seeing on the scans versus inside her body.
      To this day I thank Him, but never forget that He might have wanted a ministry from her or me that did not include healing.
      You are the one He chose & you have blessed all of us with your obedience to His calling upon you. Thank you & I can’t wait to meet you in Heaven when you are physically set free!!
      May God continue to bless you.

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      • Dear Donna,
        Thank you for being open about your mental illness. It absolutely IS a physical illness & is usually hereditary. I have two bi-polar children & people cannot understand how debilitating & difficult to control it is.
        You are a very brave woman. Thank you for opening this door &
        may God bless you in your struggle!

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  188. What an encouragement Joni is!!! And, she points us right to Scripture to support her statements. Let me keep my eyes and mind in and on God’s Word, remember the sacrifice Jesus made, and trust God to show me His path daily.

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  189. Having been a chaplain for 16 years now. I’ve prayed for a lot of miracles. A few years ago I had 3 orthopedic surgeries – two of them were misdiagnosis. I was in extreme pain for 18 months. Toward the end of that time, the pain began to be unbearable and I felt hopeless and that I might never been healed. I spent a lot of time with God. From that time with Him came the conclusion that what God sees as a miracle might not look like a miracle to me! Every time God works in my life it is a miracle! (I had the last surgery which cured the unbearable pain, but left me with in some pain. ) I know God brings the best for me in my life. I accept both the good and bad from God and know that all is for my good and His glory.

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  190. What an inspiring message!
    Thank you for sharing this message…one I needed to read today.

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  191. Thank you so much for sharing your story. How gracious is our God for helping other’s to have this same purpose and faith. God has turned your situation as a great example for all who are suffering. God bless you.

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  192. Am much encouraged by Tada’s testimony. I too has always expected God to do miracles bin life and was wrong . I see him do miracles in other people’s lives and through that,my FAITH GROWS strongly in Him. I believe, God’s time is the best and soon, will receive my own blessings and miracles

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  193. Oh my, Joni, your words could not have come at a better time. I have lived with chronic pain over forty years and recently the pain has increased to the point i cannot make myself comfortable. I thought my soul was settled and God has been faithful and sufficient to keep me active enough to include leading a BSF class, but this latest ramping up of pain which started in July is draining me as nothing else. Thank you for this reminder to keep my eyes on Jesus and my hope in Him and Him alone. You certainly are an example of faith to anyone who has watched your “walk” with our Saviour!

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  194. To be a faithful Christian is to live life facing times of both good and bad, happy and sad, desperate and hopeful times and through it all holding near and dear the Goodness, the Righteousness of God.

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  195. This was powerful and I needed it so much! I’m praying for healing for my husband’s back and I’ve seen God work this week, not in the physical but the spiritual. I’m just learning and I have Christians that repeatedly say if you’re suffering your faith is weak or you’re sinning. This blog explained to me beautifully how to pray for healing and what that looks like. It’s hard because my husband and I are on different places in our walk with God. Thank you so much for sharing this. New hope and wisdom.

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    • Dear Linda ~ I say woe to Christians (or anyone) who would put us on a guilt trip & say our physical/mental suffering is a result of some sin in our lives. This is NOT true! Look at the blind son in the Bible who was healed; he was blind from birth. His condition had nothing to do with any sin on his parents’ part. Jesus said his healing was to bring glory to God. I once heard Chuck Swindoll say, Our lives here are on earth are not to bring us happiness, but to bring glory to God. May all we do & say bring Him glory.

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  196. I was going to write a blog about healing, but now I don’t need to! I’ll just forward people to this web address!!!

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  197. So young when she found herself in the hospital and facing such turn of events that could put her in a spiral of self pity and bitterness. I saw her years ago in a conference. heard her beautiful voice, saw her artistry on paper and saw she and her husband go through a bout of cancer. Yet she ministers to the handicapped in countries all over the world. God has had his hand on her all the time, Praise God for her testimony of her faith in Christ and ministry.

