January 31, 2011

Preparing for the Storm

Posted in Christianity at 10:16 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:10)

When the ice storm hit last year, I was completely unprepared. The meteorologists had been predicting an ice storm for at least a week, but since I had bottled water and flashlights, I thought I had everything I needed to get by. When the power went off and stayed off for several hours, I realized that I needed more than flashlights to survive. While the flashlights would allow me to see at night, they would not heat my house or run my refrigerator so that my food would not spoil. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 28, 2011

Letting Go

Posted in Christianity at 5:22 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)

I put the harness on my Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, so that we could go for a walk. Lilly had grown just enough that the small harness was too tight and the medium harness was a little loose. The small ring from the harness sat right in the middle of her chest, and it proved to be too much temptation for her. She worked diligently to get that ring into her mouth. It just fit over her tiny jaw, but then it would get stuck, with no way for her to work it back off. I had to watch her closely each time I put the harness on, or she would begin chewing on the ring, quickly getting it stuck. She would begin to flail her little body as she tried to untangle the mess she’d made. At that point, I would come to her rescue, loosen the harness, and help her work the ring off her jaw. Once the ring was off, she would rest, exhausted from the ordeal, only to try it again the next time I put the harness on her. Read the rest of this entry »

January 24, 2011

Reign of Darkness

Posted in Christianity at 7:30 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. (Psalm 107:14)   

When I lived in Germany during the late 90s, I quickly came to dread the dark, dreary winter days of a typical German winter. From October to March, the sky was overcast, with ominous gray clouds threatening to release snow at any moment. From sunup at 9:00 a.m. to sundown at 4:30 p.m., I sometimes despaired of ever seeing sunlight again. The temperature was quite cold in the winter – but even though the thermometer said the temperature was colder than back home in Oklahoma, there was no wind, so it actually didn’t feel as cold. Read the rest of this entry »

January 21, 2011

Joy in His Presence

Posted in Christianity at 4:26 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)

When I leave for work in the morning, my puppy, Lilly, becomes very anxious right before I leave. She tries to hide under the furniture, and she makes it as difficult as possible for me to catch her. She doesn’t want to stay by herself all day. But when I get home in the evening, she is ecstatic – a ball of wriggling, tail-wagging fur, licking me as if she hasn’t seen me in months. And the truth is, I am more than happy to see her, too. She is a good companion, always right on my heels, ready to keep me company, and unhappy when we are apart for more than a few minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

January 17, 2011

Not about Me

Posted in Christianity at 4:52 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness…” (Psalm 115:1)

When I decided to start a blog, I thought, “This should be easy. After all, I’m a writer.”

Well…it turns out it wasn’t so easy after all. It didn’t take long before I had talked myself out of it. I began to doubt myself. I thought, “My life is boring. Who would want to read it?” And then, “What if no one reads it? What if someone actually does read it – and hates it?” Read the rest of this entry »