Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Most Effective Pathway to Christ

This blog, pathways to Christ, has presented many ways to find and obey Christ. For this New Year—2015—I would like to present one other pathway to Christ. This pathway is easy, accessible and many have used it but have turned away from it; simply because they are too busy, too involved in what is going on in the world or perhaps have not spent enough time reading the Bible.

I can relate to all of the above reasons; I am guilty of the all. But, the real truth of the matter is that the pathway I’m going to mention is not only easy and accessible, it is the best way to find Christ and to stay close to Him.

I don’t know about you but with what is going on in the world, I need and want to stay closer to Christ and his Father and our Father, more than ever. Look around you—look at the TV and online and what do you see? I see dissention, stupidity, forms of anarchy and wickedness that reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah!

It is time for all Christians and those who want to be Christians to put aside their differences, divisions, ignorance or anything else that is keeping them from Christ because in my opinion, Christ is at the door, knocking to come in. He wants to help us, He wants to save us.

The pathway I present to you today is one many of us do or don’t do every day and it is a pathway that is so easy! Prayer! I’m talking about “get on your knees and pray—prayer!” It only takes a few minutes or longer a day and the results are salvation, safety, peace, freedom from worry, negativity, anything harmful and most importantly, it offers love from God.  
And, if you're interested in reading something decent and interesting, check out Maria's Final Days.
Copyright 2014 Toni Star


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 (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.

The McGreedy Family Finally has a Nice Christmas

This is a favorite of mine; one that I hold dear to my heart because more and more I see a need in our society to put away the materialism--at least for awhile--and think about what really matters in the world--which is peace, love and sharing with others. Hope you like this story, too.
Henry and Harriett knew that their Christmas dinner this year would be like all the others, catered!  In fact, neither one of them could recall their mother, Hazel, ever cooking a real Christmas dinner.  For years, all dinners had been brought in and it looked like nothing but catered, for the future.  This year Harriett and Henry decided to go on a “catered food strike.”  Yes, rebellion was in the air!  They wanted a real home cooked meal and that was that!

The children spoke to their father, Harold about getting a real home cooked meal for Christmas.  Harold shoke his head, knowing his wife never cooked anything bigger than bacon and eggs or a quick mix pizza.  Hazel hated cooking and made sure everyone knew it.  Harold tried to explain this to the children but finally advised them to ask their mother.  Maybe, just maybe, she would relent, he thought.

Henry and Harriett thought over their father’s advice.  After thinking the situation through, the children decided that rather than face their mother’s wrath, they would endure another brought-in meal.

Christmas day arrived.  At noon the caterers arrived.  Their mother, Hazel, sat at the head of the dinner table ready to be served while the children and their father sat on either side of the table, attentive to her needs.  The children nibbled some of the food laid out before them.  A huge cooked turkey sat in the middle of the table. It was about  20 pounds, the children guessed.  Dressing, cranberries and desert surrounded the huge turkey.  Soon, the children lost all interest in the dinner and left to watch TV.

In the afternoon, Hazel wanted to go to the Mall to see if any stores might be open so she could exchange some gifts she received.  She often didn’t like what people got her for Christmas.  Harold packed his family into their brand new station wagon and all were on their way.  He used a short cut, going down some side streets.  Henry and Harriett looked through the car windows and realized their father was driving through a bad part of town.  They became frightened and nervous.  What would happen to them if the car broke down?

“Hurry up, father!  Drive faster!” they both cried.

“What are we doing in this part of town anyway?”  Hazel asked.  “You know that this is a dangerous area, don’t you, Harold?” 

“Yes, I do, he answered.  ‘I wanted all of you to see something before we go to the Mall.”

Slowly Harold pulled into a gravel driveway and stopped.  In front of them was an old, one story brick building, all run down.

“I want the children to come with me,” he said getting out of the car.” Where are we going, father?”  Harriett was a bit anxious.  This was something the family had never done before.

“We are going to take the remains of our Christmas dinner to the people who live in this shelter.  Every year your mother orders more than we can eat and every year I bring what’s left here for these people to enjoy.  This year I thought maybe you’d like to help me.”

Hazel sat in the car listening to her husband with an astonished look on her face. She thought out loud, “So that’s where the leftovers go!”

