Saturday, June 29, 2019

STAND UP TO YOUR FEARS: RICK WARREN AND PROLOGUE FROM TONI STAR

The following words come from Rick Warren. I want to reproduce and give all the credit to rICK. tHE ARTICLE IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE IT WRITES ABOUT FEARS AND HOW THEY SOMETIMES STOP US FROM DOING WHAT WE WANT AND NEED TO DO. iF YOU WANT TO STAND UP FOR gOD, STAND UP TO YOUR FEARS, YOU NEED TO DO WHAT "gOD WANTS YOU TO DO." wHEN YOU DO THIS, YOU WILL HAVE VICTORY IN YOUR LIFE.  rICK GOES ON TO SAY THAT "The answer to your fear isn’t to give in to it. It’s to move forward boldly in spite of it. You stand up to the fear. Fear doesn’t respond to logic, so your only chance to get rid of the fear is to trust God and face the fear."s
SO, TRUST IN GOD AND FACE YOUR FEARS!


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By Rick Warren — June 25, 2019
“Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness” (Acts 4:29 GNT).
We all have fears. Too often, though, we let them rule over our lives and stop us from taking a stand for what we know God wants us to do.
Like Daniel standing in the lion’s den, we face people and situations that threaten to destroy us and our witness for Christ. But the choice is ours.
Will we succumb to our fears, or will we stand up for God in spite of those fears?
If you want to overcome fear that’s dragging you down, you need to clearly understand the benefits of choosing to stand up for what God wants.
Most importantly, you need to see that doing what God wants you to do is a clear victory over the fear in your life.
Because fear grows. Every time you give in to a fear, it becomes more intense.
Fear grows every time you refuse to do what God wants you to do. Eventually, you’ll feel cornered.
So what do you do?
Follow the lead of early Christians. We’re certainly not the first generation of Christians to face fear. Early believers faced all kinds of persecution. The book of Acts shows us a bit about how they stood up to this fear. As Peter and John proclaimed Jesus boldly in Acts 4, they came up against fierce opposition.
So they prayed, “Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness” (Acts 4:29 GNT).
The answer to your fear isn’t to give in to it. It’s to move forward boldly in spite of it. You stand up to the fear. Fear doesn’t respond to logic, so your only chance to get rid of the fear is to trust God and face the fear.
Never, ever forget this: God won’t part the water in front of you until you take your first step (see how God did this for Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings 2:8). You take a step of faith, and then God shows you the path. That won’t happen if you stand wrapped up in your fear.
Take a step in faith today, and watch fear crumble in the process as God guides your steps.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Words from Ralph Waldo Emerson and me



The below words on a New Day come from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each morning, as you wake up, you make a choice of what kind of day you will have. You may not do this consciously but you do make a choice. When you think about the word "choice" it should bring to mind that you, and only you, have the opportunity to make each new day happy and productive or  sad and empty.

To make each day positive and good, begin it by saying, "Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Help me to make it the best day of the year! I may not be feeling the best today but with your help, I will do my upmost for you and I thank you for everything you do for me."

Read the below words from Ralph Waldo Emerson, keep them in your heart each morning and enjoy the day! And remember, God is always with you--at the beginning of each day and at the end of each day!


THIS NEW DAY

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it, you have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.

Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be encumbered with you old non sense. This new day is too dear, with is hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. Amen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Copyright Toni Star June 2019



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

God is but a whisper away! by Toni Star


Lately, with all the scandals, bad weather and costs of everything skyrocketing; it is easy for some to say, “That’s it, I’m giving up! I’m not going to do my best anymore! Why should I keep giving 100% when all around me I see nothing but mediocrity and negativity?

There are many people in the Bible who started out positive and good but who later because of their actions and wrong thinking, became negative and wanted to give up.

Saul is a good example. He was the first king of Israel who started off fine; however, his relationship with God became so thin that God was unable to communicate with him. Saul’s fall from God went downhill quickly. He became deranged and slaughtered God’s priests, tried to kill his own son twice and hounded David for years until he finally died after talking with a witch because he was so far away from God.

Of course, most of us know about Job. Job was close to God, he loved god and he loved people. He used his wealth, wisdom and knowledge to help those in need. Then, all kinds of horrible things began to happen to him; he lost his wealth and his ten children were taken away.

He was left with nothing but terrible suffering. His friends surrounded him and they did nothing but insult him and accuse him of all sorts of bad things. Then, he has a meeting with God—face to face. God talks with him and gives him relief and many blessings—after conversing and questioning him. It is truly a great story of trials and tribulations and how God responded to Job.

All of us go through, from time to time, trials and tribulations, don’t we? But, do we give up? O.K. Maybe we feel like giving up and perhaps for awhile, we do. But, don’t give up or give in because, you see, God knows what is going on with you—all the time and He will help you. But, you must turn to Him and ask Him for help.

What is fantastic about God is that He knows all the time what is going on with you and will help you. So, turn to Him and ask for help. He is but a whisper away!

Copyright Toni Star 2019


Friday, March 29, 2019

What is the meaning of life? by Toni Star



The meaning of life is to enjoy each day, be happy with what you have and be thankful for what God has given to you. Keep in mind; not every day is going to be happy and wonderful but for what God has given to you, be thankful.

The meaning of life is also to be thankful of life itself. Life comes in so many forms--human, plant, animal and insects. If you believe in God, there is tremendous meaning in life. God gives life and he also takes it away.

Of course, life is enjoying your life and also appreciating life around you. Your family is life, your pets are life and your children are lives. Life is precious, brief and also beautiful. Life can also be challenging and difficult but even when it is, it is still life.

Life means something different to everyone and maybe that's what makes it interesting because no two people view life the same. Of course, death follows life but that is not to be feared if you believe in God, Jesus and Heaven.

