Oscar Nominated Song Surprises the Nation

By Trillia Newbell
Jan 20, 2014

UPDATE (1/31/14): The Academy’s board of governors voted to rescind the original song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone.” The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

Lights, glamour, indulgence, actors, these are a few of the words that might come to mind when we think of the Oscars. In March, one of the most coveted nights in Hollywood will include big names, glitz, and a low-budget, obscure Christian film -- Alone Yet Not Alone.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated “Alone Yet Not Alone” for best original song, taking everyone by surprise, including its singer, Joni and Friends Founder and CEO, Joni Eareckson Tada. “When I heard the news I thought they were kidding,” said Tada.

Set in the mid-1700s and based on a true story, Alone Yet Not Alone depicts a family fleeing religious persecution in Germany to America. The movie was adapted from a book by Tracy Leininger Craven. The Oscar nominated song (also by the same name) captures the vision of the struggle the family endured while living during that era. The lyrics of “Alone Yet Not Alone” also captured the heart of Tada.

“I really resonated with the words – after all, I sit down in a stand-up world and often feel ‘alone;’ but of course with my faith in God, I'm never really alone! The Bible is filled with stories of God picking ill-equipped, unskilled people for places of great influence – that’s how I feel, me, a quadriplegic, singing an Academy Award nominated song.”

Tada, 64, is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, a Christian organization dedicated to advancing disability ministry within churches and assisting families affected by disability around the world. Joni and Friends was founded in 1979, 15 years after Tada, then 17, suffered a diving accident leaving her a quadriplegic.

Friday morning while preparing for the day, Tada’s phone rang and on the other end was her long-time friend.

“(On Thursday) my good friend Bobbie Wolgemuth called while I was still getting up and shared with me about the academy nomination. It takes me about two hours to get up in the morning. I have women who help me,” she said.

And though mornings can be arduous for Tada, this one was special, “It was quite a fun way to start the day. I thought they were kidding. Christian films are never given that platform and that this little film would beat out Taylor Swift. Wow.”

Last year, while speaking at the closing session of the National Religious Broadcasters’ Convention, Tada was spotted by representatives of Enthuse Entertainment, the producer of Alone Yet Not Alone, and asked to consider singing the theme song of the movie. During her session, Tada intertwined singing hymns as she spoke, which caught the producer’s attention.

“When I heard the simple, humble song, I wanted to record it,” she said, “I’m over the top about what God is doing. It is a little Christian film and here it is, up for an academy award.

As news broke about the Best Song nominations, People Magazine featured all five songs on their website, including video of the performances. Shocked to see this, Tada reflected on watching the song and her prayer offered prior on a secular magazine site.

People Magazine posted the video of me singing the song and offering up a prayer in the beginning. In that prayer I’m speaking of the Lord’s power in my life. And to think of how many people will see that. God did that. I’m excited.”

 

 

Tada’s prayer begins with acknowledging her limitations and dependence on the Lord: “We are the ones that run to you when we are weak. And, uh, you know this body, you formed this body. This is a quadriplegic body. That is broken. My lungs are limited. But there’s this fine balance with presenting to you all of my weakness and thinking that it can’t be done. I don’t want to think that it can’t be done. So Father, I pray that you will mitigate any crackiness in my voice . . . and so, give me your strength.”

Admittedly, Tada is not a professional singer and because of her limited lung capacity, she has a difficult time staying on pitch and hitting high notes. She has, however, previously recorded songs available for purchase on her website.

“Upon hearing the news, I kept thinking of the millions of singers who would want to be in my shoes,” she said, “I’m not a professional singer. Though this doesn’t mean as much to me as to some, I’m not cavalier. This is a huge surprise. Extremely honored.”

Each year the Oscars feature the nominated songs throughout the evening. Although Tada is unsure whether she will be singing, Christianity Today reported that the song will indeed be performed live during the televised awards night.

When asked what she would say if the “Alone Yet Not Alone” received the coveted award Tada said, “If it did win, it would be a miracle. If I were ever asked to share my thoughts, I would paint a quick picture of God’s heart and what he wants to see done with this marvelous themed movie. What God wants to see happen. I’d make much of the miracle of this simple little story. He’s saying something, so we should listen.”

Alone Yet Not Alone releases on June 13 and is set to release in 185 cities per the website. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Bruce Broughton, the composer of “Alone Yet Not Alone”. He was previously nominated for: Silverado (1985) – for Music (Original Score).

Along with leading Joni and Friends, Tada has written over 70 books including When God Weeps (Zondervan, 2010) and her latest along with her husband, Ken Tada, Joni & Ken: An Untold Story (Zondervan, 2013).

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1 On Jan 21, 2014, at 9:48am, Donnette wrote:

What a beautiful and soulful song, my tears were just running down my cheeks. Joni is such an inspiration. I have been listening to her for years.

2 On Jan 21, 2014, at 11:13am, cinda Kauffman wrote:

What a blessing,  PRAISE GOD!

3 On Jan 21, 2014, at 11:40am, Mary Gessner wrote:

Magnificent!  Brought me to tears.  Thank you. 

4 On Jan 21, 2014, at 12:41pm, Gloria wrote:

So, beautiful. So thankful for Joni’s testimony to a great and loving God!