“That’s right, Hazel.  OK kids, let’s go!”

As the children followed their father into the shelter, they saw many people waiting for them.  Never before had the children seen people who had so little to eat.  The people looked tired, poor and hungry.  All of their lives Harriett and Henry had everything they wanted.  Today their father brought them face to face with an entirely different world.  For the first time in their lives, they learned what Christmas and sharing was all about.  For them, Christmas would never be the same.  They would never forget the smiles and joy of the people in the shelter.  Harriett and Henry finally had a wonderful Christmas and so did the people of the shelter!
Copyright Toni Star 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving, the 50s and Grandma

November, then and now, signals just one thing to me, Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.  Thanksgiving at her house was paradise!  The atmosphere of food, laughter and love was wonderful and unforgettable. 
Thanksgiving morning at our house was busy.  Mom would prepare a salad or pie; we kids would dress up in our good clothes and then go outside to play. We had to be careful not to get dirty.  Good clothes in our family didn’t come easy.  We weren’t poor but we were very frugal with money and food.  Meanwhile, Dad stayed busy in the garage checking out the old Chevy.  He’d check the oil, water and the battery and then give the tires a kick, for readiness. 

Often, I would go into the garage from time to time to see how he was doing.  Often, he found things for me to do-such as checking the oil and water and inspecting the car battery to see if was clean and water filled to the proper level. I always felt important helping Dad, especially on holidays, when there was much to do. 

Later, around 12 we all piled into the Chevy, eager for Thanksgiving dinner. We would arrive at Grandma’s, all dressed up, gifts in hand, with offerings of a waldorf salad and pie. As we walked through her door the aroma of turkey and onions would fill our senses with the joy of delicious food to come.  That first whiff of turkey and steamed vegetables was delicious!  We walked through the house into her kitchen and put our donations of food and small gifts, (often a bottle of Rum) onto the kitchen table, kiss Grandma and then go into the living room where we would sit and talk.  Later, Mom and I would return to the kitchen and help Grandma with the meal. 

It was my job to help Grandma prepare the dressing, with ingredients of butter, celery, bread, milk, and onion, then help with the progress of the turkey.  Mom would put her donations of food into the already crammed refrigerator and then prepare green beans or another salad for dinner. Inside the oven the turkey was roasting, and occasionally Grandma would let me use her large ladling spoon to baste the turkey.    Later, Grandma and I would finish preparing a pie—often apple or cherry.  I would round out the crust while she prepared the filling.  After that was done, we’d check on the vegetables and then I would set the table.   

I loved that job because she had beautiful crystal and China, with delicate pink and blue patterns on the dishes and matching pink crystal for glasses. She also had beautiful silverware that was kept in a special drawer in the living room.  I would carefully remove the dinnerware from the old ornate cabinet in the dining room and tenderly place each piece in the proper setting.  I loved how it all sparkled on the table.

The meal of Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes; real green beans, cranberries and pie filled us up till we could eat no more.  We would all sit at the large table, enjoy her traditional Thanksgiving meal and talk about the latest “Uncle Millie” or “Jackie Gleason” shows.  We all loved those shows and each of us tried to “out do” each other, with our imitations of “Uncle Miltie” or “Jackie Gleason.” The adults would later have wine or brandy and we kids would go out and play in the small backyard.  Sometimes I would deliver food Grandma prepared for an old lady across the street.  The old lady lived alone and was often too ill to prepare food for herself.  I loved doing this for Grandma, and the old lady was always happy to receive it. I took pride running this errand because I helped Grandma prepare much of the meal.

