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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Season Once Again by Roy Star

Christmas Season Once Again by Roy Star

We are once again in the Christmas Season. Depending on where you are located, the temperature may range from 85 degrees to subzero degrees.

We know the North Pole is cold. Santa always wears his red coat, black boots, and red cap to stay warm. Mrs. Claus has the hot chocolate with marshmallows ready for when Santa arrives home from a long hard day building toys with his elves. The factory is in full production during December.

There are the letters to answer and reindeer to feed and so much more to do. All for one day and one big sleigh ride. Fortunately, Santa’s magic still works.

Santa always stops at Bethlehem each year to see the Baby Jesus laying in the manger. Standing next to Jesus are his Mother and Father, Mary and Joseph. Jesus is the reason for Christmas so Santa says a prayer for all the children of the world. 

Before he departs he leaves a little present for Jesus. The Wise Men presented and left with Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. Santa’s gift is a secret.

And then its off again with Santa calling on Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Donner, and Blitzen to take to the sky with a jolly Ho-Ho-Ho and a twinkle in his eyes.

Look up in the sky on Christmas Eve. Do you see Santa and his Reindeer flying through the air? So, this Christmas season enjoy Santa and gifts but always remember that the most important event of Christmas is the birth of the Christ child. It is Jesus who makes this season so beautiful, bright and hopeful.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Copyright Roy Star 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Learn from the past and enjoy a brighter future

Everyone has past experiences that are good and bad. It is the past that sometimes drag us down and make us feel that we may never achieve our dreams and be happy. However, there are things you and I can do that will help us understand the past, learn from it and then put it away. The first step in this process is to reflect on it. To find insight and value from the past, we must first reflect on it. This may seem unnecessary but it must be done so that we understand the past.
Then, it is important to study it. The goal of this step is to understand what was happening at the time and what you can learn from it. This step will help you create a mental list of ideas and actions that will help you make better, more informed and wiser decisions in the future. This step is most important because it will give you an insight on the past and why you did what you did. The next step is to replay the past. Go back to the situation or situations like you are reliving the situation; however, with the knowledge and perspective you now have after the many days, months or years. This replay is necessary because it will give you a new perspective on how you may do something better the next time a situation or situations occur.
Then, generalize the situation or situations. Keep in mind; what happened to you in the past may never revisit you again in the future.  However, this doesn’t take away from the value of looking aback. By going back to the past, you may find common generalities of situations that you can use to create ideas and plans for the future. This step will provide a more focused feeling on what happened and perhaps why it happened. Once you do this, release yourself from it. Remember, what has happened in the past is over, no matter how bad or embarrassing it might have been. Once you experience pain going through this step, let it go and keep learning and growing.
The next step is to reframe the past. When you reframe something it is a different way of looking at a problem or relationship by changing its meaning. In other words, by reframing your past, you look at situations from a different perspective. An example might be looking at a bad relationship by examining it from a different perspective such as what was going on with each person during the relationship. What other factors were involved?
Examine the past and then use what happened in the past so that you can move closer to a more positive future. Use what you have learned in the above steps; put those lessons in motion now and in the future. Keep in mind; there are several great benefits of learning from the past such as lowering emotional stress, developing a more spiritual mindset and getting the most out of life. Most importantly, don't be too critical of yourself;  everyone goes through good and bad periods but you can do better, especially if you draw on a higher power, which is God. He will show you the way...

 Copyright Toni Star 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Think, Feel Act

I've been reading Rick Warrens' book, "God's Power to change your life." It is a wonderful book, full of helpful and godly information. As a Christian and person who seeks a closer relationship to God and people, I am getting a lot of helpful information from the book.

Like some, I struggle in trying to be a good person; a person who tries to do the will of God. Like can be difficult, stressful and a challenge; I think many can attest to this. However, Rick Warren states in his book that there is simple and easy way to feel better about yourself and your life on this earth.

He states that one of the best ways to be a happier and more fulfilled person is to first think positive and Christian thoughts, then feel positive and Christian thoughts and then act in a positive and Christian way.

Sounds simple? It is simple and it works! Think about it--what you think is what you will begin to feel and what you feel is how you will act. For example, if I feel stressed out thinking that something coming up will not go well, then I am setting myself up to feel stressed and then before you know it, I will act stressed.

So, to change the negative thinking, feeling and acting, replace those negative and fearful feelings, with positive and faith-filled feelings. This in turn, will lead to positive actions. I have tried this method and it works. However, it is something that has to be practiced on a regular basis. The best way to keep this going is to pray and read the Bible.

As you pray and read the Bible, hold on to the positive words and actions that are so prevalent in the Bible. Soon, you will be feeling so much better and you will be helping others along the way, too.

So, put away those anxieties and fears and replace them with godly traits of hope, faith, courage and peace. Remember--think, feel and act!

God Bless

Toni Star

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Owl and the Field Mouse: article from the Internet

The following is a fictional story about an owl and a field mouse. It is a wonderful story about fear and about putting your trust in God--no matter how big or small the concern. Jesus said, Matthew 28:20: "I am with you always." When you become baptized and ask the Holy Spirit to enter your life, He will be with you always. You and I can't see Jesus but He is always there with us--day or night. We need not fear anything or any situation! It is a wonderful feeling to know that when we need Him, he is there. We don't have to worry about what might happen, for he said, "Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear...." Matthew 6:25 And, yet, he knew we would worry because we are human beings. Because he knew this, he made sure to put in the Bible many references to worry and how important it is to turn to Him. Don't ever forget, he is always with you! The following is a funny but very good example on how important it is to live free of worry. 

There once was a great horned owl who would sit in old oak tree for hours and hours and watch the field mice scampering around in search of food. As the mice would frolic and play, the owl would simply sleep the day away. As the sun began to set, the mice would go to bed and the owl would wake, ready for something to eat. One night while the owl was out hunting for his breakfast, he spotted a mouse but this mouse was different. He didn’t look like the other field mice for he had a bright orange tail which made him very easy to spot at night, even in dark. 

The owl began to watch the mouse, and he became very curious as to why the mouse was not in his house sleeping. The owl thought about it and decided he would play a game with the mouse, just to see if he could scare him. The owl flew swiftly down to the field where the mouse was and let out a sudden screech, a screech so loud that it sounded like the horn of a great ship. Then the owl watched but the mouse didn’t react, the mouse just continued about his business like nothing had happened. The owl tried again to scare the mouse but nothing happen, he didn’t respond. 

So, the owl flew down to the mouse and rested on a fallen tree right in front of where the mouse was working. He shouted at the mouse, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?” and the mouse stopped working and looked at the great horned owl and simply smiled and said, “Is living life in fear, really living at all? I choose to live life without fear, no matter how short life may be.”

Think about it! Living in fear is not really living, is it? So, when you become afraid of anything, anyone or any situation, go directly to Jesus. He already knows what you need and He is there for you in the form of the Holy Spirit. Go directly to Jesus and He will help you with your needs and concerns. Why does He do all of this? Because He loves you!

Copyright Toni Star 2018