June 25, 2011

Fear

Posted in Christianity at 9:21 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Fear is one of the weapons Satan frequently uses against me. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of rejection…these are just some of the anxious thoughts that haunt me. Sometimes, when facing a situation that’s unfamiliar, I feel a fear that is so real I can almost reach out and touch it. Then, I realize that there is Someone that I can turn to who is in control of all things. Once I pray and give this fear to the Lord, I feel immense peace. Even though my circumstances haven’t changed, I have. I remember that I am not in charge, but no matter what happens, God is. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 22, 2011

Needs Improvement

Posted in Christianity at 9:58 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life…” (Proverbs 6:23)

Recently, I received some feedback on some short stories that I entered in a contest. While I didn’t win, the comments that I received were, for the most part, quite positive. However, the judges pointed out a few areas in which I needed to improve. The comments weren’t negative, but for a while, I simmered over them, allowing the judges’ constructive criticism to put a negative spin on the overall positive feedback that I had received. After I read the comments several times, I realized I needed to quit stewing over them. The best thing to do would be to use this feedback to improve my writing. After all, that’s the reason I had entered the contest in the first place! Read the rest of this entry »

June 19, 2011

A Godly Example

Posted in Christianity at 7:57 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

When I was growing up, I discovered that my dad could do just about anything. As a welder, he could build or repair all sorts of things, and one summer, he built an impossibly large swing set with a teeter totter, swings, tire swing, and couple’s swing along with a slide that was so tall that my brother and I became the envy of all the kids in the neighborhood. Thanks to our dad, all of our friends would come over and play with us for hours on end, and we loved every minute of it. Another time, my dad took an old lawnmower that had seen better days and remodeled it so that it looked like a miniature Jeep. My brother and I spent countless hours taking turns driving that thing in circles around the yard. Read the rest of this entry »

June 17, 2011

Grumbling and Complaining

Posted in Christianity at 9:21 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky…” (Philippians 2:14-15)

When God calls us to do something, whether it’s a job in the church or helping our neighbor down the street, we should do it without complaining. When we take on a task that God has given us, but then grumble about it, it detracts from the glory he should receive. Our complaining puts all of the attention on us. It’s easy to allow ourselves to fall into this trap. As Christians, we often take on too many tasks both at home and at church, and when we become overwhelmed, we complain about how we don’t have any help and no one notices how much we do. We decide to let someone do these jobs because no one appreciates our hard work anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

June 10, 2011

Glory

Posted in Christianity at 4:06 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.” (James 3:13-14)

When I started writing this blog, I wanted to write about topics that would direct people toward God and make them think about their relationship with God. This blog is not supposed to be about me and my ideas; it’s about something bigger. Somewhere along the way, though, I began to look for praise for my writing. Even though this blog doesn’t reach very many people (mostly family and friends), when someone tells me that they enjoy this blog, my immediate response is to bask in the glory of a job well done. How quickly I forget that the glory belongs to God because without him, I would not be able to write at all! Read the rest of this entry »

June 6, 2011

Buried Gifts

Posted in Christianity at 8:40 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us…” (Romans 12:6)

Many times when I give my dog, Lilly, a treat, she tries to bury it. She puts the treat in her mouth, holds her head high, throws her shoulders back, and prances from one end of the house to the other looking for just the right spot to bury her treat. She has buried treats in my basket of blankets, in the cushions of the couch, and in her bed. I’m never surprised when I pick up a blanket and a dog treat falls out. She’s always quick to grab the treat and bury it again. When she gets ready for a snack, she knows where to find it. Read the rest of this entry »

June 3, 2011

Coming out of Hiding

Posted in Christianity at 7:28 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:8-9)

When I get ready to leave the house, my dog, Lilly, tries to hide. She knows my routine. After I change clothes, put my shoes on, and walk down the hall, I’m ready to leave. As soon as she sees me walk down the hallway, she heads for one of her hiding places, and she has plenty of them: squeezed under the recliner, buried under the quilts of the quilt rack, or concealed behind the computer desk. I walk over to her hiding place, only to have her slip through my grasp and run to another one. She is much faster than I am, and we go through this two or three times, until she finally accepts the inevitable and rolls over so that I can scratch her belly. Read the rest of this entry »