Star Jones

Star Jones
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MY Morning Meditation...REST

Do yourself a favor. 

Relax, take time to rest and refresh yourself.  

Genesis 2:2:
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Star's Interpretation:  After a week of work, toil and stress you need to stop, rest and feel good about what you've achieved.  Sleep in, take a long bath, let your mind wander and think good refreshing thoughts.  It will do wonders for your spirit and your mood.  A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all toxicity, fear and doubt on the run.  Lesson from the Roman poet Ovid:  “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”


MY Morning Meditation...LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS

Your friends appreciate it when you just listen. 

James 1:19
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: 
You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, 
and slow to get angry. 

Star's Interpretation:  Listening has become a lost skill.  Notice that the friends who listen to us are the ones we tend to move toward.  A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end you may disagree but at the very least you should know exactly what it is you're disagreeing with. When a friend receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits grow and our world expands.   Remember that it is the province of knowledge to speak but it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.  The Lesson:  Listen lest your tongue keep you deaf.


MY Morning Meditation...CONFIDENCE

Small beginnings can grow into big accomplishments
when you apply yourself.

 Job 8:7
And though you started with little,
      you will end with much.

Star's Interpretation:  It doesn't matter how you start out...what matters is where you end up; and it is a sin to not reach your potential because you are to lazy to try.  The Greek philosopher Plato said:  “Apply yourself for without effort, you cannot be prosperous." An intelligent person is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and still wants to learn more.  Don't let others rain on your parade with their self-doubts.  Let them wallow in their own need for you to co-sign onto their assessment of how far YOU can go.  Never allow your accomplishment to be socially judged by ill defined criteria that relies on another's assessment of how YOU are doing. Remember:  Confidence and perseverance are the keys because the greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.


MY Morning Meditation...HAVE COURAGE

"Get yourself together and be courageous today!"

Psalm 31:24

Be strong and take heart, 
       all you who hope in the LORD.

Star's Interpretation:  The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. So the challenge is to have your FAITH surpass your FEAR.  Mental & Spiritual growth comes only to those willing to step out of their comfort zone and step up to their faith potential.  Fear is normal. It reminds us we need God's grace. Courage is just faith-based resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.  Show faith by being bold with your goals & reaching for what others are too scared to go after. Those unsure of their purpose play it safe.  Remember this: A ship is safe in the harbor...but that's not where ships are meant to be!


MY Morning Meditation...SPEAK TRUTH

When people don't want to listen, 
speak the truth anyway. 
Don't say I told you so...being right is enough!

Ezekiel 2:5
And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for remember, they are rebels—at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.

Star's Interpretation:  Doing the right thing because it is right is the magic key to living your life with integrity. You can bend it and twist it... You can misuse and abuse it... But NO ONE can change the Truth; because it is what it is. It does not require many words to speak the truth. You just have to have the courage to say no & the courage to face what the truth brings.  Do the right thing & it will gratify some people & astonish the rest. GOAL: For God to make me an instrument which only truth can speak.


My Morning Meditation...WORK HARD

Do your best work at all times. 
Especially when no one sees you. 
God will reward you. He sees all. 

Matthew 25:23
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

Star's Interpretation:  Don't take on a task do a half-assed job & then complain when your result is rejected. Anything worth doing is worth doing it right!  Most successful people aren't born that way. You become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don't like to do.  And don't expect to always get the praise, the accolades or the acknowledgement.  The highest praise someone can give you is the responsibility to get a thing done. An African Proverb says:  “God makes three requests of his children: Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have, now.”  Do that and your reward will be magnificent as the highest reward for a job well done is not what you GET FOR IT but what you BECOME BY IT.


My Morning Meditation...LOVE

Love is there when it's good, Love is there when it's bad, 
Love is there when it's right and Love is there when it's wrong. 
Love never fails, it is always there. 

I Corinthians 13:7-8

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown tongues and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

Star's Interpretation:  This one is simple.  Love is the greatest gift you can give...because it was the greatest gift given to us.  The sacrifice of our Lord was the ultimate act of Love.  What have you given to the one you proclaim to love?  Loving someone is encouraging them to shine instead of begrudging their accomplishments.  You cannot proclaim to love, but be “jealous" because jealousy comes from self-love rather than from true love. Are you patient with, kind to & grateful for the one you love? Or do you find fault, whine and criticize everyday & everything? Find the love in your life and show how happy you ae to have; because a lot of people don't. MESSAGE:  Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.