April 28, 2011

Consumed

Posted in Christianity at 5:47 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deut. 4:24)

Sometimes, we become so consumed by something – or someone – here on earth that we lose sight of the One that we were created to serve. It can be money, shopping, a significant other, a child, work, or any number of other things. If we spend more time on our obsessions than with the Lord, we will become enslaved by them. We will put them above all other things in our lives, including the Lord. If we allow these things to rule our lives, then we will not have time or energy to devote to the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

April 22, 2011

Forgiven

Posted in Christianity at 4:20 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Lilly and her toy

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)

When my puppy Lilly misbehaves and gets into trouble, she slinks off to sulk, looking at me with those huge, sad brown eyes practically screaming at me, “But what did I do?” Then, moments later, she comes running back, tail wagging, carrying her favorite toy, asking to play. This is her way of saying, “Please forgive me. Can I come out of time out now?” No matter what she’s done, she’s easy to forgive because she’s mine – and she’s awfully cute, too. Read the rest of this entry »

April 18, 2011

Overcoming Discouragement

Posted in Christianity at 7:23 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

When I get discouraged, things that would normally bounce off my shoulders begin weighing me down, and my outlook on life becomes decidedly negative. The threat of funding cuts at work, an overloaded schedule, and financial strains sometimes combine to bring me down. When this happens, it is easy to wonder why these things are happening. But when I turn to the Lord in prayer, my burden is lifted as he helps me carry it. Read the rest of this entry »

April 16, 2011

Judge Not

Posted in Christianity at 2:41 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)

Recently, I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in many years, and we began to visit and catch up on things that had happened in our lives over the years. Soon our discussion turned to more recent events. Before I even realized what I was saying, I began talking about this person and that, at first just wondering what each one was up to. But then, my conversation became more malicious, as I speculated on why this person wasn’t successful in life and what that person had done wrong to deserve the trials that had befallen her. Suddenly, I realized I had gotten caught up in gossip and was judging the lives of these people – and felt enormous shame. Read the rest of this entry »

April 5, 2011

Legacy

Posted in Christianity at 6:31 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)

When I was a child, I loved to go over to my Grandma Rena’s house and help in her kitchen. She was always puttering away, whether she was making a pound cake or fixing paper-thin, melt-in-your mouth chocolate chip cookies. At least once a week, I would beg her to make her famous “Big Noodles,” a dumpling that no one else on earth has ever been able to duplicate, although my mom’s dumplings come pretty close. Read the rest of this entry »

April 1, 2011

All Things New

Posted in Christianity at 4:45 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Spring is a time of renewal, when everything is bright and fresh. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love working in my flower beds, planting bulbs, seeds, and flowers, and watching things grow. I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of the season: the lush green grass, the budding trees, and the vibrant colors of the flowers. Read the rest of this entry »