A Lesson from Joni's Father

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 14, 2014
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Today, Joni Eareckson Tada is a famous mouth artist with works of art ranging from sketches to oil paintings, pastels and more. Her love for art began as a child, when as a little girl she would sit at the feet of her father, John Eareckson, watching him work at his easel. He would lift Joni up on his knee, take his big hand around hers, and together they would grab a brush and sweep and swirl colors across a canvas. But Joni’s father also taught her to trust in God’s hand at work in her life, and it’s why Joni wishes to share her father’s artwork and invaluable life lessons in this short video. Here, Joni takes you through how she came to draw a pastel pencil rendering of an image of her dad, using his hands to creatively transform a dead piece of bark into a handsome piece of wood. Because in many ways, that is what our Heavenly Father does in our lives: He crafts us into His masterpiece. Click here to watch the video and then, share it with your friends.



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Joni you have an amazing ability to see light where darkness usually hovers. Thank you for all the many things that you do for people. May God continue to bless you and hold you dear.
  • Feb. 10, 2015
  • 6:18 p.m.
  • Betty
As always, your words are inspirational! Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful work of art.
  • Feb. 5, 2015
  • 7:25 a.m.
  • julie
Joni this is so touching to me. What a real way to share the comparison of your earthly father to how our Heavenly father is to us. I know this must have been a very tender moment for you talking about your dad, so thanks for sharing.
  • Jan. 10, 2015
  • 12:12 p.m.
  • Shiffon
This is so Beautiful. My husband fell at work Feb. 22, 2011. His injury C4 Incomplete SCI. We have been married 44 1/2 years. God is working in our lives. Hard at times, he's in chronic pain. I feel we have received a Deep Healing from God. We are Christains & were before the accident, but we not Happy, no piece with each other. But God has Healed our Hearts a Deep Healing. We now Show Love to each other. We Study the word of God together now. There is Sweet Piece in Our Home. I Love Watching Your Speaking. Thank God for You & Your Husband.
  • Oct. 30, 2014
  • 10:30 p.m.
  • Linda Rodgers
Joni, I can totally relate to this. I've seen how God uses us in this process in people's lives. As a licensed counselor, He has shown me that He gives me the privilege of working as His apprentice at the potter's wheel, with his hands around mine as He molds and shapes the people He brings into my counseling office, through my words and actions. I think that's how He uses all of us in ministry to others. You are always so encouraging to me, and I felt a warm glow come over me just seeing you when I started your video. Thank you for how you've allowed our Father to use you in all of our lives.
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • 4:42 p.m.
  • Mary Henderson