Mar 30, 2022 | Podcast, The Living Room

082: The Beautiful Faithfulness of God with Joni Eareckson Tada

“When pushed up against a dead-end wall, the only option is to trust God.” 

In this special episode, best-selling author and disability advocate, Joni Eareckson Tada celebrates the 45th anniversary edition of her book- Joni: An Unforgettable journey. Joni shares beautiful and intimate details of her journey with God after breaking her neck in a diving accident and becoming completely paralyzed at age 17. Her determination to trust the faithfulness of God – even now, in the midst of chronic pain and a battle with cancer – has turned a tragedy into a powerful tool God continues to use in thousands – if not millions – of peoples’ lives.

If you’re struggling to find hope and meaning in your painful trial, don’t miss this episode.  And be sure to share it with a friend!

Important Takeaways from Show

  • We encounter the Lord from deep places – in the vulnerable and the unknown.
  • When you’re pushed up against a dead-end wall, the only option is to trust God and cast your cares on Him.
  • Melt yourself into the circumstance as if walking through a dead-end wall – enter your pain and find Jesus there.
  • If you think God is asking too much, remember with His grace you can do it.
  • Trials were intended to completely flatten our self-sufficiency. If we are still putting up a fight, there is a crust of pride that needs to be peeled away.
  • God wants to be the first thing we think of when we wake up and the center of our universe.
  • In the midst of the trials, talk to the pain and situation; give yourself a good talking to.
  • “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
  • Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, as we walk into the flames, Jesus will meet us there.
  • Make the suffering useful as you come in agreement with the Lord; doing the hard thing with patient endurance.
  • “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
  • Take the trial and use it as a platform of ministry to comfort others in their hurts.
  • Don’t worry about the breadth of your ministry, worry about the depth of your life with Christ.
  • Remember what it means that Christ died for you – sit with your justification and go deep.
  • Fall in love with Jesus – He wants to build His Kingdom in us more than through us.
  • As we think about God’s attributes, we are more aware of our sin – which makes us quicker to repent.
  • Think magnificently about God and see Him in His majesty.
  • Trust in the Lord at all times Psalm 62:8

"There's a subtle danger in saying: 'I can do this!' Instead, we need to say: 'By the grace of God, I can do this!'" - Joni Eareckson Tada - The Living Room Podcast - TLR 082

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”         Psalm 42:5

Links from Show

Book: Joni: An Unforgettable Story: Joni Eareckson Tada

Book: Finding God in Hidden Places: His Presence in the Pieces of Our Lives

Book: A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty

Book: The Letters of Samuel Rutherford (Puritan Paperback)

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