Tuesday, October 1, 2019

God wants you to be deeply and intimately acquainted with Him by Toni Star

By Rick Warren — September 25, 2019
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“For my determined purpose is that I may . . . progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly” (Philippians 3:10 AMP).
Happiness is found in getting to know God a little bit better every day.
In Philippians 3:10, Paul said, “For my determined purpose is that I may . . . progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly” (AMP).
Paul became “deeply and intimately acquainted” with God because he had a relationship with him and took the time to get to know him.
You don’t become “deeply and intimately acquainted” with God by accident. As Paul says, it’s a “determined purpose.” It’s something you have to do something about. You have to invest your time in it.
Make time for God! If you set aside 10 or 15 minutes of focused time with God each morning, you’ll begin “understanding the wonders” of God with greater clarity. And you’ll begin to experience greater happiness in your life.

The above words written by Rick Warren and referenced from Philippians 3:10  are some of the most beautiful words I have ever read! God wants us to become “deeply and intimately” acquainted with Him because in doing so, we tap into His great love for us.

His great love will carry us through the dark times and during the light times, we will be able to enjoy those times so much more. And, what could be better than to know our Savior?!

When you know someone, really know someone, you are able to tell him or her anything and not worry about what they will think about us!
The best ways to know God is to read the Bible—especially the New Testament, pray and then share The Word with those wanting to know more about Him.

It has only been recently that I have come to truly know the Lord my God as Savior. Having gone the “highs and lows” with Him, I now feel closer to Him than ever!

No matter what you are going through—good or bad—He is there waiting for you to come to Him. Don’t hesitate in becoming closer to Him because once you do, you will experience happiness and peace that you have never experienced before!

Copyright Toni Star 2019



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bound to Jesus by Lisa Stilwell on August 28, 2019 an excerpt from 100 Days of Faith Over Fear released by DaySpring publishing


The following words are not mine by come from Lisa Stilwell. It is a wonderful article that I wanted to share with you. Take time to read it and digest it; for its words are "life changing." Toni Star August 28, 2019


Bound to Jesus
Aug 28, 2019 by: Lisa Stilwell

Faith is being literally bound to Jesus. Have you seen a branch that has been grafted to a tree? A branch from one tree is wrapped and bound to another, and over time, the brand and tree begin to grow together. The branch grows so entwined with the tree that it no longer needs to be wrapped – they literally become one. That’s what happens when we place our faith in Christ. There is a spiritual closeness like no other – we become part of His royal priesthood. We are complete. We are forgiven. We are able to walk in His power and experience freedom like never before. Fear no longer has a home when we are one with Jesus. Our residence is bound and fixed where no enemy can be.
I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener… Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. (John 15:1, 4-5)
[Jesus] is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. (John 14:17)
You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. (Romans 8:9)
Anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17)
Lord, having lived with You, I couldn’t imagine life without You. You are closer than a friend – You are my very source of life. Thank You for Your promise to never leave.
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This is an excerpt from 100 Days of Faith Over Fear by Lisa Stilwell - a brand new devotional book released by DaySpring publishing.  Learn more about this book, or shop other books from DaySpring.


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