by Paul Tautges | December 22, 2012 8:02 am
When you need hope in the midst of your hopelessness what you need is the comfort and assurance of God mediated to you through someone who has “been there” (2 Cor 1:3-5). The God of all comfort ministers His never-ending supply of grace through fellow believers who have experienced His care in their affliction. That’s one reason why Joni Eareckson Tada is such a precious gift from God to the church.
Nothing has been easy about living as a quadriplegic for over 45 years. Joni will tell you that. If you read her books or listen to her Joni & Friends radio spots you are blessed by her transparency. There is no pretending. She will tell you how painful, fearful, and difficult her life is. But she does not stop there. God gives her the grace to triumph through hope—hope in Christ. Every time I read her writings my heart is blessed and my soul is refreshed.
That’s why it makes me glad to tell you about 8 new pamphlets that Joni has written, which speak to the matter of suffering by encouraging us to look to the Lord. She spurs on our Christian growth and gently counsels our response to the trials of life.
Here’s just one example. In the pamphlet Gaining a Hopeful Spirit, Joni gives us 3 practical steps toward hope. “Do you feel a situation is hopeless? Are you overcome with doubts and fears? Have you lost your way on your life’s journey? Move forward into hope by…
Biblical hope is forever linked to God-centered faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).
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