Imagine being flat on your back with pneumonia, gasping for every breath and unable to lift yourself to cough.
Several years ago quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada found herself in these circumstances.
When doctors hooked her up to oxygen, she had an epiphany: For the first time, she realized how she had taken her daily breath for granted.
Since that time, she's made a practice to "breathe in God's presence"--acknowledging his breath-by-breath, moment-by-moment presence in her life.
Joni suggests that no matter how difficult our circumstances, we can "inhale His love" and "exhale gratitude."
So often we think the only miracles are healing ones. But Joni, a quadriplegic who lives in constant pain, is a huge miracle.
She teaches us the true meaning of gratitude, the true meaning of miracles. Her life proves that no matter how difficult the trial, God is true to His promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
source: A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty, by Joni Eareckson Tada, David C. Cook Publishing, 2010