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  198. Such a timely message from one of Gods precious child.

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  199. I have a nephew who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He is now 49 years old. He went through much of what Joni went through with prayers for healing at a very young age. With the help of the Lord he has worked through much of the frustration. We talk about the Lord and healing a lot and I have told him, so often, about Joni. Only Jesus can know how much these specific verses, together with Joni’s own words about her life and her experiences will mean to my nephew, Justin, and me when we have our next talk about the Lord. I am thanking Jesus this morning for BSF and for Joni and for all you all do!

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  200. I praise Adonai for your testimony Joni. You always point us toward Christ. My heart needed this reminder to remain joyful, hopeful steadfast & persistent in spite of my challenges. Those challenges keep me clinging to Christ knowing someday the momentary sufferings will be completely gone. More I choose to cling to Christ in the midst of those momentary sufferings, the more I rely on His strength & comfort to share with others. 2 Cor. 4:17, AMP, “For our light, momentary affliction ( this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more & more abundantly preparing & producing & achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons & all calculations, a vast & transcendent glory & blessedness never to cease!]

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  201. thank you for sharing in such a way that brings of closer to Jesus. .life can be very hard to understand when we look at things in a way that doesnt make sense to us. I needed to hear your voice today to help me through a time of questioning. God Bless you for your honesty and love you share with believers that strenghten us.

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  202. Only at the end did I make the connection between this woman and her amazing ministry (including rescuing disabled people from Ukraine!!). All the amazing fruit that has come through her suffering and her faith. It’s amazing.

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  203. She is such inspirational! All of these years of being in a wheelchair and still encouraging others! Thank you for posting this blog!

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  204. My dad used crutches from when I was 6 . Your post was a healing for me .

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  205. Heart felt message of Hope! As Joni states a settled soul,ahopeful spirit. it is the breath of life He gives us today, to bring assurance to those around us during our affliction. for in the end our affliction is for a moment. as we all will soon see Him face to face. and We have the continued assurance of th Holy Spirit still with us, in us and around us.
    for greater is He in us, than in the world.
    Thank you for this email, heart felt as well.as i am recovering from injuries.
    God Bless BSF, in making the gospel available to the world.

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  206. This article is so encouraging that I’m going to print it, I hope that is ok, so that my 91 year old mother can read it. She is suffering with unimaginable pain as her body is failing, and asks “ what did I do wrong” to suffer like this. And her decline is so difficult to watch! Knowing she will soon be with Jesus gives her, and us her daughters, the hope promised long ago – eternity with Jesus.

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    • Yes of course! Thank you for sharing with us – praying for your mom!

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  207. Thank you Joni for being a light that is the reflection of Jesus. Healing is a mystery, but your testimony shows us we can trust God even when healing does not come to us here on this earth.
    Thank God, the best is yet to come— we will see you running and leaping through heaven. What an encouragement you are!!! May God richly bless you—now and always!!

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  208. What a great description of the power of faith and prayer.

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  209. Beautiful testimony that should give hope to everyone.

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    • Joni is a hero. A woman after God.
      To go through what she did and to keep going.
      What faith, hope and trust she had.
      Only God could change her thinking and use it for HIS glory.

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  210. wow!! What an inspiration. Her faith is encouraging. To know that Joni still hopes on the Lord and remains steadfast in him has motivated me to continue believing in him even as I wait for my healing. Even if it doesn’t come now, I know that when he returns, it will come.

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    • Thanks for including this as I was really struggling with the Second Day of the John study where Jesus tells the lame man to “go and sin no more or worse things will happen to you” which caused me to recall being told that my lack of faith or sin in my life must be the root cause of my mental illness (bipolar disorder). This illness has caused me to “cling” to Christ as I never otherwise would have and I believe it is my
      “thorn in the flesh”. At any rate, I know that “momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory in Christ Jesus” so I rejoice
      always!

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