Giving Thanks: It’s Good for You
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7a (NLT)
In tough times, giving thanks can feel like a tall order. So why would God ask us to do it while still surrounded by a situation with no resolution in sight?
A short and simple answer: It’s good for you.
When life’s challenges loom large, gratitude is a gentle reminder that your problems are small potatoes when compared with God’s power. Even when we’re surrounded by evil, we can thank the Father for His faithfulness—trusting He can redeem every situation for His glory and our good. (Romans 8:28)
In fact, being thankful is downright therapeutic. Bringing healing to troubled hearts, it turns our attention away from fear and focuses on God’s goodness, grace, and mercy.
So I want to encourage you today that while I may not know what you’re going through, the Lord does—and He loves you. Instead of letting worry steal your joy this holiday season, I hope you’ll pray about whatever you’re facing and give thanks for the many moments God has come through in your life.
What follows will be peace beyond anything you could ever imagine—and that, my friend, is a sweet reason to celebrate. Happy Thanksgiving!
He’s finally here! On September 4, our family officially welcomed Jonathan and Rebecca’s son, Asher Samuel Weiss, into the world and we couldn’t be happier. Measuring 8 lbs. and 14 oz., he’s a healthy baby boy and we’re praising God!
Both Rebecca and Jonathan are also doing well, and my sweetheart and I are so grateful for your prayers and support throughout this pregnancy. My hope is that you’ll continue lifting up these first-time parents as they navigate their new reality of life with a little one.
Babies are such a blessing and I’m thankful to share this sweet bundle of joy with you—my Daystar Family around the world!
We are so excited to welcome Baby Weiss into the world this month! But before he arrives, we just had to celebrate with a shower.
From games and gifts to snacks and sweets, our friends and family gathered to show this little one some love. And as we eagerly await his arrival, I hope you’ll join me in praying for Rebecca and my son-in-love Jonathan Weiss as they prepare to be first-time parents.
In the meantime, “Noni” and “Poppy” are counting the moments! We can’t wait hold another bundle of joy and share this sweet blessing from Heaven with you.
A Joni Table Talk Special Series with Troy Brewer
Ever wonder why God created time?
If so, you’re not alone as many have wrestled with the reality of the ticking clock and how to make every moment count. But from reconciling the pain of your past to filling your heart with faith for the future, you can rest assured that God wants to reveal Himself through time – freeing you to live in fullness!
August 5-6, author and prophetic voice, Troy Brewer, will join me on Joni Table Talk to share the compelling two-part series, “Redeeming Time.” In this groundbreaking teaching, which includes powerful perspective on end-time prophecy, you’ll uncover God’s divine design for time and how to live without fear in the present.
Through these special programs, I believe the Lord will heal your heart from past hurts and renew your joy for the journey ahead. Keep in mind God lives outside of time, and He’s not bound by the clock or shackled by changing seasons.
So whether you’re ashamed of what’s already been or afraid of what will be, you can find freedom in Christ. My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special shows and invite Jesus into your past, present, and future. He wants to meet you in the moments of life and reveal His extravagant love by “Redeeming Time!”
Joni Table Talk
August 5-6: “Redeeming Time” Part 1 & 2
7:30am, 8:30pm, & 2am ET
Fireworks, Faith, & Moving Forward
For those in America, the fourth of July is the day when we celebrate the birth of our nation with big, bold fireworks. This year that holiday holds even more significance for our family since our sweet son-in-love, Joshua Brown, recently became a United States citizen!
After a long ten-year wait, Josh was sworn in with over 100 others who were eagerly anticipating their moment to officially declare that the dream of citizenship was finally realized. Throughout this lengthy process, I know Josh wavered and wondered if the journey was even worth it. But instead of quitting he held onto hope, convinced of God’s promise in Galatians 6:9, which says, “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
So what God-given goal are you aiming for? What dream in your heart seems just out of reach? I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in faith. Just like Josh I believe you’ll reap a harvest of blessing – worthy of heaven’s fireworks – if you don’t give up!
Easter in India: An Adventure in Faith
What an incredible time we had in India! Invited by Dr. Satish Kumar, Senior Founding Pastor of Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, my sweetheart preached eight services over Easter weekend, with a combined total of more than 500,000 people in attendance!
