May 27, 2011

Focus

Posted in Christianity at 5:00 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Irresistible Lilly

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8)

When I sit down in front of the computer or start to talk on the phone, my dog, Lilly, begins to whine and bark because I’m not giving her my full attention. She will bring me her toys to play with, one after another, because she knows she’s cute and irresistible. She also knows that if she is persistent, I’ll stop whatever I’m doing to play with her. In other words, she’s spoiled rotten. Read the rest of this entry »

May 23, 2011

Recipe of Life

Posted in Christianity at 9:04 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

Thanks to my grandma and my mom, both of whom are the best cooks I’ve ever known, one of my favorite hobbies is cooking. However, unlike my grandma, who used a “little of this and a handful of that,” I have resigned myself to using recipes and sticking with the amounts requested in the recipe. When I stray, even just a little, the dish doesn’t resemble the item it’s supposed to turn out be at all. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20, 2011

Weathering the Storm

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

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” (Psalm 107:28-29)

Soon after I got my dog, Lilly, I discovered that she was afraid of thunderstorms. If it stormed during the day, it didn’t seem to bother her too much. She paced the floor and growled at the thunder, but she settled down when I picked her up and held her. However, at night, it was a different story. The thunder and lightning completely unsettled her, setting off streams of endless barking. She ran from one end of the house to the other, trying to find the source of the tremendous noise that rattled the house and hurt her ears. No matter how many times I called to her, she wouldn’t come to me. It was only when I sat down, pulled her into my lap, petted her, and sat completely still that she calmed down and quit fighting with the storm outside. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17, 2011

Worthy of Praise

Posted in Christianity at 9:51 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!'” (Revelation 19:6-7)

One of my favorite things about church is singing worship and praise songs with a group of believers. As we lift our voices in praise to God, we glorify him and all that he is. The words of the songs ring true, whether we’re singing a hymn from a hundred years ago or a praise song that was written last year. Each song is powerful and mighty when it is sung to an even more powerful and mighty God. And when I sing praise songs on my own, in the privacy of my own home or in my car, God is glorified there as well. Where I sing doesn’t matter, but the simple act of raising my voice in praise does. Read the rest of this entry »

May 9, 2011

Facing Rejection

Posted in Christianity at 6:49 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53:3)

As a writer, I face rejection all the time. When I submit a story, I send it in with the hope that it will be published, but that hope is tempered by the knowledge that each editor is inundated with hundreds, possibly thousands, of submissions each day. The possibility that mine will be chosen is extremely slim. However, when the rejection notice arrives, or I simply don’t hear anything at all, I still feel a sharp sense of disappointment. Even though I had prepared myself for rejection, when it actually stares me square in the face, I am unprepared for the hurt I feel. Read the rest of this entry »

May 6, 2011

Blessings

Posted in Christianity at 2:16 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Her children arise and call her blessed… (Prov. 31:28)

As a child, I tried very hard to please my parents. They were strict, but fair. At the time, neither my brother nor I appreciated this, but it often kept us out of trouble. As I got older, I grew closer to my parents, and even though we had our ups and downs, we eventually became good friends. My mom and I, especially, became more like best friends than mother and daughter. Over the years, my mom has taught me many forgotten arts such as cooking and sewing, and most importantly, she taught both me and my brother about Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2, 2011

Craving God

Posted in Christianity at 9:07 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. (Romans 7:18:19)

Several years ago, my doctor recommended that I exercise to alleviate the pain from my migraines. Regular exercise, he believed, would relieve stress, one of my major migraine triggers, as well as make me feel better in general. I took his advice, and I noticed a significant drop in the number and severity of migraines. Finally, I had some relief from these horrible, pesky headaches! But as time passed, I became lazy and quit exercising on a regular basis. Even though I knew that exercising helped – a lot – I simply wouldn’t make myself do it. Read the rest of this entry »