A Different Kind of Freedom

Oct. 9, 2014 Joni Eareckson Tada

For a long time, Joni Eareckson Tada asked the Lord to set her free from her confinement to a wheelchair. Instead of answering that prayer, He gave her a different kind of freedom. Joni will explain why your unanswered prayers may be the backdrop for a deeper healing and a new understanding of freedom in Christ.

Running Time: 44 minutes


Joni Eareckson Tada: I just love the theme of this conference: "Freedom, Fullness, and Fruitfulness in Christ." That's something I've been relishing in, humbled by, and blessed with, especially celebrating thirty-five years of ministry at Joni and Friends, delivering hundreds of thousands of wheelchairs.

But that part about freedom . . . that is a different story. Freedom for me has never been-and it continues not to be-an easy thing to pursue. Freedom from anxiety, freedom from worry, freedom from fears of the future, freedom from discontented feelings, freedom from a sour, peevish spirit early in the morning when my chronic pain hits my left hip. It's always been that way. It's been so hard to find freedom in my soul.

I remember forty-seven years ago, after I broke my neck in that diving accident, I used to lie in the hospital bed staving off depression. Now, I didn't know …

About the Speaker

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an international ministry that promotes Christian ministry in the disability community. Joni hosts the short-feature radio program Joni and Friends and has written over fifty books. She is the recipient of the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement and has been inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Joni and her husband, Ken, make their home in California.