Sunday, June 28, 2015

Caleb--One who Followed the Lord with all his Heart

I don't know about you but there are some people of the Bible that I don't know much about and Caleb is one. However, after reading a short article about him online, I know and understand him a bit better. Caleb was a man who lived his life by putting his total faith in God. Caleb's story is in the book of Numbers once the Israelites escaped Egypt and came to the border of the Promised Land. Moses sent 12 spies into the Canaan area to look over the area; Caleb and Joshua were two of the spies.

All of the spies except for Caleb and Joshua said that the land was rich but they felt that the inhabitants of the land were too powerful for the Israelites. Caleb spoke up and said before Moses and the people, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." (Numbers 13:30).

God was so angry with the Israelites because they showed no faith in God that he forced them to wander in the desert for 40 years. All of the Israelites died except for Joshua and Caleb. Later, after the Israelite returned and conquered the land, Joshua, as the new leader, gave Caleb the area around Hebron, which belonged to giants, known as Anakites. These giants had terrified the original spies earlier
but they were no match for God's people.

Interestingly, Caleb's name means "raging with canine madness." Most importantly, he represented the tribe of Judah, from which came our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, what can we learn from Caleb? Caleb knew that God would supply him with what he needed to finish the mission. Even when he was the minority, he spoke up for the truth. We can also learn from Caleb that that the weaknesses we have, and we all have some kind of weakness, brings a great deal of strength to us from God to handle anything that comes our way! Caleb also teaches us that we must be loyal to God and in return, He will be loyal to us!

In life, we all face situations similar to Caleb where we are the minority and everyone tells us we can't do this or we can't do that but in reality, we "can do all things through Christ." Not just something here and there but "all things through Christ." Sure we have days when we don't feel well or we have doubts about our abilities or run across people who are blocking our way but those are the times when we must not give up or cave in because Christ is with us--always!

Prayer: Dear God, whoever reads these words, let him or her feel strength and encouragement; knowing that no matter what we face this day or any day, that you will be right there with us! Amen

Copyright Toni Star 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

After all is Said and Done....


I JUST GOT THROUGH READING ONE OF HOLLEY GERTH'S PIECES AND WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. SHE WRITES ON HOW SHE FELT WHEN SHE CAME HOME ONE DAY AFTER DRIVING THROUGH A STORM. IT WAS AFTER A HARD DAY AND SHE JUST WANTED TO HAVE A CUP OF TEA AND BE WITH GOD AND SHE WRITES "WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE SHE WAS ABLE TO GO HOME TO JESUS."
 
YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS AND I SAID TO MYSELF, HOW TRUE! nO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO US ON A DAILY BASIS--BE IT GOOD OR BAD, WE GET TO GO HOME TO JESUS.
 
AND, AT THE END OF OUR LIVES, IT IS NOT THE END AS SOME WOULD THINK. oH NO! AS CHRISTIANS WE CONTINUE TO GO ON TO BE WITH JESUS OUR LORD. WE  HAVE A FUTURE ONCE WE DIE; WE GET TO BE WITH HIM AND DO WHAT WE ARE PREPARED TO DO ON EARTH AND THAT IS WONDERFUL!
 
FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO BELIEVE IN JESUS, THEIR END IS DIFFERENT. THEY WILL NOT BE WITH GOD AND THEY WILL HAVE A FUTURE OF NEGATIVITY, DESTRUCTION AND A DEAD END!
 
ALL AROUND US WE SEE PEOPLE IN THE LIMELIGHT SUPPOSEDLY HAPPY AND AMAASSING GREAT FORTUNES BUT AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN OR WOMAN IF HE OR SHE GAINS THE WORLD AND LOSES THEIR SOUL?
 
TIME TO CHOOSE! Which AVENUE WILL YOU CHOOSE? FOR ME, I CHOOSE JESUS AND AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE, I GET TO BE WITH JESUS!

COPYRIGHT TONI STAR 2015
(FORGIVE THE CAPITALIZATION; HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE TYPING)
 
 
 

 
    
 
 
 
 


 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

For Those who Suffer from Fear

Be Not Afraid of Anything or Anyone!

There are things in life that when you look or think about them, dispel all thoughts of fear. For me, it is thinking and praying to Jesus and God and looking at this picture. Read on for more information and help on fear:

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
Matthew 6: 25 KJV

How many times I have read this passage and didn’t understand the full meaning of the message. The first time I read this—many years ago—I just didn’t appreciate those words about life—that I shouldn’t think too much about my life, what I should eat or drink or worry about my body and so forth. I mean, for years I have worried, struggled, pondered and sometimes didn’t know what to eat, what to put on or sometimes what to say. And, there are times, when I still don’t know. But, when you really think about this----really think about these words-- there is a truth here that takes away the meaningless worry and stress we often have about our daily lives. How many times have you and I worried about what to prepare for a meal, or what to wear at work or what to say to a rude or disinterested person? If you’re like me, many times!

