In less than a minute, life can change forever. For Joni, in less than one minute, a dive into shallow water decades ago resulted in quadriplegia for the rest of her life.
For Joni and Ken, in less than one minute, the words “stage 3 breast cancer” rang through their ears. What’s more, most minutes of Joni’s life are filled with acute, almost unbearable chronic pain.
Marriage vows include the tough words like: “in sickness and in health . . . for better or for worse.” Realities such as these pull and strain at a marriage. Ken and Joni have endured sickness, poor health, despair, emotional weariness, depression, and marital strain.
Their lives and words offer hope to all of us.
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Ken and Joni show us we must choose—in sickness or health, able or disabled—our attitudes and responses to what life tosses our way.
Their example of clinging to passages such as 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 and 1 Samuel 16:7, singing hymns of praise, and choosing to trust that God is sovereign in the midst of massive challenges will encourage you, empower you, and equip you with greater hope.
- Why was this the time you chose to write your book, Joni and Ken—An Untold Love Story?
- After receiving the diagnosis of cancer, what were those first few moments like?
- In matters of trusting the Lord—a battle we all share—where do you struggle most with trusting Him?
- Ken, you honestly speak of depression—another reality for caregivers, those in crisis, the diseased and disabled. What has that been like for you?
- Ken, how do you encourage men to reach out for help?
- How does your perspective on the Lord’s timing versus our human, finite timing affect your outlook on life?
- There is a “pouring out” of one’s self when when we choose to serve another. How has that choice affected you as individuals and as a couple?
- How do you encourage others to make time to be quiet and really listen for the Lord to speak into their lives?
- When do you both feel closest to the Lord?
- Suffering often leads to doubt, anger, bitterness, and resentment. What would you say to those struggling with such feelings and challenges?
- What passages of Scripture have been important for each of you?
Joni has written more than 50 books, has traveled to 47 countries, and has won numerous awards and several honorary degrees. She is the founder and CEO of “Joni and Friends,” an exceptional organization that provides resources for Christian ministry and support and hope for the disabled and their families.
Ken Tada recently retired from 32 years of teaching and took the leadership position of Director of Ministry Development with Joni and Friends. He also serves as a member of the board of directors and remains highly involved in the global ministry programs. In 2001, Ken received the Family Life Ministries “Robert McQuilken Award,” honoring him as one with: “The Courageous Love of a Marriage-Covenant Keeper.”
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You may be enduring the most severe test and have had nowhere to turn for help. Perhaps you are physically drained, emotionally lost, or spiritually dry. But you are not alone in the battle.
I hope you will reach out, make the choice to seek help or write your needs in our comments section. We have included ways to connect with Joni and Ken and their ministry resources, and I invite you to connect here and with the resources offered through Insight for Living.
Question: What stood out to you most about Joni’s and Ken’s story?
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Connect with Joni and Friends at their Web site. There you can find information on resources, books, engagements, camp, radio, and television.
You can also get Ken and Joni’s new book, Joni and Ken—An Untold Love Story.