Friday, January 31, 2020

Be Strong in the Lord by Toni Star

Be strong in the Lord! I often see these words as on the picture below and every time I feel
encouraged to do just that; however, like many, I feel weak. Weakness, for me and for many, often comes when I am tired, stretched out and overdoing. Those times I feel weak. But, that is the time when I need to "be strong in the Lord."

Do you often feel this way, too? If you do, don't be discouraged. Run to the Lord, your Father, and He will give you rest and peace. He loves us so much that He will provide the rest, the comfort we need. Why does He do this? He does this because of His great love for you and me.

Never give up! Winston Churchill, during WW II was famous for these words but those same words can apply to anyone who feels like giving up. Our Father in Heaven knows that it is rough her on earth and just when you think you can't handle things anymore, that is when He will help you. Actually, He will be there long before you can't handle things anymore.

We just need to remember and be aware that our Heavenly Father is "always" there for us! So, keep the below picture in mind and know that you "can" make it and you will "overcome" any situation. Why? Because of our Father's great love for you and me. Be strong in the Lord!

Toni Star Copyright 2020 (Picture from DaySpring)

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Memorable words from Peace with God by Billy Graham and a few comments from me

The following are a few paragraphs that come from "Peace with God" by Billy Graham. This book was first published in 1953 and then years later republished. There are several paragraphs that are so memorable and helpful, that I decided to write them here on one of my blogs.

Here are the paragraphs:

"You will never know the peace with God, peace of conscience, peace of mind, and peace of soul until you stand at t he foot of the cross and identify yourself with Christ by faith. There is the secret of peace. This is the peace with God."

Like many, my soul often feels like a turbulent sea--swaying back and forth; the swaying causing me distress and lack of peace. But, after reading Billy's words, my soul feels a lot calmer and I am viewing life and its difficulties and stressful times differently.

Everyone longs for peace but in this world, it is difficult to find and hold on to peace. So, I encourage you to read Billy Graham's book. For in it, you will find the peace you are seeking.

Real peace can only be found with Christ and His Father, God. Look to them and you will find the peace you are longing for.

God Bless Always,

Toni Star

Copyright Toni Star 2020

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas at Peg's Diner (1956) by Toni Star

Christmas at Peg’s Diner (1956) by Toni Star

Christmas at Peg’s Diner during the mid-1950s was nothing more than spiritual, magical, and wondrous, seen through the eyes of me—a young girl of 10. I remember coming into Peg’s on a cold December night after helping my grandma with her beauty business. She was what they called then, a beauty operator. She washed, set, permed, and colored hair. In our small Ohio town, she was one of the best hairdressers, and her salon was always busy.

After a busy day of helping Grandma wash, set, dry, and perm hair, we trekked down to Peg’s Diner. It was only a block away, and as we walked inside, there would be a row of truckers sitting at the front table, talking, laughing, and enjoying the delicious but fattening food the waitresses put before them.

As we walked into the diner,  we enjoyed the aroma of her hamburgers, fries, and pies. Peg made all kinds of pies; apple, cherry, and of course, pumpkin for Christmas. We chose a booth, where a small jukebox playing many songs from the 50s, songs like “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley or songs from Johnny Mathis and Brenda Lee. As we enjoyed our hamburgers, fries, milkshakes, and pie, we also felt and heard the rustle and noise of trains.

Peg’s diner was about 20 feet from the railroad tracks and as the trains moved through, we not only heard the whistle of trains, but also felt the slight shaking of the building. It didn’t frighten us; instead, it added to the happy atmosphere. Later, after the meal, grandma and I would go back to the kitchen area and talk to Peg. Peg stood about five feet four inches, was always jovial, and always happy to see us.

Peg and grandma are gone now but not the memories. Those memories of trains, truckers, laughter, and waitresses hurrying around; those are memories that play in mind now and then. Like songs from the past, the scenes of the diner, grandma, truckers, trains and jukebox; they are there waiting for me anytime I wish to return to yesteryear.

So, when you hear a song from the 50s, enjoy a hamburger and fries or hear the whistle of a train, you’ll know that somewhere out there, memories of Peg’s diner and the diners of long ago, are there; spirits of a time long gone but not forgotten.

Copyright Toni Star 2019

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