5 On Jan 21, 2014, at 12:53pm, Rhonda Hill wrote:

And the people said Amen

6 On Jan 21, 2014, at 4:26pm, M.E. Class wrote:

I do believe that this song is ‘for such a time as this’.  It’s like God is saying, “I know what you are facing today. I know fear is rampant in the hearts of many. I see your tears and hurt when you hurt.  But, remember this, you are not alone.”  I pray for those who have considered Christ but have not yet fully surrendered - that they will be moved to invite Jesus into their hearts as they hear this tender message of His great love for us.

7 On Jan 21, 2014, at 4:31pm, John Hart Richmond wrote:

Amen, Rhonda…thanks to Joni for this song, which I hope gets the award.

8 On Jan 21, 2014, at 4:47pm, Ingrid wrote:

What a lovely, anointed song!  Amen!

9 On Jan 21, 2014, at 5:42pm, Ann Franzman wrote:

What a beautiful song; and such a terrific choice of soloists to sing the song.  Wouldn’t it be terrific for it to be heard (and won) at the Academy Awards.  It seems we don’t hear enough great songs, only negative, naughty songs.

10 On Jan 21, 2014, at 6:21pm, JEANNE GOLDEN wrote:

the voice of an angel

11 On Jan 21, 2014, at 7:43pm, Jean Shepard wrote:

Oh, how true and uplifting.  What joy to know this.

12 On Jan 21, 2014, at 8:13pm, Peggy Morris wrote:

Such a beautiful song and a great person singing it, God Bless and Amen!!

13 On Jan 21, 2014, at 11:04pm, Betty Marschner wrote:

You have been in my prayers much lately this has been a smile from God!!  He is using you in more and greater ways all praise and glory to Him!  May he continue to annoint beyond what you could ever dream and we hope this song makes it all the way to the top!!  It is beautiful!!

14 On Jan 21, 2014, at 11:26pm, Martyne wrote:

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you and God bless you & your family. I hope this song wins.

15 On Jan 21, 2014, at 11:42pm, Connie West wrote:

Yea God!!!

16 On Jan 22, 2014, at 12:30am, Tara Mayhew wrote:

What an inspiration! Truly a blessing ! God Bless you! Amen!

17 On Jan 22, 2014, at 2:02am, Thaimi wrote:

Bawling listening to how beautiful Joni’s voice is and her faithfulness to God… I pray God will continue to use Joni and her beautiful Spirit, as well as this beautiful song to speak to those that God wants to have hear of Him through both… I can’t wait to see this movie, and, most definitely, to watch and hear Joni sing this live, when it wins!! To God be the Glory!! :-D

18 On Jan 22, 2014, at 2:15am, Beth Barkley wrote:

She may not be a professional singer, but her voice resonates professionalism.  She could sing this in my estimation, because of the passion of her love for God and her passion never to give up….She is not alone and never has been!  Wonderful song and her spirit is felt in her precious voice!

19 On Jan 22, 2014, at 6:05am, Lois Mishler wrote:

Thanks be to God for such a beautiful song. It fills my heart with courage and grace and I know it will carry others. God loves you so much.

20 On Jan 22, 2014, at 8:32am, Carol Gingrich wrote:

Anyone who hears this song will be moved - let’s pray that all of Hollywood hears it and listens not only to the beautiful voice of Joni, but to the message itself.  We all have things that we are “alone” in, but we do not need to be alone if we think first of God.

21 On Jan 22, 2014, at 8:41am, Drpaul wrote:

why are tears streaming down my face as i see this trailer and listen to this simple song? SEX is NOT the ONLY thing that sells!

22 On Jan 22, 2014, at 8:47am, Sarah Walter wrote:

God honoring

23 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:04am, Dee Dee Vickers wrote:

Wow!  What an overpowering testimony to Tada’s faith, and an inspiration to all of us you aspire to have just even a fraction of the faith expressed by Tada - Amen, and
Amen.

24 On Jan 22, 2014, at 10:49am, Judith Goins wrote:

Such a beautiful song! Such feeling in her voice. What inspiration!!

25 On Jan 22, 2014, at 11:29am, Lila Williamson wrote:

Loved listening to the pure tones in Joni’s voice as she sang this song.  I am a soloist so understand the challenges.  What a gift and blessing from God, He will be glorified and I pray will use this song to encourage many heart daily.

26 On Jan 22, 2014, at 12:57pm, M.E. Frias wrote:

Beautiful…My prayer is that many will be moved to surrender their lives to our Lord Jesus Christ before it is too late. Mrs. Tada’s voice was just beautiful. May God continue to bless her in all that she does.

27 On Jan 22, 2014, at 1:49pm, Susan Kennedy wrote:

Tears of joy .... thank you, thank you for this “lifting up” today - and everytime I listen.  God Bless all who had a part in this, all who promote this message, and the lives of all who hear it and are touched by it forever.

28 On Jan 22, 2014, at 1:52pm, cindy stegall wrote:

Beautiful song! Praise God for her nomination… a light in this dark work! May God bless Joni song and it fall upon many ears who need to hear these heartfelt words “alone, yet not alone”...oh how true these words are!

29 On Jan 22, 2014, at 2:29pm, Martha Hidalgo wrote:

Joni’s prayer was answered - I have never heard her sing so beautifully and all for God glory - it is a sweet tender so g.