However, in almost every case of deciding what to eat, what to wear, how to handle a difficult person, didn’t you and I get through these situations as they occurred? Maybe not well, but we got through them and made decisions. And, how many times when you worried about something, did anything bad actually happen? If you’re like me, very few times! For example, there are several people in my family who are divisive and who show little concern for me, my husband and other family members. This attitude from them used to bother me because like some, I wanted the best for my family and have worked hard to cooperate so that those in my family are well and happy. However, like others who are divisive and self-oriented, they continued to be divisive and cruel; without compassion for those in pain. For a long time it bothered me and sometimes it still does. But, instead of getting angry and upset, I do what I can to solve the problems at hand and then give Christ the rest. I help them when I can and when I feel I have done enough, I give the rest of the problem to Him. He is the answer to all problems and He knows what should be done. I now feel much better and know that Christ will intervene and bring a peaceful solution—no matter what the problem or crisis I face because He has a plan for me, my family and friends and for you.

As I get older and read and pray more often, I find that I worry less about what to eat, what to wear or what to say. Lately, I say to myself, “I will give my best in whatever situation faces me and give the rest to Jesus!” And you know what? When I give my very best and then pray to God for His guidance and help, He takes away the worry and wonder and I am left with a more peaceful mind—a mind that Christ and his Father want for me. God didn’t create us so that we would worry and fret about life situations. No indeed! He created us to be happy, fulfilled and to live a life of abundance and most importantly, to be free from fear.

So, if you have ever felt like me or are feeling this way now, know that your Heavenly Father cares for you and always will. Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will wear or what to say to a relative who is crass or uncaring. Your Father in Heaven will provide for you and give you what you need. I can say this because after many years I have finally found the peace that He’s been wanting for me since the day I was born!

Thank you, Father, for revealing to me that I have no need to worry or be afraid about  what to do, what to say, what to think or eat and or how to handle difficult people and situations. You know exactly what I need before I do! Thank you Jesus and thank you  for revealing your words to me and let my faith in you always be strong so that I can reach up to you, give thanks and know that I am never alone!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Freelance Writing Offer


I am a freelance writer and would like to advertise my writing. I write about business and finance subjects, health and wellness; as well as subjects that deal with mental illness and the many treatments that can help. You can contact me at tstar22@columbus.rr.com (After reading this sample, be sure to read the McGreedy article below it....)

Here is a sample of my work:


A driving school website should have at least 10 elements. Keep in mind, a driving school homepage is one of the most important pages on a website. The homepage of any website, especially a driving homepage, gets most of the traffic. That is why it is important to transfer most of the traffic to the areas students and others click on for more information.

#1 Headline: the Most Important Part of a Driving School Website

In a very short time, a driving school website needs to answer, “What does this driving school website offer?” It is important to keep your headline clear and simple. Online users want a clear and attractive headline; one that will tell them exactly where they are at and what they need to do.

#2 Sub-headline: Should explain what the Website will do

A sub-headline is needed and should give a brief explanation of what the driving school website will offer for those clicking on the site. Language should be clear and concise. Show the value of the website and how the website can help those who clicked on to it.

#3 Benefits—What Benefits will an online user get from this Website?

Here you need to describe what the driving school does, why it matters to those who seek information on this site and what benefits and advantages the driving school website can give to me or my friends.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Jesus is Lord!


As Christians, we know the importance and meaning of the resurrection of Jesus but when someone asks, “Why do you believe in the resurrection,” how do you respond? What are your reasons; your validation for believing in something that happened thousands of years ago? For some, the resurrection is hard to believe; simply because it happened so long ago and is  not relevant to their lives.

In my opinion, there are several indisputable proofs that Christ rose from the dead; one of the most basic proofs comes from Acts 1:3: “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Jesus showed himself alive after his death to His apostles. He showed them his wounds and the stripes on his back and the piercing in his side.

“Here in Acts 1:3, we are told that Christ was "seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3). It is important to note that the unbelieving Romans and Jews also knew that the tomb was empty. Matthew 28: 11-15 states: “Some of the watch came into the city…And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept. And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day” What makes this fascinating to read and study is that he was seen not just a couple of times but many times!

Another important validation that Christ rose from the dead was his appearance to his disciples. He showed himself to his disciples many times over a 40 day period. When 10 of his disciples were gathered together in a locked room, He was there “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (John 20:19-22).”