As one of the largest churches in the world, it’s estimated that 100,000 hearts were surrendered to Christ in just two days. And to make the moments even sweeter, we got to experience each service with family as Jonathan, Suzy, Josh and Rachel joined us on this exciting adventure in faith!
India has always held such a special place in my heart, which is why it was an honor to be a part of what God’s doing here to draw people to Jesus. Seeing lives transformed for eternity never ever gets old. And I’m so thankful for the blessing of sharing it with you!
Baby Weiss is on the Way!
During a month where mothers are celebrated and a season when God makes all things new, I am so excited to announce the latest addition to our family. Recently, our daughter Rebecca and son-in-love Jonathan Weiss revealed they are having a bouncing baby boy!
Due this September, my sweetheart and I are counting the days until his arrival! We have loved every moment of our time as “Noni” and “Poppy” to our grandchildren, Israel and Arielle, and my heart is overflowing as we prepare to meet this precious little one. Life is truly a gift from God, and I’m so thankful to share His blessings with you!
Spring Heart for the World recently wrapped, and I’m in awe of how our partners answered the call to join us in transforming lives around the globe. Through your support, and the dynamic ministry of our guest speakers, Daystar is piercing the darkness with the power of the Gospel!
From embracing a life of bold faith to the blessings of standing with Israel, these encouraging programs revealed how sowing into the Kingdom of God can impact eternity. Because of you, people once imprisoned by pain will soon meet the Ultimate Healer and be set free. I can’t thank you enough for your courage, compassion, and commitment to share our Heart for the World!
For Such a Time as This…
This month, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim honoring God’s divine deliverance made possible by one woman’s obedience!
Thousands of years ago, a royal edict was issued in ancient Persia to destroy the Jewish people living in that region. As Queen, Esther was their only hope, and her uncle Mordecai urged her to approach the king, reveal her Jewish ancestry, and ask that the order be reversed – an act punishable by execution.
“If you remain silent at this time…you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Faced with devastating consequences, Queen Esther had a life-changing choice to make. Would she dare draw near to the king uninvited and endure the possibility of death? Or shrink back in fear while her family was destroyed? Armed with quiet courage, Esther humbly moved toward the king and set in motion a chain of events ultimately leading to the salvation of her people!
Like Esther, you were created with such precision that no other person can do what you are called to do. Made alive at the very moment in history when your life can have the greatest impact on those around you. That’s how important you are to God!
So I want to encourage you today to simply put your trust in His promises. Take bold steps of faith, and watch your destiny be further revealed. Remember, you were born for such a time as this!
Everlasting, Unfailing, & Yours…
Like many of you, February holds a special place in my heart. That’s because more than 35 years ago, my sweetheart proposed on Valentine’s Day and our journey to becoming one officially began!
Wanting every detail to be meaningful and fun, Marcus carefully concealed the proposal in a fortune cookie at one of my favorite restaurants, The Dragon Den. Breaking it open, I slowly read the words that changed my life forever, “Joni Lynn, will you marry me?” Filled with joy and surprise, I said yes!
Later, after discovering my engagement ring wrapped in a heart-shaped box of chocolates, I remember thinking about all the time and energy Marcus spent precisely planning this moment. And as incredible as it was – and still is – God’s plan to love and redeem you through Jesus Christ is even better!
So, while Valentine’s Day floods my heart with warm memories, it may remind you of fresh pain. Whether it’s a broken relationship, the loss of a loved one, or the ache of hope deferred because the right one still hasn’t been revealed, you can experience the beauty and fullness of the Father’s heart for you.
Jesus paid the price so that God could hold you in His arms and whisper words of peace and purpose. I pray you’ll reach out to Him and celebrate a love that’s everlasting, unfailing, and yours – today and every day!
I Am David
Did you know you were created for a life of greatness?
It’s true! But many times, unresolved pain from the past can stand in the way of a blessed future. The good news is there’s hope, and it can be found by looking deeper into the life of King David!
January 1-4, one of my favorite guests, Pastor Jimmy Evans, will join me on Joni Table Talk to share his four-part series, I Am David. In this revealing teaching, you’ll discover how to overcome the obstacles holding you back, empowering you to fulfill your divine destiny!
Though far from perfect, the life of David proves that that with God, all things are possible.