30 On Jan 22, 2014, at 2:38pm, Danielle Miller wrote:

Thank you for willingly giving up your body as a living sacrifice. You have been an inspiration for me for so many years.  You are the reason I wanted to sing in the first place.  God be with you and continue to bless you with His peace.

31 On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:13pm, Mary Jean Van Deusen wrote:

Prayers from Americans are going up to God daily and He is hearing. God has worked miracles through Joni by providing 100,000 wheelchairs to the disabled, worldwide. Now He has parted the “Red Sea” of Hollywood and the film world is hearing Him. Congratulations and Hallelujah!

32 On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:14pm, V Kealiher: wrote:

I have listened to Joni for many years.  So pleased this recognition has come for her.  God truly answered her prayer as her voice was beautiful!  God’s blessings to she and her husband.

33 On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:31pm, susan wrote:

Such a blessing to my life, this lady has been. In one of her books, she was quoted as saying; ” I’d rather be in this chair with Him, than on my feet, without Him;”  Those words impacted my life. Your testimony is a true inspiration. God bless you Joni Erackson Tada.

 

34 On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:48pm, Denise Ice wrote:

Just being nominated will open the doors for more and more people to axing to see this movie. To God bd the glory! Great things He hath done!

35 On Jan 22, 2014, at 4:52pm, Pat wrote:

Beautiful!  Inspirational!  Anointed!!!  Joni has always been an inspiration to me - her life has been a miracle of God’s grace working through an individual totally submitted to his will.

36 On Jan 22, 2014, at 5:16pm, Mary Toso wrote:

This was such a blessing to see and hear how she sang right on so sweetly, no pitch lack as suggested in the article, and that this is up for the reward it is worthy of. Wow! May it be used as well as it is submitted to Him, by the Lord, and win souls.

37 On Jan 22, 2014, at 5:30pm, Bonny Dyer wrote:

Tears in my eyes as I thank God for this song given to the woman of God in these end times!

38 On Jan 22, 2014, at 6:07pm, Roberta wrote:

Wow! Put a lump in my throat!

39 On Jan 22, 2014, at 6:12pm, Diane wrote:

Joni is hands down my favorite female vocalist. My most effective sleep potion is a mix of her beautiful songs I copied from old, old audiotapes to a CD. She has the voice of an angel, and this song was just perfect for her to sing. Kudos to the producer for asking her to sing it!

40 On Jan 22, 2014, at 6:47pm, Nima West wrote:

Simply WOW!!  I’ve always admired her from the time I heard about her horrible accident.  She is such an awesome figure to look up to. 

41 On Jan 22, 2014, at 7:12pm, Norma wrote:

I not only felt (goosebumps) the beauty of this song and tears flowed while listening, I believe this is God inspired and will be used for HIS Glory!!!!!! Joni, your voice was amazing!!!  GOD BLESS

42 On Jan 22, 2014, at 7:39pm, D.S. Wells wrote:

Thank you, my sister in Christ. Your voice sounds better to me than most of the so called “professional” singers. And your message is much better than theirs.

43 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:05pm, george hammack wrote:

beautiful testimoney of god an his help, praise the lord

44 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:32pm, Terry & Patricia Lampel wrote:

Praise God! His ways are not often ours, yet it draws us to His glory!

45 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:33pm, Pastor Kathy Dana wrote:

Let God be glorified in this! Well done good and faithful servant!  Congratulations Joni!

46 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:48pm, Faye Cress wrote:

I just keep listening to this over and over.  It is amazing-so inspiring-so lovely. It causes me to worship in my heart -The True and Living God.

47 On Jan 22, 2014, at 10:34pm, Jan Tennyson wrote:

A song sung by an angel.  I pray this makes the top at the Awards.  What a tribute and a prize that could touch the world. Congratulations from Dare to Dream.

48 On Jan 22, 2014, at 10:46pm, Bren wrote:

It amazes me every time I feel so depressed and frustrated with my life.  God ALWAYS shows me that He is by my side and that I am not alone.  What a beautiful song Joni.  You have made me realize that my challenges in life are nothing compared to what you have endured all of these years.  May God continue to bless you for your inspiring words and your love for Christ and commitment to His service.  I really needed this tonight.

49 On Jan 22, 2014, at 11:12pm, sandra fruechting wrote:

Go Joni go!!!

50 On Jan 23, 2014, at 1:50am, Ouida Selby wrote:

Love the song and Joni - our Lord has been glorified through the beautiful voice but more than that, the love you have for Him and Him for you radiates throughout this song.  Most humbling and uplifting.  I pray it wins everything so that others will see.

51 On Jan 23, 2014, at 3:00am, Kara Ferris wrote:

When you watch this video, look closely at 1:22 as well as 4:22 and what you will see is Joni’s husband, Ken poised and ready to push on Joni’s abdomen in order to support Joni’s breathing as she sings, there is no other way she could have done this song than to have her husband assisting with every breath. That speaks volumes for the unity between them. Ken is the most humble man I have ever met, serving and supporting Joni. He is a true servant, just as Jesus calls us to be. In this song, Joni sings, Your strength becomes my own. It is God himself who gives Joni her every breath while quite often on this earth, it is Ken who gives her his physical strength. What an amazing couple. I truly hope this song wins, this simple tune has great spiritual depth, much of which has been added to by the singer.