Today, I continue Grandma’s Thanksgiving meal.  I prepare many of the same kind of foods she prepared ---homemade turkey dressing, several salads and pie.  Many in my family can’t attend because they live too far away.  But, those who can attend a meal with me and my husband, Roy,  enjoy a Thanksgiving meal of the 50’s.  You see, Grandma’s gone, but her traditions live on in a woman from the 50’s.
Copyright Toni Star 2014


Saturday, October 11, 2014

God works for the Good of Those who Love Him

In all things God works for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28
Sometimes we may think and feel that God is absent from our lives; especially when trouble comes our way in the form of sickness, stress or problems with others. When things are going smoothly, we say we are happy with God and all is well in our world. But, let adversity come and often we say, "Why me?"
I know because this happens to me and I'm sure it happens to you, too. In fact, trouble came my way today in the form of disappointment and lies. Disappointment and lies happens to everyone; be they Christian or non-Christian. But, just because disappointment and lies knock on the doors of our hearts and minds, doesn't mean that God has forsaken us. Actually, it is just the opposite. Looking back on the day's events when I thought everything was just awful, I now, at the end of the day, can see that it wasn't so bad and that God was with me and my husband; even though at the time we felt abandoned.
It seems that there often is a reason for when bad or negative things happen. I'm learning to see God as a God who sometimes says, "No. It's not the right time. Or, no this would not be good for you." In this case, if my husband and I would have pursued this venture, we would have been out of a lot of money and would have received a product that would have been dangerous or disastrous. So, sometimes it's good to get a "red" light.
God is a Heavenly Father who wants the best for us and like a good father, there is often discipline that He doles out but it is discipline that comes with love; a love that goes beyond our understanding and comprehension. So, indeed, God works for the good of those who love Him and I am grateful for His discipline and love!
At the end of the day, it is God's goodness that keeps us safe and protected. Thank you and praise you God for your discipline, love and goodness!
May God's goodness, discipline and love be yours, each and every day.
Copyright Toni Star 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hope Continues on..

Christians live by faith and they also live by hope. When you think about it; what would life be like without hope? Don't we need hope when we or someone in our lives is not well? And, don't we need hope when we lose our job or lose a friend who has moved away?

I don't know about you, but I don't think I could live another day if I didn't have hope that things would turn out alright; that that what caused this day to turn sour, would be sweeter in the morning. Let's face it, with the way the world is going now, with so much turmoil going on in our country and around the world; wouldn't it be awful if we sensed that there would be no hope for improvement?

I just finished reading an article in the publication "Daily Bread" called, "Hope to Continue on." It is a wonderful piece that filled me with hope and joy. But, the best line came from the Bible; one I'm going to hold on to for a long time. It comes from Lamentations 3 "This I recall to my mind; therefore I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning." (vv. 21-23)

Think about that! The Lord's mercies are new every morning! Don't those words fill you with hope and peace? They do for me! Just focus on this for a minute. Every morning, the Lord's mercies are new!

Those worries I sometime have, those events that sometimes give me pause, that doctor I dread to see; all those concerns need not be because the Lord's compassions will not fail!

God Bless everyone!

Copyright Toni Star 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What I Learned from Joyce Meyer's "Battlefield of the Mind"

I've been reading Joyce Meyer's "Battlefield of the Mind" and was surprised and happy with what I found. I have often watched her on TV and have read some of her articles that have appeared in her magazine. Frankly, I was surprised with how good this book is; not that I didn't anticipate it to be good, but that her words--words that come from the Bible-- have touched my heart and my life in ways I didn't think possible.

Like many, my main reference to God and Jesus is the Bible; for it has wisdom and help that is timeless. I especially love reading the Psalms and the book of John. In the Bible, especially in these sections are words that can transform your life and lead you closer to Christ, God and the Christian way of living.

To get back to the "Battlefield of the Mind," words that have helped me so much and words that will probably help you come from the Bible and are paraphrased like this: Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money (including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions) and be satisfied with your present {circumstances and with what you have}; for He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. {I will} not, {I will not} in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake not let (you) down (relax My hold on you)! (Assuredly not!)" Hebrews 13:5

These are wonderful words that can encourage you when you are wondering if God will come through and provide for your needs.

Throughout her book, she constantly tells of instances when she was so lonely and hurting and how God helped her. Most importantly, she tells how the "evil" one attacks our minds and by attacking our minds he influences us to act in negative and harmful ways. That is why, according to Joyce Meyer and more importantly the Bible and God, we know that by giving our thoughts under the control and dominance of God, we can obtain peace, happiness and joy in our lives.

To conclude, to be close to God and keep our mind under the control and obedience of God and Jesus, pray without ceasing, love the Lord your God with all of your heart and trust in Him and only Him!


Copyright Toni Star 2014