For many, life is difficult because of financial problems and health concerns. Those issues make life hard and at times, impossible. But, if you can get through the hard times and find a way to make finances better, life can improve greatly.

Discouragement comes to many when they don't see a way out and such discouragement comes when a person is tired, angry, disappointed or depressed. These issues make it hard to see life in a good way. For those who believe in God, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is freedom and peace of mind.

Perhaps the highest purpose and meaning of life is to love. Love is such a freeing and healing thing. It can make life feel so much better but to be loved, one must give love and no greater love you will find is love that comes from God. His love is free, non-judgmental and absolute. You will never find a truer or more complete love than from Him.

Life is beautiful and it is precious. Life is also complete and in many ways, indescribable. Life is something we should not take for granted because it is truly precious. Life, for many, is like a diamond. It sparkles even brighter than a diamond. It is that special!

To conclude, so if anyone asks you "what is the meaning of life?" Just say, life is precious but means something different to everyone.




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Be strong and courageous...Do not be afraid or terrified

Not long ago I experienced fear and anxiety. My husband had to go to the hospital; he had a fever, his pulse was high--around 120 and he felt awful! As his wife, I have felt this kind of fear before when he had other health problems and even though everything turned out alright in the past, I was afraid.

How many of us, when things go bad, forget about God and how He has helped us in the past? It is easy to forget, even though we know we shouldn't. David, in the Bible, was afraid many times for his life. His own son wanted him dead and so many others wanted him gone, too.

How about you? Do you often feel afraid and alone? Do you feel sometimes that God has abandoned you? Sure. We all have at times. But, God has said many times in the Bible that "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Moses encouraged the Israelites to resist fear and follow God in truth. When they became fearful after learning Moses would soon be taken from them, Moses replied, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord you God goes with you." Deuteronomy 31:6.

No matter what you face now or in the future, God is with you. Face your fears knowing that no matter what comes your way, God is with you. Remember, God is a spirit; we can't see Him but He is always there. Believe on this with faith.

Keep in mind; living without fear doesn't mean that we don't feel afraid but that we don't obey the fear.

God is with you now and always.

In Faith,

Toni Star

Copyright Toni Star 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Things to keep in mind when visiting any doctor by Toni Star


Things to keep in mind when visiting any doctor

A recent visit to my gynecologist should have been a good one; however, like many who are over the age of 50, I faced several things that not only made my appointment uncomfortable but also temporarily caused me some health concerns.

For those who suffer from back problems—problems that occur from heavy lifting or other types of activities—we have to be careful how we move and get up on the examination table during doctor visits.

Well, after the nurse took my vitals, made sure that my medications were up-to-date and talked with me about my overall health, she proceeded to walk out the door and move on to other patients.

Initially, it was my fault that I didn’t ask her for help before she left. I needed the bottom of the examination table lever to be opened so that I could comfortably and safely get up onto the table. She left quickly and so I had to get up on the table by myself, being undressed. I felt pain as I did this and throughout the rest of the day and night I had pain which kept me awake for hours.

I should have known that I would be in trouble when I asked her how long the wait would be to see the doctor. She replied, “Oh, I wouldn’t know that at all.” She was grumpy from the very beginning.

What did I learn from this that I could pass on to you?

If you have any back, leg or shoulder pain and are visiting any doctor, don’t let the nurse leave until you have the examination table lever at the bottom moved out and seek help if you will need assistance getting up on the examination table. You could say, "Please come back in a few minutes. I will need help getting up on the table. I have a bad back—leg or other.”

Nurses are there to help you, not hinder you. And, if anyone gives you lip, report them to the front desk and ask to speak to the doctor. You want to come out of the doctor’s office in better shape before you went in, speak up!

I am writing this to help others who need assistance while at the doctor’s. Most nurses and aides do wonderful work; however, there are some who don’t care, who are there only to get a paycheck and that is all. As always, stay close to God, pray and never be afraid to ask for help. I learned my lesson!

Copyright Toni Star February 2019💗

Friday, December 28, 2018

What do you want for 2019? by Toni Star

What do you want for 2019? I can think of many things I would like but some would not be good for me. Of course, I want better health--both physical and mental and I want to be happier than I was in 2018. But, isn't happiness relevant to what we do each day? I think so.

Every time I walk out my door, I see unhappy people and often one of those people is me. So, to be happier, what does it take? How many of us are living in the past? If you are, remember what Guinevere in Camelot said when she knew that she lost her husband King Arthur and her lover, Sir Lancelot, "The past is all I have...The past is all I have.."

In my mind, to be happy you first need a good relationship with the Creator and His son Jesus. Now, this is not hard to do but you do need to read your Bible everyday, pray and strive to live a good life, love God and His Son and love your neighbor.

Keep in mind; life goes by quickly and before you know it you are older and not seeing many years ahead of you. This need not be depressing; however, it does require thought and ways to make your life
happier and more enjoyable.

What can you and I can do to make our lives more fulfilling and happy? Well, there are things we can do that will help such as exercising, eating nutritious food, drinking green tea, reading interesting books, relaxing when possible and reading or watching funny and entertaining shows on TV.

What makes you happy? Be honest; what makes you happy? Maybe you like watching a funny DVD or movie on TV or maybe you like reading the comics. Whatever it is, as long as it doesn't harm anyone, give it a try. Being happy or finding ways to be happy can help so much, especially when there are cloudy days and life is dreary.

So, what do you want for 2019?Think about what you want in 2019 and then do it. Remember, time is going by quickly. Enjoy your life, engage in fun things and make 2019 a fun and enjoyable year.

And, remember, when you feel down and out and clouds fill your mind, keep these words in mind, "The light of the Lord will banish the gloom."

Copyright Toni Star 2019