52 On Jan 23, 2014, at 8:59am, Melody wrote:

Simply beautiful.  Our God is worthy of all of our praise!  Congratulations Joni and many blessings!

53 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:06am, Cynthia wrote:

Thank you for all you are doing! I have a son with disabilities an work with adult with disabilities and I am aware of the daily struggles. Hearing you sing this amazing song makes me cry of joy; what a wonderful reminder we are not alone! Thank you and best of luck! God Bless You!

54 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:12am, Brent Peters wrote:

Anointed Singing!!!  I can’t imagine anyone else doing as well.  Praise to God, the Alpha and the Omega.  He is the God of the Beginning and the End [and all that is in between].  My prayer :  This is but the beginning for this song.  Lord, I can hardly wait to see what is coming as You carry it to your end.  May Your will be done!  Honor and Glory to the God of our times. Amen

55 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:19am, Terry Mac Elwain wrote:

YES,Amen.

56 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:25am, Donna wrote:

Beautiful and inspiring.  Oh that we could hear more music like this these days.  The lyrics, melody, and singing are all so sweet.  Thanks for the inspiration!

57 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:32am, Pam W. wrote:

Joni, the performance of this song was flawless and sooooo anointed.It is a miracle!
I am amazed at how God has used you in your life. You have always glorified Him. Thank you for the sacrifices you continue to make to bring Him glory. God bless you!!

58 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:55am, Beverly wrote:

with Joni as an inspiration-“Your Grace is Enough” has true meaning

59 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:58am, Ronald Myers wrote:

Very moving, beautiful, and very true!!!

60 On Jan 23, 2014, at 11:14am, Annie M. wrote:

Thank you and God Bless you Joni: Thanks for reminding us he is always with us and we can lean on his great strength. May God be praised and bring glory to his name. Your story reminds me to humble and thankful for Gods blessings. :-)

61 On Jan 23, 2014, at 11:41am, Marihelen Goodwin wrote:

Amazing!! God be praised! His miracle working through your amazing voice!! What a blessing. Thank you for trusting God and for sharing this message of hope!!

62 On Jan 23, 2014, at 11:42am, Ann wrote:

Lord, thank you for this opportunity to further your Kingdom. Thank for giving Joni the strength and courage to record this beautiful song. Bless all those involved in this production. And may your Name be honored thru this endeavor.

63 On Jan 23, 2014, at 12:25pm, Bertha Peters wrote:

Praise God! Joni, you have beeen an encouragment to me from the beginning, and this came at a very timely time in my journey, I am touched… Alone But Not A lone!

64 On Jan 23, 2014, at 12:58pm, Mindy wrote:

Wow!! Very beautiful and inspiring. So moving and thought-provoking. I pray millions get to really HEAR this and the message behind the song. Joni’s life/testimony is incredibly inspiring in and of itself…Wow!!

65 On Jan 23, 2014, at 1:09pm, Sandra G Hughes wrote:

Very powerful song.  I hope it wins and Hollywood hearts will be touched.

66 On Jan 23, 2014, at 1:33pm, Worship Pastor Dan Benham wrote:

Praise the Father for this anointed song & Joni the chosen singer. Could the Father use this song for a time as this to open hearts in America for a real awakening-I pray He will!

67 On Jan 23, 2014, at 1:46pm, Bonnie wrote:

God Is Amazing and uses people to turn praise to Him. Joni’s limited and yet she praises and claims God’s power & trust. It shows through. Her clear, beautiful, voice brought instant tears of Amazement and Praise to God for never leaving anyone Alone! Wow If she can do this - how much more should I be thankful to God, who creates, blesses in many ways - we just need to focus on Him, Jesus our Lord, giver of faithful gifts.  Not on what we don’t have but what He is!

68 On Jan 23, 2014, at 1:50pm, Laura wrote:

I saw her in high school never have forgotten her. This song I am going to play for my grandson.  See he has multiple anxiety disorder with OCD.  See he touched Jesus. When he was 3 when this happened my mom was pray Jesus would calm him down and he reached up and said a light who is this my mom said take his hand he did and calmed down.  It was a start to a long road that we are still on

69 On Jan 23, 2014, at 2:25pm, Claire wrote:

Joni—your faithfulness through the years has been a long obedience in the same direction… and I am grateful for your pursuit of Jesus, because it inspires me, among many. Bless you! What God has done in you and through you has flipped upside down the whole idea of “limitations” of body… You rock, lady!  :-)

70 On Jan 23, 2014, at 2:40pm, Mike Padgett wrote:

Praise the Lord! Tears are running down my cheeks. I needed that today Lord as I prepare for Communion Sunday at church. Give me the message for your people Lord. Thank you Jesus!

71 On Jan 23, 2014, at 3:17pm, rose wrote:

Wonderful song and singer.  God bless you Joni, my he reward you in heaven one day.

72 On Jan 23, 2014, at 4:44pm, Kathy Clark wrote:

How do I get a copy of the beautiful moving song

73 On Jan 23, 2014, at 4:47pm, Bernadette wrote:

Speechless.

74 On Jan 23, 2014, at 6:55pm, janice powell wrote:

You have a beautiful voice.  Please pray for me.  I’m an alcoholic and I struggle every night.  I’m drunk as I send this. I want to remain very, very anonymous!!!