However, Thomas, one of the disciples, was not there and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he did not believe them. He said,

“Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side [into the sword wound], I will not believe" (John 20:25).”
This action from Thomas and his other disciples clearly showed that Jesus had to convince his disciples and be adamant about it in order to prove to them that he did indeed, rise from the grave. This also showed that his disciples were not gullible or had a predisposition about resurrection.  There is an important and crucial fact here and that is his disciples did not hallucinate in what they saw and heard; even though Jesus showed them evidence of his sufferings on the cross.  Once they saw the wounds, talked with him and realized that indeed he was alive, then they believed.
Another very interesting fact from John 20: 26:
"And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold [look at] my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God" (John 20:26)

The third and most important proof of Jesus’s resurrection was when the disciples made a decision to die instead of denying that Christ rose from the dead. This, in my opinion, was the greatest proof of all of what transpired on the cross. Research shows in the Bible that his disciples lived out the rest of their lives saying to those who wanted to know; that Christ had risen from the dead and that they saw Him alive and well.

To conclude, for those who believe that Jesus rose from the dead, no further evidence is needed; however, for those who doubt about what happened so long ago, the proof is clearly presented in the Bible. All one has to do is to read it and then believe on it with faith!
 
Copyright 2014 Toni Star

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Check out my ebook, "Maria's Final Days" on Lulu.com

Hi Folks,

Just published and posted my new ebook, "Maria's Final Days" on Lulu.com. It is my version of what happens to a fictional character, Maria after the Rapture. Maria is agoraphobic and struggles with the stress and the breakdown of society; a society where most people are numb to what has happened and where every man and woman fight for resources left behind. Maria, like many, has to find a way to live in a world that is without love and compassion.

It is a story of Christianity--the good and bad of it--and what happens to those who are left behind. With our current healthcare in disarray and world governments collapsing, the words in my book may be prophetic, true and a bit frightening.  Of course, no one knows when the end will come but there are certain predictions in the book of David and in the book of Revelations that may astound you and make you think twice about what is going on now.

Check Maria and see what you think.....

Here is the link  http://www.lulu.com/shop/toni-star/marias-final-days/ebook/product-21071953.html

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Problem with Ruminating

Self Improvement : Personal Growth
 
Ruminating, the process of constantly thinking and rethinking about problems and concerns, is unnecessary and can be harmful to your physical and mental health. However, there are easy things you can do to put rumination in its place such as practicing "reverse rumination." Reverse rumination is when you replace negative and hurtful thoughts with positive, happy and uplifting thoughts.

Ruminating is often a sign that a person is obsessive-compulsive; that is, he or she is often troubled by disturbing and intrusive thoughts--thoughts that are repetitive and worrisome. For example, a person may think that he or she may need to engage in a certain ritual so that nothing bad will happen such as checking and rechecking appliances in their kitchen; to ensure that the appliances are off and that nothing bad will happen.

Ruminating can harm your Health

Ruminating can be hazardous to a person's physical and mental health because the constant thinking and rehashing of daily events may bring on unnecessary anxious and fearful thoughts and elevate their blood pressure and if the unwanted thoughts continue, also cause certain mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or possibly a bipolar condition.

What to do if you Ruminate?

However, there are things you and I can do to lessen or end rumination such as getting help from a psychologist or other mental health professional. Talking things over with someone who is qualified and who has the experience to help you with your feelings, can be rewarding and give you peace of mind. Writing down what troubles you, is another way of dealing with rumination. Often, when you see your worries in print, you can see more clearly about what is causing you to worry and that can help you solve the problems that are causing you to ruminate.

Replace those Negative Thoughts!

Another way that many have found helpful when they ruminate is to replace the negative and anxious thoughts with positive, happy and good thoughts. For instance, if you're ruminating about going to the dentist and worrying about what the dentist will find, replace that thought with something that is pleasant and positive such as an event you're looking forward to such as going to the movies or being with someone you love or looking forward to being with someone you haven't seen for awhile.
As you continue replacing negative and anxious thoughts with positive and happy ones, keep doing this for as long it takes to get rid of the worrisome thoughts. If you have to replace the negative thoughts 10, 15 or more times a day, keep doing it until the negative, ruminating thoughts are history. The more times you replace the negative thoughts with positive ones, the more you will be able to wipe out once and for all, the negative and time-consuming ruminating thoughts.

It's Easier than you Think

Remember, you can do it. You can end the ruminating thoughts for good and all you have to go is exchange the bad ruminating thoughts for the good, ruminating thoughts.
Don't settle for a life that is hounded by thoughts you don't need or want. Take charge of your thoughts and create a life that is good, hopeful and worthwhile! You can do it; all it takes is effort and a desire to feel better.

Copyright Toni Star 2013