Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wednesdays Word of Encouragement

One evening early in my recovery my friend Steve Estes crossed the room to stir the fire in the fireplace. He reminded me, "Joni, what is happening to you will advance God's cause! Paul had his prison chains; you have your chair. You can rejoice in suffering because He is allowing you to suffer on His behalf. You are given, in this battle, the privilege 'not only to believe on Him , but also to suffer for him'". (Philippians 1:29).

It was exciting to think that what had happened to me could indeed serve to advance the gospel (Philippians 1:12). I began to share my faith with more people in a positive context, and I saw that the Word of God could not be bound and chained, even if I was.

Joni Eareckson Tada

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