75 On Jan 23, 2014, at 7:41pm, Barbara Smith wrote:

WOW! How powerful. Seems I have known of you and your work forever but never knew that you could sing .... and how beautifully you sing too. So very moving that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

76 On Jan 23, 2014, at 7:56pm, Alexia wrote:

I love your voice!  I have to admit, however, that between clips of the movie and my lack of hearing, I could not understand all the words.  Are they printed somewhere?  I would love to read them!  God will get His Word out to the people

77 On Jan 23, 2014, at 8:11pm, Angela Kahle wrote:

One of the most memorable songs is the one that Joni sang in her first movie.  I wish I could find it.

78 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:16pm, Mary Long wrote:

She’s my American Idol!  Praise God!  What a gift she has!

79 On Jan 23, 2014, at 9:52pm, Emily wrote:

Joni never ceases to amaze me !!  She is my inspiration.  She sang this song beautifully and this nomination may have surprised the nation but it doesn’t surprise me.  May God continue to bless you Joni.  You have touched so many lives, including mine.  I really hope to meet you some day :)

80 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:27pm, Sharlynne Williams wrote:

Joni’s prayer before this song was answered, She sounded like an angel, perfect and amazing! Can’t wait to see the film and buy the music.

81 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:32pm, Karen Gaskill wrote:

Amazing. Joni is so beautiful in everyway. God’s ambassador.

82 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:35pm, Vivien Tinner wrote:

The best I ever heard her sing 0 a great song - what a blessing!

83 On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:51pm, Anna Hines wrote:

Beautiful song and timely movie content.  Homeschoolers in Germany are being persecuted for their faith.  Pray for them and for us.

84 On Jan 23, 2014, at 11:01pm, Leda wrote:

What a beautiful Blessing.  May GOD’s glory win the award.  Well done Joni.

85 On Jan 24, 2014, at 12:18am, Patty Wonder wrote:

As always you inspire with your fearless willingness to say yes to anything God asks of you! You so amaze me with your painting, singing and lifting others up! What a beautiful moment to see Ken help support you for your breath! A beautiful picture of the amazing Man, husband and partner you both are for each other. God bless you and may the Lord do mighty works with this song and Movie! pw

86 On Jan 24, 2014, at 2:18am, Deborah wrote:

God bless you, Joni!! You are such an inspiration in so many ways to me! Your first book had a big part in my receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior! This song is so beautiful ... it spoke right to where I needed it now ... we are never alone!!

87 On Jan 24, 2014, at 4:05am, Allyn Heyes wrote:

She should sing that beautiful song with that beautiful God given voice.  God shines through you.

88 On Jan 24, 2014, at 10:03am, Sandi Reed wrote:

I’ve always loved listening to JET on the radio, so yes, I love this song.

89 On Jan 24, 2014, at 10:18am, Maribeth Smith wrote:

I too was moved to tears by Joni’s God-honoring performance.  I’m sending this on to others so that they can be as blessed as I was.  May Jesus Christ be praised!

90 On Jan 24, 2014, at 10:26am, Janice wrote:

I pray that your testimony in this song will touch the hearts of all who will hear. Beautiful voice and beautiful words!  Thank you.

91 On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:59am, Cheryl Cheryl A wrote:

Joni…thank you for.this…thank you for being always that vulnerable with all of us…you help us with your weaknesses to not put you on a pedistal…but then I just really want to put you up there…well then, just to God be the glory…love you and so glad Jesus comforts you and me both! He understands us all fully and cares oh so much…n just holds us n not just wipes our tears…but assures us there are reasons beyond…n he just loves us agape style beyond words…now just to live out my love for God daily and forgive and forgive some more…like Jesus n God forgive n forgave mysinful darn selffff! Humph…man this just made my day…again: thank you thank you!

92 On Jan 24, 2014, at 1:31pm, Jack F. Coffey wrote:

Absolutely beautiful!!!  Amazingly done!!  Praise be to God!!!!!

93 On Jan 24, 2014, at 2:02pm, Susan Abitz wrote:

Beautiful song, beautiful message, beautiful person singing it. Thank you, Joni!

94 On Jan 24, 2014, at 3:00pm, Elaine wrote:

Beautiful, Praise The Lord!

95 On Jan 24, 2014, at 3:32pm, Judy Nelson wrote:

What a beautiful song for our Lord. It helped me very much. Six months ago my
granddaughter was born. She has Downs syndrome. She had open heart surgery and finally after six months she is home. Unfortunaely she is having trouble eating. Please pray for her and her parents. I feel Gods presence in things like your song. Thank you Joni and God Bless.

96 On Jan 24, 2014, at 4:00pm, Peggy wrote:

Beautiful *** worthy of the gold statue *** once again, proof positive the power of one life and all that can be done when ones heart is given and devoted to God. Thank you Joni. You’ve already won, regardless of what happens Oscar night. Celebrate! Beautiful song and beautifully sung.

97 On Jan 24, 2014, at 4:05pm, Lori wrote:

Thank you Joni for your faithfulness thru all the years to the Lord!!  Of all days, I needed to hear this song to remind me as well that I am not alone…Thank you!!