From the devastating wounds of his childhood to his triumphant victories in battle, get an honest look at how this “man after God’s own heart” rose above every setback, failure and disappointment to become Israel’s greatest king!
So whether it’s dealing with rejection or defeating lust, you can experience freedom in Christ! My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special programs and find hope and healing, transforming you pain into purpose and giving you the boldness to respond to the whisper of greatness in your heart!
January 1 – I Am David Pt. 1 / The Wounded Son
January 2 – I Am David Pt. 2 / The Waiting King
January 3 – I Am David Pt. 3 / The Warrior
January 4 – I Am David Pt. 4 / The Winner
All I Want for YOU this Christmas!
In John 10:10, Jesus offers an “abundant” life. However, during the holiday season, life can seem all-too-abundant with so much to do and so little time!
When I think about Jesus’ words, I believe He was promising something far richer than lists and deadlines, busyness and exhaustion. Like so many of you, my life is full of to-do’s. But they’re only truly productive when they create a stronger connection with the people that matter most!
This Christmas, I pray you’ll take time to rest in God’s presence and spend precious moments with family and friends – a gift that will help you live an abundant life and love others well. Merry Christmas from the Lamb Family!
South Africa, Safaris & a Season of Thanksgiving
Recently, the Lamb Family traveled to South Africa, and our time there was an incredible blessing filled with adventure!
During our trip, Marcus had the honor of preaching multiple services for Pastors At and Nyretta Boshoff at Christian Revival Church, as well as serving as a guest speaker for Dreamweek Conference and preaching a service for Pastor Bert Pretorius at 3C Church.
While we definitely experienced a powerful time of ministry, our four-day safari at Kruger National Park is a memory I’ll cherish forever. With all three kids and their spouses in tow, we made our way through the stunning terrain of South Africa to have close encounters with giraffe, zebras, rhinos, hyenas and so much more!
In a season of thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the beauty of God’s creation and the joy of sharing it with people that bring so much love and laughter into my life. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favorite moments!
What if I told you that an unseen world exists all around you? Filled with angels and demons, this invisible reality is a battlefield where an ongoing war wages for the heart of humanity.
With so much fascination focused on the supernatural in our culture, I felt led to dive deeper into this topic on Joni Table Talk this month. As believers, it’s critical we get a biblical perspective about spiritual beings and the role they play in heaven and on earth, which is why we’ll hear about it from two of my favorite guests.
October 24-26, the late John Paul Jackson and former Satanist, John Ramirez, will dispel many of the misconceptions about the supernatural world as they share powerful stories you don’t want to miss. From encounters with angels and demons to the seductive lure of witchcraft and the occult, they’ll separate fact from fiction to strengthen your faith!
Uncover the truth about the forces of darkness as you discover how to boldly engage in spiritual warfare and protect your family. My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special Joni Table Talk programs and find answers and insight, empowering you to break free from demonic influences and live with divine purpose!
Josh in Brazil!
As a parent, it’s always a joy to see my children lift up the name of Jesus! That’s why I’m so proud of my son-in-love, Joshua Brown, who recently traveled to Brazil to speak at the Extreme Worship Conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Hosted by worship artists, Emerson Cruz and Fernanda Brum, this event was an incredible opportunity for Josh to share what the Holy Spirit has laid on his heart for this generation. He and Rachel were so honored to be a part of an experience created to inspire the world to pursue God with passion and purpose!
From how to become an “atmosphere changer,” to thriving while waiting on God’s promises, to walking in supernatural breakthrough – Josh spoke truth in love and lives were transformed for eternity!
When I think about God’s faithfulness in guiding our children and their spouses, I’m overwhelmed. Watching Him use their gifts and talents for His glory is an answer to prayer and an indescribable blessing! Having said that, I want to encourage you today.
If you have a child that’s not living for Christ, put your trust in the Lord. It’s hard to imagine, but He loves your kids more than you do and knows exactly how to capture their hearts.
Your son or daughter’s past, present, and future is secure in God’s hands. So freely surrender every fear and frustration, and receive His peace. In doing so, I believe you, too, will one day experience the joy of watching them lift up the name of Jesus!
