July 31, 2011

Overcoming Loss

Posted in Christianity at 8:02 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

I usually don’t feel comfortable writing about my divorce, even though I realize that statistics show that I share my divorced status with about 50 percent of people in the United States who have been married at least once. While my situation isn’t unique, what I went through at the time was unique to me since I had never experienced anything like it before. The feelings of loss and abandonment, the struggle to find a place in life where I fit in as a single person, was a challenge that I had to face, and one that I couldn’t face on my own. Without the help of the Lord, I didn’t have the strength to make it through the struggle. Any time we face an overwhelming loss – whether it’s loss of a spouse through divorce or death, the loss of a friend who moves to a different city or through inattention, the loss of a job through consolidation – the circumstances may differ, but the feelings remain. Read the rest of this entry »

July 26, 2011

Change

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

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Change happens all around us. No matter how we try, we can’t avoid it. There are major changes such as friends moving away, kids growing up, and new jobs, along with smaller changes such as going to a new church where we don’t know anyone. Some of these changes are easier to handle than others. When a friend moves away, we’re excited for her, but sad that we won’t get to see her very often anymore. A new job is a wonderful opportunity, but it also puts butterflies in our stomachs because we don’t know what to expect.  Read the rest of this entry »

July 23, 2011

Following the Rules

Posted in Christianity at 12:37 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3)

 I’m a list maker. I enjoy making lists and checking the tasks off one by one. I make lists for just about everything you can think of, including groceries, scrapbooking projects that I want to tackle someday, my favorite books and TV shows, places I want to travel before I die, medications I’m allergic to, story ideas and themes, and random lists filled with “things to do today.” Read the rest of this entry »

July 18, 2011

At Rest

Posted in Christianity at 8:54 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:1)

When I unwind in my recliner at the end of a long day, I like to prop my feet up. My dog, Lilly, will lie on the end of the chair by my feet and nap. As she becomes more relaxed, she will sigh and flop her head over onto my feet, completely trusting as she rests. Read the rest of this entry »

July 15, 2011

Exhausted

Posted in Christianity at 9:22 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, and in undisturbed places of rest.” (Isaiah 32:18)

Sometimes, we become so exhausted and overwhelmed that we feel that we just cannot go on any longer. We’re stressed to the point that we are no longer interested in doing our jobs, either at home or at work, we don’t feel like participating in family activities, going to church, or even talking to anyone because it would take too much effort. All we want is to be alone so that we can become rejuvenated –to have a few moments when we’re not running from one task to another, but when we’re simply sitting, quietly, basking in the peace that can only be found when we stop running – when we stop filling our days with “to do” and decide just “to be.” Read the rest of this entry »

July 4, 2011

Freedom

Posted in Christianity at 9:09 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.’” (2 Peter 2:19)

Freedom is a term that’s tossed around a lot this time of year as we celebrate Independence Day in the United States. But what does true freedom mean? Does it mean that we’re free to do whatever we want, no matter the cost to others? Our society would have us believe that’s true, but true freedom means stripping ourselves of our pride and selfishness. When we believe in Christ, our sins are forgiven, but that doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to do anything we want. There is a great responsibility that comes along with this freedom. As believers, we’re required to live our lives in such a way that those around us can see Christ’s love through us. However, when we focus on ourselves, we put our own selfish desires first, thinking that we’ll simply ask for forgiveness later. Read the rest of this entry »