98 On Jan 24, 2014, at 6:00pm, Barb M. wrote:

May our Lord Jesus be praised! You did a beautiful job, Joni. Oh, how the Lord has used your story in my life. One day in glory we will sit down and I will tell you how. God bless you and bless you and bless you, dear Joni!

99 On Jan 24, 2014, at 6:16pm, Sanki Christian Lutgring wrote:

Joy! Pure joy!!! Joni’s voice is like the sun streaming through a forest waterfall! Refreshing and clean! So excited about a quality film, ( Christian to boot) and song getting notice! God is in the details always!

100 On Jan 24, 2014, at 8:37pm, susie wrote:

I am always amazed by Joni. She deserves recognition for all the lives she has inspired in her lifetime. Her Gifts and Talents Just Keep Flowing. AMEN AND AMEN

101 On Jan 24, 2014, at 8:38pm, Lynda wrote:

Wow! That was a truly moving experience.  That you for sharing your God given talents with us.

102 On Jan 24, 2014, at 8:46pm, Wanda wrote:

What encouragement this song brings!  My heart has been touched as will everyone who hears it.  The Lord will be glorified, and I pray those who are listening have ears to hear.

103 On Jan 24, 2014, at 9:50pm, James wrote:

I knew I’d meet an angel someday and isn’t she beautiful :-)

104 On Jan 24, 2014, at 10:05pm, Terry wrote:

Joni,your voice is gorgeous,a gift to hear you.Thank you for being open to receiving God’s strength and blessing all of us with your courage and beauty.

105 On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:05pm, Pamela Bronk wrote:

Dear Lord Jesus, You know the humble heart of Your servant, Joni.  While she continues to touch my/our hearts deeply, her vital message has/is that You be lifted high that men might see You and be saved. Lord, I love her and ask for Your comfort and Ken’s too. We will meet One Day in our forever home. Beautiful voice & song.

106 On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:27pm, Susan Bobbitt wrote:

An Amazing and Beautiful song!  God is Great!

107 On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:44pm, Barbara Ramey wrote:

WOW! Joni certainly does not realize how beautiful her voice REALLY is!  This news sounds wonderful! Praying the country and world DO get to see her and hear her sing in person! hope I learn if she will be on there in person, as I never watch it, but WILL, if she is on, and maybe will to see if her song wins. May GOD continue blessing her every day. She is such an awesome human, and Christian lady and leader!

108 On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:52pm, Dawn and Mike Menning wrote:

Absolutely beautifully performed - the verse - John 16:32b - was the passage spoken at my dad’s memorial service - a dear one to me since I was 19! Thank you and praising God for you.

109 On Jan 25, 2014, at 12:58am, Cathy Winter wrote:

A powerful song “for such a time as this”, sung by a precious and humble lady…Joni, such a compassionate inspiration that is now capturing a global stage, that only God could orchestrate! What a special Oscar nomination, and I hope Joni will be asked to perform it on Oscar night… even more will be blessed!

110 On Jan 25, 2014, at 3:09am, william donald nilsson jr. wrote:

with all the filth, mindless pablum,  and propaganda projected at americans via t.v.and movies, it is a real revelation and inspiration to see something this posetive and uplifting being projected to and accepted by the unbelievers (media) of america in these end times.

111 On Jan 25, 2014, at 4:22am, Edward Delmotte wrote:

For such a time as this, God Bless you Joni all for His Glory<><

112 On Jan 25, 2014, at 6:56am, linda smith wrote:

Joni has always inspired me!  She is such a woman of God and has such a wonderful attitude regardless of her limitations, a true advocate for Jesus!  Great Song! Love it!

113 On Jan 25, 2014, at 7:26am, Lori Schaffer wrote:

Awe inspiring! Sent shivers up my spine.Truly makes you feel that you are not alone.

114 On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:29am, Ruth wrote:

Blessed to hear this :)

115 On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:55am, Sheila wrote:

Our God is amazing! Joni has been an inspiration to me for decades. I’m so glad He thought of this! May it bring Him honour!

116 On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:57am, Jim Oliver wrote:

Thank You Joni for giving to The Lord !!!  God is all over this song !
To God Be The Glory !!

117 On Jan 25, 2014, at 11:04am, Kim Malkogainnnis wrote:

Beautiful. Praying God will open hearts as you sing at the Academy Awards.(I can SO relate to this song) Would like a copy.

118 On Jan 25, 2014, at 3:04pm, Ada Henke wrote:

Through your voice He Speaks to us all!  Thank you for letting the Lord use you and speak through you with your amazing song.  Give Thanks to God above!

119 On Jan 25, 2014, at 3:10pm, divina wrote:

I wished i have such strength, like joni have.

120 On Jan 25, 2014, at 3:28pm, Hanne Bendsen wrote:

Absolutely beautiful. It desrves to win evn more than an academy award. Breathtaking. Hanne Bendsen

121 On Jan 25, 2014, at 4:01pm, Beverly wrote:

When we have such hurting in the world you come along and give us renewed faith.  Thank you and bless you

122 On Jan 25, 2014, at 5:24pm, Alicia wrote:

I saw Joni many years ago speaking at Brooklyn Tabernacle and I will never forget her. Despite the cards that life has dealt her she used it for Gods Glory. I am sure many have come to Christ because of Joni. She is like an angel on Earth and will forever remain in my heart, Thank You Joni and may the Lords blessing follow you always.