Our baby girl is married! Rebecca is now officially “Mrs. Weiss” after a stunning
ceremony filled with Jewish traditions like blowing the shofar, a chuppah, and breaking
the glass. We feel so blessed to welcome Jonathan into our family and can’t wait to
share the wedding with you on Daystar in the coming weeks!
We’re so grateful for your prayers and support of Jonathan and Rebecca, and I hope you
enjoy seeing some of our favorite pictures of this beautiful couple!
Painting with Purpose
Over the years, I’ve come to think of motherhood as an opportunity to create a work of art. With each brushstroke, carefully guided by the Holy Spirit, I’ve made it my mission to paint the truth of God’s love on the canvas of my children’s hearts.
In Proverbs 22:6, it says, “Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost.” That’s a powerful promise for every parent!
The many movements of your brush may not be perfect, but they can always point to the One who is. Even our mistakes can provide teachable moments for our kids that success could never inspire. Don’t let past failures discourage you from speaking life over their destiny!
Today, my children are all adults and I have the blessing of a beautiful relationship with each one. They are uniquely gifted, and their love for the Lord brings joy to my heart as I see them pursuing Him with passion.
Through many seasons of life, I continued to paint with purpose. Not knowing how the end result would look, I trusted that if the Word of God remained my source, the picture would always reflect His grace, goodness, and mercy.
Looking at their lives now, I see it. The brushstrokes on each one tell a story of faith. They form an intricate map showing me where they’ve been and where they’re going. Not every path they’ve taken has led to peace, but I’m thankful to God that painting with His love and pointing them to Jesus means they’ll never be lost.
I absolutely love spring! The endless beauty of God’s creation and the intricate, thoughtful detail He puts into even the smallest flower never ceases to amaze me.
During this season, I often spend quiet moments surrounded by the life blooming in my backyard as I think about His faithfulness over the years I’ve spent in ministry. Like many of you, Marcus and I have faced setbacks, disappointments, and failures while in pursuit of the dream God placed in our hearts to reach the world with the Gospel. But through it all, God’s Word and His promise in my favorite verse have always sustained me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Each year, the chill of winter comes, causing all that is green and alive to lie dormant until the warmth of spring awakens it to new life. I believe our God-given dreams are a lot like that. Heartbreaking challenges may have convinced you that the good plans God has for your life are gone, never to emerge again. But that’s just not true.
In midst of our pain, fears, and frustrations, His plan is still at work. You may not see it. You may not feel it. But God has not forgotten about you or the dreams He’s placed in your heart.
In fact, even as you’re reading this, He’s there with you. I encourage you to take a few moments right now and pray. As you surrender the pain of your past, I believe you can fully trust Him to give you hope and a future filled with passion and purpose. And just like the flowers each spring, God will make all things new as your dreams begin to breakthrough and bloom.
Remembering John Paul
There are rare moments in life where you meet someone and have an instant connection. I’ll never forget the first time I met my dear friend, John Paul Jackson. He just seemed to carry the presence of God with him. And he always had such wisdom to share.
It’s been a few years since John Paul was promoted to heaven, but many of his teachings and messages are truly timeless. So in 2017, we decided to revisit some of our favorite programs with him on Table Talk, and your response was tremendous. That’s why I’ve decided to bring back another series of John Paul Jackson programs this month.
The week of February 19th we’re bringing back five John Paul programs that were powerful and informative. So mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss him sharing about the hierarchy of angels and demons and what that should mean to us. Plus, he’ll teach us the importance of power and authority, how to recognize and overcome the Absalom Spirit, and what is sin.
It’s a week-long celebration of our beloved friend and the wisdom and anointing he carried. So make plans to join us at the table as we celebrate my dear friend, John Paul Jackson, this month on Joni Table Talk.
By now you may have heard the news that our youngest daughter, Rebecca, is engaged! This spring she’ll be marrying Jonathan Weiss, a young man we absolutely love and can’t wait to welcome into our family.
I hope you’ll look through the engagement pictures we’ve included below and share our joy in celebrating the happy couple. It was no easy task to keep this proposal a secret. Jonathan carefully planned all the details and waited for the perfect moment, choosing to surprise Rebecca at Marcus’ 60th birthday party!
We are so incredibly excited for this beautiful couple as they begin their journey together. Until then, Marcus and I hope you’ll join us in praying and believing for God’s best in their lives as the future unfolds!