Joy Morning Inspiration with James Merritt

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  1. ezra

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    Morning Inspiration with James Merritt

    Some of you have heard of Jonnie Erickson Tada. For those who haven’t, Jonnie is a quadriplegic. She dove into a shallow lake at the age of 17, broke her neck and was instantly paralyzed from the neck down. She was speaking at a conference one time and was in the women’s restroom during a break and one woman putting on lipstick said, “Oh Jonnie, you always look so together and so happy in your wheelchair. I wish I had your joy!” She thenasked, “How do you do it?” Jonnie said, “I don’t do it. May I tell you honestly how I woke up this morning?

    This is an average day for me. After my husband, Ken, leaves for work at 6:00am I am alone until I hear the front door open at 7 o’clock. That is when a friend arrives to get me up. While she makes coffee I pray, ‘Lord, my friend will soon give me a bath, get me dressed, set me up in my chair, brush my hair and teeth and send me out the door. I don’t have the strength to face this routine one more time. I have no resources. I don’t have a smile to take into the day, but you do, so dear God may I have yours? I need your desperately.’”

    One lady incredulously asked, “So what happens when your friend comes into the bedroom?” Jonnie said, “I turn my head toward her and give her a smile sent straight from heaven. It is not mine. It is God’s.” She then pointed to her paralyzed legs and said, “Whatever joy you see today was hard-won this morning and I got it because I asked for it."

    Here is the hard truth. If you don’t want to be joyful you won’t be. If you do not choose joy you cannot be joyful. If you cannot be joyful you will not be joyful.

    On the other hand, if you want to be joyful you will be. If you do choose to be joyful you can be joyful and if you can be, you will be, but you’ve got to choose to be.
     
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    Thanks Brother ezra, I haven't heard anything of Jonnie Erickson Tada in some years, and she is an inspiration.The world believes suffering in Christ is not that which produces character, but another I saw in person was Corrie ten Boom. Having been put through the mill as it were, she had a grace about her that could preach a message of love hard to imagine. A dear sister in the Christian assembly I attended came through the desperation in Germany as a child, saw her parents killed before her, her older sister having her tongue torn out, and then freed to wander alone. She had a worship like few I ever knew.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus. :wave2
     
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    I find this quite sorrowful. It reminds me where scripture says that sorrow is better than laughter.
     

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