123 On Jan 25, 2014, at 7:02pm, Barbara Simonson wrote:

What a great gift for a troubled time.  Whenever i feel cynical I may need to come back to this song and this incredible God - honoring rendition of this song.  I don’t think the world miraculous would be too strong here.  Who says God doesn’t answer prayers?

124 On Jan 25, 2014, at 8:46pm, Karen M wrote:

I’ve been a long time follower of Joni.  I was inspired by her book years ago, then to learn of her art (I too am an artist), then all of her other ministries.  God has truly blessed her life.  I cannot imagine a this beautiful song, sung by anyone other than Joni.  I think it is a true testament to His glory.  I cannot wait until that day when we will all be together in His presence and I have a chance to meet Joni.

125 On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:24pm, Valerie wrote:

Loved it

126 On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:27pm, Beverly Sherrill wrote:

The song is beautiful and I listen to the words I thought of my sweet Brad that I lost 2012. He was born with several disabilities but caring for him for 39years his little body gave out.  I read your book and seen your Movie. You are Awesome and it makes Me ashamed that I’m not doing more to light the world with Gods Love. You are a blessing to Me and others. LOVE IN CHRIST ,

127 On Jan 25, 2014, at 10:56pm, Gail wrote:

How great is our God!!

128 On Jan 25, 2014, at 11:44pm, kris wrote:

Literally breathtaking!  Brought tears to my eyes and left me with goosebumps <3

 

129 On Jan 25, 2014, at 11:53pm, Rachel Jensen wrote:

Once again the LORD is using this dear sister in a wonderful way to bring Him glory and encourage us!!! So thankful for this beautiful clay pot housing The Treasure!!!

130 On Jan 26, 2014, at 12:11am, Linda wrote:

I really hope that it wins an oscar to show those Hollywood people that Jesus is the reason for Life. :) <3

131 On Jan 26, 2014, at 1:38am, Sieneke Feyter wrote:

Joni, you have always be an example to me,
God is using you in the midst of an
ungodly world and He will use this song and movie
To his glory even in Hollywood. Praise to The Lord.

132 On Jan 26, 2014, at 9:51am, Harry Shaw wrote:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Phil: 4:13

133 On Jan 26, 2014, at 4:45pm, Cindy wrote:

I have followed Joni’s ministry since the 70’s and say WOW!  I did not know you could sing TOO!  BEAUTIFUL!  Praise the Lord!

134 On Jan 26, 2014, at 4:46pm, Homer wrote:

She may not have a professional voice, But she sure has a gifted one!

135 On Jan 26, 2014, at 4:55pm, Terri Sharp wrote:

Praise God!  Thank you for living your life for God’s glory.  Joni, your love for God is a beautiful testimony of God’s awesomeness!!! 

136 On Jan 26, 2014, at 7:35pm, Marlene wrote:

God does work in mysterious ways.  We are saddened that our country’s morals have downgraded into something we don’t even recognize. What an eye-opener it is to know that God can work a miracle in the midst of despair.  He has made the   way for millions to experience the piece that Joni has because she, and others who experience God’s love———-“are not alone.”

137 On Jan 26, 2014, at 7:39pm, Mary Prior wrote:

A most uplifting song, and sung with great feeling.

138 On Jan 26, 2014, at 7:41pm, Debbie wrote:

I received this link this afternoon at a really good time.  My very best friend of 35+ yrs? has been fighting stage 4 cancer for almost 6 yrs.  when I phoned her earlier today, her daughter answered her phone. “Jane” was placed in a hospice facility yesterday morning, and is rapidly failing.  This song reminded me that we are never truly alone, and Jesus will be with each and everyone of us when our time comes.  Thank-you for this beautiful reminder of his grace.

139 On Jan 26, 2014, at 9:07pm, Kathy Loreen wrote:

Such a beautiful and anointed song sung by a beautiful and anointed Lady.  The message of this song spoke to my heart telling me I am not alone.  As stated earlier in a comment “May Jesus Christ be praised!”

140 On Jan 26, 2014, at 9:22pm, Judy wrote:

Yes - God’s people are stepping up to the plate - “Chosen For Such A Time As This” The Lord has some big SURPRISES for us this year. Go Joni….... You are anointed by Him to show the nation Who God is. We will pray…

141 On Jan 26, 2014, at 9:59pm, David wrote:

Wow what an amaze n voice.angel of God.Blessings to you Jonie

142 On Jan 26, 2014, at 11:15pm, LTroyer wrote:

Moving in the hearts of men is what Jesus is about.  Beautiful reflection of Gods love for us.

143 On Jan 27, 2014, at 12:06am, Rob wrote:

I have MS and when I heard this song it broke my spirit and I cried for two hours!!!  sometimes it’s very difficult for me to move, talk, eat, see, and be normal.  sometimes I lie in bed all day when I can’t move.    the symptoms do come and go, and I have to stop and realize that God is in control and he will NEVER leave me, or forsake me.  When joni sang this song, it really made me stop and think, and the anger, the bitterness, the MS just melted away!  sometimes I feel alone,, but not alone….God Bless you Joni!! you have a beautiful voice!!  thank you for making me feel that I’m not alone.  god is with me and he will help me get through this!

144 On Jan 27, 2014, at 8:26am, Paul McDowall wrote:

beautiful!

145 On Jan 27, 2014, at 9:01am, maria wrote:

Totally awesome..I cannot wait to see the movie.  I cannot believe what this
woman has done…it is beyond words and gives us courage…God Bless and it is a great tribute for all of us…I have hated seeing in “God we Trust” being banned.. Halalua

146 On Jan 27, 2014, at 11:56am, Cheryl Clair wrote:

This is the message that the American people need to hear now. You are not alone. God is still in control and He is always with you, even in your darkest hour.

147 On Jan 27, 2014, at 2:38pm, allen wrote:

Can’t beat the inner man. Just beautiful

148 On Jan 27, 2014, at 4:21pm, Diane Stolle wrote:

He is in charge and I can hardly wait to see the movie, I put it on my calendar already so I won’t miss it.

149 On Jan 27, 2014, at 6:31pm, Ann Black wrote:

Joni said she was not a professional singer but she sounds as professional as anyone ever could.  What a beautiful,moving song.  God has blessed her with a talent for writing and for singing.  The verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” comes to mind.

150 On Jan 27, 2014, at 10:47pm, Ruth Brown wrote:

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more moving, beautiful song that tells the world just what it needs to hear at this time . Joni had just the perfect voice that was needed to get the message across to the world. Thank you Lord for her Strength and Faith in Your love to bring this to fruition. Beautiful!

151 On Jan 28, 2014, at 8:48am, Jacquelynn Abbott Schobring wrote:

Is this on facebook yet??  I know God smiles every time He hears you sing that song!

152 On Jan 28, 2014, at 9:40am, Darlene Pendleton wrote:

awesome… your song that God has allowed you to do is beautiful.

153 On Jan 28, 2014, at 10:05am, Trudie Cheeseman wrote:

What a blessing and praying God will use this song for His glory in these trying times in our nation.  Absolutely beautiful!

154 On Jan 28, 2014, at 12:04pm, Yvonne Allen wrote:

Words can not express the beauty and glory of your voice and song…you are truely a blessing and your music is sent from God!

155 On Jan 28, 2014, at 1:55pm, Jan Belcher wrote:

What a beautiful song and voice. It was a total blessing to hear and feel the words. Joni, your voice is beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. God bless you!

156 On Jan 28, 2014, at 2:13pm, Gayle Bridgeman wrote:

One Amazing Woman!  Beautifully sung and inspiring!  Thanks for sharing and touching my heart today!

157 On Jan 28, 2014, at 2:48pm, Monica wrote:

Absolutely Beautiful & True words and voice and music. I was moved . I look forward to the movie and the song becoming an anthem to so many that hear it. Thank You . And May God Bless You Always.

158 On Jan 29, 2014, at 11:04am, Linda Harder wrote:

As we Believers thrill to the reminder that we are never alone, our friends around the block and around the world who do not Believe Jesus are very alone.  Let us pray that He intervene in their lives and grant grace and faith to many as they ponder this song.  Yeah God!

159 On Jan 29, 2014, at 11:44am, Lucy Keller wrote:

This is wonderful.  I think the hero’s of these stories are the men.  Men of valor and integrity.  Praise God there are men like this in our world.  And in God’s great mercy I too am married to a wonderful man this Ken.  My Paul married me when I was able-bodied and 18 months later I became a Paraplegic.  That was 36 years ago.  He has loved me and helped me and cared for me and made me laugh all these years.  He is so kind and willing to listen to me.  He is my best friend.  He encourages me to do as much as I can do on my own.  He is an amazing father to our two daughters, who were miracles to us, as the Dr. said we would not have children. He is a Pastor and is so good at his job.  He is a miracle of God a gift to me beyond my dreams.
Thank God for men willing to be such Mighty Men of God.

160 On Jan 29, 2014, at 6:46pm, Sandy Montgomery wrote:

Thank you for making such a wonderful song.  It echoes what God has been in my life through the ups and downs. I am not nor will never be alone.

161 On Jan 29, 2014, at 7:05pm, Karen Sherwin wrote:

Just beautiful and I’ve known of Joni and her story since I was young and this is sooo God working.

162 On Jan 29, 2014, at 7:23pm, DeAnna Graves wrote:

Dear Joni,  I have been your fan since watching your testimony on the GriefShare dvd’s and just want to say thank you for all of the work you are doing in the Lord’s kingdom.  God bless you always!

163 On Jan 30, 2014, at 10:52pm, Dee wrote:

God heard your prayer.  Your voice was beautiful.  The words are so true.

164 On Jan 31, 2014, at 1:59am, Margaret Ferranti wrote:

God is on the throne!  Praise Him! Even when the enemy seems to have his way, with the rescinding of the nomination. “...we do not lose heart…..For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Cor. 4:16-18 Thank you Joni for yielding to your loving Savior thru all the hurt.  Also thanks for signing my grand daughters cast.  She read your allegorical book about the slave to patients at the conv. home Sat.

165 On Feb 12, 2014, at 3:57pm, peg o'brien wrote:

Is this the same Joni whose book inspired me in the ‘70s as I was recuperating from a devastating brain surgery?  I’ve thought of you so often and how you gave me hope to return home and raise my 5 young children.  God Bless You!

166 On Mar 17, 2014, at 11:41pm, Nancy Cole Markle wrote:

A beautiful woman of God

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